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AWEA: US had 14,004 MW of installed wind capacity under construction in Q2

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AWEA: US had 14,004 MW of installed wind capacity under construction in Q2 | N.C. governor signs 18-month wind moratorium into law | National Grid, CMP, utilities to compete in Mass. renewables auction
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AWEA: US had 14,004 MW of installed wind capacity under construction in Q2
The US wind industry had a strong second quarter with 14,000 megawatts of installed wind capacity under construction and another 11,800 MW under various stages of development, according to the American Wind Energy Association. "The path to unlocking America's full energy potential is clear with another strong jump in the number of wind projects moving forward," said CEO Tom Kiernan.
The Oklahoman (Oklahoma City) (7/28),  United Press International (7/28) 
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N.C. governor signs 18-month wind moratorium into law
North Carolina Gov. Roy Cooper signed a new energy policy containing an 18-month ban on wind development into law on Thursday. He said he opposed the "ugly" moratorium on wind, but did not want to lose the deal on solar energy.
WRAL-TV (Raleigh, N.C.) (7/27) 
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National Grid, CMP, utilities to compete in Mass. renewables auction
National Grid, Central Maine Power and other utilities have submitted proposals to add renewable energy projects and transmission lines in response to Massachusetts Gov. Charlie Baker's call to add 1,200 megawatts of new solar, hydropower or land-based wind capacity. The winning bids will be selected early next year.
The Boston Globe (tiered subscription model) (7/27),  Boston Herald/The Associated Press (7/27) 
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Spain doles out 5,037 MW in renewable energy contracts
Spain has awarded developers the right to develop 5,037 megawatts of new installed renewable energy capacity, said the government. Developers won contracts to build wind farms with a combined capacity of 1,128 MW.
ReNews (UK) (7/27) 
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JPMorgan pledges 100% renewables by 2020
JPMorgan pledges 100% renewables by 2020
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JPMorgan Chase has set a goal to source 100% of its electricity needs worldwide from renewables by 2020, plus it will pledge $200 billion in financing for clean energy deals by 2025, said the company. JPMorgan signed a 20-year power purchase agreement with an NRG Energy wind farm in Texas last year and said it plans to invest up to $700 million in similar projects in the years to come.
The Wall Street Journal (tiered subscription model) (7/28) 
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Mont. college prepares next generation of wind workers
City College at Montana State University Billings is training the next generation of renewable energy workers and, specifically, wind turbine technicians, according to Sustainable Energy Instructor Francisco Saldivar. Montana is especially well-suited to supply trainees because many come from farms or ranches and have experience dealing with weather patterns and heavy machinery, Saldivar said.
Montana Public Radio (7/27) 
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EDF Energies added 0.8 GW of installed generating capacity in first half of year
EDF Energies Nouvelles increased its installed generating capacity by 0.8 gigawatts in the first half of 2017 to a total of 6.7 GW, with most of that coming from wind and North American holdings, said the company. "The first half of 2017 was marked by an acceleration in the area of renewable energies, with, in particular, the takeover of Futuren and the increase in installed net capacity," said Chairman and CEO Jean-Bernard Levy.
ReNews (UK) (7/28) 
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Policy Watch
Sierra Club: Mont. extra transmission fee deters wind development
The Bonneville Power Administration is considering maintaining an extra transmission fee for wind farms that want to connect to a 90-mile section of its transmission network in Montana. The Sierra Club has objected to the proposal, arguing that the fee makes the state unattractive for wind developers and stalls economic growth in rural communities.
North American Windpower online (7/27) 
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Ohio senators plan to reintroduce bill easing turbine setback rules
Ohio state Sen. Cliff Hite is expected to reintroduce legislation this fall that would ease the state's setback requirements for turbines, say observers. State Sen. Matt Dolan has agreed to co-sponsor the bill, adding that the rule's restrictive setback rules and renewable energy mandate freeze have hindered the industry's development in recent years.
The Plain Dealer (Cleveland) (7/28) 
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Montana Public Radio looks at the high demand for wind techs
Montana Public Radio has a new story out about the high demand for wind techs, the latest of several in-depth looks at the job. It makes sense reporters delve into the field -- it's the country's fastest growing job, and the high-altitude visuals and hands-on work associated with maintaining wind turbines make for compelling storylines. Read more.
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These stories were selected and summarized by independent editors at SmartBrief Inc., not by AWEA's staff, and do not represent AWEA positions. They reflect the variety of daily coverage of American wind power.
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