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Opinion: Mont. Senate should consider benefits of clean energy

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Rep. Reed: PTC supports "all of the above" energy approach | Achieving firm renewable energy generation is feasible, says expert | EDF EN, Arkolia purchase 84 MW in France
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March 15, 2017
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Rep. Reed: PTC supports "all of the above" energy approach
Wind has an important role to play in an "all of the above" approach to energy, and the wind energy Production Tax Credit helps support that shift, writes Rep. Tom Reed, R-N.Y. "By the time the tax credit phases out, we will have created over 200,000 American jobs, many in Rust Belt towns that truly need them," he writes.
The Hill (3/14) 
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Achieving firm renewable energy generation is feasible, says expert
Reducing intermittency in renewable energy production is the last major barrier to the large-scale deployment of renewables, writes Mainstream Renewable Power CEO Eddie O'Connor. He outlines several options for achieving uninterrupted power from wind and solar in this piece, including developing new, more precise measurement techniques and updating the transmission system to support more renewables.
The Huffington Post (3/14) 
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Learn How to Effectively Leverage Big Data
This report gives you an overview of recent trends in big-data capture and analysis techniques — from market imperatives and revenue-generating opportunities to smart apps that will help you save on inventory costs, lost productivity, and line speed. Make no mistake about it — big data is here to stay. The question is how can you most effectively leverage it. Download the white paper
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EDF EN, Arkolia purchase 84 MW in France
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EDF Energies Nouvelles and Arkolia Energies have purchased equal interests in a pair of wind farms in Occitanie, France, that have a combined capacity of 84 megawatts, said the companies. The 57-MW Haut-Dourdou and the 27-MW Croix de Bor projects are both in the late stages of development. (U.K.) (3/14) 
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Dong Energy begins breaking down world's first offshore wind farm
Dong Energy has begun decommissioning the world's first offshore wind farm after 26 years, the Vindeby project off the coast of Denmark featuring 11 Bonus 450-kilowatt turbines, according to the company. "Without the experience gained from the world's first offshore wind farm, we wouldn't be where we are today," said Dong ‎Portfolio Asset Manager Leif Winther. (U.K.) (3/15) 
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Operations & Maintenance
International Electrotechnical Commission adds LiDAR to turbine assessments
The International Electrotechnical Commission has introduced a new standard for measuring turbine performance that uses LiDAR measurements. ZephIR Lidar said that standard is a milestone for the technology, which can now be used as a supplement or alternative to mast-mounted cup anemometers. (U.K.) (3/14) 
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Australian city installs 2-turbine community wind project
A community near Daylesford, Australia, has built a pair of community-owned turbines dubbed the Hepburn Wind project. Hepburn Wind Community Manager Taryn Lane said that Denmark has been successfully using a community-owned wind model since the 1970s and is home to about 2,100 similar systems.
The Guardian (London) (3/14) 
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Opinion: Mont. Senate should consider benefits of clean energy
The Republicans in Montana's Senate Energy and Telecommunications Committee should reconsider their stance on clean energy and support a transition away from traditional energy sources that pollute the air and water, write Montana Sens. Dick Barrett, Sue Malek and Mary McNally. "Clean, renewable energy is critical to a sustainable energy future for our country and the world," they write.
Independent Record (Helena, Mont.) (3/14) 
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Executive order targeting Obama-era climate policies in the pipeline
President Donald Trump is reportedly preparing a wide-ranging executive order intended to undo many of the Obama administration's climate policies. The directive, which could be issued over the next few days, would reduce the role of climate change as a factor in making government decisions, drop climate change from National Environmental Policy Act reviews and reconsider limits on carbon emission from power plants, among other things.
The Washington Post (tiered subscription model) (3/14) 
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This WWII-era submarine factory now builds wind turbine towers
In 2004, Broadwind Towers opened up shop in a factory that has been part of Manitowoc, Wis., since the 1930s. During WWII, the plant made submarines for the war effort, and later built crane parts. Now, it churns out sections of wind turbine towers that are shipped across the country by rail, truck and even boat, employing 330 workers. Read more.
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