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  • Renewables not gas must fill UK coal gap, government told

    The UK government has released details of its plans to shut down all coal plants in the country by 2025, prompting environmental groups to warn that renewables – not gas – must be used to fill the gap. The long-awaited implementation plan to phase out coal is part of the ruling Conservative party’s flagship green policies. Because of new pollution standards, several coal plant have been shut down

    Wind  rechargenews.com 08 Jan 11:27 GMT Anamaria Deduleasa

    Mel Kroon to step down as chief executive of TSO TenneT

    Mel Kroon in the second half of 2018 will resign from his position as chief executive and chairman of Dutch-German transmission system operator TenneT, a position he had held since 2002. Under Kroon’s leadership, the company owned by the Dutch state has become the sole TSO for offshore wind grid links in the Netherlands and the German part of the North Sea, as well as the TSO of the electricity g

    Wind  rechargenews.com 08 Jan 10:48 GMT Bernd Radowitz in Berlin

    Leupold to be replaced by Martin Neubert as Orsted Wind CEO

    Samuel Leupold has decided to resign as Orsted (formerly Dong) Wind Power chief executive and will leave the company on 28 February 2018 to be replaced by Martin Neubert, now senior vice president at Orsted Wind. Leupold, who in the past years had helped to transform Orsted away from its oil and gas origins into a utility driven mostly by offshore wind, has decided to take a break to spend more t

    Wind  rechargenews.com 08 Jan 08:56 GMT Bernd Radowitz in Berlin

    US court to hear AMSC trade secrets case against Sinovel

    A Wisconsin court on Monday will begin hearing a high-profile case involving US charges against Chinese wind turbine OEM Sinovel for alleged theft of trade secrets from its former technology supplier Massachusetts-based AMSC. Sinovel, its US subsidiary, two Sinovel executives and a former AMSC employee also face criminal charges for wire fraud and criminal copyrights offences. According to a fed

    Wind  rechargenews.com 08 Jan 02:46 GMT Richard A. Kessler in Fort Worth

    US investors propose 72.5GW of wind projects through 2020

    On 1 December, the US wind industry had proposed 465 utility-scale projects totaling 72.56GW nameplate capacity for installation through the end of 2020 – more than all other forms of energy together, excluding natural gas, according to newly-released Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) data. That is about 86% of 84.94GW of wind capacity now installed by the US during the last 35 years.

    Wind  rechargenews.com 06 Jan 04:43 GMT Richard A. Kessler in Fort Worth

    New York sets 1.5GW energy storage capacity goal by 2025

    Governor Andrew Cuomo has launched an initiative for New York to deploy 1.5GW of energy storage by 2025, fulfilling a legal mandate as the state advances policies to achieve the ambitious goal. Energy storage will employ 30,000 people in the state by then, if New York meets what the governor’s office calls the nation’s largest commitment per capita of any state to the sector. Cuomo envisions sto

    Wind  rechargenews.com 05 Jan 20:40 GMT Richard A. Kessler in Fort Worth

    AEP releases power line routing for 2GW Wind Catcher project

    American Electric Power (AEP) has made public its proposed route for a $1.6bn transmission line across Oklahoma that will carry 2GW of electricity from the largest US wind farm under construction there to customers in four states. The dedicated 360-mile (580km), single-circuit 765kV overhead line would stretch from the westernmost county of Cimarron in Oklahoma’s Panhandle eastward to a point nor

    Wind  rechargenews.com 05 Jan 17:50 GMT Richard A. Kessler in Fort Worth

    Senvion ups 2017 order intake to €1.78bn but misses guidance

    Firm order intake at Germany-based wind OEM Senvion rose by 36% to €1.78bn ($1.2bn) last year from €1.3bn in 2016, but the manufacturer missed its intake guidance of about €2bn as two key order conversions were delayed and shifted into early 2018. “This risk of potential delays in converting orders is not unusual in a project driven business like Senvion and was already highlighted in our third q

    Wind  rechargenews.com 05 Jan 11:34 GMT Bernd Radowitz in Berlin

    Orsted 'faces law suit from scientist's family' over name change

    Global offshore wind pacesetter Orsted is facing legal action by the family of the Danish scientist who inspired its name change from Dong Energy, according to reports from Denmark. Descendants of Hans Christian Orsted plan to file a lawsuit against the energy group alleging misuse of the family name for commercial purposes, according to the Reuters news agency citing the Berlingske newspaper. C

    Transition  rechargenews.com 05 Jan 11:15 GMT Andrew Lee

    Nordex wins 191MW Spain order from Gas Natural Fenosa

    The Nordex Group has won an order to supply and install 58 AW132/3300 machines from the turbine manufacturer’s Acciona Windpower brand at six wind farms across Spain for local renewables company Gas Natural Fenosa Renovables. The order comes with a multi-year services contract. Construction starts in the summer of this year. “The Spanish market is regaining momentum after a protracted lull, with

    Wind  rechargenews.com 05 Jan 10:52 GMT Bernd Radowitz in Berlin

    Gas Natural Fenosa cleared for 330MW of Australian wind

    Spain’s Gas Natural Fenosa (GNF) got the green light for 330MW of wind development in Australia after the Victoria state government approved a revised planning application. GNF unit Global Power Generation (GPG) plans to build the Hawkesdale and Ryan Corner wind farms 25km from Warrnambool in the Moyne Shire region of Victoria. The developer received consent after submitting proposals to reduce

    Wind  rechargenews.com 05 Jan 10:24 GMT Andrew Lee

    Ramboll cites 'strong renewables push' as Oil & Gas joins Energy

    Global engineering group Ramboll will merge its Oil & Gas and Energy divisions, citing a “strong push towards renewables and a growing focus on sustainability” as major fossil players embrace the energy transition. Denmark-based Ramboll said the merged unit – to be named Ramboll Energy – will be a “one-stop energy shop” better able to serve large players in a market where the likes of Statoil and

