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  • Put energy high on Brexit talks agenda, Eurelectric urges

    The EU and UK urgently need to strike a deal that avoids damaging their closely-entwined energy markets after Brexit, said European electricity association Eurelectric, which wants transitional arrangements on key issues. Eurelectric claimed the development of the EU’s internal energy market has brought “significant benefits” across the bloc, including the more efficient integration of renewable

    Transition  rechargenews.com 40 minutes old Andrew Lee in London

    Vestas launches three onshore wind turbines with 4.2MW rating

    Vestas has introduced three new onshore wind turbines with a rating of up to 4.2MW, a line-up the Danish manufacturer says includes a model with the industry’s highest yield for low winds. The new turbines – the V117-4.0/4.2 MW, V136-4.0/4.2 MW, and V150-4.0/4.2 MW – will be offered with rotor diameters ranging from 117 to 150-metres, the largest rotor in its class, according to the OEM. First d

    Wind  rechargenews.com 2 hours old Bernd Radowitz in Copenhagen

    US wind and solar tax credits 'look secure' under Trump: ACORE

    Key tax credits set to fuel dozens of gigawatts of new US wind and solar capacity over the next few years “look secure”, with Republicans unlikely to go after incentives already programmed to expire, says Greg Wetstone, chief executive of the American Council on Renewable Energy (ACORE) industry group. The fate of the wind production tax credit (PTC) and solar investment tax credit (ITC) were per

    Wind  rechargenews.com 15 hours old Karl-Erik Stromsta in New York

    Researchers slam influential plan for 100% renewables US grid

    A group of 21 leading researchers has strongly rebuked an influential paper arguing that wind, solar and hydro could provide 100% of US grid power reliably and at low cost by 2055, claiming such an analysis involves modelling errors, inappropriate methods and implausible assumptions. “A policy prescription that over-promises on the benefits of relying on a narrower portfolio of technologies optio

    Wind  rechargenews.com 16 hours old Richard A. Kessler in Fort Worth

    ORE Catapult builds brainpower on bigger wind blades

    UK technology development body the Offshore Renewable Energy (ORE) Catapult has formed a £2.3m ($2.9m) research tie-up with the University of Bristol to fashion blade designs for the next generation of ultra-large-scale offshore wind turbines. Phase one of the Wind Blade Research Hub (WBRH), set up as a five-year partnership, will focus on improvement to materials and manufacturing technology, bl

    Wind  rechargenews.com 21 hours old Darius Snieckus in London

    'Seismic shift' as European utility sector vows to lead energy transition

    Utilities embrace the opportunities from decarbonisation, digitalisation and decentralisation — whatever they might be, writes Leigh Collins

    Transition  rechargenews.com 21 hours old Leigh Collins in Estoril

    Vestas in line for 1GW Russia wind pipeline with Fortum-Rusnano

    Vestas is in line for up to 1GW of turbine supply deals in Russia after being selected by the Finnish-Russian consortium that was the big winner in the country’s recent wind auction. The Danish OEM was named as supplier to the 50/50 investment fund partnership between Finnish utility Fortum and Rusnano, a Russian state-owned development company, which took the biggest share of the 1.65GW awarded

    Wind  rechargenews.com 22 hours old Andrew Lee in London

    South Africa PPA limbo 'could drag into 2018' warns industry body

    As a stand-off that has halted the signing of renewable power deals in South Africa threatens to drag into 2018, a developer with projects delayed by the impasse told Recharge the situation is harming the country’s profile as an investment destination. The South African Renewable Energy Council (SAREC) said it was “deeply disturbed” after an inter-governmental taskforce this week failed to signal

    Wind  rechargenews.com 23 hours old Andrew Lee in London

    'Serious action needed to end Poland's onshore wind malaise'

    OPINION | Faced with dismal renewables growth, Polish officials are looking at changes to the rules that have stymied development, explains Hubert Wysoczański

    Wind  rechargenews.com 24 hours old Hubert Wysoczański

    Marram succeeds Herold as CEO of Senvion North America

    Lance Marram has taken over the role of chief executive and managing director of Senvion North America, replacing Helmut Herold who is leaving the Germany-based turbine manufacturer. Marram comes to Senvion with over two decades of experience in wind energy and finance, and an exceptional background in sales, manufacturing and investments in renewables, the OEM says. Marram since 2012 work

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

    Mating of Hywind floaters gathers pace off Norway

    Two of five spar-buoy floating wind turbines for Statoil's landmark 30MW Buchan Deep array off Scotland are now afloat quayside at Bassoe's operations base at Stord, on the west coast of Norway. Italian offshore contractor Saipem’s S7000 heavylift vessel completed mating of the first Siemens SWT-6.0-154 turbine-topped tower with its cylindrical steel spar substructure, delivered earlier from Nava

    Wind  rechargenews.com 21 Jun 09:21 GMT Darius Snieckus in London

    BNDES approves $320m finance for 311MW of Brazil wind

    Brazil’s National Development Bank (BNDES) has approved R$1bn ($320m) in financing for the construction of three wind power complexes in the country’s Northeastern region, totalling 311MW. The biggest was a R$486.4m loan to France’s EDF EN do Brasil, the local unit of EDF Energies Nouvelles, to build the Ventos da Bahia 1, 2, 9 and 18 projects located in the state of Bahia. The combined capacity

    Wind  rechargenews.com 21 Jun 08:30 GMT Alexandre Spatuzza in Sao Paulo

    Four oil giants and GM in group backing US federal carbon tax

    Global oil giants ExxonMobil, Royal Dutch Shell, BP and Total, and seven other large companies including General Motors threw their support behind a proposed US federal tax on carbon to help slow global warming. The move comes 20 days after President Donald Trump announced he is pulling the US out of the landmark 195-nation Paris agreement to combat climate change. Analysis: Paris decision puts

