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  • Solar tariffs to deal only minor damage to US market: analysts

    The US remains poised to add near-record levels of new PV capacity over the four-year period the tariffs are in place

    Transition  rechargenews.com 2 hours old Karl-Erik Stromsta in New York

    'We're optimistic over hybrids, but it's too early for offshore wind in Brazil'

    FACE TO FACE | With wind supplying up to 60% of power in Brazil's northeast and 10% nationwide, the renewable source is centre-stage for EPE planning chief Luiz Augusto Barroso

    Transition  rechargenews.com 4 hours old Alexandre Spatuzza in Sao Paulo

    Siemens Gamesa secures 318MW of US orders at 80% PTC

    The flurry of onshore orders, coming from unnamed customers, adds to the list of US projects that locked in at the reduced PTC in late 2017

    Wind  rechargenews.com 4 hours old Karl-Erik Stromsta in New York

    Noske-Kaeser targets offshore wind role under Engie

    German marine technology group Noske-Kaeser plans to diversify into the offshore wind sector after becoming part of French energy group Engie in a takeover at the end of last year. Hamburg-based Noske-Kaeser is a developer of air-conditioning, refrigeration and fire-extinguishing systems for shipping and offshore platforms. Noske-Kaeser is now part of Engie Axima, headquartered in Paris, which i

    Wind  rechargenews.com 6 hours old Anamaria Deduleasa

    First GE Haliade in place at Chinese offshore wind demo

    US group says deployment at Fujian Xinghua Gulf makes it first offshore wind OEM operating on three continents

    Wind  rechargenews.com 8 hours old Andrew Lee

    RE100 warns barriers remain as corporate renewables take off

    The RE100 group committed to 100% renewable power use by major global businesses said corporate PPAs continue to be a "missed opportunity" for the European electricity sector, as the initiative revealed three more recruits to its ranks. French food giant Danone, UK consumer goods group Reckitt Benckiser and India’s Hatsun Agro Products became the latest recruits to RE100, which now numbers 122 me

    Transition  rechargenews.com 10 hours old Andrew Lee

    MHI Vestas and DNV GL join Vietnam offshore wind alliance

    Turbine OEM and technology group join local partners to advance potential developments off southern provinces

    Wind  rechargenews.com 11 hours old Andrew Lee

    Trump slaps 30% tariffs on solar panels imported by US

    China expresses 'strong dissatisfaction' over move, which also draws criticism from US solar industry

    Transition  rechargenews.com 14 hours old Richard A. Kessler in Fort Worth

    The most important moments of 2017

    IN DEPTH | Leigh Collins looks back over an exciting year and pinpoints those moments that will have a lasting impact on the global renewables industry

    Transition  rechargenews.com 21 hours old Leigh Collins

    Corporates notch up new clean energy record: BNEF

    New figures show 5.4GW in direct power purchase agreements between companies and developers in 2017, led by US and Europe

    Transition  rechargenews.com 22 Jan 15:22 GMT Darius Snieckus in London

    Innovate UK fund project to cut cable transmission losses

    Innovate UK has put up £1m ($1.4m) in grant funding for a project aimed at reducing the amount of wasted electrical power experienced through cable losses in the transmission, distribution and renewable energy sectors. Invented by the UK energy microbusiness Enertechnos, the new cable technology, dubbed the Capacitive Transfer System, can significantly improve efficiency during electricity transm

    Wind  rechargenews.com 22 Jan 15:06 GMT Christopher Hopson in London

    Australia's Quinbrook acquires 223MW US wind portfolio

    Australia’s Quinbrook Infrastructure Partners has acquired a 223MW portfolio of six operational wind projects in the US states of California, Pennsylvania and West Virginia from NextEra Energy Resources. Financial terms of the transaction were not made public. The acquisition was made by GlidePath Power Solutions, a Qunbrook portfolio company. Quinbrook says the wind farms have more than a decad

    Wind  rechargenews.com 22 Jan 15:03 GMT Richard A. Kessler in Fort Worth

    Offshore oil decom role explored for OPT wave power’

    New Jersey-based Ocean Power Technologies (OPT) has signed an agreement with UK player Premier Oil to study the feasibility of using renewable energy technology for the decommissioning of oil and gas projects in the North Sea. Under their partnership, OPT - a wave power technology company - will look at using its PB3 PowerBuoy , technology which helps provide reliable communications offshore, in

    Transition  rechargenews.com 22 Jan 14:57 GMT Anamaria Deduleasa

    Canadian pension fund CPPIB buys into India's ReNew Power

    Canadian pension fund manager CPP Investment Board (CPPIB) has sealed the purchase of a 6.3% stake in ReNew Power, the fast-growing Indian renewables developer backed by Goldman Sachs. CPPIB – which invests on behalf of 20 million Canadians – bought the ReNew stake from the Asian Development bank for $144m, saying the deal “aligns well with our overall power and renewables strategy”. The Canadia

    Transition  rechargenews.com 22 Jan 14:14 GMT Andrew Lee

    BYD to build green desert seed centre in Middle East

    Chinese new energy technology company BYD has set out plans to develop a renewables-powered agricultural R&D centre in the Middle East. The complex of greenhouses, which would be fed by desalinated-water irrigation systems, would also feature animal feed production facilities, all powered by an in-house designed solar-storage micro-grid. "The centre is being proposed as part of a business cooper

    Transition  rechargenews.com 22 Jan 12:43 GMT Darius Snieckus in Abu Dhabi

    Chile boosts storage drive with Corfo and SQM lithium deal

    Chile’s development agency, Corfo, and the world’s leading lithium mining company, SQM SA, reached an agreement to almost quadruple lithium-carbonate production by 2025 and to join Albermale in the country’s storage and electrification development programme. Through the new agreement, which was reached in the Chilean arbitration courts after three years of dispute over unpaid royalties and allege

