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Texas governor passes bill restricting tax exemptions for wind farms | Maine may solve infrastructure issues by clustering grid connections | Enel Green Power installs 45th turbine at 90-MW project in Brazil Created for firstname.lastname@example.org | Web Version
June 13, 2017
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Texas governor passes bill restricting tax exemptions for wind farmsTexas Gov. Greg Abbott has signed a bill that will prevent wind farms located within 25 nautical miles of a military base from receiving the state's property tax exemption. The Wind Coalition President Jeffrey Clark continues to object to the bill, arguing that it's unnecessary because the military and Federal Aviation Administration already review wind farms near military bases. He said the bill is also unfair to rural landowners and will interfere with wind farms that would have economically benefited the state.North American Windpower online (6/12)Maine may solve infrastructure issues by clustering grid connections
(Scott Olson/Getty Images)An ISO-New England committee tasked with resolving Maine's infrastructure bottleneck has proposed a strategy to carry wind energy between wind farms in windy rural areas to the cities and areas that have high demand. The strategy involves using an approach to grid connections called clustering that allows developers to bundle their connection requests instead of using a first-come, first-serve process.Bangor Daily News (Maine) (free registration) (6/12)
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Enel Green Power installs 45th turbine at 90-MW project in BrazilEnel Green Power has finished installing 45 turbines at the 90-megawatt Cristalandia project in Bahia, Brazil, according to the company. The project has a 20-year power purchase agreement with a Brazilian group of power providers.ReNews (UK) (6/13)UPC Renewables plans 2 wind farms in TasmaniaUPC Renewables plans to build a pair of wind farms in Tasmania that will likely have a combined capacity between 600 megawatts and 1,000 MW, said the company. "The Robbins Island project itself is a very large isolated site and, together with Jims Plain, have some of the best proven wind resources in the world," said UPC Renewables Australia CEO Andy Rohner.CleanTechnica (6/12)
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Operations & Maintenance
GE develops new software for wind, industrial sitesGeneral Electric has been working on new software that will use big data to increase productivity and streamline repairs at wind farms, power plants and other industrial applications, the company said at a showcase in Germany today. It added that it expects orders for Predix, its software for analyzing turbine and wind farm data, to hit $1 billion this year.Bloomberg (6/13)E.ON extends wind O&M services to Italy, UKE.ON has expanded its operations and maintenance business and will now offer services for land-based and offshore wind in Italy and the UK, said E.ON. "We are able to draw on our experience in operating our own wind farms and apply it to the services we provide in Italy and the UK," said E.ON Climate & Renewables CEO Anja-Isabel Dotzenrath.ReNews (UK) (6/13)
Economy, Energy & Trends
Flannery to succeed Immelt as GE CEO
Flannery and Immelt (Stephane De Sakutin/AFP/Getty Images)General Electric has picked John Flannery, a longtime executive who has spent most of his career in dealmaking and finance, to succeed CEO Jeff Immelt as the company faces shareholder unhappiness about stagnant profit. Immelt sold most of GE's financial businesses after the financial crisis and moved the headquarters to Boston.The New York Times (free-article access for SmartBrief readers) (6/12), The Boston Globe (tiered subscription model) (6/12)
Scottish regulator reject 8-turbine wind farmScotland's Planning and Environmental Appeals Division has rejected 2020 Renewables' request to build an eight-turbine wind farm dubbed the Loch Hill project. The division said the project's negative effect on the visual landscape outweighed its potential benefits.ReNews (UK) (6/13)Australian lawmakers deny wind-solar hybrid projectThe Australian government has rejected a hybrid project proposed for Lord Howe Island that would have featured two turbines and a solar farm. Chris Murray, one of the residents that supported the project, said it could have helped the low-lying island deal with increases in sea level and other issues associated with climate change.ABC (Australia) (6/13)
Fort Hood uses wind power to protect mission readinessOver the last few years, we've seen an increasing number of Fortune 500 companies and cities power more of their operations using wind energy. They often cite wind's low-cost, price stability and pollution-free qualities as driving factors. Now, a new player has entered the wind market: the US Army. Learn more.
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