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Friday, October 13, 2017

Wind, Hydro Go Head-To-Head; Bloomberg Invests In Cutting Coal

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Wind vs. Hydro: British Columbia Has A Vital Decision To Make
by Jean-Francois Nolet, Oct 12, 2017
As the new government decides whether or not BC Hydro should continue building its multibillion-dollar Site C dam, a study shows new wind development is a cost-competitive alternative to the hydro [Read More]
Bloomberg Commits $64 Million To Expand Clean Energy, Cut Coal
October 12, 2017
In light of the Trump administration's plans to rescind the Clean Power Plan, former New York Mayor Michael R. Bloomberg has announced a new commitment of $64 million to support the Sierra Club's Beyond Coal campaign and other organizations working [Read More]
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AWEA Rolls Out 'Time To Take Care' Wind Safety Campaign
October 12, 2017
The American Wind Energy Association (AWEA) has launched "Take Time to Take Care," a new campaign focused on wind turbine technician safety. Like any career requiring physical exertion, the wind industry must take preventative measures to avoid soft-tissue damage of [Read More]
E.ON Acquires Stake In Wind Start-Up b.ventus
October 12, 2017
E.ON has bought a stake in b.ventus, a German start-up offering a single-source solution for wind power generation for business customers. According to E.ON, the start-up's centerpiece is a wind turbine with a hub height of 30 meters. It can [Read More]
Researchers Study Huge Potential Of North Atlantic Offshore Wind
October 11, 2017
New research from the Carnegie Institution for Science says offshore wind farms situated in the North Atlantic have the potential in the winter to provide sufficient energy to meet all of civilization's current needs. Considering wind power is very seasonal, [Read More]
Owens Corning To Shutter Maine Composites Factory
October 11, 2017
Owens Corning, a Fortune 500 company that makes insulation, roofing and fiberglass composites, including for the wind industry, is closing down its factory in Brunswick, Maine. According to a local report from the Portland Press Herald, 60 employees will be [Read More]
Siemens Gamesa Cuts Ribbon On New Blade Factory In Tangier
October 11, 2017
Today, Siemens Gamesa Renewable Energy (SGRE) officially inaugurated its new rotor blade factory in Tangier, Morocco, during an event chaired by Moulay Hafid El Alamy, Morocco's minister of industry, investment, trade and digital economy, and Markus Tacke, CEO of Siemens [Read More]
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U.S. Trade & Development Agency Funds Near-Shore Wind In Vietnam
October 12, 2017
The U.S. Trade and Development Agency (USTDA) has awarded a grant to Power Engineering Consulting Joint Stock Co. 2 (PECC2), a Vietnamese power engineering company, to support the development of a 100 MW wind farm in southern Vietnam. PECC2 selected [Read More]
innogy Takes Total Control Of Triton Knoll Offshore Wind
October 12, 2017
Statkraft and innogy have completed an agreement under which innogy has acquired Statkraft's 50% share in the Triton Knoll offshore wind project. With the acquisition of Statkraft's share, innogy has become its sole owner. The purchase price has not been [Read More]

