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November 30, 2012
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  Industry Update 
  • Sen. Baucus: Passing PTC extension is worth fighting for
    Senate Finance Committee Chairman Max Baucus, D-Mont., said he is pushing his colleagues to extend the wind-energy Production Tax Credit before the lame-duck session ends. "Passing the PTC extension through the [Senate] Finance Committee wasn't an easy battle, and passing it through the full Congress will be even tougher," Baucus said. "But it's a battle worth fighting, because jobs are on the line." North American Windpower online (11/30) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • FERC OKs sale of interests in Colo. wind facility
    The Federal Energy Regulatory Commission has authorized NextEra Energy Resources to sell nonmanaging membership interests in the Limon I and II Wind Energy facility in Colorado to an investors' group. Under the deal, subsidiaries of JP Morgan Chase & Co., Bank of America, State Street Bank & Trust and Wells Fargo & Co. or their affiliates will pay cash consideration for the membership interests. An affiliate of NextEra will retain operational control of the facility. SNL Financial (free content) (11/28) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Gamesa gets $338M loan from EIB
    Spain's Gamesa has secured a $338.2 million loan facility from the European Investment Bank to bolster its research and development program between 2013 and 2015. The company will use the funds to further develop its new 2.5-megawatt land-based turbines and 5.5-MW turbines for land-based and offshore use. The loan is the third taken by Gamesa from EIB in the past eight years. (tiered subscription model) (11/29) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  Project Focus 
  • First Wind presents transmission plan to Maine town officials
    First Wind met with Monson, Maine, officials to present the company's plan to build a transmission line that would link its wind turbines in the state to a substation in Parkman, Maine. The company needs to get a right-of-way through Monson for the project, but the town has a moratorium on such power projects. The town's planners are working to craft a measure to address the issue when the moratorium ends in March 2013. Bangor Daily News (Maine)/Piscataquis Observer (free registration) (11/29) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  Economy, Energy & Trends 
  • Energy provider offers locally made wind power to Pa. ratepayers
    Washington Gas Energy Services is offering wind-generated power from Pennsylvania to ratepayers of utilities PECO Energy, PPL, Pennsylvania Electric and Metropolitan Edison. Residential and business customers can opt for either 50% or 100% wind power under the new program, WGES PA WindPower, said WGES, which has recently joined ChoosePAWind. Pennsylvania residents who sign up with WGES by Dec. 22 will receive preferential introductory rates for the wind-power program. SNL Financial (free content) (11/28) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  Policy Watch 
  • Iowa wind-power advocates press Congress to save PTC
    Lawmakers and wind-power supporters from Iowa called for Congress to extend the wind-energy Production Tax Credit. "This extension deserves a place in a year-end package of tax extenders to help give confidence and certainty that investors and employers need to keep and hire workers," said Sen. Chuck Grassley, R-Iowa. The Des Moines Register (Iowa) (11/28) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Opinion: PTC stimulates job creation, promotes energy security
    Congress must immediately pass an extension of the wind-energy Production Tax Credit, which historically has been an effective way to stimulate job creation and promote energy security, writes Nate Sandvig, a former Army officer and a site developer for EDF Renewable Energy. "In addition to creating 75,000 new wind energy jobs with the PTC, developing new sectors where American can lead is important to our identity and our future stability," Sandvig said. Blog (11/29) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  AWEA News 
  • Wind Energy Delivers Good Value for Montana Customers
    PPL's announcement that it will mothball its 44-year-old Corette coal plant in 2015 generated a lively conversation this election season. Read more. LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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