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December 24, 2012
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  Industry Update 
  • Many wind projects completed this year as PTC expiry looms
    While Canada and Latin America experience rapid growth in wind development this year, wind developers in the U.S. have completed numerous projects to take advantage of the wind-energy Production Tax Credit. Nevertheless, the industry has laid off thousands of workers and shelved many development plans in preparation for the looming expiry of the PTC. "The wind energy industry is sort of the poster child of policy instability," said Rob Gramlich, senior vice president of public policy of the American Wind Energy Association. Renewable Energy World (12/21) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Renewable energy to make slow but steady market gain in 2013
    Experts predict that renewable energy will make slow but steady growth in the U.S. next year despite continued reliance on fossil fuels. Wind power generation will increase by 15% in 2013, while solar energy consumption will go up 28%, according to forecasts by the Energy Information Administration. Rob Gramlich, the American Wind Energy Association's senior vice president for public policy, cautioned that while wind power could have a robust future, Congress' inaction on the wind-energy Production Tax Credit will cause the industry to "fall over its own fiscal cliff and America will lose most of its wind installations next year." The Christian Science Monitor (12/23) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Wind projects could slow down next year if PTC expires: Wind-power developers are planning to scale back wind projects in 2013 if the wind-energy Production Tax Credit gets axed this year, which would increase wind power rates by 30%, industry officials said. "Utilities are looking at those prices. And they simply won't buy nearly as much wind power without that credit," said American Wind Energy Association Vice President Rob Gramlich. EverPower President and CEO Jim Spencer agreed, saying that "it's really a black hole next year" and his company has "absolutely no construction plans" for 2013. National Public Radio (text and audio) (12/23) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  Project Focus 
  • NextEra Energy completes Ontario wind project, begins operation
    Renewable energy giant NextEra Energy has completed construction of its first wind farm in Ontario, the first among its seven $1.5 billion wind power investments in the Canadian province. The 10-turbine Conestogo Wind project has commenced operation and is expected to produce enough energy for 5,700 homes annually. Six other wind energy programs are under development in the London region and the company is still looking at building additional wind farms in Ontario. The London Free Press (Ontario) (12/21) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  Policy Watch 
  • U.S. imposes anti-dumping duties on China, Vietnam
    The U.S. Department of Commerce imposed taxes of 44.99% to 70.63% and 51.50% to 58.49% on Chinese and Vietnamese wind turbine producers, respectively, after concluding that they violated anti-dumping regulations. The decision was denounced by China's wind power officials, including China Renewable Energy Industry Association head Zhang Ping, who said the "latest U.S. decision is meant to defer the development of Chinese renewable energies and force U.S. importers to pay a higher cost for towers and their consumers to pay higher electricity charges due to the technical and management of failures of some U.S. wind power companies." United Press International (12/20) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  Editor's Note 
  • SmartBrief will not publish Tuesday
    In observance of Christmas, SmartBrief will not publish Tuesday. Publication will resume Wednesday. Enjoy the holiday! LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
In seed time learn, in harvest teach, in winter enjoy."
--William Blake,
British poet and painter

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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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