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  • Enercon changes classification of EP4 model to allow for stronger winds

    Following several months of tests at prototypes, German wind turbine manufacturer Enercon has changed the classification for its low wind 4.2MW turbine to allow using it also in medium wind conditions. Enercon’s top-of-the-range model, the E-141 EP4/4.2MW that previously had a wind class III classification is now also available for use at wind class IIA sites. “The new classification will make i

    Wind  rechargenews.com 04 Apr 09:33 GMT Global Mediator

    Congestion poses risk for US wind PPAs, RMI warns

    The risk to corporate wind PPAs from transmission congestion and wind farm curtailment is on the rise in the US region covered by the Southwest Power Pool (SPP), giving corporations reason to consider alternative procurement strategies, according to the Rocky Mountain Institute (RMI). Wind development in Oklahoma and Kansas is booming, spurred in part by the proliferation of corporate PPAs signed

    Wind  rechargenews.com 03 Apr 16:24 GMT Global Mediator

    EIB to lend €350m to TenneT for Germany-Norway subsea grid link

    The European Investment Bank (EIB) will provide a €350m ($373.7m) loan to transmission system operator TenneT to finance the 1.4GW “NordLink” interconnection between Germany and Norway across the North Sea. The 624kms-long link is slated to improve diversification and security of supply and enhancing electricity market integration in both countries, and more widely between Northwest Europe and Sc

    Wind  rechargenews.com 03 Apr 14:51 GMT Global Mediator

    Tenders and markets: insight from a global wind and PV developer

    5 MINUTES | Jochen Hauff of BayWa r.e. discusses the risks and opportunities for wind and solar in the US, UK, Germany, France and Asia

    Wind  rechargenews.com 03 Apr 13:58 GMT Global Mediator

    Second UK CfD auction could see prices drop below £80/MWh

    The opening of the UK’s second Contracts for Difference (CfD) auction round on Monday was expected to see strike prices for offshore wind in the range of £80-85 ($100-106/€94-100) per MWh and maybe even lower, a leading energy consultancy predicts. Chris Willow, associate director of BVG Associates, tells Recharge that around 1.5GW to 2GW of offshore wind capacity is likely to be awarded a CfD, b

    Wind  rechargenews.com 03 Apr 12:02 GMT Global Mediator

    Siemens Wind/Gamesa merger completed

    The final hurdle to the merger between turbine makers Gamesa and Siemens Wind Power was cleared today, after the combined company was registered in Spain. A board meeting will be held tomorrow to decide top management posts. Siemens will take a 59% stake in the new wind OEM — which will have a presence in more than 90 countries and an installed base of 75GW — but the company will be headquartere

    Wind  rechargenews.com 03 Apr 10:57 GMT Leigh Collins

    Infigen takes FID on 113MW Bodangora wind farm in Australia

    Infigen Energy has reached a financial close for the 113.2MW Bodangora wind project near Wellington in New South Wales, Australia. A consortium of General Electric and civil-engineering construction company Civil & Allied Technical Construction (CATCON) will build the wind farm under an engineering, procurement and construction (EPC) contract. “We have been delighted to work with our partners in

    Wind  rechargenews.com 03 Apr 09:25 GMT Global Mediator

    Enel commissions 400MW Cimarron Bend array in Kansas

    Enel through its Enel Green Power North America unit has brought online all of the 400MW Cimarron Bend wind farm in Clark County in the US state of Kansas. The wind park required an investment of about $610m and is the largest in Enel’s global portfolio. It is owned by EGPNA Renewable Energy Partners and GE unit GE Energy Financial Services. “We are pleased to announce the entry into service of

    Wind  rechargenews.com 03 Apr 08:27 GMT Global Mediator

    Brazil’s wind sector has an export window of opportunity

    Brazil’s wind industry faces an export window of opportunity, if investments are made As local demand sinks, Brazil’s wind industry is facing a window of opportunity to grab a share of growing wind markets in emerging countries — if OEMs enable existing nacelle assembly lines to produce machines for the global market, according to US market and innovation consultancy Totaro & Associates. “ Given

    Wind  rechargenews.com 03 Apr 07:34 GMT Global Mediator

    Vestas leads as Western wind OEMs strengthen grip: MAKE

    Western turbine makers – led by Vestas – strengthened their grip on the global wind market in 2016 as Chinese rivals felt the chill from their heavy domestic exposure, said industry analyst MAKE. MAKE’s annual turbine OEM market share rankings – among the most closely watched in the industry – put the Danish OEM almost three percentage-points clear of second-placed GE after 8.7GW of its machines

