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October 17, 2012
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  Industry Update 
  • Obama, Romney spar over wind-energy jobs, PTC
    President Barack Obama and Republican nominee Mitt Romney discussed their views on renewables, including wind, as well as the renewable-energy Production Tax Credit, during their debate in Hempstead, N.Y., on Tuesday night. "When you've got thousands of people right now in Iowa, right now in Colorado who are working, creating wind power, with good-paying manufacturing jobs -- and the Republican senator in that, in Iowa, is all for it, providing tax credits to help this work -- and Gov. Romney says, 'I'm opposed; I'd get rid of it' -- that's not an energy strategy for the future," Obama said. Romney said he supports jobs in wind and other energy sectors. North American Windpower online (10/17) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Wind-energy sector foresees decline amid PTC uncertainty
    Wind-energy players foresee a decline in the industry amid Congress' inaction on whether to extend the wind-energy Production Tax Credit, which is due to expire at the end of the year. Without an extension, up to 37,000 jobs will be lost and wind installations will plummet, according to forecasts by the American Wind Energy Association. George Nall, business development manager at Gamesa Energy USA, said projects need at least a 12-month timeline before construction, and an added year of the PTC will not jump-start any projects that haven't progressed far in the development pipeline. Finance and Commerce (Minneapolis) (10/16) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • GE works to meet Ontario's wind turbine local-content prerequisites
    General Electric intends to meet local-content standards in Ontario, Canada, by learning from its contract to deliver 593 1.5-megawatt wind turbines in Quebec this year. GE has to satisfy local-content criteria in Ontario for 11 projects involving turbines capable of delivering 1.2 GW of wind energy by 2015. (tiered subscription model) (10/16) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • India's turbine suppliers threatened by 39% drop in installations
    A 39% drop in wind-turbine installations in India brought about when government incentives expired may result in a consolidation of suppliers. The first half of the financial year saw an installation of only 851 megawatts of wind capacity from turbine makers such as Suzlon Energy and Vestas Wind Systems, compared to the 1,403 MW installed last year. Approval and restoration of the expired incentives by the Ministry of New and Renewable Energy would prevent further difficulties in the industry, a Bloomberg analyst said. Bloomberg Businessweek (10/16) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • PGE acquires 60-MW wind farm in deal with Gamesa
    Spanish firm Gamesa sold a 60-megawatt wind farm to Polish utility PGE, which has been working to expand its business beyond coal. The wind farm in Zuromin, in northern Poland, is powered by 30 wind turbines with a capacity of 2 MW each. Reuters (10/16) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Turkish 27-MW wind farm to get turbines from Vestas
    The Senbuk wind project in Hatay, Turkey, will use nine 3-megawatt turbines from Vestas Wind Systems. The wind farm is a joint venture between Turkish groups Zaf and Tefirom, and the project is scheduled for commissioning in the second quarter of 2013. (tiered subscription model) (10/16) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  Project Focus 
  • Federal tax credit uncertainty felt by Wash. wind industry
    The wind industry in central Washington has been forced to delay construction projects due to economic and regulatory factors, including the possible expiration of the wind-energy Production Tax Credit on Dec. 31. California-based Cannon Power Group postponed its 100-megawatt wind farm in Klickitat County along the Columbia River. Congress has yet to act on extending the PTC. Yakima Herald-Republic (Wash.) (free registration) (10/15) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  Policy Watch 
  • Official defends Obama's green-energy policy
    Adam Fetcher, spokesman for President Barack Obama's campaign, defended the administration's renewable-energy policy against Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney, who blamed Obama for car battery maker A123 Systems' Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection filing. "Mitt Romney, who would force taxpayers to provide $4 billion a year in subsidies to oil companies making record profits, has tried time and again to discredit clean energy. But Americans aren't buying it," Fetcher said. "Unlike Romney, the president supports the wind production tax credit, which supports thousands of jobs in states like Iowa and Colorado," Fetcher added. The Hill/E2 Wire blog (10/16), Reuters (10/16) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • U.S. House candidate for N.D. defends PTC
    Pam Gulleson, a Democratic candidate for U.S. representative from North Dakota, defended the wind-energy Production Tax Credit during a debate with her Republican rival, Kevin Cramer. Renewing the PTC is vital for the industry's continued growth and for job creation, Gulleson stated. "It's critically important to, not only jobs, but the bigger picture, for our country. I think it's just an important part of our overall energy strategy," Gulleson said. The Oklahoman (Oklahoma City)/The Associated Press (10/16) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  AWEA News 
  • Fall Symposium: Realigning for the future
    Wind professionals within every segment of the industry should attend this strategy-focused, top-tier event. With a focus on executive-level, industry-wide discussion, both program and networking are second to none at the Fall Symposium, which always takes place in a relaxed, resort setting. Coming Nov. 14 and 15. Get more info. LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Newspaper Ticker: Texas Paper is the Latest to Endorse PTC
    On Oct. 13, the San Angelo, Texas, Standard-Times became the latest of many newspapers to endorse an extension of the federal wind energy Production Tax Credit, saying, "In earlier times, this would be an issue where Republicans and Democrats in Texas and other states where the industry has a big impact could come together on legislation that would benefit their constituents." LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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