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  • US awards grant to support Vietnamese offshore project

    The US Trade and Development Agency (USTDA) has awarded a grant to Power Engineering Consulting Joint Stock Co. 2 (PECC2), a Vietnamese power engineering company, to support development of a 100MW offshore wind farm in southern Vietnam. PECC2 selected consulting and engineering firm DVN KEMA Renewables in Seattle to carry out the project design and feasibility study. PECC2 is developing the 1

    Wind  rechargenews.com 43 minutes old Richard A. Kessler in Fort Worth

    Hexcel extends advanced prepreg supply deal with Vestas

    Hexcel Corp. has reached terms with turbine OEM Vestas to expand its existing agreement to provide advanced composite materials for new generation wind blades. Hexcel, based in Stamford, Connecticut, did not release terms of the deal that will involve supply of advanced prepreg (glass fiber-reinforced resin systems) manufactured at its plants in Neumark, Austria; Windsor, Colorado; and Tianjin,

    Wind  rechargenews.com 4 hours old Richard A. Kessler in Fort Worth

    Wind to surpass coal soon in Texas as plant retirements loom

    Wind will soon surpass coal in nameplate generation capacity in the main Texas power grid after Luminant, the state’s largest electricity producer, announced it will close three large coal-fired plants in early 2018. Electric Reliability Council of Texas (ERCOT), which serves about 90% of the state’s electric load, has at least 19GW of wind power capacity on its grid, slightly less than 19.2GW

    Wind  rechargenews.com 7 hours old Richard A. Kessler in Fort Worth

    Oklahoma considers wind turbine limits near Air Force bases

    Oklahoma’s legislature is considering whether to place restrictions on further wind development in areas of the state where US Air Force bases conduct training exercises. The move follows action by Texas and North Carolina to address concerns over alleged wind industry interference with military air space. Potential action by Oklahoma lawmakers to restrict development during the 2018 legislative

    Wind  rechargenews.com 10 hours old Richard A. Kessler in Fort Worth

    Brave Tern completes 350MW Wikinger build in the Baltic

    Construction of the €1.4bn ($1.65bn) Wikinger offshore wind farm – developer Iberdrola’s first outing in German waters – is now complete, with contractor Fred Olsen Windcarrier having lowered in the project’s 70 steel jackets and topped out each with a 5MW Adwen turbine. Iberdrola chief tells newbies: 'No easy way into offshore wind' FOW’s Brave Tern, a self-propelled installation jack-up wit

    Wind  rechargenews.com 10 hours old Darius Snieckus in London

    Invenergy says Poland breached treaties in $700m wind dispute

    US energy group Invenergy notified the Polish government of action under international treaties as it claimed losses of $700m from a “coordinated conspiracy” it says destroyed the viability of its wind farm investments in the country. Invenergy has sent a letter to Polish Prime Minister Beata Szydło, its President and other officials notifying a dispute under the US-Poland Bilateral Investment Tr

    Wind  rechargenews.com 13 hours old Andrew Lee

    German EEG levy nudges lower in 2018 as wholesale prices rise

    The levy to finance the expansion of renewables in Germany – the EEG surcharge – will fall next year amid rising wholesale power prices and large reserve funds in the surcharge account, the country’s four transmission system operators (TSOs) said. The EEG surcharge will fall by 1.3% to €0.06792 ($0.08) per kilowatt hour of electricity in 2018, down from the €0.0688/kWh paid by most consumers as p

    Transition  rechargenews.com 16 hours old Bernd Radowitz in Berlin

    Vestas launches V120 in China as low-wind push gathers pace

    Onshore wind market-leader Vestas has launched its V120 turbine in China in a bid to meet the growing push to develop low- and ultra-low-wind sites in the country. The V120-2.0/2.2 MW – first unveiled earlier this year – will be made at the Danish group’s facilities in Tianjin, with first deliveries due in Q3 2018. The model builds on Vestas’ successful V110 2MW machine, adding features includin

    Wind  rechargenews.com 16 hours old Andrew Lee

    India to ramp-up wind auctions by up to 4.5GW more: reports

    Encouraged by falling tariffs, India wants to ramp up its centrally-run programme of wind power procurement with as much as 4.5GW-worth of further auctions by the end of the current financial year, according to local reports. The New Delhi government took the low winning bids seen in an 1GW auction earlier this month as a signal that the sector is capable of delivering low-cost power on an ongoin

    Wind  rechargenews.com 17 hours old Andrew Lee

    US finalises Avangrid's North Carolina offshore wind lease

    The federal US government has finalised the lease of a 122,405-acre (500 sq km) offshore wind development zone facing North Carolina that was won earlier this year by Avangrid Renewables, paving the way for more than 1GW to be built off the southeastern US in the 2020s. Avangrid, the US utility holding company controlled by Spanish energy giant Iberdrola, won the Kitty Hawk lease with a $9.1m bid

    Wind  rechargenews.com 13 Oct 18:50 GMT Karl-Erik Stromsta in New York

    Offshore wind will play a vital role in the Blue Economy

    OPINION | With $1trn due to be invested over the next 25 years, the sector can make a massive contribution to the long-term sustainability of our seas and oceans, writes Joao Metelo

    Circuit  rechargenews.com 13 Oct 13:55 GMT Joao Metelo

    UK infrastructure watchdog to probe onshore wind lock-out

    The UK’s infrastructure watchdog has flagged up fears that Britain is unnecessarily missing out on low-cost renewable energy because of onshore wind’s lock-out from the contract-for-difference (CfD) support mechanism. The role of onshore wind is high on the energy agenda in the UK, where the government on Thursday unveiled a wide-ranging Clean Growth Strategy that put offshore wind centre-stage a

    Wind  rechargenews.com 13 Oct 13:38 GMT Andrew Lee

    ‘Floating wind is racing towards commercial viability’

    OPINION | Floating wind may never be fully competitive with bottom-fixed offshore wind, writes Giles Hundleby – but without it many nations will face continued reliance on fossil fuels

