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October 1, 2012
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  Industry Update 
  • Coastal wind projects in Texas await congressional action on PTC
    The fates of at least six coastal wind projects in Texas depend on whether the wind-energy Production Tax Credit will be extended by Congress after the November election, industry insiders said. Lack of the credit "could severely halt the progress" of wind projects, said Patrick Woodson of E.ON Climate and Renewables North America, which is seeking to build a wind farm in Nueces County. "We're waiting just like everybody else," said Dru Steubing, a managing member of Texas Wind Group. "We're still doing all of our due diligence and making sure the project is ready to go." Corpus Christi Caller-Times (Texas) (9/29) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Obama orders Ralls to halt wind project near Navy base
    President Barack Obama last week issued an order barring Ralls Corp., a holding company owned by executives of China's Sany Group, from constructing wind farms near a U.S. Navy facility in Oregon due to national security reasons. Ralls must terminate its plans and divest its interest in the projects, the ruling said. Reuters (9/28) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Sany may seek compensation from U.S. after halt order: Sany Group is planning to seek compensation from the U.S. government after President Barack Obama ordered it to stop building wind farms near a U.S. military facility in Oregon, according to a report from Xinhua News Agency. The wind projects are not a threat to U.S. national security, the report said, citing a Sany legal official. Bloomberg Businessweek (9/30) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • GDF Suez unit's wind projects get funding from Brazil's BNDES
    Tractebel Energia, the Brazilian unit of France's GDF Suez, has secured an initial $28.8 million installment of a wind-power loan from Brazilian development bank BNDES. The loan, worth a total of $176.7 million, is meant to support development of the Mundaú, Fleixeiras, Trairi and Guajirú wind projects, which have a combined capacity of 115.4 megawatts. (tiered subscription model) (9/28) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Policy uncertainty hurts U.K.'s offshore wind sector, exec says
    Sweden's Vattenfall has inaugurated the 150-megawatt Ormonde offshore wind farm in the Irish Sea. The $811 million facility is "one of the most innovative operational offshore wind farms in the world. We believe it provides a glimpse into the future of offshore wind in Europe," said CEO Øystein Løseth. However, he warned that uncertainty over the U.K.'s plan to reform its electricity market is undermining the industry's growth. (tiered subscription model) (9/28) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  Economy, Energy & Trends 
  • Poll finds strong support for clean energy in 8 swing states
    A poll commissioned by the Natural Resources Defense Council found that the majority of undecided voters in the so-called battleground states of Florida, Michigan, Nevada, New Mexico, Ohio, Pennsylvania, Virginia and Wisconsin are more likely to vote for candidates who support clean energy than those who don't. By 52% to 29%, undecided voters said they would back a presidential candidate who favors more government incentives for wind power, while the margin was 56% to 35% among likely voters, the poll found. SNL Financial (free content) (9/27) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  Policy Watch 
  • Sen. Reid warns against removal of wind, geothermal tax credits
    Republican presidential nominee Mitt Romney's support for the elimination of the wind-energy Production Tax Credit this year and likely support for the removal of a geothermal-energy tax credit in 2013 would have negative consequences on the renewable-energy industry in Nevada and the rest of the nation, writes Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid, D-Nev. "Our growing renewable-energy sector needs and deserves support from government at all levels with a more predictable and certain tax policy," Reid adds. Reno Gazette-Journal (Nev.) (9/28) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  AWEA News 
  • Pa. Newspaper: Extending PTC "Should Be No-Brainer"
    In a brief and to-the-point editorial, the Scranton, Pa., Times-Tribune called on Congress to extend the federal Production Tax Credit beyond its scheduled expiration Dec. 31. Read more. LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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