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October 4, 2012
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  Industry Update 
  • Wind-power supporters in Colo. press for PTC extension
    Wind-power advocates gathered in Boulder, Colo., on Oct. 2 to raise public awareness about the benefits of extending the wind-energy Production Tax Credit. "We want to bring people's attention to what the effects of not extending the tax credits are, especially for the Colorado economy," said Michael Rucker, CEO of Juwi Wind North America, which hosted the event in coordination with the Renewable Energy Initiative. Boulder County Business Report (Colo.) (10/2) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Vestas to transfer R&D offices to Colo.
    Vestas Wind Systems is planning to close its research and development facilities in Houston; Marlborough, Mass.; and Louisville, Colo., and transfer their activities to Brighton, Colo., where the company has factories. The change is part of Vestas' efforts to streamline its R&D division, focus on product development and move its R&D units nearer to manufacturing facilities, the company said. The Boston Globe/The Associated Press (tiered subscription model) (10/3) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Blocked project could cost Ralls Corp. $20M, Sany Group says
    China-based Sany Group said that affiliate Ralls Corp. could lose approximately $20 million after President Barack Obama barred it from building four wind projects near a U.S. Navy facility in Oregon for national-security reasons. The decision is "extremely unfair. We are definitely not spies and this is purely a business proposal," said Zhou Qing, a lawyer for Sany. Bloomberg Businessweek (10/3) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Wind turbine makers, others unite to reduce offshore wind costs
    Vestas Wind Systems and Siemens have joined 42 other companies in an alliance that aims to reduce power-generating costs and lure as much as $630 billion in investments to the industry by 2035. The alliance -- called Norstec -- also seeks to spur offshore wind development in the U.K. and install roughly 5,000 miles of high-voltage transmission cables in Europe. "We are on the cusp of a second, clean-energy revolution in the North Sea," U.K. Prime Minister David Cameron said. Bloomberg Businessweek (10/3) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  Project Focus 
  • Conn. Superior Court upholds approval of wind projects
    The Connecticut Superior Court has upheld the state Siting Council's approval of BNE Energy's Wind Colebrook North and South projects, according to a statement issued on behalf of the company. In its ruling, the court dismissed claims that the wind farms would have a negative impact on nearby businesses. BNE started construction on the Wind Colebrook South project last December and is taking steps to begin building the Wind Colebrook North facility, said President and CEO Greg Zupkus. The Middletown Press (Conn.) (10/3) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • More wind-power equipment arrives at Michigan port
    A Dutch-registered cargo ship arrived at the Mart Dock in Muskegon, Mich., on Wednesday, bearing wind-turbine parts bound for Exelon Wind's Beebe Community Wind Farm project in Gratiot County, Mich. It was the fourth of seven foreign-flagged vessels carrying equipment for the project to arrive at the dock. The next ship is scheduled to enter the Muskegon Channel either today or Friday, said Ed Hogan, vice president of Port City Marine Services. The Muskegon Chronicle (Mich.) (10/3) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  Economy, Energy & Trends 
  • Exec: Losses in U.S., EU wind markets will outpace market growth
    Increased sales in emerging wind-energy markets are not likely to make up for losses brought about by a projected drop in demand in the U.S. and the EU next year, said Juan Araluce, chief sales officer of Vestas Wind Systems. "Wind markets in Spain, Portugal, Greece, Italy are slowing down," while new installations in the U.S. may slump to 2 gigawatts in 2013 if the wind-energy Production Tax Credit isn't extended, Araluce said. Bloomberg Businessweek (10/3) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  Policy Watch 
  • FERC urged to bring PURPA enforcement action against Idaho PUC
    Four wind-power firms are asking the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission to take action against the Idaho Public Utilities Commission, which has refused to heed two FERC orders that found it in violation of the Public Utility Regulatory Policies Act when it rejected three sales deals involving Idaho Power and three of the firms. If FERC won't initiate an enforcement action against the PUC, then it should issue findings that would allow a court to enforce the deals, said Murphy Flat Mesa, Murphy Flat Energy, Murphy Flat Wind and Murphy Flat Power. SNL Financial (free content) (10/1) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  AWEA News 
  • I Have a Wind Energy Job
    Get some impressions about wind energy straight from the source -- read a guest blog post by Scott Wood, power technician for Danotek Motion Technologies. LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Fall Symposium: Realigning for the future
    Wind professionals within every segment of the industry should attend this strategy-focused, top-tier event. With a focus on executive-level, industry-wide discussion, both program and networking are second to none at the Fall Symposium, which always takes place in a relaxed, resort setting. Coming Nov. 14 and 15. Get more info. LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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