    Transition  rechargenews.com 05 Jan 09:12 GMT Andrew Lee

    Brazil to contract 70MW of storage to secure Roraima supply

    Brazil’s federal government has approved the contracting of 70MW of battery storage to be installed in the northern state of Roraima in a bid to avoid power outages. This is the first time that Brazil has looked into large-scale storage options, which will be contracted through a tender expected to be held in June this year, the government said. Roraima – located in the Amazon region and borderi

    Transition  rechargenews.com 04 Jan 14:45 GMT Alexandre Spatuzza in Sao Paulo

    Enel claims Oklahoma wind crown with 600MW switch-on

    Enel brought almost 600MW of turbines into service that the Italian group said makes it the leading operator in the key US wind state of Oklahoma. The Italian group’s 298MW Thunder Ranch and 300MW Red Dirt projects both began operations for its Enel Green Power (EGP) North America subsidiary after a combined investment of $855m. Wind industry again on edge over Oklahoma tax policies The proje

    Wind  rechargenews.com 04 Jan 13:53 GMT Andrew Lee

    Longyuan owner backs deal to create 30GW Chinese wind giant

    Creation of a 30GW-plus Chinese wind power giant moved a step closer when the parent group of Longyuan – the world’s biggest wind operator – approved a merger with another state-owned energy major. The board of Guodian Group – whose subsidiaries include Longyuan and the United Power turbine OEM business – on Thursday rubber-stamped a deal that will see it absorbed by China Energy Investment Corp.

    Transition  rechargenews.com 04 Jan 12:08 GMT Andrew Lee in London

    Australia set for more renewable storage as state backs Bulgana

    Plans for another major wind-plus-storage initiative in Australia took a step forward as the Victoria government backed a 204MW project linked to a battery. The Bulgana Green Power Hub will link wind and storage to power a major agricultural facility in the state. The Victoria government said it has inked a 15-year “support agreement” with French renewables developer Neoen, which is leading the

    Transition  rechargenews.com 04 Jan 10:07 GMT Andrew Lee

    Terna starts operations at Fluvanna 1 wind in Texas

    Greek utility Terna Energy has started operations at the 155MW Fluvanna 1 wind farm in Scurry County, Texas. Construction of the $250m project began in December 2016 and was completed in less than 12 months. The installation of the wind farm's final turbines late last year was responsible for a milestone in the history of Texas's power economy, tipping wind to 20GW and past coal on the main elec

    Wind  rechargenews.com 03 Jan 16:58 GMT Christopher Hopson in London

    Wind supplies record 43.6% of Denmark’s electricity

    Wind power in 2017 accounted for a record 43.6% of electricity consumption in Denmark – the global pacesetter in the sector – helped by strong winds that ended in a stormy December and provided an output of 14,700 gigawatt hours throughout the year, industry group Danish Energy said. That was up from a 37.6% wind share in Denmark’s electricity mix in 2016, and higher than the previous record of 4

    Wind  rechargenews.com 03 Jan 16:04 GMT Bernd Radowitz in Berlin

    Renewables storage market to hit $23bn by 2026: Navigant

    The global energy storage market for renewables is likely to exceed $23bn annually by 2026, according to a new study from Navigant Research. Navigant says revenues will grow significantly driven by the falling costs for energy storage systems, the reducing costs of renewable energy projects and grid resilience challenges brought on by renewables growth. The report, entitled Energy Storage and Re

    Transition  rechargenews.com 03 Jan 14:54 GMT Christopher Hopson in London

    UK's CDC launches Ayana to back South Asia renewables

    CDC Group – the UK governnment’s development finance body – has launched Ayana Renewable Power as a vehicle to develop “hundreds of megawatts” of wind and solar in South Asia. The new company will focus on developing projects in “underserved Indian states” and neighbouring nations such as Bangladesh, Nepal, Myanmar and Sri Lanka, said CDC in a statement. India signals 6.5GW wind power auction

    Transition  rechargenews.com 03 Jan 11:47 GMT Andrew Lee

    Major renewables projects to escape Innogy costs review

    Major wind and solar projects won’t be affected by any new cost-cutting measures at embattled German utility Innogy, a company spokesperson told Recharge. After issuing a profit warning and replacing former chief executive Peter Terium last month, Innogy this week reiterated its financial discipline targets and said it will review discretionary spending across all segments in the coming months fo

    Transition  rechargenews.com 03 Jan 09:09 GMT Bernd Radowitz in Berlin

    New York to seek at least 800MW of offshore wind power

    Governor Andrew Cuomo has called for procurement of at least 800MW of offshore wind power between two solicitations this year and in 2019, a move he believes will begin to position New York State as leader of the emerging US industry. Those moves will be followed by a “set schedule” of solicitations to reach a 2030 target of 2.4GW – the highest of any state – and create competition among develope

    Wind  rechargenews.com 03 Jan 02:31 GMT Richard A. Kessler in Fort Worth

    First Argentine wind farm in competitive power market online

    Argentina has commissioned its first wind farm with a power purchase agreement (PPA) in the competitive electricity market since the government published guidelines in mid-2016. Genneia, a local power generator, brought a $40m, 24MW expansion of its Rawson facility into commercial operation with President Mauricio Macri in attendance. The company signed a 20-year PPA with Loma Negra, the larg

    Wind  rechargenews.com 02 Jan 21:19 GMT Alex Spatuzza in Rio de Janeiro

    Trump to unveil $1trn infrastructure proposal this month

    The White House this month will release key elements of President Donald Trump’s long-awaited $1trn proposal to upgrade aging US infrastructure, a critical issue for the US wind industry which faces logistical challenges moving ever-larger turbine components to project sites and electric grid limitations. “We’re going to get infrastructure; infrastructure is the easiest of all. People want it, Re

