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March 18, 2013
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  Industry Update 
  • BLM quickens process time for wind, solar projects, GAO says
    Since the passage of the Energy Policy Act of 2005, the Bureau of Land Management has reduced the processing time for applications for wind and solar projects on public lands from about four years to about 1.5 years, according to a study by the Government Accountability Office. The GAO's analysis "is evidence that the current administration's energy strategy is moving our nation in a cleaner direction," said Rep. Edward Markey, D-Mass., who requested the report. SNL Financial (free content) (3/15) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Gamesa gets service contracts for 1,197 wind turbines
    Spain's Gamesa Tecnologica has secured multiyear service contracts for 1,197 wind turbines operated by Iberdrola on the Iberian Peninsula and in Hungary. The turbines are scattered across 80 wind farms in Spain and Portugal and three wind farms in Hungary. The contract brings to about 6,000 megawatts the wind turbine capacity that Gamesa must maintain for Iberdrola. Bloomberg (3/15) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  Project Focus 
  • Cape Wind deserves federal loan guarantee, groups say
    Supporters of the proposed $2.6 billion offshore Cape Wind farm in Massachusetts wrote to the Department of Energy urging approval of a loan guarantee for the project. "Cape Wind carries tremendous importance for unleashing, at long last, one of America's greatest reservoirs of inexhaustible clean energy," wrote environmental and other advocacy groups. "Such action will help lay the strongest possible foundation for offshore renewable energy development in the United States." (New Bedford, Mass.) (tiered subscription model) (3/16) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Maine town residents OK legal fund to defend wind project approval
    Residents of Clifton, Maine, voted to set aside $19,000 for the town's professional services fund, part of which will be used for legal services to defend the town's approval of a wind project on Pisgah Mountain. The owners of a nearby farm who are objecting to the project have filed an appeal in the Penobscot County Superior Court to stop the project. "Everything else in light of the wind farm is shovel-ready," said Sandy Fuller, one of the partners in the Pisgah Mountain wind project. Bangor Daily News (Maine) (free registration) (3/16) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  Economy, Energy & Trends 
  • Firms to more than double Texas region's wind power capacity
    Several wind power developers have started filing applications to invest a combined amount of at least $3.3 billion in the Texas Panhandle in the next two years, as Cross Texas Transmission and Sharyland Utilities near completion of transmission-line projects that would bring wind power in the region to urban centers. Under agreements filed with the Public Utility Commission of Texas, developers have committed to add 1,644 megawatts of wind power capacity to the region's current capacity of about 1,500 MW. Amarillo Globe-News (Texas) (3/16) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Midwest ISO prepares for shift to more wind power, natural gas
    The Midwest ISO is working to adapt to the impending transition from coal-fired plants toward more wind power and natural gas plants, said J.T. Smith, the grid operator's manager of policy studies for the transmission asset management group, during a webcast. Aside from imminent coal-fired and nuclear plant retirements, MISO is facing refueling decisions by generators to comply with the Mercury and Air Toxics Standards, which are set to take effect in 2015, Smith said. "All these drivers are pushing for a more balanced production from various energy resources rather than high coal," Smith said. SNL Financial (free content) (3/14) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  Policy Watch 
  • Minn. House OKs plan to raise renewable energy target
    The Minnesota House Energy Committee voted in favor of a bill that would increase the state's renewable energy target, create a 4% solar energy carve-out by 2025 in the renewable portfolio standard and raise the cap on net metered systems from 40 kilowatts to 1 megawatt. "The bill continues Minnesota's leadership as a center for clean energy and jobs by increasing the Renewable Electricity Standard and establishing a strong solar energy standard," the Minnesota Clean Energy & Jobs campaign said. SNL Financial (free content) (3/14) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  AWEA News 
  • Ontario Resident: Anti-Wind Groups, Not Wind, "Make Me Sick"
    From the blogosphere comes a thoughtful piece from an Ontario resident and wind industry employee, who suggests her positive view of wind power might be quite different had she been exposed to the fear-laden rumors that are fanned by anti-wind groups. Read more. LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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