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February 11, 2013
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  Industry Update 
  • More New Yorkers shifting to wind power, ConEd exec says
    An increasing number of residents and businesses in New York City are shifting to wind power in a bid to reduce their carbon footprint. "We have about 20,000 residential customers that buy wind from us, and we're seeing more people start to choose renewable options," said Michael Perna of Con Edison Solutions. NY1 (New York City) (2/10) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Industry highlights prairie chicken conservation efforts
    Energy companies are asking the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service to refrain from moving forward with its proposal to list the lesser prairie chicken as a threatened species. Wind power developers have been crafting their own habitat conservation plans and aim to unveil one in March, said John Anderson, director of siting policy for the American Wind Energy Association. "We really want to try to be as proactive as possible to show it's not necessary to go forward with the final listing," Anderson said. Houston Chronicle (subscription required)/The Associated Press (2/10) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Wind-power growth in Texas expected to affect broader industry
    A 3,500-mile wind-power transmission project in Texas that is due to enter service this year will affect other energy sources in the state that are already being affected by other trends as well, industry observers said. Declining wind-power costs and stricter regulations on nuclear power in the wake of the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear incident are expected to curb the growth of nuclear and coal in Texas, while ushering in more wind projects, executives said. CleanTechnica (2/10) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • German utility has plans to build wind projects in Norway, Sweden
    Germany's E.ON has proposed to build nine land-based wind projects in Norway with a total capacity of 1,500 megawatts. "Norway has a huge untapped potential. It's a new market that has many cost-efficient projects," said E.ON's Mark Porter. The German utility also intends to develop a 700-MW offshore wind farm in Sweden to supply power to Germany, Poland and the Baltic region. Bloomberg Businessweek (2/8) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  Project Focus 
  • Manufacturer gets nod to install wind turbine in Calif. city
    Manufacturing firm Halus Power Systems received approval from the Board of Zoning Adjustments of San Leandro, Calif., to advance plans to build a 100-foot-tall wind turbine in the city's industrial district. If the board's decision is not challenged, the company could begin installing the turbine as soon as this summer, said General Manager Louis Rigaud. Halus Power Systems will use the turbine to generate power for its own use and to test wind turbine parts. San Jose Mercury News (Calif.) (free registration) (2/9) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  Economy, Energy & Trends 
  • Don't ignore wider economic benefits of wind power, experts say
    The broader economic benefits of wind power are often ignored because advocates focus too much on reducing utility bills, according to experts and executives at the European Wind Energy Association's annual summit last week. "We continue to debate aesthetics and costs when the focus should be on the role of renewables in creating jobs and contributing to economic growth," said Reg Platt, a researcher with the U.K.-based Institute for Public Policy Research. Platts (2/8) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  Policy Watch 
  • Wind power moratorium is a bad idea, Vt. governor says
    Vermont Gov. Peter Shumlin said that he is against a plan in the state Senate to impose a three-year moratorium on wind projects. "Climate change is our single greatest challenge. And I don't think banning renewables is wise or prudent when we're losing the battle on climate change," Shumlin said. Brattleboro Reformer (Vt.) (2/9) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  AWEA News 
  • More New Wind Generation Records: Texas, Spain, U.K.
    More wind generation records have fallen recently, reflecting growing use around the world of this clean, reliable energy source. Read more. LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • AWEA Pacific Northwest Wind Energy Summit
    Build opportunity in the Pacific Northwest with a full day of educational sessions at the AWEA Regional Wind Energy Summit -- Northwest. Focusing on Washington, Oregon, Montana and Idaho, this event offers you a comprehensive and timely analysis of current and near-term market conditions, opportunities and trends. Hear from recently announced keynote speaker Bill Drummond, incoming BPA administrator. Register before registration prices increase after Feb. 15. LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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The only man I know who behaves sensibly is my tailor; he takes my measurements anew each time he sees me. ... The rest go on with their old measurements and expect me to fit them."
--George Bernard Shaw,
Irish playwright


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