    Wind  rechargenews.com 02 Jan 20:31 GMT Richard A. Kessler in Fort Worth

    German 2017 overall wind additions seen at close to 7GW

    Germany last year is estimated to have installed close to 7GW in new onshore and offshore wind capacity – an all-time record – as developers rushed to get projects built that are still entitled to feed-in tariffs (FITs) before all support switches to a tender-based system, the Bavarian section of the German wind energy federation BWE said. That is up from a combined 5.08GW in onshore and offshore

    Wind  rechargenews.com 02 Jan 11:46 GMT Bernd Radowitz in Berlin

    EDPR ties-up $507m of tax-equity finance for US wind and PV

    Portuguese renewables giant EDPR has completed $507m of tax-equity finance for its 2017 US wind and solar projects. The developer secured $439.6m for 363MW of wind from the bank of New York Mellon – $115m of which was put in place in September – in exchange for interests in the 100MW Meadow Lake V, 99MW Redbed Plains, 98MW Quilt Block and 66MW Hog Creek projects. The wind farms – respectively si

    Transition  rechargenews.com 02 Jan 11:17 GMT Andrew Lee

    India's Ireda plans IPO to boost renewable finance firepower

    India’s state-controlled renewables financing agency Ireda is planning an initial public offering (IPO) to boost its coffers as the country chases its ambitious capacity targets. The IPO by Ireda (the Indian Renewable Energy Development Agency) will be worth up to $140m, according to market commentators in India, with the agency planning to issue 139 million new shares – about 15% of the post-flo

    Transition  rechargenews.com 02 Jan 10:15 GMT Andrew Lee

    Late Americas flurry helps Vestas to record orders for 2017

    Wind OEM Vestas rounded off 2017 with a clutch of orders in the Americas that took its total for the year to a shade under 10.7GW, meaning it ends 2017 ahead of last year. A 190MW US order from an unnamed customer for the OEM's 4MW platform took the Danish group's year-to-date orders to 10.595GW, ahead of the record 10.494GW it secured in 2016. The 2017 tally does not include smaller, unannounced

    Wind  rechargenews.com 30 Dec 2017 Andrew Lee in London and Richard A. Kessler in Fort Worth

    MFG to keep US blade plant open after big GE, NextEra order

    Molded Fiber Glass (MFG) Companies has shelved plans to close its wind turbine blade manufacturing plant in Aberdeen, South Dakota, after receiving what it says is a “substantial new order.” "We are delighted and grateful for this unexpected order and what it means for our teammates and the community of Aberdeen," David Giovannini, senior vice president at MFG, said in a statement. GE and NextEr

    Wind  rechargenews.com 29 Dec 2017 Richard A. Kessler in Fort Worth

    Wind industry again on edge over Oklahoma tax policies

    Facing potential tax policy changes again next year in Oklahoma, some of the biggest US wind investors have sent Governor Mary Fallin a letter requesting they be included in any further discussions on the issue that could negatively impact their business and customers. “As one of Oklahoma’s growing industries, we must have a voice in the policy discussion to preserve Oklahoma’s place as a leader

    Wind  rechargenews.com 29 Dec 2017 Richard A. Kessler in Fort Worth

    New US policy ends legal threat for accidental bird deaths

    The US Department of the Interior (DOI) will no longer criminally prosecute wind farm owners if their turbines accidently kill migratory birds, reversing previous practice that resulted in the industry paying millions of dollars in fines and liable for additional penalties. The change, which also applies to other energy-related infrastructure, is the latest move by President Donald Trump’s admi

    Wind  rechargenews.com 29 Dec 2017 Richard A. Kessler in Fort Worth

    Vestas books 279MW of Swedish orders from Eolus Vind

    Wind OEM Vestas has bagged a 279MW order from Swedish developer Eolus Vind. The deal – which covers four projects – takes Vestas’ Swedish order intake above 1GW in 2017, the Danish manufacturer said. Vestas will deliver 74 V136-3.45 MW turbines, power optimised to 3.6MW or 3.8MW, for Eolus’s Kråktorpet, Nylandsbergen, Sötterfällan and Anneberg projects. Vestas set for 357MW in Sweden as OX2 and

    Wind  rechargenews.com 29 Dec 2017 Andrew Lee

    Iberdrola connects 350MW Wikinger to German grid

    Iberdrola has connected its 350MW Wikinger project to the German grid, in another landmark for the Spanish energy group’s expanding offshore wind base. The Baltic Sea wind farm was the first to be built by Iberdrola alone, and the company highlighted “technology challenges and extreme weather complications” as it hailed delivery of the €1.4bn ($1.67bn) project over 18 months. In Pictures – 350

    Wind  rechargenews.com 29 Dec 2017 Andrew Lee

    Eolfi backs W1N floating project despite Taiwan EPA blow

    French floating wind pioneer Eolfi said it remains confident its W1N project off Taiwan has a viable future, despite rejection by the country’s Environmental Protection Administration (EPA). Eolfi wants to develop a portfolio of five 500MW floating wind arrays off the Asian island nation, and earlier this month announced that Spanish group ACS would join it in the venture as a majority shareholde

    Wind  rechargenews.com 29 Dec 2017 Andrew Lee

    Actis to buy InterGen's portfolio of energy assets in Mexico

    Actis, the UK-based investment group that has become a significant renewables player in a number of emerging markets, has agreed to acquire a 2.2GW generation portfolio and other assets in Mexico from InterGen – including its in stake in the groundbreaking 155MW Energía Sierra Juárez wind farm, which sells its power in the US. InterGen, a Massachusetts-based independent power producer, will sell

    Wind  rechargenews.com 28 Dec 2017 Karl-Erik Stromsta in New York

    Agaoglu advances Turkish wind power plans with Nordex deal

    Turkish conglomerate Agaoglu Group plans to invest more than 1bn liras ($260m) in renewable energy next year, having already signed a supply deal with Germany’s Nordex for a first project. Ağaoğlu invested 700m liras in renewable energy in 2016 and 400m liras in 2017. By 2020, the group aims to top 5bn liras in renewables investments, it said. Aiming to reach its goal, Agaoglu and Nordex inked

