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  • Vattenfall bid means zero-subsidy offshore wind is here to stay

    ANALYSIS | The Netherlands' gamble that no-subsidy offshore wind could move beyond Germany turned out to be well-founded, says Bernd Radowitz

    Wind  rechargenews.com 47 minutes old Bernd Radowitz in Berlin

    US wind PTC spared in final Republican tax bill

    The global wind industry breathed a qualified sigh of relief at the end of last week, with the final draft of the Republican tax bill preserving all the key elements of the multi-year phase-down of the wind production tax credit (PTC). The renewables sector did not escape entirely unscathed in the final bill, which appears to have enough votes to pass in both chambers in the days ahead – and woul

    Wind  rechargenews.com 16 Dec 18:08 GMT Karl-Erik Stromsta in New York

    Texas High Plains nervously awaits US tax reform outcome

    If the Republican majority in Congress undermines the US wind industry through an overhaul of federal tax laws, the High Plains in Texas stands to lose as much economically as any region nationwide. Billions of dollars are at stake. Gigawatts of nameplate generation capacity are in various stages of construction. Communities and schools are counting on revenue from the resulting larger tax base,

    Wind  rechargenews.com 15 Dec 19:32 GMT Richard A. Kessler in Plainview and Texas

    South Korea to triple renewable power share under draft plan

    South Korea aims to triple the share of renewables in the country’s power mix by 2030 and add a total of more than 47GW of new wind and solar capacity, according to Seoul’s latest draft policy roadmap. The East Asian nation will also cut back the shares of coal and nuclear in electricity supply – although not as sharply as expected – under the Ministry of Trade, Industry and Energy's (Motie's) dr

    Transition  rechargenews.com 15 Dec 15:03 GMT Yuki Yu in Beijing

    EDF’s 154MW Rock Falls wind park starts operations in the US

    EDF Renewable Energy, EDF Energies Nouvelles’ North American unit, has begun commercial operations at its 154MW Rock Falls wind park in northern Oklahoma, with 120MW of its generation destined for the use of personal care group Kimberly-Clark in its first utility-scale PPA. Kimberly-Clark signed the long-term power take-off agreement with EDF Renewable Energies in September, together with another

    Wind  rechargenews.com 15 Dec 14:53 GMT Bernd Radowitz in Berlin

    ORE Catapult seals UK-China offshore wind R&D co-operation

    UK government-industry body the Offshore Renewable Energy (ORE) Catapult has brokered a deal with China’s Tus-Wind and TusPark Newcastle to advance offshore wind technology co-operation between the two nations, providing a potential springboard for British companies into the region’s fast-growing market. The deal will set the cornerstone for a UK-China Technology Growth Accelerator to shepherd ne

    Wind  rechargenews.com 15 Dec 13:29 GMT Darius Snieckus in London

    Vattenfall bids in Dutch zero-subsidy offshore wind auction

    Vattenfall confirmed itself as a bidder in the tender for 700MW of offshore wind power launched by the Dutch government. The Swedish energy group said it has entered the running for the Hollandse Kust South 1 & 2 zone, for which bids have to be lodged with the Netherlands today. In an industry-first, the Dutch government decided to give subsidy-free bidders first crack at the auction for the twi

    Wind  rechargenews.com 15 Dec 12:08 GMT Andrew Lee

    Vestas joins Sweden's Northvolt for lithium-ion battery R&D

    Vestas will forge a partnership with Swedish technology start-up Northvolt to develop a lithium-ion battery platform, as the turbine OEM deepens its ties with a battery storage sector it says will play an increasingly significant role in the wind industry’s future. Vestas will invest an initial €10m ($11.8m) in a joint seven-year R&D push to develop systems that can “integrate battery storage sol

    Transition  rechargenews.com 15 Dec 11:14 GMT Andrew Lee

    Canada's CPP IB and Votorantim start Brazil JV with 565MW

    Canada Pension Plan Investment Board (CPP IB) will enter the Brazilian wind sector in a joint venture with local industrial group Votorantim that will initially buy 565MW of operating capacity and plans to invest more than $900m over time. CPP IB – which manages Canada’s largest public pension fund – will contribute an initial C$272m ($213m) to the JV with Votorantim Energia, the energy unit of V

