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  • Pacific Hydro starts building first wind project in Chile

    Australian power company Pacific Hydro started the construction of the 82MW Punta Sierra wind farm – its first in Chile – targeting the start of commercial operations in 2018. The company, which is controlled by China’s State Power Investment Corporation (SPIC), announced the start of construction works in the presence of energy minister Andrés Rebolledo. Total investment in the project is estim

    Wind  rechargenews.com 1 hours old Global Mediator

    European Investment Bank to back Mexico renewables push

    The European Investment Bank (EIB) and one of Mexico’s state-controlled development banks, Nacional Financiera (Nafin), signed a memorandum of understanding (MOU) to bolster technical co-operation and discuss financing lines for renewables and other programmes in the country’s climate change goals. “EIB and NAFIN are co-operating to potentially set up a credit line aimed at supporting projects co

    Wind  rechargenews.com 2 hours old Global Mediator

    North Sea Wind Power Hub nears sign-off

    Dutch, Danish and German transmission system operators (TSOs) will today ink a deal to build a giant converter station on an artificial island that would channel some 30GW of generation from arrays of offshore wind plants into countries bordering the North Sea. The formal signing of the agreement by the TSOs to develop the North Sea Wind Power Hub (NSWPH), taking place at the North Seas Energy Fo

    Wind  rechargenews.com 19 hours old Global Mediator

    France's 500MW Oléron offshore wind round set to advance

    France will next month start a “competitive dialogue” over its Oléron offshore wind zone, energy minister Ségolène Royal said. The announcement confirms the next stage in French government plans to expand its burgeoning offshore wind tendering programme. The dialogue phase sees developers express their interest and the government run the rule over their capabilities. Oléron is expected to offer

    Wind  rechargenews.com 19 hours old Andrew Lee

    Two-bladed offshore turbines could cut cost of energy by 50%

    OPINION | A 10MW machine would provide an LCOE of less than $30/MWh, including the cost of grid connection, writes Martin Jakubowski

    Wind  rechargenews.com 21 hours old Global Mediator

    Multiple turbine-makers may equip 1.5GW US mega-project

    EXCLUSIVE | Multiple turbine vendors may come away with supply orders this year for the 1.5GW first phase of the landmark Chokecherry and Sierra Madre (CCSM) wind project, Recharge has learned, underscoring the supply chain pressures within the booming US wind market. Billionaire Philip Anschutz’s Power Company of Wyoming, which has been developing the 3GW CCSM project for nearly a decade in sout

    Wind  rechargenews.com 22 hours old Global Mediator

    Germany and China back Energy Transition Coalition plan

    Nations including renewables pacesetters Germany, Denmark and China plan to form an Energy Transition Coalition to speed up the global shift to a sustainable energy future. Indonesia, Mexico, Morocco and the United Arab Emirates are also among the first "high ambition" countries planning to form the pact, which emerged from ministerial-level meetings held at this week’s Berlin Energy Transition D

    Transition  rechargenews.com 24 hours old Global Mediator

    EU Foresea ocean energy demo scheme shortlists 15

    Europe’s €11m ($12.2m) Foresea — Funding Ocean Renewable Energy through Strategic European Action — scheme has shortlisted 15 technologies for finance under the programme, which aims to move advanced-stage ocean energy concepts into commercialisation. The technologies anointed by Foresea, which is funded under the Interreg North-West Europe economic development initiative, will get demonstration

    Wind  rechargenews.com 22 Mar 08:34 GMT Global Mediator

    Xcel adds another 1.2GW to its US wind expansion plans

    Xcel Energy, the multi-state US utility based in Minnesota, on Tuesday unveiled a proposal to add 1,230MW of new wind to its system in New Mexico and Texas, building on the 1,550MW wind expansion plan it laid out only last week for the Upper Midwest. Coming on top of the 600MW Rush Creek project Xcel is about to begin building in Colorado, the investor-owned utility’s wind programme now include

    Wind  rechargenews.com 21 Mar 20:59 GMT Global Mediator

    'Firmed 24-hour wind and solar is now a realistic option'

    OPINION | Chile’s recent tenders prove that the last obstacles to large-scale ‘intermittent’ renewables can be removed, writes Eddie O’Connor

