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October 11, 2012
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  Industry Update 
  • Bloomberg gains WindMade certification
    News organization Bloomberg has gained WindMade certification. Bloomberg gets 58% of its electricity from wind energy and 25% from biomass energy. To qualify for WindMade, a company must get at least 25% of its power from wind turbines. (10/10) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Public meetings held in Okla. for wind-transmission project
    Texas-based Clean Line Energy Partners, which is proposing to develop a transmission line that would carry electricity from wind farms in western Oklahoma to Tennessee, has started meeting with property owners to discuss routing plans for the project. The first public meetings were held in eastern Oklahoma this week, and more are expected in the western part of the state next week. Construction of the Plains and Eastern Clean Line project is expected to start by 2015 with completion due in 2017. Tulsa World (Okla.) (10/10) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Scotland launches $165M fund for renewable-energy projects
    The Scottish government unveiled a $165 million fund to advance its goal of obtaining all electricity from renewable sources by 2020. The fund's first deals are due for completion by March 31. The government also plans to create a group to advise developers seeking funding from the U.K. Green Investment Bank. Bloomberg Businessweek (10/10) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Allianz considers investing in offshore wind farms, exec says
    Insurance giant Allianz is considering investing up to $1.3 billion in offshore wind projects, said chief financial officer Oliver Baete. Allianz has 34 onshore wind farms in France, Italy and Germany, with about $1.7 billion in renewable energy investments. The insurer is making headway in resolving issues concerning long-term risks for offshore wind development and would be "ready to invest" as soon as the issues are settled, Baete said. Fox Business/Dow Jones Newswires (10/10) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Siemens delays decision on U.K. factory plan
    Siemens is expected to finalize a lease agreement for a proposed $271.5 million nacelle factory at the port of Hull, England, "early next year," with the facility expected to open between 2014 and 2015, said Matt Jukes, director for Hull of the Associated British Ports. Siemens was expected to seal the deal this year, but it postponed a decision partly because of issues in the permitting process and industry uncertainty arising from the U.K.'s power-market reform plan. (tiered subscription model) (10/10) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  Project Focus 
  • Developer aims to build wind farm on Ala. mountain
    Texas-based Pioneer Green Energy is proposing to build a wind farm on Lookout Mountain near Leesburg, Ala. The proposed Shinbone Wind Project would cost about $31.6 million to build and would have anywhere from eight to 10 wind turbines, the company said. The company has signed a power purchase deal to sell the facility's output to the Tennessee Valley Authority for 20 years. WIAT-TV (Birmingham, Ala.)/The Associated Press (10/10) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Conservation groups file lawsuit against Cape Wind
    Several conservation groups filed a lawsuit in federal court Wednesday against Cape Wind, claiming the project's 130 wind turbines off Massachusetts would breach federal laws protecting endangered and threatened species. Cape Wind spokesman Mark Rodgers, however, called the allegations "old news" and said a 10-year, multi-agency review has determined that the project poses no danger to wildlife. Boston Herald (10/10) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  Economy, Energy & Trends 
  • Ore. group launches new online calculator for small wind
    Nonprofit group Energy Trust of Oregon has launched an online wind-resource calculator designed to help customers of Portland General Electric and Pacific Power determine whether their land would be ideal for a wind turbine. The new online tool, called WindSight, was developed by New York-based firm Wind Analytics and gives areas an acre or more a rating of "excellent," "good," "fair" or "poor" using historic data on wind conditions. (10/9) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  Policy Watch 
  • Romney's PTC stance clouds prospects for Calif. wind projects
    Wind-power developers in California have raised concerns about Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney's plan to eliminate the wind-energy Production Tax Credit. "The impact would be devastating. The number of wind projects we would build would just plummet" without the PTC, said Mark Tholke, a vice president at EDF Renewable Energy, which is behind the proposed Avalon Wind Project in Kern County, Calif. Los Angeles Times (tiered subscription model) (10/11) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  AWEA News 
  • AWEA Regional Wind Energy Summit Series Heads to Southwest
    Obtain a comprehensive view of all critical aspects of wind project development in the Southwest Power Pool and Electric Reliability Council of Texas regions. Delve deep into the most important current and forecasted issues facing the wind energy industry in these regions. AWEA's Regional Summit series is among the most popular new offerings because they provide an industry-wide focus while zeroing in on one region. Coming Dec. 5 and 6 to Houston. Learn more. LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Fact Check: Small-Wind Article Tells Only Half the Story
    A FOX News column failed to provide important context in a story on small wind turbines in Nevada. Read more. LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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