    Wind  rechargenews.com 13 Oct 09:49 GMT Giles Hundleby

    French floating wind flagship raises its sails

    France’s first floating wind turbine, the 2MW FloatGen, has been inaugurated in the west coast port of Saint-Nazaire. The flagship – developed by French outfit Ideol and built by civil engineers Bouygues Travaux Publics (BTP) under a €25m ($29.6m) EU technology accelerator programme – will head out in the coming weeks for the SEM-REV ocean-energy test site off Brittany for a two-year trial, wit

    Wind  rechargenews.com 13 Oct 09:26 GMT Darius Snieckus in London

    Nordex launches 140 metre rotor for AW3000 turbine platform

    The Nordex group has launched a 140-metre rotor option for its Acciona Windpower brand AW3000 wind turbine platform for moderate wind sites, aimed at non-European grid constrained markets. The design of the AW140/3000 is optimized for specific low-wind conditions which make the turbine a perfect fit for certain markets like India, Nordex says, but it will also be an option in various geographies.

    Wind  rechargenews.com 13 Oct 08:43 GMT Bernd Radowitz in Berlin

    Owens Corning to shut wind-focused factory in Maine

    Owens Corning, the global composite specialist, confirmed it will shut a factory in Brunswick, Maine focused largely on the wind market, and shift production to Texas. Machinery from the Maine factory will be transferred to a facility in Wichita Falls, Texas, near the Oklahoma border, according to a local press report. Sixty jobs in Maine will be lost in the process. The move will allow Owens Co

    Wind  rechargenews.com 12 Oct 21:37 GMT Karl-Erik Stromsta in New York

    Alberta wind bids will 'change discussion' in Canada: Siemens Gamesa

    The record-low wind bids expected to emerge from Alberta’s renewables tender will change discussions about Canada’s energy future, says David Hickey, head of Siemens Gamesa Renewable Energy in Canada – but intense cost pressure will make it difficult for western provinces to attract wind factories. Like all turbine suppliers in Canada, Siemens Gamesa – the product of the recent merger between the

    Wind  rechargenews.com 12 Oct 15:41 GMT Karl-Erik Stromsta in Montreal

    Argentina extends renewable component tax break to 2022

    Argentina has extended for 60 months an exemption of import tax on around 41 renewables-related components, allowing investors to quickly build projects to help the country to meet its 8% renewable energy target in 2018. The exemption was due to end at the end of 2017, and its extension confirms an earlier Recharge report. Many of the 59 projects contracted at last year’s two tenders, including 1

    Wind  rechargenews.com 12 Oct 14:30 GMT Alexandre Spatuzza in Sao Paulo

    'Everybody in the value chain has to make a little or it will die'

    5 MINUTES | Siemens Gamesa’s chief executive for onshore, Ricardo Chocarro, talks to Leigh Collins about manufacturing strategy, falling power prices and its delayed 2GW plan in Egypt, at the inauguration of its new blade plant in Morocco

    Wind  rechargenews.com 12 Oct 12:42 GMT Leigh Collins in Tangier

    Corporate supply chains the next frontier for renewables

    Big corporations are moving towards more sustainable business models – and it won't be long before their value chains have to follow, writes Tom Lindberg

    Transition  rechargenews.com 12 Oct 12:40 GMT Tom Lindberg

    'Offshore wind can be the backbone of UK electricity'

    5 MINUTES | As the global offshore wind leader prepares for a change of name, Dong UK wind head Benj Sykes talks to Christopher Hopson about its plans in its most important market to date

    Wind  rechargenews.com 12 Oct 10:34 GMT Christopher Hopson in London

    Offshore wind centre stage as UK sets out Clean Growth Strategy

    The UK government reinforced the pivotal role of offshore wind in its low-carbon future as it pledged to study potential deployment of turbines at sea “in the late 2020s and beyond”, as part of a Clean Growth Strategy that also includes ambitious goals in areas such as electric vehicles, storage and green industrial expansion. The Clean Growth Strategy reiterates earlier announcements that furthe

    Transition  rechargenews.com 12 Oct 09:44 GMT Andrew Lee in London

    BayWa re buys Australia’s Future Energy with 300MW wind portfolio

    German developer BayWa r.e. has expanded its Australian activities through the acquisition of local energy developer Future Energy that has a 300MW wind power project pipeline. BayWa r.e. already had a solar pipeline of around the same size in Australia. “The investment in our first pipeline of Australian wind and small-scale solar projects comes quickly after our growth in the utility-scale sol

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

    Deep-ocean wind could 'power all humanity': US study

    If commercial wind farms in the open ocean become technically and economically feasible, they could potentially provide humanity’s present electric power needs – “civilisation-scale” at 18TW, a new US study suggests. To achieve this on “an annual mean basis” would require turbines installed over more than a 3 million sq km (1.16 million sq mile) area in the North Atlantic, larger than Greenland a

    Wind  rechargenews.com 11 Oct 20:19 GMT Richard A. Kessler in Fort Worth

    Jamaica firm wins US offshore wind development grant

    The US Trade and Development Agency (USTDA) has awarded a grant to the Petroleum Corporation of Jamaica (PCJ) supporting the development of an offshore wind farm in Jamaica. The feasibility study will evaluate the viability of installing the wind farm, which would represent the first offshore installation in Jamaica and the greater Caribbean region. “The Government of Jamaica has identified rene

    Wind  rechargenews.com 11 Oct 15:36 GMT Richard A. Kessler in Fort Worth

    Foresea tests waters for cross-over offshore technologies

    The European Foresea technology funding programme has put out a call for proposals to developers of offshore oil & gas, subsea and shipping technologies that could be “transitioned” for use in offshore wind, tidal and wave power. Successful applicants will receive support to trial their cross-over concepts at one of the Foresea (Funding Ocean Energy through Strategic European Action) test centres

