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  • Michigan utility DTE to build 6GW of renewables by 2050

    DTE Energy, the coal-reliant Michigan investor-owned utility, has laid out plans to source 40% of its power from renewables by 2050, up from 10% last year, requiring a 6GW build-out that will lean heavily on new wind farms in the state. Last year DTE announced it would retire 11 of its 17 coal-fired plants by the early 2020s, and the Detroit-based utility has now committed to slashing its carbo

    Transition  rechargenews.com 10 hours old Global Mediator

    Germany plans joint wind-solar tenders from 2018

    The cabinet of German Chancellor Angela Merkel has approved the introduction of joint onshore wind and solar tenders starting next year. In a pilot phase running from 2018 to 2020, 400MW is slated to be auctioned off each year to test what effect a joint tender will have. The country, after a series of pilot tenders in PV that started in 2015, this year has shifted the allocation of support for

    Wind  rechargenews.com 11 hours old Global Mediator

    GE under EU scrutiny over LM Wind Power submissions

    GE was told by the European Commission (EC) it faces scrutiny over possible infringements relating to submissions made in the run-up to the $1.65bn takeover of turbine blade-maker LM Wind Power, the US wind OEM confirmed to Recharge today. GE issued a statement on Monday following reports that it faces a potential probe over whether it gave misleading information to EC regulators reviewing its ac

    Wind  rechargenews.com 13 hours old Global Mediator

    Brazilian energy minister stays put amid growing upheaval

    Brazil’s mines and energy minister, Fernando Coelho Filho has decided to continue in Michel Temer’s cabinet even as his Brazilian Socialist Party (PSB) decided this weekend to formally leave the congressional coalition and ask for the president’s resignation, further weakening the Brazilian leader. PSB’s decision comes after three other parties had already left Temer’s once tightly-knit multi-par

    Wind  rechargenews.com 13 hours old Global Mediator

    Wind specialist MAKE joinsWood Mackenzie after Verisk deal

    MAKE – one of the wind sector’s best-known consulting specialists – has been bought by data group Verisk Analytics, it was announced today. Denmark-based MAKE will become part of Wood Mackenzie, another Verisk Analytics business that provides research and advisory services to the wider energy sector. MAKE’s annual OEM rankings are among the most eagerly-awaited in the wind sector, and the com

    Wind  rechargenews.com 16 hours old Andrew Lee

    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 16 hours old Global Mediator

    Vattenfall links battery with wind at 228MW Pen y Cymoedd

    Sweden’s Vattenfall confirmed it will proceed with a 22MW battery storage system that it says is the UK’s largest to be co-located with a wind farm. The six-unit battery system will be deployed at Vattenfall’s 228MW Pen y Cymoedd Wind Energy Project in Wales. Dubbed battery@pyc, the facility will provide Enhanced Frequency Response (EFR) services to the UK National Grid. Utilities will lead e

    Transition  rechargenews.com 18 hours old Andrew Lee

    Tunisia launches first wind and solar tender

    Tunisia has launched a power tender aiming to award deals to 140MW of wind and 70MW of solar capacity. Selected projects will sell power under a long-term PPA to the state-owned utility Tunisian Electricity and Gas Company (Steg). Tunisia kicks off 1GW renewable energy programme The tender, opened by the Ministry of Energy, Mines and Renewable Energies, is the first in a series planned by

    Wind  rechargenews.com 19 hours old Global Mediator

    Northland-Yushan JV eyes 1.2GW of Taiwan offshore wind

    Canada’s Northland Power and Singapore-based developer Yushan Energy hope to jointly build 1.2GW of offshore wind off Taiwan early in the next decade, the latter told Recharge. Their joint venture, called Hai Long, is proceeding with the development of two offshore wind farms in the Changhua Sea off Taiwan. “Subject to interconnection availability, the two Hai Long offshore projects aim to achie

    Wind  rechargenews.com 20 hours old Global Mediator

    Study flags Guernsey offshore wind potential

    Guernsey has “several locations” off its coast which could be suitable for developing an offshore wind farm, according to a new feasibility study carried out for the UK Channel Island. The study, carried out by engineering consultancy Xodus Group, concludes that there are a range of technically feasible options to develop an offshore wind project off the island, located just off northern France b

    Wind  rechargenews.com 21 hours old Global Mediator

    Canada's renewable powerhouses are on the march

    IN DEPTH | With a relatively small wind sector north of the border, Canadian renewables companies are increasingly moving into the US market, where they have been enjoying considerable success, writes Karl-Erik Stromsta in Toronto

    Transition  rechargenews.com 19 May 15:34 GMT Global Mediator

    Suzlon turnaround sticks with second profitable year

    Indian wind group Suzlon claimed it has now bedded in a “sustainable turnaround” after posting a second consecutive annual profit underpinned by record installations of 1.78GW. The Pune-based company recorded a net profit of 8.39bn rupees ($130m) for the 2016/17 fiscal year ending March. India the next big thing in global wind? You wouldn't bet against it That was up from a 5.7bn rupees profi

    Wind  rechargenews.com 19 May 15:12 GMT Andrew Lee

    Germany hails competition after 807MW onshore tender

    Germany’s Federal Network Agency said strong competition in its first onshore wind tender had driven prices down to an average level of €57.1/MWh ($63.9/MWh) for the 807MW awarded. The tender was dominated by cooperative-style "citizens energy" companies, which took 96% of the total awarded across 70 successful bidders in the auction. The tender attracted 256 bids with a total 2.14GW of capacity

