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AWEA, industry groups urge Congress to maintain Energy Dept. funding

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AWEA, industry groups urge Congress to maintain Energy Dept. funding | US offshore wind buildout requires cross-sector collaboration, exec says | Goldman signs PPA with 68-MW wind farm in Pa.
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June 14, 2017
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AWEA, industry groups urge Congress to maintain Energy Dept. funding
The American Wind Energy Association, Geothermal Energy Association and other energy groups wrote a letter to Congress urging it to uphold funding for the National Renewable Energy Laboratory and other Energy Department programs. "Maintaining these vital research programs at current levels will help America stay at the leading edge of innovation, accelerating investment and job creation into our nation's future," said AWEA CEO Tom Kiernan.
North American Windpower online (6/13) 
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US offshore wind buildout requires cross-sector collaboration, exec says
Environmentalists, labor unions, regulators and other groups worked together to get Deepwater Wind's Block Island offshore wind farm in Rhode Island up and running and will have to do the same as other projects begin to take shape in New England and New York, said BlueGreen Alliance Executive Director Kimberly Glas during a boat tour of the wind farm on Tuesday. Deepwater Wind Massachusetts Vice President Matthew Morrissey agreed, adding "it's an opportunity to come together and see that you can actually build a new economy in America while protecting the environment."
Cape Cod Times (Mass.) (tiered subscription model) (6/13) 
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Goldman signs PPA with 68-MW wind farm in Pa.
Goldman Sachs has signed a long-term power purchase agreement for 68-megawatts worth of output from a wind farm under development by NextEra Energy in Pennsylvania, according to the companies. Bloomberg New Energy Finance said the deal is the first of its kind signed by a bank in the US, and that US corporations have already signed PPAs for more than 1-gigawatt of clean energy capacity this year.
Bloomberg (6/12) 
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Capital Power launches 178-MW project in Kan.
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Capital Power said it has kicked off operations at its 178-megawatt Bloom project in Kansas. "The completion of Bloom wind is a significant milestone for Capital Power as it is our first wind development project in the US," said President and CEO Brian Vaasjo.
ReNews (UK) (6/14) 
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Vestas to supply Greek project with 25 turbines
Vestas has won a contract to supply Eltech Anemos' Kassidiaris project in Greece with 25 V136 3.45-megawatt turbines optimized to 3.6-MW for a total capacity of 90 MW, said the company. "By introducing the V136-3.45 MW to the Greek market in 3.6 power optimized mode, we are raising the bar for energy output in the market," said Vestas Mediterranean President Marco Graziano.
ReNews (UK) (6/14) 
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Statkraft to list stake in 2 UK wind farms
Statkraft is preparing to divest its stake in two offshore wind farms -- the Sheringham Shoal and Dudgeon projects in England -- by the end of this year or early next year, said a spokesman on Tuesday. The company controls a 40% stake in the Sheringham Shoal project and 30% in Dudgeon.
Reuters (6/13) 
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Apple issues $1B green bond
Apple has brought a $1 billion green bond to the private market to finance clean energy projects. "Leadership from the business community is essential to address the threat of climate change," Vice President of Environment, Policy and Social Initiatives Lisa Jackson.
Bloomberg (6/13) 
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Report: Renewables, not gas, are replacing UK coal generation
Renewables like wind and solar have been replacing generation from the UK's retiring coal-burning power plants -- not natural gas, according to Greenpeace's Energydesk. The report said renewables and energy efficiency measures combined have replaced almost 85% of all shuttered coal generation in the UK.
CleanTechnica (6/13) 
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Policy Watch
Opinion: N.Y. bill targeting wind near bases "has no scientific backing"
A bill under consideration in New York state that would prevent wind farms from being built within 40 miles of a military installation "has no scientific backing and overrides the military's existing thorough and comprehensive review for wind farms," writes Sierra Club Niagara Vice Chair and Atlantic Chapter Secretary Sara Schultz. "There is absolutely no need for this kind of bill and we need to trust our military experts," she argues.
The Buffalo News (N.Y.) (6/13) 
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AWEA News
Why does wind power bring this Ohio farmer to tears?
Ohio lawmakers are currently considering a measure that could transform the state's rural communities. To help state lawmakers understand exactly what's at stake, Gary Baldosser testified before a panel last week. A fourth-generation farmer who raises corn, soybeans and wheat, a wind farm has been proposed in Gary's town but has yet to be built because of Ohio's unnecessary setback requirements. Learn more.
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