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  • Put energy high on Brexit talks agenda, Eurelectric urges

    The EU and UK urgently need to strike a deal that avoids damaging their closely-entwined energy markets after Brexit, said European electricity association Eurelectric, which wants transitional arrangements on key issues. Eurelectric claimed the development of the EU’s internal energy market has brought “significant benefits” across the bloc, including the more efficient integration of renewable

    Transition  rechargenews.com 45 minutes old Andrew Lee in London

    Vestas launches three onshore wind turbines with 4.2MW rating

    Vestas has introduced three new onshore wind turbines with a rating of up to 4.2MW, a line-up the Danish manufacturer says includes a model with the industry’s highest yield for low winds. The new turbines – the V117-4.0/4.2 MW, V136-4.0/4.2 MW, and V150-4.0/4.2 MW – will be offered with rotor diameters ranging from 117 to 150-metres, the largest rotor in its class, according to the OEM. First d

    Wind  rechargenews.com 2 hours old Bernd Radowitz in Copenhagen

    US wind and solar tax credits 'look secure' under Trump: ACORE

    Key tax credits set to fuel dozens of gigawatts of new US wind and solar capacity over the next few years “look secure”, with Republicans unlikely to go after incentives already programmed to expire, says Greg Wetstone, chief executive of the American Council on Renewable Energy (ACORE) industry group. The fate of the wind production tax credit (PTC) and solar investment tax credit (ITC) were per

    Wind  rechargenews.com 15 hours old Karl-Erik Stromsta in New York

    Researchers slam influential plan for 100% renewables US grid

    A group of 21 leading researchers has strongly rebuked an influential paper arguing that wind, solar and hydro could provide 100% of US grid power reliably and at low cost by 2055, claiming such an analysis involves modelling errors, inappropriate methods and implausible assumptions. “A policy prescription that over-promises on the benefits of relying on a narrower portfolio of technologies optio

    Wind  rechargenews.com 17 hours old Richard A. Kessler in Fort Worth

    ORE Catapult builds brainpower on bigger wind blades

    UK technology development body the Offshore Renewable Energy (ORE) Catapult has formed a £2.3m ($2.9m) research tie-up with the University of Bristol to fashion blade designs for the next generation of ultra-large-scale offshore wind turbines. Phase one of the Wind Blade Research Hub (WBRH), set up as a five-year partnership, will focus on improvement to materials and manufacturing technology, bl

    Wind  rechargenews.com 21 hours old Darius Snieckus in London

    'Seismic shift' as European utility sector vows to lead energy transition

    Utilities embrace the opportunities from decarbonisation, digitalisation and decentralisation — whatever they might be, writes Leigh Collins

    Transition  rechargenews.com 21 hours old Leigh Collins in Estoril

    Vestas in line for 1GW Russia wind pipeline with Fortum-Rusnano

    Vestas is in line for up to 1GW of turbine supply deals in Russia after being selected by the Finnish-Russian consortium that was the big winner in the country’s recent wind auction. The Danish OEM was named as supplier to the 50/50 investment fund partnership between Finnish utility Fortum and Rusnano, a Russian state-owned development company, which took the biggest share of the 1.65GW awarded

    Wind  rechargenews.com 22 hours old Andrew Lee in London

    South Africa PPA limbo 'could drag into 2018' warns industry body

    As a stand-off that has halted the signing of renewable power deals in South Africa threatens to drag into 2018, a developer with projects delayed by the impasse told Recharge the situation is harming the country’s profile as an investment destination. The South African Renewable Energy Council (SAREC) said it was “deeply disturbed” after an inter-governmental taskforce this week failed to signal

    Wind  rechargenews.com 23 hours old Andrew Lee in London

    'Serious action needed to end Poland's onshore wind malaise'

    OPINION | Faced with dismal renewables growth, Polish officials are looking at changes to the rules that have stymied development, explains Hubert Wysoczański

    Wind  rechargenews.com 24 hours old Hubert Wysoczański

    Marram succeeds Herold as CEO of Senvion North America

    Lance Marram has taken over the role of chief executive and managing director of Senvion North America, replacing Helmut Herold who is leaving the Germany-based turbine manufacturer. Marram comes to Senvion with over two decades of experience in wind energy and finance, and an exceptional background in sales, manufacturing and investments in renewables, the OEM says. Marram since 2012 work