    Wind  rechargenews.com 19 May 14:18 GMT Andrew Lee

    US offshore wind costs must fall to 'mid-single digits', says GE EFS

    Offshore wind may always enjoy something of a price premium in the northeastern US, but its levelised cost must fall to the “mid-single digits” range on a kilowatt-hour basis before the market can reach “escape velocity”, says Patrick Leahy, managing director at GE Energy Financial Services. Given the myriad benefits offshore wind projects could bring to local economies in coastal regions, “there

    Wind  rechargenews.com 19 May 14:16 GMT Global Mediator

    UK renewables up for the challenge as Tories focus on costs

    UK renewables bodies gave a broad welcome to energy-related policies set out by the governing Conservative Party, the overwhelming favourite to win next month’s general election. In their pre-election manifesto the Conservatives, led by Prime Minister Theresa May, pledged to hold an independent review into the cost of energy, with the aim of making power bills for households and businesses the lo

    Wind  rechargenews.com 19 May 08:57 GMT Global Mediator

    Dong hires Lloyd’s Register for US offshore wind surveys

    Denmark’s Dong Energy has hired engineering specialist Lloyd’s Register (LR) to provide a geophysical and hydrographic survey of its giant Bay State and Ocean Wind projects, off the eastern coast of the US. Under their deal, LR will oversee the data acquired from wind farm sites and seabed route surveys through its subsidiary SGC Engineering, which previously supported Dong on its evaluation phas

    Wind  rechargenews.com 19 May 08:20 GMT Anamaria Deduleasa

    Latest Brazil chaos is cold water on power sector's hopes

    DISPATCHES | What should have been a welcome reaffirmation of Brazil's commitment to renewables was overshadowed by fresh political upheavals, writes Alexandre Spatuzza

    Wind  rechargenews.com 19 May 07:39 GMT Global Mediator

    Hedge fund Quinbrook acquires 1.6GW US wind pipeline

    Quinbrook Infrastructure Partners, an Australia-based hedge fund with an office in Texas, has acquired US wind developer Scout Clean Energy and its 1.6GW project pipeline – and says it is on the lookout for additional projects. Scout, based in Boulder, Colorado, has a pipeline spanning nine US states, the “majority” of which are qualified for the full production tax credit, the company says. The

    Wind  rechargenews.com 18 May 17:20 GMT Global Mediator

    Maiden voyage for giant X power kite

    X – Google parent company Alphabet's "moonshot” technology development arm – has completed the maiden flight of its 600kW high altitude wind energy (HAWE) kite, at a secret site in the California desert. The device, which is built around an 85 foot wing featuring eight onboard rotors each 7.5 feet in diameter, generates power while following “cross-wind flight” patterns 300-1,200 feet in the air,

    Technology  rechargenews.com 18 May 17:17 GMT Global Mediator

    Dong’s 537MW Race Bank starts delivering energy

    Dong Energy has started delivering energy from its giant 537MW Race Bank wind farm off northeast England, as the first turbines have been installed. The Danish operator said power from the first turbine is now being exported to the national grid. When completed, Race Bank will consist of 91 Siemens 6 MW turbines in total, including the first ever wind turbine blades manufactured at the Siemens b

    Wind  rechargenews.com 18 May 15:14 GMT Anamaria Deduleasa

    France gets new renewables-enthusiast energy minister

    France’s newly-elected President Emmanuel Macron has named renewables-enthusiast and green activist Nicolas Hulot as the new energy minister. Hulot, a well-known environmentalist and supporter of the development of renewable energy in France, will take over from Ségolène Royal, who held the top role at the Ministry of Energy, Ecology and Sustainable Development (MEEM) under the previous governmen

    Wind  rechargenews.com 18 May 15:13 GMT Anamaria Deduleasa

    Enel buys 25MW battery storage facility in northeast England

    Italy’s Enel has purchased the 25MW/12.5MWh Tynemouth standalone lithium-ion battery energy storage system (BESS), located in Newcastle in northeast England, from Element Power. Enel’s Global Thermal Generation division, which is to invest around €20m ($22.2m) in the project, expects it to be completed in early 2018. “This transaction marks an important step forward in the growth of our group in

    Transition  rechargenews.com 18 May 14:55 GMT Global Mediator

    US wind PTC and solar ITC extensions still look safe: ACORE

    Amid the chaos in Washington DC and deepening uncertainty about the about the Republicans’ tax-reform agenda under embattled President Donald Trump, the outlook continues to be good for maintaining the phase-down schedules for key renewables tax credits, says the American Council on Renewable Energy (ACORE). “On a bipartisan basis we continue to hear strong support for respecting the 2015 multi-y

    Wind  rechargenews.com 18 May 14:14 GMT Global Mediator

    GE set for 1.5GW supply bonanza as Forestalia wins big in Spain

    Wind power swept the board in a 3GW auction in Spain that sees US turbine supplier GE lined up for one of the biggest deals in the industry’s history after being picked to supply 1.5GW to Forestalia, the green energy group that was the biggest winner in Wednesday's tender. Forestalia secured the go-ahead to build 1.2GW in Aragon in the auction, which marked Spain’s return to large-scale renewable

    Wind  rechargenews.com 18 May 12:47 GMT Global Mediator

    Vestas plans new wind power R&D hub in Portugal

    Turbine-maker Vestas has kicked off plans to build a new engineering design centre in Porto, Portugal, as part of a strategy to further expand its global research and development (R&D) operation. The facility, which will join the OEM’s network of R&D departments in the UK, Norway, Germany, India and the Danish company’s headquarters in Aarhus, will be responsible for developing “core technology”

