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  • Wpd goes to court over German Wind at Sea Act

    German wind developer Wpd has filed a complaint to Germany’s constitutional court against the Wind Energy at Sea Act (WindSeeG) after its far-offshore project Kaikas in the North Sea was excluded from future offshore wind tenders without compensation to the developer. Wpd in 2013 had won a license to build 80 turbines at Kaikas. But the Federal Maritime and Hydrographic Agency BSH in 2015 halted

    Wind  rechargenews.com 29 Sep 14:57 GMT Bernd Radowitz in Berlin

    E.ON cuts back on debt ‘faster than planned’

    German utility E.ON has managed to reduce its debt “much faster than planned” since spinning off from its fossil generation unit Uniper. E.ON, which will continue to be led by Johannes Teyssen in the coming years, approved last year the splitting of the group into two independent companies. In September 2016, Uniper was first listed on the stock exchange by giving E.ON's shareholders a majority s

    Wind  rechargenews.com 29 Sep 12:33 GMT Anamaria Deduleasa

    Vattenfall spends €200m as it starts 295MW Dutch repowering

    Vattenfall is investing €200m ($236m) in a first 180MW phase to the larger Dutch Wieringermeer onshore wind repowering project to which the Swedish utility expects to contribute a total of 295MW. Preliminary works for a first 50 new turbines are starting now, with turbine installation planned in 2018, and commissioning in 2019. Vattenfall didn't say which turbine brand it will use. The utili

    Wind  rechargenews.com 29 Sep 11:37 GMT Bernd Radowitz in Berlin

    Siemens Gamesa wins order for 96.6MW Norwegian project

    Siemens Gamesa has won an order to supply Finnish utility Fortum with 23 of its SWT-DD-130 turbines rated at 4.2MW for the remote Sørfjord Vindpark project in northern Norway. Installation start on towers with an 80-metre hub height is planned for the summer of 2019 with completion planned for the autumn of 2019. “We are proud to deliver the latest innovations from our Onshore Direct Drive platf

    Wind  rechargenews.com 29 Sep 10:56 GMT Bernd Radowitz in Berlin

    MidAmerican places 174MW order with Vestas for 2GW Wind XI project

    Danish wind OEM Vestas has received a firm order from Berkshire Hathaway's MidEmerican Energy for 100 of its V110-2.0MW machines as part of the 2GW Wind XI project in Iowa. The 174MW order includes previously purchased PTC-qualifying components. "The historic Wind XI project will harness low-cost wind energy for MidAmerican Energy's customers, all while enhancing the reliability and resiliency o

    Wind  rechargenews.com 29 Sep 10:15 GMT Bernd Radowitz

    Baltic Sea Offshore Wind declaration signed, eyeing 9GW potential

    WindEurope and wind power associations from countries bordering the Baltic Sea signed an offshore wind declaration in Tallin, asking governments to enhance their regional cooperation and support offshore wind development in the region. The Baltic Sea, where 1.5GW of offshore wind is grid-connected today, will represent the second largest basin for offshore wind, with potentially 9GW installed by

    Wind  rechargenews.com 29 Sep 09:34 GMT Bernd Radowitz in Berlin

    EasyJet, Wright Electric eye commercial e-plane within decade

    European budget airline EasyJet is partnering with Wright Electric to support the US aircraft manufacturer’s ambition to design a fully electric commercial aircraft over the next decade. Wright Electric also has the goal for every short flight to be zero-emissions within 20 years. It is aiming for an aircraft range of 540 kilometres (335 miles) which would cover 20% of passengers flown by EasyJet

    Transition  rechargenews.com 29 Sep 08:42 GMT Bernd Radowitz in Berlin

    US senators propose grid-scale energy storage systems bill

    Two Democratic US senators have tabled legislation that would provide more than $1bn to accelerate research, development, demonstration and deployment of grid-scale energy storage systems. Senators Al Franken (Minnesota) and Martin Heinrich (New Mexico) say the proposed investment over five years will create high-skill, sustainable jobs, and make the country’s electrical grid cleaner, and more co

    Wind  rechargenews.com 28 Sep 20:27 GMT Richard A. Kessler in Fort Worth

    Hawaii offshore wind opportunities draw another developer

    A fourth developer has expressed interest in placing wind turbines on floating foundations off the coast of Oahu, the most populous island in the US state of Hawaii, Recharge has learned. The federal Bureau of Ocean Energy Management (BOEM) is withholding the name while it determines whether the company is legally, technically and financially qualified to participate in future lease area sales.

    Wind  rechargenews.com 28 Sep 19:08 GMT Richard A. Kessler in Fort Worth

    Ineos closes in on Dong upstream buy

    Dong Energy’s sale of its upstream business to chemicals giant Ineos is expected to close this week after two countries gave regulatory approval. Authorities in Norway and Denmark signed off on the deal, worth more than $1bn, which was agreed in May. Dong said both parties expect to complete the transaction on 29 September. “As part of the transaction, Ineos takes over all decommissiong liabilit

    Wind  rechargenews.com 28 Sep 15:05 GMT Eoin O'Cinneide in London

    Finland mulls new tech-neutral tenders for 2TWh E in 2018-19

    The Finnish government in a draft for a new support scheme for non-hydro renewable energy has proposed to tender off 2 terawatt hours of green power in technology-neutral auctions in 2018 and 2019 that would make no distinction between onshore and offshore wind, PV, or other RE technologies. The auction volume according to the Finnish Wind Power Association could translate into roughly 600-800MW

    Wind  rechargenews.com 28 Sep 13:51 GMT Bernd Radowitz in Berlin

    Vattenfall’s 228MW Pen y Cymoedd wind farm opened by First Minister

    Wales’ largest onshore wind farm – Vattenfall’s 228MW Pen y Cymoedd project located between Neath and Aberdare in South Wales - has been officially opened by the country’s First Minister Carwyn Jones. The Swedish utility said that 52% of the £400m ($535m) investment made in the project had gone to businesses in Wales. It estimated this had secured work for more than 1,000 workers in Wales over th

    Wind  rechargenews.com 28 Sep 09:58 GMT Christopher Hopson in Cardif

    Siemens Gamesa enters Pakistan market

    Spain-based player Siemens Gamesa has entered the Pakistan market with a deal to provide engineering, procurement and construction (EPC) services on a 50MW wind farm. Siemens Gamesa, in consortium with Sumec Hardware and Tools, will install 25 of its G114-2MW wind turbine generators for independent power producer Zephyr Power in Gharo, in the Thatta District. Siemens Gamesa reaches new heights

    Wind  rechargenews.com 28 Sep 08:39 GMT Anamaria Deduleasa

    Will Europe miss the renewable PPA revolution?

