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January 8, 2013
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  Industry Update 
  • Wind projects in Texas Panhandle get boost from PTC extension
    The extension of the wind-energy Production Tax Credit has given a boost to wind-power plans in the Texas Panhandle, executives said. "It has us dusting off projects we had put on the shelf," said Walt Hornaday, chairman and president of Cielo Wind Energy. "I was impressed wind was in the bill with big-ticket items like Medicaid and the Farm Bill. It used to be wind wouldn't have a chance to be included." Amarillo Globe-News (Texas) (1/6) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Disagreement stalls planned acoustical study of Mass. wind turbine
    Plans to conduct an acoustical study of Scituate Wind's new wind turbine in Scituate, Mass., have stalled because the company and the town's turbine-study steering committee are at odds over the scope of the study. The company has agreed to pay for a study that will test whether the turbine's sound levels are within state limits, but the steering committee wants a more comprehensive analysis that goes beyond state requirements. The Patriot Ledger (Quincy, Mass.) (1/7) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  Project Focus 
  • Delayed Minn. wind project gets lift from PTC extension
    RES Americas' proposed Pleasant Valley wind project in Mower County, Minn., is expected to move forward after Congress granted an extension to the wind-energy Production Tax Credit. "Pleasant Valley Wind Farm is shovel ready and is capable of meeting the 2013 construction start requirement in the PTC extension legislation," said Joe DeVito, the company's vice president of development. The 300-megawatt project has been in limbo for almost two years, mainly because of the uncertainty over the PTC. Austin Daily Herald (Minn.)/The Associated Press (1/7) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • PTC renewal gives N.D. wind project a boost
    Work on Geronimo Wind Energy's proposed wind project in Courtenay, N.D., could proceed this year, thanks to the extension of the wind-energy Production Tax Credit, said Betsy Engelking, the company's vice president. The project, which is expected to have a capacity of somewhere between 100 and 200 megawatts, may cost between $200 million and $350 million to build. "The extension was very important. It reduces the cost of wind energy to buyers. We expect activity of wind energy buyers to pick up," said Engelking. Prairie Business (Grand Forks, N.D.) (1/7) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Mich. city OKs nearly $1M federal grant for school wind project
    The City Council in Ann Arbor, Mich., has accepted a $951,500 grant from the Department of Energy to partially fund construction of two wind turbines that are expected to supply power to the Ann Arbor Public Schools. To generate the $484,390 in matching funds for the federal grant, the city plans to partner with a third-party developer. Ann Arbor also intends to contribute $18,590 in staff time. The Ann Arbor Chronicle (Mich.) (1/7) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • PTC renewal gives new hope to 2 wind projects in Ohio
    The last-minute approval of an extension of the wind-energy Production Tax Credit is good news for Element Power and Invenergy, which are proposing to build wind farms in north central Ohio, but it may still take years before their projects can get off the ground. Element Power's proposed Black Fork wind project was approved by the state last year but it is still bogged down in a lawsuit in the Ohio Supreme Court. Meanwhile, Invenergy's proposed wind project in Morrow County is still awaiting a decision from the Ohio Power Siting Board before it can move forward. News Journal (Mansfield, Ohio) (1/8) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  Economy, Energy & Trends 
  • Lack of grid development hinders wind power growth in N.D.
    Lack of high-voltage transmission capacity is keeping North Dakota from harnessing the full potential of its wind resources, writes columnist John Kemp. North Dakota could generate as much as 770,000 megawatts of wind power and become a major exporter of wind energy if only it had sufficient transmission infrastructure, Kemp notes. "North Dakota illustrates a wider problem. States with the greatest potential for generating carbon-free renewable energy from wind lag behind because they are far from major consuming centers and lack long-distance transmission links to the big cities of the eastern United States," Kemp writes. Reuters (1/7) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  Policy Watch 
  • Kan. governor praises PTC extension
    Kansas Gov. Sam Brownback expressed delight at the extension of the wind-energy Production Tax Credit, saying the tax incentive accounted for up to $3 billion in investments in the state last year, he said. "Gov. Brownback is pleased Congress recognized the positive impact the wind PTC has on creating jobs and growing the economy," said Sherriene Jones-Sontag, a spokeswoman for Brownback. The Topeka Capital-Journal (Kan.) (1/6) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  AWEA News 
  • 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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