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October 12, 2012

Vestas Wind Systems trims about 200 more Colorado jobs

By Steve Raabe, Denver Post  •    •  Posted 2012-10-12 12:11:05

Wind-turbine manufacturer Vestas Wind Systems made its largest Colorado job cut Thursday, laying off about 200 workers at its Windsor blade plant. The cuts represent 29 percent of the plant’s workforce. Vestas also had laid off workers at plants in Brighton and Pueblo. [ read more … ]

First competitive Atlantic lease bumped to 2013 — Interior official

Phil Taylor, E&E reporter  •    •  Posted 2012-10-12 12:11:30

The Interior Department’s first competitive lease for offshore wind in the Atlantic Ocean will not occur until 2013, an Interior Department official said today at a conference here on offshore wind. The announcement at the American Wind Energy Association event pushes back by two years an original goal of having a competitive sale in the mid-Atlantic by late 2011.
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Patron of federal ‘smart grid’ laws sees no more room for Congress

Gabriel Nelson, E&E reporter  •    •  Posted 2012-10-12 12:12:02

Lawmakers on Capitol Hill should stand to the side and let states lead the way toward a smarter electric grid, says the author of the legislation that Congress passed in 2005 to promote the concept nationally for the first time. Former Rep. Rick Boucher, a Virginia Democrat who chaired the House Energy and Commerce Committee’s former Subcommittee on Energy and Air Quality for several years before losing a re-election bid in 2010, said during an interview this week that state utility commissions are doing plenty to advance the technology under current federal laws. [ read more … ]

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