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February of 2012. Continental Wind Power Industry Update

More Power Plants Going Out of Service Due to New Regulations Set by EPA

New EPA pollution control regulations were set as part of an updated order to protect people from harmul pollutants caused by coal-fired power plants. Aging coal power plants are the largest remaining source of several toxic air pollutants, including mercury, arsenic, cyanide, and a range of other dangerous pollutants.

While there may be opposition to the new regulations, the closing of these plants is an opportunity for cities to broaden their scope of renewable energy and alternative revenue sources. More

 

January of 2012. Continental Wind Power Industry Update

Warren Buffet Buys $2 Billion Renewable Energy Project

Warren Buffett's MidAmerican Energy, one of the largest wind power producers in the United States, is investing in solar energy. Last December, MidAmerican purchased one of the biggest planned solar facilities in the world, the Topaz Solar power development in San Luis Obispo County, California

And solar is still considerably less commercially viable than wind is...If the U.S. is going to remain globally competitive, it is promising to see someone as high-profile as Warren Buffett continuing to invest in renewable energy. More

 

December of 2011. Continental Wind Power Industry Update

23 Governors, 369 Orgs Throw Support Behind Four-year PTC Extension Bill

Most recently, a broad, nonpartison coalition of 369 members, including manufacturing, farm and business interests, issued a letter endorsing a four-year extension to the Production Tax Credit (PTC), wind energy's key federal tax incentive.

"Farmers and business people know a good deal when they see one, and that is exactly what clean, affordable, homegrown wind energy provides for the American people," said AWEA CEO Denise Bode. "With the support of a key federal tax incentive, wind energy is powering one of America's fastest-growing manufacturing sectors." More

 

November of 2011. Continental Wind Power Industry Update

California Implements Its Landmark Climate Change Bill: AB32 includes U.S.'s first comprehensive cap-and-trade program

The period of public comment, environmental litigation, political lobbying, and oil industry-sponsored ballot initiatives is over. California is ready to implement the California Air Resources Board’s Global Warming Solutions Act of 2006 (AB32 for short), effective January 1, 2012. The Act’s landmark cap-and-trade program is the first in the nation, and is expected to be a good test of whether programs like it can reduce pollution by putting a price on heat-trapping gases without putting polluters out of business. More

 

September of 2011. Continental Wind Power Industry Update

New U.S. Wind Power Generation Rebounds in First Half of 2011 from 2010 Market

U.S. wind energy has rebounded from 1,250 MW of new installation in the first half of 2010 to a steady 2,151 MW during the same period of 2011. This is a 72% increase of production. More

 

July of 2011. Continental Wind Power Industry Update

New California Law Requires All Public Utilities to Raise Renewable Energy Production to 33% by 2020

 

Senate Bill X1-2 was signed by California Governor Edmund Brown Jr. in April 2011. This bill raises the Renewable Portfolio Standard (RPS) in California to 33% by 2020. With the new RPS set for 33% by 2020, all California electricity retailers including publicly owned utilities (POUs), investor-owned utilities, electricity service providers, and community choice aggregators must adopt the new RPS goals of 20% of retail sales from renewables by the end of 2013, 25% by the end of 2016, and 33% by the end of 2020. More

 

 

December 22, 2010. Continental Wind Power Press Release

CEC report says wind is the lowest cost way to generate electricity

A California Energy Commission (CEC) report titled "Comparative Costs of California Central Station Electricity Generation Technologies" finds that wind is the cheapest way to generate electricity, when costs are levelized.

