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April 24, 2012
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  Industry Update 
 
  • Ohio wind project needs tax incentive to continue, spokesman says
    Ohio ranks fourth in the country in the number of jobs linked to the wind power industry, but many of those jobs could disappear if the renewable-energy Production Tax Credit is allowed to expire at the end of the year, according to the American Wind Energy Association. EverPower Renewables is proposing a 54-turbine wind farm in Champaign County and said that it needs some form of tax incentive to move forward and employ up to 200 people. The earliest that the company could start construction on the Buckeye Wind project is late this year or early next year, said spokesman Jason Dagger. Dayton Daily News (Ohio) (4/21) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • REpower Systems got $387M in orders from Europe in 2 months
    REpower Systems has received orders worth a total of $387 million from across Europe over a span of two months, said parent company Suzlon Energy. "These cover various orders secured between Feb. 11, 2012, and March 15, 2012, across Italy, France, Germany, Poland, and the United Kingdom," the company said. "These orders clearly underscore the continuing momentum in the wind sector in developed European markets," said Suzlon Group Chairman Tulsi Tanti. The Economic Times (India)/Indo-Asian News Service (4/23) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Poll: Nearly 9 out of 10 U.K. residents back renewable energy
    Nearly 9 out of 10 U.K. residents polled by YouGov on behalf of Friends of the Earth want their government to increase support for renewable energy and curb reliance on imported fossil fuels. "The public has given a clear vote of confidence to clean British energy from our wind, sun and sea –- it makes no sense for the government to pursue an unwanted, costly dash for gas that's causing our fuel bills to rocket," said Craig Bennett, Friends of the Earth's director of policy and campaigns. The Guardian (London) (4/23) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  Project Focus 
  • Construction of NextEra wind farm in Okla. to start in June
    NextEra Energy will start the construction of its 60-megawatt Blackwell wind project in Oklahoma in June. The wind farm, which will supply electricity to Oklahoma State University's main campus in Stillwater, is scheduled to be operational in the fourth quarter, said Wayne Walker of Oklahoma Gas & Electric. RechargeNews.com (tiered subscription model) (4/23) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Wind farm may be built on former Air Force radar site in Maine
    Cianbro, Conroy Development and Jay Cashman Inc. have jointly purchased a former U.S. Air Force radar site in western Maine with the intent of developing a power-generating facility in the area, most likely in the form of wind turbines. The 1,300-acre property would be a good place to build a wind farm because it already has roads, power lines and other infrastructure, and is far from residential houses, said Cianbro Chairman and CEO Peter Vigue. Portland Press Herald (Maine)/The Associated Press (4/23) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Concern for condors may hinder wind projects in California
    Concern for the federally protected California condor could make it difficult for developers to build more wind turbines in California's Ventura and Kern counties. Earlier this month, environmentalists filed a lawsuit to stop the North Sky River wind project in Kern County because they say it might harm the area's condor population. Wind power advocates said no condors have been killed by turbines in the area, and noted that wind projects bring new jobs, lower greenhouse-gas emissions and revenue to the local economy. Ventura County Star (Calif.) (free registration) (4/21) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Studies on threatened bird prompt NV Energy to drop wind project
    NV Energy decided to pull out of a wind-energy project in Nevada and Idaho after a study by the U.S. Bureau of Land Management found that the project could adversely affect the future of sage grouse in the area. The project could have provided electricity to 100,000 homes. A draft statement issued by the BLM states that the project "could have more than minor adverse effects to sage-grouse due to the importance of the involved habitat." Las Vegas Sun (4/23) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  Economy, Energy & Trends 
 
  • Exec: PTC extension is good for the economy
    The renewable-energy Production Tax Credit should be extended as soon as possible to allow an industry that has generated thousands of jobs during the recession to continue to grow and generate clean and cost-effective power, writes Chad Hall, founder and vice president of sales for Ioxus. "By extending the PTC, the country can continue to support domestic energy production, and therefore, economic growth," Hall adds. Environmental Leader (4/23) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
 
  • Analyst: Floating offshore-wind technology presents cost questions
    The unproven technology of floating offshore-wind turbines makes it difficult to project cost estimates for offshore wind farms situated in waters beyond the reach of fixed turbines, writes columnist Gerard Wynn. Floating offshore turbines in the U.K. could generate power for 14.5 cents per kilowatt hour "post 2020," according to the U.K.-based Energy Technologies Institute. However, ETI Director of Strategy Andrew Haslett admitted that the cost "could be a lot more" than that. Reuters (4/23) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  Policy Watch 
  • Congress is urged to extend tax credits for wind, hydro, solar power
    Thousands of workers in the wind, hydro and solar industries could lose their jobs if Congress doesn't extend the various tax incentives that allowed those industries to grow despite the economic downturn, executives said at a conference in Washington, D.C. "We're all in the same boat, and we sink or swim together," said National Hydropower Association Executive Director Linda Church Ciocci. AOL Energy (4/23) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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