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October 3, 2012
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  Industry Update 
  • LM Wind Power cuts jobs in the U.S., expands in Brazil
    LM Wind Power, which announced plans to lay off more than 300 employees at its factory in Grand Forks, N.D., is planning to develop a new production plant in Brazil. The two events are not directly connected, the company said. The U.S. layoffs "are a necessary response to the uncertainty caused by federal government policy and specifically the urgent need to renew the PTC," while the expansion in Brazil "is about positioning the company for growth in a new and rapidly emerging market," wrote Christopher Springham, vice president for global communication, in an e-mail. Duluth News Tribune (Minn.) (10/2) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Vestas lands 68-MW wind turbine order from U.K. project
    Vestas Wind Systems has booked an order for 34 wind turbines with a combined capacity of 68 megawatts for a wind project that U.K.-based SSE is building in eastern England. The turbines are due for installation in the summer of 2013, with project completion expected a year later, Vestas said. Once operational, the Keadby wind farm is expected to be the biggest land-based wind farm in England. Bloomberg Businessweek (10/2) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Gamesa to provide wind turbines for Italian project
    Gamesa has signed a deal to furnish 15 wind turbines with a combined capacity of 30 megawatts to a wind project that Toshiba Europe T&D is developing in Italy for Eolica Erchie. Toshiba is slated to begin installing the turbines before the end of the year, Gamesa said. Bloomberg Businessweek (10/2) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Ore. utility seeks proposals for renewable power
    Portland General Electric is seeking proposals for up to 100 megawatts of renewable-energy projects to help the utility comply with Oregon's renewable portfolio standard. The state's RPS requires PGE and other big utilities to supply at least 15% of their customers' demand with renewable power by 2015, rising to 25% by 2025. Proposals will be accepted until Nov. 13. The Oregonian (Portland) (10/2) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  Project Focus 
  • Deepwater Wind files permit applications for offshore wind project
    Deepwater Wind has filed permit applications for its proposed pilot-scale offshore Block Island Wind Farm with the Army Corps of Engineers, the Bureau of Ocean Energy Management and the Rhode Island Coastal Resources Management Council. "Deepwater Wind believes that there are no environmental impediments to building and operating the wind farm and transmission cable in the designated locations," the company said in a statement. Deepwater expects the agencies to issue their decisions by early 2013. (tiered subscription model) (10/3) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  Economy, Energy & Trends 
  • Chinese wind-power firms see value of local content in global market
    Major Chinese wind-power firms are introducing more local content in their expansion projects abroad, industry insiders said. The approach creates local jobs while easing concerns that the entry of Chinese companies will hurt local firms, executives said. "They are setting up manufacturing facilities, sales offices, engineering support locally, in the most viable regions. ... So you’ve got what I call co-opetition; they are competitors in the market, but they have joined forces to benefit each other," said Brendan Andrews, vice president of sales and marketing at U.S.-based Ioxus, which sells ultracapacitors to the global market. Renewable Energy World (10/2) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Group of OSHA personnel takes safety-training course on wind farms
    More than 40 Occupational Safety and Health Administration employees took part in a safety-training course designed to familiarize inspectors with wind-farm operations, said Michele Myers Mihelic, manager of labor, health and safety policy at the American Wind Energy Association. AWEA hopes the training program would lead to more consistency from OSHA when reviewing safety incidents, Mihelic said. "In the past, safety incidents would have been judged differently across OSHA districts. Now, hopefully, that will not be the case." North American Windpower online (10/2) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  Policy Watch 
  • Business leaders urge Obama, Romney to back clean energy
    A coalition of Chamber of Commerce chapters, called Chambers for Innovation and Clean Energy, wrote a letter to both President Barack Obama and Republican presidential nominee Mitt Romney, urging them to "take a stand and prioritize clean energy as an economic development solution." Taking away federal incentives for clean energy would put U.S. jobs and economic growth at risk, as well as cede U.S. leadership in the industry to other countries, they wrote. The Hill/E2 Wire blog (10/2) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Ralls Corp. sues administration over wind-power order
    Ralls Corp., a firm owned by executives of China's Sany Group, has filed a lawsuit against the Obama administration for blocking the construction of wind farms near a military facility in Oregon. President Barack Obama exceeded his authority by interfering in the project and treating Ralls unfairly, the company said in its court filing. An attorney for a firm that handles cases for the Committee on Foreign Investment in the United States and a spokeswoman for the Treasury Department said the lawsuit is not likely to succeed given the broad powers accorded to the president on national security matters. Reuters (10/2) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  AWEA News 
  • Newspaper: PTC Extension "Would be a good move for the nation"
    Extending the federal wind energy Production Tax Credit "would be a good move for the nation, which needs to increase its sources of clean and renewable energy," said the Kansas City Star recently in an editorial. Read more. LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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