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March 1, 2013
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  Industry Update 
  • Pattern Energy seeks to build more wind farms in Canada
    Wind-power company Pattern Energy Group, which operates one wind farm in Canada, is on the lookout for growth opportunities in several Canadian provinces, said CEO Mike Garland. "We would like to expand in Manitoba and Alberta, as well," Garland said. "Alberta is one area where, given the large amount of oil and gas exploration going on, at some point they will have to expand their renewables efforts to show their long-term commitment to sustainability." SNL Financial (free content) (2/27) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Report: Lack of funds to slow down offshore wind growth in Europe
    Lack of funding will likely keep Europe from reaching the 2020 target of 40 gigawatts of offshore wind capacity projected by the European Wind Energy Association, according to research firm Boston Consulting Group. "Because of the financing difficulties, a slower development of the market and thus an expansion of installed capacity to 25 gigawatts by 2020 seems likely," the group said. Bloomberg Businessweek (2/28) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  Project Focus 
  • State regulators delay ruling on Minn. wind project
    The Minnesota Public Utilities Commission has tabled the application for the proposed New Era Wind Farm project in Goodhue County, Minn. The commission said it needs more information before it can permit the project to advance, adding that the developer has so far failed to address concerns about its bird and bat protection plan. "While New Era would have preferred an affirmative vote on our avian and bat protection plan, we appreciate the time and careful deliberation that the commission and staff made," said developer Peter Mastic. Minnesota Public Radio (2/28) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Minn. wind project wins 2-year extension to site permit
    The Minnesota Public Utilities Commission granted a two-year extension to a site permit for the Pleasant Valley wind project. The project got the permit in October 2010, but transmission-related delays have kept it from executing a power-purchase deal, a regulatory filing showed. "Pleasant Valley's failure to execute a contract and begin construction within the two-year time frame was due to circumstances beyond its control," the commission said. The Post-Bulletin (Rochester, Minn.) (2/28) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  Economy, Energy & Trends 
  • Poll shows strong support for renewables in N.C.
    The majority of registered voters in North Carolina are in favor of more renewable energy in the state, according to a poll commissioned by the North Carolina Sustainable Energy Association. Solar energy and energy efficiency gained the highest rates of approval in the poll, followed by natural gas and land-based wind farms. It's the third consecutive year that the association found strong support for renewables and energy efficiency in North Carolina. American City Business Journals/Charlotte, N.C./Power City blog (2/28) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  Policy Watch 
  • Bipartisan group calls for gradual phase-out of all energy incentives
    The thinktank Bipartisan Policy Center unveiled a list of recommendations on energy policy directions. Among the group's suggestions is to phase out all energy-specific tax incentives, including the wind-energy Production Tax Credit. "In order to increase exposure to market forces at a pace that permits industry adaptation, the value of the credit should decline over time on a pre-determined schedule or other basis informed by relevant market conditions," the group said. North American Windpower online (3/1) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  AWEA News 
  • Iowa Lakes Wind Technology Teacher, 47, Dies
    Craig Evert, 47, an assistant professor in the Wind Energy and Turbine Technology program at Iowa Lakes Community College, died recently at a hospital in Sioux Falls, S.D. Rob Hach, an Iowa wind industry leader, described Evert as a "wind energy icon." Read more. LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • WINDPOWER 2013: Extra-Special Discount for AWEA Members
    WINDPOWER has never been more relevant to the wind energy industry than right now, and registration is open. For business members of AWEA only: as part of the registration kickoff, receive an additional discount on top of the early rates if you register by Feb. 28. Get more details on redeeming this offer. LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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