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  • US should not quit Paris deal: Energy Secretary Perry

    US Energy Secretary Rick Perry said Tuesday he would not advise President Donald Trump to pull out of the Paris climate agreement, although he believes the US should renegotiate the terms of the deal. Perry also suggested that European energy ministers are sounding a different note on climate and energy issues behind closed doors than they are in public. After giving a speech at the Bloomberg

    Transition  rechargenews.com 23 minutes old Global Mediator

    Call for action to halve global CO2 emissions by 2040

    Halving global carbon emissions by 2040 is within reach, but governments, investors and businesses must act now to accelerate the energy transition to a low-carbon, energy-abundant world, says the Energy Transitions Commission (ETC). The declining costs of wind, solar and batteries will make it possible within 15 years to build power networks that get as much as 90% of their power from renewable

    Transition  rechargenews.com 5 hours old Chris Hopson

    Global wind power base grows to nearly 490GW: GWEC report

    The wind industry added a further 54GW of plant to the grid around the world last year, with turbines in more than 90 countries making up an installed generating capacity of 486.8GW, according to figures from the Global Wind Energy Council’s (GWEC) latest Global Wind Report. During 2016’s 12.6% growth, nine nations joined the 10GW-plus installed club, and 29 now have 1GW or more turning. Wind pow

    Wind  rechargenews.com 7 hours old Global Mediator

    Artificial intelligence boosts prospects for wind and solar forecasting

    A collaboration deal between ABB and IBM is set to exploit artificial intelligence to improve appropriate forecasting for energy players. ABB’s Ability platform and IBM’s Watson cognitive Internet of Things system will be used to predict supply patterns in electricity generation and demand from historical and weather data. This will, for example, help utilities optimize the operations and mainten

    Transition  rechargenews.com 7 hours old Global Mediator

    Rosatom moves Russia’s first major wind farm forward

    Russia’s first major onshore wind farm is to be built next year in the Adygeya region east of the Crimea. The planned 150MW pilot wind farm is set for installation in the Russian Republic of Adygeya beginning in late 2018. Under development by JSC OTEC, a subsidiary of Russian atomic energy player Rosatom, the project will see an investment of some Rb12b (US$215m). The project will see 60 machin

    Wind  rechargenews.com 7 hours old Global Mediator

    Brazil rate switch could spell uncertainty for BNDES lending

    Brazil’s infrastructure sector – including its wind and solar industries – could face more variable and expensive long-term lending arrangements from National Development Bank (BNDES) under changes to how rates are calculated, analysts warned. In late March, the Brazilian Central Bank announced that from 2018 it would gradually abolish the long-established TJLP rate – set every three months accor

    Wind  rechargenews.com 12 hours old Global Mediator

    Vestas can take leading role in 'crucial' Indian market: Asia-Pac chief

    Vestas insisted it can come from the rear of the pack and take a leading position in India, which the Danish turbine OEM’s new Asia-Pacific president labelled the “crucial” market in the region. Speaking to Recharge at the global launch of Vestas’ latest 2MW turbine variants in New Delhi yesterday, Clive Turton and fellow senior executives said the Danish group is now ready to fire on all cylinde

    Wind  rechargenews.com 13 hours old Global Mediator

    Oil exports will help Canada's renewables industry, Carr says

    The Canadian government sees no contradiction in supporting the development of its carbon-intensive oil sands while simultaneously touting its push towards a low-carbon power system, says James Carr, Canada’s minister of natural resources. “You have to develop your conventional resources at the same time that you invest in the low-carbon economy, and it makes a lot of sense to take that wealth in

    Transition  rechargenews.com 22 hours old Global Mediator

    UK ‘well placed’ for wind and marine energy export: RUK

    UK-based companies working in the wind, wave and tidal energy sectors are exporting goods and services worldwide on a massive scale, according to a report published by RenewableUK. Export Nation: A Year in UK Wind, Wave and Tidal Exports has revealed that last year, an illustrative sample of 36 local firms featured in the report signed more than 500 contracts to work on renewable energy projects

    Wind  rechargenews.com 24 Apr 15:11 GMT Anamaria Deduleasa

    Vestas targets North America and India with new 2MW turbines

    Vestas, the world’s largest wind turbine supplier, has launched two new versions of its 2MW onshore turbine platform, the V116 and V120, aimed at lower-wind markets in North America and India respectively. The new turbines build on the highly successful V110-2.0MW, using longer 57- and 59-metre rotor blades to capture more energy from the wind and improve projects’ capacity factor – and ultimatel

    Wind  rechargenews.com 24 Apr 10:02 GMT Global Mediator

    The opportunities and challenges ahead for merged Siemens - Gamesa

    EXCLUSIVE: 'This merger will result in a company that will help the world meet the UN’s Sustainable Development Goals,' says Markus Tacke

    Markets  rechargenews.com 24 Apr 09:07 GMT Global Mediator

    As ETS flounders, the EU urgently needs new action on carbon

    OPINION | Reforms won't save the Emissions Trading System and Europe's policymakers need more weapons in their arsenal against polluting generators, says Claude Turmes

