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December 6, 2012
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  Industry Update 
  • European interest is a good sign for U.S. offshore wind, exec says
    The interest shown by European companies such as Iberdrola, Electricite de France and Mainstream Renewable Power to participate in the first lease auction for U.S. offshore wind projects next year indicates a growing confidence in the emerging sector, said Peter Mandelstam, president of Arcadia Windpower. "The Europeans have been doing this since 1991. It's a badge of honor for the U.S. industry that the Europeans are here," he said. Bloomberg (12/5) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • WindMade to launch new renewable-energy consumer label
    WindMade is planning to introduce a new consumer label for products made using renewable power and companies that run on renewable energy. The move will enable WindMade to "engage a wider range of interested partners and supporters for this new renewable energy label, which is built on the success of WindMade," said Chairman Steve Sawyer. (12/5) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Brookfield offers to pay $161M for rest of Western Wind
    Brookfield Renewable Energy Partners' bid to acquire the rest of Western Wind Energy amounts to around $161.6 million, regulatory documents showed. Brookfield had paid about $24.6 million to purchase roughly 16% of Western Wind in August. The auction process for Western Wind could go on through January 2013, said CEO Jeff Ciachurski, adding that Brookfield's offer is below those of other interested parties. SNL Financial (free content) (12/4) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Air Force base in N.M. not opposed to wind projects, official says
    Cannon Air Force Base in Curry County, N.M., is not opposed to wind projects near its boundaries, but it wants developers to communicate early with base officials and the Department of Defense to ensure that the turbines would not interfere with radar operations at the base, said John McDonald, a representative of Cannon, at a meeting with local officials and landowners. A Federal Aviation Administration official told those in attendance that communication with the base and the DOD is important because "they can give you an idea to what's least impactful to military radar and aviation." Clovis News Journal (N.M.) (12/4) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Price reduction spurs wind development in Brazil
    Dwindling cost has driven wind development in Brazil, one of the leading oil and natural gas producers in the world, said Hamilton Moss, the country's renewable energy czar. Brazil's wind capacity could be twice the existing estimate of about 143,000 megawatts, said Moss, adding that the country's wind development "is a perfect demonstration of basic economic laws." As price drops because of competition, "the expectation of growth in the long term rose. People became interested in building factories here, so we have a complete chain of producers here now and they have prospered," Moss explained. Greentech Media (12/5) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Developer halts work on Norway's first offshore wind project
    Norway's Vestawind Offshore has indefinitely suspended work on what would be the country's first commercial-scale offshore wind project, citing lack of support from the government. "The necessary support for offshore wind from political leaders is absent," said Chairman Wenche Teigland. "Either political priorities need to change, or we must wait for technological developments to make offshore wind power competitive." Bloomberg Businessweek (12/5) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  Project Focus 
  • Minn. PUC to vote today on 2 proposed wind projects
    The Minnesota Public Utilities Commission was scheduled to decide today whether to issue a certificate of need and site permit to two proposed wind projects in Stearns County, Minn. Construction on the 42-megawatt Black Oak Wind Farm and the 40-MW Getty Wind Farm is slated to begin in 2013, with completion due by the end of 2013. St. Cloud Times (Minn.) (12/4) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  Economy, Energy & Trends 
  • Report: 60 GW of new capacity still needed to meet state RPS goals
    States with renewables mandates need about 60 gigawatts of new renewable power capacity by 2035 to meet the goals of their renewable portfolio standards, and they are well on their way to meeting their targets, according to a report from the Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory. "The cumulative amount of new capacity required is fairly significant, at least related to what's in place today, but the actual pathway and ramp rate required to get there doesn't require a huge amount of stretching, at least at a gross national level," said Galen Barbose, a research associate at the laboratory. SNL Financial (free content) (12/4) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  AWEA News 
  • Colo., Pa. Newspapers Support PTC Extension
    Two more newspapers, the Canon City, Colo., Daily Record and the Scranton, Pa., Times-Tribune, have joined the chorus of those editorializing in favor of an extension of the federal wind-energy Production Tax Credit. Read more. LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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