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  • Adwen 8MW offshore wind flagship ready to run in Germany

    The Adwen AD8-180 offshore wind turbine prototype is “mechanically complete” on its pad in Bremerhaven, Germany, the OEM has confirmed. The 8MW unit, now owned by Siemens Gamesa Renewable Energy following the merger of the two companies, is set to swiftly move into a final testing stage before serial production for a 1.5GW pipeline of wind power projects of France gets underway next year. Adwe

    Wind  rechargenews.com 04 May 11:39 GMT Global Mediator

    Statkraft wind fleet gets Q1 boost from output and prices

    The wind business of Norwegian utility Statkraft boosted revenues in the first quarter as it benefitted from higher power prices and increased production. The Statkraft wind power operation produced 0.7TWh in the January-March period, up from 0.5TWh at the same stage in 2016. Statkraft still exploring UK onshore market despite ‘challenges’ Along with an increase in Nordic power prices this he

    Wind  rechargenews.com 04 May 10:36 GMT Andrew Lee

    Sector seeks FIT as cost falls put offshore wind on agenda in India

    Tumbling costs of power in Europe have put offshore wind firmly on the agenda in India, where leading figures in the renewable energy industry told Recharge they are pressing the government to introduce a feed-in tariff (FIT) to help kick-start the sector before quickly moving to tenders. Sumant Sinha, CEO of India’s largest renewables developer ReNew Power, said recent auctions in European water

    Wind  rechargenews.com 04 May 09:29 GMT Global Mediator

    Offshore boosts Q2 as Siemens Wind plans future with Gamesa

    Siemens' Wind Power and Renewables division had the strongest order growth of any of its industrial businesses in its financial second quarter, as the German industrial giant said a successful launch of the newly-formed Siemens Gamesa Renewable Energy is a key focus for the rest of the year. Siemens – which will in future concentrate its wind power activities through the new business – unveiled a

    Wind  rechargenews.com 04 May 07:52 GMT Global Mediator

    Brazil lines up 1.1GW of wind and solar for decontracting

    Brazil’s power regulator Aneel has lined up at least 1.1GW of unbuilt wind and solar projects for the ‘decontracting’ tender that the government plans to hold by 31 August in order to clear the decks for a future resumption of renewable power procurement. Aneel has postponed action over the 529MW of solar and 549MW of wind projects until the process takes place. The government has yet to publish

    Wind  rechargenews.com 03 May 12:56 GMT Global Mediator

    Enel’s Gibson Bay wind farm joins South African grid

    Italian developer Enel’s 111MW Gibson Bay wind farm has starting flowing electricity onto the grid in the Eastern Cape province of South Africa. The development, which is powered by 37 Nordex N117/3000s, is capable of generating around 420GWh a year, enough to supply around 131,000 households, and saving over 383,000 tonnes of CO2 emissions each year. New delay to South Africa PPAs after ministe

    Wind  rechargenews.com 03 May 12:18 GMT Global Mediator

    ‘Newly acquired GIB likely to become major international wind investor'

    Financial might and expertise of the Green Investment Bank under new parent Macquarie will make rival investors nervous, writes Simon Luby

    Wind  rechargenews.com 03 May 11:38 GMT Global Mediator

    Siemens Gamesa swallows bitter pill as GE-LM deal exposes raw nerves in Brazil

    IN DEPTH | The anxious state of Brazil's under-stress wind power market was laid bare by concerns raised in the run-up to GE's acquisition of LM Wind Power, writes Alexandre Spatuzza

    Wind  rechargenews.com 03 May 11:23 GMT Global Mediator

    EDPR profits dip as Q1 resources fall short of year earlier

    Portuguese wind power giant EDPR saw net profits fall in the first quarter as production came up short against “outstanding” conditions of a year earlier and expenses rose. EDPR – which ended March 2017 with a 10.4GW global portfolio, almost all of it onshore wind – posted a net profit of €68m ($74.1m) for the January to June period, down 9% on the same period in 2016, despite adding 702MW sinc

    Wind  rechargenews.com 03 May 10:58 GMT Andrew Lee

    'Mexico could be one of the world's most interesting RE markets'

    5 MINUTES | Italy's Enel was a renewables pioneer as Mexico opened its door to foreign investors and has plenty more planned there, says Paolo Romanacci