    Circuit  rechargenews.com 24 Apr 05:57 GMT Global Mediator

    After German tender, Belgium may revoke offshore concessions

    Belgium’s government to the chagrin of developers is considering revoking the concessions for the Seastar, Mermaid and Northwester 2 offshore wind projects in order to allocate future support through a competitive tendering process. The move could be a first impact of the surprising outcome of the first offshore wind tender in Germany last week, at which 1.38GW of the 1.49GW allocated were won by

    Wind  rechargenews.com 21 Apr 16:49 GMT Global Mediator

    NextEra's growth prospects in US renewables 'second to none', CEO says

    NextEra Energy and its yieldco NextEra Energy Partners (NEP) both put up solid growth figures in the first quarter, leaving Florida-based NextEra on track to continue its reign as the most important US renewables operator for the foreseeable future. NextEra – which owns a large regulated utility in Florida in addition to its Energy Resources arm, which develops and runs wind and solar projects ac

    Wind  rechargenews.com 21 Apr 15:41 GMT Global Mediator

    GE's renewables sales up 22% in Q1, in bright spot for company

    Renewables were a bright spot for General Electric during the first quarter of 2017, with the segment’s revenues up 22% to $2.04bn, the highest level of sales growth among all of GE’s industrial business units. Profits, meanwhile, rose 29% to $107m at GE Renewable Energy, year-on-year growth that came second only to the company’s Power division, which sells gas and steam turbines. GE's growing p

    Wind  rechargenews.com 21 Apr 13:55 GMT Global Mediator

    Kishorn reborn for Kincardine floating wind array

    Dry-dock last operational in 1994 will be used for construction of landmark eight-unit project off Aberdeen, Scotland

    Wind  rechargenews.com 21 Apr 12:03 GMT Global Mediator

    Nordex to launch India’s largest capacity turbine

    The giant AW125/3000 machine will be presented by Acciona Windpower at the Windergy wind energy event in New Delhi

    Wind  rechargenews.com 21 Apr 10:39 GMT Anamaria Deduleasa

    Prysmian retools UK factory for European offshore wind

    Cabling giant’s Wrexham facility to make both 33kV and high voltage 66kV cores for inter-array lines

    Wind  rechargenews.com 21 Apr 09:41 GMT Global Mediator

    India plans to auction 4GW more wind to April 2018: report

    India plans to auction a further 4GW of wind capacity in the financial year ending March 2018, it was reported today. The new capacity, which follows the country’s first wind power tender earlier this year, was flagged up by the head of the Solar Energy Corporation of India (SECI), according to Bloomberg. India confirms pilot tender winners and sets draft auction rules The financial news agency

    Wind  rechargenews.com 21 Apr 09:39 GMT Andrew Lee

    Egypt takes 400MW renewable energy step with Scatec deal

    Norwegian group inks power purchase agreements for six projects

    Transition  rechargenews.com 21 Apr 09:30 GMT Anamaria Deduleasa

    Dutch province of Frisia OKs €127m for 320MW Fryslân

    The approval frees the way for a construction start of the project in the Ijsselmeer lake in 2019

    Wind  rechargenews.com 21 Apr 08:55 GMT Global Mediator

    Suzlon lands 100MW order from ReNew Power

    Indian players to see 48 turbines installed in Madhya Pradesh by March next year

    Wind  rechargenews.com 21 Apr 08:07 GMT Anamaria Deduleasa

    Spain’s Supreme Court asked to monitor renewables auction

    Solar body claims ‘too complicated’ process unfairly favours wind

    Wind  rechargenews.com 21 Apr 08:00 GMT Anamaria Deduleasa

    Average US turbine size now 2.15MW: AWEA

    The average capacity rating of a US wind turbine installed in 2016 was 2.15MW, a marked increase from 2MW the previous year, as almost one-third of 3,808 new units nationwide were above that level, according to new data from the American Wind Energy Association (AWEA). Over the last six years, the average wind turbine rating has increased 22% from 1.77MW in 2010. Notably, average rotor diameters

    Wind  rechargenews.com 20 Apr 18:29 GMT Global Mediator

    Saint-Brieuc leaves harbour after regional rubber-stamp

    Developer Ailes Marines has cleared key administration hurdles on its €2.5bn ($2.7bn) Bay of Saint-Brieuc project in the English Channel, moving France’s first offshore wind farm toward steel in the water. The three authorisations, from the Prefet of the regional department of Cotes-d’Armor, which had been studying the 496MW project for 18 months, cover use of the maritime public domain, installa

    Wind  rechargenews.com 20 Apr 15:23 GMT Global Mediator

    First Win-Win floating energy project ‘by 2020’

    The pioneering Win-Win (Wind power water-injection) project – which aims to advance floating wind turbine technology by field-proving units as power-plants for so-called enhanced oil and gas recovery programme at mature offshore fields – is moving into a final testing phase, with expectations a first prototype system could be ready for installation in 2020. The project, being led by DNV GL with o

    Wind  rechargenews.com 20 Apr 12:56 GMT Global Mediator

    Nuon’s 180MW Wieringermeer wind farm delayed by grid issues

    Dutch unit of Vattenfall looking at an eight month wait as connection ‘not feasible’

