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Enel launches 300-MW project in Mo. ahead of schedule

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Analysis: Republican support for wind helping protect PTC phaseout | AWEA's Kiernan: Neb. policies encouraging wind development | Opinion: Hypocritical House tax bill threatens critical economic driver
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Analysis: Republican support for wind helping protect PTC phaseout
The Senate's proposal for tax reform and broad support for wind in states largely controlled by Republicans will help protect the industry from a provision in the House bill that would unravel the wind energy Production Tax Credit phaseout, writes Dino Grandoni. American Wind Energy Association CEO Tom Kiernan said, however, that the House measure has created uncertainty for the sector and is already upsetting established investments.
The Washington Post (tiered subscription model) (11/14) 
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AWEA's Kiernan: Neb. policies encouraging wind development
AWEA's Kiernan: Neb. policies encouraging wind development
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Policies passed by the Nebraska Legislature "have really created an environment for more wind development," American Wind Energy Association CEO Tom Kiernan said. State Sen. John McCollister helped advance a bill in 2016 reducing the restrictions for new wind projects -- a measure that McCollister says has helped the industry take off across the state.
KMTV-TV (Omaha, Neb.) (11/15) 
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Opinion: Hypocritical House tax bill threatens critical economic driver
The hypocritical tax measure proposed by House Republicans favors fossil fuels at the expense of renewables, a critical economic driver in the US responsible for almost $100 billion worth of new investments made over the past two years, writes Gregory Wetstone, president and CEO of the American Council on Renewable Energy. "Retroactive changes to rules that investors relied on in financial decisions are inherently unfair and have no place in tax reform," he writes of the proposed wind energy Production Tax Credit phaseout repeal.
The Wall Street Journal (tiered subscription model) (11/14) 
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Project Focus
Firms decommission Neb. wind farm, plan new project
Sandhills Energy and Nebraska-based general contractor NGC Group are decommissioning a 15-year-old, 10.5-megawatt project in Kimball, Neb., the companies said. They added that they plan to build a new 30-MW project at the site in Q2 2018.
Omaha World-Herald (Neb.) (11/14) 
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Enel launches 300-MW project in Mo. ahead of schedule
Enel Green Power North America has launched its 300-megawatt Rock Creek project in Missouri, said the firm, adding that the site began operations nearly two months earlier than planned. Enel said it's also broken ground on the 320-MW Rattlesnake Creek wind farm in Nebraska.
ReNews (UK) (11/14) 
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Operations & Maintenance
Goldwind introduces new model for 4-MW turbine class
Xinjiang Goldwind Science & Technology has introduced a new turbine model in its 4-megawatt series developed for the global wind market, according to the company. It added that the GW4S model would have a capacity between 4 MW and 4.2 MW.
ReNews (UK) (11/15) 
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Economy, Energy & Trends
Kellogg's pledges 100% renewables by 2050
Kellogg's has joined RE100 and adopted a goal to source 100% of its electricity from renewables by 2050, according to the firm. "We hope to inspire others in our sector to follow our lead and do more to cut greenhouse gas emissions," said Chief Sustainability Officer Diane Holdorf.
ReNews (UK) (11/14) 
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Editorial: Neb. utility's 50% renewable energy pledge is impressive
The Omaha Public Power District's pledge to source 50% of its total retail electricity from renewables by 2020 is impressive, and all the more so because it's also decommissioning the Fort Calhoun Nuclear Station, writes the editorial board of the Omaha World-Herald. "OPPD seems to be making a sound economic and environmental choice, based on affordability and sustainability," it writes.
Omaha World-Herald (Neb.) (11/15) 
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BMW will transition to 100% renewables by 2020
BMW will source 100% of the electricity needed to power its 31 production facilities in 14 countries from clean energy sources by 2020, said Head of Purchasing and Supplier Network Markus Duesmann at the UN's climate conference. BMW currently sources some of its electricity from wind turbines in Germany.
Bloomberg (free registration) (11/15) 
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Policy Watch
Report: Ireland can't meet 100% by 2050 target without wind
Ireland's lack of a plan to drive wind development puts it in danger of missing its 100% by 2050 renewable energy target, according to the Irish Wind Farmers Association. Chairman Grattan Healy said Ireland is uniquely positioned to ramp up wind production and provide rural families with economic stability, yet continues to import fossil fuels.
The Irish Times (Dublin) (11/15) 
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WindIQ -- do you know the name? The look is new, but its history is deeply rooted. WindIQ is the most authoritative source for US wind industry data, provided by AWEA at no cost to members. Previously known as Market Database Pro, the newly refreshed WindIQ is a critical tool in the toolkit for all wind industry professionals. Learn more.
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