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October 25, 2012
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  Industry Update 
  • FERC: Wind, solar accounted for all new power capacity last month
    Wind and solar energy accounted for all of the 433 megawatts of U.S. generation capacity installed last month, according to the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission. Five wind projects with a combined capacity of 300 MW went online last month, bringing the nation's total wind-power capacity installed this year to 4,055 MW, FERC said. OilPrice.com (U.K.) (10/24) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • NextEra aims to install more than 1,200 MW of wind capacity in Q4
    Florida-based NextEra Energy expects to finish more than 1,200 megawatts of wind projects in the U.S. in the last three months of 2012, the most capacity that a company has ever completed in a single year, said Moray Dewhurst, the company's vice chairman and chief financial officer. Completing that amount of capacity would bring NextEra's total wind portfolio to over 10,000 MW, Dewhurst said. Reuters (10/24) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • AWEA: Electricity supply from wind energy could climb 26% in Colo.
    Colorado's electricity supply from wind power could increase by 26% by year's end, raising the state's overall wind power capacity to 2,272 megawatts from 1,805 MW, according to data from the American Wind Energy Association. "This demonstrates that wind is an important part of Colorado's electricity resource mix and there's room to grow. Advances in [the electric grid] system integration will help us to add more and more wind and other renewable resources," said Lyghtco's Craig Cox, formerly the executive director of Interwest Energy Alliance. American City Business Journals/Denver, Colo. (10/24) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • PTC non-renewal would lead to layoffs at Iowa turbine plant
    TPI Composites would have to lay off workers at its wind-turbine plant in Iowa if Congress fails to renew the wind-energy Production Tax Credit before the year ends, said Steven Lockard, the company's president. "Right now, we're very busy at Newton and we'd like to stay that way. But next year will be slow for the wind industry," Lockard said. The wind industry could lose 37,000 jobs if the PTC is not be renewed, according to the American Wind Energy Association. The Des Moines Register (Iowa) (10/24) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • China's Supreme People's Court to hear appeal in AMSC-Sinovel case
    China's Supreme People's Court will hear on Oct. 26 Sinovel Wind Group's appeal against rulings that denied its request for a dismissal of a copyright infringement case filed by U.S.-based AMSC. The American company is seeking a cease-and-desist order against former customer Sinovel and about $6 million in compensation in the case, which is one of four it filed against the Chinese company. RechargeNews.com (tiered subscription model) (10/24) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  Economy, Energy & Trends 
  • U.S. wind power consumption rose 27% in 2011
    Although overall U.S. energy consumption declined in 2011, wind power use climbed to 1.17 quadrillion Btu, up 27% from 2010 and the biggest gain among domestic energy sectors, according to the Department of Energy's Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory. "This is the result of sustained investment in wind power," said A.J. Simon, an energy systems analyst at Livermore. Wind power use could continue to climb this year, as newly installed capacity rose 40% in the third quarter compared with the same period in 2011, the American Wind Energy Association said. The Hill/E2 Wire blog (10/24) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Study: Atlantic states would gain from offshore wind
    Developing 54 gigawatts of offshore wind capacity along the Atlantic Coast could create 43,000 jobs and generate $200 billion in economic activities in the region, the Center for American Progress said in a report meant to counter an energy plan by an oil-industry group. The 54 GW of offshore wind capacity would equal the output of 52 coal-fired plants and outpace the region's oil and natural gas production, the report showed. "Indeed, expanded offshore drilling is not the only option," said Marissa Newhall, communications director for the Clean Energy Group and the Clean Energy States Alliance. SNL Financial (free content) (10/23) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  Policy Watch 
  • First Wind favors MLP option for wind projects as long-term policy
    The boom-and-bust cycles caused by the periodic expiration of the wind-energy Production Tax Credit means that it is "the wrong long-term solution" to support the industry's growth, said First Wind Senior Vice President Pete Keel at a conference. "We have been advocating that the right long-term solution is a two-year extension [of the PTC], just to give us some runway to a transition, and ultimately a master limited partnership" financing option, Keel said. "If there is an MLP, it gets us cheap equity in the public markets, which would love to earn 7% or 8% or 9% in an investment grade project, but can't right now." SNL Financial (free content) (10/23) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  AWEA News 
  • Neb.: New Wind Farm Highlights PTC Decision
    An article in a recent edition of the Kearney, Neb., Hub newspaper tells the story of what a single wind farm is doing for a community and state, and what's on the line as Congress considers whether to extend the wind-energy Production Tax Credit. Read more. LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • 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 information on the AWEA Regional Summit -- Southwest. LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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