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AWEA's Kiernan: American Wind Week celebrates US innovation
The American Wind Energy Association's American Wind Week is an opportunity to celebrate American innovation in wind -- the nation's largest source of renewable energy, supporting more than 100,000 jobs nationwide, according to AWEA. "We started American Wind Week to honor the American innovators who taught the world how to harness the wind for large-scale electricity generation," said CEO Tom Kiernan.
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Gov. Reynolds: Iowa is a blueprint for US energy future
Iowa's history of innovation and investment in wind and other energy sources has resulted in low-cost electricity, job creation and new revenue streams for rural areas, writes Gov. Kim Reynolds. "I believe Iowa is a red state with a blueprint for the United States' next steps," she writes.
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Wind industry helped ailing Iowa city economy
Newton, Iowa, has been able to revive its ailing industrial community by embracing wind development, observers say. The city was able to rescue its economy by taking steps to attract TPI Composites and spending state-level funds on workforce development, plus the presence of rail infrastructure connecting it to other cities.
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Hawaiian Electric prepares for renewable energy RFP
After gathering interest from landowners, Hawaiian Electric has developed a list of potential renewable energy sites and is preparing to launch a request for proposals for new projects, according to the company. The company said that it is working with landowners and developers "toward achieving our state's 100% renewable energy goal," said Senior Vice President of Strategic Planning and Business Development Shelee Kimura.
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Editorial: N.J. is missing out on opportunities in wind
New Jersey is falling behind other US states in terms of wind development, but that may change depending on the outcome of a proposed investment tax credit bill introduced by Sens. Tom Carper, D-Del., and Susan Collins, R-Maine, writes the Times of Trenton editorial board. "Although the Carper-Collins bill is no slam-dunk, proponents can take heart that the end of the [Gov. Chris] Christie era might well signal refreshing new thinking, including renewed enthusiasm for wind-powered electricity," the board writes.
The Times (Trenton, N.J.) (8/7) 
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US oil, gas service firms expand into offshore wind
US oil, gas service firms expand into offshore wind
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Gulf Island Fabrication and other oil and gas service providers in the US are exploring new opportunities in offshore wind manufacturing, say observers. Gulf Island built the foundation for the Block Island offshore wind farm in Rhode Island, and other companies are finding new opportunities in seafloor surveying, equipment transport and other applications.
The Wall Street Journal (tiered subscription model) (8/5) 
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Opinion: LEEDCo's Ohio offshore wind pilot a step in the right direction
Lake Erie Energy Development Corp.'s proposed offshore wind pilot in Lake Erie is very exciting and positions both the company and Ohio to take advantage of the many benefits of offshore wind, writes Larry Viterna. "Let's keep supporting LEEDCo and Ohio in the effort to become an economic and technical leader in this new and valuable industry," he writes.
The Plain Dealer (Cleveland) (8/7) 
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Salesforce hones in on net-zero operations goal
Cloud computing company Salesforce announced it will join CleanPowerSF as it continues efforts toward running global operations on 100% renewable energy. The San Francisco program is part of a statewide initiative whereby companies and residents team with Pacific Gas & Electric on cleaner energy at cost-effective prices.
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Policy Watch
Scottish Power wins UK approval to build 1.2-GW offshore wind farm
Scottish Power Renewables has secured approval from the British government to move forward with its proposed 1.2-gigawatt, 172-turbine East Anglia THREE offshore wind farm, said the company. It added that the project is one of four it has under various stages of development in the area.
Reuters (8/7) 
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AWEA CEO Tom Kiernan: Help us celebrate #AmericanWindWeek Aug. 6 to 12
We just launched the first-ever #AmericanWindWeek. Wind power proponents from across the country will highlight the benefits wind brings to towns from coast to coast. Make sure to help us spread the word on social media by using #AmericanWindWeek. Read more.
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