    Wind  rechargenews.com 20 Apr 11:37 GMT Anamaria Deduleasa

    GE completes $1.65bn acquisition of blade-maker LM Wind Power

    The $1.65bn acquisition by GE of blade-maker LM Wind Power was completed today, filling what the US industrial giant's renewables boss said was a crucial gap in its wind-sector capabilities. The acquisition of the Danish blade-maker – completion of which was confirmed by LM Group Holding – was first announced in October 2016. It received the all-clear from EU competition authorities in March, wi

    Wind  rechargenews.com 20 Apr 11:18 GMT Global Mediator

    'Green objectives safe' insists UK after $2.95bn Macquarie deal for GIB

    The British government today confirmed an agreement over its controversial £2.3bn ($2.95bn) sale of the UK Green Investment Bank (GIB) to global investment group Macquarie, claiming the bank’s “green purpose and green objectives” will be protected under its new ownership. The deal will see the GIB become Macquarie’s “primary vehicle for renewable energy investment in the UK and Europe, allowing G

    Wind  rechargenews.com 20 Apr 10:36 GMT Global Mediator

    Senvion sets out stall in India with 2MW turbine range

    Germany-based wind OEM Senvion has launched a portfolio of turbines designed to stamp its mark on the Indian market. The 2MW-class turbines in the 2.XM series offer low cost-of-energy, flexibility across a range of site conditions, and performance at the temperatures in excess of 50 degrees C found in India, said the company. The new range – announced ahead of the Windergy wind power event in Ne

    Wind  rechargenews.com 20 Apr 09:43 GMT Global Mediator

    Enercon installations bounce back in 2016 amid German surge

    Installations of turbines from Enercon bounced back last year driven by a surge in its German home market, making 2016 the second-best year ever for the Aurich-based wind OEM. New installations rose to 3.83GW in 2016, according to figures published in the company’s in-house magazine Windblatt. That is up from 3.12GW of Enercon turbines installed globally in 2015. Only in 2014 did Enercon registe

    Wind  rechargenews.com 20 Apr 09:42 GMT Global Mediator

    Canada's Alterra buys 320MW of Wyoming wind projects

    Alterra Power Corp., the British Columbia-based renewables developer, announced the acquisition of a 320MW portfolio of wind projects known as Boswell Springs in Wyoming, with plans to sell the power under long-term PPAs with Warren Buffett’s Rocky Mountain Power. The projects, due on line in 2020 and expected to qualify for the full production tax credit, represent the “next major step in our gr

    Wind  rechargenews.com 19 Apr 17:41 GMT Global Mediator

    NextEra continues perennial reign as largest US wind owner

    Southern Power blasted onto the list of the top US wind owners for the first time in 2016 thanks to its recent renewables acquisition spree, while longstanding market number one NextEra Energy further widened its lead, according to new data from the American Wind Energy Association (AWEA). Southern Power, the unregulated generation arm of Atlanta-based utility holding company Southern Company, ha

    Wind  rechargenews.com 19 Apr 15:31 GMT Global Mediator

    Engie invests in storage at Brazilian wind-solar hybrid plant

    French utility Engie will develop a 1MW storage facility at its experimental wind-solar hybrid project in southern Brazil, as part of the government’s R$500m ($160m) storage research and development (R&D) programme. Total investment in the project is projected at R$20.8m over the next three years, said Brazil’s power sector regulator Aneel. According to a study by the Brazilian Association of En

    Transition  rechargenews.com 19 Apr 15:19 GMT Global Mediator

    Rampion offshore wind substation installed off Southern England

    Installation of the giant substation at the heart of E.ON’s 400MW Rampion project has been completed, following heavy-lift operations at the wind farm off the coast of Sussex, in southern England. The 2,000-tonne topsides, built at Babcock’s Rosyth base in Scotland, was transported over a distance of 500 nautical miles to the project site before being lifted into place in 20-40 metres of water by

    Wind  rechargenews.com 19 Apr 13:51 GMT Global Mediator

    Sweden and Norway agree future of green certificate scheme

    Sweden and Norway have reached a deal over a Swedish extension to the ‘green certificate’ renewables support scheme jointly operated by the two nations. The agreement allows Sweden to add a further 18TWh by 2030 to the original 28.4TWh by 2020 goal set under the existing arrangement. The Swedish and Norwegian governments entered talks following a parting of the ways over the green certificate sc

    Wind  rechargenews.com 19 Apr 13:01 GMT Andrew Lee

    Eurelectric plan 'would boost renewables'

    Faster electrification of Europe’s transport, heating and cooling sectors is “crucial” if the EU is to meet its 2050 emissions targets, according to a report released today [Wednesday] by Eurelectric, the continent’s electricity sector association. Such a strategy would significantly increase the demand for renewable energy, especially as Eurelectric is committed to providing 100% carbon-neutral

    Transition  rechargenews.com 19 Apr 07:15 GMT Global Mediator

    Oklahoma to end last wind tax credit on 1 July

    Oklahoma Governor Mary Fallin signed a controversial bill into law that rolls back to 1 July the remaining state tax incentive available to the wind industry that legislators had earlier pledged to preserve through 2020. Developers use the Zero-Emission Facilities Tax Credit to reduce their tax liability during the initial decade a wind farm is in operation. The incentive provides $5/MWh for powe

