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Empire State Connector advances transmission project in N.Y.

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Regional grid would boost Western clean energy, says PacifiCorp exec | Southern Power purchases 43-MW wind farm in Maine | 4 ways to qualify projects for PTC under IRS look-back rule
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July 6, 2016
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Regional grid would boost Western clean energy, says PacifiCorp exec
A regional grid between California, Oregon, Washington, Wyoming, Utah and Idaho would support the sharing of power from wind farms and other clean energy sources as the industry evolves over the next 20 to 25 years, according to PacifiCorp Manager of Communication and Public Affairs Bob Gravely. The California Independent System Operator is considering a deal with Oregon-based PacifiCorp that would allow it to expand its energy portfolio, which includes 1,030 megawatts of wind.
Los Angeles Times (tiered subscription model) (7/6) 
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Southern Power purchases 43-MW wind farm in Maine
Southern Power has purchased Quantum Utility Generation's 43-megawatt Passadumkeag wind farm in Maine. "This exciting project adds to a dynamic renewable energy portfolio that is delivering clean, safe, reliable and affordable generation to wholesale customers across the country," said Southern Power President and CEO Buzz Miller. (U.K.) (7/5) 
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4 ways to qualify projects for PTC under IRS look-back rule
Uncertainty surrounding the IRS' look-back rule -- a measure designed to help wind developers qualify more projects for the wind energy Production Tax Credit -- has created a bottleneck throughout the industry, according to Eli Katz and Eric Kamerman, a partner and associate at Chadbourne law firm. They write that developers can satisfy the rule for projects they've already started by adopting several different strategies.
North American Windpower online (7/5) 
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45th Turbomachinery & 32nd Pump Symposia
The Turbomachinery and Pump Symposia (TPS) serves as the premier training and networking opportunity for professionals in both pump and turbomachinery industries. TPS 2016 will be held September 12-15, 2016 at the George R. Brown Convention Center in Houston, Texas. Visit for more information.
Project Focus
NextEra Energy Resources sells 2 projects
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NextEra Energy Resources has sold the 199-megawatt Cedar Bluff Wind Energy Center in Kansas and the 86-MW Golden Hills Wind Energy Center in California to NextEra Energy Partners for $312 million. The projects have a combined capacity of 285 MW. (U.K.) (7/5) 
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Empire State Connector advances transmission project in N.Y.
The Empire State Connector transmission line has received preliminary approval for a proposed transmission project in New York. If approved, partner Invenergy plans to use 600 megawatts of the project's total 1,000 MW capacity to carry wind energy from upstate New York into New York City.
SeeNews Renewables (7/6) 
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2 offshore wind farms could be cheapest in world, Dong Energy says
A pair of offshore wind farms off the coast of the Netherlands under development by Dong Energy could become the cheapest in the world, according to Dong and the Dutch government. Dong's proposal shows a "major breakthrough in the transition to sustainable energy," said Dutch Minister of Economic Affairs Henk Kamp.
Bloomberg (7/5) 
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Policy Watch
Mass. House, Senate must reconcile energy bills by July 31
The Massachusetts House of Representatives and Senate have until July 31 to reconcile their respective offshore wind and hydropower energy packages. One of the most controversial aspects of negotiations may be resolving the House's 1,200-megawatt requirement for offshore wind contracts versus the Senate's 2,000 MW proposal, say observers.
The Boston Globe (tiered subscription model) (7/3) 
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Analysis: Clean energy deal will spur wind, solar in Mexico
The US, Canada and Mexico signed a deal last week agreeing to source 50% of North America's total electricity needs from clean energy sources by 2025. Observers say that the deal will encourage wind and solar energy development in Mexico, which only sources 22% of its electricity from non-fossil fuel sources. (7/1) 
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Mo., Fortune 500 leaders recognize importance of transmission
A new groundswell of support from Missouri Gov. Jay Nixon and Fortune 500 companies like General Motors, Target, Unilever, Procter & Gamble, Kellogg's and Nestle mean a critical transmission project is one step closer to reality. Clean Line Energy's privately-funded Grain Belt Express will deliver enough low-cost wind energy for about 200,000 Missouri homes every year, and is projected to save the state's families and businesses $10 million a year. Read more.
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