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The NASDAQ OMX Group, Inc. (Nasdaq:NDAQ) and Clean Edge, Inc. announced the results of the semi-annual evaluation of the NASDAQ OMX® Clean Edge® Global Wind Energy Index (Nasdaq:QWND), which will become effective with the market open today.The following two securities will be added to the Index: China Longyuan Power Group Corporation Limited (916 HK) and Edison International (EIX UN).The Index is a modified market-capitalization index designed to act as a transparent and liquid benchmark for the global wind energy sector. The Index includes companies that are primarily manufacturers, developers, distributors, installers, and users of energy derived from wind sources. The securities must also meet other eligibility criteria which include minimum requirements for market capitalization and average daily dollar trading volume. The Index is evaluated on a semi-annual basis in March and September. For more information about the NASDAQ OMX Clean Edge Global Wind Energy Index, including detailed eligibility criteria, visit https://indexes.nasdaqomx.com/.As a result of the evaluation, the following three securities will be removed from the Index: Fersa Energias Renovables, S.A. (FRS SM), Suzlon Energy Limited (SUEL IS), and Theolia SA (TEO FP).The NASDAQ OMX Clean Edge Global Wind Energy Index is the basis for the PowerShares Global Wind Energy Portfolio

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China WindPower Group Ltd., Iberdrola SA and Duke Energy Corp. will lead development of an estimated $65 billion of wind-power plants this year that let utilities reduce their reliance on fossil fuels.The estimate from Bloomberg New Energy Finance assumes a 9 percent increase in global installations of wind turbines this year, adding as much as 41 gigawatts of generation capacity. That's the equivalent of 34 new nuclear power stations.Utilities that built natural gas-fired generators during the last decade are increasingly erecting turbines and buying wind power from competitors, tapping a renewable-energy source as governments consider ways to penalize carbon-based fuels."Wind development is moving fast," James Rogers, chairman of Duke, which owns utilities in the U.S. Southeast and Midwest, said in London on March 18 at the Bloomberg New Energy Finance conference. "In the last 10 years, 90 percent of plants we've built have been gas. I've used gas plants like crack cocaine."While gas-fired plants are relatively cheap to build and pollute less than coal plants, they still emit carbon dioxide, which will carry higher costs if governments tighten environmental rules.Last year, $63 billion was invested in turbines, adding 37.5 gigawatts of new capacity and bringing potential output of electricity from

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250 exhibitors from 14 countries, 17,000 visitors from 30 nations 30 (2009: 15,500 visitors), sold out congress events, numerous political delegations from Germany and abroad, and the extremely successful world summit on small wind turbines firmly established this year's New Energy Husum as the leading international trade fair for the small wind industry, and also as the most successful, most visited renewable energy exhibition event in Germany.Not just the exhibitors have noticed how international this fair has become in such a short time, but also the visitors from all the German states and 30 other countries who came to Husum. Over the last few days we have welcomed visitors from all over Germany, and even from the Azores, Brazil, India, China and the Emirates in Husum", said the fair's managing director Hanno Fecke."Welcome to the Mecca of the small wind industry", was how Wolfgang Schmidtner from Renergy, one of the 20 speakers at the 3rd Small Wind Turbine Symposium, started his talk on Sunday. On this the final day of the exhibition, numerous representatives of the 52 international small wind turbine exhibitors were proudly showing off their stacks of business cards from new and prospective customers who are interested in

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Wild Brush Energy (PINKSHEETS: WBRE) and Energoconsult Ltd. have established a cooperative agreement towards the future development of a commercial scale Wind Farm, up to 120Mw in size. Energoconsult's signing is essential for the assessment of crucial wind measurement data, site planning and analysis forecasts vital for maximum wind farm productivity.Energoconsult Ltd. performs research, assessment, optimization and the utilization of alternative energy sources such as wind. The company has the necessary equipment, specialists, experience and professionalism to research the opportunities for utilizing wind energy in perspective areas. The experts are highly qualified professionals and team workers.The Wild Brush Energy Wind Project in planning would optimally be around 120Mw in size and cost an estimated $270 million in development expenditures. Once completed, this Wind Park would supply upwards of 290,000 Mw of electricity annually. This is enough green energy to supply over 40,000 homes with electricity and offset nearly 260,000 tons of Greenhouse gases.Total gross electric sales over a 20-year period are estimated at over $800 million for a project this size.About Wild Brush Energy Inc. Wild Brush Energy Inc. is a diversified energy company whose goal is to identify and develop clean air energy producing alternatives. Wild Brush is presently

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Peering down 148 metres from the top of the latest addition to London's skyline, the traffic-clogged Elephant and Castle roundabout and its notorious neighbour, the Heygate estate, below feel an unlikely location for a world first. But next week, this new skyscraper, nicknamed "the Razor", will take a crucial step towards becoming the world's first building with wind turbines built into its fabric.While wind speeds in the concrete jungle at the tower's base would render a wind turbine pointless, at 42 storeys up they are capable of 35mph gusts - a serious challenge for the workers who created the complex steel structure - and are projected to generate 8% of the building's electricity needs.The building - officially called the Strata tower - is a £113m milestone in the £1.5bn project to regenerate the Elephant and Castle area. The Strata development, which comprises the tower and a smaller "Pavillion" building, is a statement of the new demographic Southwark council hopes the area will attract - its 408 apartments range from £230,000 to £2.5m.But the tower also marks an innovation for the building sector, which under government regulations will have to make all new buildings zero-carbon by 2019.Justin Black, director for Brookfield,

