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October 18, 2012
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  Industry Update 
  • Iberdrola, partner break ground on 150-MW Brazilian wind project
    Iberdrola Renewables and Brazilian group Neoenergia have broken ground on a 150-megawatt wind project in the Brazilian state of Rio Grande do Norte. The Calango wind project is slated to enter service at the end of 2013. It and five other wind projects the two companies are building in Brazil will use turbines supplied by Gamesa. Bloomberg (10/17) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Norwegian firms acquire 560-MW offshore wind project in the U.K.
    Norwegian companies Statoil and Statkraft have joined forces to purchase the proposed Dudgeon Offshore Wind Farm in the U.K. Oil giant Statoil will get a 70% stake in the project, while renewable-energy firm Statkraft gets the remainder. The project is licensed to generate as much as 560 megawatts of wind power. MarketWatch (10/17) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • E.ON wants local support for offshore wind proposal in Scotland
    Germany's E.ON is proposing to develop a trio of offshore wind farms with a total capacity of 234 megawatts off the coast of Scotland. The utility plans to distribute detailed proposals to all residents within roughly 9 miles of the proposed project site and conduct public meetings in the next several weeks. E.ON said it wants to "ensure that the local community have their views considered throughout the development." (tiered subscription model) (10/17) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Siemens to supply 22 turbines to wind project in Turkey
    Siemens has won a contract to supply 22 wind turbines for a 50-megawatt wind farm in Turkey proposed by Borusan Holding and EnBW Energie Baden-Wuerttemberg. The proposed wind farm is expected to deliver electricity to 43,000 homes, Siemens said. "The Turkish wind-energy market is attractive for Siemens and we expect further growth in the future," Siemens' Felix Ferlemann said. Bloomberg Businessweek (10/17) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Ralls is a victim of discrimination, exec says
    Ralls Corp., an affiliate of China-based Sany Group that is suing the Obama administration for blocking the construction of wind farms near a military facility in Oregon, said it is a victim of discrimination and that the case would discourage Chinese investment in the U.S. The administration cited national security for the decision to stop the wind projects. Ralls would "never do anything that threatened U.S. national security," said CEO Wu Jialiang. Yahoo/The Associated Press (10/18) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  Project Focus 
  • N.Y. town board denies request for changes to wind project
    The Planning Board of Allegany, N.Y., denied a petition by Allegany Wind for an extension of a special-use permit and site-plan approval, as well as a change in wind turbine models, for a proposed 29-turbine wind project. Allegany Wind has been "pushed into a surprising situation" by the board's ruling, said an attorney for EverPower, the parent company of Allegany Wind. Olean Times Herald (N.Y.) (10/16) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Minn. county tables plan to rescind support for wind project
    Commissioners of Goodhue County, Minn., tabled a resolution that proposed to rescind their endorsement of a 78-megawatt proposed wind project owned by New Era Wind Farm. The board also authorized the county attorney to petition the state Public Utilities Commission to determine whether the project still has Community-Based Energy Development status. If the project's C-BED status is withdrawn by the PUC, the county board could revive its resolution to rescind. The Post-Bulletin (Rochester, Minn.) (10/17) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  Economy, Energy & Trends 
  • Colo. city utility to offer wind power to offset coal use
    Colorado Springs Utilities is planning to offer wind power in 100-kilowatt hour blocks to offset use of coal-generated power starting in January 2013. Ratepayers can purchase as little as one block per month and can also cancel their purchases at any time, CSU said. The company has bought 13 megawatts of wind power from Xcel Energy, which has about 43,000 blocks still available for private or commercial buyers, said Deb Mathis, program manager for CSU. Colorado Springs (Colo.) Independent /Indy Blog (10/17) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  Policy Watch 
  • FERC approval sought in tax-equity deal for Colo. wind project
    NextEra Energy Resources is seeking approval from the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission to divest its non-managing class B ownership interest in the proposed Limon Wind Energy Center project in Lincoln County, Colo., as part of a financing deal with a group of investors. Under the proposed deal, a subsidiary of NextEra would retain ownership of 100% of the class A membership interests in, as well as operational control of, the project. SNL Financial (free content) (10/16) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  AWEA News 
  • AWEA Regional Wind Energy Summit Series Heads to Southwest
    Obtain a comprehensive view of all critical aspects of wind project development in the Southwest Power Pool and Electric Reliability Council of Texas regions. Delve deep into the most important current and forecasted issues facing the wind energy industry in these regions. AWEA's Regional Summit series is among the most popular new offerings because they provide an industry-wide focus while zeroing in on one region. Coming Dec. 5 and 6 to Houston. Get more info on the AWEA Regional Wind Energy Summit -- Southwest. LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Fact Check: Reason Foundation Report Contradicts Own Premise
    A number of fossil fuel-funded groups recently set out to attack wind energy by paying for a new report claiming wind energy is difficult to integrate onto the utility system and doesn't provide the expected benefits. The only problem? The Reason Foundation's analysis ended up producing results that contradict those claims and actually support the opposite conclusions. LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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