    OPINION | Europe's failure to embrace the potential of corporate renewable PPAs could be a huge mistake, says Aurélie Beauvais

    Transition  rechargenews.com 28 Sep 05:30 GMT Aurélie Beauvais

    Mood turns sour as MEP turns fire on Eurelectric over report

    DISPATCHES | A combative pro-renewables MEP and a controversial report made for a lively and at times uncomfortable Eurelectric conference, writes Leigh Collins

    Transition  rechargenews.com 28 Sep 04:58 GMT Leigh Collins in Brussels

    First jacket foundation assembled at the 714MW EA 1

    The first foundation has been assembled at the 714MW East Anglia 1 (EA1) wind farm off the English coast. EA1, which will consist of up to 102 7MW Siemens wind turbines, is located approximately 43km off the Suffolk Coast in the southern North Sea. The €3bn ($3.23bn) project is being developed by Spain’s Iberdrola. Spanish player Navantia, which is fabricating 42 jackets for the project, said th

    Wind  rechargenews.com 27 Sep 15:31 GMT Anamaria Deduleasa

    Xcel Energy green lights first US wind project at reduced PTC

    US utility Xcel Energy has broken cover on plans for a 300MW wind farm in South Dakota that will qualify for just 80% of the production tax credit (PTC), marking the US wind project to confirm it will proceed with less than the tax credit’s full value as the PTC sails towards expiration in 2020. Xcel – which has more wind energy feeding its multi-state network than any other US utility – says the

    Wind  rechargenews.com 27 Sep 14:43 GMT Karl-Erik Stromsta in New York

    Adwen awards Eidesvik job on the 350MW Wikinger

    Oslo-listed shipowner Eidesvik has landed a deal with Siemens Gamesa-owned Adwen to support commissioning activities at the 350MW Wikinger offshore wind farm in the German Baltic Sea. The €1.4bn ($1.6bn) Wikinger is scheduled to go online and connected to the grid before the end of the year. The development will comprise 70 5MW Adwen wind turbines, and will see the company provide maintenance ser

    Wind  rechargenews.com 27 Sep 12:07 GMT Anamaria Deduleasa

    Danish government signs deal on new RE support scheme

    The Danish centre-right minority government has signed a deal with the opposition, right-wing populist Danish People’s Party outlining a novel support system estimated to fund about 190MW in new renewable energy capacity over the coming two years. The Danish People's Party is the second largest party by seats in the parliament in Copenhagen, and one that the coalition government has been relying

    Transition  rechargenews.com 27 Sep 11:59 GMT William Steel in Aarhus

    Welsh government sets 70% RE target for 2030

    The Welsh government has announced new targets for energy generation in Wales which aims to see some 70% of the country’s power coming from renewable sources by 2030. Lesley Griffiths, the cabinet secretary for the environment, told the Welsh parliament that electricity generation from renewable sources in Wales had trebled since 2010. Griffiths said she was also setting a target for 1GW of rene

    Wind  rechargenews.com 27 Sep 10:48 GMT Christopher Hopson in Swansea

    Fortum to offer E.ON €3.76bn for its 47% stake in Uniper

    Finnish utility Fortum has signed a transaction agreement with E.ON under which the German utility can sell its 46.65% stake in fossil, hydro and nuclear company Uniper for €3.76bn ($4.42bn) as part of €8.05bn takeover offer for the E.ON spin-off. Fortum plans to launch the voluntary public takeover offer to all Uniper shareholders in early 2018, with a value of €22 per share that according to Fo

    Transition  rechargenews.com 27 Sep 08:37 GMT Bernd Radowitz in Berlin

    Buffett utility awards GE large turbine repowering contract

    Billionaire Warren Buffett’s MidAmerican Energy has reached “definitive agreements” with GE Renewable Energy to repower hundreds of older turbines at multiple wind farms in Iowa, work that will begin later this year. Neither company released financial details of the deal, which covers GE machines only and is among the largest for repowering turbines thus far in the US. Regulators at the Iowa Util

    Wind  rechargenews.com 26 Sep 22:10 GMT Richard A. Kessler in Fort Worth

    Xcel Energy to double Texas, New Mexico wind power capacity

    Xcel Energy estimates wind will comprise about 40% of electric power supply within its service territory in New Mexico and Texas by 2021, if regulators in both states approve the utility holding company’s plans to add 1.23GW of capacity. Xcel now supplies about 22% of its electric power with wind in eastern New Mexico, the northern Panhandle and adjacent South Plains regions in Texas, which it pu

    Wind  rechargenews.com 26 Sep 19:14 GMT Richard A. Kessler in Fort Worth

    JLM Energy secures funding for distributed C&I storage projects

    JLM Energy, the California-based solar-plus-storage company, secured $25m in financing for distributed storage projects targeted at commercial and industrial customers. The investment was arranged by GoldenSet Capital Partners, with CohnReznick Capital advising privately owned JLM in the transaction. The funding will accelerate the adoption of JLM’s Phazr platform, which targets large C&I system