    Wind  rechargenews.com 18 May 11:53 GMT Global Mediator

    Russia now to tender for 1.9GW of wind

    Russia will tender for 1.9GW of wind later this month, more than originally proposed, as it capitalises on strong developer interest, the Russian Association of Wind Power Industry (RAWI) said. The wind tender under Russia’s Rules of the Wholesale Electricity and Capacity Market will be held between May 29 and June 9. The results will be announced by June 30. The auction was first announced in M

    Wind  rechargenews.com 18 May 11:34 GMT Anamaria Deduleasa

    Pattern 'not interested' in offshore wind in current market

    Offshore wind is 'still not cost competitive' with onshore renewables, says Pattern Energy CEO Mike Garland

    Wind  rechargenews.com 18 May 10:42 GMT Global Mediator

    First turbine installed at UK’s 340MW Galloper wind farm

    The first turbine has been installed at the £1.5bn ($1.8bn) 340MW Galloper wind farm off the UK. Siemens completed the installation of the first of the 56 6MW turbines 30km off the Suffolk coast, supported by the installation vessel Pacific Orca operated by Swire Blue Ocean. The offshore substation is also now in place, and work on installing the second and final export cable is “now under way

    Wind  rechargenews.com 18 May 09:19 GMT Anamaria Deduleasa

    Finland'sWärtsilä acquires US storage firm Greensmith

    Finland’s Wärtsilä, which makes and services power equipment in the marine and energy markets, has agreed to acquire US energy storage specialist Greensmith, adding large-scale battery storage to its arsenal as it expands its energy systems integration business globally. The deal, whose financial terms were not disclosed, is expected to be finalised by July. Publicly-listed Wärtsilä has 18,000 em

    Transition  rechargenews.com 17 May 15:27 GMT Global Mediator

    Actis buys 346MW of wind to reach 1GW of Brazil renewables

    UK investment fund Actis announced the creation of Echoenergia, a second renewable energy investment platform in Brazil, through the acquisition of 346MW of operating wind power assets from local renewables investor Casa dos Ventos. “This is an important building block that underpins Actis’ focused strategy of creating scalable energy businesses in key growth markets. Brazil is Latin America´s la

    Wind  rechargenews.com 17 May 15:17 GMT Global Mediator

    With CPP stalled, Virginia moves to cap power-plant emissions

    Virginia Governor Terry McAuliffe has ordered state regulators to craft what amounts to a replacement for the Clean Power Plan (CPP), becoming the first US state to take such a move under the presidency of Donald Trump. By the end of 2017, Virginia regulators must propose a plan for limiting carbon emissions from the state’s power-generation sector – mirroring the effect the CPP would have had. S

    Transition  rechargenews.com 17 May 14:57 GMT Global Mediator

    Statoil raises sails for US offshore wind

    IN DEPTH | The Norwegian oil & gas giant plans to lead the nascent US offshore sector from the front, with an initial 1GW project off New York City, writes Darius Snieckus

    Wind  rechargenews.com 17 May 14:47 GMT Global Mediator

    Dong cuts ribbon on 8MW era as Burbo Bank Extension opens

    Denmark’s Dong Energy has opened the 258MW Burbo Bank Extension wind farm in Liverpool Bay, northwest England – the world’s first project to use MHI Vestas’ giant 8MW turbine. “Burbo Bank Extension showcases the rapid innovation in the offshore wind industry,” says Henrik Poulsen, Dong Energy chief executive. “Less than ten years ago at Burbo Bank, we were the first to install Siemens 3.6MW wind

    Wind  rechargenews.com 17 May 14:17 GMT Global Mediator

    DNV GL starts JIP for better offshore wind site data

    DNV GL has started a joint industry project (JIP) aimed at improving the collection and assessment of site condition data for offshore wind farms. The international energy consultancy has invited industry partners to participate in the new JIP, with the knowledge generated planned to be ultimately incorporated into a DNV GL recommended practice. The design of an offshore wind farm is dependen

    Wind  rechargenews.com 17 May 12:26 GMT Global Mediator

    LM Wind Power to open new China factory as growth continues

    LM Wind Power will open a new factory in China, keeping the GE-owned turbine blade manufacturer in growth mode. The plant in Baodi, northeast China, is set to start production in July. It will be sited with access to Tianjin port and 40km from LM Wind Power’s existing facility in the region, which has been in operation since 2001. GE completes $1.65bn acquisition of blade-maker LM Wind Power

    Wind  rechargenews.com 17 May 08:47 GMT Andrew Lee

    Renewables groups see 'faulty premise' in DOE energy market study

    The US Department of Energy (DOE) never responded to a request from leading renewables trade groups that an important energy market study be conducted in an open and transparent manner, the groups said Tuesday. Last month US Energy Secretary Rick Perry sent chills through the renewables industry by issuing a memo directing the DOE to undertake a study on the “long-term reliability of the electric

    Transition  rechargenews.com 16 May 21:21 GMT Global Mediator

    Playing catch-up in American wind power

    IN DEPTH | With GE and Vestas leading the US turbine market by some distance, what can European OEMs Siemens-Gamesa, Nordex-Acciona Windpower and Senvion do to increase their sales in the American wind sector, asks Bernd Radowitz in Berlin

    Wind  rechargenews.com 16 May 18:28 GMT Global Mediator

    Enel begins construction of 298MW project in Oklahoma

    A unit of Enel has begun construction of its 298MW Thunder Ranch facility in Oklahoma, even after the state last month abruptly rolled back its remaining tax incentive for wind energy to 1 July – breaking an earlier pledge to preserve it until the end of 2020. Enel Green Power North America’s (EGPNA) commitment to invest $435m in Thunder Ranch came three weeks after announcing that construction w

