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March 6, 2013
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  Industry Update 
  • IRS working "unusually fast" on PTC guidance, insider says
    The Internal Revenue Service has given itself until March 31 to finish its guidance on the "begin construction" language contained in the extension of the wind-energy Production Tax Credit, according to tax insiders. The IRS, which normally takes a year or more to address such concerns, is working "unusually fast" to issue the PTC clarification, said John Gimigliano, who leads the U.S. Energy Sustainability Tax practice at KPMG. North American Windpower online (3/6) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Canada utility to use wind dispatch system to curb surplus power
    The Independent Electricity System Operator in Ontario, Canada, is expected to use a new wind dispatch system by the end of the year in an effort to curb costs of surplus power from wind farms. The Ontario Power Authority prepared a compensation model that would allow wind companies to take a percentage of lost output but receive payment once lost output is greater than certain limits. (Canada) (3/5) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • GE to help build projects to meet power needs on Russian island
    General Electric will team up with local power companies in Russia's Sakhalin province to develop wind energy and other power projects under an agreement between the firm and the provincial government. "A reliable local supply of electricity is critical to the future economic growth of this region and to the quality of life of our citizens," said Sergey Hotochkin, the province's deputy prime minister, in the statement. Bloomberg (3/5) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  Project Focus 
  • Developer presents wind power plan to Neb. community
    Florida-based NextEra Energy held an informational meeting in Diller, Neb., to present its plans to build a 44-turbine wind farm in Jefferson and Gage counties. The proposed Steele Flats Wind Farm would bring in about 150 construction-related jobs and five full-time jobs, while contributing an estimated $11 million in property taxes, the company said. Beatrice Daily Sun (Neb.) (3/5) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  Economy, Energy & Trends 
  • Opinion: Feds should support R&D programs for renewable energy
    The federal government should not lose sight of the gains made by the renewable energy industry, according to David Holt, president of Consumer Energy Alliance. The group produced a report to congress with recommendations to continue fostering renewables expansion, such as implementing permitting and siting reorms. In addition, federal and state regulators should encourage faster development of power lines to carry renewable power to consumers, Holt writes. (3/5) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  Policy Watch 
  • Richardson calls for "even playing field" for renewables
    Bill Richardson, a former governor of New Mexico and secretary of energy in the Clinton administration, called for an "even playing field" for renewable energy and fossil fuels during his keynote address at an energy conference in Boston. "Renewable energy companies aren't asking for more incentives, but basically saying we want the same tax policies, the same incentives that oil and gas companies get and other energy sources get," Richardson said. SNL Financial (free content) (3/4) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  AWEA News 
  • Fact Check: Harvard Study Misses Facts About Wind Power
    A recent study errs in its assessment of potential wind energy resources by ignoring real-world data and experience and instead relying on crude theoretical modeling techniques. In reality, wind project developers and investors work closely with atmospheric scientists and other experts to make sure that their projects will produce as much as expected, and real-world data from large-scale wind installations in the U.S. and Europe confirms that they do. Read more. LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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