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Boralex Inc (BLX.TO: Quote) has secured financing of C$194.5 million ($191 million) for the construction and operation of its Thames River wind farm in southern Ontario, the Canadian renewable energy producer said on Monday.The funds will be used to finance the second phase of the 90-megawatt wind farm and to refinance Phase 1. The first phase involved the construction of four of nine 10 MW wind farms, which were commissioned in January.The remaining five 10 MW farms are under construction and scheduled to be finished by December.Thanks to the refinancing, Boralex said it can complete the second phase of the project without having to raise any equity while also freeing up C$12.7 million.Boralex's stock price was 5 Canadian cents firmer at C$10.07 on the Toronto Stock Exchange on Monday afternoon.The 21-year, 7-percent-a-year loan was arranged by insurer Manulife Financial Corp (MFC.TO: Quote), which also invested C$88.5 million in the project. This is Manulife's fifth wind farm financing in the past year.In addition to wind energy, Quebec-based Boralex also produces power from hydroelectric sources, biomass and natural gas plants.Boralex said the C$194.5 million makes up about 76 percent of the total investment in Thames River and covers initial financing costs, interest

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Gov. Bob McDonnell signed into law Wednesday offshore drilling legislation intended to realize his goal of making Virginia the East Coast's energy superpower.The bills supporting offshore oil and gas exploration and directing royalties from drilling back to Virginia each hinge on actions by the federal government and Congress.Interior Secretary Ken Salazar is expected to announce his decision soon whether the government will move forward with the sale of oil and gas leases in a triangular tract 50 miles off of the Virginia coast. The 2.9 million acres has an estimated 130 million barrels of oil and 1.1 trillion cubic feet of natural gas.McDonnell said the bill backing offshore exploration is intended to signal to Salazar the state's official endorsement of gas and oil exploration."We're sending an important message that Virginia is ready to go - and there should be no reason for Washington to delay approval of the offshore lease sale and eventually exploration and drilling," McDonnell said.McDonnell wants Virginia to be the first East Coast state to tap oil and natural gas in Atlantic waters. He has proposed incentives, as well as tax credits for creating jobs tied to renewable energy sources such as solar and wind power.The proposals

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A recovery in the wind energy sector starting in the second half of the year will boost sales growth for Broadwind Energy Inc., a JPMorgan analyst said Tuesday.Shares rose rose 41 cents, or 8 percent, to $5.52 in afternoon trading after JPMorgan analyst Christopher Blansett started coverage on the company at "Overweight," with a price target of $6.50.Broadwind supplies equipment, transportation and engineering services for the wind energy industry.The U.S. wind market will grow by at least 25 percent per year over the next three years, Blansett said in a note to investors. Lower costs from easier credit and lower commodity prices, as well as a government subsidy lasting until the end of 2012, should help support wind power, he said.More foreign turbine makers interested in growing their U.S. business are likely to buy components from Broadwind, helping it grow faster than its peers, Blansett said. He also believes Broadwind's two largest customers, GE Wind and Clipper Wind, could ramp up orders soon. 

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SGS, the world's leading inspection, verification, testing and certification company, is one of the exhibitors at the European Wind Energy Conference and Exhibition (EWEC) 2010 in Warsaw, Poland. The services offered by SGS Competence Center Wind Energy will be presented throughout the exhibition at stand no. 4058 in hall 4.The European Wind Energy Conference and Exhibition (EWEC) 2010 is widely regarded as the most professional, comprehensive and informative annual event in the wind energy sector in Europe. It will be held at the EXPO XXI Warsaw International Expocentre, from April 20 - 23, 2010.EWEC is the only annual event combining an extensive exhibition of the leading players with a conference covering every key aspect of the wind market, which provides a good opportunity for SGS Competence Center Wind Energy to present its wide range of Wind Energy Services to the European audience.The scope of SGS Wind Energy Services showcased by SGS includes, but is not limited to, Project Execution, Wind Turbine Blade Testing, Risk Management and Quality, Health, Safety & Environmental (QHSE) Management.Project Execution offered by SGS includes Project Management, Tender Support, Construction Supervision and Commissioning Supervision as well as QA/QC Management and Inspection, which are indispensible services for the

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Power generation supplier NRG Energy Inc (NYSE: NRG) declared on Thursday that the company has entered into a binding letter of intent to purchase the South Trent wind farm near Sweetwater, Texas, for an undisclosed price.This 101 megawatt (MW) South Trent wind farm came online in January 2009 and consists of 44 Siemens 2.3 MW wind turbines capable, at maximum capacity, of powering more than 80,000 homes.AEP Energy Partners Inc has a 20-year power purchase agreement for all of the generation from this site.Following completion of the acquisition, South Trent will become the fourth plant in NRG Energy's onshore wind portfolio and would bring the company's wind portfolio to approximately 450 MW.Comments on this story may be sent to admin@m2.comFor full details on Siemens Aktien (SI) SI. Siemens Aktien (SI) has Short Term PowerRatings at TradingMarkets. Details on Siemens Aktien (SI) Short Term PowerRatings is available at This Link.For full details on Nrg Energy Inc (NRG) NRG. Nrg Energy Inc (NRG) has Short Term PowerRatings at TradingMarkets. Details on Nrg Energy Inc (NRG) Short Term PowerRatings is available at This Link. 

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