    Transition  rechargenews.com 26 Sep 17:39 GMT Recharge Staff

    Sentient Science to monitor Duke's wind fleet with digital clones

    Sentient Science is rolling out its DigitalClone Live technology across the wind fleet Duke Energy, the US utility giant that has become one of the country's largest wind farm owners and among its largest providers of third-party wind O&M services. The “partnership” with Duke marks another significant step in the US wind market for Buffalo, New York-based Sentient, which provides “software as a s

    Wind  rechargenews.com 26 Sep 15:44 GMT Karl-Erik Stromsta in New York

    UK opens first subsidy-free solar farm

    The UK’s climate change and industry minister Claire Perry has officially opened the Clayhill solar and storage facility - the country’s first solar farm to be built without the need for government subsidies. UK-based Anesco, a developer with more than 100 solar farms in its portfolio, has financed and built the 10MW Clayhill project, combined with a 6MW energy storage facility at a site in Bed

    Transition  rechargenews.com 26 Sep 13:47 GMT Christopher Hopson in London

    Brazil's Casa dos Ventos may import wind turbines

    After selling more than 750MW of completed wind projects in the past two years, Brazilian developer Casa dos Ventos says it has enough cash to mitigate any foreign currency effects if it chooses to import turbines for the upcoming tenders in December. “If we need to, we can pay down the foreign currency part of the financing quickly so as to reduce exposure to foreign exchange risk,” the company’

    Wind  rechargenews.com 26 Sep 13:46 GMT Alexandre Spatuzza in Sao Paulo

    21MW Sprogø wind array off Denmark up for sale at auction

    State-owned Danish infrastructure company Sund & Bælt has launched a sales process through an open tender for the 21MW Sprogø offshore wind park that has been in operation in the Great Belt between the Danish islands of Zealand and Funen since 2009. The rare case of the sale of an already operating offshore array comes amid a new focus of Sund & Bælt on its core business of infrastructure and pay

    Wind  rechargenews.com 26 Sep 13:16 GMT Bernd Radowitz

    'Build Scottish onshore wind to power UK EVs': Iberdrola unit

    ScottishPower Renewables (SPR) has called on politicians and regulators to support onshore wind in Scotland in order to help meet the huge expected growth in power needed to charge electric vehicles (EVs). Keith Anderson, chief executive of SPR, a unit of Spain’s Iberdrola said: “It’s now cheaper, easier and faster to build onshore wind. In a little over 18 months we have built over 470MW of onsh

    Wind  rechargenews.com 26 Sep 10:21 GMT Christopher Hopson in London

    New coalition backs UK offshore wind with tube campaign

    A coalition of companies, civil society organisations and actors has launched a new campaign to support UK offshore wind by “taking over Westminster tube station” aiming to draw the attention of ministers and MPs walking to work. The coalition, comprising Greenpeace, WWF and the Marine Conservation Society, took over the station in London with posters with the message that electricity from offsh

    Wind  rechargenews.com 26 Sep 10:10 GMT Anamaria Deduleasa

    Siemens Gamesa to develop Indian hybrid wind-solar project

    Newly-created wind OEM giant Siemens Gamesa has been awarded a contract to develop India's first large commercial hybrid wind-solar project. Under the deal, reached with one of India's “leading independent operators”, the Spain-based group will connect a 28.8MW solar facility to an existing 50MW wind farm. Siemens Gamesa said it will provide an end-to-end turnkey solution. “Specifically, it wi

    Wind  rechargenews.com 26 Sep 09:36 GMT Anamaria Deduleasa

    Spain faces 'urgent' end-of-life challenge as 23GW fleet ages

    Spain needs to take “urgent steps” – including the introduction of incentives – to extend the life of its 23GW of onshore wind farms as almost half the country’s capacity will be 15 or more years old by 2020, according to the head of the Spanish Wind Energy Association (AEE). Juan Virgilio Marquez, the AEE’s chief executive, told Recharge “it’s very important for us to make short-term decisions a

    Wind  rechargenews.com 26 Sep 09:14 GMT Christopher Hopson in Madrid

    Dutch tender for 20MW Borssele V innovation site in January

    The Netherlands Enterprise Agency (NVO) now plans to hold the tender for the 20MW Borssele V innovation site from January 2-18, 2018, that originally had been planned for the fourth quarter of this year. The Dutch government with the innovation site aims to test advanced technologies as a showcase, contribute to offshore cost reduction, and increase the market and export potential for Dutch compa

    Technology  rechargenews.com 26 Sep 09:05 GMT Bernd Radowitz in Berlin

    Wind could supply 30% of European power in 2030: WindEurope

    Wind could supply 30% of Europe’s power from a fleet of 323GW by 2030 if favourable policy decisions and “significant changes to the energy system” allow it to fulfil its “enormous growth potential”, said WindEurope. The central scenario in the trade body’s latest Scenarios for 2030 report says “greater certainty on long-term revenue stability; significant progress on the system integration of va

    Wind  rechargenews.com 26 Sep 08:18 GMT Andrew Lee

    ABB, Northvolt to partner in large Swedish battery plant

    Swiss industrial group ABB has signed a memorandum of understanding (MOU) with Swedish start-up Northvolt for a supply and technology partnership including products and services for what the companies claim will be Europe’s largest battery factory. The lithium-ion plant in Sweden is slated to have a demonstration-line ready by 2019, and start production in 2020 to supply European customers in the

    Transition  rechargenews.com 26 Sep 07:58 GMT Bernd Radowitz in Berlin

    ‘Space is limited in the Netherlands so we looked for alternatives’

    German utility Innogy and Netherlands-based water group Noorderzijlvest are pushing ahead with their plans to develop wind turbines on the Dutch seawall – work that could help solve the Netherland’s space-limitations problems. Innogy’s head of the sea dike project, Martine van Gemert, tells Anamaria Deduleasa that the project is “well underway” and a turbine supplier is expected to be chosen by

