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October 9, 2012
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  Industry Update 
  • Study: Projects boost personal incomes in wind-rich states
    Wind-rich states such as the Dakotas have experienced an economic boost from wind-energy development, according to a study by the Economic Research Service, National Renewable Energy Laboratory and Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory. Each megawatt of installed wind capacity resulted in an additional $11,000 in personal income, according to the study, which examined the economic data from 1,009 counties in 12 states. Argus Leader (Sioux Falls, S.D.) (tiered subscription model) (10/7) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • E.ON sells 50% stake in 3 U.S. wind farms to Danish pension fund
    Germany's E.ON has signed a deal to divest a 50% stake in three U.S. wind farms to Danish pension fund PensionDanmark. The three wind farms, two in Texas and a third in Pennsylvania, have a combined capacity of 433 megawatts, or enough to supply 120,000 households. The deal will help E.ON "generate more value with the use of less capital," said Chief Financial Officer Marcus Schenck. Bloomberg Businessweek (10/8) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Source: Terra Firma, Chinese bank plan renewables fund
    Private-equity firm Terra Firma will join forces with China Development Bank to launch a fund worth as much as $5 billion for renewable-energy initiatives, a source said. The collaborators reportedly will begin raising $3 billion to $5 billion in coming months. Reuters (10/8) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Vestas wins order to supply wind turbines to French projects
    Vestas Wind Systems has received an order for 12 wind turbines with a combined capacity of 36 megawatts for three projects that Ostwind International is developing in France. The contract includes delivery, installation and operations of the turbines. Construction of the projects is slated to begin late 2012, with operational status expected late 2013. Energy Business Review (10/8) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Norwegian wind turbine firm gets investment from Electranova
    Seatower, a Norwegian offshore wind turbine foundation designer, has received an investment from Electranova Capital, EDF's seedcorn fund for clean technology. Electranova has a "minimum investment capacity" of $77.8 million in Seatower, which has teamed up with Nordic firm MT Højgaard to develop a self-installing gravity foundation technology to be used in building deep-water offshore wind farms in Europe. (tiered subscription model) (10/8) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  Project Focus 
  • Mich. city moves toward buying wind power
    The Board of Public Works of Holland, Mich., has agreed to sign a 10-year deal to purchase 15 megawatts from the Wildcat 1 wind project, which E.ON Climate and Renewables is building in Elwood, Ind. The board also agreed to sign a memorandum of understanding that could lead to a 20-year power purchase agreement with Exelon Wind's Bebee 1B wind project in Gratiot County, Mich. The board canceled its plan to build its own wind farm in Allegan County, Mich., after the project was deemed not cost effective. The Grand Rapids Press (Mich.) (10/8) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  Economy, Energy & Trends 
  • N.J. offshore wind development progress varies
    Companies hoping to build offshore wind farms off the coast of New Jersey are experiencing mixed levels of progress. Fishermen's Energy successfully deployed a research buoy to study offshore wind conditions, but NRG Bluewater Wind recently lost a $3 million commitment from the state Board of Public Utilities due to lack of progress on its proposal. Meanwhile, Garden State Offshore Energy suffered a setback when its research buoy broke apart during a test run. The Star-Ledger (Newark, N.J.) (10/8) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Siemens begins field testing of new 6-MW offshore turbine
    Siemens Energy started field testing its new 6-megawatt offshore-wind turbine on Oct. 6 in Denmark. The turbine is equipped with the world's longest rotor blades, and at 200 metric tons, will be the lightest in its class, said Henrik Stiesdal, chief technology officer of the company's wind power division. "The new 6MW turbine is a milestone in wind energy technology," said Stiesdal. Silicon Republic (Ireland) (10/8) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  Policy Watch 
  • Analyst: About 2,000 jobs lost since July over PTC uncertainty
    The dithering in Congress over whether to extend the wind-energy Production Tax Credit is already causing layoffs across the industry's supply chain, insiders said. Since July, the industry has lost about 2,000 jobs, mainly due to the uncertainty over the PTC, according to IHS Emerging Energy Research. "A lot of manufacturers are going from full-speed ahead in production to no production," said Matt Kaplan, associate director of IHS Emerging Energy Research. Bloomberg (10/8) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Lack of policy certainty could hurt U.K.'s wind sector, firms say
    A group of major wind-turbine manufacturers wrote a letter to U.K. Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change Edward Davey, expressing concerns about the lack of certainty in the country's energy policy. "The recent delays and reported disagreement in government over [Renewables Obligation] banding, and speculation about the future rationing of feed-in tariff contracts, are two examples that have caused us to reassess the level of political risk in the U.K.," the companies stated in the letter. The government should set a long-term binding decarbonization target for the power industry to provide certainty to investors, they added. (tiered subscription model) (10/8) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  AWEA News 
  • Fact Check: Columnist Blasts PTC, Gives Others a Pass
    Andrew Stiles had a recent column in the Washington Free Beacon criticizing the federal wind energy Production Tax Credit, but strangely ignoring incentives for other energy sources. For the record, there are a few facts Mr. Stiles fails to mention. Read more. LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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