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Analysis: Wind farm repowering projects surge after PTC extension

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Analysis: Wind farm repowering projects surge after PTC extension | Vt. home to some of US' best wind resources, says business owner | Report: Spending on global supergrids to hit $10.2B by 2025
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October 10, 2016
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Analysis: Wind farm repowering projects surge after PTC extension
The wind energy Production Tax Credit extension passed by Congress last December has some developers looking at wind farm repowering projects, as well as a number of new wind farms, according to this analysis. Observers say upgrading an existing wind farm can be easier and more affordable than building a new one, and holds potential for companies to take advantage of the PTC.
The Wall Street Journal (tiered subscription model) (10/7) 
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Vt. home to some of US' best wind resources, says business owner
Vermont's energy policies make it one of the best places in the US for wind development, according to Star Wind Turbines founder Jason Day. Day said he moved from New Jersey to Vermont to begin producing his small-scale turbine model for sites with low wind speeds.
Brattleboro Reformer (Vt.) (10/7) 
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Report: Spending on global supergrids to hit $10.2B by 2025
Spending on supergrids -- massive electrical grid systems capable of carrying generation across countries and continents -- is expected to hit $10.2 billion by 2025, according to Navigant Research. The report said such ventures would improve grid stability and support the integration of renewable energy capacity.
CleanTechnica (10/7) 
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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 receive FAA general and site-specific approval for deploying its radar-activated obstruction lighting system on a US wind farm. Learn how an ADLS can keep a farm's blinking lights off for up to 98% of the time at night.
Project Focus
Nation of Georgia debuts first wind farm
The country of Georgia has begun operations at its first wind farm, which has a total capacity of 20.7 megawatts, according to the European Bank for Reconstruction and Development and the Georgian government. EBRD said about one-third of the project's output will be sold to Turkey.
SeeNews Renewables (10/7) 
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Are you optimizing your Salesforce© investment?
You've invested in the top-of-the-line CRM system. Is it delivering the results and benefits you expect?
Here are four questions that can help you decide.
Operations & Maintenance
Dong, GE, Siemens partner with DNV GL to improve turbulence modeling
Dong Energy, General Electric and Siemens have teamed up with DNV GL to develop best practices for turbulence-modeling systems. The group said that the collaboration would make site-specific load assessments more accurate and help wind producers cut costs. (U.K.) (10/10) 
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Travel for business? Here's how to stay informed
Stay up to date when traveling for business with SmartBrief for the Business Traveler. With this bi-weekly brief, you'll get the latest developments in airline travel, accommodations and more. Get your hand-picked business traveler news now.
Economy, Energy & Trends
Lack of transmission infrastructure to delay Brazil wind growth, says group
Brazil's lack of transmission infrastructure will hinder its ability to bring newly installed wind capacity online until 2020, according to the National Wind Energy Association. Elbia Gannoum, executive president of the association, said about 90% of the projects expected to compete in an upcoming energy auction would be rejected because of connection issues.
SeeNews Renewables (10/7) 
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Innogy to invest $7.2B in US wind, car charging business, says CEO
Innogy plans to invest about $7.2 billion in its global wind business and US electric car charging business from 2016 to 2018, according to CEO Peter Terium. Terium said the plan would support the construction of new transmission lines, grid systems and wind farms in the Netherlands, Germany and Poland.
Reuters (10/9) 
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Policy Watch
Analysis: Clinton's energy policies support renewables
Clinton (Tasos Katopodis/AFP/Getty Images)
Energy policy will be a major issue for the next US president, and Democratic nominee Hillary Clinton is prepared to meet the challenge head on with her well-crafted plan rooted in renewable energy development, according to this analysis. Observers say Clinton's plans, like boosting the nation's installed renewable energy capacity and investing in clean energy research, will drive job growth and help the US curb carbon emissions.
Business Insider (10/8) 
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Argentina could source 8% of electricity from renewables in 2017
Argentina could source 8% of its total electricity from renewables by 2017 as the result of a recent energy auction in which developers won the right to develop 17 renewable energy projects with a combined capacity of 1,109 megawatts, the government said Friday. The country currently sources about 1.8% of its total electricity from renewables.
Reuters (10/7) 
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One thing that unites us: Moving toward a clean energy future
As the presidential campaign moves into its final four weeks, agreement between the candidates seems vanishingly rare. Yet both mentioned renewable energy in their responses to the second-to-last question of last night's town hall-style debate. Learn more.
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