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Opinion: Homegrown wind creates jobs, increases economic stability

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Energy Dept.: US added 8.2 GW installed wind capacity in 2016 | Opinion: Homegrown wind creates jobs, increases economic stability | Opinion: US should be proud of its wind roots
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Energy Dept.: US added 8.2 GW installed wind capacity in 2016
Energy Dept.: US added 8.2 GW installed wind capacity in 2016
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The US added 8.2 gigawatts of new installed wind capacity in 2016, accounting for 27% of all new generating capacity and lifting the industry's share of the US electricity market to about 6.2%, according to the Energy Department. The report attributed the industry's rapid growth to the wind energy Production Tax Credit, state-level policies, technological advancements and falling costs, and warned of several challenges to wind's long-term outlook.
North American Windpower online (8/8),  Bloomberg (8/8) 
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Opinion: Homegrown wind creates jobs, increases economic stability
Americans should welcome the opportunity to celebrate wind during the American Wind Energy Association's American Wind Week because it's a homegrown energy source that creates domestic jobs while protecting the environment, write Chris and Paula Thomas of Minnesota. "We should support this development because we're playing an important part in increasing our national security while simultaneously creating jobs, improving our economy and caring for our environment," they write.
Independent (Marshall, Minn.) (8/9) 
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Opinion: US should be proud of its wind roots
The US should be proud of its wind heritage because the industry upholds many American ideals, such as creating well-paying jobs for hardworking individuals and stimulating economic growth in rural areas, writes Wind on the Wires Communications Manager Kelley Welf. "Wind energy is at the heart of what it takes to keep American strong and prosperous," Welf writes.
Morning Consult (8/9) 
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Project Focus
One Energy to feature Goldwind turbines at US projects
Goldwind Americas has been awarded a contract to supply One Energy Enterprises with 30 GW87/1500 machines for several US projects with a combined capacity of 60 megawatts, said the company. Four of the units will be installed at wind farms that have power purchase agreements with Whirlpool plants in Ohio.
ReNews (UK) (8/8) 
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Siemens Gamesa erects 153-meter-tall towers in Thailand
Siemens Gamesa has installed turbines on 153-meter-tall towers in Thailand that it says are the largest of their kind in all of Asia. The units have 56-meter blades and a total height of 210 meters, and are located at the Sarahnlom project, which is expected to begin operations this year.
Reuters (8/8) 
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Vestas to supply 443-MW project in Mexico with turbines
Zuma Energia has ordered 443 megawatts worth of V136 3.45-MW turbines for its Reynosa 3 in the Mexican state of Tamaulipas, according to the firms. Vestas added that the agreement includes a 15-year active output management 5000 service deal.
ReNews (UK) (8/8) 
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Operations & Maintenance
Camp Six to apply 3M products on turbines via drone
Camp Six Labs has won a contract from 3M to use small industrial robots attached to drones to apply 3M products to turbine blades, said the companies. "Drone application technology offers an exciting and innovative way to provide O&M services for wind turbines," said 3M Electrical Markets Global Business Manager Santhosh Chandrabalan.
North American Windpower online (8/8) 
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Economy, Energy & Trends
Maine ranked 8th nationwide for wind additions
Maine added 288 megawatts of installed wind capacity in 2016, earning it the eight spot nationwide for new wind additions last year, according to the Energy Department. The report added that in 2016, Maine sourced about 14% of its total electricity needs from wind.
Portland Press Herald (Maine) (8/8) 
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Policy Watch
Federal court extends CPP stay by 2 months
The US Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit has delayed matters related to the Clean Power Plan for 60 days as the Trump administration continues its review and possible repeal of the measure. The court noted that the administration must provide an alternative if it repeals the CPP.
Utility Dive (8/9),  The Daily Caller (8/8) 
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Iowa Gov. Reynolds: Iowa didn't become an energy powerhouse by accident
Gov. Kim Reynolds explains in The Hill why wind has been so important to her state: "Iowa didn't become an energy powerhouse by accident. Back in the 1980s, we enacted the nation's first law incentivizing utilities that bought more renewable power. That began decades of innovation and investment in Iowa's energy sector. Fast forward to today where we're now reaping the rewards: low-cost electricity, new jobs and support for rural communities." Read more in the spotlight on Iowa for #AmericanWindWeek.
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Energy Dept.: Wind power has become historically low-cost
The Energy Department's annual Wind Technologies Market Report confirms that US wind energy costs continue to fall, technology continues to advance and performance continues to improve. This has helped the wind industry sell energy at historically low prices to electricity customers, increasing demand from utilities and corporate purchasers alike. Read more about the new report by Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory
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