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October 31, 2012
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  Industry Update 
  • NextEra powers up pair of 200-MW wind farms in Colo.
    NextEra Energy Resources' 400-megawatt Limon I and II wind farms in Colorado have started sending power to the Public Service Co. of Colorado, bringing the state's total installed wind capacity to nearly 2.2 gigawatts. The wind farms are expected to bring in $130 million in taxes and royalty payments over their initial 25-year life. (tiered subscription model) (10/30) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Scotland aims for 50% renewable power by 2015
    The Scottish government has set an interim target of obtaining 50% of the country's electricity needs from renewable sources by 2015. "This target is ambitious, but also achievable. It is based on current data about capacity which is operational, under construction, or has been consented," said First Minister Alex Salmond. BBC (10/30) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  Project Focus 
  • First Wind submits revised wind-power proposal to Maine regulators
    First Wind has submitted to Maine regulators a scaled-down proposal to construct a wind farm on Bowers Mountain. The revised plan features more efficient turbines, new lighting systems to warn approaching aircraft, new turbine placements to reduce visual impact and a fund to conserve deer habitat and support local guides. The project is expected to deliver enough power to supply the needs of 25,000 households. The Boston Globe/The Associated Press (tiered subscription model) (10/31) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  Economy, Energy & Trends 
  • Report: State-funded clean-energy projects hit record in 2011
    The number of state-funded clean-energy projects that went online in 2011 was the most the U.S. has seen in a single year. with photovoltaic technology topping the list, according to a report from the Clean Energy States Alliance. States invested in 32,734 clean-energy projects last year, up 18% from 2010 and nearly double the number in 2009, the alliance said. State funds have helped drive renewable-energy development across the U.S., supporting nearly 130,000 ventures and accounting for almost 4.8 gigawatts of installed capacity since 1998, the report showed. SNL Financial (free content) (10/29) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • City in Denmark aims to achieve carbon neutrality by 2029
    Sønderborg, Denmark, aims to be carbon-neutral by 2029. It aims to do this by generating power and heat from renewable sources and making its buildings more energy-efficient. "[W]e've adopted a holistic approach that's bottom-up. It's not just top-down, about planning and coming up with business and new technology to drive this forward," said project director Christian Eriksen. "It's also very much about participation, about learning, and empowerment of our citizens and local companies." Forbes (10/29) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Denmark would decline aid to Vestas, official says
    The Danish government has said it would not provide Vestas with financial support if asked. "We cannot and will not support a single company. It is against the government's general state aid policy," said Martin Lidegaard, the country's energy minister. In July, the company announced a delay in loan payments and has laid off a sixth of its workforce to reduce costs this year. Bloomberg Businessweek (10/29) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  Policy Watch 
  • Romney remark hints at softening of stance on PTC
    A remark made by Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney during a campaign stop in Iowa last week suggested that he was open to a gradual phasing out of the wind-energy Production Tax Credit. "We will support nuclear and renewables but phase out subsidies once an industry is on its feet," Romney said. This is in stark contrast to his previous statements supporting an immediate repeal of the tax incentive. North American Windpower online (10/31) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Petition to add non-wind power to Texas RPS is denied
    A petition by the Sierra Club and renewable-energy supporters to introduce a separate non-wind-energy target into Texas' renewable portfolio standard was rejected by the Texas Public Utilities Commission. A "nonwind renewable mandate" could "indirectly distort market prices" and send mixed signals to market participants, the commission said. The commission also expressed concerns about the cost of such a move and whether it had the authority to set a target. SNL Financial (free content) (10/30) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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