    Transition  rechargenews.com 03 May 10:07 GMT Global Mediator

    Dominion still commited to Virginia offshore wind pilot

    Electric utility holding company Dominion has reaffirmed a commitment to develop a two-turbine, 12MW demonstration wind project in the Atlantic Ocean off the coast of Virginia as early as 2021. In its latest Integrated Resource Plan proposal for Virginia, Dominion aims to reduce carbon emissions to meet the energy needs of a typical residential customer by as much as 25% over the next eight yea

    Wind  rechargenews.com 02 May 19:34 GMT Global Mediator

    Principle Power teams up with Mitsui for Japanese floating wind

    Floating wind power pioneer Principle Power has inked a collaborative agreement with Japanese industrial conglomerate Mitsui Engineering & Shipbuilding (MES) to push the sector ahead off the Asian island nation and wider offshore region via “multiple project development activities”. The tie-up builds on the business relationship established for the design of a WindFloat floating wind turbine – ca

    Wind  rechargenews.com 02 May 15:46 GMT Global Mediator

    Siemens Gamesa led turbine OEMs in key US market in Q1

    Siemens Gamesa Renewable Energy led turbine OEMs with 813MW of new capacity installed in the key US market during the first quarter – 605MW Siemens brand machines and 208MW from Gamesa, the latest American Wind Energy Association data shows. The result gives the new company temporary bragging rights in the world’s second largest wind market where both Siemens and Gamesa have been losing share i

    Wind  rechargenews.com 02 May 15:24 GMT Global Mediator

    Germany's zero-subsidy offshore wind could generate at €31/MWh: BVG

    Good or bad, the German auctions will have major repercussions for the offshore industry, writes Giles Hundelby

    Wind  rechargenews.com 02 May 15:20 GMT Global Mediator

    US to add 59GW of new wind by 2026 as PTC spurs boom: MAKE

    The US is set to install about 59GW of wind in the 2017-26 period – 40GW of it in a pre-2020 PTC-fuelled boom – said consultancy MAKE in its latest North America Wind Power Outlook. MAKE – which also forecasts 2.2GW of offshore wind installed during the same period – said the full-value of the key US federal production tax credit (PTC) incentive will spur “the largest four-year wind installation

    Wind  rechargenews.com 02 May 13:24 GMT Global Mediator

    US Q1 wind additions hit seven-year high with 2GW: AWEA

    The US wind industry installed 2GW of capacity in the first quarter of 2017, the most during the period since 2009 and boosting the total nationwide to 84.14GW, latest American Wind Energy Association (AWEA) data released today shows. Twelve states commissioned a total of 25 projects led by Texas with 724MW, followed by Kansas (481MW), New Mexico (242MW), North Carolina (208MW) and Michigan (149M

    Wind  rechargenews.com 02 May 13:21 GMT Global Mediator

    Trump: the unwittingly pro-wind president

    IN DEPTH | Donald Trump may personally oppose wind turbines, but his administration could help to incorporate gigawatts of wind projects into the US grid, writes Karl-Erik Stromsta in Houston

    Wind  rechargenews.com 02 May 12:23 GMT Global Mediator

    ‘There will always be market vagaries, but wind remains strong and positive'

    5 MINUTES | The global wind power industry looks hale, with 54GW added in 2016 and expectations of an annual 75GW market from 2021, says GWEC chief Steve Sawyer

    Wind  rechargenews.com 02 May 11:12 GMT Global Mediator

    Bourbon pops cork on FloatGen mooring deal

    Bourbon has landed the job of mooring France’s first floating wind turbine, the 2MW unit for the EU FloatGen project off the coast of western France. The contractor’s subsea services team will handle mooring installation and engineering for the floater, made up of a 2MW Vestas turbine and Ideol’s 'damping pool' platform concept, at the SEM-REV test site run by Ecole Centrale de Nantes off Le Croi

    Wind  rechargenews.com 02 May 09:11 GMT Global Mediator

    First Massachusetts RFP to seek up to 800MW offshore wind

    Three Massachusetts electric distribution companies will initially seek 400MW of offshore wind energy but will consider procurement of up to 800MW under a draft request for proposals (RFP) sent to state regulators for approval. The 109-page draft was written by the Massachusetts Department of Energy Resources (DOER) and distributors Eversource, National Grid and Unitel, who will act as a team to

