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AWEA: US brought 2,000 MW new installed wind capacity online in Q1

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AWEA: US brought 2,000 MW new installed wind capacity online in Q1 | Make: US installed offshore wind capacity to hit 2.2 GW by 2026 | Grand Prairie project puts Neb. past 1-GW mark, AWEA says
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AWEA: US brought 2,000 MW new installed wind capacity online in Q1
The US installed 908 turbines with a combined capacity of 2,000 megawatts in the first quarter, marking its strongest first quarter since 2009, according to the American Wind Energy Association. "Each new modern wind turbine supports 44 years of full-time employment over its lifespan, so the turbines we installed in just these three months represent nearly 40,000 job years for American workers," said AWEA CEO Tom Kiernan.
Reuters (5/2),  North American Windpower online (5/2) 
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Make: US installed offshore wind capacity to hit 2.2 GW by 2026
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Installed offshore wind capacity in the US is expected to reach 2.2 gigawatts by 2026, said Make Consulting. The report said the industry would undergo a "boom period" between now and 2020, with the potential to add a total of 59 GW of new installed land-based and offshore wind capacity through 2026. (U.K.) (5/2) 
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Grand Prairie project puts Neb. past 1-GW mark, AWEA says
With the addition of the 400-megawatt Grand Prairie project in Holt County, Neb., the state has surpassed the 1-gigawatt mark for installed wind capacity, according to the American Wind Energy Association. AWEA added that Nebraska is the 18th state to surpass the 1-GW mark.
Lincoln Journal Star (Neb.) (tiered subscription model) (5/3) 
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Enel Green Power launches 111-MW project in South Africa
Enel Green Power has begun operations at its 111-megawatt Gibson Bay project in South Africa, which has a 20-year power purchase agreement with Eskom, according to the company. "Gibson Bay is the second wind farm we have brought to life in South Africa, our first being Nojoli, further demonstrating our commitment to a low-carbon energy future," said Enel Country Manager in South Africa William Price. (U.K.) (5/3) 
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Operations & Maintenance
Dutch firm develops lightweight crane for offshore wind
Huisman, a Dutch firm specializing in lifting equipment, has introduced a lightweight crane designed for maintenance work at offshore wind sites, according to the company. It said the device, dubbed the foldable offshore crane, is lighter than traditional models and requires less deck space. (U.K.) (5/3) 
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Economy, Energy & Trends
Atlanta latest city to pledge 100% renewables by 2035
Atlanta lawmakers have passed a resolution to source 100% of the city's electricity from renewables by 2035. "We know that moving to clean energy will create good jobs, clean up our air and water, and lower our residents' utility bills," said City Council Member Kwanza Hall.
Mashable (5/3) 
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Policy Watch
Calif. bill would require 100% renewables for retail electricity by 2045
California Senate President Pro Tempore Kevin de Leon has introduced a bill that would require retail electric providers in the state to source 100% of their total electricity from renewables by 2045. The measure also seeks to move up the year to reach California's renewable energy target of 50% from 2030 to 2025.
The Sacramento Bee (Calif.) (tiered subscription model) (5/2) 
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US stands to lose role as a global climate leader, Greenpeace exec says
The US stands to lose its role as a global climate leader if President Donald Trump moves forward with plans to withdraw from the Paris climate accord, as observers say he plans to do next week, said Greenpeace USA Executive Director Annie Leonard. "The world has already resolved to act on climate, the renewable energy industry is growing exponentially, and people all over the globe are becoming part of the clean energy future," she said.
HuffPost (5/2) 
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Trump taps Simmons to lead Energy Dept.'s renewable energy office
President Donald Trump has picked Dan Simmons, an opponent of pro-renewable energy policies, to lead the Energy Department's Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy. Trump has also proposed to cut the office's funding by 53%.
The Hill (5/2) 
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More than dust in the wind: Kansas a first quarter leader
The US wind industry just had its best first quarter in eight years. That's one of the top takeaways from AWEA's 2017 First Quarter Market Report, and it's far from the only highlight. Read more.
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