    Wind  rechargenews.com 15 Dec 10:21 GMT Andrew Lee

    Equitix buys Statkraft's 40% Sheringham Shoal share for $749m

    UK investment group Equitix has bought a 40% stake in the UK’s Sheringham Shoal from Statkraft, one of two North Sea offshore wind assets the Norwegian utility is selling as it exits the sector. Infrastructure investor Equitix will pay £558m ($749m) for Statkraft’s stake in Sheringham Shoal, a 317MW project operating since 2012. The wind farm is operated by Norwegian oil group Statoil, which als

    Wind  rechargenews.com 15 Dec 09:32 GMT Andrew Lee

    BP blasts back into solar with $200m Lightsource stake

    Oil major BP will return to the solar sector after six years by spending $200m for a 43% stake in PV developer Lightsource. The UK-based developer – which will become BP Lightsource – will leverage BP’s global heft to “focus on grid-connected plants and corporate power purchase agreements (PPAs) signed with private companies”, said a statement. Lightsource has successfully developed 1.3GW of sol

    Transition  rechargenews.com 15 Dec 08:39 GMT Andrew Lee in London

    Invenergy seals Illinois wind project construction financing

    Chicago-based Invenergy has completed construction financing for its 132MW Bishop Hill wind project in northwestern Illinois scheduled to enter commercial operation by mid-2018. Rabobank and NORD/LB acted as joint lead arrangers for the construction loan. Rabobank also acted as administrative agent and provided a letter of credit facility in support of the project. In August, the company anno

    Wind  rechargenews.com 14 Dec 21:07 GMT Richard A. Kessler in Fort Worth

    Solar developers face tight module market in 2018: IHS

    Despite significant policy uncertainty in the key US and Indian markets, global solar installations are expected to surge to a record 108GW in 2018, according to IHS Markit – in what would be the first time any renewable technology has cracked 100GW in a given year. That’s up from a projected 93GW of new solar installations in 2017, itself a new record, the market researcher tells Recharge. In a

    Solar  rechargenews.com 14 Dec 16:58 GMT Karl-Erik Stromsta in New York

    Simec Energy and Atlantis to form global renewables combine

    International energy services outfit Simec Energy has inked a ‘reverse takeover’ deal with tidal power pioneer Atlantis Resources to create a new global renewables player, Simec Atlantis Energy. Through the agreement, Simec, part of the GFG Alliance, will transfer ownership of its 363MW Uskmouth power station in South Wales — being converted into an end-of-waste biomass plant — in exchange for a

    Transition  rechargenews.com 14 Dec 15:42 GMT Darius Snieckus in London

    Vestas to merge Central and Northern Europe sales units

    Vestas on 1 January will merge its sales business units (SBU) for Northern Europe and Central Europe, as part of what the Danish wind turbine manufacturer says is its ambition to grow faster than an increasingly competitive market The newly-merged SBU will be headquartered in Hamburg – already the base of the Central Europe unit – and be headed by Nils de Baar, who has been leading the SBU Centra

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

    The riddle of storage and the 1,000-piece energy puzzle

    DISPATCHES | Storage will be at the heart of utilities' strategies for the energy transition, but a conference in Brussels laid bare the scale of the challenges, writes Darius Snieckus

    Transition  rechargenews.com 14 Dec 12:27 GMT Darius Snieckus in Brussels

    India plans 5GW offshore wind auctions in 2018: minister

    India plans to hold auctions for 5GW of offshore wind power next year, the country’s power minister RK Singh said. No further details have been released about the auction plans, which would be the first offshore tenders in an Indian renewables sector so far dominated by onshore wind and PV. Speaking at an event, Singh is reported by Indian news agency PTI to have said: "Our target is that we wou

    Wind  rechargenews.com 14 Dec 11:19 GMT Andrew Lee

    Norway to open up sites for floating offshore wind

    Norway plans to open one or two sites to host floating offshore wind demonstration projects “as soon as possible”, said the country’s energy minister Terje Søviknes. The Norwegian Water Resources and Energy Directorate (NVE) will assess five potential areas for floating offshore development, said Søviknes. As part of a wider wind strategy launched by Norway, the floating developments are “not pr

    Wind  rechargenews.com 14 Dec 08:08 GMT Andrew Lee

    Wind smashes records in Alberta's first renewables tender

    Alberta announced the winners of its first renewables tender Wednesday, and the results blew away everyone’s expectations – with prices among the lowest seen for onshore wind anywhere in the world. The western Canadian province had been expected to award up to 400MW of new capacity in the first round of its Renewable Electricity Program (REP), but ended up awarding nearly 600MW at a weighted-aver