    Wind  rechargenews.com 31 Mar 15:57 GMT Global Mediator

    Eneco to grow wind business in Belgium with Eni acquisition

    Wind  rechargenews.com 31 Mar 14:34 GMT Anamaria Deduleasa

    UK benchmarking scheme looks to international waters

    Wind  rechargenews.com 31 Mar 12:31 GMT Global Mediator

    Gamesa lands O&M work on Eolia Renovables’ wind farms

    Spanish player to maintain 146MW at eight wind farms located throughout Castile La Mancha

    Wind  rechargenews.com 31 Mar 11:05 GMT Anamaria Deduleasa

    Governments must get behind ‘promising’ offshore wind: IEA

    Governments aiming to weave in offshore wind power to their national energy mixes need to move quickly to set out near-horizon roadmaps that factor-in ongoing cost reduction realities, while working with industry to drive technology innovation that will support long-term commercial prospects, a new report from the International Energy Agency (IEA) has advised. The report highlights forecasts sugg

    Wind  rechargenews.com 31 Mar 10:38 GMT Global Mediator

    First power from Northland’s 332MW Nordsee One

    Northland Power and Innogy’s 332MW Nordsee One offshore project has fed in power from its first turbine to be connected to the grid, the Canadian and German utilities have said. A full commissioning of the wind park some 40km north of the German North Sea island of Juist is scheduled for the end of this year. It will feature 54 of Senvion’s 6.2M126 offshore turbines. Northland Power owns 85% in

    Wind  rechargenews.com 31 Mar 09:51 GMT Global Mediator

    Irena: cost of onshore wind set to fall a further 26% by 2025

    OPINION | Technology improvements and reduced O&M costs will drive savings, writes Michael Taylor

    Wind  rechargenews.com 31 Mar 08:04 GMT Global Mediator

    Foundation work completed at UK’s 340MW Galloper ahead of plan

    Wind  rechargenews.com 30 Mar 14:39 GMT Anamaria Deduleasa

    SSE to spend over $400m on renewables this year

    Wind  rechargenews.com 30 Mar 13:43 GMT Anamaria Deduleasa

    Major solar investor Foresight Group to invest $1.25bn in wind

    Foresight Group, Europe’s second-largest owner of solar projects, is due to sign off on its first wind and storage projects in the coming weeks — the initial steps in its plan to become a market leader in both sectors, Recharge has learned. The ambitious London-based investment manager — which owns 900MW of solar and 130MW of energy-from-waste projects in the UK, US, Italy, Spain and Australia —

    Wind  rechargenews.com 30 Mar 13:05 GMT Global Mediator

    Offshore wind sector needs oil & gas expertise to cut costs

    OPINION | The fossil-fuel supply chain also needs to diversify into offshore wind, writes Alan Duncan

    Wind  rechargenews.com 30 Mar 12:25 GMT Global Mediator

    Goldwind faces Q1 profits crunch, eyes offshore and exports

    Chinese wind OEM Goldwind warned that it could face a profits wipeout in the first quarter of 2017, as it named offshore and international expansion among its key priorities for the year. Goldwind said it sees net profits for the January to March period coming in between zero and 185.3m yuan ($26.8m), compared to 370.5m yuan in the same period a year earlier. The company cited a combination of l

    Wind  rechargenews.com 30 Mar 11:45 GMT Andrew Lee

    TenneT transmits 47% more offshore power in Germany in 2016

    Offshore wind production from the German part of the North Sea transported by transmission system operator TenneT last year jumped 47% and reached a record of 10.83 terawatt hours, enough to theoretically cover the electricity needs of Berlin, Hamburg and Bremen. “Offshore with that clearly has reached the fast lane and continues to have good prospects, because the future tendering model for offs

    Wind  rechargenews.com 30 Mar 11:05 GMT Global Mediator

    UK offshore wind less variable than thought: study

    Wind  rechargenews.com 30 Mar 11:01 GMT Anamaria Deduleasa

    Enel starts construction of largest PV plant in Americas

    Transition  rechargenews.com 30 Mar 10:50 GMT Anamaria Deduleasa

    Vestas gets first US wind order from Denmark's CIP

    Danish wind manufacturer Vestas has received a 148MW order by a fund managed by Copenhagen Infrastructure Partners (CIP). The order is for 43 of the OEM’s V126-3.45MW turbines for the Bearkat I wind project in Texas, and includes a 20-year service agreement. Vestas' US success continues with 348MW supply deal Delivery is expected to start in the third quarter, with commissioning earmarked for t