    Wind  rechargenews.com 16 May 16:16 GMT Global Mediator

    Scottish court victory clears path for 2.3GW of offshore wind

    The Scottish government has won its appeal against a legal ruling that left 2.3GW of offshore wind projects in the Forth and Tay off the east coast of Scotland in limbo. Three Scottish appeals court judges at the Court of Session backed ministers against the bird charity RSPB Scotland, which opposed development of the four wind farms on the grounds they threaten to kill thousands of protected sea

    Wind  rechargenews.com 16 May 15:12 GMT Andrew Lee

    Utilities can adapt or die in the coming world of the Energy Cloud

    OPINION | Utilities face a world where they no longer sit at the centre of the power value chain and must change or perish, says Stuart Ravens

    Transition  rechargenews.com 16 May 14:40 GMT Global Mediator

    A renewable Mexico would be its best riposte to Trump

    OPINION | A Mexico brimming with wind and PV – and maybe even a solar border wall – would be an inspirational counterpoint to the coal-loving president next door, writes Jeremy Leggett

    Transition  rechargenews.com 16 May 13:28 GMT Global Mediator

    Atkins hails floating wind potential in Europe and beyond

    Northern Europe will remain the main focus of floating wind power development even as other regions come into play, according to engineering consultancy Atkins. Una Brosnan, business and strategy development manager at Atkins, told the All Energy conference in Glasgow the consultancy's research suggests the future of floating wind is based around European markets such as the UK and France, and fu

    Wind  rechargenews.com 16 May 08:35 GMT Global Mediator

    China and India top EY renewable rankings as US falls on Trump

    China and India have overtaken the US, which dropped into third place in global renewables rankings after a marked shift in policy under president Donald Trump’s administration, according to Ernst & Young’s latest renewables attractiveness index. EY identifies the US government’s executive orders to rollback many of the previous administration’s climate change policies, review the Clean Power Pla

    Transition  rechargenews.com 16 May 07:47 GMT Global Mediator

    Innogy happy to play long game to gain US offshore wind traction

    Germany’s Innogy, among Europe’s largest offshore wind developers, has set its sights on the US – and is willing to play the long game. “The European market at the moment is very competitive,” explains Richard Sandford, Innogy’s director of offshore wind investment & asset management. “We think we’re competitive and we’re certainly hoping to win future projects in our existing markets. But to gr

    Wind  rechargenews.com 15 May 18:24 GMT Global Mediator

    Canada's Brookfield to take control at Brazil's Renova Energia: report

    Brookfield Asset Management is poised to deepen its global renewables footprint by buying into – and eventually taking control at – Brazilian renewables developer Renova Energia, according to reports. Brookfield will acquire a 20.3% stake in Renova held by local power company Light, reported news agency Reuters citing a source with first-hand knowledge of the matter. AES backs Brazilian wind a

    Wind  rechargenews.com 15 May 15:49 GMT Andrew Lee

    Atlantis links with Hyundai E&C for floating wind and tidal

    Marine renewables specialist Atlantis Resources will collaborate with Korea’s Hyundai Engineering & Construction in areas including floating offshore wind power, the company said. Atlantis said the two partners will initially focus on delivering a 100MW tidal stream project in southern Korea. Atlantis Energy and Ideol eye 1.5GW of UK floating offshore wind The two will also work on “tidal ran

    Wind  rechargenews.com 15 May 14:40 GMT Andrew Lee

    Denham’s Rio Energy could top 900MW in Brazil by 2022

    After reaching 261MW of built wind capacity in Brazil and obtaining the second-largest loan by the National Development Bank (BNDES), Rio Energy – the Brazilian renewables arm of US private equity fund Denham Capital – is still bullish about the country and expects to add another 700MW solar and wind capacity over the next five years. “We are an agile company that looks for projects with best pri

    Wind  rechargenews.com 15 May 13:05 GMT Global Mediator


    Vestas: the new king of US wind power

    IN DEPTH | Vestas has surged from a distant third in the US turbine market to first place in just five years — now can it maintain its pole position, asks Karl-Erik Stromsta

    Wind  rechargenews.com 15 May 11:39 GMT Global Mediator

    MHI Vestas expands Esbjerg footprint for V164 ramp-up

    Offshore wind OEM MHI Vestas has set the seal on plans to expand its facilities in the Danish port of Esbjerg with a state-of-the-art, 5,600 square-metre factory to house manufacturing of power converter modules (PCMs) for its 8MW V164 turbine. The high-tech facility, which the turbine maker says have a dedicated space for PCM fabrication and will make it possible to make best use of the Port of

    Wind  rechargenews.com 15 May 11:34 GMT Global Mediator

    Certificate market fears put Swedish wind in freezer in Q1

    New figures from the Swedish wind association reveal investment decisions for just 2MW were signed off in the country in the first quarter of 2017. It is the lowest quarterly performance since Q2 2015, and pales in comparison to investment decisions of 273MW in the previous quarter and 63MW during Q1 2016. Mattias Wondollek, head of grid and market at Swedish Wind Energy, explained to Recharge t

    Wind  rechargenews.com 15 May 09:56 GMT Global Mediator

    ScottishPower slams UK onshore 'allergy' as Sturgeon backs wind

    The head of Iberdrola-owned ScottishPower Renewables said Scotland and the rest of Britain are suffering as a result of UK government “allergy” to onshore wind, as Scottish leader Nicola Sturgeon restated her strong support for the sector. Addressing the All Energy conference in Glasgow, ScottishPower Renewables CEO Keith Anderson said the negative policy approach taken by the London government