    Wind  rechargenews.com 13 Dec 23:30 GMT Karl-Erik Stromsta in New York

    PTC threat looms over PacifiCorp's huge wind expansion plans

    Warren Buffett’s PacifiCorp won a qualified victory with state regulators in Oregon, convincing them of the merits of proceeding swiftly with its massive $3.5bn wind and transmission expansion plan in the western US in order to capture benefits from the fading production tax credit (PTC). But PacifiCorp, comprising the rate-regulated utilities Rocky Mountain Power and Pacific Power, still faces h

    Wind  rechargenews.com 13 Dec 16:56 GMT Karl-Erik Stromsta in New York

    Senvion in 'good talks' with potential investors

    Germany-based wind turbine manufacturer Senvion is open to talks with potential investors, the company’s vice president for communication, Immo von Fallois, told Recharge. “And by now we are carrying out good talks,” von Fallois said. But he denied market rumours that conversations with a potential buyer include Korean conglomerate Samsung. Senvion’s main shareholder, US private equity fund Cen

    Wind  rechargenews.com 13 Dec 16:11 GMT Bernd Radowitz in Berlin

    Innogy issues 2017 profit warning, but increases 2018 spending

    Dragged down by an ongoing weakness in its UK retail business, German utility Innogy has lowered its profit guidance for this year and expects even lower profits next, but at the same time is increasing spending in digitalisation, e-mobility, or renewables, and eyes US onshore wind investments. “High growth ambitions initially come at a price, but pay off in the long run. At the same time, we are

    Wind  rechargenews.com 13 Dec 15:05 GMT Bernd Radowitz in Berlin

    Brazil lays plans for three power tenders in 2018

    Brazil’s federal government is preparing to hold two tenders in 2018, in addition to the one already announced for April that will likely include wind and solar power. The first process, known as an A-4 tender, will contract power through 20-year PPAs starting in January 2022, The government also said it is finalising planning for an A-6 tender, which will contract power from conventional and re

    Transition  rechargenews.com 13 Dec 14:45 GMT Alexandre Spatuzza in Sao Paulo

    Corporates urge EU ministers to back 35% renewables target

    A group of more than 50 of the world’s biggest companies have co-signed a letter urging European energy ministers to back a target of at least 35% renewables in the energy mix by 2030 when they meet in Brussels next week. The letter comes ahead of the 18-19 December Energy Council ministerial meeting. The group argues the current 27% EU-wide renewables target is too timid to spur new investment

    Transition  rechargenews.com 13 Dec 14:22 GMT Christopher Hopson in London

    World Bank to stop funding oil & gas in favour of clean energy

    The World Bank has decided to stop financing future upstream oil and gas after 2019, it announced at a climate change summit in Paris designed to accelerate the global shift from fossil fuels to clean energy. In a statement released at the One Planet Summit, convened by French President Emmanuel Macron, the bank said it would bring its lending practices “in line with its ongoing support to deve

    Transition  rechargenews.com 13 Dec 12:50 GMT Christopher Hopson in London

    Vestas gets largest India order with Ostro Kutch tender winner

    Vestas clinched its largest order in India after being awarded a 250MW turnkey deal by developer Ostro Kutch. The Danish wind group will build and equip the project in the Kutch district of Gujarat with 125 of its V110-2.0 MW turbines. The plant, due for commissioning by the third quarter of 2018, was one of the winners in India’s pioneering inter-state wind auction held in February this year.

    Wind  rechargenews.com 13 Dec 11:43 GMT Andrew Lee

    Why digitalisation will mean more solar in Europe

    OPINION | Solar is perfectly placed to seize the opportunities offered by digital technologies, writes James Watson

    Transition  rechargenews.com 13 Dec 10:24 GMT James Watson

    EU pledges to help coal regions make clean energy transition

    The wind industry has welcomed a European Commission pledge to develop long-term strategies to help coal regions transition away from the fossil fuel as part of its wider Clean Energy Package. The so-called Coal Regions in Transition platform has been launched by the EC’s vice-president in charge of energy union Maros Sefcovic, climate action and energy commissioner Miguel Arias Canete, and regio

