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December 20, 2012
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  Industry Update 
  • EIA: New wind capacity could reach a record 12,000 MW this year
    Newly installed U.S. wind capacity could reach a record 12,000 megawatts this year as developers race to complete their projects in case the wind-energy Production Tax Credit is not extended by Congress, according to a report by the Energy Information Administration. Wind is on track to account for 45% of overall additions this year, outpacing all other energy sources, including natural gas, which accounted for the most capacity additions in the past two years, the report showed. Platts (12/19) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Wind assets not included in Edison Mission's bankruptcy filing
    Edison Mission Energy's wind assets are not included in its filing for Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection, said spokesman Charles Parnell. Edison Mission Energy owns 1.486 gigawatts of installed capacity, plus an additional 122 megawatts about to go online in Nebraska, Parnell said. The company's wind farms are stand-alone businesses, have multiyear power purchase deals and able to cover their expenses, Parnell stated. (tiered subscription model) (12/19) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Germany OKs plan to boost transmission capacity for renewables
    The German government has endorsed a plan to lay about 1,740 miles of new transmission cables and upgrade about 1,800 miles of existing lines by 2022 to speed up delivery of renewable power across Germany. New direct-current high-voltage cables would carry wind power from the north to customers in the south, said Environment Minister Peter Altmaier. Bloomberg Businessweek (12/19) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  Project Focus 
  • Statoil gets clearance to file plan for Maine offshore project
    Statoil North America can apply for a proposed pilot-scale floating offshore wind project in Maine after the Department of the Interior received no other expressions of interest in the proposed project area. Statoil's project is aimed at demonstrating an "optimized" version of the Hywind floating technology, an earlier version of which has been successfully deployed off the coast of Norway in 2009. (tiered subscription model) (12/20) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  Economy, Energy & Trends 
  • Colo. wind farm completed
    NextEra Energy Resources' 250-turbine Limon wind farm in Colorado is now fully operational, bringing the share of wind power in Xcel Energy's generating capacity to 17%, which is more than four times the U.S. average. However, the continued growth of wind power in Colorado is under threat from the uncertainty over the wind-energy Production Tax Credit, industry insiders said. The lack of action in Congress over the PTC "has left the market at a standstill," said Michael O'Sullivan, a senior vice president at NextEra. The Denver Post (12/19) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  Policy Watch 
  • AWEA: Ending PTC would put up to 37,000 jobs at risk
    Congress should act immediately to extend the wind-energy Production Tax Credit for projects that start next year to help protect up to 37,000 jobs in the wind-energy supply chain, according to the American Wind Energy Association. "It's down to the wire on wind, and Congress has a choice," said Rob Gramlich, AWEA's senior vice president for public policy. "If they do nothing, the wind industry will fall over its own fiscal cliff and America will lose most of its wind installations next year." Pasadena Star-News (Calif.) (12/19) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Sen. Alexander exaggerates cost of PTC renewal, AWEA says
    The American Wind Energy Association disputes allegations by Sen. Lamar Alexander, R-Tenn., that an extension of the wind-energy Production Tax Credit would cost taxpayers $50 billion. "The PTC is a good deal for taxpayers, and the numbers being thrown around by opponents are grossly exaggerated and include incentives for other technologies besides wind," said AWEA Media Relations Manager Ellen Carey. "The PTC doesn't cost taxpayers a dime -- it more than pays for itself in local, state and federal taxes over the life of the project." North American Windpower online (12/19) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  AWEA News 
  • Western Governors Call for PTC Extension that Would Really Work
    One of the leading bipartisan political groups in America recently asked the leaders of Congress to extend the renewable-energy Production Tax Credit to continue the benefits of wind energy in the American West. Read more. LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Generate Success at the Wind Project Siting Seminar
    Generate success this February. Enhance your siting process techniques by attending the AWEA Wind Project Siting Seminar. Get a close-up look at the siting process, build your knowledge of effective siting strategies and learn how to identify and address potential risks early on to avoid costly project delays, secure project financing and mitigate environmental impact. Coming Feb. 20 to Portland, Ore. Learn more and register. LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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