    Wind  rechargenews.com 28 Dec 2017 Anamaria Deduleasa

    India signals 6.5GW wind power auction spree in early 2018

    India plans to end the 2017/18 financial year with a total of 9.5GW of wind power auctioned out, said the country’s power minister – more than expected just a few weeks ago – after revealing plans for a 6.5GW tendering flurry in the next three months. The massive tendering plan for the period ending 31 March – which minister RK Singh said will include 6GW under the country’s inter-state transmiss

    Wind  rechargenews.com 28 Dec 2017 Andrew Lee

    UK wind and solar trounce coal in 2017

    Wind and solar in the UK supplied twice the power of coal plants over the past year, according to data that underlines the growing role of renewables in Britain's electricity mix. The figures – from MyGridGB, and provided by BM Reports and Sheffield University covering the period from the beginning of December 2016 to the end of November 2017– showed that wind energy supplied 31.3 TWh, represent

    Wind  rechargenews.com 28 Dec 2017 Anamaria Deduleasa

    TRIG buys into the 316.8MW Sheringham Shoal wind farm

    London-listed investment company The Renewables Infrastructure Group (TRIG) has acquired a minority interest in the 316.8MW Sheringham Shoal offshore wind farm in the North Sea. Under the £80m ($107m) deal, TRIG bought a 14.7% indirect equity interest in the project, located off the coast of Norfolk. The acquisition represents TRIG's first allocation to the offshore wind sector and is consistent

    Wind  rechargenews.com 27 Dec 2017 Anamaria Deduleasa

    Vestas bags 118MW order in Mexico

    Vestas has inked a deal with Mexican company Compañía Eólica Vicente Guerrero for the supply of an 118MW wind farm in the state of Tamaulipas. Under the deal, with an undisclosed value, Vestas will supply the Vicente Guerrero project with 6 V136-3.45 and 27 V136-3.45 MW turbines of the same model delivered in 3.6MW power optimised mode. Solar on top as Mexico confirms record-low prices in thir

    Wind  rechargenews.com 27 Dec 2017 Anamaria Deduleasa

    Suzlon deploys Indian LiDAR as offshore wind plans take shape

    A group including Suzlon has commissioned its first LiDAR system in the waters off India, as the country advances its preparations for offshore wind deployment in the 2020s. The met station, 16km off Kutch in the state of Gujarat, will spend two years collecting data in a region that is expected to be among the first to see turbine deployment off India. Sited in water depths of 11 metres and sol

    Wind  rechargenews.com 27 Dec 2017 Andrew Lee

    EWT to open Dutch rotor blade factory

    EWT – a Dutch supplier of turbines up to 1MW in capacity – will open its own blade factory at Enschede in the Netherlands. EWT said setting up its own plant will "ensure continuity of production" of its DirectWind turbine range as it expands internationally. It also expects to continue to co-operate with third-party blade producers. Orsted stays away from Dutch zero-subsidy tender EWT said it

    Wind  rechargenews.com 27 Dec 2017 Christopher Hopson in London

    Innogy completes turbine installation at UK's Galloper

    The final turbine has been installed at Innogy’s 353MW Galloper wind farm about 30km off the coast of Suffolk, eastern England, with the project expected to be finished in spring 2018. Innogy said it concluded installation of all 56 Siemens Gamesa SWT-6.0-154 turbines on 22 December. The wind farm, which generated power for the first time on 5 November, will eventually be capable of powering abou

    Wind  rechargenews.com 27 Dec 2017 Christopher Hopson in London

    Eolus sells 232MW of wind projects to Aquila Capital

    Developer Eolus has signed an agreement to sell its Kråktorpet and Nylandsbergen wind farms in Sweden to Aquila Capital in a €264m ($313.5m) deal. The projects comprise 61 wind turbines with a combined installed capacity of 232MW. Under the deal, Eolus will construct both wind farms, which will be commissioned during 2019. The Kråktorpet wind farm will comprise 43 turbines with a capacity of

    Wind  rechargenews.com 27 Dec 2017 Anamaria Deduleasa

    NextEra buys Oklahoma piece of HVDC wind power line

    Clean Line Energy has sold the Oklahoma segment of its $2.5bn, three-state Plains and Eastern transmission project to NextEra Energy Resources, giving the nation’s largest wind and solar generator a greater stake in long-haul renewable energy delivery. Houston-based Clean Line did not make terms of the transaction public or say when it closed. It was not immediately clear if the deal will require

    Wind  rechargenews.com 26 Dec 2017 Richard A. Kessler in Fort Worth

    Pattern seals finance, taps Vestas for 300MW Ontario project

    Pattern Development announced the completion of C$1bn ($790m) of finance for its 300MW Henvey Inlet wind project, which will be the largest wind farm ever built in Ontario – and among the largest in Canada – when it is finished in early 2019. Vestas won an order for 87 of its 3.45MW turbines, with Pattern confirming to Recharge that it will be the first time it has ever worked with the Danish OEM

    Wind  rechargenews.com 26 Dec 2017 Karl-Erik Stromsta in New York

    Orsted stays away from Dutch zero-subsidy tender

    Global offshore wind leader Orsted (formerly Dong) decided to stay out of this week's zero-subsidy tender for up to 760MW off the Netherlands, instead focusing on Massachusetts. Orsted chief strategy officer Martin Neubert said the economics of the Dutch tender were uncertain, according to a report by the Reuters news agency confirmed to Recharge by the Danish group. Swedish utility Vattenfall a

