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February 4, 2013
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  Industry Update 
  • Report: Lower cost of utility-scale wind contributes to rapid growth
    U.S. capacity for non-hydro renewables grew from 44 gigawatts in 2008 to 86 gigawatts last year and natural gas generation rose to 442 gigawatts during the same period because of sharp declines in cost, according to a report from Bloomberg New Energy Finance. The cost of electricity from a utility-scale wind farm fell from $90 per megawatt-hour in 2009 to $80 per megawatt-hour in 2012, excluding tax incentives, the report said. "You can sign quite low-priced power purchase agreements if you are a wind developer and you have the [wind-energy Production Tax Credit] in place," said Ethan Zindler of Bloomberg New Energy Finance. SNL Financial (free content) (1/31) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Clean Line secures $40M investment from National Grid USA
    National Grid USA has finalized its $40 million investment in Clean Line Energy Partners, the companies said. Clean Line will use the funds toward four high-voltage, direct-current transmission lines that are expected to carry wind-generated power from the Midwest. Each of the proposed cables will have the capacity to deliver as much as 3,500 megawatts, which Clean Line President Michael Skelly has described as the "equivalent of three Hoover Dams." SNL Financial (free content) (2/1) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Gamesa plant in Pa. will take months to recover orders, exec says
    Wind turbine maker Gamesa expects its plant in Bucks County, Pa., to receive no new orders "for several months," said David Rosenberg, the firm's vice president of marketing. The domestic market is stagnant after the industry faced uncertainty over the expiration of the wind-energy Production Tax Credit last year, according to this article. "We're fairly confident, unfortunately, this is going to be a slow year for the industry," Rosenberg said. The Philadelphia Inquirer (2/3) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  Project Focus 
 
  • Firm to update officials on Wyo. wind projects
    The Power Company of Wyoming is scheduled to update the Carbon County Commission and the Rawlins City Council about the progress of the Chokecherry and Sierra Madre wind project and the TransWest transmission-line project. The process of seeking a state permit for the wind project is on hold as a Wyoming Senate bill could result in a rewrite of the funding rules for projects seeking approval from the state Industrial Siting Council, said Kara Choquette, communications director for the Power Company of Wyoming. Rawlins Daily Times (Wyo.) (2/1) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
Building Workplace Trust 2015
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  Economy, Energy & Trends 
 
  • Wis. agency: No more tests are needed on wind farm health risks
    The Wisconsin Public Service Commission said that no further tests are required to determine any health risks of the Shirley Wind Farm in Brown County before deciding whether to approve the proposed Highland Wind Farm project in St. Croix County. Researchers who tested the Shirley Wind Farm in December said they found no link between low-frequency sounds from the wind farm and health issues reported by residents, but the scientists recommended further testing. Green Bay Press-Gazette (Wis.) (2/2) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  Policy Watch 
  • Ohio lawmaker floats plan to review renewables standards
    Ohio state Sen. William Seitz, chairman of the state Senate Public Utilities Committee, is calling for a "meaningful review" of the state's renewable-portfolio requirements for power companies. The lawmaker -- who is involved in the American Legislative Exchange Council, which has created a sample bill to repeal states' renewables targets -- seeks stakeholder input on whether Ohio's renewable-energy goals should be reworked or dismantled. SeattlePI.com/The Associated Press (2/1) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  SmartQuote 
To attain knowledge, add things every day. To attain wisdom, subtract things every day."
--Laozi,
Chinese philosopher


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These stories were selected and summarized by independent editors at SmartBrief Inc., not by AWEA's staff, and do not represent AWEA positions. They reflect the variety of daily coverage of American wind power.
 
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