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February 13, 2013
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  Industry Update 
  • Obama pushes for more wind, solar energy in State of the Union
    President Barack Obama pushed for increased domestic clean energy production during his State of the Union address on Tuesday. Citing environmental concerns, Obama said the U.S. should emphasize wind and solar energy production, as well as improve energy efficiency. "I will direct my cabinet to come up with executive actions we can take, now and in the future, to reduce pollution, prepare our communities for the consequences of climate change, and speed the transition to more sustainable sources of energy," Obama said. (2/12) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Grid-link project to bring more wind power to Texas cities
    Texas-based utility Oncor expects to lay 600 miles of new transmission lines this year, in addition to the 400 miles that it has already completed under the state's Competitive Renewable Energy Zone initiative, a spokeswoman said. The CREZ project, which would bring wind power from West Texas into the Dallas/Fort Worth area and other urban areas, aims to build 3,500 miles of new transmission lines with a total capacity of 18,500 megawatts by the end of the year. American City Business Journals/Dallas (2/12) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • S.C. Johnson to use wind power at Mexico factory
    S.C. Johnson signed a deal to buy electricity from a wind farm in Oaxaca, Mexico, to power its factory in Toluca, Mexico, that makes Pledge, Glade and other products. The company, which already uses wind power at a factory in Wisconsin that makes Windex, aims to obtain 44% of its electricity from renewable sources by 2016. (2/12) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  Project Focus 
  • Gamesa awaits findings on Mich. wind study
    Several hurdles remain before Gamesa Energy USA can begin building its proposed wind farm at a Muskegon County, Mich., wastewater treatment facility, an official said. Gamesa will conclude by August its one-year meteorological study at the site, which would help it decide how to proceed with the project. (Michigan) (free registration) (2/12) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • N.D. state college's wind turbine starts spinning
    A wind turbine at the campus of Lake Region State College in North Dakota is now up and running. Aside from supplying the school with electricity, the turbine will serve as an instructional tool for the school's wind energy program, which is among the first to be certified by the American Wind Energy Association. WDAZ-TV (Grand Forks, N.D.) (2/12) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  Economy, Energy & Trends 
  • Opinion: U.S. needs predictable energy policy to remain competitive
    The U.S. needs a long-term, predictable energy policy to draw investments in clean energy and maintain competitiveness in the global market, writes Phyllis Cuttino, director of the Pew Clean Energy Program. "We must end the episodic, boom-and-bust nature of federal clean energy policy that saddles American businesses today," Cuttino says. The Hill/Congress Blog (2/12) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Canadian agencies tweak design of wind turbine study
    Health Canada and Statistics Canada have tweaked the design of their proposed study into the health effects of wind turbines after reviewing public comments on the initiative. Among the changes are the addition of an infrasound component and revisions to a questionnaire, Health Canada said. Previous studies, including one backed by the American Wind Energy Association and Canadian Wind Energy Association, found no link between turbines and health-related complaints. SNL Financial (free content) (2/11) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  Policy Watch 
  • Congress shows signs of unity on clean energy, analysts say
    There are signs that the highly partisan nature of the debates in Congress over clean energy may be starting to disappear, analysts said. Republicans and Democrats are more willing to set aside differences now, partly because of the realization that America's dominance in clean technology is under threat, observers said. "I do think that [economic] message is starting to get out there, I would say in the last two years a lot more than it was before," said Shanelle Evens Montana with EDF Renewable Energy. Midwest Energy News (2/12) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  AWEA News 
  • Wind Farm Delivers Badly Needed Taxes to Ohio County
    On Jan. 30, the Timber Road wind farm made its first property tax payment to the county in the form of a giant check for $449,212.50. Read more. LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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