    Wind  rechargenews.com 18 Apr 20:24 GMT Global Mediator

    Renewables auction set to continue as May calls surprise UK election

    The UK’s snap general election called by Prime Minister Theresa May for 8 June shouldn’t disrupt plans for the country’s second Contracts for Difference (CfD) renewables auction round, which closes for applications at the end of this week. Industry body RenewableUK told Recharge that it doesn’t have concerns the auction might be delayed, with bids being considered and the first announcement not e

    Wind  rechargenews.com 18 Apr 15:31 GMT Global Mediator

    Saudi Arabia outlines plans for second 400MW wind tender

    Saudi Arabia has unveiled plans to launch a second bidding round for 400MW of wind power at a project in Domat al-Jandal in al-Jouf province by the fourth quarter of this year, to be followed by further phases of the round involving 620MW of solar power. The Saudi energy ministry, which earlier this month outlined a shortlist for its first large-scale 700MW renewables tender, says projects in the

    Wind  rechargenews.com 18 Apr 13:26 GMT Global Mediator

    Nordex wins 195MW in Brazil from Atlantic Renewable Energy

    Nordex has won a 195MW supply deal to equip the Lagoa do Barro wind complex in Piaui, northeast Brazil. The German OEM will deliver the 65 AW125/3000 turbines to developer Atlantic Renewable Energy, itself owned by investment group Actis. The operator expects to squeeze a capacity factor of 58% out of the high-wind sites of the eight wind farms that make up the complex. 'We see difficult moment

    Wind  rechargenews.com 18 Apr 12:52 GMT Global Mediator

    Dong and EnBW’s zero-subsidy offshore wind – visionary or reckless?

    ANALYSIS | Assumptions over future power prices, offshore turbines of up to 15MW and project synergies are at the core of the dramatic shift in offshore bidding

    Wind  rechargenews.com 18 Apr 11:26 GMT Global Mediator

    Ontario pays Windstream $21m for stalled offshore project

    The government in the Canadian province of Ontario has reportedly paid more than C$28m ($21m) to Windstream Energy for having sidelined its 300MW Wolfe Island Shoals offshore wind project in Lake Ontario, with the project’s future still in doubt. Amid Ontario’s rapid renewables expansion earlier this decade, Windstream in 2010 secured a feed-in tariff with the province for its Wolfe Island Shoals

    Wind  rechargenews.com 17 Apr 13:57 GMT Global Mediator

    Local engagement ‘essential’ as legal action hits Thai wind

    Engaging communities in Thailand is “essential” to ensure renewable energy projects can move forward, local experts said, after action against developers over land rights delayed more than 700MW-worth of wind projects. Thailand is considered by analysts to be a “hot spot” for investments, with the Bangkok government calling for a combination of solar, wind and biomass to provide 25% of electrici

    Wind  rechargenews.com 17 Apr 08:39 GMT Anamaria Deduleasa

    EnBW and Dong plan first subsidy-free offshore wind

    German and Danish utilities EnBW and Dong Energy have stunned the wind industry with the world’s first winning bids in offshore development without asking for any subsidy, meaning that one EnBW and two Dong projects will receive only the wholesale electricity price when it is commissioned in the mid-2020's. EnBW's won with a zero subsidy bid for its 900MW He Dreith array in the North Sea that is

    Wind  rechargenews.com 13 Apr 15:10 GMT Global Mediator

    US adjusts wind PTC for inflation

    The US tax authority has approved an inflation adjustment increase for the federal production tax credit (PTC) for wind for electricity sent to the grid this year from qualified projects to $24/MWh from the earlier $23/MWh. The PTC can be claimed by project owners for the initial decade of electricity sales. The higher subsidy applies to both qualified power sales this year from new projects as w

    Wind  rechargenews.com 13 Apr 15:06 GMT Global Mediator

    Shell lobbies Dutch to quadruple offshore wind goal

    Wind  rechargenews.com 13 Apr 14:09 GMT Anamaria Deduleasa

    EnBW and Dong win 1.49GW in German offshore wind tender

    Danish and German utilities Dong Energy and EnBW won with three and one bids respectively in Germany’s first offshore wind tender for 1.49GW of capacity – with EnBW winning with one and Dong with two subsidy-free bids of €0/MWh. EnBW says its zero-subsidy plan for the 900MW He Dreiht project in the North Sea was made possible as the array is only planned to be commissioned in 2025, giving the ut

    Wind  rechargenews.com 13 Apr 11:29 GMT Global Mediator

    Turkey to tender for 1GW of wind in July: minister

    Turkey has set a 27 July date for its 1GW wind power tender, said reports from Ankara. The announcement was made this week by energy minister Berat Albayrak, according to Turkey’s Anadolu Agency. Turkey awards 1GW of solar to Hanwha JV as ambitions advance Plant developers will be required to “have over 65% local production”, Albayrak was quoted saying, adding that the tender specifications wil

    Wind  rechargenews.com 13 Apr 10:08 GMT Andrew Lee

    Europe’s energy future in the crucible

    The global energy transition is only going one way. But Europe, spiritual home to renewables and a near-500GW power-plant base, is facing fundamental existential questions linked to investment, market design and climate change as it plots its way forward, writes Darius Snieckus