    Transition  rechargenews.com 22 Jan 11:51 GMT Alexandre Spatuzza in Rio de Janeiro

    Orsted starts-up first Siemens 7MWs at Walney Extension

    Denmark’s Orsted has generated first power from the second and final phase of its giant 659MW Walney Extension wind farm, located in the Irish Sea off the coast of Cumbria, north west of England. The Walney Extension project is being constructed in two phases using turbine technology from two different manufacturers – Siemens Gamesa and MHI Vestas. The first three of 47 Siemens Gamesa 7MW turbin

    Wind  rechargenews.com 22 Jan 11:05 GMT Christopher Hopson in London

    Israel's Enlight in talks to buy 150MW of wind and PV in Europe

    Israeli developer Enlight Renewable Energy Solutions is in “advanced talks” to buy 150MW-worth of wind and solar projects in Central Europe, expanding outside its homeland where projects have been met with opposition. Tel Aviv-listed Enlight said negotiations are moving forward to acquire a 105MW, $150m wind farm in Europe. The company did not reveal in a stock exchange statement the name of pro

    Wind  rechargenews.com 22 Jan 10:46 GMT Anamaria Deduleasa

    Siemens Gamesa gets 326MW tonic as Indian market revives

    Siemens Gamesa unveiled 326MW of orders in India, boosting the OEM in a key market that has been a source of pain for the last year. The orders – which span several IPPs and industrial customers – will see the Spain-based manufacturer install 135 G114 and 28 G97 2MW machines across multiple sites for March 2018 commissioning. As is usual in India, Siemens Gamesa will also handle the full gamut of

    Wind  rechargenews.com 22 Jan 10:17 GMT Andrew Lee

    BMI: 'Jordan set to install 3.2GW renewable energy capacity by 2027'

    Jordan could be set to install over 3GW of renewable energy capacity in the next decade, as the country’s power mix is experiencing a “ transition”, according to analysts at consultancy BMI Research. “Jordan's power mix will undertake a substantial transition over the next decade, as access to gas and the rapid expansion of the solar and wind power sectors will reduce the importance of imported o

    Wind  rechargenews.com 22 Jan 09:42 GMT Anamaria Deduleasa

    Vestas cracks newest wind market with Kazakhstan deal

    Wind OEM Vestas has tied up its first supply agreement in Kazakhstan, adding the Central Asian nation to its current 76-strong list of markets. Vestas will deliver 52MW-worth of its of V112-3.45 MW machines to CAPEC Green Energy, a regional developer, for its Astana wind farm planned near the country’s capital of the same name. Embed: Astana The developer said it chose the Danish wind group b

    Wind  rechargenews.com 22 Jan 09:41 GMT Andrew Lee

    GIP takes 'dominant' Asia-Pac role with record $5bn Equis deal

    Largest renewables acquisition to date sees GIP take on 11.1GW portfolio in key markets such as India, Japan and Australia

    Transition  rechargenews.com 22 Jan 08:41 GMT Andrew Lee in London

    New Berkshire energy boss Fehrman to oversee wind boom

    Warren Buffett's company plans $7bn investment to add at least 3GW of power capacity and related transmission lines

    Wind  rechargenews.com 22 Jan 02:53 GMT Richard A. Kessler in Fort Worth

    Nike 100%-renewable in North America after Texas wind PPA

    Iberdrola-owned Avangrid Renewables has signed a wind PPA with Nike that will make the sportswear giant 100% renewable at its North American facilities. The deal will see Nike take 86MW-worth of output from the 286MW Karankawa wind farm in Texas. ‘We think we’ve cracked the Corporate PPA code with this one’ Avangrid has already made a separate deal with Austin Energy for the other 200MW at Ka

    Wind  rechargenews.com 19 Jan 16:38 GMT Andrew Lee

    Brazil seeks Irena membership as LatAm participation grows

    Brazil has made a formal request to become a member of the International Renewable Energy Agency (Irena), making it the third large Latin American nation to seek membership of the body in the past few years. “As a member state, we can more actively participate around relevant themes of the international energy agenda, as well as allowing Brazil to take advantages of tools and initiatives develope

    Transition  rechargenews.com 19 Jan 16:17 GMT Alexandre Spatuzza in Sao Paulo

    'Wafer-thin margins' – but Brazil's turbine OEMs can hang on

    ANALYSIS | Fierce competition in the wind sector took its toll on margins but Brazil's turbine makers are in for the long haul, writes Alexandre Spatuzza

    Wind  rechargenews.com 19 Jan 15:58 GMT Alexandre Spatuzza in Sao Paulo

    Canada opens coffers for new energy technology

    Canada has announced new funding for renewable energy technologies, as part of its Pan-Canadian Framework on Clean Growth & Climate Change, a $21.9bn investment over 11 years designed to drive the country's efforts to transition to a clean economy. The $200m Emerging Renewable Power Program has the mission of “expanding commercially viable, investment-ready, renewable power technologies”, led by

    Transition  rechargenews.com 19 Jan 15:12 GMT Darius Snieckus in London

    Fred Olsen to integrate CTVs with Northern Offshore Services

    Norwegian offshore wind specialist Fred Olsen Windcarrier has signed a cooperation agreement with Northern Offshore Services (NOS) to integrate its crew transfer vessels (CTVs) into the latter's existing management and organisation. “NOS is a reputable, competent and highly experienced CTV owner and operator with a varied fleet of modern CTVs,” Fred Olsen Windcarrier chief executive Even Larsen s

    Wind  rechargenews.com 19 Jan 14:20 GMT Bernd Radowitz in Berlin

    France seeks wind speed-up after record 1.7GW added in 2017

    Proposals by multi-agency working group inlcude a simplified litigation process and corporate tax changes as nation seeks to accelerate development

