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January 23, 2013
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  Industry Update 
  • GE eyes "double-digit" share of German turbine market
    General Electric will unveil next month a 2.5-megawatt wind turbine that will enable the company to capture a "double-digit" share of Germany's land-based turbine market by 2015, said Stephan Reimelt, CEO of GE Energy Germany. "We have the first orders, and we're very optimistic that the product will be successful," Reimelt said. Bloomberg Businessweek (1/22) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Utility may buy parts of 2 Iberdrola wind projects in Ore.
    Portland General Electric struck a deal to buy portions of two wind projects in Gilliam County, Ore., from Iberdrola Renewables if those projects meet the criteria for preferred suppliers in the utility's ongoing request for proposals. If Iberdrola's bid is accepted, PGE will buy a portion of the Leaning Juniper wind project and the proposed Montague wind farm, said spokesman Steve Corson. The Oregonian (Portland) (1/22) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Brazil lender may OK $735M in loans for wind farms in 2013
    Banco do Brasil this year may approve wind development loans worth $735 million, an increase from the amount the lender disbursed last year. Wind energy becomes more competitive with other power sources since costs of building wind farms have declined over the past years, the Brasilia-based bank said in a statement. "In the short to medium term, the expectation is that this type of energy will increase its participation in Brazil's energy matrix by more than 6 percent," the bank's Paulo Rogerio Caffarelli said. Bloomberg Businessweek (1/22) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
10 ways to inspire creativity in your staff.
Fostering creative business practices isn't as hard as it seems and can lead to smart solutions. Use these ten techniques to help inspire and encourage creativity in your staff. Read the article and learn 10 ways to get the creative juices flowing.

  Project Focus 
 
  • Mich. firm to team up with N.Y. group on $1.4M wind project
    Michigan-based Lake Effect Energy Corp. is planning to work together with New York-based Wind Products to install two wind turbines on property owned by Ann Arbor Public Schools in Ann Arbor, Mich., said LEEC President Christopher Stahl. The $1.4-million project would feature an Endurance 50-kilowatt turbine and a Gaia 11-kW turbine. The City Council agreed to set aside up to $951,500 in federal grant money for the project. AnnArbor.com (Mich.) (1/22) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • 3 Iberdrola wind farms in the U.S. enter service
    Spain's Iberdrola Renewables started operating three U.S. wind farms with a combined output capacity of more than 265 megawatts. The three are the 189-MW Manzana wind farm in California, the 48-MW Groton wind farm in New Hampshire and the 28.5-MW Hoosac wind farm in Massachusetts. The U.S. is a "strategic" market and Iberdrola plans to use 16% of its available investment funds through 2014 in the country, the company said. Bloomberg Businessweek (1/22) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Kan. county planners postpone decision on BP wind project
    The Planning Board of Pratt County, Kan., postponed to Feb. 18 a decision on whether to issue a special use permit to BP Wind Energy's proposed Ninnescah wind farm so it could gather more information and feedback. BP Wind Energy selected Pratt because of its wind resources, nearness to transmission lines and community support for the project, said Karl Pierce, business developer for the company. Pratt Tribune (Kan.) (1/22) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
Building Workplace Trust 2015
Interaction Associates' 6th annual research study tracking trust on the job, Building Workplace Trust, is out, and more than half of employees surveyed give their organizations low marks for trust and leadership. Yet this year's findings again point to how high trust leads to better outcomes and financial results — and even boosts innovation.

  Economy, Energy & Trends 
 
  • "Suction bucket" system could bring down offshore wind costs
    A "suction bucket" foundation developed by Denmark's Universal Foundation and set for its first deployment at Forewind's Dogger Bank offshore wind project in the U.K. could help lower the cost of such projects, observers said. The technology works by artificially creating quicksand around the rim of the bucket so the foundation adheres tightly to the seabed. "The 'suction bucket' foundation is a really great innovation for the industry as you can install it faster and at lower costs than conventional foundations," said Phil de Villiers of the environmental consulting firm Carbon Trust. The Guardian (London) (1/22) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Mass.-based startup eyes micro-wind market
    Massachusetts-based Wing Power Energy, developer of a micro-wind system that combines a vertical-axis wind turbine with a solar panel, is aiming to market its technology to wireless service providers and large retail chains. Wind Power Energy's system is ideal for areas where limited infrastructure or space constrains renewable energy options, said CEO Harry Ruda. American City Business Journals/Boston/TechFlash blog (1/22) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
How to Achieve IT Agility: A Survival Guide for IT Decision Makers
When business teams add new apps and services to already-strained networks, IT departments are accountable for making everything work. Is your team ready for this challenge? Read this eGuide to learn how IT teams are automating their networks, why they're utilizing Ethernet fabrics and SDN, and what success looks like as they regain network control and business relevance.

  AWEA News 
  • Top 10 Mythbusters from 2012
    AWEA is ringing in the New Year by showing off some of its best work in 2012. The following 10 articles, letters, op-eds and blog posts highlight some of our best efforts to counter inaccurate and misleading information about wind power in the news. LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Generate Solutions at the Wind Project Siting Seminar
    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. The event is on Feb. 20 in Portland, Ore. Learn more and register. 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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