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    Wind Factory Watch: Ingersoll Machine Tools

    Guest blog by AWEA Communications Editor Carl Levesque A business diversification initiative into the wind power arena by Ingersoll Machine Tools, supported by a $5 million grant from the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act (ARRA), will result in the creation and retention of some 150 jobs in Rockford, Ill. The company announced...

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    'Climate Refugees' to be Screened at WINDPOWER

    There is a new phenomenon in the global arena called “Climate Refugees”. A climate refugee is a person displaced by climatically induced environmental disasters. Such disasters result from incremental and rapid ecological change, resulting in increased droughts, desertification, sea level rise, and the more frequent occurrence of extreme weather events such as...

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    DOE, NREL announce four new small-turbine testing centers

    Guest blog by Ron Stimmel, AWEA's Manager, Legislative Affairs and Small Systems The U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) and the National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL) recently announced their selection of four organizations with which they will partner to regional centers to test small wind turbines to national and international performance standards. Each...

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    Wind Factory Watch: ZF Industries, Georgia

    Germany's ZF Group, a major manufacturer of drive train equipment, broke ground recently on a $90-million wind turbine gearbox factory in Gainesville, GA. The new plant, company officials said, will employ 215 workers when it is fully operational in 2012. At the same time, it offers yet another concrete answer (along with...

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    KidWind Challenge' at WP10: Turbine Designs

    With the support of AWEA and wind industry sponsors, WINDPOWER will host its first ever KidWind Challenge–a competition where you (and the kids) can design, build and test turbine blades in an actual wind tunnel! Participants will test their turbines in the KidWind Wind Tunnel, a professional wind tunnel with live data...

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    The quixotic opposition to Cape Wind …

    … is sent up nicely by The New Yorker magazine with the cover of its latest issue. The cover depicts a pilgrim perched on a whale, tilting at the offshore windmills with a Don Quixote-style lance. It's a perfect lampooning of the incomprehensible nine-year NIMBY campaign against the Cape Wind project, which...

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    Notes from the Good Jobs Green Jobs Conference

    The underlying theme at the Good Jobs Green Jobs conference in Washington this week was, “Wind works.” But workers once again risk being the victims of broken policy. The fact is an unstable renewables policy led to an 80 percent drop in the industry’s startups three times in the last decade, in...

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    War against cost-saving super grid

    The New York Times's Matt Wald reports in his blog today on a seemingly surprising coalition of utilities and elected officials that opposes expansion of the nation's electric transmission system. In our view, expressed by Manager of Transmission Policy Michael Goggin, the truth is far less surprising–it's a group of companies using...

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