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February 21, 2013
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  Industry Update 
  • FERC: Wind accounted for most of new U.S. capacity in January
    Wind power and other renewables accounted for nearly all 1,231 megawatts of new capacity installed in the U.S. last month, according to the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission. Wind power accounted for 958 MW of new capacity, while solar and biomass contributed 267 MW and 6 MW, respectively, FERC said. In January 2012, coal accounted for most new capacity, with 808 MW, followed by natural gas and wind power. The Hill/E2 Wire blog (2/20) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • BPA administrator wants to work on integrating wind power
    Bonneville Power Administration is interested in working on better solutions for integrating wind power, Bill Drummond, the agency's new administrator, said at the American Wind Energy Association's Regional Wind Energy Summit in Portland, Ore. "My thinking has evolved on this. I used to see wind integration as a problem. I now see wind integration, integration of all types of renewables, as an opportunity," Drummond said. SNL Financial (free content) (2/19) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Vattenfall to add more turbines to offshore wind farm in U.K.
    Swedish energy firm Vattenfall has received approval from U.K. officials to build up to 17 additional turbines in its wind facility off the coast of Kent. The new turbines are expected to produce at least 90,000 megawatts of power annually. "As well as providing large amounts of clean energy, offshore wind will support jobs and generate major investment up and down the country," said U.K. Energy Secretary Ed Davey in a statement. United Press International (2/20) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  Project Focus 
  • E.ON officially unveils 100-MW wind farm in Texas
    A dedication ceremony was held at E.ON Climate & Renewables North America's Anacacho wind farm in Kinney County, Texas. The 55-turbine, 100-megawatt wind farm entered service in December 2012. The facility is projected to bring in more than $17 million in local tax revenue, $8 million in salaries to local workers and more than $34 million in lease payments to property owners. Electric Light & Power online (2/20) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  Economy, Energy & Trends 
  • Wyo. companies hopeful of selling wind power to Calif.
    Energy companies in Wyoming are hopeful that one day they will be able to export wind-generated power to California, whose 33% renewable-power target by 2020 and 80% greenhouse-gas-reduction goal by 2050 make it a potentially lucrative market. The main hurdles to their plan are California Gov. Jerry Brown, who is reluctant to import power to meet the state's clean-energy goals, and delays in the federal permitting of wind and transmission projects, observers say. EENews.net (free content)/Greenwire (2/19) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  Policy Watch 
  • Offshore wind power bill clears Md. House
    A bill seeking to promote offshore wind development in Maryland cleared the state House of Delegates. Similar proposals have died in the state Senate in the previous two sessions, but supporters are optimistic that this year's bill will get sufficient votes to advance. "The offshore wind industry is coming to our region, and this bill will put Maryland on the cutting edge of states ready to embrace and reap all of its benefits," said Tommy Landers, director of Environment Maryland. The Washington Post (2/21) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Conn. governor's energy plan looks to best in-state renewables
    An energy blueprint unveiled by Connecticut Gov. Dannel Malloy includes plans for renewable-energy development but features a limited role for wind power in the near term. "Since regional, non-Connecticut resources, such as onshore wind, may be the most cost-effective large-scale renewables, greater clarity about the costs and benefits of regional development and their associated transmission will help ensure that Connecticut is in a strong position to inform its involvement in any regional renewable solicitation," the document showed. Connecticut will focus on promoting solar, hydro and fuel cell development. North American Windpower online (2/20) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  AWEA News 
  • WINDPOWER 2013: Extra-Special Discount for AWEA Members
    WINDPOWER has never been more relevant to the wind energy industry than right now, and registration is open. For business members of AWEA only: as part of the registration kickoff, receive an additional discount on top of the early rates if you register by Feb. 28. Get more details on redeeming this offer. LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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