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December 12, 2012
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  Industry Update 
  • Siemens' cost-cutting measures to hit energy unit the most
    Siemens' energy division will bear more than half of the company's planned $7.8 billion cost reductions over the next two years, the German conglomerate said. Siemens aims to save up to $4.2 billion in the unit next year and in 2014, while boosting its operating profit margin to at least 12% in 2014. Reuters (12/11) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  Project Focus 
  • Neb. utility considers buying 200 MW from wind project
    Directors of the Omaha Public Power District will vote Dec. 13 on whether to buy 200 megawatts of electricity from Invenergy's Prairie Breeze wind project, which is due for completion in January 2014 near Elgin, Neb. If approved, the transaction would be the district's biggest wind-power deal and would go a long way toward meeting its goal of 10% renewable energy by 2020. The 25-year agreement also gives the district the option to buy the wind farm after 10 years. Omaha World-Herald (Neb.) (12/11) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Alaska wind project completed amid challenging conditions
    Constructing the Eva Creek Wind Farm near Healy, Alaska, was a challenge that included sending workers and equipment across a narrow railroad bridge with just six inches of available clearance, writes Jill Badzinski, a marketing and communications specialist for Michels Corp. After crossing the bridge over the Nenana River, the equipment had to be shuttled about 10 miles up a steep mountain road, which was made worse by extremely low temperatures, heavy rainfall and fierce winds during the seven months it took to complete the project, Badzinski notes. North American Windpower online (12/11) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  Policy Watch 
  • AWEA: PTC renewal in fiscal cliff package has bipartisan support
    The American Wind Energy Association believes that the wind-energy Production Tax Credit would be renewed as part of a compromise deal to avert the so-called "fiscal cliff," according to Peter Kelley, AWEA's vice president of public affairs. Congress needs to agree first on larger issues including tax rates, before tackling business tax incentive extensions, Kelley said. While it's possible that a deal won't be reached before Congress adjourns on Dec. 21, "we expect that they would return to session to come to a final agreement and take votes during the last week of December," Kelley stated. North American Windpower online (12/12) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Gramlich: Wind power is good for consumers, economy
    A blog post by a visiting scholar of the American Enterprise Institute contained several inaccuracies about wind power and the wind-energy Production Tax Credit, according to Rob Gramlich, senior vice president for public policy at the American Wind Energy Association. Wind power enjoys bipartisan support, puts downward pressure on electricity rates and helps displace the least-efficient power plants in operation today, Gramlich notes. "[W]ith the right support, American wind power will continue to diversify our energy mix, invest billions of dollars more into our economy, and create thousands of quality jobs that can't be outsourced," Gramlich states. The Hill/Congress Blog (12/11) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  AWEA News 
  • Iowa Newspaper: "Make Opinion Known Loud and Clear" on PTC
    "We urge Iowans to make their opinion known loud and clear [on extending the federal wind energy Production Tax Credit." That's the Mason City, Iowa, Globe Gazette, editorializing recently on the benefits of wind power to the Hawkeye State and the importance of extending the PTC. LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Opportunity in the Northwest: AWEA Regional Wind Energy Summit
    Build opportunity in the Pacific Northwest with a full day of educational sessions at the AWEA Regional Wind Energy Summit -- Northwest. Focusing on Washington, Oregon, Montana and Idaho, this event offers you a comprehensive and timely analysis of current and near-term market conditions, opportunities and trends. Coming Feb. 19 to Portland Ore. Learn more and register. LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  Editor's Note 
  • Correction
    A headline in the Best of 2012 Wind Energy SmartBrief misstated Gabriel Alonso's company. He is CEO of EDP Renewables. SmartBrief regrets the error. LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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These stories were selected and summarized by independent editors at SmartBrief Inc., not by AWEA's staff, and do not represent AWEA positions. They reflect the variety of daily coverage of American wind power.
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