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    NERC's Sergel: Transmission needed for reliable integration of renewables

    It’s snowing—and windy—in Washington today, and I am at an all-day hearing on “renewable integration” at the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission. This is dry stuff—only it’s not. “Integrating” wind and other renewables into the grid is the key to building a new energy future in the United States, and making it happen...

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    AWEA's Denise Bode talks renewables on CNN

    AWEA CEO Denise Bode will appear on CNN today, Saturday, at 4PM ET. She will be part of a panel discussing various aspects of President Obama's agenda. The CNN interview tops off a busy media week for AWEA, starting Monday with a high-level energy and transmission summit convened by Senate Majority Leader...

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    (Say) It ain't so, Joe

    At a House Energy and Commerce Subcommittee hearing yesterday on a proposed national renewable electricity standard (RES), Rep. Joe Barton (R-Tex.) turned the tables on the pro-renewable crowd by arguing that wind energy contributes to global warming, rather than reducing it. Barton cited a Carnegie Mellon University study that concluded that massing...

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    More notes from AWEA’s Siting Workshop: Day 2

    SEATTLE–Wind is on the radar screen these days, and not necessarily in a good sense. The opening segment today at AWEA’s Project Siting Workshop here centered on the fact that on radar screens, wind farms masquerade as thunderstorms. This is disconcerting not only to weather forecasters, but also to those who depend...

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    Notes from AWEA's Project Siting Workshop

    SEATTLE–Neither national economic woes nor Seattle's legendary moisture dampened turnout at this year's AWEA Project Siting Workshop–more than 380 are attending, slightly higher than last year's turnout. The traffic at the exhibit booths is reported to be heavy and very engaged, and the networking during coffee breaks has been noisy and intense....

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    Wind-wildlife group names first president

    The American Wind Wildlife Institute (AWWI), a national organization committed to responsible wind development as well as wildlife protection, has chosen Kraig Butrum to serve as its first President. Mr. Butrum has 25 years' experience in nonprofit organizations, including the National Park Foundation and Conservation International. “The time is now for America...

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    Dutch study: Integrating large-scale wind works

    A new study by a Dutch researcher concludes that Dutch power stations can integrate large amounts of wind power as long as use is made of up-to-date, improved wind forecasts. The study, by a PHD candidate at TU Delft, also concluded that there is no need for storage facilities because new forecasting...

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