Int'l financing package will help set up Jamaica wind farm

KINGSTON, Jamaica (AP) — A branch of the World Bank is helping set up nearly $63 million in financing to help create and operate a new wind farm in Jamaica, which has long struggled with punishing electricity costs and a near total dependence on imported oil.

The International Finance Corporation says the installation is expected to sell 36 megawatts of power to the island's sole electrical utility.

Cape Wind stops paying on some leases

The Boston Globe

Following a move by two utilities to drop their contracts to buy power from Cape Wind, grid operator ISO New England last week suspended the project’s participation in New England’s wholesale electricity markets, and the company has stopped paying to lease land in Rhode Island that would have been a staging area to build the $2.5 billion offshore wind farm, The Boston Globe reports.

Texas power 10 percent wind in 2014, says ERCOT


For the first time ever, more than 10 percent of the power generated in Texas in 2014 came from wind, according to the Electric Reliability Council of Texas, FuelFix reports.

Centerbridge Partners picks up Senvion from turbine maker Suzlon

The Wall Street Journal

Private equity fund Centerbridge Partners LP is buying a German unit – Senvion SE – from Indian turbine maker Suzlon Energy for more than $1.1 billion, The Wall Street Journal reports.

Amazon data centers to be run on wind power

The Seattle Times

A wind farm in Indiana that Amazon will be developing alongside partner Pattern Energy Group should generate 500,000 megawatt hours of electricity annually, which will be used to power the company’s Web Services data centers, The Seattle Times reports.

Clean Line gets OK from Tennessee regulators

Chatanooga Times Free Press

The Tennessee Regulatory Authority has granted approval to extend a transmission line to bring Oklahoma wind power as far as Memphis, Clean Line Energy Partners told the Chattanooga Times Free Press, adding that the project, among other things, still needs an approval from the Department of Energy for joint work with the Southwestern Power Administration.

Wind energy beats drilling offshore in Atlantic: Oceana

Daily Press

Offshore wind energy in the Atlantic offers the potential to generate twice as much energy and twice as many jobs as offshore drilling, says a report from the conservation group Oceana, according to the Daily Press in Virginia.

Missed deadline proving costly for Cape Wind

The Boston Globe

National Grid and Northeast Utilities say they are backing out of an agreement to buy power from Cape Wind, after it missed an end-of-year deadline to obtain financing and start construction on the Nantucket Sound wind farm, The Boston Globe reports.

PacifiCorp Energy pleads guilty in bird deaths

CHEYENNE, Wyo. (AP) — Wind farm operator PacifiCorp Energy will pay $2.5 million in fines after pleading guilty Friday to charges related to the deaths of protected birds in Wyoming.

The subsidiary of Portland, Oregon-based PacifiCorp pleaded guilty in federal court in Wyoming to two counts of violating the federal Migratory Bird Treaty Act under a plea deal with prosecutors.


Senate grudgingly sends one-year tax extenders bill to Obama

In one of the final acts under the Democratic majority, senators late Tuesday cleared for President Barack Obama's signature a one-year, $41.6 billion bill to extend expired tax breaks only through 2014.

The outcome left the wind energy industry short of its goal for a longer renewal, and senators from both parties pointing fingers at each other and the White House for the failure to enact a bill that would have extended some 55 provisions at least through next year.


Subscribe to Wind