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April 23, 2012
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  Industry Update 
  • GE's Immelt: U.S. wind power market "could run hot" this year
    The U.S. wind power market is "a wild card" and "could run hot" this year ahead of the scheduled expiration of the federal Production Tax Credit on Dec. 31, said General Electric Chairman and CEO Jeffrey Immelt. GE said it received orders for 696 wind turbines in the first quarter, up 113% from the same period last year. GE Vice Chairman and Chief Financial Officer Keith Sherin said that the U.S. wind market "is very robust" this year because of the possible PTC expiration. RechargeNews.com (tiered subscription model) (4/20) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Maine environmentalists push for approval of offshore wind farms
    Environmentalists who gathered in Portland, Maine, for the second anniversary of the Deepwater Horizon oil disaster in the Gulf of Mexico called on the government to end offshore oil drilling and instead pursue offshore wind development. "Offshore oil drilling is dirty and dangerous, and cleanup and safety measures in place today are just as ineffective as they were two years ago," said Ben Hayman, a senior organizer for nonprofit Oceana. A "fully developed" offshore-wind program would generate 164,000 jobs and enough power to meet the requirements of almost half of the Eastern Seaboard, Hayman said. Bangor Daily News (Maine) (free registration) (4/20) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • U.S., U.K. to back development of floating platforms for offshore wind
    The Department of Energy will work together with the U.K.'s Department of Energy and Climate Change to promote the development of floating platforms that would allow offshore wind turbines to be towed and positioned at depths beyond the capability of current turbines. The floating platforms would allow turbines to be stationed "in ever-deeper waters where the wind is stronger but without the expense of foundations down to the seabed," said Edward Davey, the U.K.'s secretary of state for Energy and Climate Change. Bloomberg Businessweek (4/23) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  Project Focus 
  • Maine regulators deny permit to wind project
    Maine's Land Use Regulation Commission voted 5-0 to deny a permit to Champlain Wind's proposed wind farm on Bowers Mountain. Commissioners said that the project would have had an adverse impact on the area's tourism industry. Champlain Wind's parent company, First Wind, plans to submit a scaled-down proposal later this year. Bangor Daily News (Maine) (free registration) (4/20) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • First Wind gets $76M in new funding for Maine wind project
    First Wind Holdings has secured $76 million in new financing for the 34-megawatt Bull Hill Wind project in Hancock County, Maine. A $70 million construction loan and $6 million in letters of credit compose the funding, the company said. Construction on the wind farm is expected to begin int he summer, with commercial operations slated to start by the end of the year. SNL Interactive (free content) (4/20) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  Economy, Energy & Trends 
  • Report: Utilities should focus on efficiency, low-carbon sources
    State regulators should urge utilities to diversify their power supplies by focusing on risk-reducing energy-efficiency programs and low-carbon sources, according to a report commissioned by Ceres. Up to $100 billion is expected to be spent each year for the next two decades to upgrade the grid and comply with new regulations, the report showed. "Utilities and the regulators who oversee them simply have got to get this spending right," said Mindy Lubber, president of Ceres. SNL Interactive (free content) (4/19) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Virginia aims to install first offshore wind turbine in the U.S.
    Virginia is working become the first state to deploy a working offshore wind turbine, observers said. Although the state still has to receive clearance from the U.S. Coast Guard and the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, it could build a 479-foot turbine in the waters off the state's eastern coast by late 2013, observers said. Other states vying to launch the first offshore wind turbine in the U.S. are Maryland, New Jersey, Rhode Island, Massachusetts and Texas. AOL Energy/SmartGridNews.com (4/20) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Developer of floating platform joins Mich. offshore-wind group
    The developer of a floating platform for offshore-wind turbines has joined a consortium in Michigan that is seeking to obtain federal funding for an offshore-wind demonstration project in the Great Lakes. Charles Nordstrom, lead engineer for The Glosten Associates, hopes that the firm's technology will be used if the consortium secures the funding. RechargeNews.com (tiered subscription model) (4/23) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  Policy Watch 
  • Execs, lawmakers debate value of tax credits for renewables
    Lawmakers and renewable-energy executives discussed the value of the industry's tax incentives during a joint hearing of two House subpanels this past week. Rep. Andy Harris, R-Md., said the incentives go against free market principles and push up power costs, but Solar Energy Industries Association President and CEO Rhone Resch said that they were vital for the industry's growth. "The investment and production tax credits, the 1603 program, and the depreciation benefits for renewable-energy properties are all needed to accelerate the entry into the market of renewable-energy technologies," said Rep. Paul Tonko, D-N.Y. SNL Interactive (free content) (4/19) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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