    Transition  rechargenews.com 11 Oct 15:23 GMT Darius Snieckus in Brussels

    EU must rework regulations to boost corporate PPAs

    The EU must rethink burdensome regulatory frameworks across its member states and get the upcoming Clean Energy Package “right” if it is to build a market that meets the fast-growing private sector appetite for corporate power purchase agreements (PPAs), a string of renewable energy leaders said as they gathered for the first Re-Source conference. The volume of PPAs – through which companies can

    Transition  rechargenews.com 11 Oct 14:08 GMT Darius Snieckus in Brussels

    Siemens Gamesa eyes exports as Tangier blade plant opens

    Wind OEM Siemens Gamesa has cut the ribbon at its new blade factory in Tangier, Morocco, a facility it claims will give it access to key growth markets well beyond North Africa. The plant – billed as the first blade factory built by an OEM in Africa and the Middle East – will produce the company’s 63-metre, B63-10 blades, for SWT-DD-130 turbines up to 4.2MW, and is ready to take on other models a

    Wind  rechargenews.com 11 Oct 13:03 GMT Leigh Collins in Tangier and Andrew Lee in London

    Next UK contract-for-difference round set for spring 2019

    The UK government has confirmed the country's next contract-for-difference (CfD) auction for offshore wind and other "less established" technologies will be held in spring 2019, with a further pool of up to £557m ($734m) on offer for future rounds. The next CfD auction follows September's round that allocated 3.2GW of offshore wind capacity at prices that almost halved since the previous process

    Wind  rechargenews.com 11 Oct 11:59 GMT Andrew Lee

    China commissions Asia's largest offshore wind farm

    China Huaneng has announced the full commissioning of Asia’s largest offshore wind farm, the 302MW Rudong Baxianjiao project. Rudong Baxianjiao, sited off the coast of Rudong, Jiangsu province, is the first offshore wind project built by China Huaneng, the world’s largest developer of power projects by capacity. The wind farm is equipped with two offshore substations and 70 turbines. Chinese of

    Wind  rechargenews.com 11 Oct 10:51 GMT Yuki Yu in Beijing

    Mytrah Energy orders review after chairman's $2.4m loan

    India-focused wind and solar group Mytrah Energy has ordered an investigation after disclosing a $2.4m loan to founder chairman Ravi Kailas was made without its board approving the transaction. London-listed Mytrah said it has hired a law firm to help with a “comprehensive review” of the unauthorised loan, which Kailas used to buy a property “not related to the company’s operation” and has arrang

    Wind  rechargenews.com 11 Oct 10:29 GMT Andrew Lee in London

    Scotland plans renewable-powered energy supplier

    The Scottish government plans to set up its own not-for-profit energy company based on renewables, said First Minister Nicola Sturgeon. The new entity will be set up by the end of 2021 to supply customers as "as close to cost price as possible" Sturgeon told a conference of the Scottish National Party (SNP), which runs the devolved government in the UK nation of five million people. "Energy woul

    Transition  rechargenews.com 11 Oct 08:40 GMT Andrew Lee in London

    Innogy agrees to buy Statkraft's 50% stake in Triton Knoll

    Germany’s Innogy has agreed to buy out joint venture partner Statkraft’s 50% stake in the 860MW Triton Knoll offshore wind project in UK waters, just weeks after the £2bn ($2.6bn) project emerged as a winner in the UK’s contract for difference (CfD) auction. Statkraft's divestment comes as no surprise, after the Norwegian utility concluded it is not large enough to compete in the fast-maturing an

    Wind  rechargenews.com 10 Oct 21:36 GMT Karl-Erik Stromsta in New York

    China retains lead in EY's attractiveness index as India wobbles

    China has held onto its top spot in Ernst & Young’s latest renewables attractiveness index rankings after overtaking the US earlier this year, while India’s second position in the top 40 countries looks increasingly precarious. India has faced cancelled wind energy power purchase agreements and steep falls in tariffs bid in recent auctions, placing doubt over the country’s ability to reach its

    Transition  rechargenews.com 10 Oct 15:22 GMT Christopher Hopson in London

    US EPA chief: 'I'd eliminate the wind PTC'

    Scott Pruitt, the administrator of the US Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), says he would prefer to see the plug pulled early on the federal tax credit that support wind energy, as Congress gears up to overhaul the US tax code. “I'm not in Congress and the state of Oklahoma has similar incentives, but I'd do away with these incentives that we give to the wind industry,” Pruitt said Monday at

    Transition  rechargenews.com 10 Oct 14:45 GMT Karl-Erik Stromsta in New York

    New Dutch coalition to add more offshore wind, set 2030 CO2 target

    The incoming Dutch four-party government of Prime Minister Mark Rutte as part of a long-awaited coalition agreement plans to increase offshore wind power, as well as introduce a 49% CO2 emission reduction target by 2030 that will require a fast expansion of renewable energy in general. “We widen the offer of cables [grid links] for wind energy at sea,” the coalition accord between Rutte’s centre-

    Wind  rechargenews.com 10 Oct 14:05 GMT Bernd Radowitz

    Australian government mulls abandoning clean energy target

    Australia’s energy minister has signalled that a steep fall in renewables costs is weakening the case for new clean energy subsidies after 2020, with the liberal-national government of Prime Minister Malcom Turnbull hinting it may abandon setting fresh targets. In comments to the Australian Financial Review’s National Energy Summit energy minister Josh Frydenberg has indicated that the electricit

    Transition  rechargenews.com 10 Oct 10:51 GMT Christopher Hopson in London

    Fred Olsen pools units to set up single offshore O&M provider

    Norway’s Fred. Olsen has set up a single operations and maintenance (O&M) provider for offshore wind led by its installation specialist Fred. Olsen Windcarrier, and including its related companies Natural Power, ZephIR Lidar, as well as Global Wind Service The scope of services offered by the new provider will include inspections, major component exchange, integrated service campaigns, blade repa

