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  • Russia's Rosatom eyes stake in AMSC licensee Inox Wind

    Russia’s state atomic energy corporation, Rosatom, is looking at a potential investment in Indian turbine group Inox Wind, whose electronic control system (ECS) technology is licensed by AMSC, a US firm based in Massachusetts. Mint business newspaper in Delhi reports a source as saying that talks were in “early stages.” Rosatom is said to view India’s second largest wind-turbine maker as a supply

    Wind  rechargenews.com 11 hours old Richard A. Kessler in Fort Worth

    Sempra Energy to acquire transmission giant Oncor in Texas

    Sempra Energy, which owns a major California electric utility and a fast-growing portfolio of renewables assets, has reached agreement to pay $9.45bn in cash to acquire Oncor, the largest power transmission system and wind energy distributor in Texas. The last-minute deal ((including debt, it has $18.8bn enterprise value) for bankrupt Energy Future Holdings Corp. (EFH) and its 80% ownership in st

    Wind  rechargenews.com 15 hours old Richard A. Kessler in Fort Worth

    Masdar in deal with GE to build Oman's first large wind farm

    Abu Dhabi-based clean energy group Masdar has signed an EPC contract with a consortium comprising GE and Spain’s TSK to build the first large-scale wind farm in Oman. The Dhofar wind power project is the result of a joint development agreement established in 2014 between Masdar and the Rural Areas Electricity Company of Oman (Raeco). Leading the EPC consortium GE will supply thirteen 3.8MW turbi

    Wind  rechargenews.com 18 hours old Christopher Hopson in London

    Vestas wins 180MW Thai order for V136-3.0MW machine

    Danish wind turbine manufacturer Vestas has finalised the sale of 60 of its V136-3.0MW machines for an undisclosed customer in Thailand. The low-wind turbines will be the first of their kind in Asia Pacific, and with a hub height of 157 meters, the wind park will also feature the highest towers in the region to date, Vestas claims. The order includes supply and installation of the turbines as w

    Wind  rechargenews.com 20 hours old Bernd Radowitz in Berlin

    E.ON using environmentally-friendly corrosion coating at Arkona offshore project

    German utility E.ON at the 385MW Arkona offshore project in the German Baltic Sea for the first time is using an innovative corrosion protection technology that it claims will reduce metal deposits from corrosion during the wind farms 25-year operating life by several hundred tonnes. Norwegian oil company Statoil owns a 50% participation in Arkona. E.ON has developed the environmentally-friendly

    Wind  rechargenews.com 22 hours old Bernd Radowitz in Berlin

    Northland reaches financial close on 252MW Deutsche Bucht

    Canadian group Northland Power has reached financial close on the 252MW Deutsche Bucht (DeBu) offshore wind farm located in the German North Sea. The €1.3bn ($1.5bn) project, 100% owned by Northland, will get the majority of its costs covered via loans from ten international commercial lenders. “Approximately 75% of the project's required costs will be provided from a €988 million non-recourse

    Wind  rechargenews.com 22 hours old Anamaria Deduleasa

    Siemens Gamesa to lay off 140 workers at US nacelle plant

    Siemens Gamesa Renewable Energy in September will begin laying off 140 employees at its nacelle factory in Hutchinson, Kansas, the vendor’s latest move in North America to “adjust” its workforce and manufacturing footprint in response to a weak sales outlook. Last month, the company confirmed it will close a rotor blade production plant in southern Ontario, Canada, leaving 340 workers without job

    Wind  rechargenews.com 21 Aug 04:01 GMT Richard A. Kessler in Fort Worth

    Dong, Zeeland Seaports to build O&M base for Borssele 1& 2

    Denmark’s Dong Energy and Zeeland Seaports have inked a letter of intent to build an operations and maintenance (O&M) base in the Dutch port of Vlissingen Buitenhaven to service the developer’s 752MW Borssele 1&2 offshore wind farms. The two companies have agreed to “further develop a specific location in the coming months” at the North Sea site, after which a final contract will be signed. "We

    Wind  rechargenews.com 18 Aug 17:29 GMT Darius Snieckus in London

    US power generator Calpine accepts $5.6bn buyout offer

    Renewables and natural gas power generation company Calpine has accepted a $5.6bn buyout offer from private equity firm Energy Capital Partners (ECP) and a group of co-investors including Canada Pension Plan Investment Board. Houston-based Calpine says its board unanimously approved the offer of $15.25 per share in cash, with the deal having an enterprise value of about $17bn including debt. Calp

    Wind  rechargenews.com 18 Aug 15:32 GMT Richard A. Kessler in Fort Worth

    Siemens Gamesa to cut 600 jobs at Aalborg blade plant

    Wind OEM Siemens Gamesa Renewable Energy has announced plans to cut 600 jobs at its blade plant in Aalborg, Denmark. The job losses — expected to come into force at the end of September — represent more than a quarter of the manufacturing plant’s existing workforce of 2,100. The company said in a statement: “Siemens Gamesa Renewable Energy today announces steps to refocus some of its internation

    Wind  rechargenews.com 18 Aug 15:18 GMT William Steel in Aarhus

    Dong confirms EEW SPC to supply all-monopile Hornsea 1

    Dong Energy has confirmed EEW Special Pipe Constructions as producer of all 174 monopile foundations for the 1.2GW Hornsea 1 offshore wind farm that will be the world’s biggest. The deal extends a 116-monopile contract with EEW SPC for the wind farm off eastern England, which is due for completion by the end of 2020 using 7MW Siemens turbines. The Danish developer originally considered deploying

    Wind  rechargenews.com 18 Aug 11:07 GMT Andrew Lee

    Offshore wind supply chain needs to heed Robin Rigg verdict

    OPINION | The UK Supreme Court judgement deciding the Robin Rigg foundations saga in favour of E.ON has big implications for contractors in the country's offshore wind sector, writes Rebecca Williams

    Wind  rechargenews.com 18 Aug 09:58 GMT Rebecca Williams

    UK GIB becomes Green Investment Group as Macquarie takes over

    The UK has completed the £2.3bn ($2.96bn) sale of the country’s Green Investment Bank (GIB) to global finance house Macquarie, which changed its name to the Green Investment Group (GIG) ahead of an international investment push. The newly-rebranded GIG – set up as the GIB by the UK government in 2012 to help kick-start low-carbon projects – will retain its core remit under the Australian investme

