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AWEA's Kiernan: Wind will still thrive in US, despite Paris deal exit

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AWEA's Kiernan: Wind will still thrive in US, despite Paris deal exit | US decision to exit Paris accord won't slow renewables, analyst says | Vestas: US will remain attractive for wind investments
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AWEA's Kiernan: Wind will still thrive in US, despite Paris deal exit
Even as President Donald Trump decided to take the US out of the Paris climate deal, "the wind industry expects to continue as an American economic success story," according to American Wind Energy Association CEO Tom Kiernan. "We're growing and hiring nine times faster than the average industry by providing affordable, reliable and clean electricity," he added. Observers say the move won't change the worldwide trend of closing coal plants and investing in wind and solar, and point out that federal and state policies encouraging renewable energy growth will remain in place or are being expanded.
CleanTechnica (6/1),  The Associated Press (6/1),  The Wall Street Journal (tiered subscription model) (6/1) 
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US decision to exit Paris accord won't slow renewables, analyst says
Pulling the US out of the Paris climate accord isn't going to change the shift toward a renewable energy economy, according to Bloomberg New Energy Finance analyst Richard Chatterton. Observers argue that state policies, market forces and demand from cities and corporations like Amazon and Facebook will continue to drive renewable energy growth. Many states and cities have pledged to continue their policies encouraging renewable energy and cutting emissions, regardless of the federal government's actions.
Bloomberg (6/1),  The Wall Street Journal (tiered subscription model) (6/2) 
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Vestas: US will remain attractive for wind investments
The US will continue to attract investments from wind developers regardless of President Donald Trump's decision to leave the Paris climate accord, said Vestas. "Of course, it would be better if the U.S. were to stay in the Paris agreement as is," said Vestas spokesman Morten Dyrholm, adding, "But there does remain broad support for the agreement internationally, and wind energy continues attracting major investments globally and in the U.S. because it makes economic sense."
Reuters (6/2) 
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Project Focus
Duke Energy inaugurates 200-MW wind farm in Okla.
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Duke Energy Renewables Wednesday inaugurated its 200-megawatt, 61-turbine Frontier Wind farm in Oklahoma. The project has a 22-year power purchase agreement with City Utilities in Springfield, Mo.
The Oklahoman (Oklahoma City) (6/2) 
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Australian firm eyes 250-turbine offshore wind project
Australian wind firm Offshore Energy plans to build a 250-turbine, 2-gigawatt offshore wind farm off the coast of Victoria, Australia. Offshore Energy said it would spend the next three years considering the next steps for its Star of the South project.
ReNews (UK) (6/2) 
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Economy, Energy & Trends
Wind payments help fund Okla. schools, Enel exec says
Wind has become a major economic driver in Oklahoma -- one that many communities and their public school systems rely on for property tax revenue, according to Enel Green Power North America Director of Regulatory Affairs Jeff Riles. Riles said Enel is disappointed with Gov. Mary Fallin's recent decision to roll back the state's wind tax credit, but said it still plans to move forward with its 300-megawatt Red Dirt wind farm.
North American Windpower online (6/1) 
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Opinion: Sen. Grassley defends wind energy industry
The stable policies and strong wind resources that made Iowa a national leader in wind development wouldn't be possible without the support of lawmakers like Sen. Chuck Grassley, R-Iowa, writes Advanced Energy Economy Federal and State Policy Associate Dylan Reed. He praises Grassley for opposing Energy Secretary Rick Perry's investigation into the US electrical grid and for his ongoing support of the economic benefits that wind reaps in Iowa and the rest of the country.
The Des Moines Register (Iowa) (tiered subscription model) (6/1) 
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Mass. offshore-wind groups talk industry buildout
Deepwater Wind, Bay State Wind and Vineyard Wind met Wednesday with turbine company representatives and other business leaders to discuss their needs and a timeline for building out Massachusetts' offshore-wind industry. Observers say they also discussed port and other infrastructure opportunities in New Bedford, Fall River and Boston.
Cape Cod Times (Mass.) (tiered subscription model) (6/1) 
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Policy Watch
Calif. Senate advances 100% by 2045 renewables bill
The California Senate has advanced a bill introduced by Senate President pro Tempore Kevin de Leon seeking to increase the state's renewable portfolio standard to 50% by 2026 and to 100% by 2045. De Leon said the bill is "the most ambitious target in the world to expand clean energy and put Californians to work."
North American Windpower online (6/1) 
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Report: Trump policies poised to slow US emissions cuts
President Donald Trump's decision to exit the Paris climate accord, efforts to repeal the Clean Power Plan and other climate policies will likely cause the US to emit 1.8 gigatonnes more carbon dioxide annually by 2030 than it would have otherwise, analysts say.
Scientific American online (6/1) 
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AWEA News
Bringing the birthplace of wind power into the 21st century
American wind power was born in the Golden State, where the first large-scale wind farms were built in the 1980s. Many still generate electricity today, more than 30 years later. But through a process known as repowering, companies are starting to replace vintage turbines with modern equipment. Read more.
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