National Grid signs 400-MW PPA for R.I. offshore wind farm | Nike to source wind power from Iberdrola site in Spain | Vestas: Turbine orders hit record levels in 2018
February 8, 2019
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National Grid signs 400-MW PPA for R.I. offshore wind farm
Orsted US Offshore Wind has secured a power purchase agreement with National Grid for 400 megawatts of output from its 600-MW Revolution Wind offshore wind site off the coast of the state. "Revolution Wind will save ratepayers money and help Rhode Island make major progress on its clean energy goals," says co-CEO Jeffrey Grybowski.
North American Windpower online (2/7) 
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Nike to source wind power from Iberdrola site in Spain
Nike has signed a power purchase agreement for 40 megawatts of output from Iberdrola's 111-MW Cavar project under development in Spain. The deal marks the third of its kind between the companies and will help power Nike's operations in Europe.
Renewables Now (Bulgaria) (tiered subscription model) (2/6) 
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Vestas: Turbine orders hit record levels in 2018
Vestas received record orders for turbines totaling 14.2 gigawatts in 2018, marking a 27% increase compared with the year prior, says Vestas. The company expects to remain busy in 2019, says CEO Anders Runevad.
Reuters (2/7) 
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Project Focus
RES Americas plans to break ground on Wash. project in April
RES Americas hopes to publish the final environmental impact report for the 38-turbine Skookumchuck Wind Project in Lewis County, Wash., and hopes to break ground in April, says Senior Development Manager Sean Bell. The project is expected to begin operations in December.
The Chronicle (Centralia, Wash.) (tiered subscription model) (2/7) 
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NextEra unit secures siting permit for N.D. project
NextEra Energy Resources subsidiary Emmons-Logan Wind has been granted a siting permit from the North Dakota Public Service Commission for a 298.1-megawatt project in the state. "Many locals attended the hearing and spoke in favor of this wind farm," Commissioner Julie Fedorchak says.
North American Windpower online (2/7) 
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Operations & Maintenance
Watco Supply sets up wind staging area in Minot, N.D.
Watco Supply Chain Services has transported 680 components for wind turbines to the Industrial Park of Minot in Minot, N.D., to serve as its staging and deployment hub for an 89-turbine project underway in the area.
Minot Daily News (N.D.) (2/7) 
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Economy, Energy & Trends
Royalty deal to help Tri Global advance US wind projects
Tri Global Energy has arranged a $30 million royalty deal with Altius Minerals that will help it advance wind farms with a combined capacity of 1.5 gigawatts in the US. The deal will provide Tri Global with immediate funding to be paid back to Altius as a 3% royalty off each project.
Renewables Now (Bulgaria) (tiered subscription model) (2/7) 
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Policy Watch
Ill. lawmakers work on bill to accelerate renewables transition
Lawmakers in the Illinois legislature are preparing to introduce the Path to 100 Act, which would call for up to 6,500 megawatts of new wind capacity and take other steps to transition toward 100% clean energy.
WTTW-TV (Chicago, Ill.) (2/6) 
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N.D. Senate OKs bill to change wind tax revenue distribution
The North Dakota Senate advanced a bill Thursday that would change how the state distributors revenue from its wind production tax after Dec. 31, 2020. If signed into law, the bill would direct one-third of the funds collected to the state and two-thirds to the counties where the projects are built.
The Bismarck Tribune (N.D.) (2/7) 
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Wind Power on Capitol Hill: Help us tell the wind story
No one can help us tell this story better than the men and women working in American wind power every day. We need your help explaining how affordable and reliable wind is; how wind energy creates jobs and is a powerful rural economic development tool; and how wind makes the air cleaner, building a better tomorrow for future generations. On March 5-6, AWEA will hold Wind Power on Capitol Hill, the year's biggest opportunity to visit Washington, D.C. and meet your representatives in the House and Senate. Learn more.
Into the Wind blog (1/22) 
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