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February 5, 2013
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  Industry Update 
  • U.S. wind market to grow by 3 to 5 GW this year, exec says
    Despite the continuation of the wind-energy Production Tax Credit, the U.S. wind market could grow by 3 to 5 gigawatts this year, compared to 13 GW last year, said Nordex CEO Juergen Zeschky. The company intends to adjust its operations in the U.S. "to the right size in the market," Zeschky told reporters at a wind power summit in Vienna. Bloomberg Businessweek (2/4) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Xcel to seek proposals for more wind capacity in Minn.
    Xcel Energy informed Minnesota regulators that it is planning to solicit proposals for up to 200 megawatts of wind power capacity that would be eligible for the wind-energy Production Tax Credit. The utility does not need additional wind power capacity because it is already meeting the state's renewable portfolio standard, but it is "open to adding cost-effective wind projects that could provide long-term value to our customers," said Judy Poferl of Xcel Energy's Northern States Power Co. in Minnesota. St. Cloud Times (Minn.) (2/4) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Ralls wins court order to stop collateral sale
    A U.S. district judge in New York issued a temporary order halting the sale of a wind farm in Texas posted by Ralls Corp. as collateral to buy a wind project in Oregon that was subsequently blocked by President Barack Obama on national security grounds. Terna had told Ralls that it was planning to sell a membership stake in the Texas wind farm to make up for Ralls' failure to pay a $4.2 million debt related to the aborted Oregon project. Bloomberg Businessweek (2/4) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • South Korean wind farm to use Daewoo wind turbines
    Daewoo Shipbuilding & Marine Engineering will supply 10 2-megawatt wind turbines to a joint wind project with Korea East-West Power in Younggwang, the company said. The project, designed to provide electricity for 13,000 households annually, is expected to be completed in the third quarter, Daewoo said. Bloomberg Businessweek (2/3) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • India's Tata may sell shares in unit to fund renewables growth
    India's Tata Power is considering selling stakes in Tata Power Renewable Energy to help it expand its renewable energy generating capacity from 852 megawatts last year to 2,000 MW within five years. Tata Power wants renewables to account for one-fourth of its total generating capacity amid rising coal prices and shrinking costs of renewables, said Rahul Shah, Tata's vice president for strategy and business development. Bloomberg Businessweek (2/4) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  Project Focus 
  • Deepwater Wind, green group agree on plan to protect right whales
    Deepwater Wind struck a deal with the Conservation Law Foundation to keep the company's proposed offshore wind project from disrupting the feeding patterns of the North Atlantic right whales in the waters of Rhode Island. Under the agreement, Deepwater Wind will move from April to May the scheduled start of underwater construction work to avoid the whales, which feed in Rhode Island Sound each April. Construction on the offshore wind project is slated to begin either in 2014 or 2015. SeattlePI.com/The Associated Press (2/4) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  Economy, Energy & Trends 
  • Md. offers $2M in grants for offshore wind research projects
    The administration of Maryland Gov. Martin O'Malley is offering $2 million in grants for research projects on topics related to building an offshore wind farm off the coast of Ocean City. The grants, ranging from $250,000 to $1 million, are limited to colleges and universities in the state. "The research gathered by these grants will not only help Maryland reap the benefits of offshore wind, but it will also cement Maryland's position as a leader in this new energy economy," said Abigail Ross Hopper, acting director of the Maryland Energy Administration. The Baltimore Sun/B'More Green blog (2/4) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  Policy Watch 
  • Changes to Md. offshore wind bill may scuttle project, analysts say
    Concessions made by Maryland Gov. Martin O'Malley in his third attempt to pass a bill meant to promote offshore wind development off the coast of Ocean City would make it difficult to attract investors to the project, according to developers and analysts. To gain support for the plan, O’Malley scaled down the project's size, scrapped a funding model that banks are familiar with and cut the maximum allowable subsidy rate from Maryland households. Given those and other changes, the proposed offshore wind project would likely require federal tax incentives or funding assistance from other states to get off the ground, analysts said. The Washington Post (2/5) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Del. lawmaker wants tax credit for offshore wind projects
    Sen. Tom Carper, D-Del., is planning to reintroduce a bill that would extend an investment tax credit to the first 3,000 megawatts of offshore wind generation capacity, according to Michael Conathan, director of ocean policy at the Center for American Progress. Carper said a long-term tax incentive would provide the "predictability and certainty" that investors crave, writes Conathan. ThinkProgress.org/Climate Progress blog (2/4) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • IWEA hopes Sen. Harkin's replacement will back wind power
    Iowa's wind power and biofuel companies are confident that whoever replaces Sen. Tom Harkin, D-Iowa, who announced his retirement last week, will be equally supportive of their industries. "It's pretty hard to find a politician in Iowa who's not a big fan of wind," said Harold Prior, executive director of the Iowa Wind Energy Association. Politico (Washington, D.C.) (2/4) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  AWEA News 
  • Fact Check: Graybeal Story Relies on IER, Misses Facts
    Recently, Yahoo carried an article by Susan Graybeal, who unfortunately relied on the Institute for Energy Research, an anti-wind group funded by fossil fuel interests, for a discussion of the wind energy industry's prospects. Read more. LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • AWEA Wind Project Siting Seminar
    Understanding the complexity of the Bald and Golden Eagle Protection Act and related Take Permit process is essential to creating a successful project development strategy. During a featured session, equip yourself with the means to navigate the permit process in order to minimize risks. Feb. 20 in Portland, Ore. Save 25% by registering by Jan. 9. Learn more. LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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Failure changes for the better, success for the worse."
--Seneca the Younger,
Roman philosopher, statesman and playwright


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These stories were selected and summarized by independent editors at SmartBrief Inc., not by AWEA's staff, and do not represent AWEA positions. They reflect the variety of daily coverage of American wind power.
 
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