    Transition  rechargenews.com 20 Jun 23:45 GMT Richard A. Kessler in Fort Worth

    Nevada governor vetoes 40% renewables mandate legislation

    Governor Brian Sandoval has vetoed legislation that would have increased Nevada’s renewable portfolio standard to 40% by 2030 from the present mandate of 25% by 2025, saying approval is premature given uncertainty in the state energy market. “I am fully aware that increasing the RPS as proposed in this bill is very popular, and under different circumstances I would support this bill,” he writes i

    Wind  rechargenews.com 20 Jun 19:51 GMT Richard A. Kessler in Fort Worth

    Vattenfall names first projects at EOWDC research programme

    Vattenfall has named a clutch of scientific projects that will share a €3m ($3.3m) research fund at the developer’s European Offshore Wind Deployment Centre (EOWDC) off northeast Scotland. The projects will help put the region at the leading edge of offshore wind research globally, said Scottish officials, who backed the development of the 11-turbine EOWDC in the face of determined opposition fro

    Wind  rechargenews.com 20 Jun 15:23 GMT Andrew Lee in London

    Denmark's COP to lead development of Newfoundland array

    Copenhagen Offshore Partners (COP) says it has won a contract to lead both early and late-stage development for what could become Canada’s first offshore wind project – a 180MW array in St. Georges Bay west of Newfoundland. COP did not release terms of the deal awarded by Danish fund manager Copenhagen Investment Partners (CIP), which last September announced it would invest all capital required

    Wind  rechargenews.com 20 Jun 15:21 GMT Richard A. Kessler in Fort Worth

    Siemens Gamesa to keep 'deep roots' in Spain: CEO Tacke

    Siemens Gamesa Renewable Energy will retain a significant supply chain in Spain for the long-term and remain loyal to its “deep roots” in the country, said chief executive Markus Tacke. In his first major corporate event since taking the reins at the newly-created wind OEM in May, Tacke told the Siemens Gamesa annual general meeting that the multinational nature of the company would not dent its

    Wind  rechargenews.com 20 Jun 14:27 GMT Andrew Lee in London

    New report repudiates key assumptions of Perry’s US grid study

    Two key suggestions embedded in US Energy Secretary Rick Perry’s controversial grid-study order – that renewables are killing off baseload generation, and that the shifting US power mix is undermining grid reliability – do not hold up to scrutiny, according to a detailed new report from the Analysis Group. To the chagrin of the US renewables industry, Perry in April called for a 60-day study into

    Transition  rechargenews.com 20 Jun 09:34 GMT Karl-Erik Stromsta in New York

    Joined-up thinking as cable giant Prysmian eyes offshore growth

    IN DEPTH | Market leader Prysmian expects the shift towards 66kV cabling technology will result in offshore transmission savings of 15% — and help it to a larger slice of the interarray and export-line market, writes Darius Snieckus

    Wind  rechargenews.com 20 Jun 08:14 GMT Darius Snieckus in London

    'Our ambition is based on a real belief in floating wind'

    5 MINUTES | Siem Offshore Contractors managing director Regis Rougier tells Darius Snieckus about the group's ambitions in the floating wind sector

    Wind  rechargenews.com 19 Jun 15:44 GMT Darius Snieckus in London

    Enel's Starace takes over as Eurelectric president

    European electricity industry body Eurelectric has elected Francesco Starace, chief executive of Italy’s Enel and a strong advocate of renewables, as the new president of the association for the next two years. “The energy sector is going through a radical transformation driven by disruptive technological innovations and the fight against climate change,” said Starace, who replaces EDP’s chief ex

    Transition  rechargenews.com 19 Jun 14:48 GMT Christopher Hopson in London

    Middle East and Africa to add 40GW of wind by 2026: MAKE

    Wind will add almost 40GW in the Middle East and Africa (MEA) region between this year and 2026, fuelled by “tremendous resources”, growing power demand, falling costs and “an increase in experience and best practices across the value chain”, according to consultancy MAKE. The capacity additions – up from a cumulative 4.2GW in place at the end of 2016 and representing a compound annual growth rat

    Wind  rechargenews.com 19 Jun 14:26 GMT Andrew Lee in London

    Canadian pension fund PSP to buy largest stake in Pattern Energy

    Canada’s Public Sector Pension Investment Board will acquire nearly 10% of the shares of Pattern Energy, becoming the wind-focused US yieldco’s largest shareholder, in a deal Pattern says underscores growing investor confidence in the renewables sector. PSP Investments, among Canada’s largest pension investment managers, will acquire 8.7 million shares of Pattern Energy from its privately held sp

    Wind  rechargenews.com 19 Jun 14:02 GMT Karl-Erik Stromsta in New York

    South Korea speeds shift to renewables with nuclear phase-out

    South Korea’s president Moon Jae-in has signalled an end to decades of reliance on nuclear power with a major shift in energy policy towards the increased use of renewables and gas. In a major overhaul of energy policy the South Korean government plans to increase the share of renewable sources from around 6.6% today to around 20% by 2030. The South Korean leader pledged to move towards “a nucle

    Transition  rechargenews.com 19 Jun 13:10 GMT Christopher Hopson in London

    Innogy opens 90MW Zuidwester with Enercon 7.5MWs

    German utility Innogy today officially opened its 90MW Zuidwester wind farm adjacent to the coast of the Dutch Ijsselmeer lake featuring 12 of the world’s largest onshore wind turbines, Enercon’s 7.5MW model. The twelve state-of-the-art turbines at the Zuidwester wind farm replace 50 dating from the 1980s and 1990s. Statistically, one of the new turbines on its own can generate as much electricit