    Wind  rechargenews.com 21 Mar 15:55 GMT Global Mediator

    BNDES picks Brazilian firm Vinci to manage $162m green bond fund

    Brazil’s National Development Bank (BNDES) has picked local asset management fund Vinci Partners to manage its R$500m ($162m) local-currency sustainable energy fund, which aims to kick-start a local green bond market. With some R$20bn in managed assets, experience in monitoring infrastructure projects and a portfolio of around 60 institutional investors, Vinci Partners was one of several “high te

    Wind  rechargenews.com 21 Mar 15:21 GMT Global Mediator

    Deepwater Wind – leaving rivals in its wake in US offshore

    IN DEPTH | Developer's first-mover advantage is set to reap dividends as the sector progresses, writes Karl-Erik Stromsta

    Wind  rechargenews.com 21 Mar 13:59 GMT Global Mediator

    Brazil plans for long-term wind growth and exports amid hiatus

    IN DEPTH | An update of a landmark study of Brazil's wind supply chain will find much has changed, but will still think big for the future, writes Alexandre Spatuzza

    Wind  rechargenews.com 21 Mar 13:20 GMT Global Mediator

    German wind industry an 'indispensable' job creator, figures show

    With 142,900 direct and indirect jobs, the wind power industry in 2015 continued to be an “indispensable” employer across Germany, fresh figures compiled for German wind groups show – providing valuable facts to counter threats by populist politicians trying to derail the energy transition. Jobs in onshore wind fell slightly in 2015 to 122,400 from 130,500 a year earlier, while those in offshore

    Wind  rechargenews.com 21 Mar 12:48 GMT Global Mediator

    MRP wins challenge to Neart na Gaoithe CfD cancellation

    Developer Mainstream Renewable Power (MRP) has won its appeal against termination of the contract-for-difference (CfD) offered to its 448MW Neart na Gaoithe offshore wind project in Scotland. NNG was awarded a CfD in the February 2015 support allocation round under the UK’s renewables support mechanism, but saw that offer pulled in May last year, apparently because of failure to reach milestones

    Wind  rechargenews.com 21 Mar 11:40 GMT Global Mediator

    UK's Good Energy taps offshore wind at Westermost Rough

    UK renewable power supplier Good Energy completed its first offshore wind procurement after signing a deal for output from Dong Energy’s Westermost Rough project. Good Energy – one of the UK’s pioneering group of clean-energy suppliers – will take 12% of Westermost Rough’s power under an initial one-year deal that is likely to be extended both in time and volume, said a statement. UK climate act

    Wind  rechargenews.com 21 Mar 10:53 GMT Andrew Lee

    Utilities will lead energy transition, says new Eurelectric boss

    IN DEPTH | Innovation and investment in renewables and associated technologies will be driven by major European energy companies, argues Kristian Ruby

    Transition  rechargenews.com 21 Mar 08:30 GMT Global Mediator

    GE gets EU green light for $1.65bn LM Wind Power takeover

    GE has got the green light from EU competition authorities for its $1.65bn takeover of turbine blade specialist LM Wind Power. The European Commission waved the deal through unconditionally, saying that the “merged entity would continue to face effective competition in Europe”. The planned acquisition – announced in October 2016 – prompted questions over the long-term status of LM as a supplier

    Wind  rechargenews.com 20 Mar 16:16 GMT Global Mediator

    China’s HZ Windpower in frame for Dounreay Trì floater turbines

    Floating wind power pioneer Hexicon's innovative twin-headed Dounreay Trì demonstration unit, on track for installation next year off Scotland, will be built with 5MW turbines from HZ Windpower, marking the maiden outing of a Chinese turbine in European waters, Recharge has learned. Two of the OEM’s HZ-127-5.0s, a geared design launched at the Rudong test site off China in 2012, will be mated t

    Wind  rechargenews.com 20 Mar 14:53 GMT Global Mediator

    Development JV eyes 900MW of wind in northern Norway

    A joint venture consortium of developers plans to build 900MW of wind capacity in northern Norway in what it claims could be the first subsidy-free development of its type in the country. The JV – called Grenselandet and formed by Finland-based St1 Norge, and local players Vindkraft Nord and Ny Energi – will start early development work on the 700MW Davvi and 200MW Borealis wind farms, to be site

    Wind  rechargenews.com 20 Mar 14:31 GMT Global Mediator

    Turkey awards 1GW of solar to Hanwha JV as ambitions advance

    Turkey awarded a 1GW solar deal to a joint venture including Korea’s Hanwha Q CELLS, which bid $0.0699/kWh ($69.9/MWh) in an auction that is due to be followed by a similar-scale process for wind power later this year.The tender – the largest renewables auction in Turkey’s history – will see the Korean PV OEM link with local partner Kalyon Enerji to deliver the $1.3bn project within three years, a

