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February 15, 2013
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  Industry Update 
  • Strong interest in Va. offshore wind zone delights feds
    Sea Breeze Power and Cape Wind offshore wind project developer Energy Management have joined Dominion Virginia Power and seven other companies in expressing interest to bid later this year to develop wind energy in a federally designated area off the coast of Virginia. "When you finally put forth a proposal for a wind-energy area and you receive this level of interest, then that does confirm that we're offering an area that has commercial interest," said Maureen Bornholdt, program manager for renewable programs at the Bureau of Ocean Energy Management. FuelFix.com/The Associated Press (2/14) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • U.K. developer gets $155M in investments for wind projects
    London-based developer Partnerships for Renewables received investments amounting to $155.2 million from Canada's OPSEU Pension Trust and Infrared Capital Partners for wind farms to be built in prison-owned lands and other government properties in the U.K., said CEO Stephen Ainger. "Our shareholders see a great future for renewables in the U.K. They see, from an energy security point of view and for the U.K.'s renewables targets, it's important and have been willing to back that government vision," Ainger said. Bloomberg Businessweek (2/14) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  Project Focus 
  • Nev. Supreme Court stops residential wind turbine project
    The Nevada Supreme Court upheld a lower court's ruling blocking construction of a 75-foot-tall wind turbine near a residential subdivision in Washoe Valley. The turbine would be a nuisance to the community because it affects the scenery and generates unwanted sounds, the court said. Las Vegas Sun (2/14) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  Policy Watch 
  • S.D. Senate panel approves plan to boost wind power incentive
    The South Dakota Senate Commerce and Energy Committee voted 6-1 to advance legislation that would give wind projects an incentive equal to about 2% of their overall cost. "Let's keep South Dakota open for business in wind energy," said state Sen. Larry Rhoden, the bill's main author. "Let's give these developers and utilities wanting to build multi-million dollar projects in our state a chance to succeed." Bloomberg Businessweek/The Associated Press (2/14) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Ind. lawmakers urged to let energy sources compete
    The Indiana Power of Wind coalition is urging state lawmakers to adopt legislation proposing to have an independent entity consider all sources of energy in the procurement process, allowing wind power and natural gas to compete with other sources. Under the proposal, plans by utilities to purchase new capacity would be forwarded to an independent administrator that would issue a request for proposals. "We want competitive procurement for all forms of energy," said a lobbyist for the coalition. Midwest Energy News (2/14) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • White House seeks stable policy for wind
    President Barack Obama wants to make the wind-energy Production Tax Credit permanent as a means to help double U.S. renewable-energy production by 2020, according to a policy framework issued by the White House. "Right now, we are thankful that Congress extended the PTC for a year," Carey said. North American Windpower online (2/14) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  AWEA News 
  • WINDPOWER 2013: Early, Early Registration Rates This Month
    The business solutions for wind energy can be found in the people and educational programming at AWEA WINDPOWER 2013 in Chicago. WINDPOWER has never been more relevant to the wind energy industry than right now, and registration is open for business. For Business Members of AWEA only: Register in the first 30 days, by Feb. 28, and receive an additional discount on top of the early registration rates. Learn more about redeeming this offer. LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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