    Wind  rechargenews.com 22 Dec 2017 Bernd Radowitz in Berlin

    Key US wind players express optimism after Congress passes tax bill

    As the dust began to settle on the implications for renewables from the US tax bill approved earlier this week by Congress, major wind players expressed optimism that the market will remain healthy in 2018 and beyond. “We believe the bill will enable the further growth of the wind energy industry, and the investments, jobs and renewable energy it generates,” Danish wind OEM Vestas, which owns a l

    Wind  rechargenews.com 22 Dec 2017 Karl-Erik Stromsta in New York

    Mainstream secures $50m to advance 320MW of Chile wind

    Irish renewable energy developer Mainstream Renewable Power has secured $50m in mezzanine financing for two wind farms with a combined capacity of 320MW that it has started building in Chile. The investment was made by Apollo Global Management in the 190MW Sarco and 129MW Aurora projects. Wind and solar at heart of Chile's emissions-cutting plan The plants were contracted at Chile’s 2016 powe

    Wind  rechargenews.com 22 Dec 2017 Alexandre Spatuzza in Sao Paulo

    Eolfi and Cobra join forces for 2.5GW of Taiwan floating wind

    French developer Eolfi and Cobra Concesiones, a subsidiary of Spanish construction conglomerate ACS, have formalised a partnership to develop a portfolio of five 500MW floating wind power projects off Taiwan. The tie-up, which involved Cobra taking a formal majority shareholdership in Eolfi Greater China, will provide a fillip to the W1N project off Taoyuan, currently in the running to be the wor

    Wind  rechargenews.com 22 Dec 2017 Darius Snieckus in London

    China unveils world's biggest carbon market for power sector

    China will launch a national carbon market that will begin life as the world’s largest, as part of its government's efforts to curb greenhouse gas emissions and fuel the country’s green economy. The macro-economy regulator of China’s National Development and Reform Commission (NDRC) this week announced the framework policy for launching a nationwide CO2 emission trading system, which initially co

    Transition  rechargenews.com 22 Dec 2017 Yuki Yu in Beijing

    Simplify wind policies or risk missing targets, Italy warned

    Italian wind industry body Anev warned the country’s government that it must carry through promises to simplify project permitting – especially for repowering – or it will fail to reach renewables goals set under new national energy targets up to 2030. The Italian government has published its Strategia Energetica Nazionale (SEN), with renewables now expected to account for 28% of total energy con

    Wind  rechargenews.com 22 Dec 2017 Anamaria Deduleasa

    Russia grants Vestas big tax breaks for wind blade plants

    Russian officials have approved a special investment contract (SPIC) between the country's industry ministry, the Ulyanovsk region and Vestas that grants the Danish wind OEM massive tax breaks in exchange for setting up wind turbine blade plants in Russia. “The wind power industry, the construction of wholesale wind farms and the production of components for turbines are a new industrial directio

    Wind  rechargenews.com 22 Dec 2017 Bernd Radowitz in Berlin

    Shell buys UK domestic energy supplier First Utility

    Oil giant Shell continued its repositioning for energy transition with a deal to buy First Utility, a UK domestic supply business. An independent challenger to the UK’s ‘big six energy players’, First Utility supplies about 825,000 homes with electricity and gas – a roughly 3% market share. Shell said the acquisition would help it prepare for a “new electricity value chain” in which consumers ha

    Wind  rechargenews.com 22 Dec 2017 Andrew Lee

    Innogy to buy EverPower’s 2GW US onshore wind pipeline

    German utility Innogy has signed an agreement to buy all shares in the US onshore wind development business of EverPower, currently owned by UK private-equity investor Terra Firma Capital Partners. Innogy's acquisition – which still needs approval from the US government and is expected to close in the second quarter of 2018 – will make it the sole owner of more than 2GW of onshore wind projects i

    Wind  rechargenews.com 22 Dec 2017 Bernd Radowitz in Berlin and Karl-Erik Stromsta in New York

    Indian wind price dips again to $38/MWh in Gujarat auction

    Indian wind power prices continued their downwards trajectory as an auction in the key wind state of Gujarat drove winning bids as low as 2.43 rupees/kWh ($0.038/kWh). The 500MW Gujarat wind tender is the largest held by one of India’s states, and the winning rates comfortably undercut the 2.64 rupees/kWh seen in the country’s second national auction, held in November. Many commentators predicte

    Wind  rechargenews.com 22 Dec 2017 Andrew Lee

    Xcel grid upgrades to fuel New Mexico, Texas wind expansion

    Xcel Energy this year plans to invest about $353m to build 277 miles of new transmission lines in eastern New Mexico and South Plains in Texas, a move that will facilitate wind development and energy exports in one of the US industry’s main growth regions. The expansion will include 128 miles of heavy-duty 345kV lines in New Mexico, a $186m investment, that Xcel subsidiary Southwestern Public Ser

    Wind  rechargenews.com 21 Dec 2017 Richard A. Kessler in Plainview

    Enercon buys Lagerwey stake to form strategic partnership

    German wind turbine manufacturer Enercon has signed an agreement to buy shares in Dutch OEM Lagerwey as part of what it calls a strategic investment that strengthens its portfolio in onshore wind turbines in all wind classes. “This strategic partnership with Lagerwey is a great opportunity to strengthen our market position by enlarging the portfolio with further competitive and reliable wind turb

    Wind  rechargenews.com 21 Dec 2017 Bernd Radowitz

    Goldwind secures $538m for Australia's Stockyard Hill

    China’s Goldwind has closed financing of almost A$700m ($538m) for its 530MW Stockyard Hill wind project in Australia. A nine-strong international banking syndicate led by National Australia Bank is backing the project, which was bought by Goldwind in May and has secured a long-term PPA with original developer Origin Energy. Goldwind – which will deploy its new 3.6MW turbines at the wind farm in