    Transition  rechargenews.com 18 Aug 08:18 GMT Andrew Lee in London

    Danes brought in by Engie for French offshore duo

    LIC Engineering to shepherd contractor packages for pair of 496MW wind farms in the Atlantic

    Wind  rechargenews.com 17 Aug 17:17 GMT Darius Snieckus in London

    Enel Green Power seals US project tax equity investment

    A subsidiary of Enel Green Power North America (EGPNA) has a signed a $300m tax equity agreement with Allianz Renewable Energy Partners and MUFG for the 300MW Red Dirt wind project in Oklahoma. The tax equity partnership will be supported by a parent company guarantee from Enel SpA. The deal allows the two investors to obtain a percentage of fiscal benefits that the project will generate as it ha

    Wind  rechargenews.com 17 Aug 15:12 GMT Richard A. Kessler in Fort Worth

    New Argentina tender seeks 550MW of wind and 450MW of PV

    Argentina has set price caps of $56.25/MWh for the 550MW of wind power projects and $57.04/MWh for the 450MW of PV it plans to contract in this year’s RenovAr tender. The tender rules were published late on 16 August, and Argentina will also seek small-hydro, biomass, biogas and waste-to-energy adding up to 200MW, meaning 1.2GW-worth of renewable power generation projects will be contracted this

    Transition  rechargenews.com 17 Aug 15:11 GMT Alexandre Spatuzza in Sao Paulo

    Policy clarity can keep UK offshore wind on the growth track

    OPINION | Falling costs and the need to decarbonise mean the UK is likely to want even more offshore wind into the 2020s, so it needs to get the right policies in place now, says Mike Blanch

    Wind  rechargenews.com 17 Aug 14:40 GMT Mike Blanch

    DEME wins order for Elia’s Belgian modular offshore wind grid

    Dredging International, a unit of the DEME Group, has won a €130m ($152.8m) contract from Belgian transmission system operator Elia for the submarine power cable installation for the Modular Offshore Grid (MOG) in the North Sea that will connect four future offshore arrays to the mainland. Elia’s MOG, or so-called 'electricity plug', includes an offshore switchyard platform (OSY) about 40km off t

    Wind  rechargenews.com 17 Aug 09:50 GMT Bernd Radowitz in Berlin

    Vestas shares fall after second-quarter revenue and profits slip

    Vestas pointed to higher orders as evidence of continuing solid progress in its financial second quarter despite a year-on-year fall in revenue and profits, but saw its shares fall sharply in Copenhagen on Thursday morning. The Danish wind group reported revenues of €2.2bn ($2.59bn) for the April to June period, a 14% drop on the same quarter last year, while operating profit (Ebit) fell to €279

    Wind  rechargenews.com 17 Aug 07:39 GMT Andrew Lee

    GE and AGL to build 453MW Coopers Gap wind farm in Australia

    GE will co-develop what is being billed as Australia’s largest wind farm – the 453MW Coopers Gap – with local power group AGL. Coopers Gap, 250km north of Brisbane in the state of Queensland, got the green light on Thursday after AGL completed the transfer of the project to the Powering Australian Renewables Fund (PARF). Australia's 200MW Silverton to go ahead with GE turbines The A$850m ($675m

    Wind  rechargenews.com 17 Aug 07:06 GMT Andrew Lee in London

    Missouri rejection leaves Clean Line project in doubt

    Electric utility regulators in Missouri on Wednesday blocked developer Clean Line Energy Partners from building its $2.3bn Grain Belt Express (GBE) wind energy transmission project through their state, dealing it a body blow and leaving its future uncertain. Missouri is a critical middle link in the 780-mile (1,255km) project that would transport 4GW of wind-generated power from western Kansas to

    Wind  rechargenews.com 16 Aug 20:47 GMT Richard A. Kessler in Fort Worth

    Record wind generation seen this year in Texas ERCOT

    Wind will likely set generation records this year within the main Texas electric grid, after it gained an 18.8% share of that market through July versus 15.1% for all of 2016, Electric Reliability Council of Texas (ERCOT) data shows. If wind can maintain that pace, it would easily surpass the market share of last year, its best performance to date. Wind generated 38.5 million MWh of electricity

    Wind  rechargenews.com 16 Aug 16:44 GMT Richard A. Kessler in Fort Worth

    Sub-Saharan Africa lags on lack of bankable RE projects: BMI

    Sub-Saharan Africa will remain “the global underperformer” of renewables due to the lack of bankable projects in a region that otherwise offers strong potential for development, according to BMI Research. The research group says in a note that sub-standard grid infrastructure, difficulties accessing finance and financially insecure off-takers contribute to a dearth of regional projects suitable f

    Transition  rechargenews.com 16 Aug 16:17 GMT Andrew Lee

    US engine maker Cummins seals wind PPA with EDP NA

    Leading diesel and gas engine producer Cummins has signed a long-term virtual power purchase agreement that will enable EDP Renewables North America to expand by 75MW its Meadow Lake VI wind farm in northern Indiana. The additional capacity is equivalent to the amount of electricity that Cummins uses each year at manufacturing plants in its headquarters state. The agreement benefits both part

    Wind  rechargenews.com 16 Aug 14:46 GMT Richard A. Kessler in Fort Worth

    China and insurers eye Statkraft UK offshore wind: report

    A clutch of possible buyers including one Chinese group are considering bids for the UK offshore wind stakes put up for sale by Norway’s Statkraft, according to a report. UK insurance giant Aviva, China Resources Power Holdings, global investment group Macquarie and Copenhagen Infrastructure Partners are deciding whether to make offers for the Statkraft assets, said financial newswire Bloomberg,

    Wind  rechargenews.com 16 Aug 09:32 GMT Andrew Lee

    MHI Vestas takes down burnt-out V164 prototype for probe

    Offshore wind turbine maker MHI Vestas has taken down a prototype of its flagship V164 turbine that caught fire for as-yet unknown reasons at the Østerild national test site in Denmark in order to better determine the cause of the incident. “We looked at many different scenarios with the investigative teams on how best to determine and confirm the root cause of the incident,” chief technology off

