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Opinion: Rural landowners benefit from turbine hosting

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Kiernan: Trends show strong future for US wind energy | AWEA's Osborn Mills: Calif. can't afford to fall behind on wind | Scottish Power wins rights to offshore wind farms in N.C., Mass.
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Kiernan: Trends show strong future for US wind energy
The wind energy industry has a bright future ahead of it, if you look at current trends, writes American Wind Energy Association CEO Tom Kiernan. Industry trends like falling prices and longer turbine blades, market trends like companies purchasing wind power, and policy trends such as bipartisan support for wind and the push for more transmission capacity are all signs that the industry will grow for years to come, Kiernan writes.
North American Windpower online (5/22) 
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AWEA's Osborn Mills: Calif. can't afford to fall behind on wind
California has lost its status as a national leader in wind development and can't afford to fall further behind, writes American Wind Energy Association California Caucus Director Danielle Osborn Mills. She argues that the state needs wind and renewables for their ability to create jobs, curb carbon emissions, increase grid stability and save consumers money on their electricity bills.
The Sacramento Bee (Calif.) (tiered subscription model) (5/22) 
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Scottish Power wins rights to offshore wind farms in N.C., Mass.
Scottish Power has been awarded contracts to build two offshore wind farms in the US, one in North Carolina and another in Massachusetts. "We've probably got the biggest offshore development pipeline of any company in America," said ScottishPower Renewables CEO Keith Anderson.
BBC (5/21),  The Telegraph (London) (tiered subscription model) (5/20) 
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Opinion: Rural landowners benefit from turbine hosting
Hosting turbines can be a great opportunity for rural landowners in New York because they provide a much-needed stream of revenue while also bringing the benefits of clean energy, writes Joe Weiss. "I support the Lighthouse Wind Project as a benefit to the people who produce our food and serve as stewards of our lands and water," he writes.
The Buffalo News (N.Y.) (5/19) 
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EDF RS, the Trusted Leader for Blade Maintenance
Winter is past - blades everywhere have suffered damage from storms, lightning and icy weather. Now's the time to inspect them! EDF RS uses state-of-the-art camera technology to pinpoint damage and problem areas. We then work with owners to repair the blades and bring them back to peak performance. Schedule a consultation at AWEA Windpower, booth #2420.
Project Focus
Renewable Energy Systems awaits decision on N.D. wind farm
The North Dakota Public Service Commission is expected to make a decision on the second phase of Renewable Energy Systems Americas' Glacier Ridge project by the end of the summer, said the regulator. RES Development Manager Matt Boys added that the project hopes to qualify for 100% of the wind energy Production Tax Credit.
The Forum (Fargo, N.D.-Moorhead, Minn.) (5/18) 
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Consultant OST Energy signs off on Apex Okla. wind farm
Apex Clean Energy's 147-megawatt Grant Plains project in Oklahoma is finished and ready to begin commercial operations, said engineering firm OST Energy. "Their comprehensive monitoring and technical reporting validated the efforts of our project teams in getting the project up and running on schedule, and has helped to confirm that the wind farm will perform in line with expectations," said Apex Senior Director of Project Management John Stone.
ReNews (UK) (5/22) 
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Do-it-yourself vs. Doing it right
A highly-engaged workforce drives results and employee engagement programs are key to success. But most companies still lack on-the-ground programs for employee engagement and alignment. Learn how to leverage time and resources with a social recognition program in the whitepaper "Do-it-yourself vs. Doing it right".
Operations & Maintenance
Vestas introduces InteliLight system for US turbines
(Frank Rumpenhorst/AFP/Getty Images)
Vestas has introduced its InteliLight aircraft light detection system in the US. The Federal Aviation Administration-approved technology was previously approved in Canada, Finland, Norway, Sweden and Germany, said Vestas.
ReNews (UK) (5/19) 
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Policy Watch
Trump's budget proposal expected to hit EPA
The Trump administration is expected to release its official budget proposal for fiscal 2018 on Tuesday. A leaked document suggests a 31% funding cut for the Environmental Protection Agency that includes funding reductions for the Office of Science and Technology and certain state grants.
The Hill (5/22),  The New York Times (free-article access for SmartBrief readers) (5/19) 
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Thousands flock to Southern Calif. to see how wind works for America
Why are thousands of people from across the country flocking to Southern California this week? They're coming to attend the WINDPOWER 2017 Conference & Exhibition, North America's largest wind energy trade show. It's only natural that this year's show is in California -- American wind energy was born in the Golden State. Read more.
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