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October 19, 2012
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  Industry Update 
  • Wind outproduces hydro in Pacific Northwest twice in one day
    Wind power outproduced hydro in the Pacific Northwest twice on Tuesday, according to data from the Bonneville Power Administration. Renewable energy risk analyst group 3Tier found that at 2:50 a.m. Pacific time, wind energy produced 3,169 megawatts, while hydro produced 3,165. The lead was held until around sunrise, but wind again outproduced from 11 a.m. to 5:50 p.m. (10/18) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Military veterans urge GOP lawmakers to back PTC extension
    A group of military veterans employed in the U.S. wind sector held meetings with several Republican lawmakers to press for an extension of the wind-energy Production Tax Credit. The tax incentive is vital to a sector that provides jobs to veterans and lessens the country's reliance on imported oil, the veterans said. "I think [the GOP lawmakers] all get the jobs aspect. They understand this is a big industry now that supports 70,000-plus U.S. jobs, and a lot of those jobs could go away if the tax credit does," said Michael Greczyn, vice president of West development at E.ON Climate and Renewables. The Hill/E2 Wire blog (10/18) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • FERC: New U.S. power installations this year lag behind 2011
    Fewer power-generation facilities went online in the U.S. from January to September compared to the same period last year, according to the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission. The U.S. added 12,500 megawatts of capacity in the first nine months of 2012, down from 15,400 MW in the comparable period in 2011. September, however, was a busy period for wind and solar developers, FERC added. Reuters (10/18) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  Project Focus 
  • Goldwind breaks ground on Mont. wind project
    Goldwind USA held a groundbreaking ceremony Thursday for its 20-megawatt wind project in Shawmut, Mont. Construction started in August, with completion due in December. "We're excited about the opportunity to come here and create some jobs in Montana and build some clean renewable energy in the United States," said CEO Tom Rosenzweig. KULR-TV (Billings, Mont.) (10/18) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  Economy, Energy & Trends 
  • Researcher finds good quality winds on Lake Michigan
    Initial findings from a wind-measuring buoy in Lake Michigan show "good quality winds at lower levels" over the lake, said Arnold Boezaart, director of Grand Valley State University's Michigan Alternative and Renewable Energy Center. "That means you don't have to build as high of turbine tower," Boezaart said. Meanwhile, advances in floating wind-turbine technology means turbines could be placed further offshore, addressing aesthetic concerns, said Boezaart. (Michigan) (free registration) (10/18) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Study: Investing in wind power would be good for Neb.
    Investing in wind energy between now and 2030 would enable Nebraska to create nearly 14,000 jobs, save as much as $225 million annually on utility costs and lessen pollution-related health care expenses, according to a study issued by the Sierra Club and supported by the Nebraska Farmers Union, the Nebraska Wildlife Federation and two state legislators. With the right levels of investment, wind power could supply more than 50% of Nebraska's power requirements by 2030, said energy economist Skip Laitner, who wrote the report. Lincoln Journal Star (Neb.) (tiered subscription model) (10/18) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  Policy Watch 
  • Extending PTC will help boost wind-energy use, EIA chief says
    The declining cost of wind energy will make it more attractive when compared to natural gas and coal and drive the industry's growth through 2030, according to Adam Sieminski, administrator of the Energy Information Administration. Extending the wind-energy Production Tax Credit would help increase the market for wind power, Sieminski said. Bloomberg (10/17) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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