    Wind  rechargenews.com 30 Mar 10:36 GMT Global Mediator

    Adwen 8MW proto-turbine rises in Bremerhaven

    The first Adwen AD8-180 is in final assembly in the German port city of Bremerhaven, with expectations the 8MW model will move into serial production next year for its flagship project, the 500MW Saint-Brieuc wind farm being developed by the Iberdrola-led Ailes Marines consortium in the French Atlantic. The prototype’s nacelle has now completed all pre-commissioning tests and has been connected t

    Wind  rechargenews.com 30 Mar 10:08 GMT Global Mediator

    Asia leads as world adds record 161GW of RE last year: Irena

    Global renewable energy generation capacity rose by a record 161GW to an estimated 2,006GW in 2016, the International Renewable Energy Agency (Irena) says in its Renewable Energy Capacity Statistics 2017. “This growth in deployment emphasizes the increasingly strong business case for renewables which also have multiple socio-economic benefits in terms of fuelling economic growth, creating jobs an

    Wind  rechargenews.com 30 Mar 09:53 GMT Global Mediator

    EIB to back 200MW Gulf of Suez wind farm

    Wind  rechargenews.com 30 Mar 07:40 GMT Anamaria Deduleasa

    TenneT launches $1bn green bond to back renewables plans

    Wind  rechargenews.com 30 Mar 07:31 GMT Anamaria Deduleasa

    MHI Vestas V164s set for Netherlands’ Borssele 3&4

    MHI Vestas Offshore Wind has signed a conditional agreement to supply its V164 turbines for the 680MW Borssele 3&4 offshore wind zone off the Netherlands. “The projects are to be delivered by MHI Vestas Offshore Wind and will not enter into the order backlog of Vestas Wind Systems,” said a statement from Danish OEM Vestas, which co-owns the offshore turbine-maker with Mitsubishi Heavy Industrie

    Wind  rechargenews.com 30 Mar 06:47 GMT Global Mediator

    Brazilian wind sector lays plans for survival as winter looms

    IN DEPTH | In just two years Brazil's wind sector has seen its fortunes change from planning for an annual feast to fighting for scraps, writes Alexandre Spatuzza

    Wind  rechargenews.com 29 Mar 15:25 GMT Global Mediator

    Vestas lands 151MW in Chinese orders

    Wind  rechargenews.com 29 Mar 14:33 GMT Anamaria Deduleasa

    Brexit trigger starts voyage into unknown for UK renewables

    The UK’s separation from the EU – formally triggered on Wednesday – creates challenges and uncertainties for renewables and the wider energy sector, said businesses, analysts and investors in Britain and Europe. UK Prime Minister Theresa May officially triggered Article 50, which sets off the process by which the country will exit from the EU. Two years of negotiations will follow that will cover

    Wind  rechargenews.com 29 Mar 14:02 GMT Global Mediator

    Younger employees look towards renewables: study

    Wind  rechargenews.com 29 Mar 12:01 GMT Anamaria Deduleasa

    Monster 88-metre blade arrives in UK for final trials

    A super-sized 88-metre blade designed for Adwen’s 8MW AD8-180 offshore wind turbine platform will be rigged up for final trials at the Offshore Renewable Energy (ORE) Catapult’s testing centre, following its arrival in Blyth, northeast England. The 33-tonne hybrid glass-fiber and carbon design is calculated capable of boosting annual energy production (AEP) by up to 6% by trimming weight at the

    Wind  rechargenews.com 29 Mar 10:51 GMT Global Mediator

    Dutch tender for joint offshore R&D projects in wind and oil & gas

    The Dutch enterprise agency RVO is holding a €1m ($1.08m) tender for research and development projects that seek synergies between the country’s ambitious offshore wind programme and declining oil & gas assets in the North Sea, in a bid to speed up the energy transition. “Organisations in the gas and oil sector and in wind energy can hand in proposals to work together,” said Bob Meijer, programme

    Transition  rechargenews.com 29 Mar 10:49 GMT Global Mediator

    Citizen-led Krammer wind farm gets €200m financial backing

    Wind  rechargenews.com 29 Mar 10:28 GMT Anamaria Deduleasa

    Veja Mate halfway to switch-on

    Ahead of schedule, 34 of the 67 Siemens turbines installed in the German North Sea

    Wind  rechargenews.com 29 Mar 10:20 GMT Anamaria Deduleasa

    Solar player Enertis eyeing wind power sector

    Spanish group to diversify portfolio and set up new business

    Wind  rechargenews.com 29 Mar 09:15 GMT Anamaria Deduleasa

    TPI inks deal to supply Gamesa from Turkey

    Wind  rechargenews.com 29 Mar 08:58 GMT Anamaria Deduleasa

    Trump orders dismantling of Clean Power Plan

    US President Donald Trump on Tuesday signed an executive order aimed at dismantling the Clean Power Plan, the centerpiece of his predecessor’s attempts to combat climate change, although he stopped short of saying the US would abandon the Paris climate agreement. The move was widely expected in the US renewables industry, with Trump signing his “Energy Independence” order in typically bombastic f

