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AWEA: Most of Trump's claims on wind inaccurate

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Report: World added 147 GW of installed renewable capacity in 2015 | Editorial: Va. leaders must have talks on renewable energy goals | BOEM launches offshore wind task force in Calif.
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Report: World added 147 GW of installed renewable capacity in 2015
Village Relies Only On Alternative Energy Sources
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The world's total installed renewable energy capacity increased by 147 gigawatts in 2015, according to REN21. The report added that clean energy investment soared to $286 billion last year, with wind accounting for 38% of that total. "What is truly remarkable about these results is that they were achieved at a time when fossil fuel prices were at historic lows," said Executive Secretary Christine Lins.
The Guardian (London) (6/1) 
Editorial: Va. leaders must have talks on renewable energy goals
The time has come for leaders in Virginia to have tough talks about the state's long-term renewable energy goals, writes the editorial board of the Daily Press. This was highlighted by the Energy Department's decision to pull funding for Dominion Virginia Power's offshore pilot project off the coast of the state. "If we are going to get serious about renewable energy in Virginia -- as serious as some of our neighboring states already are -- we need to think about ways to encourage a broad range of actors to set up solar and wind facilities, and not just leave it to monopoly electric utilities," it writes.
Daily Press (Newport News/Hampton, Va.) (free content) (6/2) 
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FAA Tested & Approved Radar Activated Lighting
The FAA recently published standards for Aircraft Detection Lighting Systems. Laufer Wind is the first vendor to successfully demonstrate a radar-based system for controlling obstruction lights to the FAA. Learn how an ADLS can keep a farm's blinking lights off for up to 98% of the time at night.
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BOEM launches offshore wind task force in Calif.
The Bureau of Ocean Energy Management has launched a task force in California with the goal of driving offshore wind development. The Intergovernmental Renewable Energy Task Force will work with state and local groups to find new opportunities for offshore wind off the state's coast. "While offshore renewable energy resources have not yet played a significant role in California's energy system, they present important potential future opportunities," wrote Gov. Jerry Brown in a letter to Interior Secretary Sally Jewell. (U.K.) (5/31) 
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Atlantic Wind asks court for relief over N.Y. tower moratorium
Iberdrola Renewables subsidiary Atlantic Wind has filed a lawsuit against the Clayton, N.Y., Town Council and Planning Board for passing a six-month moratorium on meteorological towers. Atlantic Wind has asked a judge to overturn the rule, and to require the Planning Board to make a final decision on the developer's request to build three met towers in the area. If approved, the towers would help the company gather data for its proposed 96-megawatt Horse Creek Wind Farm.
Watertown Daily Times (N.Y.) (6/1) 
Operations & Maintenance
GE: New app suite could increase turbine efficiency, profitability
General Electric's new Digital Wind Farm software applications could increase turbine profitability and efficiency, according to the company. GE said that its new apps could especially be useful now as US firms begin preparing for the wind energy Production Tax Credit to lapse in 2020. "With technology enhancements, looking at wind farm optimization -- it's something the whole industry has to work on. When the [credits] go away, we have to be the most competitive form of power generation, and that's our goal," said GE Renewable Energy President and CEO of Onshore Wind Anne McEntee.
SNL Financial (free content) (5/31) 
Economy, Energy & Trends
Italian firm plans $56M project in Iowa
Building Energy Wind Iowa, a subsidiary of Italian developer Building Energy, has decided to build a $56 million wind farm in Iowa. The project will likely feature 10 turbines for a total capacity of 30 megawatts.
The Des Moines Register (Iowa) (tiered subscription model) (6/1) 
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Policy Watch
AWEA: Most of Trump's claims on wind inaccurate
Presumptive Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump has made a number of false claims regarding wind and the US' reliance on fossil fuels, according to the American Wind Energy Association. AWEA Vice President of Public Affairs Peter Kelley wrote a blog post disputing several of Trump's claims, including a statement alleging that turbines injure more than a million birds each year. "Mr. Trump's numbers are off by orders of magnitude. Wind power has among the lowest impacts on wildlife of any way to make electricity," wrote Kelley.
North American Windpower online (5/31),  SNL Financial (free content) (5/31) 
Clinton: Renewables on federal lands can boost clean energy economy
The US can protect its natural wonders and transition to a clean energy economy by embracing renewable energy development, writes former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton. On Wednesday, Clinton unveiled a plan that would increase renewable generation in the US while also doubling the outdoor recreation industry within 10 years. "While protecting sensitive areas where development poses too great a risk, we can accelerate our transition to a clean energy economy by increasing renewable energy generation on public lands and offshore waters tenfold within a decade," she writes.
San Jose Mercury News (Calif.) (free registration) (6/1) 
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Trump can't stop Paris climate accord, former official says
If elected, Donald Trump wouldn't have the ability to stop the Paris climate accord -- a commitment to curbing climate change signed by leaders from 190 countries, writes Todd Stern, former US special envoy for climate change. Stern, who led the Paris Agreement negotiations for the US, argues that no single person could stop the deal, and that Trump shouldn't want to anyway, as it is a solution to one of the largest threats to mankind.
The Washington Post (tiered subscription model) (5/31) 
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Google recognized for outstanding contributions to wind energy
At WINDPOWER 2016, Google received the 2016 Outstanding Contributions to Wind Energy award, and its leadership is helping open the market for new wind development and access to low-cost clean power for other emerging customers. Google is the world's largest non-utility renewable energy buyer, with 16 contracts to buy over 2.2 GW of clean energy and a goal to source 100% renewable power. That includes wind projects in Iowa, Texas, Oklahoma, California and Kansas. In total, Google has invested nearly $2.5 billion in clean energy projects. Read more.
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