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June 18, 2015

Spanish firm to build wind energy components plant in Texas

By Paul O’Donnell, Dallas Business Journal  •    •  Posted 2015-06-18 06:20:15

Spanish company plans to build a new manufacturing plant in Amarillo to make towers and components for the wind energy industry. Gov. Greg Abbott announced Tuesday that GRI Renewable Industries, a division of Madrid’s Gonvarri Steel Industries, will invest $41 million in the plant and create more than 300 new jobs. In return, the state is offering $1.85 million in economic incentives from its Texas Enterprise Fund. “GRI’s decision to locate (its) latest manufacturing plant in the Lone Star State continues Texas’ streak of attracting job creators,” Abbott said in a statement. “I am proud of our effort to close this deal.” [ read more … ]

Comment: Wind energy can power Iowa’s economic future

By Tom Kiernan, AWEA, Des Moines Register  •    •  Posted 2015-06-18 06:20:36

The winds of change are blowing in Iowa. Within two decades, wind energy here could power the equivalent of more than 6.3 million homes. That’s from a new report released by the Department of Energy. According to this report, the American wind industry can rapidly expand over the next two decades, comprising one-fifth of the domestic electricity market by 2030. Unfortunately, federal policymakers are putting this future in jeopardy. Congress has failed to renew the federal Production Tax Credit, which provides a key incentive for wind energy production. Lawmakers must correct course immediately — by restoring the credit to keep the American wind energy industry humming. [ read more … ]

Up to ten wind turbines could be added to Kahuku wind farm

By Chris Tanaka, Hawaii News Now  •    •  Posted 2015-06-18 06:20:58

They’ve been given the green light by the state, and if construction goes accordingly, nine to ten new wind turbines will dot the hillsides above Kahuku by the summer of 2016. The Na Pua Makani Wind Energy Project is a subsidiary of Champlin/GEI Wind Holdings LLC, a southern California based company. The project will be split into two sites. One will be adjacent the current wind farm, and the other will be opposite Malaekahana. [ read more … ]

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