    Transition  rechargenews.com 28 Mar 22:07 GMT Global Mediator

    US renewables will thrive without the Clean Power Plan

    Environmentalists were bracing themselves Tuesday for the signing of an executive order by President Trump that will set wheels in motion to dismantle the Obama administration’s Clean Power Plan. The immediate impact for the renewables industry falls somewhere between muted and non-existent. If the CPP were indeed scrapped — a complicated regulatory process that would take a year or more, and fac

    Transition  rechargenews.com 28 Mar 15:20 GMT Global Mediator

    S. Australia blackout probe points to wind control settings

    Control settings at eight wind farms were at the heart of a blackout that left 850,000 Australians without electricity and sparked a national debate over the growing role of renewables in the power system, according to the final report on the outage by the Australian Energy Market Operator (AEMO). The final AEMO report on the 28 September 2016 blackout in the state of South Australia tracks a seq

    Wind  rechargenews.com 28 Mar 15:14 GMT Global Mediator

    Bladena names former GE exec Jensen as chairman

    Wind  rechargenews.com 28 Mar 13:51 GMT Anamaria Deduleasa

    EU backs Vattenfall’s 600MW Kriegers Flak project

    Wind  rechargenews.com 28 Mar 13:26 GMT Anamaria Deduleasa

    Offshore wind could bring $3.7bn bounty to Britain: Catapult

    New report from government-industry body puts accent on further lowering costs while upping UK project content by 2030

    Wind  rechargenews.com 28 Mar 11:13 GMT Global Mediator

    Renewables bright spot as EnBW posts 2016 loss on nuclear bill

    Renewable energies developed positively at EnBW last year as the German utility posted a large loss in 2016 due to an upcoming and already fully incorporated payment of €4.7bn ($5.1bn) into a state fund to pay for the phasing out of nuclear power in Germany. Adjusted earnings before interest, taxes, depreciation and amortisation (Ebitda) in the renewable energies segment grew 2.7% to €295.3m from

    Wind  rechargenews.com 28 Mar 10:59 GMT Global Mediator

    DNV GL ‘Twisties’ project to boost offshore wind logistics

    Concept intended to reduce construction times and create savings

    Wind  rechargenews.com 28 Mar 10:23 GMT Anamaria Deduleasa

    Vattenfall to spend $3.19bn on ‘growth investments‘ with focus on renewables

    Swedish utility Vattenfall in the coming two years plans to make growth investments of SKr28bn ($3.19bn), most of which will be spent on renewable energy production, the Swedish utility said in its 2016 annual and sustainable report. “A more sustainable energy system is currently being created as the electricity market continues its shift towards fossil-free generation,” Vattenfall chief executiv

    Wind  rechargenews.com 28 Mar 10:08 GMT Global Mediator

    OST Energy signs E&S deal for Jordan’s 86MW Al Rajef wind farm

    Consultancy OST Energy has signed a four-year agreement to provide environmental and social (E&S) monitoring support throughout construction and early operations at the 86MW Al Rajef wind farm which is under development in Jordan.The contract, signed with developer Alcazar Energy, will see OST monitor the project’s impact on the surrounding environment and local communities on behalf of the Europe

    Wind  rechargenews.com 28 Mar 10:07 GMT Global Mediator

    Turbine work kicks off at the 140MW Khobab wind farm in South Africa

    First of 61 Siemens machines installed ‘ahead of schedule and budget’

    Wind  rechargenews.com 28 Mar 09:55 GMT Anamaria Deduleasa

    Dounreay Trí bags €45m bond issue

    Wind  rechargenews.com 28 Mar 09:45 GMT Global Mediator

    Damen finishes large offshore wind vessel for Jan de Nul

    Wind  rechargenews.com 28 Mar 09:10 GMT Anamaria Deduleasa

    Mexican investment boosts EMESA wind project in Argentina

    Mexican engineering firm TTX Development has bought into the 50MW El Sonseado wind farm in northwestern Argentina with the Mendoza provincial energy company EMESA, providing a welcome foreign investment boost to the Argentine renewables build programme. According to the Mendoza government, TTX will “finance the construction and the operation of the wind farm and will receive, together with EMESA,

    Wind  rechargenews.com 28 Mar 08:10 GMT Global Mediator

    'It seems ridiculous that project owners are not insuring against low wind speeds'

