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February 22, 2013

Unlocking Iowa’s Wind Energy Potential Means Bigger Transmission lines

Public News Service – IA  •    •  Posted 2013-02-22 13:16:35

The Upper Midwest is the most wind-rich area of the country. But a new report by the Center for Rural Affairs shows that almost none of the current high-voltage transmission lines capable of carrying wind-generated electricity are built here. Johnathan Hladik, an energy advocate with the rural advocacy group, says the quickest way of generating jobs and economic development, along with wind energy, is getting more of those lines built in the Midwest. He says while Iowa is doing better than most Midwest states, there is still a lot of wind energy potential here going untouched. [ read more … ]

Vestas cuts 110 Colorado jobs at Brighton, Windsor blade factories

By Mark Jaffe, The Denver Post 02/22/2013 – 3:29 AM EST  •    •  Posted 2013-02-22 13:17:08

Vestas Wind Systems — which operates four factories in Colorado employing 1,100 people — is cutting about 110 jobs from its blade factories in Windsor and Brighton.Workers at the factories had been on a reduced 32-hour workweek; with the job cuts, the remaining employees will return to a 40-hour week, Aarhus, Denmark-based Vestas said in a statement.The move comes in response to a drop in orders as the federal wind-production-tax credit, a key element in financing wind farms, was renewed in January for just one year, the company said. [ read more … ]

Congress inaction on wind energy leads to 110 job cuts at Vestas

Fox 31 Denver  •    •  Posted 2013-02-22 13:17:48

Vestas Wind Systems announced Thursday morning it was reducing its workforce by 10 percent, cutting about 110 jobs at blade factories in Windsor and Brighton, due to uncertainty in the market for wind turbines caused by Congress’s delay last year in extending a Production Tax Credit for the industry. The wind energy PTC was finally extended at the end of last year; but the refusal by Republicans in Congress to allow that extension until after the presidential election because Mitt Romney opposed it has led to a reduction in wind turbine orders. [ read more … ]

Wind energy industry poised to increase velocity in Oregon

By Lee van der Voo, Sustainable Business Oregon contributing writer  •    •  Posted 2013-02-22 13:18:03

Renewable Northwest Project’s Rachel Shimshak says the shutdown of coal plants in the region will provide new opportunities for wind energy. Following industry contractions, a general economic slump, national uncertainty, and a rollback of state tax credits, Oregon could be looking at an uptick in the renewable energy market as a number of utilities around the region look to power down coal plants. [ read more … ]

Gov. Kitzhaber, Mayor McGinn: No to coal exports

McGinn, Seattle PI  •    •  Posted 2013-02-22 13:18:22

As McGinn was acting locally, Oregon Gov. John Kitzhaber was thinking nationally and globally in a Portland speech to the American Wind Energy Association. “One of the largest concerns I have about coal exports out of the West Coast, in addition to all the environmental implications, is the lack of any larger federal energy policy that speaks to what this means,” said Kitzhaber. “What does it mean for the United States to become a major energy exporting nation? What does it mean in terms of domestic pricing? What does it mean in terms of energy security? And how does that decision, which is being driven only by short-term profit, provide transition for a lower carbon future for the United States?” [ read more … ]

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