    Wind  rechargenews.com 21 Jun 10:21 GMT Bernd Radowitz in Berlin

    Mating of Hywind floaters gathers pace off Norway

    Two of five spar-buoy floating wind turbines for Statoil's landmark 30MW Buchan Deep array off Scotland are now afloat quayside at Bassoe's operations base at Stord, on the west coast of Norway. Italian offshore contractor Saipem’s S7000 heavylift vessel completed mating of the first Siemens SWT-6.0-154 turbine-topped tower with its cylindrical steel spar substructure, delivered earlier from Nava

    Wind  rechargenews.com 21 Jun 09:21 GMT Darius Snieckus in London

    BNDES approves $320m finance for 311MW of Brazil wind

    Brazil’s National Development Bank (BNDES) has approved R$1bn ($320m) in financing for the construction of three wind power complexes in the country’s Northeastern region, totalling 311MW. The biggest was a R$486.4m loan to France’s EDF EN do Brasil, the local unit of EDF Energies Nouvelles, to build the Ventos da Bahia 1, 2, 9 and 18 projects located in the state of Bahia. The combined capacity

    Wind  rechargenews.com 21 Jun 08:30 GMT Alexandre Spatuzza in Sao Paulo

    Four oil giants and GM in group backing US federal carbon tax

    Global oil giants ExxonMobil, Royal Dutch Shell, BP and Total, and seven other large companies including General Motors threw their support behind a proposed US federal tax on carbon to help slow global warming. The move comes 20 days after President Donald Trump announced he is pulling the US out of the landmark 195-nation Paris agreement to combat climate change. Analysis: Paris decision puts

    Transition  rechargenews.com 20 Jun 23:45 GMT Richard A. Kessler in Fort Worth

    Nevada governor vetoes 40% renewables mandate legislation

    Governor Brian Sandoval has vetoed legislation that would have increased Nevada’s renewable portfolio standard to 40% by 2030 from the present mandate of 25% by 2025, saying approval is premature given uncertainty in the state energy market. “I am fully aware that increasing the RPS as proposed in this bill is very popular, and under different circumstances I would support this bill,” he writes i

    Wind  rechargenews.com 20 Jun 19:51 GMT Richard A. Kessler in Fort Worth

    Vattenfall names first projects at EOWDC research programme

    Vattenfall has named a clutch of scientific projects that will share a €3m ($3.3m) research fund at the developer’s European Offshore Wind Deployment Centre (EOWDC) off northeast Scotland. The projects will help put the region at the leading edge of offshore wind research globally, said Scottish officials, who backed the development of the 11-turbine EOWDC in the face of determined opposition fro

    Wind  rechargenews.com 20 Jun 15:23 GMT Andrew Lee in London

    Denmark's COP to lead development of Newfoundland array

    Copenhagen Offshore Partners (COP) says it has won a contract to lead both early and late-stage development for what could become Canada’s first offshore wind project – a 180MW array in St. Georges Bay west of Newfoundland. COP did not release terms of the deal awarded by Danish fund manager Copenhagen Investment Partners (CIP), which last September announced it would invest all capital required

    Wind  rechargenews.com 20 Jun 15:21 GMT Richard A. Kessler in Fort Worth

    Siemens Gamesa to keep 'deep roots' in Spain: CEO Tacke

    Siemens Gamesa Renewable Energy will retain a significant supply chain in Spain for the long-term and remain loyal to its “deep roots” in the country, said chief executive Markus Tacke. In his first major corporate event since taking the reins at the newly-created wind OEM in May, Tacke told the Siemens Gamesa annual general meeting that the multinational nature of the company would not dent its

    Wind  rechargenews.com 20 Jun 14:27 GMT Andrew Lee in London

    New report repudiates key assumptions of Perry’s US grid study

    Two key suggestions embedded in US Energy Secretary Rick Perry’s controversial grid-study order – that renewables are killing off baseload generation, and that the shifting US power mix is undermining grid reliability – do not hold up to scrutiny, according to a detailed new report from the Analysis Group. To the chagrin of the US renewables industry, Perry in April called for a 60-day study into

