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Vestas confirms 148-MW turbine supply deal for Cactus Flats

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Deepwater answers RFP with 144-MW offshore wind project in Mass. | Analysis: Coal, nuclear can't catch up with wind, solar pricing | Vestas confirms 148-MW turbine supply deal for Cactus Flats
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Deepwater answers RFP with 144-MW offshore wind project in Mass.
Deepwater Wind has responded to a request for proposals to add clean energy in Massachusetts by submitting a bid for a 144-megawatt offshore wind farm off the coast of Martha's Vineyard, said the company. The proposal, which will compete with clean energy projects from Emera, TDI-New England and other firms, also includes alternate scenarios for 288-MW and 96-MW versions of the wind farm.
Cape Cod Times (Mass.) (tiered subscription model)/State House News Service (8/1) 
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Analysis: Coal, nuclear can't catch up with wind, solar pricing
The cost of wind and solar continues to decline and has reached the point where other energy sources, such as nuclear and coal, simply can't compete, writes Zachary Shahan. He argues that the Trump administration, the Republican Party and the Energy Department should pay attention to these economic trends and that embracing them would lead to growth quicker than trying to revitalize older sources.
CleanTechnica (8/2) 
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From Baby Boomer to Millennial
Michael Parrish Dudell, bestselling author and one of nation's leading Millennial voices, explains why now, more than ever, is the time for businesses to anticipate the rapidly evolving expectations of the new workforce or face the very real threat of irrelevance. Read the brief to get the facts on the huge impact Millennials will and are making in the workplace.
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Vestas confirms 148-MW turbine supply deal for Cactus Flats
Vestas confirms 148-MW turbine supply deal for Cactus Flats
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Vestas has agreed to provide Southern Power with 43 V126 3.45-megawatt machines for its Cactus Flats project in Texas, said the company. "This order further expands our 4-MW footprint in North America, reaffirming both the versatility and proven ability of our platforms to deliver low-cost, reliable wind energy," said Vestas Americas President Chris Brown.
ReNews (UK) (8/3) 
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Allete plans $80M refurbishment at Storm Lake in Iowa
Allete Clean Energy unveiled an $80 million plan to refurbish its Storm Lake 1 and 2 wind farms in Iowa's Buena Vista and Cherokee counties, and repair turbines at its facility at Lake Benton, Minn., on Wednesday. The company said the project would "improve turbine performance and reliability, generate federal production tax credits at each site and support the renewal of power sale agreements at the Storm Lake sites."
Sioux City Journal (Iowa) (8/2) 
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Con Edison seeks to partner with MPX on Maine-Boston wind plan
Con Edison has proposed teaming up with Maine Power Express, a joint venture of Loring, National Resources Energy and Transmission Developers, on a 360-megawatt wind farm in Maine that would export power to Boston, said the company. Developers have submitted the project in the Massachusetts Clean Energy RFP, hoping to secure a 20-year power purchase agreement with state utilities.
Portland Press Herald (Maine) (8/2) 
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Operations & Maintenance
Johnson Matthey unit develops grout density tool for offshore wind
Johnson Matthey's Tracerco has developed a new system to measure grout density at offshore wind farms, according to the company. It said the product will help offshore wind operators verify the quality and durability of grout laid in offshore wind foundations.
North American Windpower online (8/2) 
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Europe continues to lead in offshore wind, says observer
Offshore wind has been a huge success in Europe and in the UK, in particular, over the last 30 years -- and that trend is expected to continue, writes Andrew Williams. WindEurope Press and Communications Manager Andrew Canning said the sector has "enormous potential" for growth, and that his organization expects offshore wind to provide up to 11% of Europe's total electricity needs by 2030.
Maritime Journal (U.K.) (8/2) 
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Policy Watch
Sens. Carper, Collins introduce ITC bill for offshore wind
Sens. Tom Carper, D-Del., and Susan Collins, R-Maine, have introduced a bill that would establish an investment tax credit for the first 3,000 megawatts of installed offshore wind capacity to reach operations in the US. "Investing in new offshore wind projects spurs economic growth and has the potential to create millions of good-paying American jobs," said Carper.
North American Windpower online (8/2) 
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EPA reportedly drafting rule to replace CPP
The Environmental Protection Agency is reportedly drafting a replacement for the Clean Power Plan, rather than simply repealing it, in response to feedback from industry groups. The new rule is expected to focus on "inside the fence" measures such as efficiency upgrades, says S&P Global Market Intelligence.
InsideEPA (subscription required) (8/1) 
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Hop on your bike and ride for wind power
Here's something you don't hear every day -- a professor from the University of Wisconsin-Madison is biking 1,200 miles across the Midwest in an effort to promote wind energy. James Tinjum is traversing Wisconsin, Minnesota, South Dakota and Iowa, and passing through over 50 wind farms along the way. Learn more.
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