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January 4, 2013
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  Industry Update 
  • Feds issue call for competing interests in N.Y. offshore wind zone
    The Bureau of Ocean Energy Management is calling for competing interests in an offshore wind zone off the coast of New York after the New York Power Authority notified the BOEM of its interest in leasing the area. The NYPA is proposing a wind project that would deliver 350 to 700 megawatts of electricity to Long Island and New York City. The proposal is also backed by the Long Island Power Authority and Consolidated Edison. Bloomberg Businessweek (1/3) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Gamesa to cut 92 jobs in Pa. despite PTC renewal
    Gamesa USA is pushing through with plans to cut 92 jobs at its factory in Cambria County, Pa., early this year despite the last-minute deal by Congress to extend the wind-energy Production Tax Credit. "Although not irreparable, recovery in 2013 will be slow, even with the PTC extension," said David Rosenberg, Gamesa USA's vice president of marketing. "Because wind farms usually need 12 to 18 months for development, it will still be nearly two years before the industry sees significant recovery, as developers recall teams to restart dormant projects." American City Business Journals/Pittsburgh/Energy Inc. blog (1/3) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  Project Focus 
  • 2 Neb. wind projects get lift from PTC extension
    Two wind projects conditionally approved by the Nebraska and Omaha public power districts last month are expected to move forward after Congress approved an extension of the wind-energy Production Tax Credit. The proposed Prairie Breeze Wind Energy Center near Elgin, Neb., is expected to create up to 300 construction jobs and is slated for completion by January 2014. Meanwhile, the Nebraska Public Power District is nearing a power purchase agreement with a proposed wind farm near Steele City, Neb. Lincoln Journal Star (Neb.) (tiered subscription model) (1/4) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  Economy, Energy & Trends 
  • Editorial: Extending wind power tax incentives was right
    Congress should be lauded for extending the key tax incentives for wind power, according to the editorial board of the Denver Post. "There are certain expenditures necessary to provide a foundation for the next generation, and continued diversification of the nation's energy portfolio has to be one of them," the editorial states. The Denver Post (1/3) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Mich. wind power advocates hail renewal of tax incentives
    Renewable energy supporters in Michigan are hailing the extensions of the wind-energy Production Tax Credit and the Investment Tax Credit, which can be used by projects that start construction, rather than be completed, before the end of the year. "That was pretty critical to resuming development. Without that, the extension might not have had any impact this year," said Iberdrola spokesman Paul Copleman. Midwest Energy News (1/3) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  Policy Watch 
  • IRS urged to clarify modified terms in PTC, ITC extensions
    The Internal Service Revenue needs to clarify the modified terms of the wind-energy Production Tax Credit and the Investment Tax Credit that amend the "in-service" date to a "begin construction" date for projects to qualify for the incentives, according to Keith Martin, a partner at Chadbourne & Parke. "Among the issues the IRS will have to decide is whether to give developers the option to treat an entire wind farm as a single facility for this purpose so that the start of construction of one turbine will be considered the start of work on the entire project," Martin said. North American Windpower online (1/3) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  AWEA News 
  • AWEA Wind Project Siting Seminar
    Understanding the complexity of the Bald and Golden Eagle Protection Act and related Take Permit process is essential to creating a successful project development strategy. During a featured session, equip yourself with the means to navigate the permit process in order to minimize risks. Feb. 20 in Portland, Ore. Save 25% by registering by Jan. 9. Learn more. LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Fact Check: Refuting Gramm's Wind Power Myths
    The appropriately-titled "Distortions of Wind Power" by former Texas Republican Sen. Phil Gramm in a recent Wall Street Journal op-ed does exactly that: distorts the facts about wind power and the Production Tax Credit. Read more. LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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