    Wind  rechargenews.com 15 May 09:06 GMT Global Mediator

    Offshore wind ‘needs strong start in Taiwan’

    Offshore wind needs to show the Taiwanese government it can deliver the country’s first projects on time and with a downwards cost curve if it wants to keep momentum in the nation’s fledgling sector, an industry conference was told. Taiwan’s 2020 goal is to reach 520MW offshore wind, 3GW by 2025 and 4GW in the five years after that. That would mean that by 2030 the country would have 800 turbines

    Wind  rechargenews.com 12 May 10:24 GMT Anamaria Deduleasa

    Acciona powers up in Q1 as revenues dip on Windpower sale

    Renewable generation revenues rose at the energy division of Spain’s Acciona, but the unit’s first-quarter sales and profits suffered from the hole left by the Acciona Windpower business following its sale to Nordex last year. Acciona starts work on first Mexican wind farm under tenders Acciona Energia saw total revenues fall 19% to €463m ($503m) in the January-March period, despite a 7.7% inc

    Wind  rechargenews.com 12 May 08:44 GMT Andrew Lee

    Deepwater and US Wind prevail in Maryland offshore hunt

    Maryland on Thursday approved subsidies for 368MW of offshore wind power from projects backed by developers US Wind and Deepwater Wind, adding another big jolt of momentum to the accelerating US offshore market. Maryland’s Public Service Commission (PSC) had been considering awarding offshore renewable energy credits (ORECs) to two competing projects, but ultimately decided to support both develo

    Wind  rechargenews.com 11 May 18:08 GMT Global Mediator

    Maine's floating Aqua Ventus I survives legislative challenge

    The New England Aqua Ventus I floating offshore wind project this week survived a committee vote in Maine’s legislature that could have led to its demise, leaving the landmark project eligible for $40m in federal funding and on track for completion as soon as 2019. The 12MW Aqua Ventus I would be the first commercial-scale floating offshore wind project built in the US, potentially paving the way

    Wind  rechargenews.com 11 May 15:52 GMT Global Mediator

    CIP bags 1.5GW of offshore wind sites in Taiwan

    Copenhagen Infrastructure Partners (CIP) has acquired a trio of offshore wind sites under development off Taiwan’s Changhua coast. The three sites, advanced to this point by Fuhai Wind Farm Corporation in the Taiwan Strait, have a total capacity of up to 1.5GW. Taiwan: A new horizon opens for offshore wind Future development of the sites, currently in environmental permitting in advance of a

    Wind  rechargenews.com 11 May 15:34 GMT Global Mediator

    UK offshore wind innovation hub launches accelerator scheme

    The UK government-industry Offshore Wind Innovation Hub (OWIH), an initiative set up to shepherd technology-driven projects in the British sector, has launched a programme to “provide evidence-based identification of UK offshore wind innovation priorities, supply chain growth opportunities and a comprehensive view of the funding landscape”. The Offshore Wind Innovation Exchange (OWIX) is designed

    Wind  rechargenews.com 11 May 13:26 GMT Global Mediator

    UK renewables need ‘strong and stable’ route post-Brexit: REA

    UK trade body the Renewable Energy Association (REA) has called on the government to provide a “strong and stable” direction for the industry post-Brexit, in order to secure investments and jobs. REA set out its long-term vision for the renewables industry during a session at the All Energy event in Glasgow, asking for “commitment” ahead of the general election in June. “For the renewables indus

    Wind  rechargenews.com 11 May 12:32 GMT Global Mediator

    Clarksons Platou bets on offshore wind growth with new unit

    Clarksons Platou (CP) has put in place a specialist expert division to focus on vessels for the growing renewables market. The newly-merged player will provide ship broking, market intelligence and commercial services specifically to the “growing offshore renewable market”, it said. Global offshore wind to increase fivefold by 2025: Westwood The move follows an internal review that identified

    Wind  rechargenews.com 11 May 12:14 GMT Global Mediator

    EDF EN to enter German wind market with deal for Futuren

    France's EDF Energies Nouvelles (EDF EN) strengthened its international wind footprint with a deal to buy a majority stake in developer and independent power producer Futuren. The EDF renewables unit will take a 67% holding in Paris-based Futuren under the terms of the deal, which followed a competitive bidding process. As of January, Futuren operated 746MW of wind power, 389MW of its own and

    Wind  rechargenews.com 11 May 10:44 GMT Global Mediator

    Senvion underway with cost-cuts as offshore bolsters Q1 revenues

    Wind OEM Senvion claimed its cost-cutting programme is well underway, as it unveiled first quarter figures in line with expectations. The Germany-based manufacturer posted revenues of €392m ($426.1m) in the January-March period, a 7.7% rise on the same quarter in 2016, underpinned by a stronger showing from the Senvion offshore business thanks to start of installation at the Nordsee One project.