    Wind  rechargenews.com 10 Oct 10:06 GMT Bernd Radowitz in Berlin

    Trump administration to scrap landmark Clean Power Plan

    President Donald Trump’s administration announced Monday it is moving to repeal the Clean Power Plan (CPP), his predecessor’s 2015 landmark policy to reduce carbon pollution from US fossil-fuel electric power plants. Scott Pruitt, administrator of the Environmental Protection Agency, later said that the federal government’s “war on coal” is over, arguing that EPA had exceeded its legal authority

    Wind  rechargenews.com 09 Oct 18:50 GMT Richard A. Kessler in Fort Worth

    O&M specialists flourish in Brazil as wind fleet ages

    Brazil’s wind power sector is entering the era of customised O&M, as guarantees from OEMs reach expiry and strong wind conditions take their toll on the 5,000 strong fleet already operating. “These machines were designed for European winds. Brazilians need to apply specific maintenance conditions since they were designed to operate for 20 years at lower wind speeds and winds that are not so const

    Wind  rechargenews.com 09 Oct 15:52 GMT Alexandre Spatuzza in Fortaleza

    Enel inks $330m tax equity financing deal for Oklahoma project

    Enel Green Power North America (Enel) has signed an agreement for $330m in tax equity financing for its 298MW Thunder Ranch wind project under construction in Oklahoma with GE Energy Financial Services (EFS) and the Alternative Energy Investing Group of Goldman Sachs. GE EFS says the deal secures the funding commitment by the two investors and will close when Thunder Ranch begins commercial opera

    Wind  rechargenews.com 09 Oct 14:53 GMT Richard A. Kessler in Fort Worth

    'Talking about curtailment will soon be a distant memory'

    IN DEPTH | Steven Martin, chief digital officer at GE Energy Connections, talks to Leigh Collins about an energy future transformed by multiple technologies

    Transition  rechargenews.com 09 Oct 14:44 GMT Leigh Collins

    Flagship 150MW Indonesia tidal project reaches phase one FID

    Asian marine renewables developer SBS Energi Kelautan has taken a final investment decision (FID) to progress with the lead-off phase of its 150MW Nautilus tidal stream project off Indonesia. The FID, which covers the 12MW Phase 1, kick-starts a preferred supplier agreement (PSA) with tidal turbine company Atlantis Resources, which is lined up to deliver 100 of its 1.5MW AR1500 machines for the t

    Technology  rechargenews.com 09 Oct 13:44 GMT Darius Snieckus in London

    Renewables need support despite auction price falls: IEA

    Clean-energy pacesetter solar and other renewables will continue to need government support in many parts of the world, despite the plunging power prices seen in recent auctions, said the head of the International Energy Agency (IEA). The IEA’s latest report on renewables said PV is set to be the “star” of a growth trajectory that will see clean generation sources add almost one terawatt of capac

    Transition  rechargenews.com 09 Oct 12:32 GMT Christopher Hopson in London

    Enel sells 80% of 1.7GW of Mexican renewables in $1.35bn deal

    Enel has tied up a $1.35bn deal for the sale of an 80% stake in 1.7GW of Mexican renewables assets to Canadian investor Caisse de dépôt et placement du Québec and local pension fund CKD Infraestructura México . The Italian group said the agreement – which covers 1GW of solar and 700MW of wind – is a step forward in its build, sell and operate (BSO) strategy, allowing it to accelerate its pipeline

    Transition  rechargenews.com 09 Oct 11:59 GMT Andrew Lee

    Microsoft signs PPA with GE at innovative Irish wind project

    Microsoft has signed a power deal to buy all the output from a 37MW GE wind project in Ireland, claimed to be the first European deployment of turbine-integrated battery storage. The 15-year power purchase agreement (PPA) will see the software giant take power from GE’s Tullahennel Wind Farm in County Kerry. The power will be used to support Microsoft’s cloud data services in Ireland. Tullahenn

    Wind  rechargenews.com 09 Oct 09:58 GMT Andrew Lee

    Russia to tender for 900MW more wind power in 2018: minister

    Russia plans to tender off almost 1GW more renewables capacity next year – most of it made up of wind power – said a senior minister. The country wants to hold tenders for 899MW of wind power and 57MW of PV capacity in 2018, according to first deputy energy minister Alexei Texler, in comments made as part of Russian Energy Week and quoted by the Russian wind power federation (RAWI). The 2018 ten

    Transition  rechargenews.com 09 Oct 09:13 GMT Andrew Lee

    Rush to join Tesla in S. Australia renewable storage scheme

    South Australia has received almost 60 proposals from domestic and "leading global" players under its pioneering search for renewables-plus-storage deployments, one of which will be Tesla’s 100MW battery linked to a wind farm. The Australian state launched its A$150m ($116m) Renewable Technology Fund (RTF) earlier this year, seeking storage technologies that could be paired with renewables to fir

    Transition  rechargenews.com 09 Oct 07:16 GMT Andrew Lee

    US Energy Secretary: Baseload aid proposal was 'not a directive'

    US Energy Secretary Rick Perry on Friday said his recent proposal that coal and nuclear plants be subsidised for keeping on-site fuel stocks was intended to spark a “conversation”, while pointing to support for renewables as evidence that there’s “no free market” in the US energy industry. Last week Perry sparked a firestorm by requesting the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) rapidly cr

    Transition  rechargenews.com 06 Oct 20:40 GMT Karl-Erik Stromsta in New York

    Battery storage set for 17-fold growth as costs plunge 66%: Irena

    A fall of up to 66% in the cost of battery storage for stationary applications by 2030 is set to spur huge growth in the sector, which will join renewables in a mutually-beneficial global expansion, says a new report from the International Renewable Energy Agency (Irena). The plunging prices could result in a 17-fold expansion of battery deployments, opening new potential applications from utilit

