General Electric Co.'s effort to keep wind turbines made by Mitsubishi Heavy Industries Ltd. out of the U.S. may hinder Arkansas's plan to become the "Silicon Valley of wind manufacturing." The state has spent two years luring wind-related manufacturers, including Denmark's LM Glasfiber AS and Germany's Nordex AG. In October, Mitsubishi announced plans to build a $100 million wind-turbine assembly plant.
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LM Glasfiber, a wind blade manufacturer, has announced that it will halt production at its facility on Scott Hamilton Drive in Little Rock, laying off about 150 workers. The company blames the nationwide credit crunch and delays in wind projects. A press release says the company is preparing for "weaker growth in the short term."
Southwest Power Pool (SPP) control area includes all of Kansas and Oklahoma and portions of Texas, Louisiana and other states (see: http://www.spp.org/section.asp?pageID=28). SPP does not overlap ERCOT, the grid operator which covers most of Texas.