    Wind  rechargenews.com 19 Jun 12:15 GMT Bernd Radowitz in Berlin

    Dutch OEM Lagerwey signs licensing deal with Russia’s Rosatom

    Dutch wind OEM Lagerwey has signed an agreement for the licensing of its wind turbine technology to OTEK, a unit of Russian nuclear energy giant Rosatom, that it says forms the basis for creating a professional wind industry in the world’s largest country. “We are proud that we as a Dutch wind turbine supplier are instrumental creating a Russian wind industry,” Lagerwey chief executive Huib Morel

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

    PWEA: Polish onshore wind additions close to zero on distance rule

    New onshore wind installations have almost stopped in Poland as a result of a law passed in 2016 that demands a minimum distance of ten times the turbine height between new onshore wind parks and settlements, Wojciech Cetnarski, the head of the Polish Wind Energy Association (PWEA), told Recharge. “The development of new wind farms has completely stopped,” Cetnarski said. “There are some developm

    Wind  rechargenews.com 19 Jun 09:23 GMT Bernd Radowitz in Berlin

    Phase one complete as Ireland's largest wind farm rises in Galway

    Ireland’s wind sector took another step forward as SSE finished the first phase of the 169MW Galway Wind Park, which will be the nation’s largest when fully completed. The UK-based utility built the 66MW first stage of the project using 22 3MW Siemens turbines after a construction period lasting two and a half years. SSE has linked with Irish forestry group Coillte for the second phase of the w

    Wind  rechargenews.com 19 Jun 07:15 GMT Andrew Lee

    Time is right for Australian offshore wind, says developer

    IN DEPTH | After years of under-the-radar planning, a Victoria developer claims market conditions are right to advance Australia's first offshore wind farm, writes Andrew Lee

    Wind  rechargenews.com 19 Jun 05:32 GMT Andrew Lee in London

    São Paulo looks to small wind-solar-hydro hybrids

    With relatively small wind potential and expensive real estate, Brazil’s most industrialised state of São Paulo wants to catch a ride on the growing wind industry by reviving the small turbine industry for wind-solar-hydro hybrid set ups. “This is the way forward, because we have to think about smart grids and small- and micro-generation in the state,” the state’s renewable energy secretary Anton

    Wind  rechargenews.com 16 Jun 16:05 GMT Alexandre Spatuzza in Sao Paulo

    Wind distance rule looms in Germany’s most populous state

    After a sweeping victory in elections last month, a new coalition between German Chancellor Angela Merkel’s Christian Democrats (CDU) and the liberal Free Democrats (FDP) in North-Rhine Westphalia state plans to impose a distance rule for wind power that could kill off most new projects. “We assume that it is legally safe to implement a distance rule of 1,500 metres to pure and general residentia

    Wind  rechargenews.com 16 Jun 14:57 GMT Bernd Radowitz in Berlin

    Boralex inaugurates Enercon-supplied Niagara project

    Canadian renewables operator Boralex formally inaugurated its 230MW Niagara Region wind farm, which represented the largest deal in the company’s history when it bought the Ontario project late last year from German wind group Enercon. The Niagara Region wind farm uses 77 Enercon E-101 turbines rated at 3MW each, spreading from the Lake Erie coast up through the central part of Niagara peninsula.

    Wind  rechargenews.com 16 Jun 14:56 GMT Karl-Erik Stromsta in New York

    Siemens Gamesa to supply Enel’s new Russian wind pipeline

    Siemens Gamesa Renewable Energy will supply turbines for the 291MW of onshore wind power capacity Italian utility Enel won this week in a renewables tender in Russia. Russian news website Russian Construction picked up statements released by Enel Russia General Director Carlo Palasciano during the company’s General Shareholders Meeting, in which he also mentioned the possibility of a new producti

    Wind  rechargenews.com 16 Jun 13:53 GMT Bernd Radowitz in Berlin

    Alliant buys 50% stake in EDF's 225MW Great Western wind farm

    EDF Renewable Energy has sold a half-stake in its recently completed 225MW Great Western wind farm in Oklahoma to a unit of Alliant Energy, with the power contracted under a long-term deal with Google. Alliant, the Madison, Wisconsin-based investor-owned utility holding company, will buy the 50% stake in Great Western through its unregulated Alliant Energy Finance unit, with EDF holding the remai

    Wind  rechargenews.com 16 Jun 13:37 GMT Karl-Erik Stromsta in New York

    Battle for US offshore wind jobs hots up

    IN DEPTH | Massachusetts is staking its claim as the new hub for the burgeoning US offshore wind sector, but neighbouring states are jockeying for a slice of the coming economic bonanza, writes Karl-Erik Stromsta in New York

    Wind  rechargenews.com 16 Jun 12:58 GMT Karl-Erik Stromsta in New York

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    Al Gore: 'Trump has made Paris Agreement stronger'

    Former US vice-president says the climate movement will inevitably prevail because 'no lie can last forever'

    Transition  rechargenews.com 16 Jun 10:13 GMT Al Gore

    Senvion names ex-National Grid CEO Holliday as chairman

    The supervisory board of Germany-based wind OEM Senvion has approved Steven Holliday as its new chairman, succeeding Stefan Kowski, who had served in the post since the company's acquisition by US investment fund Centerbridge Partners in April 2015 “Management and the supervisory board are very pleased to welcome Steven Holliday as chairman. The company continues to execute its growth strategy

    Wind  rechargenews.com 16 Jun 09:38 GMT Bernd Radowitz in Berlin

    Iberdrola-led ROMEO project to cut offshore wind O&M costs

    Twelve European offshore wind players led by Iberdrola Renewables, together with the UK’s Cranfield University, have launched a project to cut operations and maintenance costs for wind at sea through the development of advanced monitoring systems and strategies. The project dubbed ROMEO (Reliable O&M decision tools and strategies for high LCOE reduction on offshore wind) is aiming to move from c

