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January 11, 2013
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  Industry Update 
  • Iberdrola reaffirms commitment to U.S. wind market
    Iberdrola Renewables remains committed to the U.S. market, but it is "right-sizing" its domestic project portfolio in light of a slight reduction in demand, said spokesman Paul Copleman. The statement came after an erroneous report stated that the company was pulling the plug on 100 projects in the U.S. "The number of projects we canceled represents a small fraction of that," Copleman said. SNL Financial (free content) (1/9) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • BOEM may issue offshore wind lease in N.C. by 2014, official says
    The Bureau of Ocean Energy Management could issue a lease to an offshore wind project in North Carolina as soon as 2014, although work on the project may not start until at least 2019, said Maureen Bornholdt, a renewable energy program manager for the agency, during an informational meeting with state residents. "I think there will be offshore wind in North Carolina. It's a matter of, in what area?" Bornholdt said. Star-News (Wilmington, N.C.) (1/9) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  Project Focus 
  • Developer seeks permit to expand W.Va. wind farm
    Beech Ridge Energy is seeking approval to build a second phase to its 67-turbine Beech Ridge Wind farm in Greenbrier County, W.Va. The proposed expansion would allow the county to get about $600,000 annually in tax revenue from the facility, up from the $400,000 today, a company representative told the Greenbrier County Commission. The State Journal (Charleston, W.Va.) (1/11) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  Economy, Energy & Trends 
  • Demand outpacing new transmission growth in Texas, ERCOT says
    Texas is on course to install $8.9 billion worth of electric transmission capacity by the end of 2017, but that won't likely be enough to meet soaring demand from new generators, according to a report by the Electric Reliability Council of Texas. A project to boost transmission capacity from West Texas to the Dallas-Fort Worth area would help absorb some of the demand, but it may not be enough to deliver the more than 200,000 megawatts of wind projects under review today, ERCOT said. San Antonio Express-News (1/10) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Wis. study shows wind turbine sounds are not a health risk
    A recent study in Wisconsin found no evidence that audible and inaudible sounds from wind turbines pose a risk to human health, write John Anderson, director of siting policy for the American Wind Energy Association, and Joe Sullivan, regional policy manager for Wind on the Wires. "While politicians and others may opine on this issue for various reasons, current science does not support the assertion that there is anything inherently dangerous with this technology," Anderson and Sullivan write. Green Bay Press-Gazette (Wis.) (1/9) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Wind power helps Milwaukee port cut costs
    The wind turbine installed at the Port of Milwaukee last year has generated more than $5,000 in revenue in its first nine months in service, according to Paul Vornholt, the port's director of operations. In contrast, the port paid nearly $9,500 in electricity costs in the nine months before the wind turbine went online, Vornholt said. "This has proven to be a sensible, sustainable investment in green energy, and city residents are saving money," he added. Milwaukee Journal Sentinel (tiered subscription model)/Plugged In blog (1/10) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  Policy Watch 
  • Editorial: It's time for Congress to craft a long-term energy policy
    Extending the wind-energy Production Tax Credit is good news for an industry that is growing as an important part of the nation's energy mix, according to the editorial board of The Keene Sentinel in New Hampshire. "During this time of growth in the energy sector, Congress has a good opportunity to develop a long-range plan for subsidizing renewable sources, rather than relying on the piece-meal, year-to-year approach currently in place," the editorial board writes. The Keene Sentinel (N.H.) (1/10) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  AWEA News 
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