    Wind  rechargenews.com 02 May 03:03 GMT Global Mediator


    Goldwind US financing milestone as Buffett and Citi back Rattlesnake

    Goldwind has obtained between $130m and $140m in tax equity financing commitments from a unit of Berkshire Hathaway Energy and Citi for its 160MW Rattlesnake wind project in central Texas – easily the most financing of US origin yet secured by a Chinese turbine OEM in this market. It also is the first time Goldwind has financed a project here entirely from western sources. The vendor views the co

    Wind  rechargenews.com 01 May 21:15 GMT Global Mediator

    US clean energy groups demand 'open and transparent' grid study

    Three clean energy trade groups including the American Wind Energy Association (AWEA) are calling on US energy secretary Rick Perry to ensure that his department’s upcoming study of bulk electricity markets and reliability will be done in an “open and transparent manner.” The 28 April letter by AWEA, the Solar Energy Industries Association (SEIA) and Advanced Energy Economy, all based in Washingt

    Wind  rechargenews.com 01 May 17:38 GMT Global Mediator

    As US/China solar dispute flares up, wind could benefit

    The request by bankrupt US solar manufacturer Suniva this week that President Donald Trump impose a minimum import price on PV cells and modules coming into the US looks like a long shot – but could be beneficial to wind if it came to pass. Suniva, a relatively small PV manufacturer based in Georgia, filed for bankruptcy protection last week. This week it filed a petition with the US Internationa

    Transition  rechargenews.com 28 Apr 15:52 GMT Global Mediator

    Blade maker TPI wins first deal with Vestas in the Americas

    TPI Composites, the US-based maker of wind blades, has signed a multi-year deal to supply Vestas out of a new facility set to open in Mexico – an important win given the prospect of losing future business from General Electric, which recently acquired rival blade maker LM Wind Power. The deal represents TPI’s first contract with Vestas in the Americas, building on existing contracts to supply Dan

    Wind  rechargenews.com 28 Apr 13:33 GMT Global Mediator

    India the next big thing in global wind? You wouldn't bet against it

    DISPATCHES | There was no shortage of optimism in New Delhi this week as India's wind sector contemplated the shift to tenders with a spring in its step

    Wind  rechargenews.com 28 Apr 13:07 GMT Global Mediator

    From a Scottish cottage to 500GW worldwide, wind is on a historic updraft

    From a Scottish cottage to 500GW worldwide, wind is on a historic updraft, writes Darius Snieckus

    Wind  rechargenews.com 28 Apr 09:49 GMT Global Mediator

    Vattenfall’s wind segment grows despite drop in overall profits

    Swedish utility Vattenfall has seen its profit plunge in the first quarter of the year amid a drop in sales and lower commodity prices, however the company’s wind segment continues to register growth. Vattenfall reported a profit of SKr3.8bn ($429m) in the three months period compared to a net profit of SKr6.8bn in the same period last year. The fall was due to a 4% drop in sales to SKr40.1bn co

    Wind  rechargenews.com 28 Apr 08:29 GMT Anamaria Deduleasa

    Brussels needs wake-up call on offshore wind price: Dickson

    The precipitous drop in the cost of offshore wind energy, which reached ‘zero-subsidy’ levels at awards at the recent German tender, must be mirrored in energy policy proposals currently being mulled by the European Commission, if Europe is to deliver competitively priced power for its citizens and businesses, the chief executive of industry advocacy body WindEurope said today. Giles Dickson stat

    Transition  rechargenews.com 28 Apr 07:02 GMT Global Mediator

    Trump reversal on NAFTA a relief for US wind suppliers

    President Donald Trump’s abrupt move to back off from threats to unilaterally withdraw the US from the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA) offers wind supply chain companies here some hope they can remain cost-competitive in Mexico, an emerging export growth market. In a Twitter post Thursday, Trump said he had received calls from Mexican President Enrique Peña Nieto and Canadian Prime

    Wind  rechargenews.com 28 Apr 04:17 GMT Global Mediator

    Xcel Energy shifts focus to wind capacity ownership from PPAs

    Leading US wind electric utility Xcel Energy is proposing to build and own 80% of 3.4GW of new generation capacity it wants to install across multiple states by the end of 2020, executives said on a conference call. The company’s “steel-for-fuel” strategy championed by chief executive Ben Fowkes places new emphasis on Xcel owning wind capacity, as opposed to contracting for it, something it did