    Wind  rechargenews.com 19 Jan 12:47 GMT Bernd Radowitz in Berlin

    GE to supply 3MW wind turbines for DTEK Ukraine project

    GE Renewable Energy has signed a contract with Ukrainian energy company DTEK to supply and install 26 of its 3MW turbines for the first phase of the 200MW Primorskaya wind project in the country's Zaporizhia region. The turbines are slated to be installed by the end of this year and will also be maintained by GE. “GE Renewable Energy is pleased to work with DTEK, the largest independent power pr

    Wind  rechargenews.com 19 Jan 10:51 GMT Bernd Radowitz in Berlin

    Minister the last obstacle to ending South African PPA saga

    Approval of enterprises minister Brown is final step to resolving years-long impasse says wind body, which hopes for decision this quarter

    Wind  rechargenews.com 19 Jan 10:28 GMT Andrew Lee

    Provincial offshore wind ambition leaves China set to beat target

    Guangdong among Chinese provinces to boost deployment goals as regional governments embrace potential of sector

    Wind  rechargenews.com 19 Jan 09:00 GMT Yuki Yu in Beijing

    Acciona signs renewable PPA with Unilever in Spain

    Spanish utility Acciona Energia has signed a contract to supply Unilever with 23 gigawatt hours of renewable energy per year to cover the power demand of the food, hygiene and home care producer’s facilities in Spain. ‘We think we’ve cracked the Corporate PPA code with this one’ “We are very pleased that such an important company as Unilever has entrusted its electricity supply to Acciona, and w

    Transition  rechargenews.com 18 Jan 15:13 GMT Bernd Radowitz in Berlin

    Argentine power group Gennia plans IPO amid wind push

    Argentine power generator Genneia is planning an initial public offering (IPO) of its shares in local or international markets, the company said. No further information about the possible IPO was published by the company, but the issue will be decided at a shareholders’ meeting scheduled for 7 February. Argentina's Genneia adds to funds for 500MW wind push Privately-held Genneia is one of Arg

    Transition  rechargenews.com 18 Jan 14:55 GMT Alexandre Spatuzza in Sao Paulo

    Masdar, Elsewedy and Marubeni plan 800MW of wind in Egypt

    Abu Dhabi renewables company Masdar has signed a collaboration deal with Middle East energy infrastructure company Elsewedy Electric and Japanese developer Marubeni to build an 800MW wind power portfolio in Egypt. Masdar has already developed a a total of 30MW of PV plants in partnership with Egypt’s New and Renewable Energy Authority, but this is its first wind power project in the country. “As

    Wind  rechargenews.com 18 Jan 13:42 GMT Darius Snieckus in Abu Dhabi

    Siemens Gamesa wins 330MW in two US turbine orders

    Siemens Gamesa has won two turbine orders in the United States with a combined capacity of 330MW. The Spanish-German wind OEM will supply 47 of its G132-3.465MW machines to Sammons Renewable Energy for the Midway Wind project in San Patricio County in Texas. The project was originally awarded by Apex Clean Energy and recently acquired by Sammons Renewable Energy. It includes a 10-year service an

    Wind  rechargenews.com 18 Jan 12:54 GMT Bernd Radowitz in Berlin

    EU warned over growing Chinese threat to offshore wind edge

    Chinese competitors could quickly become a threat to the lead European OEMs enjoy in the manufacturing of offshore wind turbines – even in the yet-to-be developed segment of 10MW-plus machines – according to German wind industry groups. Asked whether European manufacturers will live up to their commitments to develop super-sized offshore turbines needed to push prices down sufficiently for zero s

    Wind  rechargenews.com 18 Jan 12:04 GMT Bernd Radowitz in Berlin

    International Solar Alliance strikes $5bn Yes Bank deal

    The International Solar Alliance (ISA), a coalition of 120 sun-belt countries launched at the UN Climate Change Conference in Paris in 2015, has signed a letter of intent with India’s Yes Bank to invest some $5bn by 2030 in solar power projects, starting with plants in the UAE, Saudi Arabia, Nigeria, India and Spain. “The best way to get going is to get projects on the ground. That is what we cal

    Transition  rechargenews.com 18 Jan 11:35 GMT Darius Snieckus in Abu Dhabi

    Shell signs PPA for output from 70MW UK solar plant

    Energy giant Shell has agreed a five-year power purchase agreement (PPA) with developer British Solar Renewables (BSR) to buy output from the Bradenstoke solar plant – England’s largest. Bradenstoke, located on 213 acres of the former RAF Lyneham air base near Swindon in southern England, comprises 269,000 solar panels with a 69.8MW peak capacity and 50MW AC export capacity. The plant was commi

    Transition  rechargenews.com 18 Jan 11:21 GMT Christopher Hopson in London

    Spanish oil company Cepsa inks RE-focused MoU with Masdar

    Spanish oil group Cepsa has inked a memorandum of understanding (MoU) with Abu Dhabi renewable energy company Masdar to collaborate on future wind and solar power projects internationally. Masdar said in a statement that the MoU was “a reflection of the constant search for synergies among businesses of [Masdar parent company] Mubadala Investment. Siemens Gamesa gets 29MW order for Cepsa’s firs

    Transition  rechargenews.com 18 Jan 10:56 GMT Darius Snieckus in Abu Dhabi

    Zero-subsidy CfDs could spur UK offshore wind to 30GW: study

    Offshore wind could hit 30GW in the UK by the 2030s and cut bills for consumers, if the country’s government underpins growth with a “zero-subsidy contracts-for-difference (CfD) regime and intelligent market design”, according to a study from Aurora Energy Research. The 30GW level – a fivefold increase on current UK capacity – would deliver annual savings of up to £2bn ($2.8bn) for consumers, or