    Wind  rechargenews.com 16 Aug 09:03 GMT Bernd Radowitz in Berlin

    Oklahoma $4.5bn Wind Catcher project faces possible hurdle

    Oklahoma’s chief legal official is calling on utility regulators there to dismiss a case brought by a subsidiary of American Electric Power (AEP) seeking pre-approval to recover its roughly 30% cost share of a $4.5bn wind and transmission line project in the state. Last Friday, attorney general Mike Hunter through his public utility division filed a motion asking the Oklahoma Corporation Commissi

    Wind  rechargenews.com 15 Aug 23:24 GMT Richard A. Kessler in Fort Worth

    Pattern Energy seals 51% stake in 179MW Canadian project

    Pattern Energy has completed the acquisition of a 51% interest in the 179MW Meikle wind facility in British Columbia, Canada, from Pattern Development 1.0, a developer owned by US private-equity firm Riverstone Holdings. The yieldco paid $68m from available cash. The price represents a 10-times multiple of the five-year average for cash available for distribution (CAFD), according to Pattern Ener

    Wind  rechargenews.com 15 Aug 16:34 GMT Richard A. Kessler in Fort Worth

    Duke Energy seeks 500MW wind capacity for Carolinas in US

    Duke Energy today issued a request for proposals (RFP) by 27 September for up to 500MW of wind capacity for delivery to its transmission system in North and South Carolina. The solicitation is open to existing wind generation facilities outside the Carolinas or new ones that could be built there – from 100MW to 500MW of delivered capacity. Duke would begin accepting delivery of power by the end o

    Wind  rechargenews.com 15 Aug 15:27 GMT Richard A. Kessler in Fort Worth

    Bird charity asks top UK court to hear 2.3GW offshore wind case

    The ongoing legal battle over 2.3GW of Scottish offshore wind dragged on as a bird charity said it will apply to take its fight against the developments to the UK’s highest court. RSPB Scotland gave notice it will apply directly to the Supreme Court in London to appeal against Scottish government consent for four projects that it claims will damage bird colonies. The direct appeal to London come

    Wind  rechargenews.com 15 Aug 15:20 GMT Andrew Lee

    Merkel drops first hints of end for combustion engines

    In the middle of the campaign for federal elections, Chancellor Angela Merkel for the first time said a ban for cars powered by diesel or gasoline – as planned in neighbouring countries and demanded by the opposition Green Party – would also be sensible in Germany, but didn’t commit to an actual deadline. “I can’t tell an exact year [as deadline], but the approach is right,” she told the Super Il

    Transition  rechargenews.com 15 Aug 12:20 GMT Bernd Radowitz in Berlin

    Innogy enters Ireland as expansion plans gather steam

    Germany-based Innogy has entered the Irish wind market in the latest stage of a planned international expansion by the renewables-focused utility. Innogy acquired the consented 10MW Dromadda Beg wind project in County Kerry for its Ireland debut, the first step in what it says will be future growth in the country’s “promising onshore market”. Japanese heavyweights target Irish wind with Evalai

    Transition  rechargenews.com 15 Aug 11:48 GMT Andrew Lee

    Second German onshore tender price falls to €42.8/MWh

    The average price in Germany’s 1.01GW second onshore wind tender fell to €42.8/MWh ($50.34) of produced electricity, with most winning bids again going to citizens’ cooperatives that need fewer permits to be able to participate in the auction and get more time to build their projects. The average price level came down from €57.1/MWh in the country’s first (807MW) onshore tender in May. “Also the

    Wind  rechargenews.com 15 Aug 10:43 GMT Bernd Radowitz in Berlin

    Indian wind slump in sharp focus as crane supplier takes hit

    The unexpected scale of the slump in India’s wind market came into sharp focus when the country’s largest crane hire business blamed it for a sharp downturn in its own fortunes. Sanghvi Movers, which operates a fleet of 428 cranes, told its investors it had seen “a huge reduction” in the scale of turbine installations in the current 2017/18 financial year, hitting its business hard in a sector th

    Wind  rechargenews.com 15 Aug 10:02 GMT Andrew Lee

    Blyth GBFs wired up to prove ‘float and submerge’

    State-of-the art sensor systems have been wired into a pair of the gravity base foundations (GBFs) now being installed at EDF ER’s 41.5MW Blyth offshore wind demonstrator off north-east England, as part of a project being led by the Offshore Renewable Energy (ORE) Catapult to advance the ‘float and submerge’ foundations toward commercialisation. Data collected by condition monitoring kit – in its

    Wind  rechargenews.com 14 Aug 16:11 GMT Darius Snieckus in London

    PV beats early output forecasts while wind falls short: Fitch

    PV projects have outperformed their initial output expectations while wind farms fell short, according to global output analysis by financial ratings group Fitch. Fitch said the “more predictable nature of solar power” is now being reflected in its ratings as it assesses the financial criteria projects need to satisfy to achieve investment-grade status. Fitch – one of the world’s ‘big-three’ rat

    Transition  rechargenews.com 14 Aug 15:57 GMT Andrew Lee

    TPI confirms Senvion as new customer as GE pulls back

    TPI Composites, the US-based maker of wind blades, has roped in Senvion as a new customer in China, an important win considering General Electric’s recent decision not to extend its supply deal with TPI in China beyond 2017. TPI makes blades for a handful of major global wind turbine OEMs – GE, Vestas, Nordex and Gamesa chief among them – out of its manufacturing facilities around the world. Typi

    Wind  rechargenews.com 14 Aug 15:48 GMT Karl-Erik Stromsta in New York

    Winergy completes Australia facility with test-bench

    Winergy has opened what is billed as the largest test-bench for wind turbine gearboxes in Australia. The 2.8MW-load test bench in Rockhampton, Queensland, completes what the Germany-based drive-train specialist says is a full suite of service and repair capabilities for its products at the site. Winergy opened the 1,500 square-metre facility in 2013. Queensland is among the Australian states

