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Iowa governor: Trump will keep wind energy PTC in place

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Iowa governor: Trump will keep wind energy PTC in place
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President Donald Trump will likely maintain the wind energy Production Tax Credit, especially with Energy Secretary Rick Perry in his Cabinet, said Iowa Gov. Terry Branstad. "I think that President Trump recognizes how important renewable energy was to his victory here in Iowa and the heartland," he said. (3/27),  The Des Moines Register (Iowa) (tiered subscription model) (3/27) 
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Report: Iowa wind-related jobs to reach 17,000 by 2020
Iowa's wind industry is poised for growth and is expected to employ up to 17,000 people by 2020, with another $9 billion, according to Navigant Consulting. "Wind does not provide just well-paying jobs, either, many Iowans also know wind farms are the new 'drought-resistant cash crop' in Iowa, paying up to $20 million a year to Iowa farmers," said American Wind Energy Association CEO Tom Kiernan.
The Gazette (Cedar Rapids-Marion, Iowa) (3/27) 
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Utilities will continue to move away from coal
American utilities are poised to continue their shift away from coal-fired generation in favor of low-cost natural gas, wind and solar, regardless of the action of the Trump administration, observers say. Rolling back of the Clean Power Plan isn't expected to stop the transition.
The Wall Street Journal (tiered subscription model) (3/28) 
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Statkraft signs PPA with 6.15-MW project in France
Statkraft has entered into a power purchase agreement with a 6.15-megawatt wind farm in France, according to the company. "For us as a company, this is an important step in order to establish Statkraft in the French renewable scene," said Statkraft's Lillian Dale. (U.K.) (3/27) 
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GE wins turbine supply deal with Chinese offshore wind demo
China Three Gorges-Fujian Energy joint venture Chinese Fuqing Haixia Generation has ordered three 6-megawatt Haliade 150 machines from General Electric for its offshore wind pilot project off the coast of China, according to the companies. The 73-MW project is expected to use turbines from a variety of companies. (U.K.) (3/27) 
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Economy, Energy & Trends
BOEM, Calif. officials to discuss offshore wind outlook
The Bureau of Ocean Energy Management said it has agreed to meet with state officials from California to discuss the state's outlook for offshore wind development. Both parties are in the process of gathering data on California's oceanfront in preparation of launching a system dedicated to offshore wind planning. (U.K.) (3/27) 
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Sierra Club's renewables program has grown to 25 cities
The Sierra Club's Ready for 100 renewable energy commitment initiative has grown to include 25 US cities, according to the organization. Observers say that cities from both sides of the political spectrum have joined the initiative, which shows that renewables like wind and solar can have bipartisan support.
CleanTechnica (3/27) 
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Madison, Wis., approves 100% renewable energy goal
Madison, Wis., city officials passed a resolution to reach 100% renewable energy and completely eliminate the city's carbon emissions. The resolution calls for a commitment of up to $250,000 and hiring an expert to develop a plan to achieve the city's renewable goals.
Wisconsin State Journal (Madison) (3/22) 
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Policy Watch
39 unorganized territories in Maine regain authority in wind siting
Thirty-nine of Maine's unorganized territories have regained the right to reject proposed wind farms from being constructed in their communities, writes Darren Fishell in this piece. The areas lost a say in local wind development with the passage of the 2008 Maine Wind Energy Act, which granted zoning approval to projects in unorganized territories without requiring a review by a regional commission.
Bangor Daily News (Maine) (free registration) (3/28) 
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Mont. bill could stall renewable energy growth, Sierra Club chapter says
A bill under consideration in the Montana Senate could stall wind and other renewable energy development in the state, said the Sierra Club Montana Chapter. The bill would require utilities Puget Sound Energy and Talen Energy to pay millions of dollars to compensate for the closure of coal-burning plants, plus reimburse various local entities for lost revenue.
North American Windpower online (3/27) 
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8 wind projects are waiting to be built in Ohio
The Ohio Power Siting Board has approved permits for eight wind facilities; another three projects are in the pending or pre-application stage. Construction of these turbines would add 1,452 megawatts of clean energy capacity to Ohio's energy mix, enough to power hundreds of thousands of homes. It will also create more local jobs and new orders for Ohio's nation-leading 62 factories that build wind turbine parts. However, hurdles must be overcome to move forward. Read more.
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