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January 25, 2013
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  Industry Update 
  • AWEA urges new PTC guidance from Congress and IRS
    The American Wind Energy Association is urging congressional leaders and the Internal Revenue Service to apply similar rules as the Department of the Treasury has issued in the past to the latest extension of the wind-energy Production Tax Credit, because stakeholders are familiar with earlier guidance on what constitutes beginning construction. "AWEA will pitch that [the new PTC guidance] needs to be timely and based on prior precedence that has proven workable," said Tom Vinson, AWEA's senior director of regulatory affairs. A different interpretation would make the PTC's one-year extension less useful and delay projects, Vinson said. North American Windpower online (1/25) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • N.C. governor voices support for offshore wind development
    North Carolina Gov. Pat McCrory wrote a letter to the Bureau of Ocean Energy Management in support of offshore wind development. "Development of commercial wind farms off the North Carolina coast could stimulate factory development in the state to provide the necessary equipment and bring jobs in that sector," McCrory said. Building offshore wind farms could bring in $22 billion worth of economic activity and up to 10,000 jobs to North Carolina, McCrory said. The News & Observer (Raleigh, N.C.)/The Associated Press (1/24) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Climate change slips as driver of wind development, exec says
    Concerns about global warming have fallen behind the global economic downturn as the primary driver of wind development worldwide, said Vestas Wind Systems CEO Ditlev Engel. "Wind is now subject to the overall performance of economic growth. In the early days, it was more you were changing because you needed to replace some [carbon dioxide]-emitting power with green power," Engel said. Bloomberg Businessweek (1/24) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  Project Focus 
  • First Nation, developer team up for wind project in Canada
    The Batchewana First Nation in Canada struck a deal with BluEarth Renewables to construct a 58.32-megawatt wind farm in western Ontario. The 36-turbine Bow Lake Wind Farm project marks the biggest partnership in Canada between a First Nation and a wind power developer. The project's first 12 turbines are due to go online by June 2014, while the remainder are expected to enter service by October 2014, said Geoff Carnegie, vice president of BluEarth Renewables. SNL Financial (free content) (1/23) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  Economy, Energy & Trends 
  • Technology may help Mitsubishi get share of offshore wind market
    Mitsubishi Heavy Industries intends to use a wind generation system that relies on hydraulic drive trains to achieve at least 10% share of global offshore wind energy market by 2017, said Masahide Umaya, head of the company's offshore wind development. Although hydraulic drive trains help trim costs and boost generation efficiency, "the technology remains unproven and without an operational track record, they will not be deployed in projects any time soon until investors can see that they actually work as claimed," said Justin Wu of Bloomberg New Energy Finance. Bloomberg Businessweek (1/24) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  Policy Watch 
  • Opinion: PTC is good for both blue and red states
    Although most of the opposition to extending the wind-energy Production Tax Credit came from Republicans in the House of Representatives, GOP-held districts are benefiting from the PTC, writes John Feehery, executive director of the Red State Renewables Alliance. Wind power helps diversify the country's energy mix, boosts energy security and creates tens of thousands of jobs, Feehery states. "Because of the PTC, we have today an industry that supports 75,000 direct jobs (from manufacturing, to development, to operation) across the United States -- this is a true American success story," Feehery states. Politico (Washington, D.C.) (1/23) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  AWEA News 
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