    Wind  rechargenews.com 14 Aug 12:14 GMT Andrew Lee

    Senvion says silence is golden as first 3.4M140 low-wind unit installed

    Senvion has completed installation of its first 3.4M140 EBC turbine prototype, which the Germany-based manufacturer is billing as “one of the quietest on the market”. The OEM installed the machine in Heckelberg, Germany, for the Notus Energy Group. The 3.4M140, with 68-metre blades, and 110- and 130-metre hub heights, was unveiled by Senvion in 2015 with a “sound-optimised blade profile and a ne

    Wind  rechargenews.com 14 Aug 10:43 GMT Andrew Lee in London

    US shipbuilders advance plans for Jones Act-OK WTIV

    A US naval engineering group has unveiled plans for an offshore wind installation vessel (WTIV) that can handle 8MW turbines while complying with the strictures of the Jones Act. AK Suda – a New Orleans-based specialist in lift-boats for the oil & gas sector – said its debut offshore wind vessel, the JG600P, will be capable of carrying and installing four complete 8MW offshore turbines. A statem

    Wind  rechargenews.com 14 Aug 10:37 GMT Andrew Lee

    Greencoat buys UK offshore wind landmark North Hoyle

    Renewable infrastructure investor Greencoat UK Wind will add Britain’s first major offshore wind farm to its portfolio of assets after agreeing to buy the 60MW North Hoyle project. Greencoat UK Wind agreed to buy North Hoyle from JP Morgan Asset Management, as part of a £105m ($136m) deal that also includes the 30MW Slieve Divena onshore wind farm in Northern Ireland. Dong cuts ribbon on 8MW e

    Wind  rechargenews.com 14 Aug 08:34 GMT Andrew Lee in London

    Canada's Algonquin eyeing overseas RE investments, CEO says

    Canada’s Algonquin Power & Utilities is sizing up renewables opportunities beyond North America, chief executive Ian Robertson confirms, following recent reports that the growing company may be interested in buying a stake in Abengoa’s Atlantica Yield. In a conference call Friday, Robertson emphasised that Algonquin continues to see a sizeable growth runway in North America, and is not desperate

    Wind  rechargenews.com 11 Aug 19:46 GMT Karl-Erik Stromsta in New York

    Senvion expects 'hundreds of megawatts' of US orders in 2018

    German wind turbine maker Senvion expects to secure “several hundred megawatts” of US orders by next year, and believes its lack of North American manufacturing facilities will be an advantage as the market readjusts to life without the production tax credit (PTC). Senvion, formerly known as REpower, has a 1.2GW base of turbines installed in the US and another 1.4GW in Canada, but it has struggle

    Wind  rechargenews.com 11 Aug 15:28 GMT Karl-Erik Stromsta in New York

    Europe needs 230GW offshore by 2045 to hit Paris goals: Ecofys

    Europe would need a 2045 offshore wind capacity target of about 230GW to be in line with the Paris agreement goal of limiting temperature increase to 1.5°C by reaching a CO2-neutral electricity supply, the Ecofys consultancy says. The estimate is the result of joint research by the energy team of Ecofys and its parent consultancy Navigant. German offshore wind brake amid zero bids 'bizarre': D

    Wind  rechargenews.com 11 Aug 15:17 GMT Bernd Radowitz in Berlin

    Suzlon confident despite 'temporary volatility' in India

    Indian wind group Suzlon said it is confident of keeping its growth momentum despite “temporary volatility” in its domestic market as it moves from a feed-in tariff (FIT) to auction-based model. Suzlon claimed its financial recovery was well established as it delivered a fourth consecutive quarter of positive net profits for the first three months of the 2017/18 financial year. India’s Suzlon

    Wind  rechargenews.com 11 Aug 13:38 GMT Andrew Lee

    Vestas adds to China momentum with 99MW Datang order

    Vestas has secured a 99MW order in China with long-term customer China Datang Renewable. The Danish OEM will deliver 45 of its V110-2.0 MW turbines, power-optimised to 2.2MW, for a project in Hebei Province. Delivery and commissioning are due from the fourth quarter. Datang is a major buyer of Vestas turbines, with about 900MW of the manufacturer’s turbines installed. Vestas is among the wester

    Wind  rechargenews.com 11 Aug 11:58 GMT Andrew Lee

    Senvion 'on track' with 10MW-plus offshore turbine: CEO

    Germany-based wind turbine manufacturer Senvion is “on track” with the development of its 10MW-plus offshore machine, but has not yet reached the stage of a “physical prototype”, chief executive Jürgen Geissinger said during a conference call to discuss first-half results. Senvion is working with a number of customers to judge what the market for the future offshore workhorse will be, Geissinger

    Wind  rechargenews.com 11 Aug 10:49 GMT Bernd Radowitz in Berlin

    Offshore oil has much more to offer the future of floating wind

    OPINION | Many of the ‘supporting’ technologies developed by the oil & gas sector for its floating production vessels – led by mooring and anchoring – will be key to commercialising floating wind power, writes Clement Mochet

    Transition  rechargenews.com 11 Aug 09:34 GMT Clement Mochet

    Senvion loss widens in H1 on restructuring but order intake up

    Revenues and operating profit at Senvion fell in the first half, while its net loss widened due to restructuring expenses, but the Germany-based turbine maker’s order intake surged thanks to firming offshore wind deals. Revenues in the first half of 2017 fell to €829.6m ($975.1m) from €869.5m in the year-earlier period, as a rise in service and offshore revenues couldn’t compensate fully for a de

    Wind  rechargenews.com 11 Aug 08:27 GMT Bernd Radowitz in Berlin

    Innogy 'on target' as grids growth offsets renewable output dip

    Renewables-focused German utility Innogy said it was “right on target” after its financial first half despite taking a weather-related generation hit, and named growth in the US renewables sector as one of its key priorities for the rest of the year. Innogy confirmed its full-year financial expectations as adjusted net profit rose 16% year-on-year in the January to June period, reaching €857m ($1

    Transition  rechargenews.com 11 Aug 08:01 GMT Andrew Lee

    WWEA and local group join to boost wind power in Korea

    The Germany-based World Wind Energy Association and the Korean Wind Energy Industry Association have signed an agreement to jointly research what is needed to boost the onshore and offshore wind market in South Korea. Conclusions will serve as guidance for the South Korean government in order to take the necessary decisions for a faster growth of wind power in the peninsula. “Both onshore and of