    Wind  rechargenews.com 18 Jan 09:28 GMT Andrew Lee

    TransWest secures southern terminal land for major wind line

    An Anschutz Corp. subsidiary has gained approval to locate the southern terminal for its planned $3bn, 725-mile long (1,167km) TransWest Express wind transmission project at Boulder City, Nevada, south of Las Vegas. The move is an important step forward toward construction of the 600kV, 725-mile long (1,167km) overhead direct-current line, which will bring 20,000GWh/year of low-cost electricity f

    Wind  rechargenews.com 17 Jan 18:31 GMT Richard A. Kessler in Fort Worth

    GE wins US turbine orders totaling 240MW for two projects

    GE Renewable Energy has closed deals to supply 80 turbines for the 200MW first stage of the Persimmon wind farm in Oklahoma and others totaling 40MW nameplate capacity with ALLETE Clean Energy for an unspecified, future project. GE says the transaction with Quinbrook Infrastructure Partners, an Australia-based hedge fund with an office in Houston, includes 73 of its 2.5MW turbines and seven 2.3MW

    Wind  rechargenews.com 17 Jan 15:59 GMT Richard A. Kessler in Fort Worth

    Siemens Gamesa secures 96MW of onshore wind in China

    Siemens Gamesa has tied up onshore wind supply agreements totaling 96MW in China. The Spain-based OEM will supply long-standing customers Datang and China General Nuclear (CGN) with 48MW each of its G114-2.0 MW and G97-2.0 MW turbines respectively. Siemens Gamesa widens Shanghai Electric licensing deal Siemens Gamesa expects to deliver the turbines later this year. The company boasts a long hi

    Wind  rechargenews.com 17 Jan 15:04 GMT Andrew Lee

    EU Parliament backs 35% renewables goal for 2030

    The European Parliament has backed a 2030 EU renewable energy target of 35%, well above the 27% on the table from the European Commission and national energy ministers. The vote – which was immediately welcomed by European renewables bodies – sets up intense three-way negotiations between the MEPs who backed the tougher goal, the Commission and the EU’s member states. The Commission, the bloc's

    Transition  rechargenews.com 17 Jan 13:45 GMT Andrew Lee

    Germany connects 1.25GW of offshore wind in 2017

    Germany grid-connected 1.25GW in new offshore wind capacity off its North and Baltic Sea coasts in 2017, bringing the country’s cumulative capacity for wind at sea to 5.39GW. The North Sea dominated new installations, with 152 turbines being grid connected, or a capacity of 896.8MW, according to figures from Deutsche WindGuard for four different German wind industry associations. In the Baltic S

    Wind  rechargenews.com 17 Jan 12:47 GMT Bernd Radowitz in Berlin

    Masdar sets seal on finance for landmark Jordanian PV plant

    Abu Dhabi clean-energy company Masdar has set the seal on financing of the 200MW Baynouna PV project in Jordan, the Middle East kingdom’s largest solar power development to-date. The plant, being built 10km outside the capital Amman via special purpose project vehicle the Baynouna Solar Energy Company (BSEC) for state utility National Electric Power Company, will be Jordan’s second solar farm. “

    Transition  rechargenews.com 17 Jan 11:28 GMT Darius Snieckus in Abu Dhabi

    Sky lightens for UK onshore wind as Scots and Welsh keep faith

    ANALYSIS | The UK onshore sector has spent two years reeling from negative policies but things may be looking up, writes Christopher Hopson

    Wind  rechargenews.com 17 Jan 10:26 GMT Christopher Hopson in London

    Innogy prepares 1.2GW Sofia for next UK offshore wind auction

    German utility Innogy plans to submit a bid to develop the 1.2GW Sofia wind farm – formerly known as Teesside B – on the Dogger Bank zone off northeast England into the UK’s next contracts for difference (CfD) auction in 2019. Paul Cowling, Innogy’s UK managing director for offshore wind, said that it intends to progress with development work on the Sofia project in the coming months, in preparat

    Wind  rechargenews.com 17 Jan 10:02 GMT Christopher Hopson in London

    Masdar wires into Statoil Batwind project

    Abu Dhabi renewable energy company Masdar has inked a collaborative deal with Norwegian offshore wind developer Statoil to analyse data from the latter’s pioneering Batwind installation – an onshore battery station built to store energy generated by Hywind Scotland, the 30MW floating wind array switched on in the North Sea last October. The deal, which builds on Masdar’s investment in 2017 to tak

    Transition  rechargenews.com 17 Jan 09:19 GMT Darius Snieckus in Abu Dhabi

    China's Goldwind poised for North America breakthrough

    IN DEPTH | Patience pays off as China’s largest wind turbine maker eyes prospect of up to 2GW installed across the US, Canada and Mexico by 2020

    Wind  rechargenews.com 16 Jan 23:00 GMT Karl-Erik Stromsta in New York

    The land of black gold is finally turning green

    AGENDA | The World Future Energy Summit confirmed that a renewables revolution is set to sweep the symbolic home of global oil, writes Darius Snieckus

    Transition  rechargenews.com 16 Jan 23:00 GMT Darius Snieckus in London

    AES, Siemens launch Fluence in US with 100MW storage deal

    Fluence Energy will supply a 100MW/400MWh lithium-ion (Li-ion) battery-based storage project in California, the world’s largest, as US regulators approved formation of the energy storage technology and services 50/50 joint venture by AES and Siemens The storage project, which will have four-hour duration, will be part of AES’ planned new 640MW Alamitos natural gas-fired, combined cycle, air-coole

