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December 27, 2012
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  Industry Update 
  • Colo.-based firm agrees to buy power from new wind farm
    Colorado-based Tri-State Generation and Transmission Association has agreed to purchase power from the recently-finished 67-megawatt Colorado Highlands wind farm. "It increases the amount of renewable resources in our energy mix and further diversifies our overall generation portfolio, while also assisting our members to meet their obligations under state renewable portfolio standards," said Brad Nebergall, senior vice president of Tri-State G&T. ECT.coop (12/26) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Scottish program could offer rebates to residents near wind farm
    A pilot program will offer residents living near the proposed Auchrobert wind project near Lesmahagow, Scotland, rebates and discounts on their electricity bill. The program would only come into effect if the project gets approval, and eligible residents must sign up with Green Energy UK to qualify for the rebate and discount. "We've agreed to pilot this scheme, which gives direct benefits to those people living closest to a wind farm," said David Morris, project manager of developer Coriolis Energy. The Herald (Glasgow, Scotland) (12/27) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  Project Focus 
 
  • Invenergy's 200-MW wind farm in Ill. enters service
    Invenergy's 200-megawatt California Ridge wind farm in Illinois' Champaign and Vermilion counties is up and running, the company said. The 134-turbine wind farm supplies power to the Tennessee Valley Authority. The facility generates enough power for about 65,000 homes annually. Bloomberg Businessweek (12/26) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Fate of delayed Mich. wind project is still unclear
    The Planning Commission in Clinton County, Mich., still has not rendered a decision on Forest Hill Energy-Fowler Farms' proposed wind farm, a $123 million project that has been in the works since 2008. "We've put forward a project that meets the requirements of the (county's) zoning ordinance," said Tim Brown, managing member of the developer. "We hope the county's ready to make a decision. It's been quite some time," Brown said. Lansing State Journal (Mich.), The (tiered subscription model) (12/26) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  Economy, Energy & Trends 
  • Renewables production fell in first 9 months of 2012, EIA says
    Americans consumed 3% less energy in the first nine months of this year than in the same period last year, data from the Energy Information Administration showed. Residential and industrial energy consumption fell 5.2% during the period. Renewable energy production slipped 2.8%, while fossil fuel production grew 3.14%, the data showed. The Hill/E2 Wire blog (12/26) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  Policy Watch 
  • Editorial: GOP stance on energy hurts PTC
    Some Republican leaders are jeopardizing the wind-energy Production Tax Credit, which has generated jobs and promoted energy security, according to the editorial board of the Los Angeles Times. The PTC "supports not just developers of wind farms but companies that make turbines and other parts to supply them, accounting for an estimated 37,000 jobs," the editorial states. The best way to solve the issue is to immediately extend the PTC for a year, then tackle the long-term policy for the industry during the tax reform process next year, the board writes. Los Angeles Times (tiered subscription model) (12/26) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  SmartQuote 
People who lean on logic and philosophy and rational exposition end by starving the best part of the mind."
--William Butler Yeats,
Irish poet and playwright


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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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