    Wind  rechargenews.com 11 May 09:50 GMT Andrew Lee

    Nordex bullish on full-year orders as auctions hit Q1 intake

    German wind OEM Nordex said a shift to auctions in “core European markets” was behind a sharp drop in orders in the first quarter of 2017, but claimed business is set to pick up as the year unfolds. Order intake fell to €333m ($362.3m) in the January to March period, down from €541m in the same quarter a year earlier. Nordex said the German market “declined considerably” after a strong end to 20

    Wind  rechargenews.com 11 May 08:46 GMT Global Mediator

    Gamesa bows out with record Q1 figures ahead of Siemens merger

    Gamesa bowed out as a solo wind OEM with record sales and profits for a financial first quarter, Siemens Gamesa Renewable Energy said today. The Q1 figures for January to March were the last for the Spanish group before the April completion of its mega-merger with the Siemens Wind business that created the new company. Offshore boosts Q2 as Siemens Wind plans future with Gamesa Gamesa pulled

    Wind  rechargenews.com 10 May 16:32 GMT Andrew Lee

    US Jones Act 'no impediment' to offshore wind, New York concludes

    New York has concluded that its ability to meet its nation-leading 2.4GW offshore wind target will not be compromised by the US Jones Act, says John Rhodes, chief executive of the New York State Energy Research & Development Authority (NYSERDA), the state’s clean-energy agency. The controversial Jones Act stems from a 1920 law, and restricts many commercial activities in US waters to US-built shi

    Wind  rechargenews.com 10 May 16:20 GMT Global Mediator

    The coming threat from US wind states

    IN DEPTH | A stinging political setback in Oklahoma and problems brewing elsewhere could short-circuit future wind industry growth, writes Richard A Kessler in Fort Worth

    Wind  rechargenews.com 10 May 15:38 GMT Global Mediator

    Global offshore wind to increase fivefold by 2025: Westwood

    Global offshore wind capacity is expected to increase five times from current levels between 2017 and 2025, with a large share of the investments anticipated to be made in the UK and Germany, according to consultancy Westwood Global Energy. The forecast, made by Andrew Reid, the president of the consultancy during the opening session of the All Energy conference in Glasgow, said that around 62GW

    Wind  rechargenews.com 10 May 15:19 GMT Global Mediator

    7MW+ turbines drive North Sea offshore LCOE gains: MAKE

    Investments made in the North Sea plus larger turbines will lead to “a significant improvement in the levelised cost of electricity” (LCOE) and help offshore wind costs converge with other sources by 2022, said consultancy MAKE. MAKE’s latest LCOE research note looked at the evolution of the cost of wind and solar energy, as well as other forms of power generation, within 14 key global markets. I

    Wind  rechargenews.com 10 May 14:56 GMT Global Mediator

    Hywind hulls head for hitch-up in Norway

    Spanish joint venture Navantia-Windar has loaded-out the first two spar foundations for Statoil’s 30MW five-turbine Hywind Buchan Deep floating wind project off Scotland, from the contractor’s La Coruña yard in Fene, Spain. The pair of 3,450-tonne cylindrical steel hulls, which measure 91 metres long with a diameter of 14.8 metres, will be followed by the remaining three structures “at the end of

    Wind  rechargenews.com 10 May 14:37 GMT Global Mediator

    Gigawatt year shows way ahead for India's ReNew Power: Sinha

    IN DEPTH | Sumant Sinha has built ReNew Power into a force to be reckoned with in Indian renewables, and now offshore wind and even international expansion are on the agenda, he told Andrew Lee

    Transition  rechargenews.com 10 May 12:49 GMT Global Mediator

    Vestas and JP Morgan link for onshore wind construction finance

    OEM Vestas and investment giant JP Morgan Asset Management (JPMAM) have joined forces for a new construction finance vehicle for onshore wind projects in key markets, underpinned by an initial €333m ($362m). The new entity – called Vision Renewables – will combine finance from institutional investors advised by JPMAM with Vestas’ “extensive knowledge of project pipelines and relations with prospe

    Wind  rechargenews.com 10 May 09:26 GMT Global Mediator

    Xodus, Green Marine link for offshore RE maintenance

    UK-based consultant Xodus Group has formed a partnership with Green Marine to launch a new integrated service for the maintenance of offshore renewable assets. The duo will use Xodus’ new software tool called XAMIN to capture and monitor live data from offshore marine assets, while Green Marine will be providing the physical offshore inspection and repair services. According to the project partn

    Wind  rechargenews.com 10 May 08:43 GMT Global Mediator

    E.ON 'on track' despite first-quarter dips

    Renewables-focused German utility E.ON said it remains on track to hit its full-year financial forecasts despite a first-quarter dip in sales and profits. E.ON – which last year completed a historic spin-off of its conventional assets into a new company called Uniper – saw first quarter revenues of €10.5bn ($11.4bn), down 7% on the same period a year ago, and adjusted net profits of €525m, down 2

    Transition  rechargenews.com 10 May 08:30 GMT Global Mediator

    EnBW adds to German offshore wind plans with Albatros FID

    German utility EnBW added another piece to its 1.5GW offshore wind jigsaw puzzle by announcing a final investment decision (FID) to proceed with the 112MW Albatros project. Albatros is an add-on project to the 497MW Hohe See wind farm located next door in the German North Sea, for which EnBW took a FID in February. EnBW and Dong plan first subsidy-free offshore wind Those projects are both in

    Wind  rechargenews.com 10 May 07:46 GMT Andrew Lee

    Danish fund manager CIP now key US wind investor

    ANALYSIS | Projects owned by Copenhagen Infrastructure Partners, not a name familiar to Americans, could power about 750,000 of their homes

    Wind  rechargenews.com 09 May 16:08 GMT Global Mediator

    Slow revenue growth in some US states should be caution flag for wind

    ANALYSIS | The growing squeeze on state finances could become a problem for the wind sector, says Richard A. Kessler

    Wind  rechargenews.com 09 May 15:14 GMT Global Mediator

    China, Chile, India named top emerging wind markets

    China, Chile and India are the three most attractive emerging wind power markets in 2017, according to a new study from industry intelligence specialist A Word About Wind that wraps up the wide variety of risk and reward factors facing investors. Its Emerging Markets report runs the rule over 20 potential markets in Asia, Africa and Latin America, looking at issues such as regulatory frameworks,

