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March 5, 2013
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  Industry Update 
  • GE in talks to invest in wind, other energy projects in Australia
    General Electric is in talks to invest in several wind and other energy projects in Australia, said John Rice, vice chairman of GE and president and CEO GE Global Growth & Operations. "We are having discussions with third-party financial institutions about partnering in ways that will help get wind projects developed and other important energy projects," Rice said. Although Rice did not divulge any details, GE is thought to be on the shortlist of potential partners in the Stockyard Hill wind project in Victoria. (Australia) (3/4) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Hitachi wants transfer of floating offshore wind technology to Japan
    Industrial machinery firm Hitachi Zosen intends to fast-track the transfer of Norway's floating offshore wind turbine technology to Japan through the firm's partnership with oil and natural gas company Statoil. "We are looking at how we can bring technology cultivated in Norway to Japan," said Takashi Fujita, general manager of strategic planning department at Hitachi Zosen. "It won't be that difficult. Both partners want to reduce time to bring the floating offshore technology to reality as much as possible." Bloomberg (3/4) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  Project Focus 
  • E.ON leasing lands for proposed wind project in Ind.
    E.ON Climate & Renewables North America is reportedly approaching landowners in Delaware County, Ind., with the intention of leasing land for a proposed wind project. "I think they're serious," said Marta Moody, director of the Delaware-Muncie Metropolitan Plan Commission, referring to the wind power developer. In response to the developer's interest in the area, the commission has been working to develop a wind farm ordinance. The Star Press (Muncie, Ind.) (3/2) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • 50-kW turbine site to be changed in Md.
    The site for erection of a 50-kilowatt small wind turbine in Berlin, Md., will be changed, after some residents complained to the town council, citing noise and traffic concerns. The 90-foot-tall wind turbine would be quieter than other turbines because it would use a direct current generator instead of a gear box, said Doug Richards, who will be funding the $125,000 project. The Daily Times (Salisbury, Md.) (tiered subscription model) (3/4) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  Economy, Energy & Trends 
  • Opinion: Renewables are good for Nev.'s economy
    The call from Sen. Harry Reid, D-Nev., for more renewable energy in the state's electricity supply would bring in jobs and businesses to Nevada, writes Sarah Propst, executive director of the Interwest Energy Alliance. "The renewable energy industry wants to bring more projects and jobs to Nevada, and Reid’s plan could help keep this important economic sector thriving for years to come," Propst states. Las Vegas Sun (3/4) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  Policy Watch 
  • Wind energy advocates want predictable tax policy
    Wind power supporters are looking into the prospects of another extension for the wind-energy Production Tax Credit. "With predictability, the industry can go through additional product-development cycles, if you will -- investing in manufacturing, investing in R&D, investing in new products that will further drive down the cost of wind," said Peter Kelley, vice president of public affairs at the American Wind Energy Association. However, a multiyear phase-out of the PTC is another possible scenario, given the opposition by some lawmakers to the tax incentive, insiders said. Politico (Washington, D.C.) (3/5) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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