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December 3, 2012
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  Industry Update 
  • Feds to sell leases for Atlantic offshore wind zones in 2013
    The Department of the Interior will sell leases for wind zones off the coasts of Rhode Island, Massachusetts and Virginia in 2013. Leases will be sold for two offshore wind areas, totaling more than 430 square miles, the agency said. "Wind energy along the Atlantic holds enormous potential, and today we are moving closer to tapping into this massive domestic energy resource to create jobs, increase our energy security and strengthen our nation's competitiveness in this new energy frontier," Interior Secretary Ken Salazar said in a statement. The Boston Globe/The Associated Press (tiered subscription model) (11/30), SNL Financial (free content) (11/30) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • FERC allows ownership deal of Pa. wind farm to proceed
    The Federal Energy Regulatory Commission has signed off on the disposition of jurisdictional assets linked to EC&R Investco Management's sale to PD Alternative Investments US of 50% of the membership stakes in Elevate Wind HoldCo. Elevate Wind is the parent company of the operator of the Stony Creek Wind Farm near Somerset County, Pa. Under the deal, PD Alternative Investments US and EC&R Investco Management will get all the membership interests in Elevate Wind and indirect control all of the interests in the Stony Creek Wind Farm. SNL Financial (free content) (11/30) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  Project Focus 
  • Wis. wireless provider adds new wind turbine at cell site
    Cellcom has installed a new wind turbine at its renewable-energy-powered cell site on Wisconsin's Chambers Island to make up for low solar power output in autumn and winter. "In the past we’ve had to constantly adjust the capacity of the cell site during winter months due to the lack of energy being produced. The new wind turbine addresses this issue and capitalizes on the increasing wind speeds that occur from October through February," said Bob Sobieck, Cellcom's director of RF engineering. Green Bay Press-Gazette (Wis.) (11/30) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  Policy Watch 
  • PTC uncertainty costing thousands of jobs in wind sector
    The lack of action in Congress to extend the wind-energy Production Tax Credit is leading to a slowdown in wind equipment orders, forcing companies to lay off employees in a bid to weather the industry slump, executives said. "When you're manufacturing, you don't just fire up a machine and produce something off the lines. You need a constant flow of orders to keep that facility up and operating, to keep people employed," said Elizabeth Salerno, chief economist and director of industry data and analysis at the American Wind Energy Association. The Huffington Post (11/30) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  AWEA News 
  • Wind for Schools, and Property Taxes
    We've written on the AWEA blog several times about the Department of Energy's Wind for Schools program, a laudable initiative that has resulted in the installation of wind turbines at a number of local elementary and secondary schools around the nation. But there's another "wind for schools" benefit in many areas -- property tax income -- that is exemplified by a recent article in the News-Gazette, a newspaper serving East Central Illinois. Read more. LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Regional Wind Energy Summit: Wind's Rapid Growth in SPP, ERCOT
    Wind power is growing steadily in the ERCOT and SPP regions -- in Texas, Kansas, Oklahoma and surrounding states. Your company needs to have a firm understanding of how to maximize your business opportunities in these markets. Learn strategies on managing wind project assets for maximum profits, how best to capitalize on the latest regional transmission developments, and the technology and policies that are driving more wind energy into the regional energy mix. This event features expert speakers and top companies at interactive sessions that look at wind power as a rapidly growing source of clean energy generation. Dec. 5 and 6 in Houston. Learn more. LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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