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February 19, 2013
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  Industry Update 
  • Study: N.C. clean-energy investments hit $1.4B for 2007-2012
    Clean-energy investments in North Carolina between 2007 and 2012 reached $1.4 billion, resulting in 8.2 million megawatt-hours of energy saved or generated, according to a cost-benefit analysis by RTI International and La Capra Associates for the North Carolina Sustainable Energy Association. Although rates will likely be lower than if the state persisted in using fossil fuels, there is no appreciable impact on the rates customers pay through 2026, the study found. The Herald-Sun (Durham, N.C.) (free registration) (2/18) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • BMW to use wind power at factory in Germany
    German automaker BMW is planning to use wind power to supply nearly 25% of the electricity at its Leipzig factory, as a way to cut carbon emissions and keep costs down amid rising taxes on commercially supplied electricity. "Generating your own power is not only cheaper in most cases, it could also protect you from grid failures," said Sebastian Bolay, an analyst at manufacturing industry group DIHK. BMW wants to eventually obtain all its electricity from renewable sources, up from 28% in 2011, said Jury Witschnig, the company's head of sustainability strategy. Bloomberg (2/19) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  Project Focus 
  • Mass. town officials consider funding wind power studies
    Officials in Otis, Mass., will hold a meeting on Feb. 27 to discuss whether to invest about $400,000 in several studies for a proposed wind farm that could power municipal facilities, lower residential utility bills and boost the town's revenue. If the funding is approved, the money would come from Otis' stabilization account. If the wind project goes ahead as planned, construction could start as soon as September, an official said. The Berkshire Eagle (Pittsfield, Mass.) (2/18) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  Economy, Energy & Trends 
  • Wind power is better for the planet, expert says
    Wind power is a cleaner, sustainable alternative to fossil fuels, which are a finite resource and responsible for greenhouse gas emissions, according to Cristina Archer, an associate professor at the University of Delaware. Coal production is responsible for emitting about 8 billion tons of carbon into the air annually, of which 4 billion tons are not reabsorbed by natural processes, causing damage to the planet, Archer said. The Daily Targum (Rutgers University) (2/18) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Pa. high school installs wind turbine
    The Tuscarora School District in Pennsylvania installed a wind turbine and a solar water-heating system at James Buchanan High School. The wind turbine and solar panels will serve mainly as teaching aids, officials said. The turbine was installed with the help of Pennsylvania State University's Wind for Schools program, West Penn Power and the Tuscarora Education Foundation. Public Opinion (Chambersburg, Pa.) (2/18) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Wind-energy certificate course now offered at UI
    The University of Iowa has opened a wind-energy certificate course to serve the expanding job market for wind turbine technicians. "There are over 3,500 job openings in this area and not enough people to support them," said David Bennett, an instructor at Kirkwood Community College. The Daily Iowan (2/18) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Vt. town residents mull implications of utility-scale wind projects
    Residents of Grafton, Vt., held an informational meeting to discuss the pros and cons of hosting a utility-scale wind project. Wind power is not a "magic bullet," but it is better than remaining dependent on fossil fuels, said Paul Burns, executive director of Vermont Public Interest Research Group. Wind projects generate jobs, contribute to local tax revenue and create opportunities for local businesses, said Robert Dostis of Green Mountain Power. Brattleboro Reformer (Vt.) (2/18) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  Policy Watch 
  • Bills seek to tighten N.H.'s wind power rules
    The Newfound Lake Region Association is supporting a bill by New Hampshire state Rep. Harold Reilly Sr., and state Sen. Jeanne Forrester that calls for a temporary halt to utility-scale wind projects until the state finalizes a broad energy policy. Another pending bill, sponsored primarily by Forrester and state Rep. Neal Kurk, would revise the permitting process for energy facilities. The Union Leader (Manchester, N.H.) (2/17) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  AWEA News 
  • Wind, Solar Tally Strong Support in Rocky Mountain States
    Public opinion polling in six Rocky Mountain states in January found strong backing for wind and solar power, according to a recent New York Times blog article by Nate Schweber. Read more. LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • AWEA Store: It's Fleece February -- All Fleece Outerwear on Sale
    Choose from jackets (and a vest, too!) in a range of colors for men and women. These full-zip, high-quality plush fleeces -- with embroidered turbine designs -- keep you warm AND show your support of wind power. And now they're on SALE, so get them while they're available! Shop the AWEA Store. LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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