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March 13, 2013
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  Industry Update 
  • PTC renewal cited for Google's interest in buying more wind power
    Google wants to purchase more wind power in the Midwest for its data centers, thanks to the extension of the wind-energy Production Tax Credit, said Gary Demasi, the company's director of operations, energy and data center location strategy. "Thanks to improved economics, the PTC is really helping a lot of these projects get built and is making them more attractive to Google from a cost perspective," Demasi states. "And because energy is a large source of operating costs for the company, it's beneficial to power them with low-cost wind power." North American Windpower online (3/13) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Iberdrola asks FERC to OK proposed tariff in BPA area
    Iberdrola Renewables has asked the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission to approve a proposed tariff and service agreement that would allow the company to market its generation imbalance services to others in areas serviced by the Bonneville Power Administration. "By managing resources under the tariff, Iberdrola Renewables and participating third parties can balance their wind generation more efficiently, and can lessen their exposure to excessive wind integration costs and wind curtailments from Bonneville," Iberdrola said in its request to FERC. SNL Financial (free content) (3/11) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • 5 groups interested in N.C. offshore wind development
    Five companies have indicated interest in building offshore wind farms in the waters off North Carolina, according to federal documents released Tuesday. Although regulatory, technical and financial hurdles remain, the level of interest shown by companies bodes well for the emerging offshore wind industry in North Carolina, said Brian O'Hara, president of the North Carolina Offshore Wind Coalition. "The chances are very good. I don't think it's a question of if, I think it's a question of when," he said. McClatchy Washington Bureau (3/12)
  Project Focus 
  • Mich. city moves closer to signing wind power deal
    The Holland, Mich., Board of Public Works voted in favor of a 20-year proposed power purchase deal with Bebee Wind, which is building a wind farm in Gratiot County. Under the proposed deal, the city's utility would join four other members of the Michigan Public Power Agency in buying 26.4 megawatts from the Bebee 1B project. If everything goes as planned, the wind project could begin sending power to the utility by August 2014. The Grand Rapids Press (Mich.) (3/12)
  Economy, Energy & Trends 
  • Report: Global renewables revenue may double by 2022
    Global renewable energy revenues could rise to $426 billion by 2022, double the amount today, thanks to robust demand and strong government backing, according to a report from research and consulting firm Clean Edge. "Some argue that America's cheap natural gas will crowd out clean energy technologies, but we strongly believe this is not the case, as solar and wind have seen repeated record deployment in recent years," the report stated. FuelFix.com (3/12) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • GE system allows First Wind to get most from wind turbines
    First Wind is using sensor data from equipment supplied by General Electric to get the most out of its wind turbines. The GE-supplied system tracks 200 data points and provides real-time analysis of wind turbine performance. "The wind business is about nickels and dimes. You have to make the most of the wind that is there, and that is exactly what this software does with all the data it captures from the turbines," said First Wind CEO Paul Gaynor. The Wall Street Journal/CIO Journal blog (3/12) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  Policy Watch 
  • Opinion: ALEC targets states' renewable portfolio standards
    Renewable energy supporters should guard against the American Legislative Exchange Council's efforts to undermine or dismantle state-level renewable portfolio standards, according to Grant Smith, a senior energy policy analyst to the Civil Society Institute. ALEC employs a "boilerplate report that uses bogus analysis to question the cost and economic impact of renewable energy standards," Smith writes. "Renewable power is being attacked not because it has failed or is too expensive but because it works and has become a threat financially to fossil fuel and nuclear interests." The Deming Headlight (N.M.) (3/12) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  AWEA News 
  • Fact Check: Study Shows Wind Farm Performance Stays Strong
    An analysis from energy economics and technical expert David Milborrow, a longtime contributor to the publication Windpower Monthly, has found that the output of older wind farms in Denmark, where some of the first wind farms in Europe, both land-based and offshore, were built, has remained strong. Read more. LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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