    Transition  rechargenews.com 20 Mar 12:41 GMT Andrew Lee

    Politics overshadow green shoots in Brazilian renewables

    DISPATCHES | Power demand is up and officials are keen to restart tenders, but political chaos currently overshadows everything in Brazil, writes Alexandre Spatuzza

    Wind  rechargenews.com 20 Mar 10:47 GMT Global Mediator

    Back renewables to hit climate goals with GDP growth: Study

    The world’s energy sector could slash carbon emissions by 70% by 2050 and eliminate them altogether a decade later – while simultaneously boosting the global economy, according to a new study from the International Renewable Energy Agency (IRENA) and the International Energy Agency (IEA). The organisations said wider deployment of renewables and energy efficiency measures – allied with large-scal

    Transition  rechargenews.com 20 Mar 09:22 GMT Global Mediator

    Energy transition needs more than wind and solar, says IEA

    EXCLUSIVE | Up-and-coming technologies will be vital if we are to meet our climate change goals, IEA renewables head Paolo Frankl tells Leigh Collins

    Transition  rechargenews.com 20 Mar 07:47 GMT Global Mediator

    Blanco is new Nordex boss as Bondo Krogsgaard quits

    Lars Bondo Krogsgaard has quit as chief executive of German wind OEM Nordex over the company’s recent sales forecasts that sent its share price plunging and been replaced by his deputy, former Acciona Windpower boss José Luis Blanco. Bondo Krogsgaard, CEO since mid-2015, said he was leaving after the 2017/18 update that put Nordex’s shares into a tailspin, despite the company’s strong 2016 sales

    Wind  rechargenews.com 17 Mar 16:36 GMT Global Mediator

    GES completes 200MW wind project in Mexico for EDPR

    Spanish engineering company Global Energy Services (GES) has completed the construction of the 200MW Coahuila wind farm in Mexico for Portuguese power company EDPR. GES said it has built 1GW of wind projects during in its 10-year presence in the country. The Coahuila contract scope covered balance of plant, including civil works, medium-voltage grid and other electrical infrastructure. The new

    Wind  rechargenews.com 17 Mar 15:54 GMT Global Mediator

    Rhode Island aids US offshore momentum, developers say

    EXCLUSIVE | Nine hundred megawatts may not sound like much in the sweep of the 82GW US wind fleet, but offshore wind developers say a new renewables target established by the state of Rhode Island offers another important near-term pathway to growth as the offshore market scales up in the northeastern US. Two weeks ago Rhode Island Governor Gina Raimondo announced a statewide “strategic” clean-en

    Wind  rechargenews.com 17 Mar 15:37 GMT Global Mediator

    PTC glide-path 'not a done deal' warns congressman

    Congressman Tom Reed, a rare Republican member of the US House of Representatives who openly advocates for taking steps to mitigate climate change, has warned the renewables industry that the preservation of the phase-out of their key tax credits is “not a done deal” as Congress tackles tax reform. The US renewables sector breathed a tremendous sigh of relief in January when, during his confirmat

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

    E.ON bolsters finances with €1.35bn capital raising

    Wind  rechargenews.com 17 Mar 14:07 GMT Anamaria Deduleasa

    Enel profits boost helps fuel growth ambitions

    Wind  rechargenews.com 17 Mar 12:54 GMT Anamaria Deduleasa

    French wind lobbying for 2GW floating tender ‘early next year’

    France’s wind power association, FEE, is lobbying its country’s government to hold a 2GW tender targeting commercial-scale floating projects early next year as a launch-pad to switching on as much as 6GW by 2030, its chief executive tells Recharge. Pauline Le Bertre, speaking on the sidelines at the Floating Offshore Wind Turbine conference, said “strong political support [was now] imperative” if

    Wind  rechargenews.com 17 Mar 12:21 GMT Global Mediator

    Should the political risk in Turkey deter renewables investors?