    Transition  rechargenews.com 13 Apr 07:46 GMT Global Mediator

    UK auction could back 1GW of subsidy-free onshore wind: study

    The UK government could back 1GW of fresh onshore wind without breaking its own policy not to subsidise new projects, according to a report from consultancy Baringa Partners. Industry body ScottishRenewables – which commissioned the study – seized upon the findings as “the first analysis of its kind that shows investment in the most competitive onshore wind projects can now be delivered in a way

    Wind  rechargenews.com 13 Apr 06:34 GMT Global Mediator

    Solar claims wind bias as Spain sets May tender date for 3GW

    The Spanish Government will auction up to 3GW of large-scale renewable energy capacity next month, the country’s Ministry of Energy said – paving the way for a process already under fire over claims it favours the wind sector. The tender, which will be held on 17 May, will cover multiple “cost-efficient” renewable energy technologies, said the ministry. According to the government, around 2GW of

    Wind  rechargenews.com 12 Apr 16:52 GMT Global Mediator

    Mauritius takes first steps towards offshore wind

    Government looking for consultancies to assist with development potential

    Wind  rechargenews.com 12 Apr 15:34 GMT Anamaria Deduleasa

    Canada's Fiera buys stake in 921MW US renewables portfolio

    Canadian asset manager Fiera Capital plans to acquire a stake in a 921MW portfolio of eleven US solar and wind projects owned by units of hedge fund D.E. Shaw, underscoring the rapidly expanding presence of Canadian investors in the US renewables market. Fiera has already acquired an “indirect equity interest” in eight of the projects, with the remaining three to be added in 2017. The 11-project

    Wind  rechargenews.com 12 Apr 15:31 GMT Global Mediator

    ScottishPower awards East Anglia 1 cable and pipes contracts

    UK-based JDR and Tata Steel land deals for the 714MW offshore wind farm off eastern England

    Wind  rechargenews.com 12 Apr 10:04 GMT Anamaria Deduleasa

    Global Energy Services sets up shop in Argentina

    Spanish engineering group aims to tap into country’s goal of growing renewables by up to 1.5GW annually

    Wind  rechargenews.com 12 Apr 09:59 GMT Anamaria Deduleasa

    Senvion wins Czech order with local player EEH

    Wind  rechargenews.com 12 Apr 09:24 GMT Anamaria Deduleasa

    Scottish plea to UK over island renewable energy support

    Scotland’s energy minister has called on the UK government to ensure “an appropriate support mechanism” is in place to unlock major wind farm projects on Scottish islands. Paul Wheelhouse met with UK energy secretary Greg Clark earlier this week, when the pair co-chaired the fifth meeting of the Scottish Islands Renewables Delivery Forum in Stornoway. Discussions focused on a recent consultation

    Wind  rechargenews.com 12 Apr 08:49 GMT Global Mediator

    E.ON takes airborne wind power to new heights

    European utility E.ON has doubled-up its bet on the future of high-altitude wind energy (HAWE) with plans to develop a demonstration site in Ireland with Dutch technology outfit Ampryx Power. The test project, in County Mayo, will be based around a “fixed wing” 2MW airborne wind energy system, a prototype of which is now under construction. High-altitude wind sector taking off as '22 firms devel

    Wind  rechargenews.com 11 Apr 15:16 GMT Global Mediator

    China set for $2trn GDP boost from wind and solar: Greenpeace

    Wind and solar could contribute 14.3 trillion yuan ($2trn) to China’s GDP over the 15 years to 2030, attract 5.4trn yuan in investments and underpin employment for 7.7 million Chinese by the end of the next decade, according to a major new Greenpeace-led study designed to help speed the energy transition there. The study – based on China’s projected power system development 2015-30 – sets out a c

    Transition  rechargenews.com 11 Apr 14:28 GMT Global Mediator

    Global Q1 clean-energy investment falls 17%: BNEF

    Global clean-energy investment fell 17% in the first quarter, to $53.6bn, its lowest Q1 tally since 2013, although Bloomberg New Energy Finance (BNEF) still sees a possibility that more wind and solar capacity will be installed this year than last. Among the weak spots for the global market were quarterly offshore wind financings – which plunged 60% compared to Q1 of last year – resulting in a 91

    Transition  rechargenews.com 11 Apr 14:19 GMT Global Mediator

    Suzlon gets debut order for S111 120m wind turbine

    Indian wind group Suzlon has secured a debut deal for its latest turbine, the S111 120m. The company will install 24 of the 2.1MW machines at a 50MW wind farm project in the state of Karnataka. 'India to deliver 6GW of new capacity in 2018': Suzlon The order – from an unidentified “leading IPP company” – will be the first commercial-scale deployment of the S111 120m, which sits atop a 120-metre

    Wind  rechargenews.com 11 Apr 12:13 GMT Andrew Lee

    Oklahoma wind blow as Senate votes to end state incentive

    The Senate in Oklahoma voted overwhelmingly on Monday to roll back the remaining state tax incentive for wind energy, handing the US industry a high-profile political and economic setback in its fastest-growing market. In a 40-3 vote, the Senate approved House Bill 2298, which advances expiration of the tax credit for electricity production by three and one-half years to 1 July for “zero-emission

