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December 11, 2012
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  Industry Update 
 
  • Vestas reduces working hours at 2 Colo. factories
    Vestas Wind Systems has reduced the working hours of its hourly employees in Windsor and Brighton, Colo., from 40 hours to 32 hours a week. The company did not say how many of its 1,100 employees in the state would be affected by the adjustment. Vestas said it is committed to keeping the two factories open, but the industry-wide slump has forced it to implement cost-saving measures. The company has blamed policy uncertainty with the scheduled expiration of the renewable-energy Production Tax Credit in previous announcements. The Denver Post (12/11) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • West Texas power agency, NextEra sign wind-power pact
    The West Texas Municipal Power Agency has entered into a proposed power purchase deal with NextEra Energy Resources for up to 100 megawatts from the Elk City II wind farm in Oklahoma beginning in 2019, when the agency's contract with Xcel Energy ends, said Lubbock, Texas, Mayor Glen Robertson. The agency did not release the cost for the wind-generated power, but Robertson said it "will be less than what we're paying today." A transmission plan must be approved by the Southwest Power Pool before the transaction can proceed. Lubbock Avalanche-Journal (Texas) (12/10) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  Project Focus 
  • EDP Renewables proposes to build 60-MW wind farm in N.H.
    EDP Renewables is proposing to develop a 60-megawatt wind farm spanning the New Hampshire towns of Groton, Alexandria and Hebron. The project would install 15 to 25 turbines on 3,000 acres of land owned by explosives manufacturer Maxam North America, said Jeffrey Nemeth, a project manager for EDP Renewables. Groton's zoning officials have given preliminary approval for EDP to install a meteorological tower in the town. The Union Leader (Manchester, N.H.) (12/10) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  Economy, Energy & Trends 
  • Renewables can sustainably power large grids by 2030, study shows
    Renewable energy sources can meet the demand of a large grid for 99.9% of the time by 2030 at comparable costs to today's electricity prices, according to projections by the University of Delaware and Delaware Technical Community College. "The key is to get the right combination of electricity sources and storage -- which we did by an exhaustive search -- and to calculate costs correctly," said researcher Willett Kempton. United Press International (12/10) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Opinion: Investing in renewable energy is the right thing to do
    History has shown the wisdom of government spending for renewable-energy development, write Jim Rossi, an analyst at the Nevada Institute for Renewable Energy Commercialization, and Launce Rake, a freelance writer on environmental issues. "Railroads, interstate highways, the electricity grid, personal computers and the Internet are inventions crucial to our modern economy which were first developed through investments by the federal government," Rossi and Rake point out. These transformative technologies "were too big, complicated or too risky for the private sector to develop all by itself," they write. Las Vegas Sun (12/10) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  Policy Watch 
  • Texas wind-power executives voice frustration over PTC uncertainty
    Wind-power executives in Texas are concerned about Congress' inaction on the wind-energy Production Tax Credit, which could lapse at the end of the month if it isn't extended. "There are government incentives for coal and gas and nuclear and solar, but not for wind as of the end of this year," said Walter Hornaday, president of Cielo Wind Power. It's "just odd to be in an industry that outperforms everyone else as far as no pollution footprint and creating jobs, but it's the one left out as far as a subsidy in place," Hornaday said. KFDA-TV (Amarillo, Texas) (12/11) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  AWEA News 
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  • Fact Check: Heritage Works Busily to Create New Wind Myths
    The Heritage Foundation's blog recently published a post concerning so-called wind myths. Unfortunately, as might be expected from a bitterly anti-wind (and, of course, fossil-fuel-funded) group, the result was more myths and falsehoods. LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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