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Analysis: Wind helps Texas city become national leader in renewables

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Analysis: Wind helps Texas city become national leader in renewables | Opinion: N.D. farms, ranches rely on revenue from wind farms | BNEF: European offshore wind costs surpass nuclear, near coal
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March 9, 2017
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Analysis: Wind helps Texas city become national leader in renewables
Market forces -- not climate change goals -- are propelling wind and solar in Texas and have helped the city of Georgetown become one of the first in the US to source 100% of its electricity from renewables, according to this analysis. Mayor Dale Ross attributed Georgetown's progress to the vision of former Gov. Rick Perry, under whose leadership Texas became a national leader in wind production.
National Public Radio (3/8) 
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Opinion: N.D. farms, ranches rely on revenue from wind farms
Wind development in North Dakota provides farmers and rural landowners with a steady stream of revenue and makes it possible for those landowners to continue to operate their family farms and ranches, writes David Day. He urges state lawmakers to reject a bill that would set new siting requirements for turbines, adding that it has the potential to deter investments in the state's wind industry.
The Forum (Fargo, N.D.-Moorhead, Minn.) (3/8) 
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BNEF: European offshore wind costs surpass nuclear, near coal
The cost of offshore wind development has fallen 46% in Europe over the past five years -- and 22% in the past year alone -- surpassing the cost of nuclear and closing in on that of coal, according to Bloomberg New Energy Finance. Dong Energy CEO Henrik Poulsen added that with a large enough site and good wind speeds, offshore wind could reach grid parity with coal in many parts of the world, the US included.
Bloomberg (3/9) 
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Project Focus
Xcel plans May construction start for 600-MW wind farm in Colo.
Xcel Energy hopes to break ground on its 600-megawatt Rush Creek project in Colorado in May, according to the company. The project, which will be built by Mortenson, will feature 300 Vestas V110 2-MW machines. (U.K.) (3/9) 
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EDP Renewables cancels meteorological tower in N.H.
EDP Renewables has nixed plans to build a meteorological tower in New Hampshire's Newfound Lake area, the company said Wednesday.
Union Leader (Manchester, N.H.) (3/9) 
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GE to partner with Turkish firms on wind farm
General Electric has entered into a memorandum of understanding with a trio of Turkish developers, including Borusan EnBW Enerji, to jointly install, finance and operate the Yeka wind farm in Turkey, said the company. "The Yeka project, which will diversify Turkey's energy portfolio, is thus critical for Turkey to achieve its goals in renewable energy," added GE MENAT Onshore Wind Energy General Manager Ruhan Temeltas. (U.K.) (3/8) 
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Economy, Energy & Trends
Opinion: Free energy market encourages healthy competition
A free energy market, especially the kind that encourages better air quality through renewable energy development, encourages healthy competition, writes Lucas Wagner. The two-year moratorium on wind development now under consideration in North Dakota would have made a free market impossible in the state, he writes.
The Forum (Fargo, N.D.-Moorhead, Minn.) (3/8) 
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Policy Watch
Opinion: Perry could carry Texas' infrastructure success to national level
Perry (Spencer Platt/Getty Images)
Energy Secretary Rick Perry could do for the entire US what he did for Texas in terms of transmission and infrastructure, writes Dan William Reicher, executive director of the Steyer-Taylor Center for Energy Policy and Finance. Perry has the opportunity helped fund a trillion-dollar infrastructure program and advocate long-distance transmission buildouts, he writes.
The Hill (3/8) 
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Trump administration could cut clean energy funding by $700M, sources say
The Office of Management and Budget may propose a minimum of $700 million in budget cuts for the Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy, which currently receives $2.1 billion annually, according to three sources. The White House is expected to publish its official budget proposal next week.
Bloomberg (3/8) 
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AWEA's Community Engagement Seminar series: Let's learn from each other
Ask any wind farm developer, and they'll tell you the most successful projects are in communities that want them. But how can we help ensure that happens? What are the best ways to mobilize the vast majority of people who support wind power while addressing the concerns that are natural for any major project? The next installment of AWEA's Community Engagement Seminar series tackles exactly these questions. Join us on March 22 in Austin, Texas for a post-conference event titled "Community Engagement Seminar III: Mobilizing Supporters, Defusing Opposition." Read more.
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Ohio special interest group hides renewables' consumer and job-creation benefits
Ohio's Buckeye Institute, which has been funded by the fossil fuel and tobacco industries, has released a report that uses misleading and out-of-date information to attack clean energy. Most notably, the report assumes the cost of renewable energy is five times higher than reality. In addition, the report ignores how renewable energy benefits consumers by reducing the cost of electricity. Once those errors are corrected, the report's method actually shows that renewable energy creates jobs and is a net benefit for Ohio consumers. Read more.
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