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January 22, 2013
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  Industry Update 
  • Obama reaffirms commitment to renewables
    President Barack Obama used a portion of his inaugural address to reaffirm his commitment to renewable energy. The shift toward low-carbon energy sources is "long and sometimes difficult," but the country must push on, Obama said. "America cannot resist this transition; we must lead it. We cannot cede to other nations the technology that will power new jobs and new industries; we must claim its promise," he said. Platts (1/21) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Eneco wind farm gains Mitsubishi investment
    Mitsubishi has purchased a 50% stake in Eneco Group's 129-megawatt wind project off the Dutch coast, the utility says. The acquisition comes less than a week after Mitsubishi announced a $766 million investment to support Germany's shift to renewable energy. The company "will continue to seek other opportunities to expand its participation in environmentally friendly infrastructure projects worldwide," said Nobuaki Kojima, executive vice president of global environment and infrastructure business development at Mitsubishi. Bloomberg Businessweek (1/21) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • 3 wind projects proposed in Ireland
    Irish energy company Kedco teamed up with a private landowner in northwest Ireland to develop three wind farms with a total capacity of 30 megawatts. Kedco will seek planning consent this year and finance pre-construction costs for a 50% stake in the projects. "Ireland has one of the best wind resources in Europe, making it a very attractive location for the development of wind-energy projects," Kedco CEO Gerry Madden said. Bloomberg Businessweek (1/21) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • EDF unit flips switch on 2 Canadian wind projects
    France's EDF Energies Nouvelles has begun commissioning the Massif du Sud and the first phase of the Lac Alfred wind farms in Quebec, Canada. The two wind farms have a combined generating capacity of 150 megawatts. The company intends to install 1 gigawatt of wind capacity in Quebec by the end of 2015. Bloomberg Businessweek (1/21) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  Economy, Energy & Trends 
  • New offshore wind funding mechanism proposed in N.J.
    Consulting firm Boston Pacific put together a proposed funding mechanism to ensure that revenue from offshore wind generation in New Jersey would not be channeled into the state general fund. Under the proposal, an Offshore Renewable Energy Credits administrator would be chosen by the utilities and all the money from the power purchasers would pass directly to the developers. "It's a little bit of more bookkeeping, but hopefully this can get us moving," said Erich Stephens, a vice president of Offshore MW, one of the groups considering developing an offshore wind farm along the New Jersey coast. (New Jersey) (1/22) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  Policy Watch 
  • Opinion: Allowing private power purchases would be good for N.C.
    Repealing a state law against independent power purchases would allow North Carolina to reap the full benefits of its renewable resources while attracting more investments, writes Matthew Patsky, CEO of Trillium Asset Management. "Keeping a strong renewable energy standard is good for jobs and businesses, and it's time the state allow citizens to buy the power they want by allowing independent power purchases," Patsky states. The News & Observer (Raleigh, N.C.) (1/21) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  AWEA News 
  • At Event "Trifecta," Industry Looks Forward Following PTC Passage
    La Jolla, Calif., played host last week to nearly 1,000 wind industry professionals for a "trifecta" of AWEA events to kick off the new year -- the Regional Wind Energy Summit-West; Wind Project Operations, Maintenance & Reliability Seminar and Wind Environmental Health & Safety Seminar. Read more about what happened. LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • WINDPOWER 2013: Real Insights for an Ever-Changing Industry
    The WINDPOWER Conference & Exhibition has never been more relevant to the wind energy industry than right now. It provides business solutions to drive success through market intelligence, a rich environment for the exchange of ideas and strategies and information about business opportunities to strengthen your company’s position in the industry. Attendee registration opens in the coming weeks. Sign up for a personal notification of the opening. LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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