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Thursday, October 12, 2017

Analysis: Trump order to repeal CPP hasn't hindered renewables

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Analysis: Trump order to repeal CPP hasn't hindered renewables
US firms have invested almost $30 billion in wind and solar development since President Donald Trump called for the Clean Power Plan's repeal earlier this year. Bloomberg New Energy Finance Analyst Amy Grace said utilities and companies will continue to embrace low-cost wind and solar and the outcome of the CPP has no bearing.
Bloomberg (free registration) (10/10) 
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Editorial: Congress must continue wind, solar tax credit phaseouts
Congress must reject Environmental Protection Agency Administrator Scott Pruitt's proposal to end the wind energy Production Tax Credit early and instead move forward with the planned phaseouts, writes the editorial board of the Lincoln Journal Star. "Cutting the tax incentives early would no doubt hamper the ability of Nebraska and the U.S. as a whole to produce clean energy," it writes.
Lincoln Journal Star (Neb.) (tiered subscription model) (10/11) 
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N.J. must embrace offshore wind, clean energy, say observers
New Jersey must transition to a clean energy economy powered by renewables like offshore wind if it wants to remain environmentally and economically sound in the years to come, write New Jersey Work Environment Council Executive Director Dan Fatton and Board Member John Shinn. "Moving forward with offshore wind is an important piece of the state strategy we need for mitigating climate change, a looming threat to our coastal state," they write.
NJ Advance Media (Morristown, N.J.) (10/10) 
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5 Offshore Wind Risk Factors
ABS Group examines five natural hazard risks affecting offshore wind farm structures in North America. Click here to read our insight in the ABS Group Knowledge Center.
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NextEra prepares to break ground on Neb. wind farm
NextEra Energy Resources will likely break ground on its $130 million, 40-turbine Cottonwood Wind Energy Center in Webster County, Neb., in late May or early June, with plans to complete it in Q4 2018, according to Project Manager Phil Clement. "All the power is going to all Nebraska communities, Nebraskans, to power their businesses and homes," he said.
Hastings Tribune (Neb.) (10/11) 
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Capital Power unit to seek site certificate for Ore. wind farm
A Capital Power unit has submitted a notice to the Oregon Energy Facility Siting Council notifying the regulatory that it plans to apply for a site certificate for its 350-megawatt Nolin Hills wind farm early next year, according to the parties. Capital said it has yet to decide on the exact layout of the project or on how many turbines it will feature.
ReNews (UK) (10/10) 
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Innogy acquires 100% stake in UK offshore wind farm
Innogy has acquired Statkraft's 50% stake in the 860-megawatt Triton Knoll offshore wind farm under development off the coast of England, making it the sole owner of the project, according to the companies. "In due course, we will also review all options regarding the ownership structure of Triton Knoll to maximize value for our company and our shareholders," said Innogy Chief Operating Officer Renewables Hans Buenting.
Reuters (10/10) 
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US agency to help fund offshore wind feasibility study in Jamaica
The Petroleum Corp. of Jamaica has received a grant from the US Trade and Development Agency for the purpose of exploring the island's potential for offshore wind development. "This study will help the PCJ to get valuable data that can attract overseas investment for the development of our offshore wind resources," said PCJ Group General Manager Winston Watson.
North American Windpower online (10/10) 
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Copenhagen on track to be first carbon-neutral city
Copenhagen on track to be first carbon-neutral city
Copenhagen officials say the city will consume only as much green energy as it produces by 2025, thanks to investments in solar and wind energy, tree planting and cycling infrastructure. Creating a cleaner city has also helped increase the population and keep people healthier, says architect Camilla Richter-Friis van Deurs.
CBS News (10/9) 
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Making the Most of Parcel Boundary Data
For a growing list of industries, the importance and widening use of parcel boundary and property data continues to grow. Thankfully, alternatives to traditional parcel acquisition efforts are now available through cost-effective and ready to use solutions. Read our guide to smart decision-making using parcel boundary data
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Okla. lawmakers consider tighter rules for turbines near military sites
Oklahoma lawmakers heard testimony Tuesday on whether the state needs stronger rules for wind development within range of military installations. The Wind Coalition and other advocates said stricter rules are unnecessary and that the industry is willing to work with both the state and military to ensure turbines don't interfere with military training.
National Public Radio (10/10),  The Oklahoman (Oklahoma City) (10/11) 
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Mass. governor reaffirms commitment to CPP
The administration of Massachusetts Gov. Charlie Baker remains committed to the Clean Power Plan and will continue to work toward the Obama-era rule's targets, the governor said Tuesday. Also on Tuesday, Environmental Protection Agency Administrator Scott Pruitt said he plans to repeal the rule.
The Washington Times/The Associated Press (10/10) 
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Studies: No impacts on tourism from Md. offshore wind
Earlier this year, Maryland greenlit two offshore wind projects that would establish the state as a clear leader of this new ocean energy resource. Since then, some observers have expressed concern that the wind farms could impact tourism in Ocean City, where the turbines would be slightly visible from the shore. But a new study and survey show no cause for concern. Read more.
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