    Wind  rechargenews.com 21 Dec 2017 Andrew Lee in London

    Statoil enters Dutch zero-subsidy offshore wind bidding

    Norwegian state-owned oil company Statoil has entered the keenly-watched zero-subsidy offshore wind tender for the Hollandse Kust South 1&2 project in the Dutch North Sea, following Swedish utility Vattenfall's own bid last week. The tendering round for the up to 760MW zone ended this afternoon. It is not clear whether further companies are taking part, but German utility EnBW acknowledged that i

    Wind  rechargenews.com 21 Dec 2017 Bernd Radowitz in Berlin

    Scotland sees major onshore wind role in 17GW 2030 push

    A new renewable energy target contained in the Scottish government’s first energy strategy shows “huge ambition”, according to industry body Scottish Renewables. The strategy commits Scotland to a goal of generating the equivalent of half its total heat, transport and electricity consumption to be supplied from renewable sources by 2030. The Scottish government analysis supporting the target sai

    Wind  rechargenews.com 21 Dec 2017 Christopher Hopson in London

    Northland wraps Nordsee One as project beats budget

    Canada’s Northland Power said its 332MW Nordsee One offshore wind farm in German waters came in below budget, following full completion of the project this week. Nordsee One – 40km north of the island of Juist in the German North Sea – formally entered its operational stage on Wednesday, said the developer, which connected the last of the project’s 54 Senvion 6.2MW turbines in September. Busin

    Wind  rechargenews.com 21 Dec 2017 Andrew Lee

    Telstra PPA group secures phase-one at 429MW Murra Warra

    A group of corporate heavyweights led by telecoms group Telstra has signed PPA deals for output from Australia’s 429MW Murra Warra Wind Farm, kick-starting construction of the project’s first stage. A consortium of Telstra, ANZ, Coca-Cola Amatil and the University of Melbourne agreed long-term offtake deals covering the 226MW first phase of the project in the state of Victoria, which will be the

    Wind  rechargenews.com 21 Dec 2017 Andrew Lee

    GeoSea and CSBC plan JV for Taiwan offshore wind work

    Experienced European offshore wind contractor GeoSea will form a joint venture with Taiwan shipyard CSBC Corporation to bid for turbine installation work off the country’s coasts. The joint venture plans to be up and running by mid-2018, in time to compete for contracts under Taiwan’s offshore wind programme. The island nation is currently granting environmental permits for its first projects wi

    Wind  rechargenews.com 21 Dec 2017 Andrew Lee

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    New-breed Mono Buckets head for Deutsche Bucht debut

    The first industrial-scale versions of Universal Foundations’ (UF) next-generation suction bucket foundation are to be installed off Germany as part of an annex to the 252MW Deutsche Bucht offshore wind farm, following finalisation of a breakthrough agreement with Canadian developer Northland Power. Project engineering for the units, which will be topped with 8.4MW MHI Vestas V164s, will kick-off

    Wind  rechargenews.com 21 Dec 2017 Darius Snieckus in London

    Argentina reveals winners of 'round 2.5' RE tender

    Argentina contracted a further 327.8MW of wind projects and 259.5MW of solar PV projects in the second stage of the Round 2 renewable energy tender known as Round 2.5. This brings the total amount of renewable energy contracted by the Argentine government in this year’s RenovAr programme tenders to 2.04GW. The RenovAr programmes aims to contract 10GW of non large hydro renewable projects by 2

    Wind  rechargenews.com 20 Dec 2017 Alexandre Spatuzza in Sao Paulo

    Brazil contracts 1.4GW of wind as price falls to $31/MWh

    Brazil contracted 1.4GW of new wind power projects to start operations in January 2023 at an average R$98.62/MWh ($30.76/MWh) – a record low price of for the technology in the country – with foreign players Enel, Iberdrola and EDPR the biggest winners. The intense bidding in Wednesday's tender came as developers battled it out to win deals for a fraction of the 26GW of projects readied for auctio

    Transition  rechargenews.com 20 Dec 2017 Alexandre Spatuzza in Sao Paulo

    Developers confirm bids for Massachusetts' offshore tender

    The trio of offshore wind developers holding the rights to huge zones south of Martha’s Vineyard were set to submit their final bids in Massachusetts’ so-called 83C tender on Wednesday – the first offshore wind-exclusive tender in the US. The winners are expected to be chosen by state utilities and regulators in April 2018. Massachusetts, which is requiring its utilities to procure 1.6GW of offs

    Wind  rechargenews.com 20 Dec 2017 Karl-Erik Stromsta in New York

    A nerve-shredding six weeks – but US wind is still standing

    ANALYSIS | It's taken some knocks and had a taste of a post-PTC future, but the US wind industry can feel relieved at how its part in the tax-bill drama played out, writes Karl-Erik Stromsta

    Transition  rechargenews.com 20 Dec 2017 Karl-Erik Stromsta in New York

    ACWA sees first power at Morocco's 120MW Khalladi wind

    Morocco’s 120MW Khalladi wind farm has exported its first power into the country’s high voltage network, ACWA Power group has announced. The wind farm, located in Jbel Sendouq, 30km from Tangiers and developed by ACWA Power in a 75%/25% venture with the ARIF Investment Fund, represents an investment of around 1.7bn dirhams ($180m). Khalladi is among the first privately-funded renewable energy pl

    Wind  rechargenews.com 20 Dec 2017 Christopher Hopson in London

    Wind helps German renewables beat 2020 target this year

    Gross electricity consumption from renewables in Germany this year reached 217 billion kilowatt hours, or 36.1% – already beating a 35% target set for 2020, according to preliminary figures from federation of energy and water industries BDEW. Renewables in 2016 accounted for 188 billion kWh, or 31.6% of electricity used in Europe’s largest economy, where strong growth in onshore and offshore wind

    Transition  rechargenews.com 20 Dec 2017 Bernd Radowitz in Munich

    Wood brought in to engineer 650MW Markbygden wind farm

    UK energy contractor Wood has been tapped by GE Energy Financial Services (GE EFS) and the Green Investment Group (GIG) as the owner's engineer for Sweden’s 650MW Markbygden ETT project, set to become Europe biggest single-site onshore wind farm. The development, to be built in Lapland near the town of Piteå using 179, 3.63MW GE wind turbines, is also the world’s largest corporate power purchase