    Transition  rechargenews.com 20 Jun 09:34 GMT Karl-Erik Stromsta in New York

    Joined-up thinking as cable giant Prysmian eyes offshore growth

    IN DEPTH | Market leader Prysmian expects the shift towards 66kV cabling technology will result in offshore transmission savings of 15% — and help it to a larger slice of the interarray and export-line market, writes Darius Snieckus

    Wind  rechargenews.com 20 Jun 08:14 GMT Darius Snieckus in London

    'Our ambition is based on a real belief in floating wind'

    5 MINUTES | Siem Offshore Contractors managing director Regis Rougier tells Darius Snieckus about the group's ambitions in the floating wind sector

    Wind  rechargenews.com 19 Jun 15:44 GMT Darius Snieckus in London

    Enel's Starace takes over as Eurelectric president

    European electricity industry body Eurelectric has elected Francesco Starace, chief executive of Italy’s Enel and a strong advocate of renewables, as the new president of the association for the next two years. “The energy sector is going through a radical transformation driven by disruptive technological innovations and the fight against climate change,” said Starace, who replaces EDP’s chief ex

    Transition  rechargenews.com 19 Jun 14:48 GMT Christopher Hopson in London

    Middle East and Africa to add 40GW of wind by 2026: MAKE

    Wind will add almost 40GW in the Middle East and Africa (MEA) region between this year and 2026, fuelled by “tremendous resources”, growing power demand, falling costs and “an increase in experience and best practices across the value chain”, according to consultancy MAKE. The capacity additions – up from a cumulative 4.2GW in place at the end of 2016 and representing a compound annual growth rat

    Wind  rechargenews.com 19 Jun 14:26 GMT Andrew Lee in London

    Canadian pension fund PSP to buy largest stake in Pattern Energy

    Canada’s Public Sector Pension Investment Board will acquire nearly 10% of the shares of Pattern Energy, becoming the wind-focused US yieldco’s largest shareholder, in a deal Pattern says underscores growing investor confidence in the renewables sector. PSP Investments, among Canada’s largest pension investment managers, will acquire 8.7 million shares of Pattern Energy from its privately held sp

    Wind  rechargenews.com 19 Jun 14:02 GMT Karl-Erik Stromsta in New York

    South Korea speeds shift to renewables with nuclear phase-out

    South Korea’s president Moon Jae-in has signalled an end to decades of reliance on nuclear power with a major shift in energy policy towards the increased use of renewables and gas. In a major overhaul of energy policy the South Korean government plans to increase the share of renewable sources from around 6.6% today to around 20% by 2030. The South Korean leader pledged to move towards “a nucle

    Transition  rechargenews.com 19 Jun 13:10 GMT Christopher Hopson in London

    Innogy opens 90MW Zuidwester with Enercon 7.5MWs

    German utility Innogy today officially opened its 90MW Zuidwester wind farm adjacent to the coast of the Dutch Ijsselmeer lake featuring 12 of the world’s largest onshore wind turbines, Enercon’s 7.5MW model. The twelve state-of-the-art turbines at the Zuidwester wind farm replace 50 dating from the 1980s and 1990s. Statistically, one of the new turbines on its own can generate as much electricit

    Wind  rechargenews.com 19 Jun 12:15 GMT Bernd Radowitz in Berlin

    Dutch OEM Lagerwey signs licensing deal with Russia’s Rosatom

    Dutch wind OEM Lagerwey has signed an agreement for the licensing of its wind turbine technology to OTEK, a unit of Russian nuclear energy giant Rosatom, that it says forms the basis for creating a professional wind industry in the world’s largest country. “We are proud that we as a Dutch wind turbine supplier are instrumental creating a Russian wind industry,” Lagerwey chief executive Huib Morel

