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AWEA's Kiernan applauds passage of N.J. clean energy bill

AWEA's Kiernan applauds passage of N.J. clean energy bill | Opinion: Congress should fund job training for clean energy | NextEra seeks approval to install lighting tech at N.D. wind farm
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AWEA's Kiernan applauds passage of N.J. clean energy bill
AWEA's Kiernan applauds passage of N.J. clean energy bill
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American Wind Energy Association CEO Tom Kiernan praised the passage of clean energy legislation in New Jersey that will add 3,500 megawatts of new installed offshore wind capacity. Gov. Phil Murphy "sent an unambiguous signal that New Jersey is ready for clean energy investment that will lead to good jobs and a more prosperous economy," said Kiernan.
Daily Energy Insider (5/25) 
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Opinion: Congress should fund job training for clean energy
The positions of wind turbine technician and solar installer will likely be the fastest growing jobs through 2026 and Congress should take advantage of that momentum by investing in job-training initiatives for the industries, writes Clean Energy Leadership Institute fellow Becky Cairns, citing Labor Department data. "Injecting federal dollars presents the best opportunity to produce the workers we need to develop our offshore wind resources and send more carbon-free electricity to the grid," she writes.
The Hill (5/24) 
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NextEra seeks approval to install lighting tech at N.D. wind farm
NextEra Energy Resources is seeking approval from the Federal Aviation Administration before installing light-mitigating technology at its Oliver III project, says Communications Manager Bryan Garner. The North Dakota Public Service Commission requires the project to install the technology by the end of the year, but Garner says NextEra needs federal approval before it can move forward.
The Bismarck Tribune (N.D.) (5/20) 
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Avangrid Renewables begins operations at N.M. project
Avangrid Renewables has reached full operations at its 142-turbine, 298-megawatt El Cabo Wind Farm near Encino, N.M., which is creating opportunities for the surrounding community. "These are good-paying jobs. If it wasn't for opportunities like this, I'd have to leave the state," said Shane Ferreira, who works at El Cabo.
Albuquerque Journal (N.M.) (free content) (5/28) 
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Operations & Maintenance
UK initiative looks to data to cut offshore wind O&M costs
UK firm Texo Drone Survey and Inspection and other industry partners have launched an initiative that hopes to use smart technology to gather data about the offshore wind industry. That will cut operations and maintenance costs and improve safety, according to the partners. Texo DSI will conduct drone surveys for the project.
ReNews (UK) (5/23) 
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Economy, Energy & Trends
Editorial: Ameren wind project will benefit Mo. economy
Ameren Missouri recently unveiled plans to build a 400-megawatt wind farm in Missouri, signaling it's ready to embrace renewables and the many benefits the industry has to offer, writes the editorial board of The Missourian. "Wind energy is helping drive the American economy's resurgence," the board writes.
The Missourian (Washington, Mo.) (5/25) 
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IRENA: Corporate demand is a major renewable energy driver
Corporate demand for renewable energy is surging and will continue to do so as prices fall further and sustainability concerns remain relevant, according to the International Renewable Energy Agency. "Renewable energy sourcing has become a mainstream pillar of business strategy in recent years," says Director-General Adnan Amin.
North American Windpower online (5/25) 
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Policy Watch
Kan., Mo. utilities to form single, renewables-focused firm
Missouri utility Great Plains Energy and Kansas utility Westar Energy have secured regulatory approval to merge into a single entity known as Evergy. The deal is expected to close in June, and the resulting parent company will source nearly one-third of its total electricity from renewables and will work to create more renewable energy buying options for its customers, said the companies.
North American Windpower online (5/25) 
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PJM auction results offer latest evidence there is no grid reliability emergency
Over the past year, there's been no shortage of debate about grid reliability, particularly across the Mid-Atlantic and Northeast. A growing list of experts have declared the grid reliable, and new PJM auction results confirm these findings. Read more.
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