    Transition  rechargenews.com 13 Dec 10:03 GMT Christopher Hopson in London

    Principle Power renews search for US west coast project site

    US floating wind pioneer Principle Power has signed a memorandum of understanding (MOU) with Redwood Coast Energy Authority (RCEA) in northern California to advance development of a project in federal waters off the Pacific coast of Humboldt County. The move is firm indication that the developer remains interested in opportunities along the west coast after a 24MW pilot project offshore Oregon st

    Wind  rechargenews.com 13 Dec 01:05 GMT Richard A. Kessler in Fort Worth

    Trinity to spin off wind tower business into new company

    The board of Dallas-based Trinity Industries has approved a plan to pursue a spin-off of the company’s infrastructure-related businesses including structural wind towers to its shareholders. Trinity says the transaction, which it expects to complete in the second half of 2018, will result in two separate publicly traded companies that will benefit from leading positions in their respective indust

    Wind  rechargenews.com 12 Dec 20:19 GMT Richard A. Kessler in Fort Worth

    Perry extends deadline for proposed coal, nuclear subsidies

    Energy Secretary Rick Perry has granted a request for a 30-day extension of his deadline for the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) to create new rules that require grid operators to subsidize coal and nuclear plants regardless of market conditions. The request was made by Kevin McIntyre shortly after taking his seat as FERC’s chairman, bringing the agency to its full staffing of five co

    Wind  rechargenews.com 12 Dec 18:46 GMT Richard A. Kessler in Fort Worth

    Trump administration funds offshore wind energy research

    The Department of Energy (DOE) has announced $18.5m in new funding for a consortium that will conduct specific research aimed at reducing the cost of offshore wind energy in the US. The move represents a political signal from the administration of President Donald Trump that it will support US offshore wind development – at least with funding for basic research. It is the most funding made availa

    Wind  rechargenews.com 12 Dec 16:57 GMT Richard A. Kessler in Fort Worth

    Xcel advances 1.23GW wind plan in New Mexico, Texas

    Xcel Energy has reached a settlement with key stakeholders in New Mexico that advances its plan to add 1.23GW of new wind power capacity there and in neighboring Texas by 2020. Called a stipulation, the settlement was filed Monday with the New Mexico Public Regulation Commission. The five PRC commissioners will consider the agreement when making a final ruling on whether the proposed facilities s

    Wind  rechargenews.com 12 Dec 15:37 GMT Richard A. Kessler in Fort Worth

    Vaisala, WindSim complete study on remote sensing in complex terrain

    Finland-based environmental measurement company Vaisala and computational fluid dynamics (CFD) modelling firm WindSim have completed what they say is the largest-ever study on how the effects of complex terrain on wind measurements collected by remote sensing units can be mitigated. "While remote sensing devices are increasingly supplanting met towers as the preferred technology for wind measurem

    Technology  rechargenews.com 12 Dec 15:28 GMT Bernd Radowitz

    Emera presses the case for the Atlantic Link

    Over the next few months, the North American renewables industry will get a fascinating look at the future of New England’s power market, as Massachusetts concludes two separate clean-energy tenders – one focused largely on onshore renewables and the other exclusively on offshore wind. Results from the so-called 83C and 83D tenders will offer insight into the relative competitiveness of the three

    Wind  rechargenews.com 12 Dec 14:45 GMT Karl-Erik Stromsta in New York

    South Africa adds 280MW of wind with twin Lekela plants

    South Africa's Loeriesfontein and Khobab wind farms have started commercial operations in the Northern Cape province with a total capacity of 280MW. The neighbouring wind farms, each with a capacity of 140MW, comprise a total of 122 Siemens Gamesa turbines. Together they will power around 240,000 South African homes. The sister projects, with a combined value of around 7bn rand ($514m), are owne

    Wind  rechargenews.com 12 Dec 14:42 GMT Christopher Hopson in London

    Total Eren lines up GE for Indonesian wind project

    Total Eren advanced plans for a 70MW wind farm in Indonesia, in the developer’s first move since it became part of the oil giant’s growing renewables ambitions. The company – which added Total to its name earlier this month after the French supermajor took a minority stake – has lined up GE as preferred equipment supplier to the Tanah Laut project, planned for the south of Borneo. Total Eren on

    Wind  rechargenews.com 12 Dec 14:11 GMT Andrew Lee

    EDF in 30GW solar plan to help French nuclear phase-down

    French state-controlled nuclear giant EDF from 2020 to 2035 via its renewables unit EDF Energies Nouvelles plans to develop and build 30GW in solar plants across France to help the country reduce nuclear power in its electricity mix to 50% from a current about 75%. “The Solar Power Plan is of an unparalleled scale and marks a real turning point in EDF’s development of solar power capacity,” chief

