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Energy Dept.: US wind employment jumped 32% to 101,738 in 2016 | Deepwater should receive energy credits for wind farm, says Md. agency | Renewables to grow as prices fall, expert says
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Energy Dept.: US wind employment jumped 32% to 101,738 in 2016
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The US wind industry employed 101,738 people in 2016, an increase of 32% compared to 2015, according to the Energy Department. The report said the nation's energy sector employs a total of 6.4 million people, accounting for almost 5% of the US' total workforce.
Greentech Media (1/13),  SeeNews Renewables (1/16) 
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Deepwater should receive energy credits for wind farm, says Md. agency
The Maryland Public Service Commission should approve Deepwater Wind's request to secure offshore renewable energy credits for a proposed 120-megawatt offshore wind farm off the coast of the state, according to the Maryland Energy Administration. The agency argues that the state would benefit from having two qualifying offshore wind energy deployment areas, which would increase competition and potentially drive down costs. (U.K.) (1/13) 
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Renewables to grow as prices fall, expert says
Renewables will only make up 21% of the world's energy mix by 2030 if growth continues at its current pace, so more must be done to grow renewables, said Innovation and Technology Center for the International Renewable Energy Agency Director Dolf Gielen. He said renewables, particularly offshore wind energy, would continue to grow in the US and other countries due, in part, to falling prices and increased availability. (1/16) 
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Project Focus
Dong Energy secures all permits for German offshore wind farm
Dong Energy has secured all of the necessary permits to move forward with its 450-megawatt Borkum Riffgrund 2 offshore wind farm off the coast of Germany, according to the company. The project will use 56 V164 8-MW turbines from MHI Vestas.
SeeNews Renewables (1/15) 
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Lekela resumes turbine delivery in South Africa
Lekela Power has resumed turbine delivery at a pair of wind farms in South Africa, each with a total capacity of 140 megawatts, according to the company. Lekela, a joint venture between Mainstream Renewable Energy and Actis, said it paused delivery during school holidays. (U.K.) (1/16) 
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Economy, Energy & Trends
Analysis: Gov. Cuomo's plan to replace nuclear with renewables is feasible
New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo's proposal to replace generation from the Indian Point nuclear power plant by adding more installed renewable energy capacity is feasible because the state has stable policies that support renewable energy development, according to this analysis. Observers say Cuomo's plan could become a source of inspiration for other states interested in curbing fossil fuels and nuclear. (1/11) 
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Emera seeks wind, hydro for $2B Canada-US transmission line
Nova Scotia Power parent company Emera is seeking 900 megawatts of installed wind or hydro capacity that it could eventually export into the northeastern US through the Atlantic Link transmission project, according to the company. Newfoundland and Labrador Premier Dwight Ball said there are no plans for Emera to sell the output to the US. (Canada) (1/13) 
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Green Investment Bank acquires 75% stake in Lincs offshore wind farm
The UK's Green Investment Bank has purchased a 75% stake in the Lincs offshore wind farm off the coast of England, according to the company. It acquired Centrica's 50% interest plus Siemens Project Ventures 25% stake, while the third entity involved with the project -- Dong Energy -- has decided to retain its 25% interest.
Reuters (1/13) 
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Policy Watch
N.C. officials rally behind Amazon Wind Farm US East project
Pasquotank County, N.C., Board of Commissioners Chairman Cecil Perry, Elizabeth City Mayor Joe Peel and other local officials have objected to a proposal from state Sen. Bill Cook that would block the Amazon Wind Farm US East project. Perry applauded the project, which he says will have major benefits for the local economy.
The Daily Advance (Elizabeth City, N.C.) (1/13) 
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US wind jobs continue booming, top 100,000
The Department of Energy has released a report highlighting the booming nature of renewable energy jobs -- wind power positions now top 100,000. More Americans now work in wind than in nuclear, coal, natural gas or hydroelectric power plants. Learn more.
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