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December 19, 2012
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  Industry Update 
  • Chu, Sen. Udall to push for PTC extension during webcast today
    Energy Secretary Steven Chu and Sen. Mark Udall, D-Colo., are scheduled to hold a webcast chat at 4 p.m. Eastern time today to discuss the importance of extending the wind-energy Production Tax Credit. Meanwhile, industry supporters are working behind the scenes to keep the PTC from lapsing at the end of the year. "There are a lot of quiet conversations," Udall said. The Hill/E2 Wire blog (12/18) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Iberdrola, Vattenfall plan 1,200-MW offshore wind farm in the U.K.
    Spain's Iberdrola and Sweden's Vattenfall are proposing to develop a 1,200-megawatt offshore wind project in the U.K. The East Anglia One offshore wind project would be the initial phase of a facility that could deliver up to 7,200 MW, the company said. If approved, the project would be Iberdrola's "most ambitious," with construction expected to begin in 2016 and generation due two years later, the company added. Bloomberg Businessweek (12/18) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Brazil's WEG hopes to profit from local-content rules on turbines
    Brazilian wind turbine maker WEG Electric is aiming to land a portion of the $7.6 billion in contracts that Brazil's government is planning to award to wind projects through 2020. WEG "is well-positioned because it has the technology and is 100% national," said Mario Bernardes, an analyst for Banco do Brasil, referring to development bank BNDES' requirement for local content. "Obviously, foreign companies have technology and that differential, but Weg has a positive perspective because of that government incentive." Bloomberg Businessweek (12/18) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  Policy Watch 
  • AWEA's Gramlich: Sen. Alexander ignores PTC's economic benefits
    Sen. Lamar Alexander, R-Tenn., ignores the economic benefits of the wind-energy Production Tax Credit in his calls for its repeal, writes Rob Gramlich, senior vice president for public policy at the American Wind Energy Association. Wind power development "has added billions of dollars of new investment into the nation's economy, provided local communities with millions in new-found tax revenue, and allowed electric utilities to lock in costs for years in advance and protect themselves and consumers against volatile fossil-fuel prices with a clean, affordable energy source," Gramlich states. National Journal (12/17) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Idaho regulators issue rules on renewable-energy projects
    The Idaho Public Utilities Commission has issued a ruling supporting the 100-kilowatt limit for wind and solar projects to qualify for contracts under the federal Public Utility Regulatory Policy Act. The PUC said the rule would stop developers from dividing up big projects into smaller ones, but wind-power advocates said it would have a chilling effect on the industry. Meanwhile, the PUC tossed out Idaho Power's request to have more leeway to curtail wind power output during off-peak periods. Associated Press (12/18) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  AWEA News 
  • Looking to Expand to Europe? Join AWEA at EWEA 2013
    If your company is looking to expand your business or exports to Europe, you may be interested in joining AWEA at Europe's biggest wind energy event. EWEA 2013 will take place in Vienna, Austria, Feb. 4 through 7. AWEA is working with EWEA to arrange meetings, matchmaking opportunities and other services to allow U.S. companies to maximize their presence at this event. If interested, please contact e-mail AWEA. LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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