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Governors' Wind Energy Coalition

October 8, 2012

Wind propels more than energy in S.D.

  •  Written by Cody Winchester, Argus Leader  •  Posted 2012-10-08 12:07:12

Researchers at the USDA Economic Research Service, the National Renewable Energy Laboratory and Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory examined economic data from 1,009 counties in 12 states with high wind-resource potential — Montana, Wyoming, South Dakota, North Dakota, Minnesota, Iowa, Nebraska, Colorado, Oklahoma, Texas, Kansas and New Mexico.Controlling for other factors, their analysis found that each megawatt of installed wind power led to an additional $11,000 in personal income and 0.5 jobs per county during the time period studied. [ read more … ]

Vestas consolidates R&D in Colo.

E&E  •  Written by Cody Winchester, Argus Leader  •  Posted 2012-10-08 12:07:44

The world’s biggest wind turbine producer, Vestas Wind Systems A/S, is consolidating its U.S. research and development operations into one location in Brighton, Colo. [ read more … ]

Latest giant wind turbine could power 3,200 homes

John Roach, NBC NEWS  •  Written by Cody Winchester, Argus Leader  •  Posted 2012-10-08 12:08:12

Wind energy company Vestas had planned on building a 7-megawatt giant offshore turbine, but has decided to up it to 8 megawatts, in a bid to lower costs and secure buyers. The boost, the company said, has been a possibility since they started work on the V164 platform in March 2011. [ read more … ]

Company proposes offshore wind farm ahead of Cape Wind

E&E  •  Written by Cody Winchester, Argus Leader  •  Posted 2012-10-08 12:08:33

Deepwater Wind LLC has proposed to start building an offshore wind farm off Rhode Island by early 2014, the company’s chief executive said. The project, 3 miles southeast of Block Island, would be ahead of the Cape Wind farm long expected to be the country’s first offshore facility [ read more … ]

China faces oversupply of solar panels, wind turbines

E&E  •  Written by Cody Winchester, Argus Leader  •  Posted 2012-10-08 12:09:04

The quick growth of China’s manufacturing capacity has led to a huge oversupply of solar panels and wind turbines and a price war. Manufacturers, state-owned banks and local governments are now facing a financial disaster. Panel prices have fallen by three-fourths since 2008, leaving the country’s biggest solar panel makers with losses of up to $1 for every $3 of sales this year. [ read more … ]

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