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January 7, 2013
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  Industry Update 
  • Mass. city boosts reliance on wind power
    The city of Gloucester, Mass., and partner Gloucester Engineering have flipped the switch on the latest of three wind turbines, making Gloucester the only city in the state to generate the equivalent of its municipal electricity load from wind power. "It's a statement about choosing our own destiny and becoming independent from oil," said Mayor Carolyn Kirk. Under a deal signed by Gloucester with Equity Industrial Partners, two of the turbines will deliver power at a below-market rate, saving the city nearly $500,000 annually for the next 25 years. The Boston Globe (tiered subscription model) (1/5) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Vestas to reduce work hours at 3 Colo. facilities
    Vestas Wind Systems will reduce the working hours at its wind blade factories in Brighton and Windsor, Colo., to 32 hours and its wind-tower plant in Pueblo, Colo., to 24 hours effective Jan. 14. "The work-share plan gives Vestas manufacturing flexibility to help retain our valuable and experienced employees. And it saves costs in recruiting and training new staff (should) market demand for wind turbines increase in 2013," said Andrew Longeteig, spokesman for Vestas North America. The Denver Post (1/5) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • EDP Renewables to unload 25% stake in Okla. wind farm
    EDP Renewables North America is seeking authorization from the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission to sell its 25% managing membership stake in Blue Canyon Windpower to Threshold Power or one of its affiliates. Blue Canyon Windpower runs a 74.25-megawatt wind farm in Oklahoma, which sells its output to the Western Farmers Electric Co-operative under a long-term deal. SNL Financial (free content) (1/3) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • E.ON seeks to suspend U.K. offshore wind proposal
    Germany's E.ON Climate and Renewables is seeking to temporarily withdraw its proposal for the Round 3 Rampion offshore wind project in the U.K. because it wants to consult more with stakeholders, according to a report in the website PlanningResource. The offshore project is expected to have up to 195 turbines, amounting to a potential capacity of 700 megawatts. (tiered subscription model) (1/4) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  • Group: Wis. lawmaker misinterpreted findings of wind turbine study
    Clean Wisconsin, which conducted a study on the health risks of wind turbine sounds, said Wisconsin state Rep. Andre Jacque "misinterpreted" the study's findings when he claimed that "dangerous levels" of sound emanated from the Shirley Wind Farm. "The reality is that no 'dangerous levels of low frequency noise' were verified," said David Hessler, one of the scientists involved in the study. "Current indications are that the levels of low frequency noise from the project are quite low and nothing was found that would suggest a problem." Green Bay Press-Gazette (Wis.) (1/6) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Execs in N.D. hope last-minute PTC renewal is enough to save jobs
    The last-minute extension of the wind-energy Production Tax Credit is expected to stave off job cuts in the industry, but officials in North Dakota are still unsure if the extension came soon enough to save jobs in their state. "While we're all encouraged with this news, any new business will likely take many months to actually arrive," said Bill Burga, LM Wind Power's head of manufacturing for North and South America. "We're certainly hopeful those customers that were 'fence sitters' might begin to offer up a renewed look this year." Grand Forks Herald (N.D.) (1/4) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  Policy Watch 
  • Democrats vow to save clean-energy funding from sequestration
    Democrats in Congress are promising to preserve funding for clean-energy research in a sequestration deal due in March. "There is bloated government spending that must be cut, but this is not the place for it, not when the sustainability of our people and our planet is at stake," said Rep. Mike Honda, D-Calif. The Hill/E2 Wire blog (1/6) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  AWEA News 
  • Regional Wind Energy Summit -- West: Calif. Energy Commissioner
    California Energy Commissioner Karen Douglas will join a panel of experts to explore western U.S. siting and wildlife mitigation challenges for the highly anticipated session, Building Wind in the West: Overcoming Siting Issues. The AWEA Wind Energy Summit -- West takes place Jan. 14 in La Jolla, Calif. Don't miss this important regional event and business opportunity. Learn more. LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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