    Wind  rechargenews.com 11 Apr 11:14 GMT Global Mediator

    New delay to South Africa PPAs after ministerial reshuffle

    Just when it looked set to get back on track, South Africa’s renewable energy programme suffered a fresh delay when a government reshuffle further postponed the signing of 2.2GW of power deals – which have now been on the table for two years. Power purchase agreements (PPAs) first announced in April 2015 under Round 4 of South Africa’s REIPPPP procurement scheme were finally due to be signed toda

    Wind  rechargenews.com 11 Apr 10:02 GMT Andrew Lee

    Brazilian wind sees hope for the future in power forecasts

    The Brazilian wind power Association (ABEEólica) has welcomed the government’s new long-term power demand projections and the announcement that this will require tenders to contract new capacity over the next ten years, but will continue to lobby for the re-start of auctions in 2017. “It’s great news, and by our calculations the government is signalling 30GW of new capacity to be tendered over te

    Wind  rechargenews.com 11 Apr 08:58 GMT Global Mediator

    US Wind mulls pushing Maryland project farther to sea

    US Wind, the Maryland-based offshore wind developer owned by Italy’s Toto Holding, is “willing to explore” the possibility of shifting its planned 750MW project facing the Maryland coast farther out to sea by up to five miles (8km), to quell growing unease about the visual impact. US Wind’s tentative offer to shift the project farther eastward – a potentially major and expensive change to the lay

    Wind  rechargenews.com 10 Apr 22:23 GMT Global Mediator

    Global wind and solar heavyweights in line for Saudi 700MW

    Saudi Arabia has unveiled a shortlist for its first large-scale renewable energy tender, with a roll-call of global players among those lining up to bid for 400MW of wind and 300MW of solar. The Saudi energy ministry said a February request for qualification process produced an “overwhelmingly positive” response, as it named 24 bidders for the wind farm and 27 for the PV plant. The companies wil

    Wind  rechargenews.com 10 Apr 15:13 GMT Global Mediator

    Ohio regulator demands more information on LEEDCo's Icebreaker

    The Lake Erie Energy Development Corp. (LEEDCo), the company behind the 20.7MW Icebreaker offshore wind project off the coast of Cleveland, Ohio, has been asked by a regulator to submit more information before its landmark project can proceed. LEEDCo filed its formal application with the Ohio Power Siting Board in February of this year, but has been told the application does “not comply” with sta

    Wind  rechargenews.com 10 Apr 15:01 GMT Global Mediator

    Canadian hydro and wind see Massachusetts opportunity

    Massachusetts has kicked off a new clean-energy solicitation that will likely pit regionally sited solar projects against more distant Canadian hydro and onshore wind, in what will be one of the most keenly watched US renewables tenders of 2017. Bids in the solicitation are due this summer. Much of the attention out of Massachusetts’ landmark energy bill signed into law last summer focused on the

    Wind  rechargenews.com 10 Apr 14:28 GMT Global Mediator

    Macquarie on pole for UK Green Bank after court rebuffs rival

    The UK Green Investment Bank (GIB) looks set to be sold to Australian finance giant Macquarie after a court rejected the claim of a rival bidder, the London-based investment fund Sustainable Development Capital (SDCL). The UK government decided in 2015 to sell a majority stake in the Edinburgh-based GIB, the state-backed fund created to back projects and grow private sector investments in areas i

    Wind  rechargenews.com 10 Apr 10:40 GMT Global Mediator

    GMS lands O&G, renewables deals

    United Arab Emirates-based offshore contractor secures work in Europe and MENA

    Transition  rechargenews.com 10 Apr 09:53 GMT Anamaria Deduleasa

    India confirms pilot tender winners and sets draft auction rules

    India officially confirmed the winners of its first wind power tender, as the country’s government opened consultation on regulations designed to underpin a decisive shift to auction-based procurement. Solar Energy Corporation of India (SECI) – which ran February’s reverse auction on behalf of the Indian government – published a final list of five winners that will receive tariffs of 3.46 rupees/

    Wind  rechargenews.com 10 Apr 09:22 GMT Andrew Lee

    EWE, Trianel take FID for 200MW Trianel Borkum 2 offshore array

    The Trianel network of municipal utilities and northern German regional utility EWE have taken a binding final investment decision (FID) for the 200MW Trianel Windpark Borkum 2 (TWB2) offshore array in the North Sea. The about €800m ($849.6m) project - one of the last in Germany still due to be built without the support level being determined by tenders – is slated to be commissioned until the en

    Wind  rechargenews.com 07 Apr 13:43 GMT Global Mediator

    RWE and EnBW among Europe's most emissions-heavy utilities

    Austria’s Verbund, Spain’s Iberdrola, Finland’s Fortum and Italy’s Enel are the best-performing power generators in Europe based on their readiness for a low carbon transition, according to a report from non-profit group CDP . The report, which has ranked 14 of the largest publicly listed power generators in Europe , also said that Germany’s EnBW and RWE, Spanish group Endesa, and Czech company

