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Nordex added 260 new US turbines in 2017

Analysis: Mo. transmission issues are causing regional bottleneck | Investors are increasingly keen on wind, solar deals, say analysts | Nordex added 260 new US turbines in 2017
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February 12, 2018
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Analysis: Mo. transmission issues are causing regional bottleneck
Red tape and logistical issues in Missouri are preventing developers from building out much-needed transmission lines that would carry wind energy throughout the western Great Plains, such as Clean Line Energy Partners' stalled Grain Belt Express line, writes Bryce Gray. Clean Line Vice President Mark Lawlor said, "It's a chokepoint on the entire system," adding that the challenges faced by his firm are unique to Missouri.
St. Louis Post-Dispatch (2/11) 
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Investors are increasingly keen on wind, solar deals, say analysts
Clean energy projects like wind and solar farms will generate stable revenue for decades to come, making them an increasingly attractive buy for institutional investors, say analysts. "Clean-energy infrastructure funds have finally arrived," said Bloomberg New Energy Finance Analyst Nathan Serota, adding that investors are increasingly on a hunt for clean energy assets.
Bloomberg (free registration) (2/9) 
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Nordex added 260 new US turbines in 2017
Nordex added a total of 260 turbines with a combined capacity of 806 megawatts in the US last year, according to American Wind Energy Association data. The company said it plans to continue to grow in the US in 2018, and that it is now the fourth-ranking turbine manufacturing in the country.
ReNews (UK) (2/8) 
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100-turbine project proposed for Minn.-Iowa line
100-turbine project proposed for Minn.-Iowa line
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A developer has proposed a wind farm that, if approved, would feature up to 100 turbines and straddle the Iowa-Minnesota line. "It's anticipated that this wind farm, the Freeborn Wind Farm, would bring in $3.5 to $4 million annually into the local economy," said Mariah Lynne, a project consultant.
KTTC-TV (Rochester, Minn.) (2/8) 
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Operations & Maintenance
CEO: Vestas' geared turbine focus is working
Vestas' strategy of focusing exclusively on gearbox turbines has been successful and is one the company will continue to embrace, said CEO Anders Runevad. The company is one of a few turbine manufacturers to only offer gearbox machines, while many competitors focus solely on direct-drive technology or a combination of the two turbine styles.
Reuters (2/9) 
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Economy, Energy & Trends
Ill. wind boom may max out transmission, says expert
Illinois is on the brink of adding two new wind farms after nearly 10 years of stagnation, but the new boom could make it difficult for other projects to get off the ground moving forward, said David Loomis, director of the Center for Renewable Energy at Illinois State University. "If everything gets built, that'll probably use up the transmission capacity we have available," he said.
The Pantagraph (Bloomington, Ill.) (2/11) 
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Opinion: Mass. should opt for Granite State project
Massachusetts' challenges regarding the Northern Pass project that would carry hydroelectricity from Canada into the US are a happy surprise because it opens the door for the Granite State Power Link to be reconsidered, writes Dave Snedeker, executive director of the Northeastern Vermont Development Association. "The project would provide an economic boost of hundreds of millions of dollars to Vermont and strengthen local tax bases," he writes.
VTDigger (Vermont) (2/9) 
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Thai firm pledges 700-MW wind expansion in Vietnam
Thai solar firm Superblock has unveiled plans to add several wind farms with a combined capacity of 700 megawatts in Vietnam. Chairman Jormsup Lochaya touted Vietnam's stable clean energy policies and growing demand for affordable electricity, making it an ideal market for renewables.
Reuters (2/9) 
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Policy Watch
Trump signs 2-year budget deal with clean energy provisions
President Donald Trump signed a bill on Friday that establishes a two-year budget for funding the federal government. The measure contains several tax extenders supporting renewables, including one for small wind farms.
Quartz (2/9),  The Examiner (Washington, D.C.) (2/8) 
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