    Wind  rechargenews.com 19 Jun 10:10 GMT Bernd Radowitz in Berlin

    PWEA: Polish onshore wind additions close to zero on distance rule

    New onshore wind installations have almost stopped in Poland as a result of a law passed in 2016 that demands a minimum distance of ten times the turbine height between new onshore wind parks and settlements, Wojciech Cetnarski, the head of the Polish Wind Energy Association (PWEA), told Recharge. “The development of new wind farms has completely stopped,” Cetnarski said. “There are some developm

    Wind  rechargenews.com 19 Jun 09:23 GMT Bernd Radowitz in Berlin

    Phase one complete as Ireland's largest wind farm rises in Galway

    Ireland’s wind sector took another step forward as SSE finished the first phase of the 169MW Galway Wind Park, which will be the nation’s largest when fully completed. The UK-based utility built the 66MW first stage of the project using 22 3MW Siemens turbines after a construction period lasting two and a half years. SSE has linked with Irish forestry group Coillte for the second phase of the w

    Wind  rechargenews.com 19 Jun 07:15 GMT Andrew Lee

    Time is right for Australian offshore wind, says developer

    IN DEPTH | After years of under-the-radar planning, a Victoria developer claims market conditions are right to advance Australia's first offshore wind farm, writes Andrew Lee

    Wind  rechargenews.com 19 Jun 05:32 GMT Andrew Lee in London

    São Paulo looks to small wind-solar-hydro hybrids

    With relatively small wind potential and expensive real estate, Brazil’s most industrialised state of São Paulo wants to catch a ride on the growing wind industry by reviving the small turbine industry for wind-solar-hydro hybrid set ups. “This is the way forward, because we have to think about smart grids and small- and micro-generation in the state,” the state’s renewable energy secretary Anton

    Wind  rechargenews.com 16 Jun 16:05 GMT Alexandre Spatuzza in Sao Paulo

    Wind distance rule looms in Germany’s most populous state

    After a sweeping victory in elections last month, a new coalition between German Chancellor Angela Merkel’s Christian Democrats (CDU) and the liberal Free Democrats (FDP) in North-Rhine Westphalia state plans to impose a distance rule for wind power that could kill off most new projects. “We assume that it is legally safe to implement a distance rule of 1,500 metres to pure and general residentia

    Wind  rechargenews.com 16 Jun 14:57 GMT Bernd Radowitz in Berlin

    Boralex inaugurates Enercon-supplied Niagara project

    Canadian renewables operator Boralex formally inaugurated its 230MW Niagara Region wind farm, which represented the largest deal in the company’s history when it bought the Ontario project late last year from German wind group Enercon. The Niagara Region wind farm uses 77 Enercon E-101 turbines rated at 3MW each, spreading from the Lake Erie coast up through the central part of Niagara peninsula.

    Wind  rechargenews.com 16 Jun 14:56 GMT Karl-Erik Stromsta in New York

    Siemens Gamesa to supply Enel’s new Russian wind pipeline

    Siemens Gamesa Renewable Energy will supply turbines for the 291MW of onshore wind power capacity Italian utility Enel won this week in a renewables tender in Russia. Russian news website Russian Construction picked up statements released by Enel Russia General Director Carlo Palasciano during the company’s General Shareholders Meeting, in which he also mentioned the possibility of a new producti

    Wind  rechargenews.com 16 Jun 13:53 GMT Bernd Radowitz in Berlin

    Alliant buys 50% stake in EDF's 225MW Great Western wind farm

    EDF Renewable Energy has sold a half-stake in its recently completed 225MW Great Western wind farm in Oklahoma to a unit of Alliant Energy, with the power contracted under a long-term deal with Google. Alliant, the Madison, Wisconsin-based investor-owned utility holding company, will buy the 50% stake in Great Western through its unregulated Alliant Energy Finance unit, with EDF holding the remai

    Wind  rechargenews.com 16 Jun 13:37 GMT Karl-Erik Stromsta in New York

    Battle for US offshore wind jobs hots up

    IN DEPTH | Massachusetts is staking its claim as the new hub for the burgeoning US offshore wind sector, but neighbouring states are jockeying for a slice of the coming economic bonanza, writes Karl-Erik Stromsta in New York