    Wind  rechargenews.com 16 Jun 09:20 GMT Bernd Radowitz in Berlin

    CL Grupo Industrial finalises GES takeover

    Spain's CL Grupo Industrial has set the seal on the takeover of compatriot renewables contractor Global Energy Services (GES), via the buy-up of shares in subsidiary GES Siemsa SA. The acquisition of GES, which offers services in areas ranging across engineering, construction, operation and maintenance for both wind and solar plants, adds 1,000 international personnel to CL Grupo Industrial's r

    Wind  rechargenews.com 16 Jun 08:50 GMT Darius Snieckus in London

    Wind OEM Lagerwey commissions 4.5MW prototype

    Dutch wind OEM Lagerwey has commissioned a first prototype of its L136-4.5MW onshore turbine with a 136-metre rotor at the port of Eemshaven in the Netherlands. The manufacturer after the summer will start the construction of a second identical turbine in the vicinity, using what Lagerwey says is the world’s first climbing crane that it unveiled last year. Dutch wind specialist claims world-fi

    Wind  rechargenews.com 16 Jun 07:21 GMT Bernd Radowitz in Berlin

    Suniva trade case would lead to 88,000 US solar job losses: SEIA

    The protections against solar imports requested by bankrupt US manufacturer Suniva would devastate the booming American solar industry, leading to an estimated 88,000 job losses next year, according to the Solar Energy Industries Association (SEIA). SEIA’s grim job-losses estimate is equivalent to roughly one-third of the existing US solar workforce, among the country’s fastest growing area of em

    Transition  rechargenews.com 15 Jun 21:14 GMT Karl-Erik Stromsta in New York

    NextEra buys second Texas wind project from Tri Global Energy

    Dallas-based Tri Global Energy has closed on the sale of its 78.2MW Fiber Winds facility in the South Plains region in Texas to a wholly-owned subsidiary of NextEra Energy Resources, the latest deal between the two developers. Terms of the transaction were not made public. NextEra will use Fiber Winds’ nameplate generation capacity to help fulfill a 230MW long-term power supply agreement with So

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

    Wind and PV 'dominate future of power' as costs plunge: BNEF

    Ever steeper wind and solar cost declines will see the two renewable sources “dominate the future of electricity” and attract more than $6 trillion of investments by 2040, says latest research from analysts at Bloomberg New Energy Finance (BNEF). The latest BNEF New Energy Outlook 2017 sees onshore wind’s levelised cost-of-energy (LCOE) plunging by 47% by 2040, adding to a 30% fall over the last

    Transition  rechargenews.com 15 Jun 13:01 GMT Andrew Lee in London

    The missing links in US offshore wind

    IN DEPTH | How will the US build its gigawatts of planned offshore wind projects with no local supply chain, and what role can the offshore oil industry play, ask Rick von Flatern in Houston and Darius Snieckus in London

    Wind  rechargenews.com 15 Jun 12:04 GMT Rick von Flatern and Darius Snieckus

    DolWin2 offshore wind link switched on

    ABB has handed over the 916MW DolWin2 offshore wind transmission link in the North Sea to the Dutch-German transmission system operator (TSO) TenneT. The high-voltage direct current (HVDC) DolWin2 hub, ABB’s third offshore wind connection project in the region following BorWin1 and DolWin1, will be able to channel power from the Nordsee One, Gode Wind I and Gode Wind II wind farms to shore to sup

    Wind  rechargenews.com 15 Jun 11:38 GMT Darius Snieckus in London

    Fortum, Rosatom, Enel win in 1.65GW Russia wind tender

    A partnership including Finnish utility Fortum has taken 1GW as the biggest winner in a landmark wind power tender held by Russia that saw a total of 1.65GW in capacity auctioned off for delivery in the 2018-2022 period. JSC VetroOGK, a unit of Russian nuclear giant Rosatom, won the rights to build another 360MW in capacity, while Italian utility Enel was successful with 291MW. Only 1.65GW out o

    Wind  rechargenews.com 15 Jun 10:25 GMT Bernd Radowitz and Andrew Lee

    Atkins chosen for China offshore wind farm design work

    Engineering consultancy Atkins has been chosen by PowerChina Huadong Engineering to design the offshore substation platform at State Power Investment Corporation’s 300MW Binhai South Phase 3 wind farm in the Yellow Sea. Atkins, one of the first UK companies to work on a Chinese offshore wind farm, will use its extensive experience from the European offshore wind industry. The scope of its contrac

    Wind  rechargenews.com 15 Jun 10:18 GMT Christopher Hopson in London

    Oil giants continue offshore wind push – and are there to stay

    ANALYSIS | Any doubts that offshore wind is now deeply embedded in the strategies of some of the world's biggest oil groups were settled at OWE 2017, writes Bernd Radowitz

    Wind  rechargenews.com 15 Jun 09:54 GMT Bernd Radowitz in Berlin

    Nine associations call for greater use of renewable gas in EU energy system

    Nine European industry associations representing different aspects of the renewable gas industry have joined forces to make the case for hydrogen, biomethane, syngas and biogas to increasingly be used to store renewable energy — as well as for cleaner transport and heating. In a joint statement — officially a response to the European Commission’s proposed renewable-energy directive — the associat

    Transition  rechargenews.com 15 Jun 09:18 GMT Leigh Collins

    Capturing the power on Global Wind Day

    Wind power is leading from the front as a main source of new energy generation around the world, with $112.5bn invested last year alone and – as of 15 June, Global Wind Day (GWD) 2017 – over 500GW of turbines turning. The sector, which now employs 1.2 million people, making it one of the fastest growing industrial segments in the world, has become "a major driver" in the global energy transition

    Wind  rechargenews.com 15 Jun 06:12 GMT Darius Snieckus in London

    Canada's Capital Power completes 178MW Kansas wind farm

    Capital Power has completed its 178MW Bloom wind farm in Kansas, the first wind project in its sizeable US portfolio that the Canada-based independent power producer has taken through development and construction. The Bloom wind farm is located on private land 20 miles south of Dodge City and uses 54 Vestas V117-3.3MW machines– the first project in Kansas to utilise that turbine model. Although

