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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 47 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 5 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 14 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