    Wind  rechargenews.com 20 Dec 2017 Darius Snieckus in London

    Siemens Gamesa widens Shanghai Electric licensing deal

    Siemens Gamesa has extended a licensing agreement for offshore wind turbines with Shanghai Electric to its direct-drive 7MW machine, and plans to negotiate with its former joint venture partner to widen the license to include its 8MW turbine, Oliver Berendt, head of the OEM's liaison office in China, told Recharge. Siemens in 2015 – before merging with Gamesa – ended its JV with Shanghai Electric

    Wind  rechargenews.com 20 Dec 2017 Bernd Radowitz in Berlin

    Vestas taps Medina to lead Mediterranean business unit

    Vestas has appointed Eduardo Medina as president of its Mediterranean sales business unit, a role he will take on early next year. Medina joins Vestas with extensive global experience from multiple businesses and functions, including leadership positions at Acciona Energy, General Electric, Enron Wind and most recently SunPower, where he served as executive vice president of global power plants.

    Wind  rechargenews.com 20 Dec 2017 Anamaria Deduleasa

    ABB to form electrical substation EPC JV with SNC-Lavalin

    ABB is to form a joint venture with Canada’s SNC-Lavalin for electrical substation EPC projects. SNC-Lavalin will have a controlling stake in the JV, according to a statement from Zurich-based ABB announcing the move as part of a wider shake-up of its EPC-focused activities. “The new entity will leverage ABB’s power technology leadership and SNC-Lavalin project expertise to capture opportuniti

    Transition  rechargenews.com 20 Dec 2017 Andrew Lee

    Siemens invests in energy blockchain start-up LO3 Energy

    The German giant's investment — of an undisclosed amount — is a 'vote of confidence' in peer-to-peer energy marketplaces, the companies say.

    Transition  rechargenews.com 20 Dec 2017 Leigh Collins

    Senvion firms up 97MW Los Hercules deal

    Germany-based turbine maker Senvion has confirmed its deal with French renewable energy developer EREN Renewables in Argentina for the supply of the 97MW Los Hercules wind farm. Senvion, which signed the contract in October, said all the conditions precedent have been fulfilled. The company will now supply EREN with 27 3.6M114 NES turbines. The project marks Senvion’s debut in the fast-growing

    Wind  rechargenews.com 20 Dec 2017 Anamaria Deduleasa

    Innogy CEO Terium leaves a week after profit warning

    Innogy chief executive Peter Terium will leave the company with immediate effect in a “friendly agreement with the supervisory board”, the Germany-based renewables-focused energy group said. Terium will be replaced by human resources and labour chief Uwe Tigges as CEO on a temporary basis. The supervisory board generally supports the corporate and finance strategy pursued by the board, but sees

    Transition  rechargenews.com 20 Dec 2017 Bernd Radowitz in Berlin

    Alliant Energy seals purchase of 170MW Iowa wind project

    Alliant Energy has finalized an agreement to acquire a 170MW project in central Iowa, the first industry deal made public since majority Republicans in Congress unveiled the final draft of their federal tax overhaul bill last weekend that preserves the main wind subsidy through 2019. Both chambers are expected to approve the sweeping legislation before Saturday, with President Donald Trump saying

    Wind  rechargenews.com 20 Dec 2017 Richard A. Kessler in Fort Worth

    US begins process to replace landmark climate-change rule

    President Donald Trump’s administration is seeking public comment as part of a formal process to replace the Clean Power Plan (CPP), his predecessor’s landmark climate-change rule that mandates a 32% reduction in carbon emissions from existing US power plants by 2030. On Monday, the Environmental Protection Agency issued an advanced notice of proposed rulemaking (ANPR) asking individuals and stak

    Wind  rechargenews.com 19 Dec 2017 Richard A. Kessler in Fort Worth

    Wind plays longer game as PV seizes the day in Brazil

    ANALYSIS | There were few reasons for wind developers to rush into Monday's tender, but a second process on Wednesday will give a clearer picture of renewables demand in Brazil, writes Alexandre Spatuzza

    Transition  rechargenews.com 19 Dec 2017 Alexandre Spatuzza in Sao Paulo

    Denmark's CIP completes first of five Texas onshore projects

    Denmark’s Global Wind Services (GWS) has completed installation of all 57 Vestas V126 3.45MW turbines at the 197.6MW Bearkat I facility located east of Midland in Texas that is owned by fund managed by Copenhagen Infrastructure Partners (CIP). The turbines, the largest nameplate capacity machines installed in the number one US wind state, are now in the process of being energised and commissioned

    Wind  rechargenews.com 19 Dec 2017 Richard A. Kessler in Fort Worth

    US adds 5GW of wind capacity through October: FERC report

    US developers this year through October installed 19.8GW of utility-scale generation capacity, up from 19.1GW a year earlier, with wind and utility-scale solar placing second and third behind natural gas, according to latest Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) data. New wind capacity totaled 5GW versus 3.1GW in the first 10 months of 2016, while solar declined to 3.4GW from 5.7GW. Natural

    Wind  rechargenews.com 19 Dec 2017 Richard A. Kessler in Fort Worth

    'Technical talent is a constraint, so we're going international'

    FACE TO FACE | TPI Composites CEO Steve Lockard talks to Darius Snieckus about the US company's growth plans in the fast-moving global rotor-blade sector

    Wind  rechargenews.com 19 Dec 2017 Darius Snieckus in London

    BayWa becomes largest renewables O&M player in Italy

    German group BayWa r.e. has become the largest renewables O&M provider in Italy after acquiring local independent player Energy Systems Services. BayWa now have 1.6GW under service in Italy — 1.1GW of wind and 500MW of PV. Globally, the company now has “up to 4GW” of renewables projects under management. “The acquisition of ESS means BayWa r.e. is able to provide a broader range of services, wit