    Wind  rechargenews.com 27 Apr 20:19 GMT Global Mediator

    Nordex finding success in Texas with 3MW turbine offering

    Nordex USA has brought its 93MW San Roman facility into commercial operation in Texas, where the OEM has blown past Vestas to become top supplier of 3MW platform turbines for projects under construction in the top US state wind market. San Roman, located in Cameron County in south Texas near the border with Mexico, utilizes 31 AW125/3000 turbines with technology developed by Acciona Windpower,

    Wind  rechargenews.com 27 Apr 15:57 GMT Global Mediator

    Wind seen below C$65/MWh, as Alberta avoids Ontario's mistakes

    Winning bids for wind projects in Alberta’s first renewables tender this year will likely come in below C$65 ($48) per MWh, as the western Canadian province looks to avoid mistakes made by Ontario’s stalled renewables programme. With the levelised cost of wind power estimated around C$65/MWh in Alberta, winning bids in the first tender round this year can be expected to come in “a little bit sub-

    Transition  rechargenews.com 27 Apr 15:41 GMT Global Mediator

    Brazil’s BNDES raises $300m from Brics’ New Development Bank for RE

    Brazil’s National Development Bank (BNDES) has raised $300m from the New Development Bank (NDB) to finance renewable energy projects, including wind and solar power. The NDB is a multilateral financial institution created in 2014 and maintained by Brazil, Russia, India, China and South Africa (Brics) in order to help finance infrastructure. The BNDES and local entities are committed to raising

    Transition  rechargenews.com 27 Apr 15:39 GMT Global Mediator

    Transition to decentralised energy systems driving renewables: F&S

    By 2020 solar PV and wind power will be the fastest growing energy segments worldwide, with 37.5% and 21% shares of global investment, respectively, according to the latest research to emerge from Frost & Sullivan in its Global Power Industry Outlook. The study notes that with continued regulatory support for renewables, total global investment in the sector is expected to reach $443.5bn this ye

    Transition  rechargenews.com 27 Apr 14:19 GMT Global Mediator

    Danish commission sets course for technology neutral, subsidy-free future

    Danish energy commission has started promoting electrification, technology neutral tendering and phase out of subsidies towards 2030 as it outlined a future for Denmark’s green transitioning The commission has made six recommendations for a "paradigm shift" in energy policy for the period 2020 to 2030, and most notably, proposed subsidies be phased out towards 2030 in accordance with how technolo

    Transition  rechargenews.com 27 Apr 12:07 GMT Global Mediator

    Fortum and Rusnano to jointly invest in Russian wind farms

    Finland’s Fortum and Rusnano, a Russian state-owned development company, have signed a partnership to invest in the development of wind farms in Russia. The companies plan to developed their 50/50 partnership and secure the Russian support system for renewables, the so-called Russian Capacity Supply Agreement (CSA), as the country requires domestic production of wind power generating components.

    Wind  rechargenews.com 27 Apr 10:30 GMT Anamaria Deduleasa

    Dong sees profit drop but eyes ‘better year ahead’ with renewables-focus

    Denmark’s Dong Energy has seen its profit drop in the first quarter of the year, but it expects a better year ahead as it continues its plans to divest the oil and gas unit and focus on wind energy, which grew its income once again. Dong reported a drop in net profit in the first quarter of the year to DKr 1.2bn ($175m) compared to a profit of DKr 4.9bn in the same quarter of last year. This was

    Wind  rechargenews.com 27 Apr 10:16 GMT Anamaria Deduleasa

    Second Baltic offshore wind play for Polenergia

    A second 600MW offshore wind farm destined for the Baltic Sea off Poland has been granted environmental permits for construction. To be located north of Gdansk and the Pomorskie district, construction of Bałtyk II is planned for the years 2023–2026. Bałtyk II is under development by the private energy company Polenergia. According to Polenergia, Bałtyk II will feature 8–10MW turbines at a maximum

    Wind  rechargenews.com 27 Apr 09:51 GMT Global Mediator

    Pattern proposes route in Mississippi for wind power line

    Pattern Development has filed a petition for a siting certificate with regulators in Mississippi, a key step required for construction of its proposed 2GW Southern Cross wind energy transmission line. The project would be the first to link Texas, the US state with the most wind capacity, with the southeast, a fast-growing, energy-hungry region that utilizes large quantities of coal for electric