    Transition  rechargenews.com 06 Oct 14:52 GMT Andrew Lee

    US government sees NY offshore wind auction as soon as 2019

    By the end of this year, the US government intends to kick off the multi-year process leading to an offshore wind auction for additional New York zones, meaning a lease auction could happen by late 2019. The Interior Department’s Bureau of Ocean Energy Management (BOEM) is targeting the end of 2017 to issue a call for information and nominations regarding large development zones south of New York

    Wind  rechargenews.com 06 Oct 14:39 GMT Karl-Erik Stromsta in New York

    'Brazil needs to get to grips with the energy transition'

    Brazil needs to start engaging more closely with energy transition by putting in place long-term policies to make better use of its diverse energy resources, train personnel and develop its own technology in renewables, smart-grids and distributed generation, an energy conference was told. “Despite the fast growth in wind and solar technologies in recent years, the energy transition will not be f

    Transition  rechargenews.com 06 Oct 14:00 GMT Alexandre Spatuzza in Fortaleza

    'Wales needs the UK to match our direction on energy'

    5 MINUTES | With a 70% renewables target to chase, Welsh First Minister Carwen Jones tells Christopher Hopson why he wants the UK government to think long-term over energy

    Transition  rechargenews.com 06 Oct 12:57 GMT Christopher Hopson

    E.ON and Enel pioneer blockchain energy trading

    A new experimental energy trading platform utilising blockchain technology was used for trades between utility giants E.ON and Enel this week, eliminating the need for a fee-charging central exchange or broker and thus reducing costs. Many of Europe’s largest utilities and oil & gas companies are among the 33 organisations to have signed up to participate in the trial of the blockchain software,

    Transition  rechargenews.com 06 Oct 11:48 GMT Leigh Collins in London

    Siemens Gamesa wins Greater Gabbard service extension

    Siemens Gamesa Renewable Energy has won a five-year extension to its service contract for the 504MW Greater Gabbard offshore wind farm off the coast of Suffolk in eastern England. The contract to provide scheduled servicing, troubleshooting and technical support to the 140 SWT-3.6-107 offshore machines at the site builds upon service work already provided by the OEM since the offshore array’s com

    Wind  rechargenews.com 06 Oct 11:21 GMT Bernd Radowitz in Berlin

    Rotterdam: where the old and new energy worlds meet

    DISPATCHES | Dutch offshore operators are plotting a smooth transition from fossil fuels to renewables. The Port of Rotterdam is proof of that, writes Anamaria Deduleasa

    Transition  rechargenews.com 06 Oct 10:25 GMT Anamaria Deduleasa in Rotterdam

    Shell tells offshore wind: 'think big if you want us on board'

    Shell told North Sea governments and offshore wind developers they need far more ambitious targets if they want the oil supermajor to widen its commitment to the sector. Shell, which is advancing up to 740MW at the Borssele 3 & 4 offshore wind project in Dutch waters, urged North Sea governments and other developers to look ahead at “the big picture”, repeating calls for projects as large as 10GW

    Transition  rechargenews.com 06 Oct 09:07 GMT Anamaria Deduleasa in Rotterdam

    Supply chain woes stall Kincardine floating wind

    Progress on the UK’s pioneering Kincardine floating wind power array has suffered a setback linked to unspecified “difficulties” in its project supply chain. Kishorn Port, on the northwest coast of Scotland, where the concrete caissons for the project’s turbines were to have been built for development consortium Kincardine Offshore Wind Ltd (KOWL), was informed yesterday that problems with “an im

    Wind  rechargenews.com 06 Oct 07:36 GMT Darius Snieckus in London

    Canada's Boralex plots push into US wind market

    Boralex, the Québec-based renewables developer, has trained its sights on US wind as its next big international opportunity, where it hopes to mirror its success in France. Boralex has doubled its in-house renewables capacity over the past few years, to 1.4GW – most of it wind, and split roughly between Canada and France. But while the company owns about 80MW of small hydro in the US, it has not

    Wind  rechargenews.com 05 Oct 20:06 GMT Karl-Erik Stromsta in Montreal

    First Brazil offshore wind set for Petrobras platform: officials

    Plans for Brazil’s first offshore wind project are underway off the country’s Northeast coast, with a 4-5MW turbine set to power a platform of state oil group Petrobras, local officials told Recharge. Officials at Cerne, the renewable energy think-tank of the Northeastern state of Rio Grande do Norte, said they hope the experimental project – of which no further details were immediately available

    Wind  rechargenews.com 05 Oct 15:56 GMT Alexandre Spatuzza in Fortaleza

    Alliant Energy buys 300MW Iowa project from developer Apex

    Developer Apex Clean Energy has sold the 300MW Upland Prairie project in northwest Iowa to a subsidiary of Alliant Energy, part of the regulated utility’s earlier announced 1GW rate-based wind capacity plan in the state. Virginia-based Apex did not make financial details of the transaction public. After Apex completes development work, Alliant’s Interstate Power and Light (IPL) unit will construc

    Wind  rechargenews.com 05 Oct 14:49 GMT Richard A. Kessler in Fort Worth

    Argentina's Genneia adds to funds for 500MW wind push

    Argentine power generator Genneia is ploughing ahead in a bid to increase its wind capacity to 500MW in the coming years, after raising $50m of new cash from its shareholders and acquiring a 51MW wind project from Spain’s Isolux Corsan. With 475W of mostly gas capacity, the operator of Argentina’s largest working wind farm – the 77MW Rawson – Genneia received approval last week from its sharehold

    Wind  rechargenews.com 05 Oct 14:49 GMT Alexandre Spatuzza in Sao Paulo

    Wind giants spur Q3 leap in renewables investments: BNEF

    A clutch of major third-quarter wind investments including 2GW of US onshore and Chinese offshore projects helped keep global renewables investment on track to match or beat 2016’s level, said analysts at Bloomberg New Energy Finance (BNEF). American Electric Power’s $4.5bn investment in the 2GW Wind Catcher project – currently under development by Invenergy in Oklahoma – was the “stand-out move”

