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February 8, 2013
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  Industry Update 
  • Feds unveil $150M in clean-energy manufacturing tax credits
    The departments of Energy and the Treasury are offering $150 million in tax credits for clean-energy and energy-efficiency manufacturing businesses. The tax credits come from unspent funds under the Advanced Energy Manufacturing Tax Credit. "Manufacturing the clean energy products of the future in America will create good, middle-class jobs right now and help law the groundwork for the long-term resilience of our economy," said acting Treasury Secretary Neal Wolin. American City Business Journals/Houston (2/7) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Rejection of 2 PPAs are in line with FERC guidance, Idaho PUC says
    The Idaho Public Utilities Commission said that the rejection of two power purchase agreements involving Grouse Creek Wind Park and Grouse Creek Wind Park II does not go against previous rulings by the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission on qualifying facilities under the Public Utility Regulatory Policies Act. There are "several distinctions" between the two rejected deals and others that were the subject of previous FERC orders, which stated that the PUC cannot reject deals solely because they failed to meet a deadline for projects larger than 100 kilowatt hours, the PUC said. SNL Financial (free content) (2/6) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Areva eyes Asian offshore-wind power market
    Areva is considering offshore wind-power operations into Asia, as countries in the region ramp up efforts to reduce their dependence on fossil fuels. Areva would build factories in Asia if needed, said Jean Huby, head of Areva's wind power unit, adding that the company is working to increase the rotor size of its 5-megawatt model to make it more suitable for deeper waters. "Today the key offshore wind market for Areva is Europe, where the conditions are best for offshore, but definitely we are looking outside as well and are ready to take action," Huby said. Bloomberg Businessweek (2/7) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Africa's biggest wind farm to rise in Morocco
    GDF Suez, in partnership with Nareva Holding, will build Africa's biggest wind farm in Morocco. The partners will use $120.3 million of their own money, as well as a $481.3 million loan from banks, to build the 300-megawatt Tarfaya wind project. The companies hope to finish the project by the end of 2014. Bloomberg Businessweek (2/7) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  Project Focus 
  • Ohio local officials discuss BP's 200-MW wind project
    Officials from Ohio's Van Wert and Allen counties met to discuss BP Wind Energy's proposal to build a 200-megawatt wind farm in Van Wert County. BP has optioned several lots in the area and intends to begin the permitting process later this year. If the project gets the nod of the Ohio Power Siting Board, turbine installation could begin late this year or early 2014. Times Bulletin (Van Wert, Ohio) (2/6) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  Economy, Energy & Trends 
  • Wind developers understand the military's needs, official says
    Balancing the needs of wind power developers and the Department of Defense can be tricky, but almost all of the developers that have coordinated with the Marine Corps Installations East have been respectful of the military's concerns, said David Plummer, regional airspace coordinator at MCIEast. "All but one or two have decided, 'You know what? We understand what's going on. Thank you very much for your time. We're going to seek other areas,'" said Plummer, referring to the MCIEast's concerns that radar operations could be disrupted by wind turbines nearby. WNCT-TV (Greenville, N.C.) (2/7) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Official: Renewables policy should focus on costs, emissions
    Renewable-energy policies should be focused more on reducing energy costs and cutting carbon emissions, and less on job creation, according to Federal Energy Regulatory Commissioner John Norris at a policy forum in Washington, D.C. "This is a conservative issue -- personal responsibility. Do we burden our children with atmospheric and economic debt? If we get the policymakers to hear the argument, we will succeed in this case," he said. SNL Financial (free content) (2/6) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  Policy Watch 
  • Wind power's prospects are hazy in Murkowski's new energy plan
    An energy blueprint proposed by Sen. Lisa Murkowski, R-Alaska, would have mixed implications for wind power, observers say. Although Murkowski supports clean-energy development, her call for a new definition of clean energy raises the prospect of "clean coal" being included in the mix. She supports allowing renewable-energy projects to qualify for master limited partnerships, but at the same time she wants to get rid of the industry's production and investment tax incentives, observers say. North American Windpower online (2/8) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  AWEA News 
  • Australia Study Finds Wind Farm Infrasound Isn't a Concern
    A new study concluded that wind turbine infrasound is "insignificant in comparison with the background level of infrasound in the environment." Read more. LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • WINDPOWER 2013: Second Call For Poster Abstracts Now Open
    AWEA is currently accepting a second round of abstracts for poster presentations. If you would like to participate in the WINDPOWER 2013 program, we encourage you to submit an abstract by Feb. 15. Learn more. LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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