    Wind  rechargenews.com 14 Jun 17:26 GMT Karl-Erik Stromsta in New York

    Wind and solar combined for 10% of US power gen in March

    For the first time in a given month, wind and solar combined to account for more than 10% of total US electricity generation in March and likely did so again in April, according to the US Energy Information Administration (EIA). The record contribution from non-hydro renewables comes amid surging installations of both wind and solar in the US, with 14.8GW of solar and 8.2GW of wind added last yea

    Wind  rechargenews.com 14 Jun 16:22 GMT Karl-Erik Stromsta in New York

    Pro-wind US group launches ad blitz targeting Washington

    American Wind Action (AWA), a non-profit group launched in the run-up to the 2016 presidential election to promote wind energy, has launched a “multi-month, multi-million dollar campaign” targeting elected officials in Washington DC. The group will run a series of TV, radio, and digital video ads aimed at “the public, President Trump, the Administration and Congress on the economic benefit of win

    Wind  rechargenews.com 14 Jun 16:04 GMT Karl-Erik Stromsta in New York

    PV soaring, but policy roadblocks stymie even faster growth: SPE

    The solar sector’s steep growth curve – which could see it closing in on one terawatt of installed capacity by 2021 – could be even sharper if policy-based obstacles to growth are removed, said industry body SolarPower Europe (SPE). The best-case scenario in SPE’s latest five-year Global Market Outlook would see 935GW of PV in place around the world by the end of 2021, up from 306GW at the end of

    Transition  rechargenews.com 14 Jun 12:24 GMT Andrew Lee in London

    Solar broke records in 2016 and global growth looks unstoppable

    OPINION | Solar has gone from a niche to a world-beater in ten years but there's more to be done, writes James Watson

    Transition  rechargenews.com 14 Jun 12:22 GMT James Watson

    Senvion to equip Italy’s first offshore array at Taranto

    Germany-based wind OEM Senvion has signed an exclusivity agreement with renewables operator Belenergia to supply turbines to Italy’s first offshore wind project, a 30MW array off the Southern harbour of Taranto. The project in water depths of four to 18 meters off the region of Apulia will feature ten of Senvion’s 3.0M122 machines adapted for offshore use, each with a hub height of 100 meters. D

    Wind  rechargenews.com 14 Jun 11:45 GMT Bernd Radowitz in Berlin

    Auctions give Spanish wind power room to breathe again

    OPINION | After years of inactivity, a new tender-driven policy is finally helping Spain's wind industry get moving again, writes Juan Virgilio Marquez

    Wind  rechargenews.com 14 Jun 10:11 GMT Juan Virgilio Marquez

    Goldman Sachs seals wind PPA to power data centres

    Goldman Sachs says it has reached a 15-year agreement with a subsidiary of NextEra Energy Resources to purchase all 68MW of capacity from a future wind farm to power the Wall Street bank’s data centres in New Jersey. Goldman did not make public terms of the deal, its first for commercial quantities of wind power. NextEra’s project near Scranton, Pennsylvania, is due to come online in 2019 and wil

    Wind  rechargenews.com 14 Jun 10:08 GMT Richard A. Kessler in Fort Worth

    Senvion, EnBW conclude cooperation deal for German onshore

    Germany-based wind OEM Senvion has concluded a cooperation agreement with utility EnBW for the construction of several hundred megawatts of onshore wind capacity throughout Germany. At the start of the cooperation, EnBW will submit planning applications at short notice for the planned projects featuring the new Senvion 3.4M140 low-speed wind turbine, the manufacturer said. Once approval is ob

    Wind  rechargenews.com 14 Jun 10:08 GMT Bernd Radowitz in Berlin

    Joint statement fails to set offshore wind build-out target

    The governments of Germany, Belgium and Denmark, together with industry leaders, signed a joint statement at OWE 2017 to further the deployment of offshore wind in Europe, but fell short of including industry demands for a 6-7GW annual pipeline across the continent. While reaffirming a commitment made by ten EU governments a year ago in the North Seas Declaration for regional cooperation to add a

    Wind  rechargenews.com 14 Jun 09:57 GMT Bernd Radowitz in London

    Statkraft fires starting gun on UK offshore wind sales

    Norwegian utility Statkraft has fired the starting gun on the sale of its stakes in the Dudgeon and Sheringham Shoal UK offshore wind farms, as it pulls back from the sector. Statkraft will launch the sales process this month and expects “conclusions” by late this year or early 2018, a company spokesman told Recharge. The Norwegian group owns a 30% stake in the 402MW Dudgeon project, which is in

    Wind  rechargenews.com 14 Jun 09:18 GMT Andrew Lee in London

    China overtakes the US as world's largest RE generator, says BP

    China overtook the US as the world’s largest generator of non-hydro renewable power in 2016, while Europe’s renewables output remained virtually flat due to weather, according to new statistics from British oil giant BP. Meanwhile, Asia Pacific has overtaken Europe as the world’s largest renewables-generating region, thanks to strong and ongoing growth in China, Japan and India, according to BP’s

    Transition  rechargenews.com 13 Jun 20:28 GMT Karl-Erik Stromsta in New York

    Renewables groups oppose Trump's proposed DOE funding cuts

    Five renewable energy industry groups are asking leaders of appropriations committees in Congress to reject the Trump administration’s proposed steep cuts to the US Department of Energy’s budget in fiscal year 2018 for programs supporting sector innovation and deployment. The administration has proposed a 66% reduction - more than $1.7bn - from those programs from current annualized funding level

