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Report: Transmission project would inject $660M into Ark. economy

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AWEA's Sopko: Offshore wind costs continue to fall as industry grows | Election won't stop shift toward gas, renewables, says ex-EPA official | 583,000 land-based turbines could power US, says AWEA's Hensley
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AWEA's Sopko: Offshore wind costs continue to fall as industry grows
The cost of offshore wind development will continue to decline as technology advances and the industry matures in the US, writes American Wind Energy Association Advocacy and Federal Legislative Affairs Manager Nancy Sopko in this piece debunking a recent op-ed from Dan Ervin. "More states are increasing their Renewable Portfolio Standards because they know integrating more renewable energy will save money, increase reliability and produce clean air," she writes.
The Daily Times (Salisbury, Md.) (tiered subscription model) (9/27) 
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Election won't stop shift toward gas, renewables, says ex-EPA official
Natural gas and renewables will likely continue to thrive in the US and drive down carbon emissions regardless of the outcome of the 2016 presidential election, said Bob Perciasepe, former acting administrator at the Environmental Protection Agency. He added that several regulations passed by Congress -- like the extension of the wind energy Production Tax Credit -- will continue to drive the shift toward renewables for four to six more years.
Bloomberg BNA (free content) (9/23) 
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583,000 land-based turbines could power US, says AWEA's Hensley
It would take 583,000 land-based turbines -- enough to cover an area the size of Rhode Island -- to generate 100% of the US' total electricity needs, according to American Wind Energy Association Manager of Industry Data and Analysis John Hensley. Observers say while this calculation is a hypothetical exercise, any investment in land-based or offshore wind would help the US transition to a clean energy economy.
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Vaisala finishes review of 600-MW Xcel project in Colo.
Vaisala has finished a meteorological review and analysis of a 600-megawatt project under development by Xcel Energy in Colorado, according to the companies. The company said the report would help Xcel secure financing for the Rush Creek wind farm, which it hopes to break ground on before the end of the year. (U.K.) (9/26) 
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Utilities finish building 156-mile leg of CapX2020 project
A coalition of utilities have finished construction on a 156-mile portion of the CapX2020 transmission project that will carry wind energy between Dakota County, Minn., and La Crosse, Wis. Once completed, the project will stretch a total of 725 miles.
Star Tribune (Minneapolis-St. Paul, Minn.) (9/26) 
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Register early for the AWEA Fall Symposium
The early bird deadline for the AWEA Wind Energy Fall Symposium is coming up on October 6. Save 25% when registering before then. The wind industry has a powerful vision to take us to 10% U.S. wind energy by 2020 and 20% by 2030. November 15-17, join us in San Antonio for this executive level event, Where Wind Vision Meets Strategic Action.
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E.ON wins O&M contract for 4 US wind farms
Novatus Energy has chosen E.ON Energy Services to provide operations and maintenance services at four of its wind farms in the US with a combined capacity of 700 megawatts, said the companies. The deal includes the 150-MW Route 66 and 300-MW South Plains II wind farms in Texas, the 105-MW Palouse project in Washington and Maine's 148-MW Oakfield wind farm. (U.K.) (9/26),  SeeNews Renewables (9/26) 
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Report: Transmission project would inject $660M into Ark. economy
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Clean Line Energy's Plains & Eastern Clean Line transmission project, if approved, would generate $660 million in economic investment in Arkansas over a 30-month period, according to the University of Arkansas. Regardless of the report, observers say that 100% of the state's congressional delegation in Washington, D.C., continues to object to the project.
Arkansas Business (9/26) 
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Ex-EPA administrator: CPP offers states extraordinary flexibility
Former Environmental Protection Agency Administrator Christine Todd Whitman pledged support for the Clean Power Plan on Monday, adding that the agency has done its best to develop a legally sound and flexible plan for states to curb carbon emissions. "It offers states extraordinary flexibility in how they comply with their obligations -- as much flexibility as I have ever seen EPA allow," she said.
Bloomberg BNA (free content) (9/26) 
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A wind farm opens doors for upstate New York students
The nearby Maple Ridge wind farm has been a game-changer for the Lowville, N.Y., school district. Revenue from the project has allowed the small, rural community to build state-of-the-art educational facilities while offering high-level programs to its students. Read more.
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