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Kan. county OKs NextEra wind farm

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December 16, 2016
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Opinion: New eagle permit rule will provide long-term security
The US Fish and Wildlife Service's new 30-year maximum for eagle take permits will provide wind developers with the long-term stability they need to make investment decisions, while providing conservation benefits for eagles, US Fish and Wildlife Director Dan Ashe writes. "Public attention on eagle loss in recent years has focused almost exclusively on wind energy. In truth, wind turbine collisions comprise a fraction of human-caused eagle losses," he writes.
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Vestas confirms 153-MW turbine supply deal in Iowa
Vestas has agreed to supply MidAmerican Energy with 153 megawatts of V110-2.0 MW turbines for its 2-gigawatt Wind XI wind farm in Iowa, according to the company. Vestas added it would produce the machines at its factories in Colorado.
SeeNews Renewables (12/16),  ReNews.biz (U.K.) (12/16) 
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E.ON begins building 228-MW project in Texas
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E.ON has broken ground on Bruenning's Breeze project, a 228-megawatt wind farm in Texas, according to the company. The project will feature 76 AW125/3000 Nordex/Acciona turbines.
ReNews.biz (U.K.) (12/16) 
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Kan. county OKs NextEra wind farm
The Nemaha County Commission in Nebraska has approved NextEra Energy Resources' proposal to build a 40-turbine project in the area. NextEra said it would advance the project once it secures a power purchase agreement for it.
WIBW-TV (Topeka, Kan.) (12/14) 
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Shell Energy secures offtake deal for Dutch offshore wind farm
Shell Energy Europe has secured an offtake agreement with a number of undisclosed buyers for 100% of the output from its 108-megawatt Egmond aan Zee offshore wind farm off the coast of the Netherlands. The 36-turbine project is operated by Shell and Nuon's joint venture, NoordzeeWind.
SeeNews Renewables (12/16) 
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Economy, Energy & Trends
Report: Denmark sourced 56% of its total electricity from renewables in 2015
Denmark sourced 56% of its total electricity in 2015, according to the Danish Energy Agency. The agency added that Denmark will continue working toward its goal to source 100% of its generation from renewables by 2035.
Inhabitat (12/15) 
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New wind lobby group launches in Asia-Pacific region
The Asia Wind Energy Association has been introduced in Singapore to support land-based and offshore wind development throughout the Asia-Pacific region. "Our mission is to establish and promote wind power as the solution to the region's rapidly growing energy demand and environmental challenges, providing meaningful benefits to the region as a whole," said Edgare Kerkwijk, managing director of Asia Green Capital Partners.
ReNews.biz (U.K.) (12/16) 
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Dong invests in Scottish offshore wind turbine factory
Dong Energy has made a major investment in an offshore wind turbine factory in Scotland owned by CS Wind. Dong said in exchange, it will receive exclusive access to the factory's output.
Reuters (12/15) 
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Analysis: Market forces drive wind growth, not federal policy
Market forces are a bigger driver for wind development than federal policy, which means the industry will likely persevere regardless of actions of the Trump administration, according to this analysis. Sam Jaffe, managing director of Cairn Energy Research Advisors, said that the nation's lack of federal support for wind -- once thought of as a hindrance -- may now become a benefit because the industry has learned to stand on its own.
Quartz (12/16) 
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AWEA News
What The Associated Press, Fox News missed in eagle conservation rule reporting
No, eagle populations have never been at risk from wind power and are not now. To start with, the new US Fish and Wildlife Service eagle permits are not specific to wind -- they apply to anyone who might unintentionally harm an eagle by an otherwise lawful activity, after taking every step possible to avoid and offset the threat with conservation measures. And contrary to some reports, bald eagles almost never strike a turbine, with only a handful of recorded impacts in the 40-year history of American wind power. Read more.
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