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Wednesday, August 30, 2017

Fwd: Gulf Coast wind farms check in amid Harvey

Gulf Coast wind farms check in amid Harvey | Report: US renewables, nuclear go head-to-head for installed capacity | Analysis: Scottish offshore wind coalition may drive US cost reductions
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August 30, 2017
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Gulf Coast wind farms check in amid Harvey
Tropical storm Harvey resulted in several wind farms closing in Texas' Gulf Coast over the weekend and caused "widespread transmission outages," according to the Electric Reliability Council of Texas. Pattern Energy, Avangrid Renewables and Clean Line Energy Partners have checked in to say their facilities are in good condition and the safety of workers remains a top priority.
North American Windpower online (8/29) 
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Report: US renewables, nuclear go head-to-head for installed capacity
Report: US renewables, nuclear go head-to-head for installed capacity
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At 20.05% and 20.07%, renewables and nuclear are neck-in-neck in terms of installed capacity in the US, according to nonprofit research group SUN DAY Campaign. The report said that renewables are actually leading the pack when distributed sources are added into the mix, and that the renewable energy sector is expected to see strong growth.
North American Windpower online (8/28) 
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Analysis: Scottish offshore wind coalition may drive US cost reductions
The Carbon Trust's offshore wind research and development initiative, the Offshore Wind Accelerator, has been realizing major cost reductions in offshore wind via technological advances and other forms of innovation, writes Tina Casey. Casey argues that OWA's success may drive down offshore wind costs around the world and help the US' emerging market get off the ground.
TriplePundit (8/30) 
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5 Cures for Business Growing Pains
A growing business is a successful business, but it comes with its own set of complications. Growing pains can arise from new employees, added roles and responsibilities, and a premium on office space. Read this informative e-book for five practical tips to managing your growing office space.
Project Focus
Saudi Arabia launches RFP for 400-MW wind farm
Saudi Arabia's Ministry of Energy, Industry and Mineral Resources' renewables office has issued a request for proposals to add a new 400-megawatt wind farm in the Al Jouf region. Acciona Energy, EDF Energies Nouvelles, Enel Green Power, Enercon, Siemens Project Ventures, Nordex and Vestas are among the developers pre-qualified to participate in the bidding.
ReNews (UK) (8/29) 
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Statoil: UK offshore wind farm nearing completion
Statoil is preparing to install the last of 67 Siemens Gamesa 6-megawatt machines at its 402-MW Dudgeon offshore wind farm off the coast of England, according to the company. Statoil said construction would wrap up later this year, followed by a February start date.
ReNews (UK) (8/29) 
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Making the Most of Parcel Boundary Data
For a growing list of industries, the importance and widening use of parcel boundary and property data continues to grow. Thankfully, alternatives to traditional parcel acquisition efforts are now available through cost-effective and ready to use solutions. Read our guide to smart decision-making using parcel boundary data
Economy, Energy & Trends
Apple CEO speaks out on more than business
Apple CEO speaks out on more than business
Cook (Drew Angerer/Getty Images)
Apple CEO Tim Cook has increasingly used his company's influence to delve into broader issues, whether political events or Apple's use of renewable energy. "I think we have a moral responsibility to help grow the economy, to help grow jobs, to contribute to this country and to contribute to the other countries that we do business in," he said, adding that Apple already sources 100% of its electricity needs in the US and 23 other countries from renewables.
The New York Times (free-article access for SmartBrief readers) (8/28) 
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Land-use rules are stalling Calif. wind growth, says expert
Despite holding the fourth spot for installed wind capacity in the US, California's outlook on wind is rather bleak due to a slowdown in new capacity additions, burdensome land-use restrictions and other factors, according to California Wind Energy Association Executive Director Nancy Rader. "You have to go where there's good wind and that's in really limited areas," she said.
The San Diego Union-Tribune (tiered subscription model) (8/28) 
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China Three Gorges wants $1.5B to expand wind business
China Three Gorges is seeking about $1.5 billion from investors to expand its wind assets, sources say, adding the firm will use the funds to build new offshore wind farms and other projects in China.
Reuters (8/30) 
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Policy Watch
N.Y. wind project opponent claims turbine setback laws could affect Amish homes
Not allowing hunting camps to be seen a legal domicile when considering setback laws has one local opponent concerned it could impact Amish homes. She argues that Amish dwellings could be classified as hunting camps and that the siting rules should apply to all residences.
Watertown Daily Times (N.Y.) (8/30) 
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Top three takeaways from DOE's grid study
After months of speculation, the Department of Energy (DOE) released a much-anticipated study of the U.S. electric grid last week. It focused on a critical question--how do we make sure we keep the lights on for American families and businesses? From our initial review of the report, there are three particularly valuable takeaways. Read more.
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