    Wind  rechargenews.com 16 Jan 19:30 GMT Richard A. Kessler in Fort Worth

    US drafts more flexible guidelines for offshore wind projects

    The US Bureau of Ocean Energy Management (BOEM) has issued draft guidelines for the use of a so-called “Design Envelope” approach in construction and operations plans (COPs) for offshore wind projects located in federally-owned waters. To take advantage of rapid pace of technological development within the offshore wind industry, developers here asked BOEM to adopt this practice, which is standar

    Wind  rechargenews.com 16 Jan 17:20 GMT Richard A. Kessler in Fort Worth

    ACWA Power pioneers SolarCoin cryptocurrency

    ACWA Power has become the first utility-scale energy generator to adopt the SolarCoin – a blockchain-based cryptocurrency paid out for solar power production – for its operations around the world. The concept, compared by co-founder Nick Gogerty to “air miles for PV producers”, will see developers rewarded with a “digital token” for every MWh produced, with the wider benefit of incentivising clea

    Transition  rechargenews.com 16 Jan 16:02 GMT Darius Snieckus in Abu Dhabi

    ACWA awards $190m deal to Chint for Egyptian PV trio

    Developer ACWA Power has moved ahead its first renewables project in Egypt with the award of a $190m EPC contract to China’s Chint Group covering construction of a trio of PV plants with a total power capacity of 165.5MW. The three projects, being built under the country’s feed-in-tariff programme in the province of Aswan, will contribute to the target of 20% of energy coming from renewable sourc

    Transition  rechargenews.com 16 Jan 15:44 GMT Darius Snieckus in Abu Dhabi

    China PV boom fuels 2017 clean-energy spend growth: BNEF

    An “extraordinary” 53GW PV installation boom in China pushed last year’s global clean energy investment total to $333.5bn and 3% past 2016’s level, according to closely-watched annual data from analyst Bloomberg New Energy Finance (BNEF). The Chinese solar additions – up from 30GW in 2016 – generated investment of $86.5bn, more than half the $160.8bn total spent on solar worldwide, said BNEF. Th

    Transition  rechargenews.com 16 Jan 15:25 GMT Andrew Lee

    Ameren obtains final Missouri wind power line approval

    Missouri regulators have approved Ameren Corp.’s petition to construct a 100-mile (160km) segment of its 345kV Mark Twain transmission line through the state, which will enable consumers there and in Illinois access to low-cost wind energy from Iowa. The 480-mile project suffered from years of legal and regulatory delays in Missouri, whose central location makes it the most direct pathway between

    Wind  rechargenews.com 16 Jan 14:24 GMT Richard A. Kessler in Fort Worth

    Innogy talks to potential partners in 860MW Triton Knoll

    Germany utility Innogy is in talks with potential partners to take a stake in its 860MW Triton Knoll offshore wind farm off eastern England. “We are looking for potential partners and have had a lot of interest,” said Hans Bunting, Innogy’s chief operating officer at a London press briefing. “We are talking to many of them so let us see what happens. We could either keep a minority or majority

    Wind  rechargenews.com 16 Jan 10:38 GMT Christopher Hopson in London

    Siemens Gamesa gets 29MW order for Cepsa’s first wind farm

    Wind OEM Siemens Gamesa has secured the first ever order for a wind farm by Spanish oil and gas company Cepsa, for a 29MW wind farm close to the Andalusian city of Jerez de la Frontera in the province of Cadiz. Siemens Gamesa will also operate and maintain the 11 G114-2.625MW turbines for five years after they comes online, which is foreseen for the end of this year. Cepsa, a mid-sized oil and g

    Wind  rechargenews.com 16 Jan 10:21 GMT Bernd Radowitz in Berlin

    Shell takes Silicon Ranch stake to launch global solar push

    Oil major Shell stated its global solar ambitions as it agreed a deal to become the largest shareholder in US PV developer Silicon Ranch. Shell will pay up to $217m for a 43.8% stake in Nashville-based Silicon Ranch, which has 880MW of solar operating or under construction in 14 states, and about 1GW in its pipeline. Silicon Ranch – which develops then operates its plants – has grown rapidly und

    Transition  rechargenews.com 16 Jan 10:15 GMT Andrew Lee

    'Let's work together to take renewables further than ever'

    OPINION | The Irena Coalition for Action can help renewables to seize the many opportunities in as-yet untapped emerging markets, writes Steve Sawyer

    Transition  rechargenews.com 16 Jan 09:38 GMT Steve Sawyer

    EDF and Masdar tie up on sub-Saharan Africa off-grid renewables

    French utility EDF and Abu Dhabi renewable energy company Masdar have inked a memorandum of understanding (MOU) to work together in the low-carbon power sectors of countries in sub-Saharan Africa. The agreement will explore rural project opportunities within the framework of both companies’ existing investments in the region, while evaluating scope for new developments and models for off-grid ene

    Transition  rechargenews.com 16 Jan 09:19 GMT Darius Snieckus in Abu Dhabi

    MHI Vestas names Kavafyan as CEO in four-year shake-up

    MHI Vestas has named former Adwen chairman Philippe Kavafyan as its new CEO to replace Jens Tommerup, who is leaving the wind OEM after leading it since its formation. Former Nordex CEO Lars Bondo Krogsgaard becomes co-CEO of the Japanese-Danish joint venture, which said the clean sweep at the top reflects its policy of changing its leadership every four years. Kavafyan has spent 12 years in the

    Wind  rechargenews.com 16 Jan 08:42 GMT Andrew Lee

    Nordex gets 115MW in orders for wind farms in Sweden

    German wind OEM Nordex Group has received two orders from the Swedish units of Italian developer Falck Renewables for the Aliden and Brattmyrliden wind farms in Sweden’s Vaäserbotten region with a combined capacity of 115MW. Preliminary works for the installation of the 31 Nordex N131/3900 turbines have already started. Commercial operations are expected in the fourth quarter of 2019 at the Alid