    OPINION | Financial difficulties can result from low winds — such as were seen last year — yet 90% of operators are not protecting themselves, writes Jatin Sharma

    Wind  rechargenews.com 27 Mar 15:27 GMT Andrew Lee

    France launches commercial tenders for tidal energy

    Wind  rechargenews.com 27 Mar 15:19 GMT Anamaria Deduleasa

    Foundation work to start at Scotland's 588MW Beatrice

    Seaway Heavy Lifting to begin installing piles for jacket foundations at the 588MW wind farm off Scotland

    Wind  rechargenews.com 27 Mar 14:11 GMT Anamaria Deduleasa

    Lamprell eyes renewables for future growth

    Transition  rechargenews.com 27 Mar 14:04 GMT Anamaria Deduleasa

    Statkraft signals French ambitions with debut wind PPA

    Norway’s Statkraft will buy power and capacity certificates from a wind farm in northern France, its first such deal there as the country moves towards a market-based renewables support mechanism. The utility signed a power purchase agreement (PPA) for output from the 6MW Eole Source project in Sensee Hamelincourt, owned by investment group TTR Energy. Wind industry appeals to parliament over No

    Wind  rechargenews.com 27 Mar 13:39 GMT Andrew Lee

    Siemens inks Sumitomo Electric HVDC link deal in India

    Wind  rechargenews.com 27 Mar 11:45 GMT Anamaria Deduleasa

    A2Sea ‘close to getting new owner’

    Germany’s Siemens and Denmark’s Dong to close deal on offshore wind installation specialist: report

    Wind  rechargenews.com 27 Mar 10:54 GMT Global Mediator

    A signal to Le Pen from Cherbourg – wind power is here to stay

    DISPATCHES | A high-profile ceremony for LM Wind Power's blade factory in Cherbourg could be seen as a signal of defiance to anti-wind populism, writes Bernd Radowitz

    Wind  rechargenews.com 27 Mar 09:46 GMT Global Mediator

    Siemens: distributed energy 'two thirds of new capacity by 2030'

    EXCLUSIVE | Half of C&I consumers are already considering self-sufficiency, the German giant’s global head of distributed energy tells Leigh Collins

    Transition  rechargenews.com 27 Mar 07:46 GMT Global Mediator

    Iberdrola bets that Trump will help US offshore

    ANALYSIS | There are several possible reasons why Avangrid used the North Carolina auction to launch into US offshore, and Trump may be one of them, writes Richard Kessler

    Wind  rechargenews.com 24 Mar 17:27 GMT Global Mediator

    Adwen seeks permit to build two offshore wind plants in France

    Offshore wind turbine maker Adwen this week asked French authorities for a permit to build a nacelle and rotor blade factory with a 500MW per year capacity each in the northern French harbour of Le Havre, a company spokesman told Recharge. The plants would produce Adwen’s flagship AD8-180 8MW offshore turbine that is currently being tested by German wind research institute Fraunhofer IWES in the

    Wind  rechargenews.com 24 Mar 13:53 GMT Global Mediator

    Clean Line expects May decision on Grain Belt HVDC line

    US transmission developer Clean Line Energy Partners expects to learn in May whether it will be able to string its 4GW Grain Belt Express transmission project across Missouri, telling Recharge that an approval would allow the mega-link to be finished in time to accommodate wind farms eligible for the production tax credit. Grain Belt, which would connect wind farms in western Kansas to the Illino

    Wind  rechargenews.com 24 Mar 13:06 GMT Global Mediator

    GE to supply turbines to China Three Gorges offshore wind pilot

    EXCLUSIVE | GE has signed a deal with Chinese energy group China Three Gorges (CTG) to supply three of its 6MW Haliade offshore wind turbines for a pilot offshore array in the Fujian area that could be followed up by a large offshore array in the same zone, GE Renewable Energy chief executive Jérôme Pécresse told Recharge. “It is a first step for us into the Chinese (offshore wind) market,” Pécre

    Wind  rechargenews.com 24 Mar 12:23 GMT Global Mediator

    ‘Floating wind is going to be on a par with fixed-bottom sooner than people think’

    5 MINUTES | Mark Coughlan of Gaelectric on the Irish group's plans to bring floating wind to its home waters

    Wind  rechargenews.com 24 Mar 11:39 GMT Global Mediator

    Brazil’s CPFL narrows loss as new wind starts operating

    Brazilian renewable energy company CPFL Renováveis posted a loss of R$48m ($15m) for the full year of 2016, reducing a R$148m loss in 2015 as it expanded its renewable operational capacity to over 2GW, mainly due to new wind facilities started in the period. In the fourth quarter the company posted a R$26m loss compared to an R$82m profit in the same period a year earlier. 'We see difficult mome

