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    Another wind power mark falls in Texas

    Texas, which has far outdistanced other states in building wind farms and will likely widen its lead still further over the next few years, set a record Friday (March 5) for instantaneous wind generation, as detailed by Kate Galbraith in the New York Times Green Inc. blog. The record mark, 6,272 megawatts...

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    NY Times recites wind integration myths

    Haphazardly dropped into the middle of an interesting and otherwise technically accurate New York Times article about a new type of solar power plant are a couple of paragraphs of unsubstantiated nonsense on the topic of wind energy integration. The only source for the “information” in these paragraphs appears to have been...

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    More on the self-defeating Schumer Buy American effort

    The proposal by New York's Sen. Schumer and a handful of others to shut off the flow of Treasury grants to new wind projects illustrates the self-defeating nature of current Congressional policy towards jobs and manufacturing. As the Energy Department's spokesman said yesterday, “Other countries are not pressing the pause button on...

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    Touring National Wind Technology Center – Q's Laboratory

    Approaching the National Renewable Energy Laboratory National Wind Technology Center (NREL NWTC), tucked into the quiet foothills of the Rocky Mountains in Boulder, CO, I couldn’t help but imagine its Department of Energy researchers like the dogged, faceless scientists in James Bond movies, stashed in a hidden government compound toiling away at...

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    AWEA blasts Schumer effort to shut down wind grant program

    Here is a statement released today by AWEA CEO Denise Bode, in response to a proposal by Sen. Charles Schumer of New York and others to deny Recovery Act grants to projects containing less than 100% U.S. manufactured components: At a time when the construction unemployment rate is nearly 25% and the...

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    Delivering the message on manufacturing and transmission

    Today AWEA CEO Denise Bode joined a panel at the Energy Biz Forum here in Washington. The audience was largely executives from the electric utility industry. “ actually becoming a manufacturing headquarters, with the share of domestically manufactured wind turbine components increasing from 25% before 2005 to over 50% in...

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    Natural gas is natural and pretty clean, but renewable? Nope

    A Washington Post editorial this past weekend suggested that natural gas be included in state renewable portfolio standards and in the federal renewable electricity standard now before Congress. It would be a convenient way to retire some coal plants and reduce greenhouse gases, the Post said. To avoid the obvious argument that...

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    Some wind jobs are coming back

    At AWEA we like to stress that wind energy means jobs–after all, every one of a turbine's 8,000 parts has to be manufactured. Fortunately, some of the jobs lost during the recession are coming back. This week PPG Industries added 180 employees to restart a furnace at its fiber glass plant in...

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