    Wind  rechargenews.com 11 Aug 07:14 GMT Bernd Radowitz in Berlin

    Tri Global Energy expands to Nebraska with 100MW project

    Dallas-based Tri Global Energy, the largest project developer in the biggest US wind state of Texas, is expanding to rural Nebraska with the 100MW Sugar Loaf facility. The company plans to initiate development this year, Susie Lomelino, chief communications officer, tells Recharge. Sugar Loaf represents an opportunity to work cooperatively there with local partners and residents who share Tri Gl

    Wind  rechargenews.com 10 Aug 21:08 GMT Richard A. Kessler in Fort Worth

    Better turbines alone won't offset fading PTC: Pattern CEO

    US wind power will get more expensive as the production tax credit (PTC) winds down and expires for good, but better turbines will soften the blow, says Pattern Energy chief executive Michael Garland. The wind PTC – worth $24/MWh of generation at its full value – has long been the bedrock of the US wind market, with annual wind installations gyrating wildly over the past decade as the tax credit

    Wind  rechargenews.com 10 Aug 20:30 GMT Karl-Erik Stromsta in New York

    US turbine capacity, rotor diameters show big jump in 2016

    Average US wind turbine capacity and rotor diametre saw significant increases in 2016, while developers continue to deploy taller machines for projects located in lower-quality resource areas, a newly-released Department of Energy (DOE) report shows. The average rated (nameplate) capacity of recently-installed turbines last year was 2.15MW, up 11% from the average over the previous five years. Th

    Wind  rechargenews.com 10 Aug 16:50 GMT Richard A. Kessler in Fort Worth

    DOE: US offshore wind has turned a corner, but questions remain

    Confidence in US offshore wind is at an all-time high, with developers controlling zones that could hold 14.8GW of capacity, but big questions remain about the market’s future viability, according to the US Department of Energy (DOE) in its latest market report. Since the DOE released the last version of its Offshore Wind Technologies Market Report two years ago, the US market has turned a corner

    Wind  rechargenews.com 10 Aug 15:34 GMT Karl-Erik Stromsta in New York

    Estonian offshore wind plan advances with island deal

    Nelja Energia moved closer to building a 700MW-1.1GW offshore wind array off Estonia after signing an agreement with the local government on Hiiumaa island, as the Baltic nation's government becomes more involved in trying to secure financing from another EU member state. “We signed the agreement with the Hiiu (Hiiumaa island) local government last week,” Nelja Energia’s (4 Energia) chief executi

    Wind  rechargenews.com 10 Aug 15:22 GMT Bernd Radowitz in Berlin

    Business as usual at Northland as strategic review ends

    Canada’s Northland Power confirmed it is business as usual as it officially ended a strategic review that saw it linked with potential Chinese buyers. Northland – an independent power producer that has emerged as a major backer of European offshore wind projects – has spent the last year considering various options after announcing the review in July 2016. That period saw reports of potential ac

    Wind  rechargenews.com 10 Aug 12:14 GMT Andrew Lee

    Dong sees Statoil and Shell as global offshore wind rivals

    Dong Energy, the biggest offshore wind operator globally, sees oil companies Shell and Statoil as serious competitors in its core offshore wind business, not only in Europe but globally, comments by CEO Henrik Poulsen show. “I believe that Shell and Statoil clearly are competitors of ours all around the world,” Poulsen said during a conference call on second quarter results. “Shell (is) currentl

    Wind  rechargenews.com 10 Aug 10:56 GMT Bernd Radowitz in Berlin

    Scottish port of Peterhead gets EOWDC foundation role

    Peterhead Port has won a contract to support construction of the European Offshore Wind Deployment Centre (EOWDC) being developed by Vattenfall off northeast Scotland. Peterhead Port Authority said it will moor one of the world’s largest floating cranes, which will assist with loading of the innovative suction-bucket jacket foundations to be deployed at the EOWDC in Aberdeen Bay. ANALYSIS: Dif

    Wind  rechargenews.com 10 Aug 10:20 GMT Andrew Lee

    Mainstream closes finance on 299MW of Chile wind

    Developer Mainstream Renewable Power’s Chilean joint venture, Aela Energía, has obtained $410m in project financing for two wind farms in Chile with a combined capacity of 299MW, bringing the projects to financial close. Aela Energía will now proceed with the construction of the 170MW Sarco and 129MW Aurora projects. Sarco is located in Freirina commune in the Atacama region, while Aurora is loca

    Wind  rechargenews.com 10 Aug 09:47 GMT Christopher Hopson in London

    Statoil, SSE and Innogy shuffle Dogger Bank project stakes

    Statoil has carried out an asset swap deal with its partners in the Dogger Bank wind farm development off the UK that will see it boost its stake in three of the four projects under the overall scheme, while exiting the fourth. The Norwegian oil and gas giant will gain 50% interests in the Creyke Beck A and B, and Teesside A projects under the agreement with Innogy and SSE, with SSE owning the ot

    Wind  rechargenews.com 10 Aug 09:21 GMT Steve Marshall

    Dong raises profit outlook on second-quarter earnings surge

    Second quarter 2017 profit surged at Danish utility Dong Energy due to higher earnings from the ramp-up of new offshore wind farms, and gains from the divestment of half of the Race Bank array off the UK. Chief executive Henrik Poulsen during a results conference stressed the strategic importance of the growing US offshore wind market, and said that business is going so well that the company may

    Wind  rechargenews.com 10 Aug 07:11 GMT Bernd Radowitz in Berlin

    Cubico seals finance on 600MW of Mexican solar and wind

    Cubico Sustainable Investments, the UK-based renewables developer owned by two Canadian pension funds, has closed financing for its 350MW Solem solar and 250MW El Mezquite wind projects in Mexico. Cubico secured contracts for the two projects in Mexico’s second clean-energy tender, held in late 2016, and they are due for commercial operation in late 2018 in the states of Aguascalientes and Nuevo

