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October 2, 2012
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  Industry Update 
  • Alabama Power gets state clearance for wind-power PPAs
    The Alabama Public Service Commission has cleared Alabama Power's 20-year power purchase agreements for up to 404 megawatts of power from TradeWind Energy's Buffalo Dunes Wind Project in Kansas and the proposed Chisholm View Wind Project in Oklahoma. The Chisholm View is due to enter service in December, while the Buffalo Dunes is slated to go on line in 2014. The contracts, together with Southwestern Electric Power's wind-power PPAs "are significant because they show wind can deliver affordable power to every region of America," said Ellen Carey, a spokeswoman for the American Wind Energy Association. Bloomberg Businessweek/The Associated Press (10/1) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Finavera's talks with potential buyers boost firm's share price
    Shares of Finavera Wind Energy rose 40% last week, the most since Nov. 11, 2011, after the company announced that it is in talks with three investors for a possible sale. Finavera wants to "consummate a transaction in the near term," the firm said in a statement. The decision indicates that an agreement to sell its Wildmare wind project in Canada to Innergex Renewable Energy for about $22.4 million won't be complete, the firm also said in the statement. Bloomberg Businessweek (10/1) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • China firm considers acquisition of German offshore wind group
    Executives of China's XEMC Windpower met with their counterparts at offshore-wind group Bard to "show their interest" in acquiring the German firm, according to sources. Bard has been looking for a buyer for parts of its business, including wind turbines and blades. The company is working on a 400-megawatt offshore wind project in the German part of the North Sea. XEMC considers offshore wind power a growth opportunity and is poised to gain from the German firm's pipeline in Europe as well as expertise in project development. (tiered subscription model) (10/1) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Obama's decision on Ralls can't be appealed in court, official says
    President Barack Obama's directive blocking Ralls Corp.'s wind project near a U.S. Navy facility in Oregon cannot be challenged in court because the ruling was based on powers granted to the president under the Committee on Foreign Investment in the United States, according to Natalie Wyeth Earnest, a spokeswoman for the Treasury Department. Ralls "could try to pursue a lawsuit," but the CFIUS statute "clearly states that the president's actions are not subject to judicial review," said Earnest. The Wall Street Journal/Washington Wire blog (10/1) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  Project Focus 
  • 50-turbine wind project is planned in N.Y. town
    OwnEnergy is proposing to build a 50-turbine wind farm in Denmark, N.Y. Town Supervisor Tom Fleming said he is not opposed to the proposal as long as it meets zoning rules. "This could be a benefit to the farmers in times when things are tough. And it's their land, and they have a right to that as long as it doesn't harm someone else," he said. WWNY-TV/WNYF-TV (Watertown, N.Y.) (10/1) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Judge dismisses lawsuit against Calif. wind project
    The U.S. District Court for the Southern District of California has dismissed a lawsuit filed by Community Advocates for Renewable Energy Stewardship against the Interior Department over Pattern Energy's proposed Ocotillo Express Wind Energy Project in Imperial County, Calif. The plaintiff failed to demonstrate sufficient standing to sue on the project, District Court Judge William Hayes said in his ruling. KCET-TV (Los Angeles)/ReWire (10/1) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  Economy, Energy & Trends 
  • Ohio State University agrees to buy locally generated wind power
    Ohio State University has signed a 20-year deal to purchase as much as 25% of the power for its huge Columbus campus from Iberdrola Renewables' Blue Creek Wind Farm in Ohio's Van Wert and Paulding counties. The wind-energy purchase is among the nation's biggest not involving a utility, OSU said. The deal is also expected to create new opportunities for OSU to collaborate with Iberdrola Renewables, the university said. CBS MoneyWatch/The Associated Press (10/1) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  Policy Watch 
  • Ad critical of Romney's anti-PTC stance hits Denver airwaves
    A television commercial criticizing Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney's opposition to the wind-energy Production Tax Credit is being aired in Denver ahead of the first presidential debate, which will be held there. The ad, which is sponsored by the League of Conservation Voters Victory Fund, features a former Vestas Wind Systems employee who lost his job after the company reduced its workforce in August because of the uncertainty over the PTC. The Hill/E2 Wire blog (10/1) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  AWEA News 
  • Is Grover Norquist a Wind Power Supporter?
    Anti-tax advocate and conservative strategist Grover Norquist has a way of capturing your attention, and he definitely got ours recently. Read more. LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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