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October 23, 2012
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  Industry Update 
  • IKEA launches plan to obtain all its power from wind, solar energy
    Swedish furniture company IKEA is planning to obtain all of its electricity from wind and solar power by 2020. To lower its energy needs, the company also intends to replace 1.2 million incandescent light bulbs with more energy-efficient LEDs. IKEA wants to build a wind farm in the U.S., but is prevented from doing so by the country's "choppy" environmental policy, said Steve Howard, IKEA Group's chief sustainability officer. USA Today (10/23) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • REpower Systems launches new Romanian subsidiary
    REpower Systems, a unit of India's Suzlon Group, has signed a deal to supply eight wind turbines with a combined capacity of 25 megawatts to a project that P.E. Deus Ex is developing in Romania. REpower Systems also launched a new subsidiary to serve the Romanian market. (tiered subscription model) (10/22) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Anbaric, other investors keen on offshore link projects in Germany
    U.S.-based firm Anbaric Transmission and other investors voiced interest in investing as much as $5.2 billion into TenneT's four projects designed to link offshore wind farms with the mainland in Germany. Anbaric could become an intermediary for possible investors in the U.S. and Europe, said a company spokesman. TenneT and interested firms had "an exchange of information, but no more," said a spokeswoman for the Dutch company. Reuters (10/22) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Expert: Plains states can expect more growth in wind development
    Great Plains states can expect construction of more wind farms as the U.S. keeps up with the rising demand for renewable energy, said EDF Renewable Energy's James Walker, adding that wind energy "is mainstream technology, and the resources are mainly in the heartland." The U.S. installed wind capacity reached 50,000 megawatts in August, with the industry supplying 2.9% of the country's power last year, said Walker, who is former board chairman of the American Wind Energy Association. Walker added that companies need the wind-energy Production Tax Credit to secure growth, saying that "with the PTC expiration, a lot is at risk." Lincoln Journal Star (Neb.) (tiered subscription model) (10/22) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  Project Focus 
  • Developer of Vt. wind project gets permit for accidental bat deaths
    First Wind, which is developing a 16-turbine wind project in Sheffield, Vt., has been issued a special permit by the Vermont Agency of Natural Resources allowing for limited potential bat fatalities. The permit allows for the incidental take of at most four little brown bats, one northern long-eared bat, one tri-colored bat and one eastern small-footed bat. As a condition for the permit, First Wind must limit the wind farm's operating hours at certain times of the year when bats are more likely to travel near the area. San Francisco Chronicle/The Associated Press (10/22) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Ohio siting board to hold public hearing on wind project
    The Ohio Power Siting Board will hold a public hearing on Oct. 25 to discuss EverPower Wind Holdings' plan to expand the Buckeye Wind Project in Champaign County, Ohio. If the expansion project is allowed to proceed, the company will install more than 50 wind turbines across 13,500 acres in the county. The project could generate nearly 600 construction-related jobs and 38 permanent jobs, and contribute somewhere between $840,000 and $1.26 million in local taxes, according to a state report. Springfield News-Sun (Ohio) (free registration) (10/22) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  Economy, Energy & Trends 
  • Colo.'s renewables sector faces challenging times
    Congressional inaction on the wind-energy Production Tax Credit and other factors are resulting in a slew of job cuts, plant closure and canceled projects in Colorado's renewable-energy industry. But former Gov. Bill Ritter is convinced that Colorado will bounce back from the recent setbacks. "The public demand for clean energy is very strong. And our R&D corridor is as strong as any place in the nation," Ritter said. The Denver Post (10/22) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • N.Y. energy plan calls for offshore-wind studies
    New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo's administration unveiled a blueprint that, among other things, calls on the New York State Energy Research and Development Authority to study the prospects for offshore wind development in the waters off Long Island. However, Deepwater Wind Chief Administrative Officer Jeffrey Grybowski said wind studies called for in the blueprint aren't needed anymore. "We've already done the studies, we know that our project is very energetic. ... We don't need to do more studies," Grybowski said. Newsday (Long Island, N.Y.) (subscription required) (10/22) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  AWEA News 
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    WINDPOWER 2013 housing is now open. AWEA has negotiated discounted hotel rates at 24 Chicago hotels for AWEA WINDPOWER 2013 participants. Don't waste time, and get the best hotel locations. Book your room today. LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Danko: Wind Power's Economic Benefits Argue for PTC Extension
    While the authors of a recent study on wind power's economic impacts at the county level didn't promote it as a basis for extending the federal wind energy Production Tax Credit, "it's hard not to see the results as [an] argument to keep the PTC alive," writes blogger Pete Danko. LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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