    Wind  rechargenews.com 09 May 14:54 GMT Global Mediator

    Renewables hailed as route to cheaper energy as UK election looms

    Industry body RenewableUK has called on the next UK government to set out policies that will ensure the future growth of renewable energy, as the country gets ready for the next general election. RenewableUK has set out a manifesto Powering Britain in which it points out that renewable energy has become a mainstream source that is driving down consumer bills, “as new onshore wind is the cheapest

    Wind  rechargenews.com 09 May 13:27 GMT Anamaria Deduleasa

    In uncertain times, offshore wind can be a rock for the UK

    OPINION | The UK's next government needs to keep sight of the huge opportunities available if it invests in renewables, argues Emma Pinchbeck

    Wind  rechargenews.com 09 May 13:03 GMT Global Mediator

    GE expands China wind footprint with 200MW Hebei orders

    GE Renewable Energy has won onshore turbine orders for 200MW for deployment in China’s Hebei province, bringing its total footprint with developer HECIC to 1GW. HECIC will deploy 54 of GE’s 2.75-120 machines and 27 1.85-82.5 units at two projects in Fengning county, said the US group. The deal – which includes GE’s Digital Wind Farm offering and a two-year service contract – will see the larger

    Wind  rechargenews.com 09 May 12:20 GMT Global Mediator

    Galway wind farm‘under fire threat’ in Ireland

    The 169MW Galway wind farm currently being constructed by UK utility SSE and Coillte is “under threat” due to a fire in a forest in Ireland. “A major fire at Cloosh Valley, Galway, escalated out of control despite the best efforts of Coillte and local ground crews to extinguish it,” said the company. Siemens confirms deal to equip Ireland's largest wind farm Fire crews and helicopters have been

    Wind  rechargenews.com 09 May 11:26 GMT Anamaria Deduleasa

    Europe pumped $47bn in wind power investments last year

    Europe has invested a record-breaking €43bn ($47bn) last year in developing onshore and offshore wind energy, with the UK claiming the top spot as the biggest market, according to research from industry body WindEurope. The construction of new wind farms, refinancing operations, project acquisitions and public market fundraising increased by 22% year-on-year, however the cash is expected to slide

    Wind  rechargenews.com 09 May 10:59 GMT Anamaria Deduleasa

    Iberdrola's Avangrid takes Massachusetts offshore wind stake

    Iberdrola’s Avangrid will acquire a 50% stake in Vineyard Wind, the Copenhagen Infrastructure Partners-backed US offshore wind developer that controls a strategically located zone off the coast of Massachusetts, catapulting Avangrid into a position of leadership in the emerging US offshore market. “It seems very obvious that offshore wind would be a very big part of our US growth plans,” Jonathan

    Wind  rechargenews.com 09 May 09:46 GMT Global Mediator

    All-Energy event to help fund ‘innovation’

    Five finalists have been chosen to compete over support to develop “innovative” renewable energy technology during the All-Energy Marine Renewable Energy Investment Challenge held in Glasgow. The initiative was launched by Tim Cornelius, chief executive of Atlantis Resources, and aims at rewarding the winner of the investment challenge with up to £10,000-worth of advice from lawyers, stockbrokers

    Wind  rechargenews.com 09 May 08:49 GMT Global Mediator

    Vestas CEO hails 'fantastic' LCoE case as repowering accelerates

    The wind sector can make a strong case to policymakers for the reductions in electricity prices possible through repowering, said Vestas CEO Anders Runevad, who expects the market to eventually account for between 3% and 5% of the turbine OEM’s installed base. Runevad told Recharge that Vestas is already beginning to see “meaningful volume” from repowering orders, mainly from mature EU markets su

    Wind  rechargenews.com 09 May 08:34 GMT Andrew Lee

    Gemini offshore wind farm is open for business

    The massive 600MW Gemini wind park, off the Netherlands, is now operational, after work was completed “ahead of schedule, under budget”, owner Northland Power said. Gemini is invisible from land, located 85 kilometres off the coast of Groningen, in the North Sea - a location that has some of the highest and most constant wind speeds in the North Sea, with an average wind speed of 36 kilometres pe

    Wind  rechargenews.com 09 May 08:21 GMT Anamaria Deduleasa

    Markus Tacke named Siemens Gamesa CEO

    Siemens Gamesa Renewable Energy has named Markus Tacke as CEO of the newly-created wind power giant. Tacke – previously CEO of the Siemens Wind Power business – replaces Ignacio Martín at the top of Siemens Gamesa, which was formed in April by the merger between the German group’s wind unit and Gamesa of Spain. Martin had already indicated he would step down soon after completion of the deal, wh

    Wind  rechargenews.com 09 May 07:26 GMT Global Mediator

    Mexico releases draft rules for 2020 clean power tender

    Mexico has published draft rules for its third long-term tender for contracting new power deliveries from 2020 onwards, as part of the country’s efforts to reach 35% of clean energy supply by 2024. After a public consultation period, the government expects to publish final rules on 27 June, and on 31 July, price caps and how much capacity and Clean Energy Certificates (CELs) will be bought. P

    Wind  rechargenews.com 08 May 19:07 GMT Global Mediator

    Buffett company has "huge appetite" for wind projects

    Billionaire Warren Buffett says the electric utility energy arm of his conglomerate Berkshire Hathaway has a “huge appetite” for both wind and solar energy projects, hinting that its heavy investment in both sectors will continue next decade. He told the company’s annual meeting in Omaha on Saturday that he’d be “surprised if 10 years from now” Berkshire Hathaway Energy (BHE) doesn’t have signifi

