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Akuo Energy wraps up financing for 150-MW project in Texas

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December 19, 2016
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Statoil wins BOEM's N.Y. offshore wind leasing round
The Bureau of Ocean Energy Management has awarded Statoil Winds the rights to develop an offshore wind farm on almost 80,000 acres of offshore space off the coast of New York. "This proves there is real appetite and demand for new ocean energy opportunities in American waters," said American Wind Energy Association Advocacy and Federal Legislative Affairs Manager Nancy Sopko.
The Plain Dealer (Cleveland) (12/16) 
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Analysis: Texas' wind industry flourished under Perry's leadership
Rick Perry
Perry (Michael B. Thomas/Getty Images)
Texas' wind industry thrived under the leadership of former Gov. Rick Perry and his lack of support for regulatory bodies, according to this analysis. Observers said federal support for wind farms mixed with a lack of regulations made it easy for the industry to take off in Texas.
Belleville News-Democrat (Ill.) (12/16) 
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Vestas receives 42-MW turbine supply deal in US
Vestas has won a contract to supply an undisclosed company with 42 megawatts of its V110 2-MW turbines in the US. "Low-cost domestic wind energy brings substantial economic benefits to ratepayers and the communities that host these projects, including long-term secure jobs in the manufacturing, construction and operations of these projects," said Chris Brown, Vestas' president of sales and service operations in the US and Canada. (U.K.) (12/19) 
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Using Better Data to Drive an Increased Share of Wallet
Growth-oriented restaurant owners today are looking beyond the bottlenecks of POS solutions to access a cloud of smart apps that analyze data automatically and provide owners with access to cost-effective, best-of-breed, big data solutions. This report gives you an overview of recent trends that will help you save costs on inventory, lost productivity, and line speed. Download now.
Project Focus
Akuo Energy wraps up financing for 150-MW project in Texas
Akuo Energy has completed the financing for its 150-megawatt Rocksprings wind farm in Texas, according to the company. The project is expected to feature 53 2.3-MW turbines and 16 1.72-MW machines from General Electric.
SeeNews Renewables (12/19) 
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Rentel orders 42 D7 Siemens turbines for Belgium offshore wind farm
Siemens will supply Rentel with 42 of its D7 turbines for the developer's 309-megawatt wind farm off the coast of Belgium, according to the companies. "We are delighted that Rentel NV has chosen Siemens for our first offshore project in the Belgian North Sea," said Siemens Offshore Division CEO Michael Hannibal. (U.K.) (12/19) 
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Saudi Aramco prepares to fire up Saudi Arabia's first turbine
Saudi Aramco is preparing operate a single turbine from General Electric at one of its plants in Saudi Arabia. The company said the unit is poised to become the first operational turbine in the country.
Reuters (12/18) 
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Economy, Energy & Trends
Aruba pledges to switch to 100% renewables by 2020
Aruba has pledged to go to 100% renewables by 2020 with a specific focus on wind and solar development, according to this piece. Justin Locke of the nonprofit Carbon War Room said renewables make sense for island nations because they pay a lot for electrical generation yet have access to incredible natural resources. (12/10) 
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Report: China's installed wind capacity hit 142,540 MW in Nov.
China's installed wind capacity from large-scale projects climbed to 142,540 megawatts at the end of November -- a 25.8% increase year over year, according to the country's National Energy Administration. The report only counted projects with a capacity of 6 MW or greater.
SeeNews Renewables (12/19) 
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Policy Watch
Could Trump roll back Obama's green policies?
President-elect Donald Trump could roll back or overturn President Barack Obama environmental agenda in at least five different ways, according to this analysis. Observers said in addition to repealing the Clean Power Plan, Trump may have the ability to undo the Paris climate accord and encourage an increase in fossil fuel production.
The Hill (12/17) 
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Fish and Wildlife Service clarifies changes to eagle conservation program
US Fish and Wildlife Service Director Dan Ashe recently penned a column in the Huffington Post explaining changes to the service's eagle conservation program. Here are a few key points.
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A summary in Friday's Wind Energy SmartBrief misstated the state where the Nehmaha County Commission is located. It is in Kansas. SmartBrief regrets the error.
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