    Wind  rechargenews.com 26 Apr 17:41 GMT Global Mediator

    Innogy: vibration piling to cut offshore costs

    A faster, cheaper and quieter method of installing pilings for offshore wind using vibration is being researched at a test site Altenwalde, near Cuxhaven in Germany. Led by German utility Innogy, work is underway to establish more details of the load-bearing characteristics some two years after the vibration and hammering technique was first employed on six 21m-long piles, each more than 4m in di

    Wind  rechargenews.com 26 Apr 15:25 GMT Global Mediator

    Brazil’s BNDES clears $217m loan for Actis’ 207MW wind farm

    Brazil’s National Development Bank (BNDES) has approved a R$679m ($217m) loan to the local unit of British investment fund Actis to build a 207MW wind power project in southern Brazil. This is the third loan approved by the bank for wind power projects since the beginning of 2017, adding up to just over R$1.5bn. Brazil rate switch could spell uncertainty for BNDES lending Actis’ local venture A

    Wind  rechargenews.com 26 Apr 15:24 GMT Global Mediator

    Avangrid looks to sell offshore wind into Massachusetts

    Avangrid says it is looking at ways to participate in Massachusetts’ expanding renewables market – including for offshore wind – as the Iberdrola-backed energy company acknowledged it could be a decade or longer before it brings a project on line in the zone it recently won facing North Carolina. Thanks to a landmark energy bill passed in 2016, Massachusetts will force its utilities to contract f

    Wind  rechargenews.com 26 Apr 15:08 GMT Global Mediator

    China installs 3.52GW of wind in Q1: NEA

    China connected 3.52GW of wind capacity to the grid in the January-March period, up 26% from a year earlier, while, curtailment was reduced, according to new statistics from the National Energy Administration (NEA). The country’s cumulative wind installations now stand at roughly 151GW, up 13% year on year. The remote northwestern province of QInghai led the country in quarterly installations, w

    Wind  rechargenews.com 26 Apr 14:36 GMT Global Mediator

    Indian grid stability boost with Low Voltage Ride Through tests, DNV says

    DNV GL has launched a suite of so-called Low Voltage Ride Through (LVRT) testing services for the Indian wind market to ensure the nation’s growing capacity is grid compliant. LVRT, the ability of network-connected equipment to cope with a short-term low grid voltage event, allows grid-compliant wind turbines to maintain grid stability rather than tripping off the network. With the Indian govern

    Wind  rechargenews.com 26 Apr 14:10 GMT Global Mediator

    Industry leaders call on EU to make tougher 2030 target

    A group of 14 leading European companies have today urged the European Union to strengthen its proposed new EU-wide non-binding target of 27% renewable energy by 2030. The Prince of Wales’s Corporate Leaders Group warns that “inconsistent, vague and unambitious EU policies” are stifling investment and slowing the transition to a cleaner energy future. A report, entitled 21st century energy: Busi

    Wind  rechargenews.com 26 Apr 13:52 GMT Chris Hopson

    Avangrid Renewables names new CEO as earnings rise

    Avangrid Renewables, North America’s third largest owner of wind capacity, announced company veteran Laura Beane as its incoming chief executive, replacing Frank Burkhartsmeyer, who is leaving to become chief financial officer of the Northwest Natural Gas Company. Beane – who has been with the company in its various forms for nearly 20 years, including its prior affiliate PacifiCorp – is currentl

    Wind  rechargenews.com 26 Apr 13:47 GMT Global Mediator

    Wind downturn hits Iberdrola Q1 2017 results

    Iberdrola has reported earnings before interests, taxes, depreciation and amortisation (Ebitda) of €1.86bn (US$2bn) for the first quarter of 2017, down more than 8% on the same period last year. With earnings before interest and taxes (Ebit) at €1.03bn compared with €1.25bn for the equivalent 2016 period, the company broadly attributed the downturn to lower rain and wind resource availability dur

    Wind  rechargenews.com 26 Apr 13:01 GMT Global Mediator

    Germany explores energy transition scenarios

    A new energy infrastructure research platform is shedding light on the challenge of the smart integration and management of renewables. Energy Lab 2.0 is funded by the German government and the Federal State of Baden-Württemberg. The Karlsruhe Institute of Technology (KIT) and its project partners from the Helmholtz Association – the German Aerospace Centre (DLR) and the Forschungszentrum Jülich –

