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February 12, 2013
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  Industry Update 
  • Report: U.S., China added the most wind power capacity in 2012
    Global installed wind power capacity grew by nearly 20% in 2012 to reach 282 gigawatts, the Global Wind Energy Council reported. The U.S. and China installed the most with 13 GW apiece, followed by Germany, India and the U.K. with about 2 GW each, GWEC said. China has the most installed wind power capacity at 77 GW, followed by the U.S. with 60 GW, the council said. The Guardian (London) (2/11) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Capistrano gets $100M investment from Australian pension fund
    Capistrano Wind Partners has secured a $100 million investment from a unit of Australian pension fund AMP. The commitment is "on behalf of a large Australian superannuation fund client," AMP said. Capistrano Wind Partners operates five wind farms in Nebraska, Texas and Wyoming with a combined generating capacity of 413 megawatts. Bloomberg Businessweek (2/11) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • EDF unit acquires French wind assets for $79M
    EDF Energies Nouvelles signed a deal to buy Sechilienne-Sidec's wind assets, including six wind farms in France, for $79 million. EDF also agreed to pay an additional amount for five other wind projects under development, Sechilienne-Sidec said. Bloomberg Businessweek (2/11) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  Project Focus 
  • N.H. regulators say no to Eolian Energy wind project
    New Hampshire's Site Evaluation Committee voted 6-3 to deny a permit to Eolian Energy's proposed Antrim wind project. It is the first time that state regulators have rejected a wind project. The 30-megawatt project would have placed turbines on a ridgetop overlooking a wildlife sanctuary, but a legal counsel for the committee said the sanctuary was just one factor in the committee's decision. The ruling "was based on the region in general and the primarily visual impact that these particular turbines would have there," the legal counsel said. New Hampshire Public Radio (2/11) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Iberdrola puts numbers to N.H. wind project community revenue
    Iberdrola Renewables answered claims that its proposed Wild Meadows Wind Power Project in New Hampshire's Alexandria, Danbury and Grafton towns wouldn't contribute significantly to the towns' economies and would hurt property values in the area. In its initial year of operations, the project is expected to add $286,000 to Alexandria's tax base, $352,000 to Danbury and $176,000 to Grafton, said Ed Cherian, a senior developer for Iberdrola Renewables. Fear of declining property values "is an emotional issue," said Cherian, adding that "these projects have been found to have no impact on property values." The Union Leader (Manchester, N.H.) (2/10) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  Economy, Energy & Trends 
  • First floating offshore wind farm in the U.S. could rise in Maine
    Maine could become the home of the first offshore wind farm in the U.S. after Statoil North America won local and federal support to place four floating wind turbines in 500-foot-deep water along the state's coastline. Statoil's goal is to lower the price of offshore wind power to about 10 to 15 cents per kilowatt hour within 10 years. FastCoExist (2/11) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  Policy Watch 
  • Md. bill could spark offshore wind boom in region, observers say
    A bill championed by Maryland Gov. Martin O'Malley could form the foundation for a thriving offshore wind industry along the Atlantic seaboard, observers said. The bill, which would support the development of a 211-megawatt offshore wind farm and require utilities to buy offshore wind power by 2017, is expected to bring in 850 construction jobs and 160 permanent jobs. "You have to start with initial steps, sometimes small steps, and that's what this Maryland bill is," said Mike Tidwell, director of the Chesapeake Climate Action Network. Bloomberg (2/11) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  AWEA News 
  • Wind is North Dakota's Other Oil Field, Student Says
    The North Dakota State University student newspaper NDSU Spectator recently carried an article by Opinion Editor Nathan Stottler titled "North Dakota's other oil field" focusing on the state's enormous wind potential. Read more. LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • AWEA Wind Project Siting Seminar
    Turning the PTC extension into a success for new projects in 2013 begins with siting. This year, the AWEA Wind Project Siting Seminar comes just in time to help you identify and address potential risks while reducing costs and avoiding delays. With the PTC extension's start-construction language, it's vital to avoid any setbacks in the permitting process. Register before prices increase after Feb. 15. LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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