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Retroactively changing PTC phaseout is a bad idea, says TPI's Lockard

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Retroactively changing PTC phaseout is a bad idea, says TPI's Lockard
Retroactively changing PTC phaseout is a bad idea, says TPI's Lockard
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Repealing the wind energy Production Tax Credit phaseout would harm rural economies, result in the loss of some 60,000 jobs and at least $25 billion in investments and undermine the federal government's credibility, according to TPI Composites President and American Wind Energy Association Board Member Steve Lockard. Lockard said he expects the Senate to prevent the rollback from advancing.
High Plains Public Radio (Amarillo, Texas/Garden City, Kan.) (11/21),  GreenBiz (11/22) 
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AEC: Perry grid proposal harms US businesses, families
Energy Secretary Rick Perry's proposed rulemaking favoring nuclear and coal-burning power plants "would raise costs for millions of American families and make it harder for American businesses to compete," said Michael Steel, a spokesman for the Affordable Energy Coalition, which counts the American Wind Energy Association among its members. Steel pledges that the coalition will educate consumers and government officials on the consequences of the proposal.
Axios (11/20) 
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Economics favor renewables
Energy companies would be wise to consider wind or solar power sources instead of coal or nuclear, according to an analysis from Lazard Ltd. "In some scenarios the full-lifecycle costs of building and operating renewables-based projects have dropped below the operating costs alone of conventional generation technologies such as coal or nuclear," Lazard found.
Popular Mechanics online (11/22) 
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Developer may retool old Mass. power plant for offshore wind
St. Louis-based real estate firm Commercial Development Co. is in the process of purchasing the retired Braytown Point Power Station in Somerset, Mass., to repurpose it for the state's emerging offshore wind industry, according to the company. Brayton Point is among the sites recognized by the Massachusetts Clean Energy Center as a potential port for offshore wind operations.
North American Windpower online (11/21) 
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EDF Energy launches 41.5-MW offshore wind demo in UK
EDF Energy Renewables has reached first power at its 41.5-megawatt Blyth offshore wind pilot project off the coast of England, according to the firm. A representative said it is likely to become 100% operational in the weeks to come.
ReNews (UK) (11/20) 
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Robotics firm wins funding to advance autonomous wind inspection tech
Perceptual Robotics has secured funding from Innovate UK to continue its work developing autonomous inspection technology for the offshore wind industry, said the companies. The system aims to perform start-to-finish inspections via drones.
ReNews (UK) (11/21) 
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Economy, Energy & Trends
Opinion: Transmission buildout, renewables buoy energy resiliency in Texas
Transmission investments, such as the competitive renewable energy zones power lines created by the Texas Public Utility Commission, help carry West Texas renewables throughout the state, diversifying its energy mix and keeping utility rates low in the process, write Casey Williams and Carson Bonner. "There are more effective ways to work on climate change than environmental-regulation schemes -- choosing renewables can make an enormous positive economic impact," they write.
Texas Monthly online (11/21) 
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Neb. county passes land use rules barring wind development
The Stanton County Board of Commissioners in Nebraska voted unanimously Monday to adopt land use rules that will effectively ban new wind projects by preventing the sale of conditional use permits to developers. Tradewind Energy criticized the changes, arguing they will block all wind development.
Hastings Tribune (Neb.)/The Associated Press (11/21),  KTIV-TV (Sioux City, Iowa) (11/22) 
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Quote round-up: What people are saying about DOE's resiliency proposal
Somewhat lost amid the tax reform debate, the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) continues to debate a new rule proposed by the Department of Energy (DOE). DOE's resiliency proposal would act as a subsidy for coal and nuclear plants while throwing competitive energy markets into disarray. There has been no shortage of opinions on the debate over markets, resiliency and how to ensure proper compensation for different energy sources. Here's a look at what people are saying: Read more.
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