    Wind  rechargenews.com 07 Apr 13:33 GMT Anamaria Deduleasa

    Wales "missed opportunities" to invest in renewable energy: report

    Research has found that a significant number of potential projects struggled or did not attempt to attract funding

    Wind  rechargenews.com 07 Apr 09:20 GMT Anamaria Deduleasa

    UK-France 1GW interconnector takes shape with ABB, Prysmian deals

    Duo awarded work on the HVDC converter stations for the IFA2 interconnectio

    Wind  rechargenews.com 07 Apr 08:41 GMT Anamaria Deduleasa

    'EU Clean Energy Package must allow technology-specific tenders'

    Energy transition could slow down if European directives do not provide more clarity and visibility, writes WindEurope boss Giles Dickson

    Wind  rechargenews.com 06 Apr 14:24 GMT Global Mediator

    'India to deliver 6GW of new capacity in 2018': Suzlon

    Third record year for renewables expected, says founder Tulsi Tanti

    Wind  rechargenews.com 06 Apr 13:25 GMT Anamaria Deduleasa

    ReNew Power doubles its installed capacity to 2GW in one year

    India's leading renewables developer ReNew Power Ventures has doubled its installed wind and solar capacity in the past year to reach 2GW. The independent power producer reached the milestone after investing 67bn rupees ($1bn) over the past financial year. ReNew Power has added 430MW of solar and 626MW of wind capacity, it said. “In April 2016, we were the first company in India to achieve 1GW o

    Wind  rechargenews.com 06 Apr 11:51 GMT Anamaria Deduleasa

    Eneco, Mitsubishi to construct largest battery in Europe

    Battery system will be located in Germany and will supply sustainable reserve capacity to the European electricity grid

    Wind  rechargenews.com 06 Apr 10:57 GMT Anamaria Deduleasa

    'France and floating wind now at the heart of offshore wind sector'

    5 MINUTES | RV Ahilan of London Offshore Consultants (LOC) tells Recharge his insights into the French offshore wind market, floating wind and the prospects for the wider European sector

    Wind  rechargenews.com 06 Apr 09:58 GMT Global Mediator

    Engie buys wind and solar developer La Compagnie du Vent

    French player buys the 41% interest it did not already own from Soper

    Wind  rechargenews.com 06 Apr 09:42 GMT Anamaria Deduleasa

    Engie to invest billions in Asia-Pacific renewables projects

    French energy giant Engie has set its sights on developing new renewable energy project in the Asia-Pacific region, where it plans to invest billions of dollars in the next few years. Engie signed eight agreements to develop and invest in several projects, to be set across Singapore, Malaysia and Indonesia, in collaboration with “governments, industry partners, customers and local communities”, s

    Wind  rechargenews.com 06 Apr 09:07 GMT Anamaria Deduleasa

    Serbian wind farm gets $53m EBRD support

    Loan will back the construction of the 104.5MW Kovacica project to be built near Belgrade

    Wind  rechargenews.com 06 Apr 08:23 GMT Anamaria Deduleasa

    Renewables help EU cut emissions by 10% in 2015: EEA

    The European Environment Agency (EEA) has found that a surge in the use of wind and solar energy has helped Europe to cut its fossil-fuel consumption and greenhouse gas emissions by around 10% in 2015. A report, published by the EU agency, says the biggest reductions in fossil fuel use and carbon emissions through a switch to renewable energy sources happened in Germany, Italy and the UK. The us

    Transition  rechargenews.com 06 Apr 08:21 GMT Global Mediator

    Russia could quadruple RE share of national energy mix by 2030: Irena

    Russia could nearly quadruple the volume of renewables in its national energy mix by 2030 if it ups the contribution of wind and solar power, according to new calculations from the International Renewable Energy Agency (Irena). Presenting its Renewable Energy Prospects for the Russian Federation report to a high-level stakeholder meeting in Moscow involving the Ministry of Energy, Irena director

    Wind  rechargenews.com 06 Apr 07:53 GMT Global Mediator

    GE completes first offshore nacelle for 396MW Merkur

    GE Renewable Energy has finished assembly of the first of 66 nacelles for the 396MW Merkur offshore wind project in the German North Sea, with the wind farm on track for a late-2018 completion. The nacelle will be stored at GE’s facility in Saint-Nazaire, France, where it was manufactured, and will be transferred eventually along with the other components to a logistical hub in Eemshaven, Netherl

    Wind  rechargenews.com 05 Apr 19:10 GMT Global Mediator

    Brazil’s chief energy planner expects new tenders this year

    Brazil expects to contract 87-131 terawatt hours (TWh) per year between 2017 and 2026, giving priority to hydro, wind and solar, according to Luiz Barroso, the president of the government energy planning authority, EPE. It is unclear what this will translate to in terms of capacity, but Brazil’s current total installed power of 150GW — which includes 92GW of hydro, 11GW of wind and only 23MW of s

    Wind  rechargenews.com 05 Apr 17:50 GMT Global Mediator

    Global battery storage pipeline doubles to reach 3.4GW

    The global pipeline for battery energy storage doubled over the past year to reach 3.4GW in the first quarter, reflecting both Asia’s growing importance as a market and greater acceptance of batteries for longer duration applications, according to analyst IHS Markit. In a research note, it says a large part of the 390MW pipeline uptick in the first quarter came from new project announcements in A

