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Black Hills launches 34-turbine project in Colo.

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AWEA: Offshore wind auction will yield huge economic benefits for N.C. | Analysis: Corporate trends are driving US shift to sustainability | Black Hills launches 34-turbine project in Colo.
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March 20, 2017
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AWEA: Offshore wind auction will yield huge economic benefits for N.C.
The recent offshore wind auction in North Carolina where Avangrid Renewables won the right to develop the Kitty Hawk offshore wind area will become a major economic driver for the state, said American Wind Energy Association Director of Offshore Wind and Federal Legislative Affairs Manager Nancy Sopko. "Millions of dollars in private investment drawn to this new ocean energy resource will help North Carolina's economy take flight, creating new demand for skilled jobs, factories and US flagged vessels," she said.
United Press International (3/17) 
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Analysis: Corporate trends are driving US shift to sustainability
Corporate demand for clean energy is one of seven corporate trends propelling the US toward a sustainable future, writes Amy Augustine, director of the corporate program at Ceres. Renewables, which provide companies with low-cost electricity while also helping them meet their sustainability goals, among other trends, will continue to help the US move toward sustainability regardless of the current political climate. (3/20) 
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Project Focus
Black Hills launches 34-turbine project in Colo.
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Black Hills Energy kicked off operations at its 34-turbine, 60-megawatt Peak View Wind Project in Colorado on Friday, according to the company. Black Hills Vice President of Operations Christopher Burke said that the utility is one wind project away from meeting the state requirement that utilities acquire 30% of their total electricity from renewables.
The Pueblo Chieftain (Colo.) (3/17) 
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Nordic consortium plan 2 wind farms in Norway
Fuel company St1 Norge, Vindkraft Nord and Ny Energi have formed a joint venture to co-develop a pair of wind farms in Norway that will have a combined capacity of 900 megawatts, according to the companies. The Davvi project will have a total capacity of 700 MW, and the Borealis project will have a total capacity of 200 MW. (U.K.) (3/20) 
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Samsung, Pattern break ground on wind farm in Canada
Samsung Renewable Energy and Pattern Development have broken ground on a 100-megawatt wind farm in Ontario, Canada, according to the companies. The project will use a combination of 36 SWT 3.2-MW, 2.942-MW and 2.772-MW turbines from Vestas. (U.K.) (3/20) 
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Economy, Energy & Trends
Floating offshore wind gaining traction in many places, say observers
The floating offshore wind industry is beginning to take off, and a growing number of firms are entering the fray in hopes of developing projects. Bloomberg New Energy Finance said that projects with a combined capacity of 237 megawatts of installed floating offshore wind capacity are under various stages of developing around the world, including 92 MW in Scotland.
Bloomberg (3/17) 
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IEA: Renewables, natural gas are keeping global emissions flat
Increased renewable energy and natural gas production in the US and China have helped to keep global emissions flat for the past three years, according to the International Energy Agency. "These three years of flat emissions in a growing global economy signal an emerging trend and that is certainly a cause for optimism, even if it is too soon to say that global emissions have definitely peaked," said Executive Director Fatih Birol.
United Press International (3/17) 
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Policy Watch
Trump executive order on climate change expected this week
President Donald Trump is expected to sign an executive order related to climate change regulations, though the time and substance of such an order is uncertain. Observers expect it to target the Clean Power Plan, among other initiatives.
The Hill (3/20) 
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Latest in offshore wind: Big moves in N.C.
Avangrid Renewables has won a Department of Interior auction to develop a project off the North Carolina's coast. Situated near Kitty Hawk, the site of the Wright Brothers' first flight, the ocean parcel could soon power thousands if not millions of American homes. Learn more.
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