    Wind  rechargenews.com 26 Sep 07:48 GMT Anamaria Deduleasa

    ABB to acquire GE Industrial Solutions for $2.6bn

    Switzerland’s ABB has agreed to acquire GE Industrial Solutions, maker of circuit breakers, switchgear and other components for electricity infrastructure projects, in a $2.6bn deal that that will strengthen ABB’s position in the North American power-equipment market. While Industrial Solutions is part of GE’s Energy Connections & Lighting division, and is not directly linked to GE Renewable Ener

    Transition  rechargenews.com 25 Sep 15:52 GMT Karl-Erik Stromsta in New York

    Ameren Missouri unveils 700MW wind plan and steep CO2 target

    Ameren Missouri, a large and coal-reliant utility in the central US, has announced plans to build at least 700MW of new wind by 2020 and begin retiring much of its coal capacity over a longer horizon, underscoring the muted impact the Trump administration is having on the US electric industry. Ameren Missouri, the largest subsidiary of utility holding company Ameren Corp., today relies almost exc

    Wind  rechargenews.com 25 Sep 14:55 GMT Karl-Erik Stromsta in New York

    North Wales lands $6m for tidal energy zone

    North Wales has been awarded £4.5m ($6m) to develop a marine and tidal energy sector off the region’s coast from the European Union (EU) and Welsh government. The funding will support Mentor Môn’s £5.6m Morlais scheme, which will help accelerate the development and commercialisation of multiple tidal stream technologies in the Morlais demonstration zone in Anglesey. “Wales’ coastline is well pos

    Wind  rechargenews.com 25 Sep 14:52 GMT Anamaria Deduleasa

    Argentine renewables advance again with private PPA plant

    IN DEPTH | The first deal under rules enabling supply under private PPAs marks another step forward for Argentina's rapidly-evolving renewable power market, writes Alexandre Spatuzza

    Transition  rechargenews.com 25 Sep 14:00 GMT Alexandre Spatuzza in Sao Paulo

    EC emissions rule 'will divert billions away from energy transition'

    Emissions performance standards designed to reduce CO2 output will be counterproductive, says Eurelectric study

    Transition  rechargenews.com 25 Sep 13:13 GMT Leigh Collins

    In the future, energy could be free for consumers. Here's how

    OPINION | Utilities could make their money from using households' Internet of Things data to provide personalised advertising, writes Craig Boice

    Transition  rechargenews.com 25 Sep 12:12 GMT Craig Boice

    Renewables have a chance in tough German coalition talks

    ANALYSIS |Subsidy-free renewables, and more offshore wind and solar could be on the menu of a new Merkel coalition government with Liberals and Greens, writes Bernd Radowitz

    Wind  rechargenews.com 25 Sep 11:39 GMT Bernd Radowitz in Berlin


    'EC knows Emissions Trading Scheme won't work': EU official

    A cornerstone of EU climate policy, the Emissions Trading Scheme (ETS), will never achieve its purpose of reducing fossil-fuel demand — and the European Commission (EC) knows this but is too committed to do anything about it, a senior EC energy official tells Recharge on the condition of anonymity. The ETS — in which utilities and heavy industry buy and sell tradeable allowances that permit them

    Transition  rechargenews.com 25 Sep 09:49 GMT Leigh Collins in Brussels

    VBMS inks deal for 860MW Triton Knoll

    UK player VBMS has landed a deal to work on the 860MW Triton Knoll offshore wind farm off eastern England. The group, a subsidiary of Royal Boskalis, will handle the supply and installation of the export and inter-array cables for the wind farm, which is being developed by Innogy and Statkraft. The work will be executed in consortium with NKT Cables, said VBMS. The “likely contract value”

    Wind  rechargenews.com 25 Sep 09:27 GMT Anamaria Deduleasa

    Merkel to need Greens, Liberals to form new government

    German Chancellor Angela Merkel needs the liberal Free Democrats (FDP) and the Green Party to form a new government, but such a coalition will be difficult to form, among other things due to very divergent views of the FDP and Greens on climate and energy issues. Voters on Sunday punished Merkel's current left-right coalition and for the first time elected the far-right Alternative for Germany (A

    Transition  rechargenews.com 24 Sep 17:08 GMT Bernd Radowitz in Berlin

    US finds 'injury' from solar imports, opening door to PV tariffs

    The U.S. International Trade Commission ruled Friday that imported solar equipment has caused “serious injury” to domestic manufacturers, siding with co-petitioners Suniva and SolarWorld, and moving the US renewables market significantly closer to the shockwave of solar tariffs. With two of its commissioners having been appointed by Democratic presidents, the quasi-judicial ITC ruled unanimously,

    Transition  rechargenews.com 22 Sep 15:54 GMT Karl-Erik Stromsta in New York


    Acciona gets ready for wind-plus-battery future

    Spanish developer Acciona Energia has opened the country’s first hybrid wind power storage project, a pilot scheme to trial the best ways to integrate green energy into the grid and tackle the intermittent nature of wind. The experimental wind farm, located in the in Barásoain region of Navarra, comprises five 3MW Nordex-Acciona turbines. The project was stared up earlier this year, as previousl

    Wind  rechargenews.com 22 Sep 14:54 GMT Anamaria Deduleasa

    Renewables building a brighter future for complex, angry Brazil

    DISPATCHES | The renewables sector isn't immune to the sense of malaise gripping Brazil but its major players have shown they're in for the long haul, writes Alexandre Spatuzza

    Transition  rechargenews.com 22 Sep 14:00 GMT Alexandre Spatuzza in Sao Paulo

    E.ON and Northland advance European offshore wind projects

    Utilities this week advanced key offshore wind projects in the English Channel, the North Sea and the Baltic Sea with a combined capacity of close to 1GW. German utility E.ON this week has installed the last of 116 MHI Vestas V112-3.45MW turbines at the 400MW Rampion wind farm off the coast of Sussex in southern England ahead of plan, and is celebrating the start of turbine installation at the 38

