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AWEA Chairman Brown: Wind is driving US energy independence, investment

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AWEA Chairman Brown: Wind is driving US energy independence, investment | BNEF: Policy uncertainty, falling costs cause Q1 US clean energy funding cuts | Van Oord begins foundation installation at UK offshore wind farm
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AWEA Chairman Brown: Wind is driving US energy independence, investment
Wind is a low-cost and predictable energy source that has the power to create jobs, stimulate economic growth in rural communities and help the US on its way to energy independence, writes Vestas Americas President and American Wind Energy Association Chairman Chris Brown. He argues that the US could further advance the benefits of wind by expanding its transmission infrastructure.
Austin American-Statesman (Texas) (free content) (4/11) 
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BNEF: Policy uncertainty, falling costs cause Q1 US clean energy funding cuts
Worldwide investments in clean energy dropped 17% in the first quarter, with US clean energy sector investments falling 24% to $9.4 billion, according to Bloomberg New Energy Finance. The report attributed in part the US decline to uncertainty surrounding the future of the nation's tax credits, and falling costs, which allow for less spending on generation. "It was a relatively quiet first quarter for global investment, but it's too early to assume that 2017 as a whole will be lower than last year," said analyst Abraham Louw.
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Project Focus
Van Oord begins foundation installation at UK offshore wind farm
Van Oord has begun installing turbine foundations at Dong Energy's 660-megawatt Walney 3 offshore wind project in the Irish Sea, according to the company. The project will use a combination of MHI Vestas and Siemens machines, and it is expected to begin operations in 2018. (U.K.) (4/12) 
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Copenhagen Infrastructure picks E.ON Energy to manage Texas project
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Copenhagen Infrastructure Partners has selected E.ON Energy Services as the project and construction manager of its 196.7-megawatt Bearkat 1 project in Texas, said the companies. "Bearkat 1 is our second wind project under construction in the US, and it is great to have experienced players like E.ON to work with," said CIP Senior Partner Christian Skakkebaek. (U.K.) (4/11) 
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Economy, Energy & Trends
Chicago pledges clean energy for public buildings
Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel announced that more than 900 government buildings in Chicago would transition to 100% renewable energy by 2025. On-site renewable sources and renewable energy credits will power city buildings, public schools, the Chicago Park district and the Chicago Housing Authority.
WTTW-TV (Chicago, Ill.) (4/10) 
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Analysis: Casa dos Ventos has made Brazil a leader in wind
Casa dos Ventos has made Brazil a global leader in wind production, transforming its ample wind resources and vast swaths of rural land into a lucrative business, write Blake Schmidt and Vanessa Dezem. In an interview, founder and President Mario Araripe discussed his experience building his company and the country's wind industry, adding that Casa dos Ventos controls enough land to add 15 gigawatts of installed wind capacity in the years to come.
Bloomberg (4/12) 
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Taiwan taps Port of Taichung for offshore wind hub
Taiwan's Ministry of Economic Affairs and business groups have chosen the Port of Taichung to serve as the nation's primary hub for offshore wind expansion, according to the port. It attributed the decision to its key location near several proposed projects, adding that it is in the market for domestic and international offshore wind companies that would like to establish operations in the area. (U.K.) (4/12) 
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Manufacturers, energy groups ask Trump to uphold Paris climate accord
Businesses and trade groups from across the US energy sector, including General Electric, the Business Council for Sustainable Energy and several fossil fuel groups, have asked the Trump administration to uphold the Paris climate accord. "U.S. leadership could take the world into a new era of global economic prosperity that also addresses concerns about climate and emissions," Cloud Peak Energy President Colin Marshall wrote in a letter to President Donald Trump.
The Hill (4/12) 
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11 experiences you don't want to miss at WINDPOWER 2017
WINDPOWER 2017 is less than two months away. Over the next few weeks, we'll start teasing out some highlights you can look forward to at this year's event. Here's a glimpse at a few things we have in store.
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