    Wind  rechargenews.com 16 Jan 08:30 GMT Bernd Radowitz in Berlin

    New Jersey bill sets 3.5GW offshore wind mandate by 2030

    A New Jersey lawmaker has introduced a bill requiring that a percentage of electricity sold in the state be from offshore wind in order to support at least 3.5GW of generation by 2030 – the amount sought by Governor-elect Phil Murphy, who takes office Tuesday. Within 180 days of becoming law, Senate Bill (SB) 811, submitted by Senator Richard Codey, a Democrat, requires the Board of Public Utilit

    Wind  rechargenews.com 16 Jan 04:23 GMT Richard A. Kessler in Fort Worth

    Avangrid starts up more than 500MW of US wind power

    Avangrid Renewables has begun commercial operations at three new US wind farms with a combined capacity totaling 504MW in New Mexico, California and Colorado. The 298MW El Cabo wind farm in Torrance County, New Mexico, uses 142 Siemens Gamesa turbines, and supplies energy to utility Southern California Edison. The 131MW Tule project in the McCain Valley of eastern San Diego County, California, u

    Wind  rechargenews.com 15 Jan 16:26 GMT Christopher Hopson in London

    Abdul Latif Jameel to build PV-wind hybrid in Chile

    Abdul Latif Jameel Energy subsidiary Fotowatio Renewable Ventures (FRV) has landed a deal to build a solar-wind plant in Chile, marking the start to the Dubai-headquartered parent company’s first hybrid renewables development. The as-yet-unnamed project – to be built “between the central and northern part” of the South American country, but for which a specific development site has yet to finalis

    Transition  rechargenews.com 15 Jan 16:10 GMT Darius Snieckus in Abu Dhabi

    Europe on course for off-grid parity ahead of US: EY study

    Europe will reach off-grid energy parity up to 20 years earlier than some regions of the US, according to a study from global business group EY. The research predicts it will cost the same to self-generate and store power as to purchase from a utility by 2022 in Europe, and a year earlier in Oceania. That point won’t be reached for “much longer” in US markets, and not until 2042 in the “complex

    Transition  rechargenews.com 15 Jan 16:03 GMT Andrew Lee

    German North Sea wind generation jumps by 47% in 2017

    Network operator TenneT last year transmitted 15.97 terawatt hours of electricity from German North Sea wind farms, a 47% jump when compared to 2016. Wind power from the North Sea accounted for 15.9% of Germany’s overall wind harvest in 2017, TenneT added. In the Baltic Sea, where offshore wind is transmitted by TSO 50Hertz, offshore wind farms fed 1.49TWh into the German grid in 2017, up from 1

    Wind  rechargenews.com 15 Jan 15:08 GMT Bernd Radowitz in Berlin

    Shell may bid to buy Dutch utility Eneco: report

    Oil major Shell has hired a US bank to advise it in a possible bid for Dutch utility Eneco, Dutch daily De Telegraaf reported, citing unnamed banking sources. Shell is already working together with Eneco at the Borssele 3&4 offshore wind project off the Netherlands, although both companies earlier this month announced that they will reduce their equity share in the 731MW project. Neither Shell,

    Wind  rechargenews.com 15 Jan 12:43 GMT Bernd Radowitz in Berlin

    Marinet2 launches second call for offshore renewables R&D

    The European Union funded Marinet2 R&D project has launched its second call for applications for offshore technology developers, including wind, wave and tidal energy at system and component level. Marinet2 is a €10.5m ($12.9m) Horizon 2020 funded project which supports offshore renewables research and development activities. Successful applicants will receive free access to a network of 57 resea

    Wind  rechargenews.com 15 Jan 12:30 GMT Christopher Hopson in London

    Solar to lead Middle East renewables to 100GW by 2035: study

    Power generation from renewables in the Middle East will skyrocket to 100GW by 2035 as the region’s demand swells to accommodate economic diversification and a rapidly growing population in the UAE, according to a new report from global industrial giant Siemens and Abu Dhabi clean energy group Masdar. Wind power is forecast to undergo an upswing from 360MW today to over 11GW in 2035, but new sola

    Transition  rechargenews.com 15 Jan 11:56 GMT Darius Snieckus in Abu Dhabi

    Innogy to buy 400MW onshore wind pipeline in Germany

    German utility Innogy has entered a cooperation agreement with local developer Primus Energie to take over a 400MW onshore wind pipeline in Thuringia state. Primus Energie under the deal will continue developing the 23 wind projects of the pipeline that are in various stages of development. “We would like to further expand in wind energy also in our home market to strengthen our portfolio,” Inno

    Wind  rechargenews.com 15 Jan 11:02 GMT Bernd Radowitz in Berlin

    Powering Europe with 34% RE by 2030 'cost effective and realisable': Irena

    Scaling up the share of renewable energy in the European Union (EU) power mix to around 34% by 2030 from the current 27% target would be “cost effective and realisable”, according to analysis from the International Renewable Energy Agency (Irena). A new Irena study, commissioned by the European Commission, found that harnessing “additional potential” of a more ambitious wind and solar build-out i

    Transition  rechargenews.com 15 Jan 07:37 GMT Darius Snieckus in Abu Dhabi

    Abu Dhabi fund and Irena award Africa community PV finance

    The Abu Dhabi Fund for Development (ADFD) and the renewable energy body International Renewable Energy Agency (Irena) have earmarked $25m in concessional loans for PV developments in Mauritius and Rwanda. The finance, underwritten by the $350m Irena/ADFD Project Facility set up in 2013 to help developing countries access low-cost capital for renewable energy production, will cover 50% of the cost

