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January 2, 2013
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  Industry Update 
  • 2 Alaska wind farms benefit from strong winter winds
    Cook Inlet Region Inc.'s Fire Island Wind farm near Anchorage, Alaska, is performing "a little bit above expectations," said Ethan Schutt, CIRI's senior vice president of land and development. Meanwhile, Golden Valley Electric Association's Eva Creek wind project near Healy has generated about 11,300 megawatt hours of power, or enough to supply 8,000 households each month, said GVEA spokeswoman Cassandra Cerny. The project's final two turbines are due for commissioning next week. (1/1) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  Project Focus 
  • Community wind project in Vt. goes online
    The Georgia Mountain Community Wind Project in Vermont is up and running. The wind farm's four turbines generate power for the city-owned Burlington Electric Department, said project manager Martha Staskus. The wind farm, which is owned by developer David Blittersdorf and land owner Jim Harrison, is expected to generate an estimated 27 million kilowatt hours of electricity annually. The Burlington Free Press (Vt.) (12/31) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  Economy, Energy & Trends 
  • Texas wind turbines set record on Dec. 25, ERCOT says
    Wind turbines in Texas generated a record 8,638 megawatts on Dec. 25, according to the Electric Reliability Council of Texas. Wind capacity in the state has more than doubled to 11,200 MW since 2008 thanks to Texas' Competitive Renewable Energy Zones program, but expansion is expected to slow down in 2013 because of declining natural gas prices, the economic downturn and the then-uncertain fate of the wind-energy Production Tax Credit. Reuters (12/31) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • 3 investor-owned utilities in Calif. hold 194 PPAs of renewables
    California's three investor-owned utilities hold 194 renewable power purchase agreements worth a combined total of 16,012 megawatts, according to data compiled by Platts. Pacific Gas & Electric, Southern California Edison and San Diego Gas & Electric have 96 PPAs for renewable energy facilities currently online with a total capacity of 5,893 MW, the data showed. The remaining 98 PPAs are for projects due for completion between now and the end of 2015, the data showed. Platts (12/31) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Okla. utilities scaled down wind plans amid policy uncertainty
    Utilities in Oklahoma put on hold wind projects pending greater clarity on the fate of the wind-energy Production Tax Credit. "Going forward will make the economics more difficult," said Stan Whiteford, a spokesman for American Electric Power-Public Service Co. of Oklahoma. "Unless there's some type of mandate by the government, or a run-up in other energy prices, it's probably likely our procurement of additional wind is on hold." Congress approved a one-year extension of the PTC late Tuesday. Tulsa World (Okla.) (1/2) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  AWEA News 
  • Danish Survey Shows Neighbors Find No Downside to Wind Turbines
    A new Danish survey on people living close to wind turbines shows that four out of five people feel there are no downsides to the experience -- and 23% of those surveyed became more positive towards the turbines within one year of installation. Read more. LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Regional Wind Energy Summit -- West: Calif. Energy Commissioner
    California Energy Commissioner Karen Douglas will join a panel of experts to explore western U.S. siting and wildlife mitigation challenges for the highly anticipated session, Building Wind in the West: Overcoming Siting Issues. The AWEA Wind Energy Summit -- West takes place Jan. 14 in La Jolla, Calif. Don't miss this important regional event and business opportunity. Learn more. LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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