    Wind  rechargenews.com 05 Oct 13:51 GMT Andrew Lee

    Utilities must embrace energy transition to survive: IEEFA

    The bleak future facing utilities that do not commit wholeheartedly to the energy transition has been laid bare in a new report by US energy policy think-tank the Institute for Energy Economics and Financial Analysis (IEEFA). “Electricity utilities that perform best going forward will likely be those that transition to renewable energy-based models in a way that avoids the financial damage typica

    Transition  rechargenews.com 05 Oct 12:19 GMT Leigh Collins

    Netherlands 'may add 1GW offshore wind annually' post-2023

    The Netherlands is likely to set in motion plans to install 1GW of offshore wind annually post-2023 once a new governing coalition is formed, according to the country’s wind association – which is still hoping for double that figure. Visibility on the extent of Dutch offshore wind ambitions after 2023 is eagerly awaited across Europe, as the current rolling programme of 700MW annual auctions has

    Wind  rechargenews.com 05 Oct 11:59 GMT Anamaria Deduleasa in Rotterdam

    First V164 converter modules roll out of new Danish factory

    First power converter modules (PCMs) for MHI Vestas’ supersize V164 offshore wind turbines have begun rolling off the assembly line at the OEM’s new manufacturing facility in the Danish port of Esbjerg. The PCMs, which can handle both 33kV and 66kV voltage, are the last step in the power chain of the world’s biggest turbine, which is built around 80-metre “structural shell” blades and a three-sta

    Wind  rechargenews.com 05 Oct 10:30 GMT Darius Snieckus in London

    Unknowns linger as South Africa hopes for renewables restart

    Last month, a small ray of hope appeared for the long-awaited restart of South Africa’s Renewable Energy Independent Power Producers Programme (REIPPPP). For more than two years, rounds 3.5 and 4 of the programme have been prevented from reaching financial close by state-owned utility provider Eskom’s refusal to sign power purchase agreements (PPAs). REIPPPP, which is based on competitive tender

    Transition  rechargenews.com 05 Oct 09:40 GMT Jo Reeves

    Indian wind drops again to $40/MWh after latest 1GW auction

    India saw another sharp drop in wind tariffs to 2.64 rupees/kWh ($0.04kWh) after its second 1GW national auction, the country’s government announced as it claimed it is on track to beat its ambitious 2022 renewable energy targets. The 2.64 rupees figure in this week’s auction marks a fall from the 3.46 rupees/kWh figure seen in India’s first central government-run tender held in February – which

    Wind  rechargenews.com 05 Oct 08:09 GMT Andrew Lee in London

    Investor Quercus plans 600MW Iran PV development

    Renewables investment group Quercus has reached an agreement with Iran’s Ministry of Energy for the phased development, construction and operation of a 600MW solar plant in Iran. The deal, worth more than €500m ($585m), is Quercus’ first investment outside Europe and represents the largest single investment in Iran’s renewables sector since the lifting of international sanctions. Trump tension

    Wind  rechargenews.com 04 Oct 16:06 GMT Christopher Hopson in London

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    'The ocean makes perfect sense as the world's largest battery'

    OPINION | Wind and solar have made huge progress, but only tapping the resources of the ocean will give the world the renewable energy it needs, writes John Liljelund

    Transition  rechargenews.com 04 Oct 13:35 GMT John Liljelund

    MPI in line for foundation installation at 860MW Triton Knoll

    UK-based MPI Offshore has been confirmed as preferred supplier for the transportation and installation of offshore wind turbine foundations and offshore substations at Statkraft and Innogy’s 860MW Triton Knoll offshore project in the UK. MPI says its jack-up vessel MPI Discovery is slated to lift, transport and install 92 monopile foundations and transition pieces, and two offshore substations, i

    Wind  rechargenews.com 04 Oct 13:05 GMT Bernd Radowitz in Berlin

    Blade materials market to pass $4.5bn by year-end: Navigant

    The global wind industry is expected to spend over $37bn through to 2026 on the fiber, resins, core materials, adhesives and coatings need to manufacturer its ever-long turbine blades, according to a new report from consultancy Navigant Research. The report found that the market for blade materials would reach $4.5 bn this year, driven by the fast-clip pace of research and development into blade

    Wind  rechargenews.com 04 Oct 12:35 GMT Darius Snieckus in London

    Saudi bidding hits $17.90/MWh as PV turns the price screw

    The PV sector closed in on a new power-price milestone as it emerged that bidding in Saudi Arabia’s solar auction dipped below a headline rate of $20/MWh. Abu Dhabi clean energy group Masdar and French energy giant EDF submitted a bid equivalent to $17.9/MWh during bidding for a 300MW PV plant to be built on behalf of the Saudi government, said reports from the Kingdom. If successful, the bid –

    Transition  rechargenews.com 04 Oct 11:37 GMT Andrew Lee

    Catapult and Hull University to open doors on UK O&M hub

    UK technology development body the Offshore Renewable Energy Catapult has partnered with the University of Hull to set up an offshore wind operations and maintenance (O&M) centre of excellence in the Humberside region, in northeast England. The five-year, £2m ($2.65m) collaboration will focus on a series of research and innovation projects targeting improvement to current offshore O&M practices,

    Wind  rechargenews.com 04 Oct 10:39 GMT Darius Snieckus in London

    Irish offshore boost as Belgium's Parkwind joins 330MW Oriel

    Belgian developer Parkwind has taken a stake in the 330MW Oriel project planned off Ireland, boosting the development’s ambitions to become the nation’s first commercial offshore wind project. With the help of Parkwind as a strategic partner, Oriel aims to begin operations in the Irish Sea 22km off Dundalk, County Louth, by the end of the decade, contributing to Ireland’s 2020 renewable energy ta

