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Analysis: Stable pricing a driver for renewable energy PPAs

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Analysis: Stable pricing a driver for renewable energy PPAs | Hickenlooper: Colo. balances clean energy, fossil fuels | BOEM prequalifies 9 firms to participate in N.C. offshore wind auction
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Analysis: Stable pricing a driver for renewable energy PPAs
The falling cost of renewables combined with an increased focus on sustainability are two of the reasons major industry companies such as Corning, Procter & Gamble and Dow Chemical are interested in power purchase agreements with wind and other renewables, according to this analysis. Observers argue that the third major driver is risk management because fixed-price PPAs offer companies stability in an otherwise volatile electricity market.
Manufacturing Business Technology (1/17) 
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Hickenlooper: Colo. balances clean energy, fossil fuels
Colorado has found the perfect balance between fossil fuels and clean energy development, Gov. John Hickenlooper said. "With the support of both Republicans and Democrats, we have quadrupled the amount of energy we get from wind and sun in recent years," said Hickenlooper, adding that the state's clean energy industry employs about 60,000 people.
United Press International (1/13) 
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BOEM prequalifies 9 firms to participate in N.C. offshore wind auction
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The Bureau of Ocean Energy Management has prequalified nine companies to participate in its 1.5-gigawatt offshore wind leasing round in North Carolina scheduled for March 16, according to the agency. "The lease sale underscores the growing market demand for renewable energy and strong industry interest in meeting that demand," said Interior Secretary Sally Jewell.
United Press International (1/18),  ReNews.biz (U.K.) (1/17) 
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Enel signs supply deals with 3 major turbine firms for 3.5-GW growth
Enel Green Power has entered into master supply agreements with three "top-tier" turbine manufacturers for a series of US wind farms that will have a combined capacity of 3.5 gigawatts. "This purchase further strengthens our position in the market as a leader in renewable energy and will also lead to millions in local economic investment and the creation of thousands of jobs as we execute the construction and operation of these plants," said Enel Green Power North America CEO Rafael Gonzalez.
ReNews.biz (U.K.) (1/17) 
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LIPA expected to vote on 90-MW offshore wind farm this month
The Long Island Power Authority is expected to vote on proposed 90-megawatt offshore wind farm from Deepwater Wind this month, according to the utility. Deepwater CEO Jeff Grybowski said the vote is scheduled for Jan. 25.
The Associated Press (1/17) 
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Economy, Energy & Trends
Analysis: Wind farms are an economic driver in Neb.
Wind farms play an important role in Nebraska's economy, stabilizing rural communities and providing people with reliable employment, according to this analysis. A wind turbine on one's property is "a significant income stream that maybe will help enhance the profitability potential of your farm," said Keith Dittrich, a farmer from Tilden, Neb.
NET (Nebraska) (1/17) 
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WAPA utility outlines path for TransWest transmission line
The Western Area Power Administration has issued a record of decision choosing a path for TransWest Express' proposed TransWest Express Transmission project, according to the utility. TransWest said the 3-gigawatt line would carry wind from Wyoming to southern Nevada.
North American Windpower online (1/17) 
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Policy Watch
Zinke calls for an all-of-the-above approach to energy generation
The US needs an objective, all-of-the-above approach to energy generation that includes wind and solar, as well as fossil fuels, said Interior Secretary nominee Rep. Ryan Zinke, R-Mont., to the Senate Energy and Natural Resources Committee on Tuesday. During the hearing, he added that climate change is a real issue and he believes humans have had some role in it.
The Hill (1/17),  The Washington Post (tiered subscription model) (1/17) 
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Obama administration makes second $500M GCF payment
The Obama administration has contributed another $500 million to the Green Climate Fund -- an initiative designed to help poor countries curb greenhouse gas emissions and combat climate change, according to the State Department. "The GCF was created to help protect vulnerable populations and drive clean energy deployment, all with a special focus on engaging the private sector and mobilizing private capital," spokesman John Kirby.
The Hill (1/17) 
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AWEA News
New FWS data: Wind's golden eagle impacts remain low
The US Fish and Wildlife Service has released new data that should ease the minds of those concerned about wind energy's potential impacts on golden eagles -- it confirms impacts remain small. FWS studied causes of mortality of satellite tagged North American golden eagles from 1997 to 2013. Researchers then extrapolated their findings to paint a more complete picture. Here's what they found.
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