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BOEM seeks input on Atlantic offshore wind development

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Report: Extensions of renewable energy tax credits are economic multipliers
Extensions of the wind energy Production Tax Credit and other renewable energy tax credits are economic multipliers that have the potential to create 220,000 jobs and pump $23 billion in the US economy in 2017, according to the Natural Resources Defense Council. "Good tax policies to boost wind and solar projects are creating new jobs, growing our economy, and providing climate and public health benefits," said NRDC Policy Analyst Kevin Steinberger.
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7-Eleven to power 100% of its Texas locations using wind
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7-Eleven has signed a 96-month deal with TXU Energy to source 100% of the total electricity used by its 425 stores in Texas with wind beginning on June 1, 2018. The company added that the agreement is expected to reduce its carbon usage by 6.7%.
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MAKE: Vestas was the top turbine supplier in 2016
Vestas supplied turbines with a combined capacity of 8.7 gigawatts last year, making it the top turbine supplier in the world for 2016, according to MAKE Consulting. MAKE said Vestas was followed by General Electric, Goldwind, Gamesa and Siemens.
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K2 helped Copenhagen plan Bearkat 1 in Texas, says company
K2 Management said it has a five-month contract with Copenhagen Infrastructure Partners in which it helped the company review and plan its 196.7-megawatt Bearkat 1 project in Texas. "We were delighted to deliver acquisition due diligence services on CIP's first equity investment in US onshore wind," said K2 US Managing Director Carsten Ploug Jensen.
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BOEM seeks input on Atlantic offshore wind development
The Bureau of Ocean Energy Management will hold a public meeting on April 19 to gather feedback on "factors that may influence future offshore wind leasing efforts." BOEM said it would also provide a preliminary framework for determining future sites for offshore wind development.
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Report: Europe cut its carbon emissions 10% in 2015 using renewables
Renewables like wind and solar helped Europe reduce its carbon emissions by 10% in 2015 while also reducing its reliance on fossil fuels, according to the European Environment Agency. The agency added that its findings imply that the EU is on track to meet its 20% renewables and 20% emissions reduction goals by 2020.
The Guardian (London) (4/3) 
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N.D. House rejects energy study bill
The North Dakota House of Representatives voted 77-13 against an amended bill on Monday that would have required a long-term study into the state's energy sector. Observers said the measure contained an amendment that would have hindered wind development in the state by requiring the Public Service Commission to consider "need" in turbine siting proposals.
U.S. News & World Report/The Associated Press (4/3),  Prairie Public Broadcasting (Fargo, N.D.) (4/4) 
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Ohio House votes to roll back renewable energy requirements
The Ohio House of Representatives advanced a bill last week in 65-31 vote that would repeal the state's renewable energy requirements and make them optional. The American Wind Energy Association has criticized the measure, arguing that it may "slam the brakes" on Ohio's wind industry.
North American Windpower online (4/3) 
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Study quantifies wind's value for building a reliable, resilient power system
The largest grid operator in the US just released an innovative study that quantifies the reliability of possible future energy mixes. It found that portfolios with very large amounts of wind energy, dozens of times greater than the current mix, scored among the highest for reliability and resilience. Learn more.
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