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October 24, 2012
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  Industry Update 
  • Wind power in BPA network reaches milestone
    Wind farms in the Bonneville Power Administration's network produced a record 4,289 megawatts of power on Oct. 23. During the same day, wind power generation exceeded the output of the federal hydroelectric system for the first time in the Pacific Northwest. That is an example of wind energy complementing hydro power, displacing dirtier forms of power generation and lessening the burden on the federal dams when water levels are low, said Cameron Yourkowski, a senior policy manager for Renewable Northwest Project. The Oregonian (Portland) (10/23) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • FERC approval sought in Wash. wind farm interest sale
    First Wind Holdings is seeking approval from the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission to divest membership interests in a 105.27-megawatt wind farm in Whitman County, Wash., to Alaska-based Cook Inlet Region Inc. Under the deal, CIRI would obtain 100% of the passive class B membership interests in Palouse Wind Holdings, while First Wind would retain operational control of the wind farm. SNL Financial (free content) (10/22) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Fluor, SSE seek go-ahead for Scottish offshore wind project
    Seagreen Wind Energy, a joint venture between U.S.-based engineering firm Fluor and Scotland's SSE, has filed applications to develop the first phase of a planned 3.5-gigawatt offshore wind farm in the U.K. The first of three phases of the proposed Firth of Forth offshore wind farm will consist of two wind farm areas, each with a 525-megawatt capacity. Reuters (10/23) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • EDP to develop "pre-commercial" floating offshore wind farm
    Portugal's EDP is planning to develop a "pre-commercial" floating offshore wind farm featuring U.S.-based Principle Power's WindFloat platform. The success of a demonstration project using a 2-megawatt WindFloat1 system convinced EDP to scale up. "In comparison with other emerging [floating wind turbine] technologies, the WindFloat is a few steps from the market and is becoming a real option for offshore wind energy developers, in particular in 40-meters-plus water depth deployments," EDP said. (tiered subscription model) (10/23) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  Project Focus 
  • Feds issue offshore wind lease to NRG's Bluewater Wind
    The Interior Department has agreed to lease 96,400 acres of submerged land off the coast of Delaware to Bluewater Wind, which had proposed to build a 450-megawatt wind farm in the area. This is the second offshore wind lease approved by the federal government, after Cape Wind Associates' 468-MW project in Massachusetts' Nantucket Sound. However, Bluewater Wind's project has been on hold since December and NRG Energy, the parent company of Bluewater Wind, has been looking for a buyer for the Bluewater unit. Bloomberg Businessweek (10/23) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  Economy, Energy & Trends 
  • Clean-energy targets cited as factor in EU wind-power growth
    The EU's wind sector has flourished over the past 10 years, thanks to legally binding clean-energy targets, national action plans and other regulations, insiders said. The EU now has 100 gigawatts of wind power capacity, the equivalent of over 7% of the region's electricity supply, the European Wind Energy Association said. "Despite only utilizing a tiny fraction of Europe's vast domestic wind energy resources, wind power is having a substantial impact on Europe's energy security and environment, and benefits us hugely in creating green jobs and technology exports," said EWEA CEO Christian Kjaer. AOL Energy (10/23) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  Policy Watch 
  • Republican Neb. governor would like to see PTC renewed
    Nebraska Gov. Dave Heineman, a Republican, expressed conditional support for renewing the wind-energy Production Tax Credit. "I hope they find a way to keep it. It's been very beneficial to wind," Heineman said at the Nebraska Wind Conference. "The wind industry has its own little fiscal cliff coming" if the tax incentive is allowed to lapse at the end of the year, said James Walker, a former board chairman of the American Wind Energy Association. Omaha World-Herald (Neb.) (10/23) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  AWEA News 
  • Extending PTC means Ohio jobs, says state manufacturer
    Extending the federal wind energy Production Tax Credit will save new manufacturing jobs in the industrial state of Ohio, according to the president of a company that makes industrial fasteners for wind turbines. LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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