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March 19, 2012
TES Staff

Renewable Energy Potential Study
AWS Truepower LLC and Aires Renewables entered into a $1 million joint venture to identify and quantify the wind and solar resources in the San Juan province of Argentina. The project, funded through Argentina’s San Juan province power utility, EPSE, aims to provide the government with validated, high-resolution wind and solar resource maps, long-term datasets, and build-out scenarios for renewable energy projects throughout the San Juan territory.

“This project is very timely as Argentina looks to stabilize energy prices and maximize its natural resources,” states Joan Aymamí, vice president of international business, AWS Truepower. awstruepower.com; aires-renewables.com

Clean Energy Summit
A free summit on clean energy supply chains, from New Jersey’s Science and Technology University (NJIT), will feature a line-up of top national and local energy experts and policy makers. The keynote address comes from Dr. Martin Schmidt, Massachusetts Institute of Technology’s associate provost and professor of electrical and computer engineering, and the faculty lead for the Advanced Manufacturing Partnership (AMP), which is a White House initiative among U.S. corporations, research universities, and federal decision makers.

The March 30, 2012 event will run from 11:30am to 5pm on the first floor Atrium of NJIT’s Campus Center. To learn more or register go to dl.njit.edu/mnj.html or call 800-624.9850.

Discover More with Mazak
As manufacturing continues to surge in the Northeast, Mazak Corp. will continue to support that growth by hosting a special Discover More With Mazak event at its Northeast Technology Center in Windsor Locks, CT, May 8-10 from 9am to 8pm daily. Local manufacturers, and those in town for the Mfg4 conference, will discover how today’s advanced manufacturing systems paired with expert guidance can meet the rapidly growing production needs of the a large range of manufacturing sectors while boosting profitability. To register go to mazakusa.com

Jergens Names General Manager
|The new General Manager for Jergens Inc.’s Tooling Components Division is Bob Rubenstahl. Rubenstahl has been with Jergens for two years, previously serving as manager of the Workholding Solutions Group. As general manager, Rubenstahl will be responsible for the general management of the entire division, which is comprised of the Workholding Solutions Group, Specialty Fasteners Group, and Lifting Solutions Group. Rubenstahl will report to Jack Schron Jr., president, Jergens Inc. jergensinc.com

Trio Forms Capistrano Wind Partners
A subsidiary of Edison Mission Group (EMG), Edison Mission Energy, together with TIAA-CREF and Cook Inlet Region Inc. join together to form Capistrano Wind Partners LLC. The formation looks to support and fund the continued growth and development of wind energy projects across North America.

Capistrano Wind Partners will invest in a high-quality, diversified portfolio of U.S. wind projects, each acquired from EMG. All wind projects in the portfolio will have long-term power sales agreements in place with electric utilities and will be operational at the time of investment.

Initial projects in the portfolio include the 61MW Mountain Wind I project and the 80MW Mountain Wind II project, both located in Wyoming, as well as the 150MW Cedro Hill project in Texas. edisonintl.com

Analyzing Valuable Data Needed
Department of Energy (DOE) officials announced up to $6 million in available funds this year to collect and analyze valuable performance and durability data for light-duty fuel cell electric vehicles (FCEVs). The projects selected for funding will collect data from next-generation FCEVs as they operate in real-world conditions, helping identify ways to lower costs and improve fuel cell durability and overall vehicle performance. The funding is part of the DOE’s commitment to U.S. leadership in advanced fuel cell research that aims to help industry bring more FCEVs into the mainstream market, providing American families with new choices for vehicles that do not rely on gasoline. eere.energy.gov

Renewable Energy Subsidiary
The newly formed subsidiary of Juhl Wind Inc., Juhl Renewable Energy Systems Inc. (JRES), looks to meet the market needs for smaller scale wind and solar systems. The focus of JRES is on the sales and installation of Juhl’s on-site renewable energy systems – including Solarbank, Powerbank, and Juhl Windharvester. Plans are to provide several financing structures including Juhl’s ongoing system ownership at customer sites.

“With great success during the last two years of developing larger community wind farms, the time seems right to expand our attention to the growing demand in the medium/small business market and residential sector,” states Dan Juhl, chairman and CEO of Juhl Wind Inc. juhlwind.com

EIA Expects Long-term Growth

The U.S. Energy Information Administration, in a recent report, predicts that 9% of the electricity generated in the country would come from renewable sources by 2035 – not counting hydropower – a 5% increase from 2010 levels. Expectations are for electricity generated from wind to double by 2035, though the EIA said growth would start to slow once some tax credits expire by the end of the year.

“Near-term growth in many renewable technology types is largely used to satisfy state-level renewable portfolio standards requirements,” according to the report. “However, over the long term, renewable technologies may continue to be built as they become increasingly competitive with other electricity generation options.” eia.gov