    Transition  rechargenews.com 12 Dec 10:56 GMT Bernd Radowitz in Berlin

    Investment giants turn screw on 100 largest corporate emitters

    A group of 225 investors with $26.3 trillion under its wing will step up pressure on 100 of the world’s most carbon-intensive corporations to do more to reduce emissions. The Climate Action 100+ initiative, which includes many of the world’s largest institutional investors, said it will “focus engagement” on the corporate greenhouse gas emitters to “align their business plans” with the aims of th

    Transition  rechargenews.com 12 Dec 10:51 GMT Andrew Lee

    Engie plans switch to 'green gas' by 2050

    French utility Engie has announced plans to switch 100% of its natural-gas operations to biogas and green hydrogen by 2050. The company — which was formed by a merger of French state-owned natural-gas operator Gaz de France and multinational utility Suez in 2008 — was also among European utilities pledging last week to make their electricity carbon-neutral “well before 2050”. Engie, will therefor

    Transition  rechargenews.com 12 Dec 09:49 GMT Leigh Collins in London

    AGL dumps coal plant for 1.6GW renewables-plus-storage plan

    Australian power group AGL has confirmed the early closure of the Liddell coal-fired power plant in New South Wales in 2022, to be replaced with a mix of 1.6GW of renewables, plus storage and other technologies. AGL’s NSW generation plan concluded that a combination of wind and solar, plus battery storage or pumped hydro, and some peaking gas generators and demand response was significantly cheap

    Transition  rechargenews.com 11 Dec 16:31 GMT Christopher Hopson in London

    German offshore wind delivers power 'almost all year round': IWES

    A new study by Germany's Fraunhofer IWES institute shows that offshore wind can deliver power almost all year round – more than estimated in previous research when fewer projects were operating – prompting calls for Germany to significantly increase its targets for the sector. The study, Significance of offshore wind power for the Energiewende, was commissioned by Germany’s Offshore Wind Energy F

    Wind  rechargenews.com 11 Dec 16:20 GMT Bernd Radowitz in Berlin

    'Post-build evidence can help offshore wind make wildlife case'

    OPINION | Greater understanding of the effects of offshore wind development on marine wildlife can help future projects make their environmental case from an informed position, write Nancy McLean and Emily Nelson

    Wind  rechargenews.com 11 Dec 15:51 GMT Nancy McLean and Emily Nelson

    Egypt advances wind ambitions with Lekela and GE Power

    Egypt moved its wind power ambitions a further step forward when its government advanced agreements with developer Lekela Power over a 250MW project and GE Power over grid expansion to support extra capacity. Egyptian state power utility EETC and the country’s energy minister have “initialed” a power purchase agreement over a 250MW Gulf of Suez wind farm planned by Lekela, a joint venture of inve

    Wind  rechargenews.com 11 Dec 14:18 GMT Andrew Lee

    Renewables a low priority in Germany's 'coalition talks 2.0'

    DISPATCHES | Germany's Social Democrats will now talk about being part of a new Merkel government, but negotiations may drag on and bring little for renewables, writes Bernd Radowitz

    Transition  rechargenews.com 11 Dec 12:44 GMT Bernd Radowitz in Berlin

    Oil & gas veteran Sparrows buys wind specialist Alpha Offshore

    Crane supplier Sparrows Group has acquired Danish wind O&M specialist Alpha Offshore, in a deal that underlines the growing attractiveness of the sector to long-time contractors to the oil & gas industry. Sparrows – a UK-based supplier of lifting and handling systems to the global energy sector – said the acquisition “significantly strengthens” its position in renewables, where it has already pla

    Transition  rechargenews.com 11 Dec 11:48 GMT Andrew Lee

    Local OEMs taking grip of Chinese offshore market: Goldwind

    Foreign developers will have an easier ride in China’s offshore wind market than Western turbine suppliers in the years ahead, in a reversal of the current situation, a senior Goldwind executive claims. China is a notoriously difficult market for foreign companies, but Endi Zhai, chief engineer and general manager for offshore at Chinese turbine giant Goldwind, notes that Western suppliers – and

    Wind  rechargenews.com 11 Dec 09:16 GMT Karl-Erik Stromsta