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  • Global renewables jobs rise to 9.8m in 2016, IRENA report says

    Employment in the renewable energy sector has soared to 9.8 million people globally and is expected to more than double by 2030, a new report by the International Renewable Energy Agency (IRENA) finds as Germany and China urge the US to stay in the Paris Climate Accord. “Falling costs and enabling policies have steadily driven up investment and employment in renewable energy worldwide since IRENA

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    Red-hot Texas due to add 5.7GW in 2017

    The main power market in Texas could have as much as 23.4GW of wind capacity in place at the end of this year, versus 18.98GW in place on 1 May, as developers finish construction on projects eligible for the full federal $24/MWh production tax credit (PTC). The potential 4.4GW increase plus 1.3GW of capacity already installed this year signifies that the Electric Reliability Council of Texas (ERC

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    US wind sector calls for objectivity in controversial DOE grid study

    Above all else, the wind industry wants “objectivity” from the Trump administration, as the Department of Energy (DOE) undertakes a controversial study on the future of US baseload power that many see as a threat to renewables, says EDF Renewable Energy chief executive Tristan Grimbert. Contrary to some perceptions, the Trump administration contains a broad spectrum of views on wind energy, says

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    Dong completes transformation with oil & gas disposal

    Global offshore wind pacesetter Dong Energy hailed its “transformation into a leading pure-play renewables company” after agreeing to sell its oil and gas business for up to $1.3bn. The Danish group struck a deal with the UK’s Ineos that will see the latter take on Dong E&P when the transaction completes in the third quarter of 2017. Dong first announced plans to divest its fossil-focused assets

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    Senvion unveils 3.6MW upgrade, 2MW North America model

    Germany-based wind OEM Senvion unveiled its 3.6M140 medium wind speed turbine at the AWEA Windpower conference, a power upgrade of its 3.4M140. The turbine maker also announced the adaptation of a new series of modular 2MW turbines, the 2XM series, to the North American market. “We are addressing the need for highly competitive, modular technology that can be adapted to project specific needs. T

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    Senvion breaks cover with 10MW+ offshore wind turbine

    German turbine maker Senvion is planning to build what could be the world’s biggest wind turbine — and may also build factories for onshore machines in the US, company executives revealed at AWEA Windpower 2017. “We will announce a big turbine of 10-plus [MW]” at the Offshore Wind Energy conference in London in early June, Senvion’s vice-president for corporate communication and marketing, Immo v

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    GE completes major repowering for NextEra Energy

    GE Renewable Energy has completed a 300-turbine wind repowering project for NextEra Energy Resources, adding the equivalent of 75 machines' worth of output and underlining a potential market expected by the US National Renewable Energy Laboratory to grow to $25bn by 2030. The US industrial giant's Repower programme is calculated to extend the life of onshore wind turbines "by a decade or more", b

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    US tower makers face growing competition from Asian suppliers

    Broadwind Energy, the US wind tower maker, has seen a growing number of towers imported into the US from Asia, says chief executive Stephanie Kushner. While US trade duties are in place on towers from China and Vietnam, “they’re coming from places where there probably aren’t tariffs — Indonesia, for example, can import, and South Korea as well,” Kushner tells Recharge. Post-2020 market slump l

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    Upper Midwest is set to be US wind’s next big thing

    Minnesota and the Dakotas are emerging as important growth markets for the wind industry as expansion of transmission infrastructure allows greater export of power to the more populated states to the east. “We’re seeing a ton of development activity there right now,” says Chris Kunkle, a regional policy manager of advocacy group Wind on the Wires, based in St Paul, Minnesota. Electric utilities,

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    Post-2020 market slump looms due to PTC fall: E.ON

    Even in the windiest parts of the country, it will be difficult for new US wind projects to make economic sense once the production tax credit (PTC) falls to 60% of its full value next year, says Patrick Woodson, E.ON’s chairman for North America. The German utility — a top 10 US wind owner through its Climate & Renewables unit, with 2.5GW of capacity — qualified “as many projects as we could” fo

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