    Wind  rechargenews.com 22 Sep 12:03 GMT Bernd Radowitz in Berlin

    Lamprell sees Baltic offshore wind opportunities

    United Arab Emirates-based shipyard Lamprell has its sights on the Baltic Sea for further renewable energy contracts, with the German sector taking centre stage. The Sharjah-headquartered group is looking to follow up on engineering, procurement, construction and installation work already secured in the industry, such as at the East Anglia 1 wind project off the UK, to make up for a shortfall in

    Transition  rechargenews.com 22 Sep 11:19 GMT Eoin O'Cinneide

    Hopes fade for higher German renewables targets after election

    Hopes are fading that federal elections on Sunday may result in Germany increasing its renewable energy targets or accelerating its energy transition, as all latest opinion polls point to narrowed-down options for Chancellor Angela Merkel in the choice of her future coalition partners. Pollsters say more than a third of voters are still undecided. They nevertheless agree that a last-minute swing

    Transition  rechargenews.com 22 Sep 10:37 GMT Bernd Radowitz in Berlin

    'No two emerging markets are the same'

    OPINION | Risks are different in each country, and winning a tender is a long way from delivering an operational project at the bid price, writes Aaron Daniels

    Transition  rechargenews.com 22 Sep 09:16 GMT Aaron Daniels

    'Until now in Germany every turbine went up, economic or not'

    5 MINUTES | UKA won a 660MW pipeline in Germany’s onshore wind auction as service provider to 'citizens' energy' groups – and the developer's managing director Gernot Gauglitz insists it will all be built

    Wind  rechargenews.com 22 Sep 08:51 GMT Bernd Radowitz

    Strong support for offshore wind in New Jersey ahead of election

    A strong majority of New Jersey voters would like to see the state kick-start its stalled offshore wind market, according to a new survey, ahead of a gubernatorial election that could dramatically reshape the market’s prospects. In a poll conducted in recent weeks by Fairleigh Dickinson University, 73% of registered New Jersey voters surveyed said they support offshore wind development off their

    Wind  rechargenews.com 21 Sep 21:09 GMT Karl-Erik Stromsta in New York

    Brazil cancels Energimp 219MW as project cull continues

    Three weeks after Brazil held a tender to de-contract unfinished generation projects, power regulator Aneel confirmed the cancellation of a further 219MW of wind and 30MW of solar plants that have not been built. During its weekly board meeting Aneel board members voted to revoke licenses and execute guarantees on the wind and solar projects, as it returned to the normal process of flushing lame-

    Transition  rechargenews.com 21 Sep 16:10 GMT Alexandre Spatuzza in Sao Paulo

    Duke Energy to build 13MW of battery storage in US southeast

    US utility giant Duke Energy has announced plans to build two utility-scale battery systems in western North Carolina, among the largest such energy-storage projects to energe in the coal-heavy US southeast. Charlotte, North Carolina-based Duke plans to invest $30m building a 9MW storage system in Asheville, the largest city in western North Carolina, and another 4MW system in Hot Springs. Both

    Transition  rechargenews.com 21 Sep 15:47 GMT Karl-Erik Stromsta in New York

    Enel adds 906MW to power ahead in South America

    With investments of $1.6bn, Italy’s Enel has forged ahead in South America in the last few months by adding 906MW of PV, wind and geothermal capacity that has made it one of the biggest renewable energy operators in the region. In Brazil the group started operations this week at what are the continent’s two largest PV complexes: the 254MW Ituverava solar plant in the state of Bahia and the 292MW

    Transition  rechargenews.com 21 Sep 15:33 GMT Alexandre Spatuzza in Sao Paulo

    New York pressed to announce its next steps on offshore wind

    Pressure is building for New York to announce the next steps in its plan to reach 2.4GW of offshore wind by 2030, but state officials say it could be years before additional zones are put to tender. Developers are clamouring for New York to issue its first offshore request for proposal (RFP) in 2018, to follow the one now underway in Massachusetts, says Anne Reynolds, executive director of the Al

    Wind  rechargenews.com 21 Sep 14:57 GMT Karl-Erik Stromsta in New York

    Innogy to spend €1.2bn in PV, e-mobility and fibre-optics

    Innogy plans to invest up to €1.2bn ($1.4bn) in e-mobility, PV and fibre-optic networks by 2019 amid an overhaul of its strategy that aims at market leadership and profitability by 2025 in all the German utility's target markets. As part of what Innogy calls its '4P strategy' the company also said there will be “no taboos” regarding its portfolio of business activities in order to achieve the tar

    Transition  rechargenews.com 21 Sep 14:39 GMT Bernd Radowitz in Berlin

    Enercon boosts training presence in growing French market

    Enercon is building two major training centres in France, reflecting the importance to the German onshore OEM of a market where it led the pack in the first half of the year. Enercon this week inaugurated one facility at Le Meux in the Hauts-de-France region and started construction at a second a few kilometres away in Longueil-Saint-Marie. New French wind dips to 492MW in H1 as Enercon leads

    Wind  rechargenews.com 21 Sep 13:50 GMT Andrew Lee in London

    A paradigm shift as UK offshore wind breezes past its targets

    OPINION | The offshore wind price falls seen in CfD auctions were a vindication of UK support for a sector that has pulled out all the stops to cut costs, writes Lee Clarke

    Wind  rechargenews.com 21 Sep 12:00 GMT Lee Clarke

    Siemens Gamesa names first cybersecurity chief

    Siemens Gamesa Renewable Energy has appointed Alan Feeley to the newly-created post of chief cybersecurity officer, reflecting the increasing profile of the issue in the global power sector. Feeley – who extends his existing remit as chief information officer to cover the new role – will manage the wind OEM’s cybersecurity operational framework and consolidate security developments in the context