    Wind  rechargenews.com 13 Jun 20:02 GMT Richard A. Kessler in Fort Worth

    Bird charity continues legal fight against Scottish offshore wind

    Bird charity RSPB Scotland is to prolong its legal challenge against 2.3GW of wind projects off Scotland by lodging an application to the Inner House of the Court of Session for permission to appeal to the UK’s Supreme Court against an earlier judgment. Three appeals court judges at the Court of Session in Edinburgh in mid-May backed ministers against RSPB Scotland, which opposes the development

    Wind  rechargenews.com 13 Jun 15:24 GMT Christopher Hopson in London

    Deal with locals over 1.1GW Estonia offshore wind project

    A cooperation agreement with the municipal council on Estonia’s Hiiumaa island has brought a 700MW-1.1GW offshore wind project off the island closer to being built, although no financial close has been reached yet, 4Energia chief executive Martin Kruus tells Recharge. “We are moving closer” to a financial close, Kruus said. “The locals are now a partner in this project.” Estonia continues in tal

    Wind  rechargenews.com 13 Jun 13:52 GMT Bernd Radowitz

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    Global renewables jobs rise to 9.8m in 2016, IRENA report says

    Employment in the renewable energy sector has soared to 9.8 million people globally and is expected to more than double by 2030, a new report by the International Renewable Energy Agency (IRENA) finds as Germany and China urge the US to stay in the Paris Climate Accord. “Falling costs and enabling policies have steadily driven up investment and employment in renewable energy worldwide since IRENA

    Transition  rechargenews.com 13 Jun 12:33 GMT Bernd Radowitz

    Global wind O&M to grow 15% by 2020: Recharge-MAKE poll

    The global wind operations and maintenance (O&M) market is expected to expand some 15% between 2017 and 2020, potentially outstripping the build-out of new plant capacity over the same time-period around the world, a poll by Recharge and MAKE Consulting has found. The survey of industry leaders, carried out annually at the SKF Wind Farm Management Conference, suggests that global wind O&M will co

    Wind  rechargenews.com 13 Jun 12:31 GMT Darius Snieckus in Vienna

    Bureau Veritas anoints Groix floating wind concept

    Classification body Bureau Veritas (BV) has given its seal of approval to the DCNS Energies floating wind turbine concept, clearing the way for its use on the 25MW Groix & Belle Île pilot project in the French Atlantic. BV has given a preliminary design approval (PDA) to the concrete-steel hybrid semisubmersible design, being topped with GE 6MW Haliade turbines at the Eolfi/China General Nuclear

    Wind  rechargenews.com 13 Jun 12:14 GMT Darius Snieckus in London

    Cybersecurity: the growing threat to renewables

    IN DEPTH | Recent high-profile cyber-attacks have put the issue centre-stage and the energy sector is worryingly vulnerable, writes Christopher Hopson

    Transition  rechargenews.com 13 Jun 10:21 GMT Christopher Hopson in London

    Senvion 3.7MW turbine in line for 429MW Australia project

    Germany-based wind turbine manufacturer Senvion is designing a 3.7MW onshore machine with a 144-metre rotor to be first used at the 429MW Murra Warra wind project in Australia’s Victoria state. The turbine – an upgrade to the OEM’s 3.XM platform that so far only reaches 3.6MW and a 140-metre rotor – is being designed for Australia, but Senvion will look how the model could fit strategically also

    Wind  rechargenews.com 13 Jun 10:09 GMT Bernd Radowitz in Berlin

    Shake-up at Adwen as Shell said to be among potential buyers

    Adwen is shaking up its top management and is gearing up to create a French pipeline and a German operations unit, as Recharge learns from industry sources that oil major Shell is among a group of suitors considering the acquisition of the offshore wind OEM from its owner Siemens Gamesa. As part of the changes announced by the OEM, chief executive Luis Alvarez will be replaced by current chief op

    Wind  rechargenews.com 13 Jun 08:37 GMT Bernd Radowitz in Berlin and Darius Snieckus in London

    Ghana joins Africa's wind club as Engie plans first project

    French energy giant Engie and developer eleQtra have linked to build what they say will be the first wind farm in the West African nation of Ghana. Engie will hold a 40% stake in the Ada Wind project, which is expected to cost about $120m to bring into service by 2019. Sub-Saharan African infrastructure specialist eleQtra said initial studies have already proved positive at the site in the Great

    Wind  rechargenews.com 13 Jun 07:30 GMT Andrew Lee in London

    Changes ahead for GE as long-standing CEO Immelt to step down

    General Electric on Monday announced that Jeff Immelt, its chief executive for 16 years, will be replaced later this summer by GE veteran John Flannery, signaling potentially big changes ahead at one of the world’s most important renewables companies. During Immelt’s tenure, which began just days before the 9/11 terrorist attack in New York City, he transformed GE into a renewables powerhouse as

    Wind  rechargenews.com 12 Jun 16:57 GMT Karl-Erik Stromsta in New York

    Kenya grid delay leaves 310MW Lake Turkana ready but stranded

    Lack of grid connection means it could be 2018 before power starts flowing from Kenya’s 310MW Lake Turkana wind farm – Africa’s largest – despite its ahead-of-schedule completion by Vestas, it has emerged. The flagship project’s last turbine was installed two months early in March by the Danish OEM, which also acted as lead contractor for the wind farm – but not the 428km transmission link due to

    Wind  rechargenews.com 12 Jun 15:39 GMT Andrew Lee in London

    Brazil's renewables sector places trust in team Coelho Filho

    DISPATCHES | Alexandre Spatuzza explains how Brazil's renewables industry has come to see its pro-reform energy minister as a beacon of stability in a storm of political uncertainty

