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December 4, 2012
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  Industry Update 
  • GE anticipates wider wind presence in Brazil
    General Electric expects about $1 billion in wind-turbine orders annually from Brazilian projects through 2022, said Vic Abate, head of GE's renewable-energy unit. Brazil plans to add between 1.5 gigawatts and 3 gigawatts of capacity annually, and GE will be among "three or four players" in the market, Abate says. "Two years ago, we were zero, and now it's over a billion dollars a year," Abate said. Bloomberg Businessweek (12/3) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Nordex to suspend wind blade production in China; cut 130 jobs
    Germany's Nordex is planning to suspend production of rotor blades in China and lay off 130 workers at its factory in the city of Dongying by the end of the year, citing declining demand. "By reducing structural costs, we want to take steps to ensure sustainable profitability in our Chinese activities by the end of this year," the company said. Nordex will order its rotor blades from suppliers until domestic demand recovers. (tiered subscription model) (12/3) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Report: U.K. economy would save money with offshore wind
    The U.K. economy would save $32.2 billion every year if the country decides to prioritize offshore wind power over fossil fuel to revamp its energy infrastructure over the next 20 years, according to a report from Cambridge Econometrics. "Much of the debate around the choice between gas-fired and offshore wind electricity generation in the years post-2020 assumes wind is more expensive. This study represents powerful evidence to the contrary," said Paul Elkins, a professor at University College London. The Independent (London) (12/4) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  Project Focus 
  • Kan. project gets $247M investment from GE, Metlife, Union Bank
    General Electric, Metlife and Union Bank have committed $247 million to the Post Rock wind project being constructed by Wind Capital Group in Kansas' Lincoln and Ellsworth counties. GE will furnish 134 wind turbines for the project, which was commissioned by renewable energy firm NTR. Upon completion, the 201-megawatt wind project will sell its power to Westar Energy. Reuters (12/3) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  Economy, Energy & Trends 
  • Plan to weaken N.C. RPS won't succeed, group says
    Renewable-energy supporters in North Carolina are optimistic that lawmakers will uphold the state's renewable portfolio standard, despite a suggestion by state Rep. Mike Hager to cap the standard at or near current levels. The standard is slated to increase from 3% today to 7.5% by 2021, but Hagen is floating the idea of limiting the standard somewhere between 3% and the full 12.5%. "Rep. (Mike) Hager seems to be one of the few, maybe the only one, publicly asking for rollbacks of this highly successful energy policy," Betsy McCorkle, North Carolina Sustainable Energy Association's director of government affairs, wrote in an e-mail message. American City Business Journals/Raleigh/Durham, N.C./Triangle BizBlog (12/3) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Report: Russian northwest could be key for European renewables
    The Russian northwest's wind, hydro and biomass resources could be a more economic solution to help meet Europe's energy needs than an ongoing solar power project in North Africa, according to a report by the International Finance Corporation. "Onshore wind patterns are comparable to offshore conditions in the North Sea," according to the report. The IFC noted, however, that the investment climate in Russia is unstable, which could hurt the region's attractiveness to investors. Greentech Media (12/3) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  Policy Watch 
  • AWEA's Kelley: PTC is a production-based tax incentive
    A column by Christine Harbin of Americans for Prosperity contained several inaccuracies about the wind-energy Production Tax Credit, writes Peter Kelley, vice president of public affairs for the American Wind Energy Association. The PTC is not a subsidy, but tax relief granted to operators of wind turbines that are already producing electricity, Kelley states. "Unless one assumes that all money earned in the private sector belongs to the government, a tax credit is clearly different from government subsidies or loan guarantees. The PTC only rewards results," Kelley writes. The Washington Times (12/3) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Wind-power advocates to keep pressing for PTC renewal
    Lawmakers are expected to keeping pushing for an extension of the wind-energy Production Tax Credit as negotiations contine between President Barack Obama and House Speaker John Boehner, R-Ohio, to avert the so-called "fiscal cliff." Critics of the PTC say the country can no longer afford to continue it, while supporters say the country can't afford not to, arguing that the tax incentive creates jobs and promotes clean-energy development. Attention is now turning to a group of House Republicans who have not yet taken a stand on the issue. The Hill/E2 Wire blog (12/3) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Pa. wind power supporters press for PTC extension
    Wind-power supporters in Pennsylvania are calling on Congress to renew the wind-energy Production Tax Credit to save thousands of jobs in the sector. "Investing in renewable energy is key to creating new jobs, reducing our dependence on foreign oil and promoting economic growth," Rep. Jason Altmire, D-Pa., said in a speech in Washington, D.C., adding that the sector accounts for 4,000 jobs and powers 180,000 households in Pennsylvania. Pittsburgh Post-Gazette (12/3) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story

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    Join the wind energy industry's leading owners, operators, turbine manufacturers, material suppliers and experts from national laboratories to discuss strategies on how best to manage wind projects' assets in ways that will maximize the bottom line. Jan. 15 and 16 in La Jolla, Calif. Get more information. LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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