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March 12, 2013
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  Industry Update 
 
  • Nordex sees bright prospects this year after losses in 2012
    Germany-based wind turbine manufacturer Nordex said production problems in China and the U.S. hurt the company's finances, with operational losses likely to hit $7.9 million. Nordex investors, however, remain upbeat about the company's growth prospects as the firm expects its revenues to climb by up to $1.7 billion this year. Deutsche Welle (Germany) (3/11) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Cape Wind cancels tentative deal with Mass. company
    A tentative agreement between the proposed Cape Wind offshore wind project in Nantucket Sound and a Massachusetts-based company tapped to build steel towers and other components for the project has been canceled. As early as the spring of 2011, Cape Wind had reservations about Mass Tank's ability to meet the project's requirements, said Cape Wind spokesman Mark Rodgers. Mass Tank believes that it was dropped by Cape Wind in favor of a foreign company, Mass Tank President Carl Horstmann wrote in a letter dated Jan. 28 to the Department of Energy, commenting on Cape Wind's loan guarantee application. Cape Cod Times (Mass.) (tiered subscription model) (3/12) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Declining power rates caused by several factors, Gramlich says
    While some some spot-market power producers say that last year's wind-power boom, driven by the uncertainty over the wind-energy Production Tax Credit, is pushing down electricity rates already driven low by ample natural gas supplies, resulting in narrower margins for nuclear and coal-fired plants in some areas, Rob Gramlich, interim CEO of the American Wind Energy Association, disagrees. He said power producers should not attribute their lower earnings to wind energy since declining power rates "are due to a lot of things," and that the extent to which wind does reduce power prices is "a good thing for homes and businesses." Bloomberg (3/11) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Reduced orders prompt Acciona to cut 40 jobs at Iowa factory
    Acciona Windpower has laid off 40 workers at its West Branch, Iowa, wind-turbine factory, citing a decrease in orders. "U.S. wind development declined sharply over the past year for reasons beyond our control," Acciona Windpower said. The layoffs were necessary "to meet the current volume of production while we work to complete new turbine supply agreements," the company said. The Gazette (Cedar Rapids-Marion, Iowa) (3/11) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  Project Focus 
 
  • Developer of Md. wind project urged to do more to protect eagles
    The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service is calling for Pioneer Green Energy to take more steps to lower the estimates to 15 to 17 annually before a proposed wind project in Somerset County, Md., can be allowed to proceed. The agency acknowledged that its estimation of 20 annual bald eagle strikes may be high and the methodology inaccurate. The American Wind Energy Association, however, believes that the agency's estimate, which was based on golden eagle data, is "overly conservative," and questioned her decision to apply another species' statistics as basis for the bald eagle fatality estimate. "It is our understanding that the FWS is currently conducting an independent peer-review of the model, and our expectation is the results, which will be publicly available, will note the flaws in it," said John Anderson, AWEA's director of siting policy. The Daily Times (Salisbury, Md.) (tiered subscription model) (3/10) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Mass. wind farm surpasses expectations
    The average annual output of the Berkshire wind farm on Massachusetts' Brodie Mountain is nearly 40% of its generating capacity, surpassing expectations, according to Massachusetts Municipal Wholesale Electric. "Right now we're at about 36% annually. In May, we'll have two full years of data, and I'm thinking we'll be at around 38%," said David Tuohey, MMWEC's director of communications. "The first year we worked out all the bugs and now it's working just great for us," said Peter Dion, general manager of the Wakefield Municipal Gas & Light Department, which owns an 11% stake in the wind farm. North Adams Transcript (Mass.) (3/11) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  Economy, Energy & Trends 
  • Mass. city's offshore wind initiative wins state backing
    Massachusetts' Office of Energy and Environmental Affairs has signed a deal to support the development of the New Bedford Marine Commerce Terminal, which New Bedford officials hope would draw offshore wind investors to the city. New Bedford is an ideal staging area for the proposed Cape Wind project and other offshore wind projects in the future, said Mayor Jon Mitchell. WBUR-FM (Boston) (3/11) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Wyo. agrees to lower property appraisal of wind farm
    The Wyoming Department of Revenue has agreed to lower the estimated property value of Duke Energy's Top of the Wind wind farm to $296.9 million, down from its original assessment of $414.7 million. The settlement means Converse County will receive $820,000 less in taxes from the project, said Joel Schell, the county treasurer. Despite the smaller revenue for the county, the new appraisal is still higher than a previous estimate by the project's contractor, said Tammie McGee, a communications manager at Duke Energy. Star-Tribune (Casper, Wyo.) (tiered subscription model) (3/11) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  AWEA News 
  • WINDPOWER 2013 Means Value
    Wind energy business solutions can be found in the people and educational programming at AWEA WINDPOWER 2013 in Chicago. Hear the answers you need, meet the contacts you want to meet and identify the solutions that will build your success. WINDPOWER offers AWEA Committees and Working Groups a venue to convene on important issues and mingle with other industry leaders that are shaping change. Find out about the AWEA member-only early discount. LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Call for Abstracts: AWEA Wind Resource & Assessment Seminar
    Be a part of the AWEA Wind Resource & Project Energy Assessment Seminar, Dec. 10 to 11, in Las Vegas, the only event dedicated to wind energy's unique resource assessment issues. AWEA is looking for high quality abstracts to create an exciting, highly educational seminar program. Learn how to submit an abstract. LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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