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ERCOT: Wind generated 45% of Texas' total electricity on Sunday afternoon | US Wind: Offshore project would make Md. a hub for East Coast industry | Opinion: States, cities embrace clean energy to combat climate change
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ERCOT: Wind generated 45% of Texas' total electricity on Sunday afternoon
Wind farms generated a record-breaking 45% of Texas' total electricity demand for a period on Sunday afternoon, according to the Electric Reliability Council of Texas. "There has been a considerable growth in that area, and we continue to see anticipated growth in wind generation development," said spokesperson Robbie Searcy.
KDFW-TV (Dallas-Fort Worth) (11/29) 
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US Wind: Offshore project would make Md. a hub for East Coast industry
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The Maryland Public Service Commission is reviewing two proposals for offshore wind farms off the coast of Maryland. "We welcome the competition, but we feel our proposal is superior in every way," said Project Development Director Paul Rich, adding that US Wind's project would create thousands of jobs and make Maryland the East Coast hub for offshore wind development. (U.K.) (11/29) 
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Opinion: States, cities embrace clean energy to combat climate change
Cities and states across the US will continue to embrace clean energy development as they transition to a low-carbon economy and combat climate change because it is in their best interest to do so, regardless of the federal government, writes Jeff Biggers, founder of the Climate Narrative Project. "[T]he rise of clean energy across the heartland is already too well entrenched to be reversed," he writes.
The New York Times (free-article access for SmartBrief readers) (11/30) 
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Solutions Brief: EU Privacy Shield Compliance
Having customers or employees in the EU requires you to have an approved EU Data Transfer mechanism in place. Those who previously relied on Safe Harbor for compliance now officially have a replacement with the new Privacy Shield Framework. This Solutions Brief provides a summary of each of the EU Data Transfer mechanisms, benefits & tradeoffs, case studies and solution options. Read the Brief now to Learn More
Project Focus
EDP Renovaveis signs 20-year PPA with Ind. power company
EDP Renovaveis has secured a 20-year power purchase agreement with the Wabash Valley Power Association for its 75-megawatt Meadow Lake VI wind farm in Indiana, according to the companies. The project is expected to begin operations in 2018.
SeeNews Renewables (11/29) 
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Casa dos Ventos begins operations at 359-MW wind farm in Brazil
Casa dos Ventos has begun operations at a 359-megawatt wind farm complex in Brazil, said the company. The Ventos do Araripe 3 project features 14 wind farms with a total of 156 turbines. (U.K.) (11/29) 
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Australian firm orders Vestas turbines for 180-MW project
Ratch Australia has ordered V112 3.45-megawatt and V117 3.45-MW turbines from Vestas Wind Systems for its 180-MW Mount Emerald project in Queensland, Australia, according to the companies. The deal also includes a 15-year Active Output Management 4000 service agreement.
SeeNews Renewables (11/30) 
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Economy, Energy & Trends
Falck aims to expand renewable energy assets 60% in 5 years
Falck Renewables has released a five-year plan in which it aims to expand its installed wind, solar, biomass and waste-to-energy capacity 60% by 2021. "This plan is the result of a rigorous process in which we carefully examined the renewable energy environment, our strengths and areas for improvement, and how we can best generate long-term value," said CEO and General Manager Toni Volpe. (U.K.) (11/30) 
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Policy Watch
Americans need to tell Trump they want wind, group says
The American people should signal to President-elect Donald Trump that they support wind energy by sending letters to his transition team, according to grass-roots advocacy group Power of Wind. In an email call-to-action, the group touted the importance of wind to the US economy and workforce.
CleanTechnica (11/29) 
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Rep. Collins introduces bill to block Apex project in N.Y.
Rep. Chris Collins, R-N.Y., proposed a bill on Tuesday that, if approved, would block Apex Clean Energy from building its Lighthouse Wind project in the New York counties of Niagara and Orleans. The bill seeks to stop wind farms within 40 miles of a US military facility from qualifying for renewable energy tax credits, such as the wind energy Production Tax Credit.
The Buffalo News (N.Y.) (11/29) 
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Wind energy ready to boost Ohio's economy
Ohio has some of the country's best wind resources, but right now the state it letting them lie dormant. That's unfortunate because, if allowed to proceed, wind power growth in the Buckeye State is ready to create well-paying jobs while attracting millions of dollars into Ohio's economy. How did we get here? Read more.
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