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Ohio governor: Optional RPS could send wrong signal on clean energy

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Report: Clean energy enjoys broad bipartisan support in US | IEA: World must update power market to facilitate wind development | Ore. OKs 399-MW Saddle Butte project
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Report: Clean energy enjoys broad bipartisan support in US
Sixty-percent of self-identifying "very conservative" voters -- and 95% of "total liberals" -- want the federal government to expand clean energy development, according to the Conservative Energy Network. Senior Director Mark Pischea said the industry has a lot of bipartisan support and should be able to get Congress to keep the wind energy Production Tax Credit and other tax credits.
Milwaukee Journal Sentinel (tiered subscription model) (11/30) 
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IEA: World must update power market to facilitate wind development
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Countries around the world must update their power market rules and structures to make the addition of more wind generation more feasible for the companies and utilities involved, according to the International Energy Agency. The agency said that renewables could account for 60% of all generation by 2040. (U.K.) (12/1) 
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Ore. OKs 399-MW Saddle Butte project
The Oregon Energy Facility Siting Council has granted Saddle Butte Wind, a subsidiary of Caithness Energy, the right to build its proposed Saddle Butte project. The wind farm could have a total capacity up to 399 megawatts.
SeeNews Renewables (12/1) 
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Xcel connects 200-MW N.D. project to grid
Xcel Energy has begun operations of a 200-megawatt wind farm in North Dakota featuring 100 Vestas V100 2-MW turbines, according to the company. The Courtenay wind farm was previously owned by Geronimo Energy. (U.K.) (12/1) 
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Siemens UK factory prepares to ship first batch of offshore turbines
Siemens' new factory in Hull, England, is expected to ship out its first batch of offshore turbines today, according to the company. "In the coming years, the new offshore wind projects that this factory will supply could generate enough clean electricity to power over 3 million homes and businesses," said Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy Greg Clark.
The Guardian (London) (11/30) 
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ScottishPower launches 69-MW wind farm in Scotland
ScottishPower Renewables has kicked off operations at a 69-megawatt wind farm in South Ayrshire, Scotland, according to the company. The Dersalloch project features 23 Siemens turbines.
SeeNews Renewables (11/30) 
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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
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UK energy firm, Visualwind partner on turbine sound monitoring system
TNEI, a UK-based energy consultant, and tech firm Visualwind have partnered to create a turbine sound monitoring system. The duo said the system would reduce the number of visits to various turbine sites, especially during the planning stage of a project. (U.K.) (12/1) 
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Economy, Energy & Trends
Royal Dutch Shell seeks green energy opportunities, says CEO
Royal Dutch Shell is on the lookout for opportunities in the green energy field, according to CEO Ben van Beurden. "I am convinced that in this space we will play an active role, a leading role and we will plan acquisitions in it," he said.
Reuters (11/30) 
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Policy Watch
Ohio governor: Optional RPS could send wrong signal on clean energy
The Ohio House of Representatives is scheduled to discuss a bill next week that would make the state's renewable energy standards optional for the next three years. Gov. John Kasich said that the bill, if passed, may signal that Ohio has a backward view on clean energy growth.
The Columbus Dispatch (Ohio) (tiered subscription model) (11/30) 
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What's the state of American wind power manufacturing?
Manufacturing may be a struggling part of the American economy, but not for the factories, workers and companies that build wind turbines. Over 500 factories build wind-related parts and materials in 43 states, making everything from major wind turbine components such as nacelles, blades, towers and gearboxes, to internal components like bearings, slip rings, fasteners and power converters. Read more.
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A remarkable wind power milestone for the Lone Star State
It didn't take long for the Lone Star State to set a new wind energy high water mark. Less than two weeks ago, we reported on new wind power records in Texas and the Midwest, and on Monday records were shattered again. Read more.
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