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March 15, 2013
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  Industry Update 
  • Study: "Wind turbine sickness" linked to power of suggestion
    A study in Australia found that so-called "wind turbine sickness" was more common in communities exposed to strong anti-wind sentiment and appears to spread through the power of suggestion via the "nocebo effect," the opposite of the placebo effect. Of 120 wind-turbine-related health complaints, 68% were from residents living near wind turbines targeted by anti-wind activists, and that "the advent of anti-wind farm groups beginning to foment concerns about health (from around 2009) was also strongly correlated with actual complaints being made," the report stated. The Sydney Morning Herald (Australia) (3/15) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Va. moves closer to securing offshore-wind research lease
    The Bureau of Ocean Energy Management has cleared the way for Virginia to negotiate for a research lease to a coastal area set aside by the federal government for offshore wind development. "The quicker the Virginia Department of Mines, Minerals and Energy can study our coastal areas for their wind energy potential, the sooner private companies can gain the data they need to move forward," said Gov. Bob McDonnell. Up to 10 developers have expressed interest in bidding for leases in the offshore-wind zone 27 miles off Virginia Beach. Associated Press (3/14) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Robust wind sector helps drive Texas' economy, experts say
    Texas leads the U.S. in wind power capacity and would be No. 6 in the world if it was an independent country, according to data from the American Wind Energy Association. Texas has 12,000 megawatts of installed wind power capacity, representing $20 billion in investments, said Elizabeth Salerno, AWEA's chief economist and director of data and analysis. "What many people do not understand is wind is a real power industry, and it is growing," said Matt Guyette, chief marketing and strategy officer at GE Renewable Energy. Houston Chronicle (tiered subscription model) (3/14) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Brazil-Dutch joint venture to produce first wind turbine this year
    GBT Brasil is on course to produce its first wind turbines in Brazil by the end of 2013, said Arthur Schuler da Igreja, the company's managing director. The components for the turbines will be put together at three facilities in the Brazilian state of Parana, said da Igreja. GBT Brasil is a joint venture between holding company Feel Energia and Netherlands-based Global Blade Technology. Bloomberg (3/14) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  Project Focus 
  • Neb. county planners recommend special use permit to wind project
    The Gage County, Neb., Planning and Zoning Commission agreed to issue a special use permit to NextEra Energy Resources' proposed Steele Flats wind project in Gage and Jefferson counties. NextEra hopes to complete the 44-turbine project before the end of the year. The project is expected to bring in 150 construction-related jobs and five full-time employees once it is up and running, the company said. Beatrice Daily Sun (Neb.) (3/14) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  Economy, Energy & Trends 
  • Cost to meet Calif. renewables target is decreasing, regulators say
    California is on course to meet its 25% renewable energy target by 2016, and the cost to ratepayers arising from the state's renewable portfolio standard is starting to decrease, according to a report from the California Public Utilities Commission. However, California residents will first see a rise in their monthly utility bills, as the costs of early, more expensive, projects begin to start showing up on their electric bills, said Anthony Earley, CEO of PG&E, at an energy conference in Houston. The agency also said that the average price of contracts is declining. Reuters (3/14) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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