    Wind  rechargenews.com 19 Dec 2017 Leigh Collins

    Dismay as EU ministers stick by 27% 2030 renewables goal

    European Union energy ministers last night agreed to stick with proposals for an EU-wide 2030 renewable energy target of at least 27%, despite calls from the European Parliament, business leaders and environmental groups to set more ambitious goals. In a statement the European Energy Council, which is made up of ministers from the member states, backed the 27% renewables target, which is in line

    Transition  rechargenews.com 19 Dec 2017 Christopher Hopson in London

    Neoen raises $290m in green bonds

    French renewable energy producer Neoen has raised €245m ($290m) after issuing a green bond, which it plans to use to finance a 1.6GW global portfolio of renewable onshore wind and solar projects. The financing provides financial resources for Neoen’s diversified pipeline of projects around the world, without diluting Neoen’s share ownership in its plants, said Green Giraffe, which advised the co

    Wind  rechargenews.com 19 Dec 2017 Anamaria Deduleasa

    FOWIND plots path to 5GW for India's offshore wind pioneers

    India is likely to establish a sustainable offshore wind sector “sooner rather than later”, said the international consortium helping to kick-start the sector there as it set out a pathway that could lead to 5GW by 2032 in the key states of Gujarat and Tamil Nadu. The FOWIND consortium listed five priority issues to address in its first over-arching assessment of possible development in the two s

    Wind  rechargenews.com 19 Dec 2017 Andrew Lee

    Orsted-led research on shorter offshore foundations wins award

    The Orsted-led pile soil analysis (PISA) research project on how monopole foundations for offshore wind can be designed to reduce production costs has won the Fleming award from the British Geotechnical Association. The main conclusion from the PISA project is that pile foundations don't need to be as long as previously assumed in order to withstand the huge wind forces the turbine's rotor blades

    Wind  rechargenews.com 19 Dec 2017 Bernd Radowitz

    Statkraft sells 30% share in Dudgeon array to China Resource

    Norwegian utility Statkraft has completed its pull-out of offshore wind by signing an agreement to sell its 30% stake in the 402MW Dudgeon offshore array in the UK to state-owned conglomerate China Resources (Holdings) Company for £555m ($742.6m). The offshore wind park off the coast of Norfolk in England was officially opened on November 22. Its other owners are Norwegian state-oil firm Statoil

    Wind  rechargenews.com 19 Dec 2017 Bernd Radowitz

    Suzlon gets 252MW deal from Indian tender winner

    Indian wind group Suzlon has bagged a 252MW order from one of the winners of the country’s recent second national tender. Suzlon will install 120 of its 2.1MW S111 120m machines in Gujarat for the unnamed “leading global utility”, which secured a PPA in October’s auction. India details giant tender plans in race to 'conservative' 175GW The tender saw Solar Energy Corporation of India (SECI) –

    Wind  rechargenews.com 19 Dec 2017 Andrew Lee

    Solar dominates Brazil A-4 tender as record low is contracted

    Solar was the big winner in Brazil’s first power tender since 2015, as low demand and transmission bottlenecks hampered trading and resulted in just 674MW (AC) being contracted. PV accounted for 574MW (AC) – around 791MW DC – or 85% of the total capacity contracted at an average price of R$145.68 per MWh ($45.42/MWh). This was 55% below the cap price of R$329/MWh. Wind, however, only contrac

    Transition  rechargenews.com 18 Dec 2017 Alexandre Spatuzza in Sao Paulo

    Port Corpus Christi to expand wind import capabilities in Texas

    Texas’ Port Corpus Christi, located along the western Gulf of Mexico, has decided to build an additional laydown yard for storing wind turbine components, saying it is chalking up record business from the US wind industry. The first phase of a new 25-acre (10-hectare) laydown yard will come on line in the first quarter of 2018, with the remainder to be completed later in the year. Port Corpus Ch

    Wind  rechargenews.com 18 Dec 2017 Karl-Erik Stromsta in New York

    Final turbine installed at Orsted's 573MW Race Bank

    The final turbine has been installed at Orsted’s 573MW Race Bank offshore wind farm off northeast England, which is expected to be fully operational in early 2018. The Danish operator said all 91 Siemens Gamesa 6MW turbines are now in place, many featuring the first blades to be manufactured at the OEM's factory in Hull. The installation of the final turbine means the project, located so

    Wind  rechargenews.com 18 Dec 2017 Christopher Hopson in London

    Macron says no quick decisions over 'not bad' nuclear power

    French President Emmanuel Macron said there will be no rapid decisions on the future of the country’s nuclear fleet, as he defended the controversial energy source’s value as a low-carbon generator in conjunction with renewables. Macron has backed the expansion of renewables and introduced a law to ban new oil and gas exploration since his election in May, but has made no promises over abiding by

    Transition  rechargenews.com 18 Dec 2017 Christopher Hopson in London

    Vestas set for 357MW in Sweden as OX2 and Aquila link again

    Swedish developer OX2 and Aquila Capital have agreed financing for the 357MW Valhalla project in central Sweden, with Vestas lined up to equip what will be Europe’s fifth-largest onshore wind farm. The project – to be split over two sites at Tönsen and Åmot-Lingbo and connected via a new 400kV substation – is due for completion in the spring of 2020, using 85 V136 4.2MW machines. The expected 1.

    Wind  rechargenews.com 18 Dec 2017 William Steel in Aarhus

    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 18 Dec 2017 Bernd Radowitz in Berlin

    US wind PTC spared in final Republican tax bill

    The global wind industry breathed a big 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 would then

    Wind  rechargenews.com 16 Dec 2017 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 2017 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 2017 Yuki Yu in Beijing