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February 6, 2013
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  Industry Update 
  • Group: Eastern, central Europe poised for major wind power growth
    The wind industry in eastern and central Europe could provide electricity to 9 million households by 2020 with local governments' incentives to lure investors, according to the European Wind Energy Association. Poland, Romania and 10 other countries in the region intend to increase wind power capacity from 6.4 gigawatts last year to 16 gigawatts by the end of this decade, the association said. "Wind energy in central and eastern Europe, including Turkey, will substantially reduce the fossil fuel dependency of the power sectors," said Christian Kjaer, who heads the group. Bloomberg Businessweek (2/5) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Feds hold Okla. meeting on Clean Line transmission proposal
    The Energy Department conducted a public meeting -- the first in a series this week -- in Muskogee, Okla., to consult with stakeholders about environmental issues related to a proposed Clean Line transmission line. The $2 billion project is designed to transmit wind-generated electricity from the state to the Tennessee Valley Authority. It is expected to be completed as soon as late 2015, Clean Line officials said. Tulsa World (Okla.) (2/5) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  Project Focus 
  • RES Americas brings Pa. wind farm into service
    Renewable Energy Systems Americas' 139.4-megawatt Twin Ridges Wind Farm in Pennsylvania's Somerset County has entered service after being completed in December. The project brings RES America's wind power capacity in Pennsylvania to 381 megawatts. (2/5) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Firm works toward 2 Ala. wind projects
    Texas-based Pioneer Green Energy has started the permitting process for building wind farms in Alabama's Cherokee and Etowah counties. The company's proposed Shinbone Wind Energy Center, in Cherokee County, would have eight turbines with a combined capacity of 18.4 megawatts, while the proposed Noccalula Wind Energy Center, in Etowah County, would feature as many as 40 turbines with a total capacity of 80 megawatts. (Alabama) (2/5) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  Economy, Energy & Trends 
  • Wind power would lift Neb.'s economy, report says
    Ramping up wind power development and energy-efficiency efforts could create 14,000 jobs in Nebraska by 2030, as well as bring in $690 million in additional income while saving rate payers $580 million and cutting $650 million in health care costs, according to a Sierra Club report. Nebraska's wind power capacity stands at 337 megawatts, while neighboring Iowa's has surpassed 4,000 megawatts, which has resulted in 11,000 permanent jobs, said John Crabtree of the Center for Rural Affairs. "[Iowa] demonstrates that what [the Sierra Club] found in their research is true," he said. The Chadron Record (Neb.) (2/5) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Governor urges AMSC to move to Wash.
    Washington Gov. Jay Inslee asked wind power company AMSC to relocate to his state from Devens, Mass., according to a copy of a letter issued by the governor's office. Inslee said last month that he was trying to persuade a clean-energy firm to move to Washington, although he wouldn't say which company. An AMSC spokesman said that the company "is always looking at strategic options to expand its business" but has no immediate plans to open a new U.S. location. The Seattle Times/Politics Northwest blog (2/5) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Researcher to use supercomputer to look at turbine efficiency
    A researcher at the University of Wyoming is looking to develop a more accurate computer model of wind farms to better understand how turbine placement affects efficiency. "We need computer simulations that are accurate and as inexpensive as possible to help businesses that build wind farms or turbines," said Stefan Heinz, who will use a supercomputer at the National Center for Atmospheric Research-Wyoming to create the simulations. Wyoming Business Report (2/5) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  Policy Watch 
  • Senators to propose revenue-sharing plan for offshore energy
    Sens. Lisa Murkowski, R-Alaska, Mary Landrieu, D-La., and Ron Wyden, D-Ore., are planning a bill that would allow coastal states to get a share of income from any kind of offshore energy production. The goal is to give states an incentive to allow coastal projects. Some coastal-state Democrats say they're willing to back the plan if it favors wind and not oil. National Journal (2/5) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story

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  AWEA News 
  • Bonneville Reaches New Peak for Wind Generation: 4,344 MW
    The Bonneville Power Administration, a federal power marketing agency and utility system operator in the Pacific Northwest, notched a new system wind generation record of 4,344 megawatts on Jan. 29. Read more. LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • AWEA Pacific Northwest Wind Energy Summit
    Build opportunity in the Pacific Northwest with a full day of educational sessions at the AWEA Regional Wind Energy Summit -- Northwest. Focusing on Washington, Oregon, Montana and Idaho, this event offers you a comprehensive and timely analysis of current and near-term market conditions, opportunities and trends. Hear from recently announced keynote speaker Bill Drummond, incoming BPA administrator. Register before registration prices increase after Feb. 15. LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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