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Iowa researchers study power grid, wind integration

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Wind will add stability to Appalachian Power's portfolio, says exec | Opinion: Cities, states, corporations lead the way on clean energy | Iowa researchers study power grid, wind integration
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Wind will add stability to Appalachian Power's portfolio, says exec
Appalachian Power can help stabilize its energy mix and avoid risks associated with volatile energy markets by adding more installed wind capacity to its portfolio, according to Director of Regulatory Services for West Virginia John Scalzo. He added that the utility would benefit from buying a pair of wind farms in Ohio and West Virginia even without the Clean Power Plan or taxes on carbon emissions.
Charleston Gazette-Mail (W.Va.) (tiered subscription model) (7/12) 
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Opinion: Cities, states, corporations lead the way on clean energy
The US can transition toward a clean energy economy thanks to the work of cities, states and businesses, writes Sam Adams, director of World Resources Institute United States and former mayor of Portland, Ore. "If American businesses are to stay competitive and innovative, they will take to the market of the future; a clean, reliable and efficient one," he writes.
HuffPost (7/12) 
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Iowa researchers study power grid, wind integration
Researchers from Iowa State University are examining how three electrical grids in the US can work together to carry wind from Iowa's near 4,000 turbines to the rest of the Midwest. "In Iowa, about 35% of our electricity is renewable energy," said ISU professor James McCalley, adding, "If we want the rest of the country to be at 35% renewable energy, this is what you want to do."
Business Record (Des Moines, Iowa) (tiered subscription model) (7/12) 
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Project Focus
WKN unit unloads 80-MW project in Mont.
A subsidiary of Pattern Energy has purchased the rights to the 80-megawatt Vivaldi Springtime project in Montana from WKN's Windkraft Nord USA, according to the firms. The project is expected to begin operations mid-2018.
ReNews (UK) (7/12) 
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Nordex signs 72-MW turbine supply deals in Turkey
Nordex has agreed to provide a pair of wind farms in Turkey with a combined capacity of 72 megawatts, said the company. The Cerit project in Caglayancerit will feature 16 N131/3600 turbines, while the Kurtini in Anatolia will use four N117/3600 machines.
ReNews (UK) (7/12) 
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Economy, Energy & Trends
Non-Iowan authors made inaccurate claims about wind, says observer
The authors of a recent column from the Heartland Institute in Illinois made many false claims about Iowa's wind industry, for example that the energy source is only important to wind supporters and liberals, writes Jon Kallen, a managing partner with Jennings Kallen Advisors in Iowa. "Iowans are realizing the benefits of the state's early investment through lower electricity rates and increased economic development opportunities throughout Iowa," he writes.
The Des Moines Register (Iowa) (tiered subscription model) (7/13) 
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Goldwind, Viridis Eolia host forums on wind technician training
Goldwind Americas and Viridis Eolia are holding a trio of seminars in Wyoming to gather input from coal, oil and gas workers on their interest in a future in wind development, according to the companies. The companies are preparing to launch a free turbine technician training program, the participants of which will help build a wind farm near Medicine Bow featuring between 600 and 800 turbines.
Star-Tribune (Casper, Wyo.) (tiered subscription model) (7/13) 
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Former Dong Energy exec joins Northland Power
Northland Power has tapped former vice president of engineering, procurement and construction at Dong Energy Wind Power, Morten Melin, as its new executive vice president of construction, said the firm. CEO John Brace touted Melin's "significant experience developing large-scale renewable power projects."
North American Windpower online (7/12) 
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Policy Watch
Former Sen. Reid, Gov. Sandoval to co-host Nev. clean energy meeting
Former Sen. Reid, Gov. Sandoval to co-host Nev. clean energy meeting
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Former Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid, D-Nev., and Nevada Gov. Brian Sandoval will co-host the annual National Clean Energy Summit in Las Vegas on Oct. 13. Reid said the theme would be "integrating innovation" and would highlight how technological advances are increasing energy efficiency and driving down and wind and solar costs.
Las Vegas Review-Journal (7/12) 
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An exclusive event is headed to the Northwest
The northwestern region of the US is thriving. Utility resource planning and replacement power (from retiring power plants) is setting the region up for significant wind energy growth, on top of growing renewable portfolio standard demand from Oregon and Washington. If you're invested in or have ties to the Northwest, you won't want to miss the AWEA Northwest Regional Wind Energy Conference this month in Seattle. Read more.
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