Thursday, May 11, 2017

Fwd: Amshore VP touts benefits of wind energy

Amshore VP touts benefits of wind energy | BOEM to re-evaluate permit applications for seismic surveys | Commentary: More wind power will boost US energy independence
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May 11, 2017
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Amshore VP touts benefits of wind energy
Amshore US Wind Vice President Jeff Neves emphasized the economic benefits of wind energy at the Oklahoma State University Energy Conference on Wednesday, pointing out that wind power projects can guarantee energy prices for long periods of time because they lack fuel costs. Oklahoma generates nearly 25% of its power through wind energy, Neves added.
Tulsa World (Okla.) (5/10) 
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BOEM to re-evaluate permit applications for seismic surveys
Six companies seeking to conduct seismic surveys near the Atlantic coast are set to have their permit applications re-evaluated by the Bureau of Ocean Energy Management. The Obama administration had denied the permits. (U.K.) (5/11) 
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Commentary: More wind power will boost US energy independence
Commentary: More wind power will boost US energy independence
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Wind energy has become a primary power source and benefits the American environment and economy, writes American Wind Energy Association Chairman and Vestas-American Wind Technology President Chris Brown. "Connecting more Americans to cheap wind power will strengthen the nation's 'all-of-the-above' energy strategy, build energy independence and boost economic investment," Brown writes.
Forbes (5/10) 
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Germany unlikely to expand offshore wind auction limits, lawmaker says
The prospects of Germany amending the auction limits and raising tender caps to auction more offshore wind blocs is zero, according to one lawmaker. Several utilities on Wednesday urged the government to increase auction limits to bring down technology costs.
Bloomberg (5/10) 
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Baltimore City Council votes support for offshore wind
The Baltimore City Council this week unanimously approved a resolution urging the Maryland Public Service Commission to approve two offshore wind projects proposed for federal waters off the state's coast. The city ultimately plans to create an offshore wind service hub that will create jobs.
The Business Journals (tiered subscription model)/Baltimore (5/9) 
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Minn. omnibus bill undermines clean energy advances, say critics
The state legislature could vote as early as today on a Minnesota Jobs and Energy Omnibus bill that has raised concerns from environmentalists and clean energy advocates. Critics say that several provisions in the bill would undermine strides in growing the state's clean economy.
Midwest Energy News (5/10) 
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13 Ways to Get Reward & Recognition Right
When done correctly, rewards and recognition inform employees their great work is valued. And when they feel valued, they're happier and more productive, which motivates them to continue—and improve upon—their great work. But what are the right ways to reward and recognize employees? We offer 13.
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Predators and prey affected by wind farm design
The layout of a wind farm can affect the behavior of animals both large and small, with the design potentially affecting population numbers and habitats, according to a recent study. "These findings could be helpful in assisting managers to design future wind energy facilities with species in mind," said lead author Mickey Agha.
The Davis Enterprise (Calif.) (5/5) 
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Policy Watch
Maine lawmakers vote against relocating wind energy test site
A Maine legislative committee has voted not to move the Maine Aqua Ventus offshore wind project 7 miles farther out to sea. Committee members unanimously agreed that overturning the ongoing review process would set a bad precedent.
Portland Press Herald (Maine) (5/10) 
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Editorial: Neb. should ramp up wind energy investments
Nebraska should continue to invest in wind energy, which accounts for over 10% of the state's power generation, writes the Lincoln Journal Star editorial board. "Nebraska has a bright future in terms of capitalizing upon one of its chief exports, winds whipping across the prairie," the editorial board writes.
Lincoln Journal Star (Neb.) (tiered subscription model) (5/10) 
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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. And a lot of communities do, as there are wind farms in 41 out of 50 states, supporting well-paying jobs and investing billions of dollars in rural communities. 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, happening on May 22 in Anaheim, Calif., tackles exactly these questions. Learn more.
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