    Wind  rechargenews.com 09 Aug 17:14 GMT Karl-Erik Stromsta in New York

    Target signs wind PPA with Infinity for project in Kansas

    US retail giant Target has agreed to buy 100MW of wind power from developer Infinity Wind’s planned 474MW Solomon Forks project in Kansas, due on line by the end of 2018. Target, the second largest discount retailer in the US after Walmart, signed its first wind PPA last year, agreeing to buy 40MW from Starwood Energy Group’s 211MW Stephens Ranch wind farm in Texas. The deal with Infinity repres

    Wind  rechargenews.com 09 Aug 15:15 GMT Karl-Erik Stromsta in New York

    German consortium plans to rival Tesla with gigawatt factory

    A consortium of 17 major companies and research institutions plans to build up large-scale “gigawatt” lithium ion battery cell manufacturing at two yet-unknown locations in Germany that could rival Tesla’s gigawatt factory in the US state of Nevada. Although not revealing its members, the group led by holding firm TerraE says it includes companies from throughout the supply chain, such as infrast

    Transition  rechargenews.com 09 Aug 11:31 GMT Bernd Radowitz in Berlin

    Battery storage needs ‘effective policies’, says study

    Battery storage is a ‘game-changing’ technology requiring governments to adopt effective policies and regulations, and to provide the necessary support for projects worldwide, according to a study by Axis Insurance and The Renewables Consulting Group (RCG). The report, entitled ‘Energy Storage: Opportunities & Challenges,’ highlights the opportunities and risks associated with investing in the $1

    Transition  rechargenews.com 09 Aug 09:54 GMT Christopher Hopson in London

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    Gulf of Mexico will benefit from coming wave of US offshore

    OPINION | Lower wind speeds and occasional hurricanes will not prevent the region from growing a vibrant offshore sector, writes NREL principal engineer Walt Musial

    Wind  rechargenews.com 09 Aug 09:34 GMT Walt Musial

    Weaker UK winds at sea deflate E.ON’s 1H renewables results

    Earnings in the renewables segment of German utility E.ON fell in the first half of 2017 as gains in onshore wind were not sufficient to compensate for lower offshore wind income and the non-recurrence of a book gain in the same period a year earlier. Overall renewables sales actually increased, to €710m ($833.8m) in the first half from €680m in the first half of 2016 resulting from better wind

    Wind  rechargenews.com 09 Aug 08:21 GMT Bernd Radowitz in Berlin

    AMSC's fiscal Q1 loss widens as wind revenue slumps

    US wind and grid technology company AMSC reported its fiscal first quarter net loss widened to $15.3m, or $0.91 per share, as wind led a revenue decline and costs continued to increase. A year earlier, net loss was $10.3m, or $0.76 per share. Revenue during the latest quarter was $8.92m, which exceeded analysts’ expectations, but was sharply down from $13.34m in fiscal Q1 2016. AMSC’s Windtec

    Wind  rechargenews.com 09 Aug 02:58 GMT Richard A. Kessler in Fort Worth

    Wyoming lawmakers again reject higher wind generation tax

    A key committee in the Wyoming Legislature has turned back the latest proposal for an increase in the state’s $1/MWh wind energy generation tax, although a Republican lawmaker pledges to promote the issue again in the future. After listing to testimony from industry representatives, local government officials and private citizens, the 14-member Joint Revenue Interim Committee defeated the proposa

    Wind  rechargenews.com 08 Aug 19:49 GMT Richard A. Kessler in Fort Worth

    Larger turbines could spell an offshore wind vessel-crunch

    OPINION | The offshore wind sector may be overlooking a fast-approaching construction vessel bottleneck – and a hike in 'large component exchange' prices, writes Carl Erik Gurrik

    Wind  rechargenews.com 08 Aug 15:55 GMT Carl Erik Gurrik

    Goldwind seals 60MW in US orders to power factories

    Goldwind Americas has won contracts to supply turbines totaling 60MW of nameplate capacity to One Energy Enterprises for various distributed generation projects, with a firm order of 20 GW 87/1500 turbines scheduled for immediate delivery. The first four permanent magnet direct-drive turbines will be installed for projects to supply wind energy to facilities in Marion and Ottawa, O hio, owned by

    Wind  rechargenews.com 08 Aug 15:54 GMT Richard A. Kessler in Fort Worth

    Vestas and Acciona win big contracts for Zuma's 443MW Mexico wind project

    Danish wind-turbine maker Vestas and Spanish contractor Acciona have won big orders for Mexican developer Zuma Energía’s 443MW Reynosa III project, which will become the country’s largest wind farm. Vestas on Tuesday confirmed it has won an order to supply its V136-3.45MW machines, in a contract that also covers turbine installation, commissioning, and a 15-year Active Output Management 5000 serv

    Wind  rechargenews.com 08 Aug 15:53 GMT Karl-Erik Stromsta in New York

    Brazil schedules tenders for December to end two-year hiatus

    Brazil has scheduled two tenders for December to contract wind, PV and other technologies – ending two years without new contracts in the country. The new regulated-market tenders are denominated A-4 – foreseeing a start of operations by January 2021 – and A-6, with starting date seen in January 2023. Wind and solar will be offered 20-year PPAs from the start-up date. Further details of contract

    Transition  rechargenews.com 08 Aug 15:18 GMT Alexandre Spatuzza in Sao Paulo

    Pattern Energy reports Q2 loss as operating expenses spike

    Pattern Energy returned to losses in the second quarter, swinging to a net quarterly loss of $14.7m following a profit in the first quarter of 2017. Since its 2013 initial public offering, Pattern Energy, a top-10 owner of US wind capacity, has placed a heavier emphasis on metrics like the amount of cash available for distribution (CAFD) to shareholders than on quarterly profits. The yieldco curr

    Wind  rechargenews.com 08 Aug 15:05 GMT Karl-Erik Stromsta in New York

    Siemens Gamesa reaches new heights in Thailand

    Siemens Gamesa says it has set a new record in Asia by installing the tallest turbines on the continent at the 67.5MW Sarahnlom wind farm in Thailand. The turbines are equipped with 153-metre tall towers, and including their 56-metre blades reach a total height of 210-metres The project is owned by Thai engineering company Gunkul and is being built by developer PowerChina ZhongNan with 33 units