    Wind  rechargenews.com 08 May 15:22 GMT Global Mediator

    Senvion confirms 203MW Trianel Borkum 2 order

    Germany-based wind OEM Senvion has finalised an order for the 203MW Trianel Borkum 2 (TWB2) wind farm off Germany. A conditional contract for the project was signed in September 2016. “With the contract completion achieved, the project can now enter the next phase of development,” said Senvion. The wind farm is located 45km north of the island of Borkum in the German North Sea, adjacent to the

    Wind  rechargenews.com 08 May 11:59 GMT Anamaria Deduleasa

    Vattenfall brings online the 230MW Pen y Cymoedd wind farm

    Swedish utility Vattenfall has commissioned its 230MW Pen y Cymoedd onshore wind farm in South Wales, UK. The project is Vattenfall's largest land-based wind farm, and has a total of 76 Siemens turbines. A storage plant for the electricity generated from the wind farm will also be built at Pen y Cymoedd, “on condition that an investment decision is made by the board of directors”, Vattenfall said

    Wind  rechargenews.com 08 May 11:44 GMT Anamaria Deduleasa

    Goldwind buys 530MW Stockyard Hill with record Aussie PPA

    Chinese wind group Goldwind made a big international breakthrough with a deal for Australia’s largest wind project, the 530MW Stockyard Hill Wind Farm that also saw it secure the country’s biggest wind power PPA at a price below A$60/MWh ($44.50/MWh). Goldwind will pay Australian utility Origin Energy A$110m for Stockyard Hill, where it will deploy its new 3S Smart Wind Turbine 3MW platform. The

    Wind  rechargenews.com 08 May 09:14 GMT Global Mediator

    Floating wind pioneers Glosten and Gicon join up for next-gen TLPs

    Floating wind power pioneers Glosten and Gicon have formed a strategic business collaboration aimed at developing an “optimum” tension leg platform (TLP) foundation for offshore turbines operating in water depths of 20-500 metres in regions around the world. US engineering outfit Glosten, which completed a front-end engineering and design study in 2014 for a full-scale 6MW demonstrator of its Pel

    Wind  rechargenews.com 08 May 07:52 GMT Global Mediator

    Hywind floating wind giants take shape in Norway

    The quintet of spar-buoy floating wind turbines for Statoil's landmark 30MW Buchan Deep array off Scotland are taking shape across the North Sea at Bassoe's base on the west coast of Norway. The Siemens SWT-6.0-154 turbines are currently being fitted to their towers. In the coming weeks the cylindrical steel spar substructures, fabricated at Navantia's Fene, Spain yard, will be arriving at the as

    Wind  rechargenews.com 05 May 15:41 GMT Global Mediator


    Why rivals have plenty of reasons to fear GE

    IN DEPTH | With thousands of researchers, an ability to swap ideas across industries and a sharper focus on renewables, GE is a force to be reckoned with, writes Karl-Erik Stromsta in Niskayuna, New York

    Transition  rechargenews.com 05 May 13:00 GMT

    Brazil’s ABEEólica sees two tenders this year

    Brazil could hold two tenders this year, said the country's wind industry body, giving the opportunity for wind developers to contract new projects for the first time since 2015, although doubts over volume and prices still linger. “There is room for two tenders this year – a reserve tender and a normal tender,” said Élbia Silva Ganoum, executive president of the Brazilian Wind Power Association

    Wind  rechargenews.com 05 May 12:52 GMT Global Mediator

    Vestas hails 'good start' to 2017 after solid Q1 figures

    Vestas more than quadrupled its net profit in the first quarter of the year as the world's largest wind OEM delivered a better than expected result that sent its shares higher this morning. The Danish group's net profit for the January-March period came in at €160m ($175.3m), up from €35m in the same period in 2016. Vestas' shares were trading more than 3% higher by late morning in Copenhagen fo

    Wind  rechargenews.com 05 May 08:03 GMT Global Mediator

    India announces second 1GW wind power tender

    Indian power minister Piyush Goyal fired the starting gun on the next stage of its tender-based wind power procurement programme by unveiling a second 1GW auction. The announcement came as power distribution companies from Uttar Pradesh, Bihar, Jharkhand, Delhi, Odisha and Assam signed memorandums of agreements for output following the debut reverse auction for 1GW earlier this year, which saw pr

    Wind  rechargenews.com 05 May 07:26 GMT Andrew Lee

    UK public backing for clean-energy reaches new high

    New UK government figures show public support for renewables has reached a new high, with 79% of those polled in a Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy (DBEIS) survey supporting development of the country’s clean energy resources and only 4% opposed. Support for onshore wind has reached 73%, offshore wind 80%, and wave and tidal 79%, according to the DBEIS ‘Wave 21’ Energy and

    Transition  rechargenews.com 04 May 14:30 GMT Global Mediator

    UL launches life extension services in Brazil as wind matures

    International technical certification group UL has launched turbine life extension services in Brazil, saying the country’s 11GW market is now considered mature and needs to improve the performance of its wind farms. “The quality of the wind in Brazil is very good, as we see from the high capacity factors of 50%. But now the wind sector needs to look at improving performance in a country which w

    Wind  rechargenews.com 04 May 13:52 GMT Global Mediator

    Hedge investors return to Texas wind market: Invenergy

    Texas’ wind boom looks set to keep rolling, despite the growing problem of transmission constraints, says Jim Murphy, president and chief operating officer of Invenergy. Among the current tailwinds for wind developers in the Lone Star state are strong demand for renewable power from a broad range of commercial and industrial customers, and a renewed enthusiasm for wind-related hedge investments f

    Wind  rechargenews.com 04 May 13:20 GMT Global Mediator