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Transparency, research and 3 other tips to build community rapport

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Transparency, research and 3 other tips to build community rapport | Copenhagen begins building 197.6-MW wind farm in Texas | Editorial: Bill to move Maine Aqua Ventus would be a huge mistake
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Transparency, research and 3 other tips to build community rapport
Wind developers can build strong ties with the communities in which they're considering placing projects by being transparent, researching the area's stance on wind at length and by getting to know community stakeholders, writes Peter Gray, director of client services at Aileron Communications. He also suggests building relationships with local wind supporters and taking time to develop strategic responses to legitimate issues, like turbine siting and access roads.
North American Windpower online (5/4) 
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Copenhagen begins building 197.6-MW wind farm in Texas
Copenhagen Infrastructure Partners has kicked off construction at the 197.6-megawatt Bearkat 1 wind farm in Glasscock County, Texas, after acquiring it from Tri Global Energy in July, said the companies. "We are very pleased to collaborate with CIP on this project and support them in achieving this important milestone," said Tri Global Chairman and CEO John Billingsley. (U.K.) (5/4) 
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Editorial: Bill to move Maine Aqua Ventus would be a huge mistake
The Maine Legislature has already pushed away one $70 billion offshore wind farm and can't afford to do it again, which would happen if a bill is passed requiring a University of Maine-led consortium to move its Maine Aqua Ventus floating offshore wind pilot further out to sea, writes the editorial board of Bangor Daily News. "Lawmakers must reject LD 1262 or risk reminding the world that Maine is not serious about reducing energy prices and is not a place with consistent rules for doing business," it writes.
Bangor Daily News (Maine) (free registration) (5/5) 
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Don't miss out on Broadwind Energy's thought leaders who will be presenting insightful sessions at AWEA WindPower 2017 - the nexus of wind energy professionals who converge to generate actionable insights and shape the future of the wind energy industry. View the sessions here.
Project Focus
GES breaks ground on third phase of Mexican wind farm
GES has broken ground on the third and final phase of Engie's Tres Mesas wind farm in Tamaulipas, Mexico, according to the companies. The phase will have a total capacity of 52 megawatts. (U.K.) (5/4) 
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Building Energy wraps up 30-MW project in Iowa
Italian renewable energy firm Building Energy has finished building a 30-megawatt project in Iowa's Story, Hardin, Boone and Poweshiek counties, the company said Thursday. It added that the wind farm has a power purchase agreement with a local utility.
Bloomberg (5/4) 
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Operations & Maintenance
Nordex wins deal to optimize Italian trio
ERG Power Generation has contracted Nordex to install its Xtended Power technology at three wind farms in Italy consisting of 63 Nordex N90/2500 machines. Nordex said the tool has the ability to increase the trio's output by up to 2%. (U.K.) (5/5) 
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Economy, Energy & Trends
Report: Vestas announced orders for 6,445 MW in second half of 2016
Eleven turbine companies received 14,743.9-megawatts worth of new orders during the second half of last year, but Vestas emerged as the leader, with orders accounting for 6,445.15-MW of that total, according to Navigant Research. "Wind farm developers are becoming more willing to explore regions of less-than-ideal wind resources, and wind turbine manufacturers are using larger rotors and higher hub heights to maximize capacity factors in these regions," said research analyst Adam Wilson, adding that Vestas is leading in that area.
North American Windpower online (5/4) 
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Policy Watch
Sen. Wyden introduces clean energy tax credit reform
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Sen. Ron Wyden, D-Ore., has introduced the Clean Energy for America Act, a sweeping bill that aims to reform all 44 of the nation's tax credits, many of which he argues are too short to support long-term clean energy growth. "This bill is built around the proposition that the law ought to reward innovative energy technologies with incentives that spark investment in the private economy," he said.
The Hill (5/4) 
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Northeast Clean Energy Council recognizes R.I. senator for clean energy work
The Northeast Clean Energy Council has recognized Rhode Island Sen. Bill Conley as its Champion of Clean Energy for his ongoing work in the clean energy field, including a proposal to extend the Renewable Energy Growth Program. Conley touted the state as a national leader in renewable energy development, but said it needs other mechanisms to continue the shift away from fossil fuels.
Rhode Island Public Radio (5/4) 
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The latest major American city to pledge 100% renewables: Atlanta
This week, the Atlanta City Council passed a measure to power the city entirely on renewables by 2035. The move also requires the transition of all city operations -- including powering public buildings -- to 100% renewable energy by 2025. Read more.
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