The report updates the levelized cost of generation estimates originally prepared for California's Integrated Energy Policy Report. The electricity-generating technologies studied include simple- and combined-cycle gas-fired, coal-integrated gasification combined cycle, wind, solar PV, solar thermal, biofuel, geothermal, hydro and nuclear. The only cheaper-than-wind method of generating electricity would be to upgrade existing hydro facilities. More

 

October of 2010. Continental Wind Power Press Release

U.S. rare earth strategy taking shape: congress, department of defense tackle supply vulnerability

The recent press about China’s 97% share of global rare earths production in 2009 has gotten Congress’s attention. Rare earths are used in a wide range of consumer products, medical devices, and green technology (including electric vehicles and wind turbine generators), as well as in communications satellites, jet fighters, Navy radar, tank navigation, missile guidance and other national defense systems. Needless to say the Pentagon is also taking a closer look at U.S. supply vulnerability. The Department of Energy has been working on its own strategy to increase United States access and domestic development, and is expected to release its draft plan this fall. More

 

September 29, 2010. Continental Wind Power Press Release

Special 100% Capital Gains for small business stock acquired between September 27, 2010 and January 1, 2011: small business jobs act of 2010 signed into law

H.R. 5297, the “Small Business Jobs Act of 2010,” which passed both the House and the Senate apparently in identical form, was signed into law September 27, 2010. The Senate approved the bill September 16 by a vote of 61 to 38 and the House on September 23 by a vote of 237 to 187. More

 

September 1, 2010. New York Times

A 'Reverse Auction Market' Proposed to Spur California renewables

On August 26, 2010 the California Public Utilities Commission (CPUC) proposed a new feed-in tariff mechanism, which has been described as an "elegant solution" for driving midsized renewable energy development in the state and is expected to be quickly adopted. More

 

August of 2010. Continental Wind Power Press Release

Comparison of midsize wind turbines to multi-megawatt turbines: Bigger is not better for distributed wind applications

Market penetration for the midsize turbine will be broad. The Revolution 360TM Wind Turbine is expected to fill a need not met by the very large turbines being manufactured today.

Adoption of sustainable wind energy from medium-size turbines is predicted to be in the 1MW-10MW range for large power users such as military bases, industrial facilities, wastewater treatment plants, universities, and large agricultural operations. For these specific types of application, the penetration of large multi-megawatt turbines will be limited due to the difficulties of micro-siting larger turbines. Other issues include their ineligibility for installation in locations close to businesses or residential areas, permitting problems, or the lack of long distance transmission lines. More

 

November 19, 2009. Continental DRS Joint Press Release

Continental Wind Power, Inc., Establishes Partnership with DRS Power & Control Technologies, Inc. and DRS Power Technology, Inc. for Alternative Energy Solutions

Continental Wind Power and DRS Power & Control Technologies announced today that they have established a partnership to develop technology to convert wind power to electricity.  DRS is owned by Finmeccanica S.p.A. a $24 billion Co. with 70,000 employees. Continental Wind, a fast growing company in the field of wind turbine design, manufacturing and wind farm development, is working with DRS and other partners to bring these turn-key, modern 300 to 900 kilowatt medium-sized wind turbines to the U.S. and international markets. More

 

July 7, 2009. Green Chip Stocks

Investing in Wind Power: US to Double Wind Energy Use

"You should absolutely love wind energy. If you live in the U.S., you should love it even more. Worldwide installed wind capacity is expected to grow 63% by 2012, from 144,486 MW to 235,120 MW..." More

 

July 1, 2009. KCLU Broadcast Radio

Wind Power Could Create Hundreds of Jobs in Ventura County

"The future of one South Coast community could literally be blowing in the wind. The city has been selected as the home of a new wind turbine manufacturing facility, which will employ hundreds of people. KCLU's Lance Orozco has the story, from Santa Paula..." Broadcast News

 

July 1,2009. Ventura County Star

Santa Paula Wind Turbine Plant Could Create Hundreds of Jobs: Plant Scheduled to Open Next Year

"The new wind turbine plant coming to Santa Paula should start production next year and could eventually produce 600 turbines a year. On Tuesday, city and company officials discussed the partnership that will bring Continental Wind Power's manufacturing facility to the city by the first quarter next year. The Santa Barbara Company spent a year looking around the U.S. for a suitable site..." More

 

June 30, 2009. Ventura County Star

Wind Turbine plant planned for Santa Paula: Hundreds of Green Jobs Expected

"Continental Wind Power plans to build its first U.S. wind turbine manufacturing and development center in Santa Paula. The Santa Barbara company and city of Santa Paula are holding a joint press conference to announce the facility today. Discussions have been going on since last fall about locating the manufacturing plant in Santa Paula, which could benefit from as many as 500 new jobs..." More