    Wind  rechargenews.com 21 Sep 11:14 GMT Bernd Radowitz in Berlin

    Sif-Smulders JV preferred supplier for Triton Knoll monopiles

    A joint venture between Dutch foundation maker Sif Holding and Belgium’s Smulders Projects have signed preferred supplier and early works agreements for the design and fabrication of 90 monopiles and transition pieces for Innogy and Statkraft’s 860MW Triton Knoll offshore project in the UK. The deal also includes two foundations for offshore substations for the project 32 kilometres off the coast

    Wind  rechargenews.com 21 Sep 08:33 GMT Bernd Radowitz in Berlin

    German EEG levy seen falling in 2018 on rising power prices

    The surcharge to finance the expansion of renewables (EEG surcharge) in Germany is likely to fall next year due to expected higher wholesale power prices and large reserve funds in the surcharge account, the Agora Energiewende think-tank predicts. The EEG surcharge according to a calculation tool developed by Agora and the Öko-Institut in Freiburg will fall to €0.0674 ($0.08) per kilowatt hour of

    Transition  rechargenews.com 21 Sep 08:03 GMT Bernd Radowitz in Berlin

    Norway to build more wind and hydro despite surplus power

    5 MINUTES | Norwegian energy and petroleum minister Terje Søviknes tells Leigh Collins that increased demand from electric vehicle boom and new interconnectors will not be problematic

    Transition  rechargenews.com 21 Sep 06:14 GMT Leigh Collins

    Clean Line enlists ex-Missouri governor for legal appeal

    Long-haul wind transmission developer Clean Line Energy Partners has retained former Missouri Governor Jay Nixon to help prepare a legal appeal after state utility regulators on Tuesday let stand their ruling last month denying approval for its $2.3bn Grain Belt Express project. Nixon, a Democrat, who is not related to the former US President Richard Nixon, left office in January and joined the D

    Wind  rechargenews.com 21 Sep 01:19 GMT Richard A. Kessler in Fort Worth

    Texas ERCOT grid on target for record 2017 wind generation

    Wind remains on target to set generation records this year within the main Texas electric grid, after it gained an 17.3% share of that market through August, versus 15.1% for all of 2016, latest Electric Reliability Council of Texas (ERCOT) data shows. ERCOT serves about 90% of the electric load in Texas, by far the number one US state for wind power capacity – 21GW, three times the amount instal

    Wind  rechargenews.com 20 Sep 18:09 GMT Richard A. Kessler in Fort Worth

    Fishermen ask court to annul New York offshore wind lease

    A group of fishing organisations, businesses and communities has moved forward with a lawsuit against the Bureau of Ocean Energy Management (BOEM) to halt leasing of an area off the coast of New York to Norway’s Statoil for a planned wind farm. The suit filed with the US District Court for the District of Columbia seeks summary judgment (no trial) and requests that it invalidate the record $42.5m

    Wind  rechargenews.com 20 Sep 15:03 GMT Richard A. Kessler in Fort Worth and Karl-Erik Stromsta in New York

    Citi and JPMorgan join corporate renewables wave with 100% pledge

    Global financial groups announce clean energy targets and add names to RE100 initiative

    Transition  rechargenews.com 20 Sep 14:26 GMT Darius Snieckus in London

    World's largest turbine installed at pioneering Blyth project off UK

    MHI Vestas 8.3MW model mated with innovative gravity base foundation and will be wired into 66kV export lines

    Wind  rechargenews.com 20 Sep 11:26 GMT Darius Snieckus in London

    Fortum eyes E.ON’s 47% Uniper share as part of takeover offer

    Finnish utility Fortum is in advanced talks with E.ON to buy the German utility’s 46.65% stake in fossil, hydro and nuclear company Uniper that would make E.ON a pure-play renewables, grids and customer solutions company after it had spun off Uniper in 2015. Uniper since 2016 has been operating as a separate legal entity, but E.ON had kept the 46.65% stake until now. Uniper’s businesses are well

    Transition  rechargenews.com 20 Sep 10:45 GMT Bernd Radowitz in Berlin

    BEE: Germany to miss its EU 2020 renewable energy target

    Germany will miss its binding 2020 target for renewable energy in final energy consumption if current policies prevail and the country doesn’t speed up the energy transition also in the heating and transport sector, new calculations by renewables federation BEE reveal. “For years, Germany hasn’t produced progress with the expansion of renewable energies in the heating and transport sector,” says

    Transition  rechargenews.com 20 Sep 10:06 GMT Bernd Radowitz in Berlin

    Chinese offshore wind ready to take off

    IN DEPTH | After years of dipping its toes in the offshore wind water, the Chinese sector is finally ready to explode, with more than 4GW of projects now under construction

    Wind  rechargenews.com 20 Sep 08:24 GMT Yuki Yu in Nantong and Andrew Lee in London

    Siemens Gamesa wins 97MW turbine order in Argentina

    Wind OEM Siemens Gamesa continues to make inroads in Latin America, securing a 97MW order for machines from its Gamesa brand from the state-owned Parque Eólico Arauco SAPEM wind complex in the western Argentine province of La Rioja. The manufacturer is slated to deliver 28 of its G132-3.465MW turbines for the third and fourth phase of Arauco in the second quarter of next year. The facility is sch

    Wind  rechargenews.com 20 Sep 07:37 GMT Bernd Radowitz

    Engie links with Abraaj for 1GW India wind portfolio

    French energy group Engie and growth market investment specialist Abraaj plan to develop a 1GW wind portfolio in India. The partners have identified a “robust pipeline” across several states that they say fits in with India’s ambition to almost double its total wind capacity to 60GW by 2022. No details are given of timescales or the level of investment needed. New minister faces challenges to