    Wind  rechargenews.com 04 Oct 10:12 GMT Andrew Lee in London

    Digitalisation set to supercharge solar profitability: SPE

    Digitalisation will increase the profitability of solar power across every part of the value chain – creating new business models, improving existing ones and bringing PV ever closer to retail and wholesale grid parity, according to a new report by SolarPower Europe (SPE). The use of big data, artificial intelligence, the Internet of Things (IoT), robotics and drones, blockchain, 5G connectivity,

    Transition  rechargenews.com 04 Oct 09:12 GMT Leigh Collins in London

    Norway’s Statoil takes first stake in utility-scale solar

    Norwegian energy giant Statoil has made its first foray into utility-scale PV with the acquisition of a 40% stake in the construction-ready 162MW Apodi project in Brazil from compatriot developer Scatec The $25m buy-in is part of a longer-term tie up with Scatec for future solar plants in a region where Statoil has existing offshore oil and gas assets, and includes a 50% share in the development’

    Transition  rechargenews.com 04 Oct 08:45 GMT Darius Snieckus in London

    Senvion lands its first wind turbine order in Argentina

    Germany-based turbine maker Senvion has landed its first order in the fast-growing Argentine wind market after signing a firm order to deliver 97MW for the Vientos Los Hércules wind farm. Senvion will deliver the 17 3.6M114 NES machines in the coming months, ahead of the project’s completion in December 2018. The company said that the turbines to be sent to Argentina were developed with the regi

    Wind  rechargenews.com 04 Oct 07:56 GMT Alexandre Spatuzza in Sao Paulo

    'Solar the star' as renewables add one terawatt by 2022: IEA

    Renewable energy accounted for two-thirds of all new generating capacity installed globally last year, and will grow at twice the rate of coal and gas combined over the next five years, thanks largely to the meteoric growth of solar, says the International Energy Agency (IEA). The world installed 165GW of renewables last year, dominated by solar PV and wind, and is on track to add another 920GW b

    Transition  rechargenews.com 04 Oct 06:58 GMT Karl-Erik Stromsta in New York

    Delaware governor appoints offshore wind development panel

    Delaware Governor John Carney has appointed 19 people to a panel that will chart a path for the US state to develop its offshore wind resource, with an initial meeting scheduled Friday in the capital Dover. Bruce Burcat, executive director of the Mid-Atlantic Energy Coalition, an advocacy group for renewable energy, will chair the Delaware Offshore Wind Working Group, as it is formally called. O

    Wind  rechargenews.com 03 Oct 23:22 GMT Richard A. Kessler in Fort Worth

    Energy groups want market-based solutions to bolser US grid

    US energy trade associations told Congress on Tuesday that they favor market-based solutions to better compensate generators for grid reliability and resiliency benefits, saying the Trump administration’s recent proposal to provide payments to baseload coal and nuclear resources based on arbitrary requirements is anti-competitive. Such a move threatens to undermine electricity markets that are bo

    Wind  rechargenews.com 03 Oct 20:32 GMT Richard A. Kessler in Fort Worth

    Buffett utility firm seeks bids for 1.27GW of wind power

    Billionaire Warren Buffett’s utility holding company PacifiCorp is seeking “cost-competitive” bids for up to 1.27GW of new wind power capacity or re-powering of existing facilities in its service territory comprising six US states. The request for proposals (RFP) is among the largest issued by a US utility for wind power in the last several years, and will help both PacifiCorp and the Rocky Mount

    Wind  rechargenews.com 03 Oct 17:47 GMT Richard A. Kessler in Fort Worth

    Argentina sets 35% renewable energy local-content by 2020

    Argentina's government has set progressive local content requirements that at least 35% of renewable energy equipment and some engineering services are sourced locally by 2020, reaching 50% by 2023. The targets – which also include a mid-term 45% minimum local content for 2021 – are a requirement for investors to tap fiscal and tax benefits set in the 2015 Renewable Energy Law that significantly

    Transition  rechargenews.com 03 Oct 15:35 GMT Alexandre Spatuzza in Sao Paulo

    Oklahoma sets cost recovery hearing for 2GW Wind Catcher

    Oklahoma electric utility regulators have set 8 January to begin consideration of a request by a subsidiary of American Electric Power (AEP) seeking pre-approval to recover its $1.3bn share of costs from customers for the $4.5bn Wind Catcher project. Public Service Co. of Oklahoma (PSO) says it needs a favorable decision by the commission before 31 March if it is to advance the project. Cost-rec

    Wind  rechargenews.com 03 Oct 15:30 GMT Richard A. Kessler in Fort Worth

    Brazil 'top of the list' as Goldwind mulls new production

    Turbine OEM Goldwind has put Brazil “top of the list” for a potential new manufacturing plant outside China as part of its international growth strategy, a senior executive of the Chinese company told Recharge. Goldwind’s 6GW of annual production capacity is currently focused around 12 factories in China, but South America general director Xuan Liang said that footprint will expand. “We know tha

    Wind  rechargenews.com 03 Oct 15:18 GMT Alexandre Spatuzza in Sao Paulo

    Dong and MHI Vestas CEOs bullish as US offshore wind flowers

    The US offshore wind market has just in the last year transformed from “wait and see” into a major global prospect thanks to supportive policies and easing of supply chain doubts, the CEOs of sector heavyweights Dong Energy and MHI Vestas told Recharge. The bosses of the world’s leading offshore wind developer and manufacturer of its most powerful turbine – the 9.5MW V164 – both said the tumbling

    Wind  rechargenews.com 03 Oct 14:44 GMT Andrew Lee in London

    Canadian wind looks in new directions as it navigates transition

    IN DEPTH | CanWEA president Robert Hornung talks Alberta's RFP, US exports and the outlook for offshore in Canada's chilly waters

    Wind  rechargenews.com 03 Oct 14:32 GMT Karl-Erik Stromsta in Montreal

    UK selects founders of battery storage research hub

    The UK government has named the founding universities that will form the Faraday Battery Institute, a new £65m ($86m) research body responsible for advancing the country’s status in battery research and technology. UK business and energy secretary Greg Clark announced the consortium of seven universities that will form the institute, alongside industry partners and other academic institutions. T

