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Q-and-A with EDP Renewables' Gabriel Alonso
Gabriel Alonso is CEO of EDP Renewables North America and chairman-elect of the American Wind Energy Association. He took time to answer some questions for SmartBrief. The extension of the renewable-energy Production Tax Credit is crucial for wind, Alonso said. "The wind industry has done a great job creating a nonpartisan coalition supporting the PTC, and I am confident Congress understands how important wind is to the U.S. economy and the future energy mix," Alonso said. Read the interview.
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These are the stories read and shared most by Wind Energy SmartBrief readers in 2012

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Industry Forecast
What areas of the wind industry are you most excited about?
32%   Offshore wind
29%   New technology
24%   Community wind
17%   Emerging global markets
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What was the biggest wind-power story of 2012?
63%   The battle in Congress over the Production Tax Credit extension
35%   Workforce reductions in the industry worldwide
4%   The differences between Obama and Romney on renewables policy
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What kind of Q4 is your company having?
54%   Things are slowing down
26%   Work has increased
21%   No change from the previous quarter
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On which level of wind farm regulations is your company focused?
47%   They are all of equal concern
26%   Federal
14%   State
14%   Local
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Smartest Quotes
These are the quotes Wind Energy SmartBrief readers shared most in 2012
To be persuasive we must be believable; to be believable we must be credible; to be credible we must be truthful.
-- Edward R. Murrow,
American broadcast journalist
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The best people possess a feeling for beauty, the courage to take risks, the discipline to tell the truth, the capacity for sacrifice.
-- Ernest Hemingway,
American author
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Life's challenges are not supposed to paralyze you, they're supposed to help you discover who you are.
-- Bernice Johnson Reagon,
American singer, composer, scholar and social activist
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Write the bad things that are done to you in sand, but write the good things that happen to you on a piece of marble.
-- Arabic proverb
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A committee is a group of the unprepared, appointed by the unwilling to do the unnecessary.
-- Fred Allen,
American comedian
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In times of change, learners inherit the earth; while the learned find themselves beautifully equipped to deal with a world that no longer exists.
-- Eric Hoffer,
American social writer
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Worry does not empty tomorrow of its sorrow; it empties today of its strength.
-- Corrie ten Boom,
Dutch writer
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One thing I am convinced more and more is true and that is this: The only way to be truly happy is to make others happy. When you realize that and take advantage of the fact, everything is made perfect.
-- William Carlos Williams,
American poet and physician
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Now and then it's good to pause in our pursuit of happiness and just be happy.
-- Guillaume Apollinaire,
French writer, poet and critic
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