    Wind  rechargenews.com 20 Sep 07:30 GMT Andrew Lee

    GM seals US auto industry's largest wind energy off-take deal

    General Motors is buying 200MW of wind energy to power manufacturing facilities in Indiana and Ohio – the largest combined renewables purchase deal to date by an automaker in the US. GM agreed to buy 100MW of capacity from the 175-200MW HillTopper project that developer Swift Current Energy expects to have in commercial operation in fourth quarter 2018. It will also purchase the full 100MW capaci

    Wind  rechargenews.com 19 Sep 17:49 GMT Richard A. Kessler in Fort Worth

    US tariffs ‘would devastate utility-scale PV’: SunPower CEO

    The US utilty-scale solar sector would be “devastated” if the US International Trade Commission (ITC) rules that tariffs should be imposed on imported PV panels, according to Tom Werner, chief executive of US-based solar giant SunPower. The US arms of PV manufacturers Suniva and SolarWorld have requested that tariffs of $0.40 per watt (W) be introduced on all foreign-made solar cells, with a mini

    Transition  rechargenews.com 19 Sep 15:57 GMT Leigh Collins in London

    Argentine oil group YPF eyes 600MW of renewables by 2021

    Argentina’s state oil company YPF plans to develop up to 600MW of renewable capacity by 2021 as part of the group’s strategy to supply all its operations via clean energy sources. “By 2021 our demand is estimated to reach 600MW of capacity so we’ll target to produce as much power from renewables as we consume in the long-term,” Martin Mandarano, the general manager of the group’s power subsidiary

    Transition  rechargenews.com 19 Sep 15:27 GMT Alexandre Spatuzza in Sao Paulo

    California grid, renewables expansion bills fail to advance

    Landmark bills that set a goal for California to generate all retail electricity from renewable and carbon-free sources by 2045 and to regionalize its electric grid stalled before the end of the legislative session on Friday. As lawmakers finished their work, a consensus emerged that both measures require further study to allow careful consideration of the potential impacts on the state’s climate

    Wind  rechargenews.com 19 Sep 15:25 GMT Richard A. Kessler in Fort Worth

    Offshore consolidation growing as Siemens Gamesa pulls plug on Adwen

    Consolidation in the offshore wind industry is accelerating with Siemens Gamesa’s decision to discontinue producing the Adwen AD8-180 turbine amid wider industry cost pressures that will render it increasingly difficult for smaller players to remain in the offshore game. Siemens Gamesa needs to cut costs after its first joint company results have been disappointing, dampened by costs associated w

    Wind  rechargenews.com 19 Sep 11:54 GMT Bernd Radowitz in Berlin

    Offshore to drive UK wind growth but policy clouds remain: BMI

    Industry analyst BMI Research has raised its wind growth forecast for the UK following the results of contracts-for-difference (CfDs) awarded under the second allocation round in the country, which registered a “substantial cost deflation” for offshore projects. “Prior to the auction, we forecasted the sector to expand by an annual average of 2.7% between 2021 and 2026, in large part due to limit

    Wind  rechargenews.com 19 Sep 10:31 GMT Anamaria Deduleasa in London

    Vattenfall finance chief Dohler to be CEO at German utility EWE

    Vattenfall chief financial officer Stefan Dohler will leave the Swedish utility to become chief executive at German regional utility EWE. “It is with mixed feelings that I have decided to leave Vattenfall after almost 20 years. Vattenfall has formed my professional life and offered me tremendous opportunities to develop,” Dohler says. Dohler had joined Vattenfall in 1998 and served in various

    Transition  rechargenews.com 19 Sep 10:03 GMT Bernd Radowitz in Berlin

    Tide turns for NaiKun as elections and Dong boost BC offshore wind

    IN DEPTH | With a renewables-friendly BC government, larger turbines on the horizon and now Dong Energy on board, NaiKun's CEO says offshore wind is set fair in the Canadian province

    Wind  rechargenews.com 19 Sep 09:41 GMT Karl-Erik Stromsta in New York

    Total enters wind sector with $284m for stake in EREN RE

    French oil giant Total will enter the wind power sector for the first time and further boost its renewable energy ambitions after taking a stake in Paris-based developer EREN RE. Total will spend €237.5m ($284m) to acquire a 23% indirect interest in EREN RE via a capital increase in a deal that also gives it the option to take control of the renewables group after five years. EREN RE develops wi

    Transition  rechargenews.com 19 Sep 07:49 GMT Andrew Lee in London

    Siemens Gamesa using D8 off France as Adwen 8MW 'discontinued'

    Siemens Gamesa Renewable Energy is discontinuing the manufacturing of the Adwen AD8 and swapping the 8MW offshore machine for the Siemens Gamesa D8 model for at least 1GW out of its near-1.5GW French offshore wind pipeline. The wind OEM through its Adwen France unit plans to supply the 496MW Dieppe-Le Tréport and the also 496MW Yeu-Noirmoutier projects off the French coast with the D8 model that

    Wind  rechargenews.com 19 Sep 06:39 GMT Bernd Radowitz in Berlin

    Siemens Gamesa plans Brazil hub exports to aid supply chain

    Wind turbine OEM Siemens Gamesa will export 300MW-worth of fully-assembled hubs from its facilities in Brazil to its units in Central and North America in 2018, in a bid to keep the Brazilian supply chain ticking over until new firm orders are confirmed following tenders in December. The export programme was formally announced on 15 September and should involve at least 15 component suppliers, in

    Wind  rechargenews.com 18 Sep 15:11 GMT Alexandre Spatuzza in Sao Paulo

    Germany launches 1GW third onshore wind tendering round

    Germany’s grid agency BNetzA has launched this year’s last and final onshore wind tendering round, still with rules in place that likely will again favour citizens’ cooperatives and other grass roots bidders. Interested parties can hand in their bids until 2 November for the 1GW auction that has a price ceiling of €70/MWh ($83.70/MWh) of produced electricity. The average price in the 1GW previou

