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August 7, 2020
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With renewable energy projects finding capital faster than fossil fuels, Lake Region State College's Jay Johnson is training former oil workers for new careers working with wind turbines. According to Johnson, the skills for operating fracking derricks translate directly into the skills required for operating and maintaining wind turbines.
Full Story: The New Yorker (tiered subscription model) (8/7) 
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Nineteen wind farms won contracts of up to 16.5 years to supply power under Ireland's Renewable Electricity Support Scheme in its first auction. The contracts still need to be approved by the government, but the Irish Minister for Climate Action and Environment Eamon Ryan said the auction will allow for rapid deployment of land-based wind projects.
Full Story: The Irish Times (Dublin) (8/5) 
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PacifiCorp's Pryor Mountain Wind project in Bridger, Mont., should be complete by the end of the year. The $406 million project will add 240 megawatts of energy.
Full Story: Billings Gazette (Mont.) (8/5) 
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Sembcorp Energy India has finished building 800 megawatts of wind projects in India and can now provide power for more than 600,000 homes. Sembcorp has the largest operational wind portfolio from auctions by the Solar Energy Corporation of India.
Full Story: CleanTechnica (8/6) 
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Wood Mackenzie released a study on Tuesday that found increasing offshore wind leasing has the potential to bring in large capital investments between 2022 and 2035 -- $42 billion of which would be for wind turbine manufacturing and in the supply chain. "By not seizing this opportunity to demonstrate its unwavering commitment to offshore wind, the U.S. risks letting a once-in-a-generation economic development and clean energy opportunity slip through its fingers," said Brandon Burke, the policy and outreach director for Business Network for Offshore Wind.
Full Story: Recharge (tiered subscription model) (8/4),  Utility Dive (8/5) 
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The Ministry of New and Renewable Energy in India announced new guidelines requiring energy project developers to bundle wind and solar energy with thermal power to stabilize the energy grid. New projects must include at least 51% renewable energy.
Full Story: CleanTechnica (8/6) 
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Although NASA's Ares I rocket development effort has been discontinued, production for a device created to fix a vibration problem in the rocket lives on. Houston Offshore Engineering is now using the device on its offshore wind turbine platforms to make the turbines more efficient at producing energy at a low cost.
Full Story: NASASpaceFlight (8/7) 
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