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Analysis: The future is bright for US renewables

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AWEA: Low-cost wind is a favorite of Fortune 500 companies | Analysis: The future is bright for US renewables | Iowa energy strategy prioritizes renewables
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December 23, 2016
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Industry Update
AWEA: Low-cost wind is a favorite of Fortune 500 companies
The low cost of wind makes it an attractive energy source for Fortune 500 companies seeking power purchase agreements, according to the American Wind Energy Association. US companies "have applied market-leading innovation to develop new financial tools -- including virtual power purchase agreements -- that get projects built where they otherwise might not be," said Hannah Hunt of AWEA and the report's lead author.
North American Windpower online (12/22) 
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Analysis: The future is bright for US renewables
Renewable-energy supporters in the US are optimistic about the future of clean energy options. American Wind Energy Association CEO Tom Kiernan has called wind a "mainstream energy source."
The Associated Press (12/22) 
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Iowa energy strategy prioritizes renewables
An Iowa government report recommends increased renewable-energy generation and a stronger electrical grid, among other things. "Iowa has a tradition of leading on clean energy, and this strategy continues that," said Environmental Law & Policy Center attorney Josh Mandelbaum.
The Des Moines Register (Iowa) (tiered subscription model) (12/21),  Midwest Energy News (12/21) 
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Project Focus
Southern buys wind facilities in Texas
Southern Power has purchased a pair of wind farms in Texas: the 174-megawatt Salt Fork Wind facility in Donley County and the 126-MW Tyler Bluff Wind facility near Fort Worth. (12/22) 
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Economy, Energy & Trends
Statoil to conduct offshore wind feasibility study in N.Y.
Statoil will investigate the feasibility of wind development off the coast of New York after winning a provisional federal lease auction last week. "The US is a key emerging market for offshore wind -- both bottom-fixed and floating -- with significant potential along both the east and west coasts," said executive Irene Rummelhoff.
CNBC (12/21) 
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Policy Watch
Mich. regulator OKs DTE Energy plan to buy wind project
The Michigan Public Service Commission has signed off on a deal in which DTE Energy would acquire Pine River Wind Engineering's 161.3-megawatt Pine River project upon completion. The project is expected to feature 65 turbines.
SeeNews Renewables (12/23) 
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N.D. PSC OKs first phase of wind farm
The North Dakota Public Service Commission has approved the first phase of a Renewable Energy Systems wind farm with up to 53 turbines and a total capacity of 179 megawatts.
The Bismarck Tribune (N.D.) (12/22) 
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Study finds billions of dollars of economic benefits from just one transmission project
A recently released study finds that Pattern Energy Group LP's proposed Southern Cross transmission line will spur $3.9 billion in economic benefits. Mississippi, Louisiana and the greater southwest stand to gain over both the short and long term, according to researchers. Learn more.
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