    Wind  rechargenews.com 18 Sep 13:22 GMT Bernd Radowitz in Berlin

    UK launches Green Finance Taskforce to boost investments

    The UK government has established a taskforce of senior financial experts aimed at helping to accelerate growth of green finance and boost the country’s low carbon economy. The move comes as an estimated $13.5 trillion of investment is needed between 2015 and 2030 in the energy sector alone for the world to meet its climate change goals, according to a government statement. “The government recog

    Wind  rechargenews.com 18 Sep 12:40 GMT Anamaria Deduleasa

    Mytrah raises $275m for its Indian subsidiaries

    Indian renewable independent power producer (IPP) Mytrah has raised approximately $277m of investments for its subsidiaries from the Piramal Group. The funds, which come in the form of non-convertible debentures (NCDs), will be invested into Mytrah Energy and Mytrah Ujjwal. The NCDs will have a seven-year duration to maturity, and will help the group grow its capital without diluting shareholder

    Wind  rechargenews.com 18 Sep 11:34 GMT Anamaria Deduleasa

    Siemens Gamesa, Enel in talks with Russia over possible factory

    Representatives of turbine OEM Siemens Gamesa and developer Enel Russia have met with a high-level Russian government official to discuss potential new production facilities there to supply Enel’s wind pipeline in the country, Russian wind power federation RAWI says. Enel earlier this year won the rights to build two wind parks in the Murmansk and Rostov regions with a combined capacity of 291M

    Wind  rechargenews.com 18 Sep 10:03 GMT Bernd Radowitz in Berlin

    ACWA claims RE baseload milestone with 700MW Dubai CSP

    A consortium led by Saudi Arabia’s ACWA Power claimed a breakthrough for 24-hour renewable baseload power after its 700MW concentrated solar power (CSP)-plus-storage plant was selected for a flagship deployment in Dubai at a ‘levelised tariff’ of $0.073/kWh. The ACWA consortium, which also includes China’s Shanghai Electric, will build the largest single-site CSP project in the world as the $3.9b

    Transition  rechargenews.com 18 Sep 09:43 GMT Andrew Lee

    Siemens Gamesa wins 300MW wind turbine order in China

    Wind turbine manufacturer Siemens Gamesa Renewable Energy has won an order to supply and commission 150 G114-2.0MW turbines for the Xilinhot complex in China’s Inner Mongolia province. The order, one of the company’s largest ever in the world’s biggest wind turbine market, includes a long-term O&M agreement. Siemens Gamesa strengthens European project links Installation is planned to begin in t

    Wind  rechargenews.com 18 Sep 08:52 GMT Bernd Radowitz in Berlin

    ‘Corporates will continue as a critical driver of global RE'

    5 MINUTES | Google has emerged as a leader in the corporate renewable energy sector. The tech giant's head of data centre strategy tells Darius Snieckus what's next for CRE

    Wind  rechargenews.com 18 Sep 08:43 GMT Darius Snieckus in London

    The next wave of corporate renewable energy champions

    IN DEPTH | The corporate renewable-energy movement, led by multinationals such as Google and Lego, has grown massively in a few short years — but could ‘good business’ also help slow climate change? asks Darius Snieckus

    Wind  rechargenews.com 18 Sep 07:54 GMT Darius Snieckus in London

    Energy Transition: Big ambition needed in an era of big change

    OPINION | Whether it's the unstoppable march of wind and solar or the storm waters lapping around the world's oil capital, the signs of change are all around us, writes Darius Snieckus

    Transition  rechargenews.com 18 Sep 07:45 GMT Darius Snieckus in London

    Innogy lines up MHI Vestas 9.5MW turbine for UK's Triton Knoll

    Germany’s Innogy and joint venture partner Statkraft have chosen MHI Vestas as the preferred turbine supplier for the 860MW Triton Knoll wind farm, with plans to use its new V164-9.5MW machine at the project off eastern England. The developer is looking to install 90 of the ground-breaking 9.5MW turbines at the wind farm, a model described by MHI Vestas as the most powerful and efficient on the m

    Wind  rechargenews.com 18 Sep 07:00 GMT Christopher Hopson in London

    Avangrid breaks ground at 202MW Apple-backed project

    Avangrid Renewables, the independent renewables generation arm of Iberdrola’s US utility Avangrid, has broken ground at its 13 th wind project in Oregon’s Columbia River Gorge, with the 202MW Montague wind farm set to sell its power to Apple over 20 years. The blockbuster power-purchase agreement with Apple was announced earlier this year, and builds on Oregon-based Avangrid Renewables’ growing s

    Wind  rechargenews.com 15 Sep 16:52 GMT Karl-Erik Stromsta in New York

    Wind and solar register 45GW for new Brazilian tenders

    Brazilian wind and PV developers registered a total capacity of 45GW for the two tenders the government has scheduled for December. For both the A-4 and A-6 tenders – in which projects have to be operational by January 2021 and 2023 respectively – wind developers registered a total capacity of 26.6GW, the Brazilian energy planning authority (EPE) said in a statement. In the A-4 a total of 954 pr

    Transition  rechargenews.com 15 Sep 15:22 GMT Alexandre Spatuzza in Sao Paulo

    Enel Green Power not put off by Oklahoma policy setback

    Enel Green Power remains open to adding to its already huge fleet of wind farms in Oklahoma, despite the state’s controversial decision to eliminate a special incentive years earlier than promised. Any more policy setbacks, however, would be tough to swallow. “It’s been a very complex year for the wind industry in Oklahoma,” admits Rafael Gonzalez, chief executive of EGP North America, the Mass

    Wind  rechargenews.com 15 Sep 12:52 GMT Karl-Erik Stromsta in New York