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Rep. Loebsack: Wind is an important jobs driver in Iowa

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Rep. Loebsack: Wind is an important jobs driver in Iowa
Rep. Loebsack: Wind is an important jobs driver in Iowa
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Iowa's wind industry employs 7,000 people and is integral to the state's ability to create jobs -- especially since the wind industry is expected to employ 20,000 within the next three years, writes Rep. Dave Loebsack, D-Iowa. "Continued investment in Iowa's wind energy industry not only creates jobs that can't be shipped overseas, but will set the stage for long term energy independence and continued economic growth in our rural communities," he writes.
The Gazette (Cedar Rapids-Marion, Iowa) (7/3) 
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N.C. General Assembly sends 18-month wind moratorium to governor's desk
The North Carolina General Assembly ended its legislative year on Friday, after forwarding more than 100 bills to Gov. Roy Cooper's desk in its final days. Among those measures is a compromise between the state Senate and House of Representatives that would change how Duke Energy purchases clean energy and put an 18-month moratorium on new wind projects.
The Fresno Bee (Calif.) (free registration)/The Associated Press (6/30) 
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MidAmerican orders 170 Vestas turbines in Iowa
Vestas has agreed to supply MidAmerican Energy with 170 V110 2-megawatt turbines for its 302-MW WindXI project in Iowa, according to the companies. The project, which is part of a multi-site complex, is expected to begin operations in 2019.
ReNews (UK) (7/1) 
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Nordex inks 11-turbine supply deal in Norway
Nordex has won a contract to supply Midtfjellet Vindkraft with 11 N117/3600 machines for its 39.6-megawatt Midtfjellet 3 extension project on Norway's Stord island, said the companies. "The fact that Midtfjellet Vindkraft has now engaged us for the second extension at this site is a clear indication of the confidence placed in our team and our turbines," said Nordex Chief Sales Officer Patxi Landa.
ReNews (UK) (7/3) 
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Economy, Energy & Trends
Report: Germany sourced 35% of its electricity from renewables in H1
Report: Germany sourced 35% of its electricity from renewables in H1
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Renewables supplied 35% of Germany's total electricity needs in the first half of the year, up from 33% during the same period in 2016, according to renewable energy association BEE. On some sunny, windy days, renewables were able to provide up to 85% of the nation's electricity, the report said.
Reuters (7/2) 
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Policy Watch
S.D. farm groups urge voters to reject stricter setback rules for wind
The Lincoln County Farm Bureau, Farmers and Friends for Wind and other advocates are urging Lincoln County, S.D., residents to reject stricter setback restrictions for turbines when the proposal is put to a vote July 18. The rules, adopted by county commissioners this year, would increase the setback distance for turbines from 1,500 feet to at least 2,640 feet.
Sioux City Journal (Iowa) (7/2) 
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Avon Lake, Ohio, backs LEEDCo offshore wind pilot
The City Council in Avon Lake, Ohio, passed a resolution Monday expressing support for Lake Erie Energy Development's proposed six-turbine Icebreaker offshore wind pilot in Lake Erie. The project is expected to begin operations in October 2019.
The Chronicle-Telegram (Elyria, Ohio) (6/27) 
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Vt. DPS certifies Bennington County energy plan
The Vermont Department of Public Service has approved an amendment to the Bennington County Regional Commission's regional energy plan that gives municipalities more control over the siting of energy projects, including wind turbines. The regional plan includes maps that offer guidance on the best areas to place turbines and other energy facilities and data that will help the state meet its 90%-by-2050 renewable energy target.
Bennington Banner (Vt.) (6/28) 
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