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

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

    Transition  rechargenews.com 10 hours old Global Mediator

    Germany plans joint wind-solar tenders from 2018

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

    Wind  rechargenews.com 11 hours old Global Mediator

    GE under EU scrutiny over LM Wind Power submissions

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

    Wind  rechargenews.com 13 hours old Global Mediator

    Brazilian energy minister stays put amid growing upheaval

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

    Wind  rechargenews.com 13 hours old Global Mediator

    Wind specialist MAKE joinsWood Mackenzie after Verisk deal

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

    Wind  rechargenews.com 16 hours old Andrew Lee

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

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

    Wind  rechargenews.com 16 hours old Global Mediator

    Vattenfall links battery with wind at 228MW Pen y Cymoedd

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

    Transition  rechargenews.com 18 hours old Andrew Lee

    Tunisia launches first wind and solar tender

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

    Wind  rechargenews.com 19 hours old Global Mediator

    Northland-Yushan JV eyes 1.2GW of Taiwan offshore wind

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

    Wind  rechargenews.com 20 hours old Global Mediator

    Study flags Guernsey offshore wind potential

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

    Wind  rechargenews.com 22 hours old Global Mediator

    Canada's renewable powerhouses are on the march

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

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

    Suzlon turnaround sticks with second profitable year

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

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

    Germany hails competition after 807MW onshore tender

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

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

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

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

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

    UK renewables up for the challenge as Tories focus on costs

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

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

    Dong hires Lloyd’s Register for US offshore wind surveys

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

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

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

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

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

    Hedge fund Quinbrook acquires 1.6GW US wind pipeline

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

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

    Maiden voyage for giant X power kite

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

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

    Dong’s 537MW Race Bank starts delivering energy

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

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

    France gets new renewables-enthusiast energy minister

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

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

    Enel buys 25MW battery storage facility in northeast England

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

    Vestas plans new wind power R&D hub in Portugal

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

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

    Russia now to tender for 1.9GW of wind

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

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

    Pattern 'not interested' in offshore wind in current market

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

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

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

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

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

    Finland'sWärtsilä acquires US storage firm Greensmith

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

    Statoil raises sails for US offshore wind

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

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

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

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

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

    DNV GL starts JIP for better offshore wind site data

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

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

    LM Wind Power to open new China factory as growth continues

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

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

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

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

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

    Playing catch-up in American wind power

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

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

    Enel begins construction of 298MW project in Oklahoma

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

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

    Scottish court victory clears path for 2.3GW of offshore wind

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

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

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

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

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

    A renewable Mexico would be its best riposte to Trump

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

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

    Atkins hails floating wind potential in Europe and beyond

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

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

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

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

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