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December 24, 2013

Cape Wind signs agreement for turbines

By Jay Fitzgerald | Boston GLOBE CORRESPONDENT DECEMBER 23, 2013  •    •  Posted 2013-12-24 06:50:29

Cape Wind Associates said Monday that it has finalized a major deal with the German conglomerate Siemens AG to buy giant turbines, the offshore transformer, and maintenance services for its planned multibillion-dollar wind farm in Nantucket Sound. Jim Gordon, president of Cape Wind, described the agreement as one of the last major steps toward getting the 130-turbine wind farm built and running after 12 years of acrimonious debate over building such a project off the coast of Cape Cod. It could also prove key to securing hundreds of millions of dollars in federal investment tax credits, which are critical to Cape Wind financing the $2.5 billion project. [ read more … ]

Another day, another wind turbine order for Vestas’ Colorado factories

Cathy Proctor, Reporter-Denver Business Journal  •    •  Posted 2013-12-24 06:50:49

Vestas Wind Systems is continuing its recent run of customer orders, with an announcement Monday that the Danish manufacturer will supply 75 wind-power turbines to a company called First Wind for a wind farm in Texas. Vestas said its four Colorado plants will be involved in the order — making blades, nacelles and towers for First Wind’s Route 66 wind farm near Amarillo, Texas. [ read more … ]

Wind Farms in Maine Stir a Power Struggle

JON KAMP CONNECT, Wall Street Journal  •    •  Posted 2013-12-24 06:51:08

The law, passed under former Democratic Gov. John Baldacci, set aggressive goals for adding wind power while simplifying the regulatory process in much of the state. Current Republican Gov. Paul LePage has been a wind-power critic, but Ms. Williams said wholesale changes have been a tough sell under both Democratic and GOP control. There have been efforts to rein in wind-farm development on the edges. Mr. Dunphy sponsored a bill this year that he said would give some sparsely populated unorganized territories, which lack local government, more say over wind projects. The proposed change didn’t make it through the Senate, but Mr. Dunphy is continuing the push with the governor’s support. [ read more … ]

Is Interior’s eagle plan good for the birds?

Phil Taylor, E&E reporter  •    •  Posted 2013-12-24 06:51:25

In exchange for the right to kill eagles, a San Diego-based wind developer offered to retrofit 75 power poles to reduce eagle deaths near California’s Lake San Antonio, prime winter habitat for the iconic birds. Another California developer agreed to upgrade 11 “problem” power poles, idle certain wind turbines and donate $20,000 for eagle conservation. [ read more … ]

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