    Solar  rechargenews.com 15 Jan 07:29 GMT Darius Snieckus in Abu Dhabi

    Wind and PV power to fall to $0.03/kWh by 2020: Irena

    Wind and PV projects could be flowing electricity at $0.03/kWh or less inside the next two years as cost trajectories continue their precipitous decline, according to a new report from the International Renewable Energy Agency (Irena). Global weighted average costs over the last 12 months for onshore wind and PV now stand at $0.06/kWh and $0.10 cents/kWh respectively, by Irena’s calculations, wit

    Transition  rechargenews.com 15 Jan 07:18 GMT Darius Snieckus in Abu Dhabi

    ANALYSIS: Wind is a new game in Brazil

    ANALYSIS | The 1.4GW of wind contracted in Brazil rewards the country's supply chain for playing the long game, but falling prices mean it's by no means business as usual, writes Alexandre Spatuzza

    Wind  rechargenews.com 13 Jan 23:00 GMT Alexandre Spatuzza in Sao Paulo

    Wind energy thrives under Trump as coal usage declines

    Wind energy has thrived since President Donald Trump took office almost a year ago while coal, a sector he promised to revive, continues to languish, latest Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) data shows. In 2017, wind project developers through November installed 5.92GW of utility-scale generation capacity, up from 3.69GW in the initial 11 months of 2016. New solar capacity during that

    Wind  rechargenews.com 13 Jan 23:00 GMT Richard A Kessler in Fort Worth

    Siemens Gamesa wins 262MW deal in Egypt

    Siemens Gamesa has won a 262MW wind turbine deal in Egypt – its largest in the country to date – to equip the Gulf of Suez project being developed by a French-Japanese-Egyptian consortium. The Spain-based OEM will deliver 125 of its G97-2.1 MW machines to the wind farm in Ras Ghareb. The company also secured a 15-year service agreement. The wind project is being developed by a consortium of Fren

    Wind  rechargenews.com 13 Jan 23:00 GMT Andrew Lee

    Bad policy could make 2018 the last happy new year for German wind

    OPINION | The German wind industry is delivering impressive growth, but poor policy decisions could make 2018 the last feel-good year for a while, warns Senvion CEO Jürgen Geissinger

    Circuit  rechargenews.com 13 Jan 23:00 GMT Jürgen Geissinger

    Turkey awards over 2GW in latest wind tender

    Turkey awarded over 2GW of wind capacity as it wrapped up its first round of tenders under a major renewables expansion programme. The country held a four-day wind tender that closed at the end of December, resulting in a total 2,130MW of turbine capacity for plants to be built at 32 different locations across Turkey. The latest projects add to the 710MW previously auctioned in June for 11 locat

    Wind  rechargenews.com 13 Jan 23:00 GMT Anamaria Deduleasa

    Caution warranted despite perks for renewables in German coalition paper

    ANALYSIS | German coalition discussions over onshore wind tenders and an expanded role for offshore are welcome, but there are many twists and turns ahead, writes Bernd Radowitz

    Wind  rechargenews.com 12 Jan 15:07 GMT Bernd Radowitz in Berlin

    German coalition paper mulls 8GW extra onshore and PV auctions

    In a paper marking the end of preliminary coalition talks, negotiators from Chancellor Angela Merkel’s conservative CDU/CSU and the Social Democrats (SPD) say they plan 4GW each in additional tenders in onshore wind and PV this year and next, as well as an extra “contribution” by offshore wind. The additional tendering rounds are aiming at reducing German CO2 emissions by another eight to ten mil

    Wind  rechargenews.com 12 Jan 12:08 GMT Bernd Radowitz in Berlin

    New IWTMA chair Tanti expects India to beat 60GW target

    Suzlon chairman Tulsi Tanti has been named as the new chairman of the Indian Wind Turbine Manufacturers Association (IWTMA) – and said he expects India to beat its 60GW wind power target before 2022. Suzlon founder Tanti – regarded as the pioneer of the wind sector in India – said: “With cumulative wind installations of over 32GW, the industry is ahead of the 30GW target set by government until [

    Wind  rechargenews.com 12 Jan 09:54 GMT Andrew Lee

    Nordex order intake recovers strongly in fourth quarter of 2017

    The Nordex Group received firm orders for 1.6GW in wind turbines during the fourth quarter of 2017, a 12.5% increase from the year-earlier quarter, helped by strong sales in North America. “After the sluggish order intake registered in the first three quarters, expectations of a strong fourth quarter have been met,” Nordex said. New business for 2017 amounted to 2.74GW, down from 3.5GW a year ea

    Wind  rechargenews.com 12 Jan 09:34 GMT Bernd Radowitz in Berlin

    Tahoka financing takes Lincoln toward 800MW in Texas

    US developer Lincoln Clean Energy (LCE) has announced the financing of its 300MW Tahoka wind farm, the third in a succession of mid-size Texas projects, after 250MW Willow Springs and 253MW Amazon Wind Farm Texas (AWFT), spurred into development since its takeover in January 2016 by New York-based infrastructure investment house I Squared Capital. Construction and term financing came from Morgan

    Wind  rechargenews.com 12 Jan 08:06 GMT Darius Snieckus in London

    Leeward, GE complete repowering for 136MW Sweetwater wind farms

    Leeward Renewable Energy and GE have completed repowering and financing of the 136MW Sweetwater 1 & 2 wind farms, located in Nolan County, Texas. The repowering programme enhanced performance by replacing major existing components and providing a material increase in annual energy production at the wind farms, which have been in operation since 2003 and 2005, respectively. Through the repowering

    Wind  rechargenews.com 11 Jan 15:51 GMT Anamaria Deduleasa

    Turkey to invest $11bn by 2023 to develop more renewables

    Turkey is planning to invest $11bn in developing renewable energy by 2023, including 20GW of wind energy. Under the country’s National Energy Efficiency Action plan, the government aims to take measures to reduce primary energy consumption by 14% in the next five years. The plan includes a large number of measures, combining the general energy efficiency framework and cross-cutting sectorial mea

