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November 29, 2012
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  • Midwestern wind farms reach new generating milestone
    Wind-power generation in the areas covered by the Midwest Independent Transmission System Operator exceeded 10,000 megawatts for the first time on Nov. 23, accounting for more than 25% of the total power output during that period. "Wind represents one of the fuel choices that helps us manage congestion on the system and ultimately helps keep prices low for our customers," said Joe Gardner, MISO's executive director of real-time operations. "When we have significant quantities of wind being generated, we use less of other, more expensive, generation types to keep the system in balance." Reuters (11/28) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Iberdrola to put new U.S. renewable-energy projects on hold
    Spain's Iberdrola is not planning to embark on new renewable-energy projects in the U.S. once it completes its current projects, and will instead focus on its network business. "For us, unfortunately the renewables business in the U.S. is stopped," said Ignacio Cuenca, director of investor relations. The uncertainty over the wind-energy Production Tax Credit, coupled with cheap natural gas, is making it "a very, very difficult situation," Cuenca said. SNL Financial (free content) (11/27) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • AMSC lays off about 100 workers, cites "challenging" conditions
    AMSC has laid off about 100 employees, or about 25% of its workforce, citing "challenging" conditions in the wind market. "Financing and cash flow among wind farm developers and wind turbine manufacturers have been constrained. Given this environment, we made the difficult but prudent decision to reduce our workforce in order to weather the industry downturn and minimize our cash usage," said President and CEO Daniel McGahn. The Boston Globe (tiered subscription model) (11/29) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Cartier completes biggest wind project in Canada
    TransCanada and Innergex's joint venture Cartier Wind Energy finished the 211.5-megawatt Gros-Morne wind farm in Quebec, Canada, the country's biggest wind development project. The wind farm is expected to supply electricity to Hydro-Quebec for 20 years using 141 1.5-megawatt turbines made by General Electric, according to GE. Bloomberg Businessweek (11/28) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  • Sen. Udall: PTC uncertainty is hurting the economy
    Sens. Mark Udall, D-Colo., and Carl Levin, D-Mich., urged their fellow lawmakers to immediately extend the wind-energy Production Tax Credit to stave off the job losses in the industry. "It is one thing for Congress to take its time considering a new proposal, but the production tax credit is widely supported and has already helped grow our economy," Udall said. "Until Congress acts, businesses in Colorado and across the country will be forced to shed jobs, dragging our economy backward." SNL Financial (free content) (11/27) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Opinion: Extending PTC is good for U.S. energy security
    Congress should extend the wind-energy Production Tax Credit to promote the expansion of a domestically produced clean-energy source, writes Paul Clarke, a senior adviser to the Truman National Security Project. "The wind industry has developed rapidly over the past several years, while its costs have plummeted. It offers a way forward for energy that is clean and domestically produced, but if the PTC is yanked out from under the industry right now, then all of this progress could go to waste," Clarke notes. The Hill/Congress Blog (11/28) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Green group, N.J. lawmakers unite to push for wind energy incentives
    The devastation caused by superstorm Sandy underscores the importance of addressing climate change by reducing reliance on fossil fuels and promoting renewable energy sources such as offshore wind, according to environmental group Environment New Jersey. Offshore wind development will benefit New Jersey environmentally and economically, the group said. New Jersey Senate President Steve Sweeney and state Sen. Linda Greenstein joined the group in calling for an extension of the federal tax incentives for wind power. Associated Press (11/28) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  AWEA News 
  • Kan. Newspaper: Bipartisanship Welcome on PTC
    "In an unusual yet welcome show of bipartisanship, Republicans and Democrats have teamed together to convince Congress to maintain an important tax credit. Count Kansas Gov. Sam Brownback among Republicans on the right side of the move to push for extension of a federal wind energy production tax credit needed to protect tens of thousands of jobs in the industry." That's the word from a recent Garden City, Kan., Telegram editorial endorsing the Production Tax Credit. Read more. LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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