    Wind  rechargenews.com 08 Aug 14:31 GMT Bernd Radowitz in Berlin

    Germans support for renewables strong ahead of elections

    An overwhelming majority of Germans continues to back the expansion of renewables and most are also willing to pay for it, a new poll for the Agentur für Erneuerbare Energien (AEE) think-tank shows just weeks before general elections on 24 September. “The results of the poll prove how broad the societal consensus is that supports the Energiewende (energy transition) in Germany,” says Nils Boenigk

    Transition  rechargenews.com 08 Aug 12:49 GMT Bernd Radowitz in Berlin

    Capital Energy links with Alfanar to build Spanish 720MW

    Capital Energy – which won 720MW of the 1.13GW of wind capacity awarded in Spain’s latest renewables auction – is closing in on a deal with a turbine supplier for all its projects, to be built by Saudi Arabian construction giant Alfanar. The Madrid-headquartered developer, headed up by chief executive Jesus Martin Buezas, plans to name specific wind farm projects in the Spanish regions of Andalus

    Wind  rechargenews.com 08 Aug 12:27 GMT Christopher Hopson in London

    Innogy’s Belectric commissions 16MW battery in Saxony

    Belectric, the recently-acquired solar and storage unit of German utility Innogy, has inaugurated a 16MW energy storage system in Saxony state to provide ancillary services that are increasingly needed due to more renewable power on the grid. Belectric has built and commissioned the facility as general contractor for regional power provider Eins Energie in Sachsen. The €10m ($11.8m) unit with a r

    Transition  rechargenews.com 08 Aug 10:42 GMT Bernd Radowitz in Berlin

    Dutch seek feedback on subsidy-free offshore wind criteria

    The Dutch economics ministry has invited interested parties to provide feedback on its ranking criteria for a possible subsidy-free tender for the 700MW Hollandse Kust South 1&2 offshore zone that is scheduled for this autumn. Following the game changing result of Germany’s first offshore wind tender in April in which 1.38GW of offshore acreage was allocated to zero-subsidy bids, the government i

    Wind  rechargenews.com 08 Aug 09:33 GMT Bernd Radowitz in Berlin

    Oil & gas giants' renewables spend still 'negligible': BMI

    Renewables investment by large oil and gas groups remains “negligible” compared to their core activities, said BMI Research in a report suggesting the transformation of the world’s fossil majors is yet to gain significant traction. While a large number of oil and gas players have some exposure to clean energy – for example Statoil, Eni, Total, and Shell – their actual spending remains muted, BMI

    Transition  rechargenews.com 08 Aug 09:03 GMT Christopher Hopson in London

    Southern Power may turn to tax equity to fund US pipeline

    Southern Company is considering tapping external tax-equity investors to build its huge US renewables pipeline, potentially injecting significant new demand into the tax-equity market, as the utility giant grapples with the financial hangover left by its failed Kemper “clean coal” project. In addition to the group of large regulated electric utilities it owns across the US South, Southern Company

    Transition  rechargenews.com 07 Aug 20:49 GMT Karl-Erik Stromsta in New York

    GIP to buy 50% stake in Dong's 450MW Borkum Riffgrund 2 project

    Denmark’s Dong Energy has agreed to sell half of its 450MW Borkum Riffgrund 2 offshore wind project in the German North Sea to Global Infrastructure Partners (GIP), in a deal worth €1.17bn ($1.38bn). The deal marks the second investment for New York-based GIP in a Dong offshore wind project, following the half-stake it acquired in the 330MW Gode Wind 1 project in 2015. Located 59km north of the

    Wind  rechargenews.com 07 Aug 17:29 GMT Karl-Erik Stromsta in New York

    Canada's Brookfield sees opportunities in European renewables

    Canada’s Brookfield Renewable Partners, the global hydroelectric operator expanding into wind and solar, says it will soon gain control of SunEdison’s two TerraForm yieldcos – and flagged Europe as an ongoing focus for investment in the years ahead. Two weeks ago Brookfield Renewable agreed to spend £196m ($255m) buying out Mitsui & Co.’s 25% stake in First Hydro, owner of half of the UK’s hydroe

    Transition  rechargenews.com 07 Aug 15:58 GMT Karl-Erik Stromsta in New York

    Brazilian Development Bank finances its first solar project

    The Brazilian Development Bank (BNDES) has financed its first-ever solar plant in the country, providing project finance for the under-construction 192MW Pirapora I plant owned by EDF Energies Nouvelles and Canadian Solar. In a “landmark transaction”, the BNDES is supplying R$529m ($163m) of project finance for the Pirapora I project, which is slated to reach completion shortly in the state of

    Transition  rechargenews.com 07 Aug 14:13 GMT Karl-Erik Stromsta in New York

    Wood Group secures work on 1GW Fosen wind project

    Energy services company Wood Group has been chosen to carry out power performance testing (PPT) on the €1.1bn ($1.2bn) 1GW Fosen Vind onshore wind project, located in central Norway. The two-and-a-half year contract will see Wood Group’s clean energy team install 29 guyed-lattice met masts, and undertake data monitoring and analysis for the site calibration phase. IN DEPTH: Europe’s biggest and

    Wind  rechargenews.com 07 Aug 12:15 GMT Christopher Hopson in London

    UK green light for Iberdrola's 1.2GW East Anglia 3 offshore wind

    The UK is set to host another offshore wind mega-project off its east coast as Iberdrola-owned ScottishPower Renewables received planning consent for the 1.2GW East Anglia 3 development. The developer said the approval by UK energy secretary Greg Clark would enable the deployment of ‘next generation’ turbines at the site, with a tip height up to 247-metres. The project, 69km off the Norfolk coas

    Wind  rechargenews.com 07 Aug 11:39 GMT Andrew Lee in London

    GE signs 119MW supply deal for Engie wind farm in Australia

    GE has agreed a 119MW turbine supply deal to equip an Engie wind farm in Australia. The US OEM will deliver a mixture of 3.8MW and 3.4MW to the Willogoleche Wind Farm in South Australia, Engie’s second wind project in Australia. Willogoleche, located 160km north of Adelaide, is due to enter service in mid-2018. Tesla to link 'world's largest battery' with wind in Australia GE Renewable Ene

