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AEP seeks quick approval on 2,000-MW wind farm

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AEP seeks quick approval on 2,000-MW wind farm | European oil firms seek US offshore wind opportunities | Ohio Power Siting Board to review Lake Erie offshore wind pilot
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AEP seeks quick approval on 2,000-MW wind farm
American Electric Power needs Oklahoma regulators to approve its proposed $4.5 billion, 2,000-megawatt wind farm and transmission project to be eligible for 100% of the wind energy Production Tax Credit and other tax credits, say observers. "[The project] will lower our customers' overall rates from day one while also hedging against increases in future fuel and power costs," said Executive Vice President of Utilities Paul Chodak.
The Oklahoman (Oklahoma City) (8/1) 
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European oil firms seek US offshore wind opportunities
Statoil, Royal Dutch Shell and other major oil companies in Europe are increasingly seeking opportunities to enter the US offshore wind industry. Statoil is promoting its floating offshore wind turbine in California and Hawaii and won an offshore wind license in New York, while Shell entered the running for a similar lease off the coast of North Carolina earlier in the year.
Reuters (8/1) 
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Project Focus
Ohio Power Siting Board to review Lake Erie offshore wind pilot
The Ohio Power Siting Board has received Lake Erie Energy Development Corp. and Fred Olsen Renewables' updated application for their six-turbine Icebreaker offshore wind pilot in Lake Erie and is preparing to launch its review, said the agency. LEEDCo President Lorry Wagner said the project would have a minimal effect on wildlife while creating jobs, stimulating economic growth and generating clean energy.
ReNews (UK) (7/31),  The Plain Dealer (Cleveland) (8/1) 
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Boralex secures financing for 30-MW project in France
Boralex has secured financing from a syndicate of lenders for its 30-megawatt Chemin de Gres project in France, according to the company. The project is expected to begin operations this year.
ReNews (UK) (7/31) 
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Operations & Maintenance
Turbine operators must be aware of cyberrisks, say experts
Turbines are vulnerable to cybersecurity risks, including ransomware attacks seeking to immobilize a wind farm's operations, said experts at a cybersecurity conference.
Financial Times (tiered subscription model) (7/30) 
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Quanta wins EPC contract for Okla. transmission line
Quanta wins EPC contract for Okla. transmission line
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Quanta Services has won a contract from American Electric Power to provide engineering, procurement and construction services for a 350-mile transmission line in Oklahoma that will carry output from AEP's proposed 2-gigawatt Wind Catcher project, the companies said. The line would carry wind energy to consumers in Arkansas, Louisiana, Oklahoma and Texas.
ReNews (UK) (7/31) 
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Rafael Esteban tapped to lead Acciona Energy USA
Acciona Energy has chosen Rafael Esteban to succeed Ilya Hartmann as CEO of its North American division, Acciona Energy USA Global. "Rafael Esteban is a proven leader in the renewable energy industry who will expand our success in the important US and Canadian markets," said Acciona CEO Rafael Mateo.
North American Windpower online (7/31) 
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Policy Watch
Energy Dept. recognizes PacifiCorp for renewables programs
The Energy Department has recognized PacifiCorp as one of the nation's top three US utilities offering renewables for the ninth consecutive year, touting subsidiary Rocky Mountain Power's Blue Sky renewable energy program. Rocky Mountain said the project has helped fund 244 small-scale renewable energy projects over the last 20 years.
Daily Energy Insider (7/31) 
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AWEA News
Second quarter 2017: Top 5 story lines
We know that US wind power posted impressive numbers in 2016. But how is 2017 shaping up? The second quarter results are in and the outlook is strong. AWEA just released its US Wind Industry Second Quarter 2017 Market Report, and it shows development activity up 40% over the same time last year. Read more.
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