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January 10, 2013
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  Industry Update 
  • Google puts $200M into Texas wind farm
    Google has invested $200 million in EDF Renewable Energy's Spinning Spur wind farm in Texas. "We look for projects like Spinning Spur because, in addition to creating more renewable energy and strengthening the local economy, they also make for smart investments: They offer attractive returns relative to the risks and allow us to invest in a broad range of assets," according to Google. Houston Chronicle (1/9) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • UAE energy firm to buy 50% stake in Minn. wind farm
    The United Arab Emirates' Abu Dhabi National Energy Company, or TAQA, has signed a deal to acquire a 50% stake in the 205.5-megawatt Lakefield wind farm in Jackson County, Minn., from a unit of EDF. The transaction marks the first time that TAQA has bought an interest in a U.S. wind farm. The companies expect to wrap up the deal in the first quarter of 2013. Reuters (1/9) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  Project Focus 
  • Calif. wind farm is first to send power on new transmission line
    Ninety-four of the 112 wind turbines in Pattern Energy Group's Ocotillo wind project in California became operational in December, making the 265-megawatt facility the first to send electricity through the Sunrise Powerlink transmission line, Pattern Energy said. The remaining turbines are due for installation in the spring, the company said. Once fully functioning, the facility is expected to generate enough power to supply about 100,000 households. Reuters (1/10) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  Economy, Energy & Trends 
  • Opinion: Utah is falling behind other states in renewable power
    Data from the Energy Information Administration show that only 2.7% of Utah's electricity in 2012 came from renewable sources, writes Christopher Thomas, executive director of the Healthy Environment Alliance of Utah. Utah is getting left behind by other states in renewable power generation because of "antipathy" and "lack of interest" shown by Gov. Gary Herbert and most state lawmakers toward the sector, Thomas writes. The Salt Lake Tribune (Utah) (1/9) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Wind turbine makers are unsure what 2013 will bring
    The global wind turbine market will face a slowdown this year despite continuation of the U.S. wind-energy Production Tax Credit, writes columnist Kate Galbraith. Long-term uncertainty in the U.S. will persist because projects have only until the end of the year to start construction to qualify for the PTC, while important markets such as China and Spain are struggling under transmission and budgetary constraints, Galbraith states. Vestas Wind Systems "anticipates a significant reduction in 2013 installations, relative to previous years" in the U.S., partly because the PTC extension came so late, said spokesman Michael Zarin. The New York Times (tiered subscription model) (1/9) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  Policy Watch 
  • N.Y. governor unveils plan for $1B "green" bank
    New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo, during his State of the State address on Wednesday, unveiled a plan to create a $1 billion "green" bank to harness private investments for clean-technology development in the state. The bank will be funded partly by money from the state energy efficiency and renewable portfolio programs, Cuomo said. Greentech Media (1/9) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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