    Transition  rechargenews.com 26 Apr 11:08 GMT Global Mediator

    Lehtirova goes for gravity foundations

    Concrete gravity base (CGB) technology is to be used on the 148MW Lehtirova wind farm in northern Sweden where poor ground conditions have forced developer OX2 to take an alternative approach to the turbine foundations. Using a design supplied by Finland’s Peikko Group, contractor Empower PN is responsible for the foundation construction at Lehtirova. OEM Vestas will deliver 41 of its V126-3.6 M

    Wind  rechargenews.com 26 Apr 10:48 GMT Global Mediator

    India plans 6GW wind bidding in 2017/18: MNRE secretary

    India wants to bring forward bidding for 6GW of wind power in the current year ending April 2018, said renewable energy secretary Rajeev Kapoor, a higher level than had been expected and a boost to the country’s burgeoning wind supply base. Kapoor said an initial 2GW tender will be announced as soon as next month for purchase by non-windy states. The aspiration for 6GW of fresh procurement would

    Wind  rechargenews.com 26 Apr 08:26 GMT Global Mediator

    Brazil’s WEG enters India’s wind market and eyes South Africa

    Brazilian electric equipment group WEG has announced plans to manufacture its 2.1MW wind turbine in India, tapping into the Asian country’s ambitions for a 5GW to 6GW a year wind power market. WEG – which has industrial facilities in 11 countries – also has plans to start supplying the same wind turbine in the South African market soon, with some components manufactured in the country, wind power

    Wind  rechargenews.com 26 Apr 01:25 GMT Global Mediator

    US should not quit Paris deal: Energy Secretary Perry

    US Energy Secretary Rick Perry said Tuesday he would not advise President Donald Trump to pull out of the Paris climate agreement, although he believes the US should renegotiate the terms of the deal. Perry also suggested that European energy ministers are sounding a different note on climate and energy issues behind closed doors than they are in public. After giving a speech at the Bloomberg

    Transition  rechargenews.com 25 Apr 18:13 GMT Global Mediator

    Call for action to halve global CO2 emissions by 2040

    Halving global carbon emissions by 2040 is within reach, but governments, investors and businesses must act now to accelerate the energy transition to a low-carbon, energy-abundant world, says the Energy Transitions Commission (ETC). The declining costs of wind, solar and batteries will make it possible within 15 years to build power networks that get as much as 90% of their power from renewable

    Transition  rechargenews.com 25 Apr 13:38 GMT Chris Hopson

    Global wind power base grows to nearly 490GW: GWEC report

    The wind industry added a further 54GW of plant to the grid around the world last year, with turbines in more than 90 countries making up an installed generating capacity of 486.8GW, according to figures from the Global Wind Energy Council’s (GWEC) latest Global Wind Report. During 2016’s 12.6% growth, nine nations joined the 10GW-plus installed club, and 29 now have 1GW or more turning. Wind pow

    Wind  rechargenews.com 25 Apr 12:06 GMT Global Mediator

    Artificial intelligence boosts prospects for wind and solar forecasting

    A collaboration deal between ABB and IBM is set to exploit artificial intelligence to improve appropriate forecasting for energy players. ABB’s Ability platform and IBM’s Watson cognitive Internet of Things system will be used to predict supply patterns in electricity generation and demand from historical and weather data. This will, for example, help utilities optimize the operations and mainten

    Transition  rechargenews.com 25 Apr 11:40 GMT Global Mediator

    Rosatom moves Russia’s first major wind farm forward

    Russia’s first major onshore wind farm is to be built next year in the Adygeya region east of the Crimea. The planned 150MW pilot wind farm is set for installation in the Russian Republic of Adygeya beginning in late 2018. Under development by JSC OTEC, a subsidiary of Russian atomic energy player Rosatom, the project will see an investment of some Rb12b (US$215m). The project will see 60 machin

    Wind  rechargenews.com 25 Apr 11:32 GMT Global Mediator

    Brazil rate switch could spell uncertainty for BNDES lending

    Brazil’s infrastructure sector – including its wind and solar industries – could face more variable and expensive long-term lending arrangements from National Development Bank (BNDES) under changes to how rates are calculated, analysts warned. In late March, the Brazilian Central Bank announced that from 2018 it would gradually abolish the long-established TJLP rate – set every three months accor

