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  • US awards grant to support Vietnamese offshore project

    The US Trade and Development Agency (USTDA) has awarded a grant to Power Engineering Consulting Joint Stock Co. 2 (PECC2), a Vietnamese power engineering company, to support development of a 100MW offshore wind farm in southern Vietnam. PECC2 selected consulting and engineering firm DVN GL in Seattle to carry out the project design and feasibility study. PECC2 is developing the 100 MW Tan Thu

    Wind  rechargenews.com 17 Oct 01:22 GMT Richard A. Kessler in Fort Worth

    Hexcel extends advanced prepreg supply deal with Vestas

    Hexcel Corp. has reached terms with turbine OEM Vestas to expand its existing agreement to provide advanced composite materials for new-generation wind blades. Hexcel, based in Stamford, Connecticut, did not release terms of the deal that will involve supply of advanced prepreg (glass fiber-reinforced resin systems) manufactured at its plants in Neumark, Austria; Windsor, Colorado; and Tianjin,

    Wind  rechargenews.com 16 Oct 21:38 GMT Richard A. Kessler in Fort Worth

    Wind to surpass coal soon in Texas as plant retirements loom

    Wind will soon surpass coal in nameplate generation capacity in the main Texas power grid after Luminant, the state’s largest electricity producer, announced it will close three large coal-fired plants in early 2018. Electric Reliability Council of Texas (ERCOT), which serves about 90% of the state’s electric load, has at least 19GW of wind power capacity on its grid, slightly less than 19.2GW

    Wind  rechargenews.com 16 Oct 19:28 GMT Richard A. Kessler in Fort Worth

    Oklahoma considers wind turbine limits near Air Force bases

    Oklahoma’s legislature is considering whether to place restrictions on further wind development in areas of the state where US Air Force bases conduct training exercises. The move follows action by Texas and North Carolina to address concerns over alleged wind industry interference with military air space. Potential action by Oklahoma lawmakers to restrict development during the 2018 legislative

    Wind  rechargenews.com 16 Oct 16:31 GMT Richard A. Kessler in Fort Worth

    Brave Tern nears end of 350MW Wikinger build in the Baltic

    Construction of the €1.4bn ($1.65bn) Wikinger offshore wind farm – developer Iberdrola’s first outing in German waters – is nearing completion, with contractor Fred Olsen Windcarrier in the next week or so due to top-out the last of the project’s 70 steel jackets with a 5MW Adwen turbine. Iberdrola chief tells newbies: 'No easy way into offshore wind' FOW’s Brave Tern, a self-propelled installa

    Wind  rechargenews.com 16 Oct 15:56 GMT Darius Snieckus in London

    Invenergy says Poland breached treaties in $700m wind dispute

    US energy group Invenergy notified the Polish government of action under international treaties as it claimed losses of $700m from a “coordinated conspiracy” it says destroyed the viability of its wind farm investments in the country. Invenergy has sent a letter to Polish Prime Minister Beata Szydło, its President and other officials notifying a dispute under the US-Poland Bilateral Investment Tr

    Wind  rechargenews.com 16 Oct 12:36 GMT Andrew Lee

    German EEG levy nudges lower in 2018 as wholesale prices rise

    The levy to finance the expansion of renewables in Germany – the EEG surcharge – will fall next year amid rising wholesale power prices and large reserve funds in the surcharge account, the country’s four transmission system operators (TSOs) said. The EEG surcharge will fall by 1.3% to €0.06792 ($0.08) per kilowatt hour of electricity in 2018, down from the €0.0688/kWh paid by most consumers as p

    Transition  rechargenews.com 16 Oct 10:19 GMT Bernd Radowitz in Berlin

    Vestas launches V120 in China as low-wind push gathers pace

    Onshore wind market-leader Vestas has launched its V120 turbine in China in a bid to meet the growing push to develop low- and ultra-low-wind sites in the country. The V120-2.0/2.2 MW – first unveiled earlier this year – will be made at the Danish group’s facilities in Tianjin, with first deliveries due in Q3 2018. The model builds on Vestas’ successful V110 2MW machine, adding features includin

    Wind  rechargenews.com 16 Oct 10:00 GMT Andrew Lee

    India to ramp-up wind auctions by up to 4.5GW more: reports

    Encouraged by falling tariffs, India wants to ramp up its centrally-run programme of wind power procurement with as much as 4.5GW-worth of further auctions by the end of the current financial year, according to local reports. The New Delhi government took the low winning bids seen in an 1GW auction earlier this month as a signal that the sector is capable of delivering low-cost power on an ongoin

    Wind  rechargenews.com 16 Oct 09:07 GMT Andrew Lee

    US finalises Avangrid's North Carolina offshore wind lease

    The federal US government has finalised the lease of a 122,405-acre (500 sq km) offshore wind development zone facing North Carolina that was won earlier this year by Avangrid Renewables, paving the way for more than 1GW to be built off the southeastern US in the 2020s. Avangrid, the US utility holding company controlled by Spanish energy giant Iberdrola, won the Kitty Hawk lease with a $9.1m bid

    Wind  rechargenews.com 13 Oct 18:50 GMT Karl-Erik Stromsta in New York