    Wind  rechargenews.com 24 Mar 10:38 GMT Global Mediator

    SSE and Statoil raise Dogger Bank stakes as Statkraft exits

    UK utility SSE and Norwegian energy group Statoil has raised their stakes in the 4.8GW Dogger Bank offshore wind zone after buying the shareholding of former partner Statkraft, which left the consortium. Offshore wind and gas – the start of a beautiful friendship? SSE and Statoil now each hold 37.5% of Dogger Bank developer Forewind after both adding 12.5% formerly owned by Statkraft. Innogy is

    Wind  rechargenews.com 24 Mar 10:08 GMT Global Mediator

    First steel cut on East Anglia 1 offshore wind substation

    Navantia has cut first steel at its Puerto Real yard in Spain for the substation jacket for developer Iberdrola’s €3bn ($3.23bn) East Anglia (EA) 1 wind farm off Britain. The €65m contract encompasses the steelwork for the substation as well as 42 steel jacket foundation for the 714MW project’s 102 turbines. Turbine installation starts as Wikinger enters home stretch “This new contract, togeth

    Wind  rechargenews.com 24 Mar 08:54 GMT Global Mediator

    Chile to buy less power amid slowing demand and price falls

    The Chilean government has cut the amount of electricity it will contract in its upcoming tender and postponed the start of 20-year power purchase agreements (PPAs) by a year to 2024, in the face of declining regulated-market demand. Local media outlets claimed that revised power demand estimates point to contracts of 2.5TWh a year, down from 4.2TWh/year as previously announced. But the final fig

    Wind  rechargenews.com 23 Mar 16:42 GMT Global Mediator

    E.ON joins German wind power grid-balancing pilot scheme

    Utility E.ON is joining a pioneering initiative to use wind power for stabilising the German grid. The German group said a wind farm it manages in Mecklenburg-Western Pommerania has been pre-qualified for balancing services by local transmission system operator (TSO) 50Hertz. Utilities will lead energy transition, says new Eurelectric boss The E.ON Connecting Energies energy management unit wil

    Wind  rechargenews.com 23 Mar 15:44 GMT Global Mediator

    LM Wind starts work on €100m French offshore blade plant

    LM Wind Power has laid the foundation stone of its new offshore wind blade factory in Cherbourg, France, that is expected to expand to a capacity between 1.2-2GW and is another boost for the country’s growing offshore sector. “The offshore market in Europe provides significant opportunities for growth in the coming years and we are proud to be right at the center of that development with this new

    Wind  rechargenews.com 23 Mar 13:00 GMT Global Mediator

    'If you want to build wind without subsidies, Finnmark is the place'

    5 MINUTES | Harald Dirdal of Norway's Ny Energi on plans for 900MW of wind power in the country's Arctic north

    Wind  rechargenews.com 23 Mar 11:24 GMT Global Mediator

    Pacific Hydro starts building first wind project in Chile

    Australian power company Pacific Hydro started the construction of the 82MW Punta Sierra wind farm – its first in Chile – targeting the start of commercial operations in 2018. The company, which is controlled by China’s State Power Investment Corporation (SPIC), announced the start of construction works in the presence of energy minister Andrés Rebolledo. Total investment in the project is estim

    Wind  rechargenews.com 23 Mar 09:10 GMT Global Mediator

    European Investment Bank to back Mexico renewables push

    The European Investment Bank (EIB) and one of Mexico’s state-controlled development banks, Nacional Financiera (Nafin), signed a memorandum of understanding (MOU) to bolster technical co-operation and discuss financing lines for renewables and other programmes in the country’s climate change goals. “EIB and NAFIN are co-operating to potentially set up a credit line aimed at supporting projects co

    Wind  rechargenews.com 23 Mar 08:50 GMT Global Mediator

    North Sea Wind Power Hub gets sign-off

    Dutch, Danish and German transmission system operators (TSOs) have inked a deal to build a giant converter station on an artificial island that would channel some 70-100GW of generation from arrays of offshore wind plants into countries bordering the North Sea. The formal signing of the agreement by the TSOs to develop the North Sea Wind Power Hub (NSWPH), which took place at the North Seas Energ

    Wind  rechargenews.com 22 Mar 15:35 GMT Global Mediator

    France's 500MW Oléron offshore wind round set to advance

    France will next month start a “competitive dialogue” over its Oléron offshore wind zone, energy minister Ségolène Royal said. The announcement confirms the next stage in French government plans to expand its burgeoning offshore wind tendering programme. The dialogue phase sees developers express their interest and the government run the rule over their capabilities. Oléron is expected to offer

