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October 5, 2012
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  Industry Update 
  • PTC uncertainty cited in planned closure of ball-bearing factory
    Kaydon Corp., a manufacturer of ball bearings for wind turbines, will close a factory in Sumter, S.C., and is posting a charge of $47 million to $52 million in its third quarter due to the looming expiration of the wind-energy Production Tax Credit and slumping demand. "[While] wind energy will be a viable market in the long term, it will be challenged by continued regulatory uncertainty in the United States, including the impending expiration of the Production Tax Credit and a weak global economy," Executive Chairman, President and CEO James O'Leary said in a statement. Reuters (10/4) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Firm picks Vestas to supply turbines for 2 Peruvian wind projects
    ContourGlobal has picked Vestas Wind Systems to furnish the wind turbines for two projects in Peru that a unit of the U.S. company acquired from developer Energia Eolica. The Cupisnique and Talara projects, which would have a combined capacity of 114 megawatts, are expected to be Peru's first utility-scale wind farms and the biggest in South America outside of Brazil, ContourGlobal said. The two facilities are slated to enter service in the fourth quarter of 2013, the power operator said. (tiered subscription model) (10/4) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Study: Ireland could create 30,000 jobs by exporting wind power
    Ireland could generate up to 30,000 domestic jobs by 2020 by exporting wind power to the rest of Europe, according to a report from the Irish Wind Energy Association. The group called for stronger ties between the Irish government and the private sector to realize the potential of the country's wind-power sector. "For the first time, being at the edge of Europe gives us an advantage. Our ambition should be to provide Europe with wind energy," said IWEA CEO Kenneth Matthews. Irish Examiner (10/5) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  Project Focus 
  • Wyo. county officials endorse 1,000-turbine wind project
    Commissioners in Carbon County, Wyo., agreed to issue a conditional use permit to Power Co. of Wyoming's 1,000-turbine Chokecherry and Sierra Madre wind project. The proposal now goes to the Industrial Siting Council for further review. Power Co. of Wyoming, a subsidiary of Anschutz, hopes to break ground on the project next year. Star-Tribune (Casper, Wyo.) (10/4) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Maine PUC seeks revisions to Statoil's offshore-wind proposal
    The Maine Public Utilities Commission will issue a procedural order either today or Oct. 9 that will recommend changes to Statoil North America's proposed offshore wind project. The PUC declined to vote on the term sheet for the proposed Hywind Maine offshore project, citing concerns about its impact on ratepayers and the return on Maine's investment in the project. "We now need to take this information we got today back, and evaluate how we can proceed further," said Ola Morten Aanestad, Statoil North America's vice president for communications. Bangor Daily News (Maine) (free registration) (10/4) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  Economy, Energy & Trends 
  • Study: Offshore wind development would boost S.C. economy
    Building a 1-gigawatt wind farm off the coast of South Carolina between 2016 and 2025 would create thousands of jobs and bring in $3.66 billion in economic activity to the state, according to researchers from Clemson University. "Wind energy products and services represent an area of economic opportunity for South Carolina and its people," the researchers said. (tiered subscription model) (10/5) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Md. seeks to address concerns over offshore wind and fishing
    The Maryland Department of Natural Resources is looking at ways to balance the needs of the fishing community and future offshore wind projects. "The largest impact could occur to gear types that tend to make contact with the bottom," such as trolls and dredges, said Catherine McCall, chief of the DNR's Planning and Technical Services Section. However, the foundations of offshore turbines could boost recreational fishing by serving as artificial reefs that would attract marine animals, McCall said. The Daily Times (Salisbury, Md.) (10/5) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Report: Market for carbon fiber composites to reach $36B in 2020
    The market for carbon fiber reinforced plastics is projected to grow from $14.6 billion this year to $36 billion in 2020, thanks to falling prices and surging demand from the wind power and aerospace industries, according to a report from Lux Research. "Aerospace and wind will duke it out for supremacy, while potentially high-volume automotive uses advance at a pedestrian pace," said Ross Kozarsky, lead author of the report. The Boston Globe (tiered subscription model) (10/4) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  Policy Watch 
  • PTC not mentioned in first presidential debate
    Neither President Barack Obama nor GOP challenger Mitt Romney mentioned the wind-energy Production Tax Credit during their first presidential debate on Oct. 3. The only mention of support for wind power came from Obama, who said that he would support wind energy and other "energy sources of the future." For his part, Romney said that he is in favor of "green energy," but criticized the Obama administration for investing heavily in the sector. North American Windpower online (10/5) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story

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