    Wind  rechargenews.com 12 Jun 15:23 GMT Alexandre Spatuzza in Sao Paulo

    'Oil and gas majors to divert cash to renewables’: WoodMac

    Major oil and gas companies are increasingly expected to divert capital from their upstream operations to build positions in the wind and solar sectors, as players see “opportunities” in the renewables business, according to analysts at consultancy Wood Mackenzie. In its latest report, Could Renewables be the Majors’ next big thing?, WoodMac said renewable energy sources pose “a threat to legacy

    Transition  rechargenews.com 12 Jun 12:04 GMT Anamaria Deduleasa

    Floating wind ready for industrial take-off: WindEurope

    Floating wind power will take off much more rapidly than anticipated only a few years ago, with reductions of some 25% by 2030 in the technology’s levellised cost of energy, according to a new report from European industry body WindEurope. The report, Unleashing Europe's Offshore Wind Potential, launched at last week’s OWE2017 event in London, highlights the 4,000GW of resource off Europe that t

    Wind  rechargenews.com 12 Jun 11:20 GMT Darius Snieckus in London

    Russia's Rosatom 'looks at Indian wind acquisitions'

    Nuclear group Rosatom plans to acquire wind projects in India as part of a wider engagement by Russia with the Indian energy sector, according to reports from New Delhi. Russian state-controlled Rosatom – which has already entered the wind market at home – will look at buying wind assets in the south Asian nation as well as setting up hydropower projects there, claimed business journal Livemint,

    Wind  rechargenews.com 12 Jun 10:08 GMT Andrew Lee

    MHI Vestas-chartered Vestvind sails out for Walney Extension

    Turbine maker MHI Vestas has partnered with United Wind Logistics (UWL) on a long-term charter for the Vestvind transport barge to shuttle V164 components for upcoming orders. The vessel, bearing the MHI Vestas logo, has left port on its lead-off assignment ferrying nacelles and towers from the OEM’s factory in Esbjerg, Denmark, to Belfast, Northern Ireland, where they will be assembled for insta

    Wind  rechargenews.com 12 Jun 09:58 GMT Darius Snieckus in London

    Mytrah set fair for Indian wind and PV after year of growth

    Indian developer Mytrah claimed it is well placed to benefit from the country’s burgeoning renewables sector as revenue rolled in from an operating wind base that hit 1GW by the end of last year. London-listed Mytrah added 417MW of wind in 2016, as well as further increasing its growing solar pipeline with power deals that brought the total to 480MW. Mytrah posted revenues of $362m for the full

    Wind  rechargenews.com 12 Jun 09:29 GMT Andrew Lee in London

    Nevada governor faces pressure to sign 40% RPS legislation

    Nevada Governor Brian Sandoval is under pressure from the wind industry and other clean energy groups and proponents to sign Assembly Bill 206 into law that would increase the state’s renewable energy portfolio to 40% by 2030 from the present requirement of 25% by 2025. An official in Sandoval’s office in the state capital of Carson City told Recharge he has the bill under study, but could not sa

    Wind  rechargenews.com 11 Jun 04:07 GMT Richard A. Kessler in Fort Worth

    Offshore wind may help New Hampshire lower energy costs

    New Hampshire may have the smallest ocean coastline of any US state – 18.5 miles (29.7km) – but some officials see offshore wind as a promising energy resource that could help reduce the high cost of electricity there next decade. A 2014 study by the state legislature suggested that New Hampshire may have as much as 3.4GW of capacity within 50 miles of its mainland, which would cover most of the

    Wind  rechargenews.com 09 Jun 18:34 GMT Richard A. Kessler in Fort Worth

    Texas eliminates tax breaks for certain new wind projects

    Governor Greg Abbott has signed a bill into law that stops local governments in Texas from offering tax breaks for new wind farms near certain military bases, a move developers assert could jeopardize billions of dollars of investment. The new law takes effect on 1 September. It applies to projects within 25-nautical miles (46.3kms) of a “base, station, fort, or camp at which fixed-wind aviation

    Wind  rechargenews.com 09 Jun 17:21 GMT Richard A. Kessler in Fort Worth

    New renewables boost as Argentina drafts non-regulated plans

    Argentina’s government this week published draft rules for its non-regulated power market that will allow consumers with demand of 2.6MWh per year or more to contract renewable energy. The draft regulations are open for public consultations over the next three weeks. After that, the government plans to kick-start the non-regulated market in time to meet its progressive renewable energy targets st

    Wind  rechargenews.com 09 Jun 15:22 GMT Alexandre Spatuzza in Sao Paulo

    UK renewables seek clarity and stability as election gives neither

    Hopes for a stable UK policy environment as the country maps its future clean energy strategy and enters Brexit negotiations took a knock as the country’s general election saw the ruling Conservative party lose its overall majority in Parliament. The 8 June election – called by Prime Minister Theresa May in a bid to strengthen her position ahead of Brexit talks – backfired as the Conservatives re

    Wind  rechargenews.com 09 Jun 14:39 GMT Andrew Lee in London

    Repowering moves to centre stage in US wind

    IN DEPTH | Clarity over PTC rules and the returns on offer to investors mean 2017 is the year wind repowering takes off in the US, writes Karl-Erik Stromsta

    Wind  rechargenews.com 09 Jun 14:17 GMT Karl-Erik Stromsta in New York

    Statoil to use oil and gas expertise to grow in offshore wind

    Norway’s Statoil is aiming to play on its oil and gas strengths and expertise to grow its renewable energy business, said executive vice president of new energy solutions, Irene Rummelhoff. Statoil has already made renewables part of its core activity, after realising that “business as usual was not an option”, said Rummelhoff at Offshore Wind Energy in London this week. She added that, as the c

    Transition  rechargenews.com 09 Jun 12:20 GMT Anamaria Deduleasa

    Santa Fe lays ground to join Argentine renewables race

    The Argentine northeastern province of Santa Fe has called on investors to register renewable energy generation projects in the province as it looks to spur investments via a possible tender. The call for projects was officially opened on 7 June and will last for 90 days, after which the provincial government will organise how they will be contracted. “The public invitation arose from the wish t

