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May 10, 2012
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  Industry Update 
  • Sandia, partners to open wind turbine research center in Texas
    Sandia National Laboratories has partnered with Texas Tech University, Vestas Wind Systems and Group NIRE to develop a state-of-the-art wind turbine research facility in Lubbock, Texas. The Scaled Wind Farm Technology Facility is scheduled to go online in October, said Sandia spokeswoman Stephanie Holinka. (tiered subscription model) (5/9) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Brazilian firm backs out of plan to build wind turbines
    Brazil-based electrical-engineering firm WEG has pulled out of a joint venture with Spanish machine-tool-maker MTorres to manufacture wind turbines in Brazil, citing intense competition and slumping prices in Brazil. "We don't intend to enter into a price war in this business," said Laurence Beltrao Gomes, WEG's investor relations officer. (tiered subscription model) (5/9) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  Project Focus 
  • N.Y. community college inaugurates wind turbine
    Officials of Broome Community College in Broome County, N.Y., held an opening ceremony for a 40-foot-tall wind turbine on campus. The turbine was purchased by the school using a grant from the state Energy Research and Development Authority, said BCC President Kevin Drumm. The turbine will be used as a teaching tool and will eventually be connected to solar panels at the campus, Drumm said. Press & Sun-Bulletin (Binghamton, N.Y.) (5/9) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Conn. middle school installs vertical-axis wind turbine
    The Two Rivers Magnet Middle School in East Hartford, Conn., has completed the installation of a 1.2-kilowatt vertical-axis wind turbine on campus. The school installed the turbine using a $6,000 grant from environmental-education group Project Learning Tree. The turbine is expected to generate 2,000 kilowatt hours of power annually. Hartford Business Journal (Conn.) (5/9) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  Economy, Energy & Trends 
  • Dominion Virginia urged to put more renewables in resource plan
    Dominion Virginia Power's plan to build new power capacity in Virginia over the next 15 years puts too much emphasis on fossil fuels and not enough on renewable sources, critics said at a public hearing of the Virginia State Corporation Commission. Dominion should develop more clean-energy sources that create jobs, rather than rely on out-of-state renewable-energy-credit purchases to meet the state's renewable portfolio standard, added state Delegate Joe Morrissey. SNL Financial (free content) (5/8) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Student-designed offshore-wind platform wins contest in Maine
    A scale model of a floating offshore wind turbine platform designed by a group of students from Madison Area Memorial High School in Madison, Maine, received the top award in the Windstorm Challenge 2012 at the University of Maine. The model was designed to represent a platform that could be positioned as far as 20 miles offshore, said one of its designers. The event is sponsored by the DeepCwind Consortium. Portland Press Herald (Maine) (5/9) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  Policy Watch 
  • Proposed rules would link Calif., Quebec carbon-trading markets
    Proposed rules issued by the California Air Resources Board would allow the Canadian province of Quebec to join in California's cap-and-trade program for carbon emissions. Under the plan, California and Quebec businesses would be able to trade carbon permits under an integrated carbon market. "Linking provides more options to California businesses and lays the groundwork for other partners to join with us," said CARB Chairwoman Mary Nichols. San Francisco Chronicle (5/10) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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