    Transition  rechargenews.com 05 Apr 13:45 GMT Global Mediator

    4,000GW of PV could be installed globally by 2030: Global Solar Council

    The increasingly low price of solar means it should grow exponentially, but this will depend on policy frameworks and cost of capital, writes Bruce Douglas

    Transition  rechargenews.com 05 Apr 13:40 GMT Global Mediator

    'Faster integration of power, heat and transport is vital for energy transition'

    REN21 report says decisions should be taken soon on which green technologies to back

    Transition  rechargenews.com 05 Apr 10:35 GMT Leigh Collins

    Nordex presents upgrades of medium and low wind turbines

    The Nordex Group is upgrading its range of medium and light-wind turbines in the 3MW-plus range for the European and North American market. Nordex will offer the N131/3900 with a capacity of 3.9MW in North America and large parts of Europe from January 2018 on, with the first turbine of the upgraded model to be installed in Germany at the end of 2017. The machine is an enhanced version of the co

    Wind  rechargenews.com 05 Apr 10:35 GMT Global Mediator

    Bomb squad to clear Saint-Breuic for construction

    A campaign has begun to clear unexploded ordnance (UXO) at the €2.5bn ($2.7bn) Baie de Saint-Breuic wind farm site in the French Atlantic, according to the consortium developing the project, Ailes Marines. The survey work, which has the goal of “locating and identifying” potentially live munitions left behind by two world wars for removal, is expected to last 11 days. “The collected data will be

    Wind  rechargenews.com 05 Apr 08:04 GMT Global Mediator

    Ignacio Martín CEO of merged Siemens Gamesa Renewable Energy

    Former executive chairman of Gamesa Ignacio Martín will continue as chief executive of the merged new company Siemens Gamesa Renewable Energy, the board of directors of the combined company announced. After a transition phase, Martín intends to support the selection process for a new CEO and then retire, the newly merged company said. "Siemens Gamesa Renewable Energy's future could not be in bet

    Wind  rechargenews.com 05 Apr 06:56 GMT Global Mediator

    No new coal-fired power plants after 2020, vows European electricity sector

    The European electricity sector has agreed not to build new coal-fired power plants after 2020, it was announced this morning by industry body Eurelectric, whose members are the national power-sector trade associations from all 28 EU states, plus Turkey, Norway, Switzerland and Iceland. “The power sector is determined to lead the energy transition and back our commitment to the low-carbon economy

    Transition  rechargenews.com 05 Apr 06:51 GMT Leigh Collins

    Buffet's PacifiCorp proposes 3GW renewables build-out

    Billionaire Warren Buffett’s PacifiCorp electric utility holding company is proposing to invest $3.5bn to build 3GW of new wind and solar capacity and a related transmission line, while upgrading more than 900MW of existing wind turbines. Highlights of the 2017 Integrated Resource Plan (IRP) filed for approval with regulators across PacifiCorp’s service territory include plans to: Build 1.1GW

    Wind  rechargenews.com 04 Apr 23:56 GMT Global Mediator

    US convenience chain 7-Eleven to power Texas stores with wind

    Convenience-chain giant 7-Eleven will purchase 100% Texas wind energy to power all 425 of its stores located in competitive electric markets in the state, as many US companies continue deepening their commitment to renewables despite federal government bias toward fossil fuels. 7-Eleven, based in Irving near Dallas, did not release financial terms of its eight-year deal with TXU Energy, the large

    Wind  rechargenews.com 04 Apr 18:17 GMT Global Mediator

    Scottish government takes over Crown Estate land and seabed north of border

    The rights to build and run renewables projects on Scottish land and seabed owned by Queen Elizabeth have been transferred to the devolved Scottish government. This means that the Scottish Nationalist Party administration — which seeks independence from the UK and wants Scotland to become 100% renewable by 2020 — will now be able to lease thousands of hectares of rural Crown Estate land to wind f

    Wind  rechargenews.com 04 Apr 16:45 GMT Global Mediator

    Big Guns locked and loaded for 1.55GW German offshore round

    An important deadline passed silently this week. Companies had until the end of day on Monday to hand in bids for the 1.55GW tender for pre-developed wind power zones off Germany’s North and Baltic Sea coasts. Unlike in some other offshore wind tendering processes (such as in the Netherlands last year), Germany’s federal network agency (BNetzA) did not reveal how many bids it has received. And

    Wind  rechargenews.com 04 Apr 15:10 GMT Global Mediator

    Lincoln Clean Energy returns to GE for 250MW Texas wind farm

    Lincoln Clean Energy, the US-based wind and solar developer, has announced the financing of its 250MW Willow Springs wind project in Texas, and confirmed it will once again hand the turbine order to long-time supplier General Electric. Willow Springs, an extension the 230MW Horse Creek wind farm Lincoln completed in 2016, is located in Haskell County, Texas – to the north of Abilene – and entered

    Wind  rechargenews.com 04 Apr 13:57 GMT Global Mediator