 

June 30, 2009. Recharge News

Continental Wind Power to Build California Turbine Plant

"Start up Continental Wind Power will announce Tuesday that it will build its first wind turbine manufacturing and development plant in Santa Paula, California, and already has firm orders for US delivery, Marketing Director Sherry Lawson tells Recharge..." More

 

June 29, 2009. Pacific Coast Business Times

Wind Power Chief Says Santa Paula Wooed Him

"Santa Barbara-based Continental Wind Power, a startup planning to build mid-sized wind energy turbines, has chosen Santa Paula as the site for its proposed factory, the company said June 29th. Continental will open an office in Santa Paula this summer to begin recruiting potential workers for the plant, which it hopes will employ between 300 and 500 people. It plans to start producing and shipping wind turbines as early as next year..." More

 

June 29, 2009. Continental Wind Power Press Release

Continental Wind Power to Open Plant in Santa Paula

 

 

Company's Official Press Release about selecting Santa Paula, CA for first manufacturing facility

 

April 28, 2009. Knight and Carver Press Release

Knight & Carver, Continental Wind Power Team Up


"Knight & Carver Wind Group will collaborate with Continental Wind Power to develop, test and build Continental’s new 300-kW Revolution wind turbine blades. The project will produce 18-meter blades for use in medium-size distributed wind farms..."

More as released in AWEA's Wind Energy Weekly...
More as released by Knight and Carver...

 

March 4, 2009. Santa Paula Times

Attitude Could Cinch Relocation Deal: Santa Paula Times


"If Santa Paula doesn’t become the new home of Continental Wind Power it won’t be due to a lack of trying; and the great attitude of city staff might just cinch the deal, the company president told the City Council at the February 17 meeting. The city has been wooing Continental Wind Power, which manufactures energy alternative wind turbines, for several months..." More

 

October 31, 2008. National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL)

An Analysis of the Technical and Economic Potential for Mid-Scale Distributed Wind


The following excerpt contains the Executive Summary section and the Conclusions section from "An Analysis of the Technical and Economic Potential for Mid-Scale Distributed Wind" published by the U.S. Department of Energy's National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL).

Large, multi-megawatt, utility-scale wind turbines are becoming increasingly gigantic and expensive to manufacture, transport, and install. This NREL report analyzes the market potential for mid-size wind turbines. The report validates Continental Wind Power's business model of supplying the distributed generation market (self-generation of electricity "behind" the meter for large agricultural operations, university campuses, industrial facilities, and other commercial operations with high electricity demand).

Please note the following about the report's conclusions:

- Continental Wind Power turbines are designed to use today's highly efficient wind turbine technology (the mid-size turbines analyzed in the report were of older technology);

- Capital cost drops significantly with careful sourcing and lean manufacturing;

- The NREL report was published before the change in administration, which has since increased public policy support for renewable energy at the federal level as well as with financial and tax incentives. More

 

October 1, 2008. KEYT3 Santa Barbara

Sustainable Energy Could Create Hundreds of Local Jobs


"A Santa Barbara start-up company is ready to help local communities go green and are seeking out local businesses to help with the process..." More

 

December 11, 2008. Fortune Magazine

Trying to Catch the Wind: Developers and Turbine Makers are Scrambling to Feed Growing Demand for Power

"About 60 miles north of San Francisco, the strip malls of Solano County give way to gently rolling hills where, as far as the eye can see, wind turbines sprout from the golden bluffs overlooking the Sacramento delta. Construction on Solano's newest turbine farm, Shiloh II, began this summer, part of a wind rush that has transformed the U.S. into the world's biggest wind market..." More

 

September 24, 2008. Pacific Coast Business Times

Wind Firm Projects 300 Jobs in Ventura County


"Jim Winsayer has ambitious plans: to create hundreds of jobs and begin building a factory to make wind energy turbines in the Tri-Counties, all within the next year. Winsayer heads Santa Barbara-based Continental Wind Power, which aims to make mid-sized wind turbines for large power consumers such as factories, farms, and county and city governments..." More