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Wind is leading global shift away from fossil fuels, says Vestas CEO

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Opinion: Renewables are key to curbing climate change | Analysis: Northeastern N.C. well-suited for wind development | Corporate wind PPAs are sweeping the US, says expert
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Opinion: Renewables are key to curbing climate change
Montana and other states can curb climate change by switching to a clean energy economy powered by wind and other renewables, writes Holly Seymour, a campaign organizer for Environment Montana. "By transitioning our society away from dirty energy -- and instead using zero-emission energy sources -- we can stop forcing our climate to change, and stop increasing the risks of damage to Montana's natural habitats," she writes.
Missoulian (Missoula, Mont.) (10/4) 
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Analysis: Northeastern N.C. well-suited for wind development
Two counties in North Carolina are considering a 105-turbine wind farm from Apex Clean Energy that is poised to become the largest project of its kind in the state, according to this analysis. Observers say that northeastern North Carolina, which already has the Amazon Wind Farm US East under construction, has excellent wind resources that make it ideal for wind development.
Southeast Energy News (10/3) 
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Corporate wind PPAs are sweeping the US, says expert
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Wind energy is a mainstream energy source that is increasingly in demand throughout corporate America, according to Wind Coalition Executive Director Jeff Clark. He added that wind is saving consumers money on their electric bills, which is offsetting the cost of transmission upgrades, and driving economic growth by attracting data centers, manufacturers and other industries where wind is prevalent. (free content) (10/4) 
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Iberdrola Renewables pumps up benefits package for Vt. project
Iberdrola Renewables, which is changing its name to Avangrid Renewables, has expanded the "community benefits" package for a proposed wind farm in Windham and Grafton, Vt., by 50%, according to the company. Iberdrola said the project, if approved, will now contribute $1.5 million total to the towns each year. (Vermont) (10/5) 
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EDP Renewables to unload tax equity interest in Ohio wind farm
EDP Renewables North America is preparing to sell a tax equity interest in a 100.8-megawatt wind farm in Ohio to Antrim and Bankers Commercial pending approval from the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission, according to the company. EDP Renewables said it would continue to manage the Paulding III project.
SNL Financial (free content) (10/3) 
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Siemens wins DNV GL certification for new land-based turbine model
Siemens has secured DNV GL certification for its SWT 3.6-megawatt 130 land-based turbine, said the company. Siemens added that its new turbine is lightweight and ideal for areas with low wind speeds. (U.K.) (10/5) 
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Wind is leading global shift away from fossil fuels, says Vestas CEO
Wind energy is leading the global shift away from fossil fuels and is expected to surpass them as the world's leading source of generation by 2030, writes Anders Runevad, group president and CEO of Vestas Wind Systems. "With increasing speed, global energy markets are turning away from fossil fuels and towards wind and other renewable sources, not just because they're clean but because they're cheaper, more competitive energy choices and offer a level of long-term certainty more price-volatile fossil fuels just can't match," he writes.
The Guardian (London) (10/5) 
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Opinion: Wyo. should repeal $1-per-megawatt tax on wind generation
Wyoming should be looking for ways to reduce taxes on wind generation instead of increasing them, writes Ryan Call, a contributor to Writers on the Range. Call argues that the state should repeal its existing $1-per-megawatt tax on wind and that doing so would encourage future investment in its wind industry.
Jackson Hole News & Guide (Wyo.) (10/5) 
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Canada works on new agency for offshore wind, renewables oversight
Canada is in the process of crafting a new federal agency that would oversee all offshore renewable energy projects, including offshore wind farms and tidal projects, according to the Canadian Department of Natural Resources. The department said that "several federal departments have regulatory authority over matters related to offshore renewable energy activities." (Canada) (10/4) 
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Fact Check: Texas wind power sets successful example
Recent commentary in the MIT Technology Review shares several captivating stories about the ways wind power benefits communities across Texas. However, the write-up also gets some things wrong about wind power's technology. This fact check clears up those misunderstandings.
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