    Transition  rechargenews.com 03 Oct 12:44 GMT Christopher Hopson in London

    Nordex wins 101MW order from Argentine IPP Genneia

    Wind OEM Nordex has won an order to supply turbines to independent power producer Genneia’s 101MW Pomona wind farm in Argentina’s Rio Negro province. The German manufacturer will supply 26 of its N131/3900 turbines, each with a capacity of 3.9MW, for the project. Preparations for construction will start this year, with the turbines due to be installed at the start of 2019. Argentina is taking gi

    Wind  rechargenews.com 03 Oct 12:22 GMT Christopher Hopson in London

    K2 stays on to bring DeBu to first power

    Danish engineering consultancy K2 Management has enlarged its role on Northland Power’s €1.2bn ($1.4bn) Deutsche Bucht (DeBu) offshore wind farm in the German North Sea, moving from engineering services on the 252MW project into full scope management of its construction. The “lump sum” deal, the value of which was undisclosed, will see K2 shepherd the project from pre-construction through to comm

    Wind  rechargenews.com 03 Oct 11:39 GMT Darius Snieckus in London

    Shell group 'may sell 45%' in hunt for Borssele 3&4 investors

    The Shell-led consortium developing the Borssele 3&4 offshore wind farms in Dutch waters confirmed it is looking for new investors in the project, with one report claiming the existing partners are seeking to reduce their current holding by almost half. The oil group, Dutch partners Van Oord and Eneco, and Japanese industrial giant Mitsubishi, won the offshore zone in the Netherland’s December 20

    Wind  rechargenews.com 03 Oct 09:42 GMT Andrew Lee

    New York asks US to lease out 'at least' four more offshore zones

    New York has asked the federal US government to lease out at least another four offshore wind zones off its coast, each capable of holding 800MW or more, and it wants the process to move swiftly. The unprecedented request, publicly made to the Bureau of Ocean Energy Management (BOEM), reflects New York’s rapidly growing ambitions for offshore wind, and its recognition that being an early mover in

    Wind  rechargenews.com 02 Oct 20:26 GMT Karl-Erik Stromsta in New York

    Vestas powers on in Argentina with La Banderita deal

    Danish turbine maker Vestas said it has reached almost 700MW of orders in Argentina’s resurgent wind power market after announcing a firm deal for 40MW at the La Banderita wind farm. La Banderita is controlled by the local investment group Grupo Frali and was contracted at the RenovAr 1.5 tender last year, when 1.6GW of wind was awarded. Argentina has contracted a total of 2.4GW of wind that need

    Wind  rechargenews.com 02 Oct 15:37 GMT Alexandre Spatuzza in Sao Paulo

    Siemens in line to supply substations to 860MW Triton Knoll

    Germany’s Innogy and joint venture partner Statkraft have selected Siemens Transmission and Distribution as the preferred substation supplier for the 860MW Triton Knoll wind farm project off eastern England. The developer said, once finalised, the contract will require the construction of two offshore substation platforms and an onshore substation. Siemens will also design and deliver a 400kV el

    Wind  rechargenews.com 02 Oct 14:22 GMT Christopher Hopson in London

    Clarksons Platou mixes offshore wind and oil as markets integrate

    Clarksons Platou has combined its subsea and renewables desks in Oslo, while adding one new shipbroker. The move reflects the merging nature of two traditionally disparate sectors — as well as a start to recovery in the offshore sector, said Petter Dyring of the shipping services group. The company has subsea and ­renewables brokers spread across the world who co-operate with the eight-strong

    Transition  rechargenews.com 02 Oct 13:53 GMT Darrin Griggs

    Recharge Thought Leaders bring clarity to an era of change

    Tumbling offshore wind costs, the big-data revolution, innovation in wind and PV, the transformation of utilities, corporate PPAs, and the roles of batteries and hydrogen in the energy transition – these were just a few of the issues tackled at the 2017 Recharge Thought Leaders Summit. Held last Thursday amid the spectacular setting of the Holmenkollen Park Hotel high above Oslo, the annual invit

    Transition  rechargenews.com 02 Oct 11:57 GMT Andrew Lee

    Dong changes name to Ørsted to reflect 'black to green' journey

    Global offshore wind pacesetter Dong Energy will change its name to Ørsted after formally leaving the oil & gas sector, the Danish group announced. The new name – unveiled by CEO Henrik Poulsen this morning – comes as the company completes what it called its “profound strategic transformation from black to green energy”. The name was chosen to honour Hans Christian Ørsted, a Danish scientific pi

    Transition  rechargenews.com 02 Oct 07:31 GMT Andrew Lee

    White House pushes for 'cost recovery' for ailing baseload plants

    US Energy Secretary Rick Perry on Friday publicly called for an overhaul of competitive electricity markets so that baseload generators like coal and nuclear plants are “fully valued” for the “reliability and resiliency” they bring to the grid, a move sure to spark a furious debate within the American power sector. On the same day the US Energy Department announced another multi-billion-dollar lo

    Transition  rechargenews.com 29 Sep 18:02 GMT Karl-Erik Stromsta in New York

    Big utilities have key say in California's renewables future

    ANALYSIS | Lawmakers will need to address concerns of large investor-owned utilities if they want to advance bills targeting a CO2-free grid

    Wind  rechargenews.com 29 Sep 17:20 GMT Richard A. Kessler in Fort Worth

    Chile’s Colbún plans 607MW of wind after winning land tender

    Chilean power company Colbún won a 30-year land tenure concession from the national government to develop a 607MW wind power complex in the northern Chilean town of Taltal, in the Antofagasta region. The company was the winner of tender of 7,945 hectares of government land that has been set aside for the development of renewable energy projects, which was started last year. Since 2014, the govern

    Wind  rechargenews.com 29 Sep 15:00 GMT Alexandre Spatuzza in Sao Paulo