Monday, March 13, 2017

Fwd: Analysis: Cutting clean energy rules would hurt economy

Analysis: Cutting clean energy rules would hurt economy | PNE, Statoil seek offshore wind leases in N.Y., Mass. | Colo. wind industry could employ 22,900 by end of 2020
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March 13, 2017
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Analysis: Cutting clean energy rules would hurt economy
Rolling policies that support clean energy development would harm the environment as well as job and economic growth, according to this analysis of a Natural Resources Defense Council report. "The US is perfectly positioned to lead a global transition to clean energy," said NRDC Senior Policy Analyst Starla Yeh. (3/13) 
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PNE, Statoil seek offshore wind leases in N.Y., Mass.
PNE Wind and Statoil have individually filed unsolicited lease requests with the Bureau of Ocean Energy Management. Statoil seeks to build a 400 megawatt to 600 MW offshore wind farm off the coast of Massachusetts, while PNE would build three separate projects, two off the coast of Massachusetts and one in New York. (U.K.) (3/10) 
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Colo. wind industry could employ 22,900 by end of 2020
Colorado's business sector is expected to grow 54.7% over the next four years, increasing the number of wind-related jobs from 14,800 to about 22,900, according to the American Wind Energy Association and Navigant. "The factors that have already contributed to Colorado's wind industry success so far are probably going to be the key ones moving forward as well," said AWEA Manager of Industry Data and Analysis John Hensley.
The Denver Post (3/10) 
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Project Focus
Gaelectric, Ideol to partner on Irish floating offshore wind development
Gaelectric will partner with French firm Ideol to develop floating offshore wind farms in Ireland, according to the company. They said that they are reviewing several possible sites and would like to start with a 30-megawatt project. (U.K.) (3/13) 
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Operations & Maintenance
GE incorporates AI technology into turbines
General Electric has developed new software for wind management that uses artificial intelligence to increase efficiency and reduce intermittency, according to the company. GE said that it plans to use the technology in Japan, where it believes wind could become a more mainstream energy source if reliability were less of an issue.
Nikkei Asian Review (Japan) (tiered subscription model) (3/11) 
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PolyTech opens US turbine component warehouse
Danish tech firm PolyTech has opened a warehouse in Denver that will hold wind turbine components. The company said that the facility would allow it to deliver parts within 72 hours of an order being placed. (U.K.) (3/10) 
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Economy, Energy & Trends
EU OKs Siemens' Gamesa acquisition
The EU has approved Siemens' proposal to purchase a 59% stake in Gamesa. The EU Executive Commission said that the purchase "raises no competition concerns, because a number of credible competitors would remain in the market."
The Associated Press (3/13) 
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Policy Watch
Md. PSC to begin hearing offshore wind proposals today
The Maryland Public Service Commission will kick off two weeks of hearings today to consider proposals from US Wind and Deepwater Wind to build offshore wind projects in the state. "Offshore wind is potentially the biggest untapped source of homegrown renewable energy," said James McGarry, a policy director for Chesapeake Climate Action Network.
The Baltimore Sun (3/10) 
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German chancellor, execs to meet with Trump
Siemens CEO Joe Kaeser and BMW CEO Harald Krueger will join German Chancellor Angela Merkel this week when she meets with President Donald Trump in Washington. The meeting, originally scheduled for Tuesday, has been postponed until Friday because of an expected snowstorm in the eastern US.
Reuters (3/13),  USA Today (3/13) 
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Wind energy rise makes 248,000 wind-related jobs by 2020 possible
As the largest renewable resource in the U.S. grows, so will wind-related job opportunities for hundreds of thousands of Americans. That was the news released as AWEA joined Navigant Consulting to release new analysis showing the U.S. wind industry will drive over $85 billion in economic activity over the next four years while wind-related employment will grow to reach 248,000 jobs in all 50 states.
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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 Wednesday, March 22 in Austin, Texas for a post-conference event titled "Community Engagement Seminar III: Mobilizing Supporters, Defusing Opposition."
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