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December 10, 2012
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  Industry Update 
  • EIA: Shift toward renewables is factor in improved emissions outlook
    Carbon emissions linked to U.S. energy production and use are projected to stay more than 5% below 2005 levels through 2040, according to the Energy Information Administration's Annual Energy Outlook 2013. The EIA cited the shift toward renewable energy and other low- or zero-emissions electricity sources as a factor in the projected emissions reduction. "The change [in the forecasts] reflects both market and policy factors, including the adoption of tighter economy fuel standards, the implementation of efficiency standards, and a continued shift to less carbon-intensive fuels," the EIA said. SNL Financial (free content) (12/6) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Iberdrola unit divests 7 German wind farms for about $68M
    The German unit of Iberdrola has struck a deal to sell seven land-based wind farms with a combined capacity of 63 megawatts to utility MVV Energie, regulatory filings showed. The deal is worth an estimated $68.5 million and may rise an additional $12.9 million pending certain conditions, Iberdrola said. Platts (12/7) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • China issues 8% more wind-energy permits this year, official says
    China's National Energy Administration this year approved about 29 gigawatts of wind-power permits for local governments, up 8% from 26.83 GW last year, an official said. The increase may suggest more wind projects this year, said Justin Wu, head of wind analysis for Bloomberg New Energy Finance. The agency awarded fewer permits last year in a bid to address grid congestion. Bloomberg Businessweek (12/7) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  Project Focus 
  • EverPower completes Pa. wind farm, voices concern over PTC
    EverPower Wind Holdings' Patton Wind Farm in Cambria County, Pa., is due to enter service before 2013 but the company is still concerned about the potential expiration of the wind-energy Production Tax Credit. "The supply chain has been impacted an awful lot," said Bill Spencer, an EverPower manager. "A lot of companies have not put money into the production of components like they had. This summer, you could not buy a tower component in the United States because all the factories were at capacity because everybody was trying to get everything in before the end of the year." The Tribune-Democrat (Johnstown, Pa.) (12/8) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  Economy, Energy & Trends 
  • Colo. city eyes tie-up with Xcel, possible municipalization
    Officials in Boulder, Colo., on Dec. 6 released a paper outlining ways the city can work with Xcel Energy to achieve its energy goals, but they also issued a statement on Dec. 7 announcing the selection of experts to help in the potential establishment of a municipal utility. Public Financial Management, Exponential Engineering and Schneider Electric will advise the city on its municipalization efforts, the statement showed. Officials have set March 19, 2013 as the deadline for deciding whether to proceed with municipalization. SNL Financial (free content) (12/7) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Test floating turbine to be launched next year in Maine waters
    The effort to install 170 floating offshore wind turbines in the waters off of Maine by 2030 could be compared to the launching of the first U.S. satellite into orbit, said Habib Dagher, director of the Advanced Structures and Composites Center at the University of Maine. The center is scheduled to deploy between April and August next year a smaller version of the turbines that would be installed in the Gulf of Maine by 2030. "We're here at the beginning of an exciting era that could create a whole new industry in our state," said Dagher. Bangor Daily News (Maine) (free registration) (12/9) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  Policy Watch 
  • Focus on wind power's benefits to rural communities, exec says
    Wind-power advocates should focus on its benefits to rural America to convince conservative lawmakers that extending the wind-energy Production Tax Credit is the right thing to do, said Jeff Clark, executive director of The Wind Coalition, at the American Wind Energy Association's regional summit last week in Houston. "What we have to do is reframe wind development in a way that conservative lawmakers can embrace, focusing on the energy security and economic development it brings," Clark said. (12/9) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Fate of PTC hinges on "fiscal cliff" talks
    An extension of of the wind-energy Production Tax Credit is being delayed because it would be part of the budget package to avert the "fiscal cliff." The package is being negotiated slowly, causing companies to postpone wind projects and freeze hiring of new workers, industry observers say. "The U.S. wind industry has slowed largely due to the uncertainty of the federal Production Tax Credit extension at the end 2012," according to a statement from Vestas Wind Systems, when it laid off 80 workers at its Brighton, Colo., factory in October. The Huffington Post (12/8) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  AWEA News 
  • Americans for Prosperity Overlooks Key Facts about Wind Incentive
    The federal Production Tax Credit has proven to be an effective tool to encourage development of American renewable energy projects and foster economic development in all 50 states. Essentially, the PTC is the result of smart bipartisan energy policy that has allowed for a new energy industry to grow. Recently, however, a number of special-interest groups, funded by other energy industries, have attacked the PTC. Read more. LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Attend Wind Power on Capitol Hill 2013
    The November elections are bringing new faces to Congress and changes to the dynamics of congressional committees that are key to the wind industry. The Wind Power on Capitol Hill event connects AWEA Business Members with legislators and their staff for an educational exchange on the wind industry's top policy priorities. The event will be held Feb. 5 and 6 in Washington, D.C. Learn more and register. LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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