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January 21, 2013
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  Industry Update 
  • Report: Utilities are buying wind "because they want to"
    Wind power made up 6% of the electricity generation capacity in the U.S. following the record-setting pace of wind project build-outs in 2012, according to a report by Bloomberg New Energy Finance. "Capacity was built without any near-term state mandated demand. This means that in most areas, utilities are buying wind power because they want to, not because they have to," said Amy Grace of BNEF. Bloomberg Businessweek (1/18) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Feds identify Ariz. public lands as potential wind, solar zones
    The Department of the Interior on Friday classified 192,100 acres of public lands in Arizona as potential areas for utility-scale wind and solar projects. The areas were selected because of their "low resource sensitivity and few environmental conflicts," as well as their nearness to load centers, power cables and communities with high electricity needs, the agency said. Platts (1/18) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Lenders OK Suzlon's $1.86B debt-restructuring plan
    Suzlon Energy has received approval from lenders for its plan to restructure $1.86 billion in debt, but the firm would need to sell shares or assets over the next three years to raise $1 billion, according to a senior executive from the firm. The executive added that the company will be able to raise the amount within the three-year time frame. Fox Business/Dow Jones Newswires (1/18) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  Project Focus 
  • Billionaire wants to deliver Wyo. wind power to Calif.
    Billionaire Phil Anschutz, head of the Power Co. of Wyoming, is behind the idea to build a 1,000-turbine wind farm in Wyoming and a 725-mile transmission line that would deliver the wind farm's output to customers in California. The Chokecherry and Sierra Madre wind project received initial approval from the Bureau of Land Management in October, with studies on turbine placements due by the end of this year and initial work on an access road slated to begin in 2014, said Power Co. of Wyoming CEO Bill Miller. Meanwhile, the 3,000-megawatt-capacity TransWest transmission project was among the seven projects chosen by the government for fast-tracking. The Denver Post (1/20) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Statoil unit amends proposal for Maine offshore wind project
    Statoil North America has changed the terms of its proposal to install four floating wind turbines off the coast of Maine in a bid to address concerns from the Maine Public Utilities Commission about the project's economic benefits. Under Statoil's amended plan, the project's energy cost was cut from $290 per megawatt hour to $270 per megawatt hour, and the company made a "good faith" commitment to include Maine-based suppliers in any offshore wind project it may undertake along the Atlantic Coast before 2025. Bangor Daily News (Maine) (free registration) (1/18) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  Economy, Energy & Trends 
  • Developers in key Calif. region welcome renewal of PTC
    Wind power developers in Kern County, Calif., are reviving projects after the wind-energy Production Tax Credit won a last-minute extension in Congress. "Together we can celebrate the renewal of this important federal policy that supports an industry that installed the most electrical generating capacity in America last year," said Linda Parker of the Kern Wind Energy Association. However, the industry may see a slump in the first half of the year because the PTC was not approved earlier, said Buddy Cummings, CEO of World Wind & Solar. Tehachapi News (Calif.) (1/19) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Superconducting wires will make better turbines, researchers say
    Scientists in the U.S. and the EU are racing to develop a lightweight superconducting wire that would boost the performance of wind turbines while reducing their weight. The technology could also benefit power transmission, according to a team of researchers at the University of Houston, which is being supported by the Department of Energy's Advanced Research Projects Agency-Energy. "If we can demonstrate this superconducting-wire technology in a wind turbine, we think it's more likely that it will make its way into the power cables of the electricity grid," said a researcher. New Scientist (1/18) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  Policy Watch 
  • Plan to incentivize offshore wind is a priority for Md. governor
    A proposal by Maryland Gov. Martin O'Malley to set up an incentive program for offshore wind development is one of the governor's legislative priorities this year. A similar proposal has failed to advance in the state Senate in the past two sessions. Senate President Thomas V. Mike Miller Jr. says the measure may finally muster enough votes to pass this year. The Examiner (Washington, D.C.) (1/20) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  AWEA News 
  • Fact Check: Marshall Institute attacks wind power, ignores facts
    The George C. Marshall Institute, a fossil-fuel-funded "research organization," has published a report examining the economics of wind energy. The report ignores recent reductions in the cost of wind energy, even though those reductions have been repeatedly documented by two national laboratories. Read more. LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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