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December 14, 2012
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  Industry Update 
  • London Array offshore wind project is now complete
    Workers have installed the final wind turbine of the initial phase of the London Array offshore wind farm in the U.K. The 630-megawatt facility is owned by a consortium of Dong Energy, E.ON and Masdar. "The London Array will soon be the largest operational offshore wind farm in the world," said Benj Sykes, head of Dong Energy's wind business in the U.K. (tiered subscription model) (12/13) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Some firms call for higher duties on wind towers from China, Vietnam
    Certain U.S. wind tower manufacturers urged the U.S. International Trade Commission to impose countervailing duties on imported wind towers made in China and Vietnam. "The American wind tower industry has been devastated by Chinese and Vietnamese trade practices," said Kerry Cole, president of Trinity Structural Towers, during a commission hearing. The ITC is expected to issue its findings by late January. Reuters (12/13) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  Project Focus 
  • EDF unit lands O&M contract for 3 wind projects in Wyo.
    PacifiCorp, a unit of MidAmerican Energy Holdings, has picked EDF Renewable Services to provide operations and maintenance services to three wind projects in Wyoming with a total capacity of 238.5 megawatts. The three are the 99-MW High Plains, the 28.5-MW McFadden Ridge I and the 111-MW Dunlap I wind projects. SNL Financial (free content) (12/12) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Wind turbine installed on Ill. university campus
    Workers have completed the installation of a 70-foot, 2.4-kilowatt wind turbine near the golf course of the Western Illinois University campus. The turbine will help meet the golf course's electricity needs and serve as a teaching tool for high school and junior high students. The project is part of the Illinois Wind for Schools program of the state Institute for Rural Affairs. San Francisco Chronicle/The Associated Press (12/13) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  Policy Watch 
  • Renewables advocates must be united as Congress eyes tax reform
    Renewable-energy supporters must work together over the next several weeks and months, as Congress debates the fate of the wind-energy Production Tax Credit and other fiscal issues affecting the industry, according to speakers at a webinar hosted by the American Council on Renewable Energy on Dec. 12. "[I]t's important for the renewable energy sector to work together across the board," said Todd Foley, ACORE's senior vice president of policy and government relations. SNL Financial (free content) (12/12) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  AWEA News 
  • Sportsmen's and Conservation Groups Urge Extension of Tax Credits
    Congress should extend critical tax incentives that encourage renewable energy production and energy efficiency, 118 sportsmen's, business and conservation groups from all over the U.S. urged in a letter to Congress recently. The letter, with a list of sponsors, also appeared as an ad in Politico. Read more. LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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