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December 28, 2012
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  Industry Update 
  • Developers race to complete projects before possible PTC expiry
    Wind power developers are racing to complete their projects before the wind-energy Production Tax Credit lapses on Dec. 31, unless Congress acts soon. Since the PTC began, Congress has allowed it to expire three times, slashing new installations dramatically each time, according to the American Wind Energy Association. A one-year extension being pushed by some lawmakers would not be enough because developers need more time to plan for wind projects, said Elizabeth Salerno, AWEA's director of data and analysis and chief economist. The New York Times (tiered subscription model) (12/27) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Report: U.K. on course to meet EU renewables target
    The U.K. is on course to meet its 15% renewable energy commitment to the EU, thanks to a surge in wind and solar installations in the past 18 months, according a recent update of the country's Renewable Energy Roadmap by the Department of Energy and Climate Change. Renewable energy accounted for 11.7% of overall generation in the third quarter of 2012, the agency said. Between July 2011 and July 2012, the U.K.'s offshore wind capacity increased 60% to 2.5 gigawatts while land-based wind capacity rose 24% to 5.3 GW, the report found. RechargeNews.com (tiered subscription model) (12/27) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  Project Focus 
 
  • N.H. panel set to decide on wind proposal by February
    The New Hampshire Site Evaluation Committee will hold public hearings starting on Feb. 4 to decide whether to endorse Antrim Wind Energy's proposed wind farm in Antrim, N.H. The committee assumed jurisdiction of the project in August last year and was supposed to issue a ruling by Nov. 30. Public comments on the wind project will be accepted by the committee until Jan. 14. The Keene Sentinel (N.H.) (12/26) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
Building Workplace Trust 2015
Interaction Associates' 6th annual research study tracking trust on the job, Building Workplace Trust, is out, and more than half of employees surveyed give their organizations low marks for trust and leadership. Yet this year's findings again point to how high trust leads to better outcomes and financial results — and even boosts innovation.

  Policy Watch 
 
  • Kan. governor confident of PTC extension
    Kansas Gov. Sam Brownback is optimistic that Congress will reach a deal to extend the wind-energy Production Tax Credit, which he said has been instrumental in wind power growth in the state. "I think we've got a shot, and we will get some extension and ... maybe a slower percentage on a go forward basis," Brownback said. KMUW-FM (Wichita, Kan.) (12/27) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Opinion: Texas should be leading the charge to extend the PTC
    Texas' lawmakers should back an extension of the wind-energy Production Tax Credit because the state has already spent $7 billion on the Competitive Renewable Energy Zones project to accelerate the transmission of wind power across the state, writes Andy Bowman, founder and president of Pioneer Green Energy. "Yet just when the CREZ lines are ready to operate, many Texas leaders are turning their backs on wind power and threatening to turn the CREZ project into a giant bridge to nowhere," Bowman states. Austin American-Statesman (Texas) (free registration) (12/27) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • PTC needs at least 3-year extension to work, union leader says
    The wind-energy Production Tax Credit needs a multiyear extension to maintain the gains made by the wind power sector and stave off job losses in the industry, but it will probably get a one-year extension, according to Donn Pendergrass, president of the 1191 Amalgamated Local Steel Workers union and an employee at ATI Casting Service in La Porte, Ind. The PTC needs at least a three-year extension to make sense for manufacturers, Pendergrass said. "By the time you get your orders in and get those orders fulfilled you need more than one year. You need three to get up and running for orders, for designing new blades," he said. The La Porte County Herald Argus (La Porte, Ind.) (12/27) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
The IDC Market Spotlight on Network Automation and Agility
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If all misfortunes were laid in one common heap whence everyone must take an equal portion, most people would be contented to take their own and depart."
--Socrates,
Greek philosopher


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