    Wind  rechargenews.com 11 Jan 15:29 GMT Anamaria Deduleasa

    NV Energy calls for 330MW renewables to be added in Nevada

    US utility NV Energy has called for 330MW-worth of additional renewable energy projects to be built in its home state of Nevada. NV Energy made an official request for bids for “major addition to its renewable energy portfolio”, including, for the first time, new battery storage systems that are integrated with the proposed renewable energy resource. The request for proposals seeks solar, geothe

    Wind  rechargenews.com 11 Jan 11:57 GMT Anamaria Deduleasa

    German state asks for 1.4GW extra wind auction in 2018

    Germany’s North Rhine-Westphalia (NRW) state has puzzled the wind industry with an initiative in the Bundesrat, Germany’s upper chamber of parliament, to increase the volume of onshore wind tenders this year by an additional 1.4GW. The initiative to be voted in the Bundesrat in early February came as a surprise after the state government only last year had unsettled the sector by announcing it in

    Wind  rechargenews.com 11 Jan 10:49 GMT Bernd Radowitz in Berlin

    US developer sPower in debut deal with Vestas to underpin 400MW

    US developer sPower has placed a debut order with OEM Vestas to underpin 400MW of future projects as it continues its push into the wind sector. sPower ordered 2MW and 4MW-compatible turbine components from the Danish group qualifying for 80% of the US production tax credit (PTC) incentive, the developer said in a statement. Founded in 2012 to focus on solar investments, sPower has been one of t

    Wind  rechargenews.com 11 Jan 10:21 GMT Andrew Lee

    E.ON starts building 201MW Stella wind farm in Texas

    German utility E.ON has started construction at the 201MW Stella wind project in Kenedy County, Texas. The wind park will consist of 67 3MW turbines by German wind OEM Nordex Group. In parallel with the start of construction of Stella wind farm, E.ON started commercial operation on two wind farms: Bruenning's Breeze in Willacy County, Texas, with a capacity of 228MW and Radford's Run in Macon Co

    Wind  rechargenews.com 11 Jan 09:56 GMT Bernd Radowitz

    EDF-EN commissions 224MW Nicolas-Riou wind farm in Canada

    EDF Energies Nouvelles, the renewables-focused unit of French energy giant EDF, has commissioned its 224MW Nicolas-Riou wind farm in southeastern Quebec, Canada. The C$500m ($403.5m) wind farm is comprised of 65 Vestas wind turbines, each with 3.45MW capacity. Danish player Vestas is set to service the machines for a period of 10 years. The deal marked the first order in Canada for Vestas’ 3MW pl

    Wind  rechargenews.com 11 Jan 09:46 GMT Anamaria Deduleasa

    US wind giant Invenergy invests in cybersecurity pioneer

    US wind development giant Invenergy has invested in a specialist in cybersecurity, a sector it believes will help “define the future of energy”. The Invenergy Future Fund – Invenergy’s investment arm backing innovative energy companies – led a $15m Series B funding round in Nozomi Networks, described as a pioneer in industrial control cybersecurity. Invenergy – one of North America’s largest win

    Wind  rechargenews.com 11 Jan 09:19 GMT Andrew Lee

    Statkraft invests in blade inspection specialist SkySpecs

    Norwegian utility Statkraft has closed a large investment in wind-turbine-blade-inspector SkySpecs, pushing the fast growing robotics company closer to upscaling its international operations. Statkraft Ventures together with UL Ventures, Capital Midwest and existing investors closed an $8m financing round for Michigan, US-based SkySpecs. The investors said SkySpecs helps drive down costs in the

    Wind  rechargenews.com 11 Jan 09:06 GMT Anamaria Deduleasa

    Substation for 309MW Rentel array off Belgium to sail off

    The substation for the 309MW Rentel offshore wind project off Belgium is expected to sail away from the STX shipyard in Saint-Nazaire, France, on Friday, with offshore installation scheduled for mid-January. The 1,200 tonnes substation will collect and export the power from 42 Siemens Gamesa SWT-7.0-154 turbines at the wind farm currently being built off the coast of Zeebrugge. Belgium’s DEME Gr

    Wind  rechargenews.com 11 Jan 08:55 GMT Bernd Radowitz in Berlin

    Berkshire positions energy head as possible Buffett successor

    Berkshire Hathaway has promoted Greg Abel, head of its sprawling electric utility and renewables division, to the company’s board and gave him a new job, moves that positions him as one of two possible successors to chief executive Warren Buffett. The other is Ajit Jain, who oversees Berkshire’s reinsurance operations. Abel, 55 years old and a native of Alberta, Canada, was named vice chair of t

    Wind  rechargenews.com 10 Jan 22:26 GMT Richard A. Kessler in Fort Worth

    Chile renewables group to lobby for 100% target by 2040

    Chile’s renewable energy installed capacity is expected to grow 20% in 2018 to 5.9GW in commercial operation, mostly through new wind and solar PV capacity additions. The projection by the Chilean Renewable Energy Association (ACERA) came as it outlined goals for coming years including a 100% renewable energy target by 2040. Conservative billionaire Sebastián Piñera, who was president of Chile f

    Wind  rechargenews.com 10 Jan 18:31 GMT Alex Spatuzza in Rio de Janeiro

    Apex sells Texas Gulf Coast project to Dallas-based Sammons

    Apex Clean Energy has sold the 162.9MW Midway wind project under development along the Texas Gulf Coast north of Corpus Christi to a company owned by Sammons Enterprises based in Dallas. Financial terms of the transaction were not made public. It closed on 27 December. Apex will provide construction and asset management services for the project, which will use 47 Siemens Gamesa G132 turbines and

    Wind  rechargenews.com 10 Jan 16:57 GMT Richard A. Kessler in Fort Worth