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January 24, 2013
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  Industry Update 
  • Hawaiian utility to issue much-delayed RFP in Q2
    Hawaiian Electric expects to issue in the second quarter a final request for proposals for renewable power that would be delivered to Oahu through a proposed underwater cable. The RFP was slated to be issued in the second quarter of 2012 but has been postponed repeatedly. "We hope they really mean it this time," said Hugh Baker, a partner at Hawaii Infrastructure Partners, which plans to bid on the underwater cable project. (Honolulu) (1/23) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • FERC action scraps condition for granting transmission priority rights
    The Federal Energy Regulatory Commission's ruling giving wind power developer PWEC priority rights to use capacity in interconnection facilities owned by affiliate Peetz Logan Interconnection effectively ends the agency's policy of requiring a transfer of ownership before granting such rights. The condition "was to ensure that arrangements between affiliates did not undermine open access," FERC said. "[T]he commission now concludes that the showing required to establish priority rights addresses our open access concerns and thus it is no longer appropriate to require a transfer of ownership as a condition for granting priority rights to the generation developing affiliate of a transmission owner." SNL Financial (free content) (1/22) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  Project Focus 
  • Infinity Wind Power buys another wind project in Kan.
    Infinity Wind Power finalized its takeover of the Pioneer Wind Project in Ford County, Kan., from Clipper Windpower Development. The California-based company also bought two wind projects in Kansas from Zephyr Wind Power last year. "We are making these investments in western Kansas in anticipation of future transmission line infrastructure reaching the region," said Infinity Wind Power CEO Matt Riley. The Wichita Eagle (Kan.) (1/23) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Maine senator supports offshore project despite flak from utilities
    Patrick Woodcock, director of the Maine Governor's Energy Office, joined Central Maine Power in voicing displeasure at revisions made by Statoil North America to its offshore wind project. The proposed Hywind Maine project, however, has strong support from Sen. Angus King, I-Maine, and some members of the state Legislature. "I haven't the slightest doubt that if we reject this proposal, Statoil and their competitors will simply go elsewhere, and we will read with regret of great projects, thousands of jobs and renewed coastal economies in Scotland, Portugal or ... Massachusetts," King wrote to the state Public Utilities Commission. Bangor Daily News (Maine) (free registration) (1/23) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  Economy, Energy & Trends 
  • Iowa-to-Ill. wind transmission project will bring jobs, exec says
    The proposed Clean Line Energy transmission line that would deliver power from wind turbines in Iowa to customers in Illinois will bring thousands of jobs to communities along its route, Beth Conley, a company representative, told the Board of Supervisors of Plymouth County, Iowa. "When we're putting in 3,500 megawatts of wind into the ground, you're going to need about 5,000 individuals to help with the construction of those wind farms, and then once they're in the ground, we will probably need about 500 operation and maintenance folks," Conley said. The company aims to break ground in late 2015, with completion due by 2018. KTIV-TV (Sioux City, Iowa) (1/23) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Blade Dynamics gets $25M to make longer wind turbine blades
    Blade Dynamics received nearly $25 million in funding from the Energy Technologies Institute to build 100-meter wind turbine blades, which would allow for the development of cost-effective, 250-meter-tall wind turbines for offshore use. Blade Dynamics' blades are made entirely of carbon fiber, and the company has developed a system for splicing smaller sections of the material seamlessly, improving blade performance while keeping costs down, the company said. MIT Technology Review online (1/23) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Report: Wind power is good for Ore.'s air, water resources
    The environmental benefits of Oregon's wind power industry are equal to eliminating 550,000 vehicles from the streets annually, according to a report from Environment Oregon. Aside from being less polluting than fossil fuel-burning power plants, wind farms consume virtually no water, the report showed. In 2011, wind power production in Oregon cut more than 3 million tons of carbon dioxide emissions and saved more than 1 billion gallons of water, the report found. (1/23) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  Policy Watch 
  • Wis. towns seek temporary halt on utility-scale wind projects
    The Wisconsin Towns Association approved a resolution urging the state to impose a temporary freeze on utility-scale wind projects "until further studies are done, solutions are found and the state's wind siting rule is modified." The association cited a report by four consulting firms recommending more testing on the health risks of wind turbine sounds. Wisconsin State Journal (Madison) (1/23) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  AWEA News 
  • Public Opinion: Marylanders Strongly Back Offshore Wind Power
    A poll released last week finds that an overwhelming majority of Maryland citizens, 72%, support a $2-per-month fee being added to their electricity bills to support development of offshore wind power. "We think the more Marylanders learn about the opportunity for offshore wind and the more they learn about the cost of fossil-based fuels, the more they support proposals like the governor's offshore wind proposal," said an energy advisor to Maryland Gov. Martin O'Malley. Read more. LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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