    Wind  rechargenews.com 16 Jun 12:58 GMT Karl-Erik Stromsta in New York

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    Al Gore: 'Trump has made Paris Agreement stronger'

    Former US vice-president says the climate movement will inevitably prevail because 'no lie can last forever'

    Transition  rechargenews.com 16 Jun 10:13 GMT Al Gore

    Senvion names ex-National Grid CEO Holliday as chairman

    The supervisory board of Germany-based wind OEM Senvion has approved Steven Holliday as its new chairman, succeeding Stefan Kowski, who had served in the post since the company's acquisition by US investment fund Centerbridge Partners in April 2015 “Management and the supervisory board are very pleased to welcome Steven Holliday as chairman. The company continues to execute its growth strategy

    Wind  rechargenews.com 16 Jun 09:38 GMT Bernd Radowitz in Berlin

    Iberdrola-led ROMEO project to cut offshore wind O&M costs

    Twelve European offshore wind players led by Iberdrola Renewables, together with the UK’s Cranfield University, have launched a project to cut operations and maintenance costs for wind at sea through the development of advanced monitoring systems and strategies. The project dubbed ROMEO (Reliable O&M decision tools and strategies for high LCOE reduction on offshore wind) is aiming to move from c

    Wind  rechargenews.com 16 Jun 09:20 GMT Bernd Radowitz in Berlin

    CL Grupo Industrial finalises GES takeover

    Spain's CL Grupo Industrial has set the seal on the takeover of compatriot renewables contractor Global Energy Services (GES), via the buy-up of shares in subsidiary GES Siemsa SA. The acquisition of GES, which offers services in areas ranging across engineering, construction, operation and maintenance for both wind and solar plants, adds 1,000 international personnel to CL Grupo Industrial's r

    Wind  rechargenews.com 16 Jun 08:50 GMT Darius Snieckus in London

    Wind OEM Lagerwey commissions 4.5MW prototype

    Dutch wind OEM Lagerwey has commissioned a first prototype of its L136-4.5MW onshore turbine with a 136-metre rotor at the port of Eemshaven in the Netherlands. The manufacturer after the summer will start the construction of a second identical turbine in the vicinity, using what Lagerwey says is the world’s first climbing crane that it unveiled last year. Dutch wind specialist claims world-fi

    Wind  rechargenews.com 16 Jun 07:21 GMT Bernd Radowitz in Berlin

    Suniva trade case would lead to 88,000 US solar job losses: SEIA

    The protections against solar imports requested by bankrupt US manufacturer Suniva would devastate the booming American solar industry, leading to an estimated 88,000 job losses next year, according to the Solar Energy Industries Association (SEIA). SEIA’s grim job-losses estimate is equivalent to roughly one-third of the existing US solar workforce, among the country’s fastest growing area of em

    Transition  rechargenews.com 15 Jun 21:14 GMT Karl-Erik Stromsta in New York

    NextEra buys second Texas wind project from Tri Global Energy

    Dallas-based Tri Global Energy has closed on the sale of its 78.2MW Fiber Winds facility in the South Plains region in Texas to a wholly-owned subsidiary of NextEra Energy Resources, the latest deal between the two developers. Terms of the transaction were not made public. NextEra will use Fiber Winds’ nameplate generation capacity to help fulfill a 230MW long-term power supply agreement with So

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

    Wind and PV 'dominate future of power' as costs plunge: BNEF

    Ever steeper wind and solar cost declines will see the two renewable sources “dominate the future of electricity” and attract more than $6 trillion of investments by 2040, says latest research from analysts at Bloomberg New Energy Finance (BNEF). The latest BNEF New Energy Outlook 2017 sees onshore wind’s levelised cost-of-energy (LCOE) plunging by 47% by 2040, adding to a 30% fall over the last

    Transition  rechargenews.com 15 Jun 13:01 GMT Andrew Lee in London

    The missing links in US offshore wind

    IN DEPTH | How will the US build its gigawatts of planned offshore wind projects with no local supply chain, and what role can the offshore oil industry play, ask Rick von Flatern in Houston and Darius Snieckus in London

    Wind  rechargenews.com 15 Jun 12:04 GMT Rick von Flatern and Darius Snieckus