    Wind  rechargenews.com 22 Mar 15:17 GMT Andrew Lee

    Two-bladed offshore turbines could cut cost of energy by 50%

    OPINION | A 10MW machine would provide an LCOE of less than $30/MWh, including the cost of grid connection, writes Martin Jakubowski

    Wind  rechargenews.com 22 Mar 13:40 GMT Global Mediator

    Multiple turbine-makers may equip 1.5GW US mega-project

    EXCLUSIVE | Multiple turbine vendors may come away with supply orders this year for the 1.5GW first phase of the landmark Chokecherry and Sierra Madre (CCSM) wind project, Recharge has learned, underscoring the supply chain pressures within the booming US wind market. Billionaire Philip Anschutz’s Power Company of Wyoming, which has been developing the 3GW CCSM project for nearly a decade in sout

    Wind  rechargenews.com 22 Mar 12:42 GMT Global Mediator

    Germany and China back Energy Transition Coalition plan

    Nations including renewables pacesetters Germany, Denmark and China plan to form an Energy Transition Coalition to speed up the global shift to a sustainable energy future. Indonesia, Mexico, Morocco and the United Arab Emirates are also among the first "high ambition" countries planning to form the pact, which emerged from ministerial-level meetings held at this week’s Berlin Energy Transition D

    Transition  rechargenews.com 22 Mar 10:48 GMT Global Mediator

    EU Foresea ocean energy demo scheme shortlists 15

    Europe’s €11m ($12.2m) Foresea — Funding Ocean Renewable Energy through Strategic European Action — scheme has shortlisted 15 technologies for finance under the programme, which aims to move advanced-stage ocean energy concepts into commercialisation. The technologies anointed by Foresea, which is funded under the Interreg North-West Europe economic development initiative, will get demonstration

    Wind  rechargenews.com 22 Mar 08:34 GMT Global Mediator

    Xcel adds another 1.2GW to its US wind expansion plans

    Xcel Energy, the multi-state US utility based in Minnesota, on Tuesday unveiled a proposal to add 1,230MW of new wind to its system in New Mexico and Texas, building on the 1,550MW wind expansion plan it laid out only last week for the Upper Midwest. Coming on top of the 600MW Rush Creek project Xcel is about to begin building in Colorado, the investor-owned utility’s wind programme now include

    Wind  rechargenews.com 21 Mar 20:59 GMT Global Mediator

    'Firmed 24-hour wind and solar is now a realistic option'

    OPINION | Chile’s recent tenders prove that the last obstacles to large-scale ‘intermittent’ renewables can be removed, writes Eddie O’Connor

    Wind  rechargenews.com 21 Mar 15:55 GMT Global Mediator

    BNDES picks Brazilian firm Vinci to manage $162m green bond fund

    Brazil’s National Development Bank (BNDES) has picked local asset management fund Vinci Partners to manage its R$500m ($162m) local-currency sustainable energy fund, which aims to kick-start a local green bond market. With some R$20bn in managed assets, experience in monitoring infrastructure projects and a portfolio of around 60 institutional investors, Vinci Partners was one of several “high te

    Wind  rechargenews.com 21 Mar 15:21 GMT Global Mediator

    Deepwater Wind – leaving rivals in its wake in US offshore

    IN DEPTH | Developer's first-mover advantage is set to reap dividends as the sector progresses, writes Karl-Erik Stromsta

    Wind  rechargenews.com 21 Mar 13:59 GMT Global Mediator

    Brazil plans for long-term wind growth and exports amid hiatus

    IN DEPTH | An update of a landmark study of Brazil's wind supply chain will find much has changed, but will still think big for the future, writes Alexandre Spatuzza

    Wind  rechargenews.com 21 Mar 13:20 GMT Global Mediator

    German wind industry an 'indispensable' job creator, figures show

    With 142,900 direct and indirect jobs, the wind power industry in 2015 continued to be an “indispensable” employer across Germany, fresh figures compiled for German wind groups show – providing valuable facts to counter threats by populist politicians trying to derail the energy transition. Jobs in onshore wind fell slightly in 2015 to 122,400 from 130,500 a year earlier, while those in offshore

    Wind  rechargenews.com 21 Mar 12:48 GMT Global Mediator

    MRP wins challenge to Neart na Gaoithe CfD cancellation

    Developer Mainstream Renewable Power (MRP) has won its appeal against termination of the contract-for-difference (CfD) offered to its 448MW Neart na Gaoithe offshore wind project in Scotland. NNG was awarded a CfD in the February 2015 support allocation round under the UK’s renewables support mechanism, but saw that offer pulled in May last year, apparently because of failure to reach milestones

