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Opinion: Wind is a cost-effective way for Kan. to source electricity

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Navigant: US could add 35 GW of new installed wind capacity by end of 2020 | Opinion: Wind is a cost-effective way for Kan. to source electricity | First of 116 turbines installed at E.ON offshore wind farm
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Navigant: US could add 35 GW of new installed wind capacity by end of 2020
The US has the potential to add 35 gigawatts of new installed wind capacity by the end of 2020, according to Navigant Consulting and the American Wind Energy Association. The report said that the wind industry is expected to support 248,000 jobs, including induced jobs, and drive $85 billion in economic investments during the same period.
North American Windpower online (3/9) 
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Opinion: Wind is a cost-effective way for Kan. to source electricity
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Wind has always been a logical choice for Kansas, and now so more than ever due to the fact that Westar Energy has enough resources to draw more than 50% of its annual electricity needs from renewables, writes the editorial board of The Salina Journal. "The growing effort to produce and consume more energy from renewable sources is part of our future, and Kansas and the country would be wise to accept, rather than resist, this pragmatic and cost-effective way to meet our energy needs," it writes.
The Salina Journal (Kan.) (3/10) 
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First of 116 turbines installed at E.ON offshore wind farm
The first of 116 MHI Vestas 3.45-megawatt turbines has been installed at E.ON's 400-megawatt Rampion offshore wind project in England, the company said. "Over the coming months, the 116 turbines will gradually be installed as we work towards the first generation of electricity later in the year," said Development Manager Chris Tomlinson. (U.K.) (3/10) 
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Statkraft kicks off 36.3-MW wind farm in Scotland
Statkraft has reached full operations at its 36.3-megawatt Andershaw project in Scotland, according to the company. It features 11 3.3-MW V117 machines from Vestas. (U.K.) (3/10) 
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Report: Denmark sourced 104% of its electricity from wind on Feb. 22
Land-based and offshore wind farms in Denmark provided 98 gigawatt-hours of electricity during a 24-hour period on Feb. 22, equal to 104% of the country's total electricity needs, according to WindEurope. "Success stories -- such as this one in Denmark -- are a testimony to the innovative European wind industry and show the predictability and power of wind," said WindEurope's Benjamin Wilhelm.
North American Windpower online (3/9) 
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Mingyang, Chinese utility to expand offshore wind resources
China's State Power Investment Co. and Mingyang Electric have agreed to partner on a project to add more offshore wind farms in Guangdong, China, according to the companies. SPIC controls about 117 gigawatts of installed conventional and renewable energy capacity. (U.K.) (3/10) 
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Greencoat unit buys 137-MW installed wind capacity in Ireland
Greencoat Renewables has purchased a pair of wind farms in Ireland with a combined capacity of 137 megawatts from Brookfield Renewable Ireland, said the company. The Knockacummer project features 40 Nordex N90 turbines, while the Killhills project has 16 Enercon E82 machines.
The Irish Times (Dublin) (3/10) 
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Policy Watch
Okla. House votes 74-24 to roll back state tax credit for wind
The Oklahoma House voted 74-24 on a bill that would roll back the state tax credit for wind. It has been sent to the Senate for review.
The Modesto Bee (Calif.)/The Associated Press (3/9) 
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Scottish government greenlights floating offshore wind farm
The Scottish government has approved a floating offshore wind farm that could feature eight 6-megawatt turbines and have a total capacity up to 50 MW. "Once operational, this pioneering, 50-MW Kincardine Offshore Windfarm will produce enough electricity to power almost 56,000 homes and will create jobs and investment across Scotland through the use of our supply chain," said Minister for Business, Innovation and Energy Paul Wheelhouse.
CNBC (3/9) 
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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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