    Wind  rechargenews.com 09 Jun 11:10 GMT Alexandre Spatuzza in Sao Paulo

    Access Power to develop 130MW of wind power in Zambia

    UAE-based developer Access Power lands funding from the US Trade and Development Agency (USTDA) for a 130MW wind power project in Zambia. The USTDA grant will go towards funding “the feasibility study and costs related to the development of the project”, said Access Power. Once completed in 2019, Access Power and its strategic partner EREN Renewable Energy, a global independent power producer, w

    Wind  rechargenews.com 09 Jun 10:52 GMT Anamaria Deduleasa

    UPC unveils 1GW Australian onshore wind plan

    Global developer UPC Renewables has unveiled plans for up to 1GW of onshore wind in the Australian island state of Tasmania. UPC has signed an agreement with the Hammond Family, which owns Robbins Island and other land on Tasmania’s northwest coast. The developer – which has built more than 2GW of projects across Asia, North America and North Africa since the 1990s – said its newly-formed Austra

    Wind  rechargenews.com 09 Jun 10:13 GMT Andrew Lee in London

    Egypt to install only half of renewables in its pipeline: BMI

    Egypt is expected to install around 3GW of renewable energy capacity by 2026, which is only half the capacity in its pipeline, as analysts remain conservative amid the ongoing uncertain regulatory regime in the country. Since the start of the year, investor interest in the country has increased, and Egypt’s renewable energy activity has strengthened, however, political and economic risks continue

    Wind  rechargenews.com 09 Jun 09:49 GMT Anamaria Deduleasa

    Irena and China State Grid tie up on energy transition

    The International Renewable Energy Agency (Irena) and the State Grid Corporation of China (SGCC), the world’s largest utility, have signed an agreement to deepen co-operation to accelerate the global energy transition via worldwide and regional initiatives, including the Paris Agreement and the Belt and Road initiative. The framework of the agreement, signed by Irena director-general Adnan Amin a

    Wind  rechargenews.com 09 Jun 08:01 GMT Darius Snieckus in London

    Three key technologies will enable widespread zero-subsidy offshore

    OPINION | Key innovations will keep offshore wind on a downwards cost curve, writes Philip Totaro

    Wind  rechargenews.com 09 Jun 07:28 GMT Philip Totaro

    Enbridge pulls trigger on Albatros offshore investment in Germany

    Canada’s Enbridge, North America’s largest energy infrastructure company, has exercised its option to take a large minority stake in German utility EnBW’s Albatros offshore wind project – an add-on to the much larger Hohe See project, in which Enbridge is also investing. Calgary-based Enbridge will buy a 49.9% stake in the 112MW Albatros, with EnBW retaining 50.1% -- mirroring their arrangement a

    Wind  rechargenews.com 08 Jun 14:56 GMT Karl-Erik Stromsta in New York

    Renewables investment dips in non-US Americas

    Renewable energy investments in Brazil and the Americas (excluding the US) declined in 2016 from the previous year's level, following a global trend that put developed countries back in the lead on investments. According to the the Global Status Report 2017 (GSR17) published by REN21, Brazil – the regional leader in Latin America – saw total investment in renewable energy and fuels decline to $6.

    Wind  rechargenews.com 08 Jun 14:38 GMT Alexandre Spatuzza in Sao Paulo

    Nordex to supply another 132MW-wind farm in Australia

    Germany’s Nordex has been awarded a deal by Acciona Energia to supply the second construction phase of the 132MW Mount Gellibrand wind farm in Australia. The contract is a follow-up deal with the Spanish player, after Nordex already delivered 22 of these AW125/3000 turbines for the first construction phase of the wind farm. Nordex will be shipping the necessary components to Australia this autum

    Wind  rechargenews.com 08 Jun 13:12 GMT Anamaria Deduleasa

    Competition to TenneT could cut offshore costs: Bremen official

    Competition to transmission system operator (TSO) TenneT in delivering German North Sea offshore grid links may be a way to push down offshore wind prices further, a member of the government of the city state of Bremen told Recharge. “With the [German] offshore wind tender, we have seen how a market-based system leads to game changing prices,” Ronny Meyer, Bremen’s state counsellor for environmen

    Wind  rechargenews.com 08 Jun 12:22 GMT Bernd Radowitz in London

    K2: Reducing EPCI contractors ‘could cut costs offshore’

    Developers could reduce the costs of projects by limiting the number of engineering, procurement, construction and installation (EPCI) contracts, research from wind consultancy K2 Management has revealed. The report, Reducing The Levelised Cost of Energy: Challenges, Trends and Opportunities in Today’s Wind Projects for Tomorrow’s Business Cases, identified some of the “key challenges” that wil

    Wind  rechargenews.com 08 Jun 11:52 GMT Anamaria Deduleasa in London

    Recharge Thought Leaders: The next steps for floating wind

    The challenges of achieving scale and securing finance loomed large as leading players in floating offshore wind met to discuss the sector’s future at a Recharge Thought Leaders roundtable on the eve of Offshore Wind Europe 2017. The London event heard perspectives from those helping to shape the technology, projects and policies underpinning what many hope will be the next big renewable energy g

    Wind  rechargenews.com 08 Jun 11:11 GMT Andrew Lee in London

    LM installs 66.5-metre offshore blade for Hitachi 5.2MW

    GE unit LM Wind Power has completed the installation and testing of a 66.5-metre wind turbine blade for Japanese engineering company Hitachi for offshore application. "We are very pleased to support Hitachi, a leader in the development of wind power in Japan, in this offshore development of a new rotor for their 5.2MW platform,” LM Wind Power chief executive Marc de Jong said. LM Wind Power to

    Wind  rechargenews.com 08 Jun 08:53 GMT Bernd Radowitz in London