    Wind  rechargenews.com 21 Mar 11:40 GMT Global Mediator

    UK's Good Energy taps offshore wind at Westermost Rough

    UK renewable power supplier Good Energy completed its first offshore wind procurement after signing a deal for output from Dong Energy’s Westermost Rough project. Good Energy – one of the UK’s pioneering group of clean-energy suppliers – will take 12% of Westermost Rough’s power under an initial one-year deal that is likely to be extended both in time and volume, said a statement. UK climate act

    Wind  rechargenews.com 21 Mar 10:53 GMT Andrew Lee

    Utilities will lead energy transition, says new Eurelectric boss

    IN DEPTH | Innovation and investment in renewables and associated technologies will be driven by major European energy companies, argues Kristian Ruby

    Transition  rechargenews.com 21 Mar 08:30 GMT Global Mediator

    GE gets EU green light for $1.65bn LM Wind Power takeover

    GE has got the green light from EU competition authorities for its $1.65bn takeover of turbine blade specialist LM Wind Power. The European Commission waved the deal through unconditionally, saying that the “merged entity would continue to face effective competition in Europe”. The planned acquisition – announced in October 2016 – prompted questions over the long-term status of LM as a supplier

    Wind  rechargenews.com 20 Mar 16:16 GMT Global Mediator

    China’s HZ Windpower in frame for Dounreay Trì floater turbines

    Floating wind power pioneer Hexicon's innovative twin-headed Dounreay Trì demonstration unit, on track for installation next year off Scotland, will be built with 5MW turbines from HZ Windpower, marking the maiden outing of a Chinese turbine in European waters, Recharge has learned. Two of the OEM’s HZ-127-5.0s, a geared design launched at the Rudong test site off China in 2012, will be mated t

    Wind  rechargenews.com 20 Mar 14:53 GMT Global Mediator

    Development JV eyes 900MW of wind in northern Norway

    A joint venture consortium of developers plans to build 900MW of wind capacity in northern Norway in what it claims could be the first subsidy-free development of its type in the country. The JV – called Grenselandet and formed by Finland-based St1 Norge, and local players Vindkraft Nord and Ny Energi – will start early development work on the 700MW Davvi and 200MW Borealis wind farms, to be site

    Wind  rechargenews.com 20 Mar 14:31 GMT Global Mediator

    Turkey awards 1GW of solar to Hanwha JV as ambitions advance

    Turkey awarded a 1GW solar deal to a joint venture including Korea’s Hanwha Q CELLS, which bid $0.0699/kWh ($69.9/MWh) in an auction that is due to be followed by a similar-scale process for wind power later this year.The tender – the largest renewables auction in Turkey’s history – will see the Korean PV OEM link with local partner Kalyon Enerji to deliver the $1.3bn project within three years, a

    Transition  rechargenews.com 20 Mar 12:41 GMT Andrew Lee

    Politics overshadow green shoots in Brazilian renewables

    DISPATCHES | Power demand is up and officials are keen to restart tenders, but political chaos currently overshadows everything in Brazil, writes Alexandre Spatuzza

    Wind  rechargenews.com 20 Mar 10:47 GMT Global Mediator

    Back renewables to hit climate goals with GDP growth: Study

    The world’s energy sector could slash carbon emissions by 70% by 2050 and eliminate them altogether a decade later – while simultaneously boosting the global economy, according to a new study from the International Renewable Energy Agency (IRENA) and the International Energy Agency (IEA). The organisations said wider deployment of renewables and energy efficiency measures – allied with large-scal

    Transition  rechargenews.com 20 Mar 09:22 GMT Global Mediator

    Energy transition needs more than wind and solar, says IEA

    EXCLUSIVE | Up-and-coming technologies will be vital if we are to meet our climate change goals, IEA renewables head Paolo Frankl tells Leigh Collins

    Transition  rechargenews.com 20 Mar 07:47 GMT Global Mediator

    Blanco is new Nordex boss as Bondo Krogsgaard quits

    Lars Bondo Krogsgaard has quit as chief executive of German wind OEM Nordex over the company’s recent sales forecasts that sent its share price plunging and been replaced by his deputy, former Acciona Windpower boss José Luis Blanco. Bondo Krogsgaard, CEO since mid-2015, said he was leaving after the 2017/18 update that put Nordex’s shares into a tailspin, despite the company’s strong 2016 sales

    Wind  rechargenews.com 17 Mar 16:36 GMT Global Mediator