    With a 1GW solar project in the early stages of procurement, and a further 1GW wind project recently announced, Turkey is taking a step-change towards achieving its upcoming renewable energy targets. For international and local renewables players alike, these new projects offer an opportunity and challenge on a scale never previously seen in this important emerging market. Turkey has long been a

    Wind  rechargenews.com 17 Mar 11:35 GMT Global Mediator

    Scotland in new floating wind OK with 10MW Dounreay Trì

    Scotland’s profile as a floating offshore wind hotspot was boosted again today with planning consent for the 10MW Dounreay Trì demonstrator project. Dounreay Trì will see Swedish developer Hexicon aims site two turbines 6km offshore from the Dounreay nuclear power station in Caithness, in water depths of 60-110 metres. Saint-Nazaire anoints the next floating wind crusader The project was approv

    Wind  rechargenews.com 17 Mar 10:37 GMT Andrew Lee

    Worker dies at ScottishPower’s Kilgallioch wind farm

    Wind  rechargenews.com 17 Mar 10:08 GMT Anamaria Deduleasa

    Atlantis eyes entry into French tidal market

    Transition  rechargenews.com 17 Mar 09:42 GMT Anamaria Deduleasa

    Technical test

    Transition  rechargenews.com 17 Mar 08:53 GMT Global Mediator

    Xcel lays out plan for 1.55GW of new Midwest wind capacity

    Xcel Energy, which has more wind on its system than any other US utility, detailed plans on Thursday to add 1.55GW of new wind capacity in the upper Midwest by 2020, all of it qualified for the full production tax credit. The plan includes 750MW of projects Xcel proposed last autumn and 800MW of new proposals – including the 600MW Crowned Ridge project in South Dakota, which is being developed by

    Wind  rechargenews.com 16 Mar 20:01 GMT Global Mediator

    Vestas eyes third-party service as Brazil centre opens

    Danish turbine maker Vestas has inaugurated a service centre in Brazil with an eye on the maintenance of more than 800MW of its own machines operating in the country – and those of other OEMs there. Located in the Northeastern state of Rio Grande do Norte – which accounts for about 30% of Brazil’s total 11GW wind capacity – Vestas said “the new service centre of 1,200 square metres will improve l

    Wind  rechargenews.com 16 Mar 16:35 GMT Global Mediator

    UK climate action reduces bills, says government adviser

    Research shows renewables help drive down energy cost

    Wind  rechargenews.com 16 Mar 15:11 GMT Anamaria Deduleasa

    Vestas lands new Ukraine deal

    Wind  rechargenews.com 16 Mar 15:05 GMT Anamaria Deduleasa

    EnBW grows its stake in Juwi owner MVV

    Wind  rechargenews.com 16 Mar 14:58 GMT Anamaria Deduleasa

    ERCOT Texas wind fleet could hit 28.5GW by end of 2019

    ERCOT, the main electric grid operator in Texas, could have as much as 28.5GW of nameplate wind energy generation installed within its service territory at the end of 2019, almost an 11GW increase from 17.6GW in place on 1 January this year. ERCOT, which serves about 90% of the state’s electric load, already has more wind energy generation capacity than the next two leading states combined – Iowa

    Wind  rechargenews.com 16 Mar 13:50 GMT Global Mediator

    Iberdrola wins 1.2GW North Carolina offshore wind zone

    Iberdrola-backed Avangrid Renewables submitted a winning $9.06m bid to gain commercial development rights to a potential 1.2GW offshore wind zone facing North Carolina, marking its entrance into an emerging US sector already dominated by European companies. After 17 rounds, Avangrid made its winning bid, the second highest of the nation’s seven competitive offshore wind lease sales held since Jul

    Wind  rechargenews.com 16 Mar 12:56 GMT Global Mediator

    Brazil tenders for renewables to clean up Amazon power

    Brazil’s National Development Bank (BNDES) has earmarked R$200m ($63m) to finance 297MW of clean energy projects to replace existing polluting off-grid generation in the Amazon region. A tender will be held in May, and the government already has 54 proposals in a process that allows wind, solar, natural gas, biogas, small-hydro and biomass projects to bid. The off-takers are local companies cont

    Wind  rechargenews.com 16 Mar 12:06 GMT Global Mediator

    Senvion plots cost-of-energy-led path to 2019 growth

    Germany-based wind OEM Senvion warned of “slightly lower” earnings in the period ahead as it lays the ground for a return to “profitable growth” in 2019 based on new market penetration and cost-of-energy reductions. Senvion today posted revenues of €2.21bn for 2016, a 3.4% growth year-on-year, with an adjusted Ebitda profit margin of 9.3%. As Senvion had already signalled, both 2016 and 2017 wil

    Wind  rechargenews.com 16 Mar 11:28 GMT Global Mediator