    Wind  rechargenews.com 07 Aug 10:49 GMT Andrew Lee

    Renewables hope for fair hearing as UK launches cost review

    The UK government has announced the launch of its independent review of energy costs, promising to sort the “facts from the myths” over generation and supply in a bid to reduce bills for consumers and businesses. Renewables advocates hope the review will allow sources like onshore wind and PV to make their case as low-cost generators, despite being frozen out of UK support mechanisms for large-sc

    Transition  rechargenews.com 07 Aug 09:43 GMT Andrew Lee

    MHI Vestas probes V164 turbine fire at Danish test centre

    Offshore wind OEM MHI Vestas is investigating after a unit of its flagship V164 turbine caught fire at a test site in Denmark on Friday. The turbine was being started up at the Danish national test centre at Osterild when the blaze broke out, said a spokesman for the OEM, adding that an investigation has now started. “First, we are grateful that no one was injured. The fire brigade was called im

    Wind  rechargenews.com 07 Aug 07:27 GMT Andrew Lee in London

    EVs no game-changer for electric utilities, says Duke CEO

    Traditional power utilities have long been looking for a boost from the rise of electric vehicles (EVs). They shouldn’t get too excited, says Lynn Good, chief executive of Duke Energy, one of the largest US investor-owned utilities. The impact from EVs “is positive and I think it will grow over time”, Good told analysts Friday, several weeks after Tesla’s first Model 3 EVs rolled off the assembly

    Transition  rechargenews.com 04 Aug 20:37 GMT Karl-Erik Stromsta in New York

    US utility Alliant seeks approval for another 500MW of Iowa wind

    Alliant Energy will seek regulatory approval to add another 500MW of rate-based wind by 2020, on top of the 500MW it received approval for late last year, as traditional US electric utilities grow ever more comfortable owning wind farms. Alliant’s Interstate Power and Light (IPL) unit, a regulated utility based in Cedar Rapids, Iowa, will ask the Iowa Utilities Board to sign off on another 500MW

    Wind  rechargenews.com 04 Aug 13:54 GMT Karl-Erik Stromsta in New York

    Desert power for EU dream lives on with 4.5GW Tunisia plan

    Plans for vast solar deployment in North Africa exporting clean power to Europe – an ambition as old as the solar industry but so far nothing more – inched forward with an application to the Tunisian government for a 4.5GW project. A consortium developing the TuNur project hopes to site huge arrays of concentrating solar power (CSP) generation with molten-salt storage in the Sahara desert in sout

    Transition  rechargenews.com 04 Aug 13:48 GMT Andrew Lee

    Work starts on 1.4GW NordLink interconnector

    Construction has started at the NordLink high-voltage direct current (HVDC) “green link” to exchange renewable energy between Germany and Norway, project partners have said. The first few kilometres of the high-voltage cable have already been laid on the seabed in Vollesfjord, in the Vest-Agder region of southern Norway, said the Dutch-German transmission system operator TenneT. NordLink is join

    Wind  rechargenews.com 04 Aug 10:55 GMT Anamaria Deduleasa

    Dong's Burbo Bank O&M facility open for business

    Construction has finished at the new £6m ($8m) Wirral base, which will serve as the offshore wind farm operations base for Dong Energy’s Burbo Bank wind farm in the Irish Sea off northwest England. The facility at Kings Wharf, Seacombe will serve both Burbo Bank offshore wind farm and the new 258MW Burbo Bank Extension, which opened in May this year. Around 75 people were employed during the con

    Wind  rechargenews.com 04 Aug 08:00 GMT Anamaria Deduleasa

    Allete to repower nearly 400 ageing Zond turbines in US

    Allete Clean Energy (ACE), the competitive generation arm of Minnesota-based utility holding company Allete, announced it will repower 385 ageing turbines at three operating wind farms in the upper Midwest, highlighting the growing strength of the US repowering market. ACE says it will spend $80m to replace the blades, gearboxes and generators at the 104MW Lake Benton wind farm in Minnesota and t

    Wind  rechargenews.com 03 Aug 20:50 GMT Karl-Erik Stromsta in New York

    Invenergy secures US wind PPA and issues Uruguay green bonds

    US renewables heavyweight Invenergy has secured a power-purchase agreement for its 132MW Bishop Hill III wind project in Illinois, and separately announced the issuance of $136m of green bonds tied to its 70MW Campo Palomas wind farm operating in Uruguay. Located in Henry County, near Illinois’ northeastern border with Iowa, the third phase of the Bishop Hill project is due on line in mid-2018, m

    Wind  rechargenews.com 03 Aug 17:31 GMT Karl-Erik Stromsta in New York

    Broadwind seeing 'better communication' with Siemens Gamesa

    US wind-tower maker Broadwind Energy says it is starting to see better communications out of key customer Siemens Gamesa Renewable Energy, following a rocky start for the recently created wind giant. Finalised in April nearly a year after it was first announced, the merger of Spain’s Gamesa and Siemens’ wind business is of big consequence to Chicago-based Broadwind, as Siemens and Gamesa have sep

    Wind  rechargenews.com 03 Aug 15:29 GMT Karl-Erik Stromsta in New York

    E.ON victorious in MT Højgaard offshore wind grouting court saga

    Offshore wind developer E.ON has emerged victorious in its long-running legal battle with contractor MT Højgaard over foundation problems at the UK’s Robin Rigg project. The UK Supreme Court ruled that MT Højgaard was responsible for grouting issues at the 180MW wind farm off Scotland, overturning a 2015 Court of Appeal ruling that backed the Danish contractor. The case centres on grouted connec

    Wind  rechargenews.com 03 Aug 14:58 GMT Andrew Lee

    ABB lands TenneT deal for German grid work

    Swiss group ABB has signed a deal with Dutch-German transmission system operator, TenneT, to supply solutions that will enhance the reliability and quality of power as the grid absorbs more renewable energy. As part of the $30m solution, ABB will deliver a hybrid Static Compensator (STATCOM) to be installed at the Borken substation in Hessen, central Germany. It will support the grid with flexibl

    Wind  rechargenews.com 03 Aug 13:52 GMT Anamaria Deduleasa