    Wind  rechargenews.com 25 Apr 06:15 GMT Global Mediator

    Vestas can take leading role in 'crucial' Indian market: Asia-Pac chief

    Vestas insisted it can come from the rear of the pack and take a leading position in India, which the Danish turbine OEM’s new Asia-Pacific president labelled the “crucial” market in the region. Speaking to Recharge at the global launch of Vestas’ latest 2MW turbine variants in New Delhi yesterday, Clive Turton and fellow senior executives said the Danish group is now ready to fire on all cylinde

    Wind  rechargenews.com 25 Apr 05:16 GMT Global Mediator

    Oil exports will help Canada's renewables industry, Carr says

    The Canadian government sees no contradiction in supporting the development of its carbon-intensive oil sands while simultaneously touting its push towards a low-carbon power system, says James Carr, Canada’s minister of natural resources. “You have to develop your conventional resources at the same time that you invest in the low-carbon economy, and it makes a lot of sense to take that wealth in

    Transition  rechargenews.com 24 Apr 20:41 GMT Global Mediator

    UK ‘well placed’ for wind and marine energy export: RUK

    UK-based companies working in the wind, wave and tidal energy sectors are exporting goods and services worldwide on a massive scale, according to a report published by RenewableUK. Export Nation: A Year in UK Wind, Wave and Tidal Exports has revealed that last year, an illustrative sample of 36 local firms featured in the report signed more than 500 contracts to work on renewable energy projects

    Wind  rechargenews.com 24 Apr 15:11 GMT Anamaria Deduleasa

    Vestas targets North America and India with new 2MW turbines

    Vestas, the world’s largest wind turbine supplier, has launched two new versions of its 2MW onshore turbine platform, the V116 and V120, aimed at lower-wind markets in North America and India respectively. The new turbines build on the highly successful V110-2.0MW, using longer 57- and 59-metre rotor blades to capture more energy from the wind and improve projects’ capacity factor – and ultimatel

    Wind  rechargenews.com 24 Apr 10:02 GMT Global Mediator

    The opportunities and challenges ahead for merged Siemens - Gamesa

    EXCLUSIVE: 'This merger will result in a company that will help the world meet the UN’s Sustainable Development Goals,' says Markus Tacke

    Markets  rechargenews.com 24 Apr 09:07 GMT Global Mediator

    As ETS flounders, the EU urgently needs new action on carbon

    OPINION | Reforms won't save the Emissions Trading System and Europe's policymakers need more weapons in their arsenal against polluting generators, says Claude Turmes

    Circuit  rechargenews.com 24 Apr 05:57 GMT Global Mediator

    After German tender, Belgium may revoke offshore concessions

    Belgium’s government to the chagrin of developers is considering revoking the concessions for the Seastar, Mermaid and Northwester 2 offshore wind projects in order to allocate future support through a competitive tendering process. The move could be a first impact of the surprising outcome of the first offshore wind tender in Germany last week, at which 1.38GW of the 1.49GW allocated were won by

    Wind  rechargenews.com 21 Apr 16:49 GMT Global Mediator

    NextEra's growth prospects in US renewables 'second to none', CEO says

    NextEra Energy and its yieldco NextEra Energy Partners (NEP) both put up solid growth figures in the first quarter, leaving Florida-based NextEra on track to continue its reign as the most important US renewables operator for the foreseeable future. NextEra – which owns a large regulated utility in Florida in addition to its Energy Resources arm, which develops and runs wind and solar projects ac

    Wind  rechargenews.com 21 Apr 15:41 GMT Global Mediator

    GE's renewables sales up 22% in Q1, in bright spot for company

    Renewables were a bright spot for General Electric during the first quarter of 2017, with the segment’s revenues up 22% to $2.04bn, the highest level of sales growth among all of GE’s industrial business units. Profits, meanwhile, rose 29% to $107m at GE Renewable Energy, year-on-year growth that came second only to the company’s Power division, which sells gas and steam turbines. GE's growing p

    Wind  rechargenews.com 21 Apr 13:55 GMT Global Mediator

    Kishorn reborn for Kincardine floating wind array

    Dry-dock last operational in 1994 will be used for construction of landmark eight-unit project off Aberdeen, Scotland

    Wind  rechargenews.com 21 Apr 12:03 GMT Global Mediator

    Nordex to launch India’s largest capacity turbine

    The giant AW125/3000 machine will be presented by Acciona Windpower at the Windergy wind energy event in New Delhi

    Wind  rechargenews.com 21 Apr 10:39 GMT Anamaria Deduleasa

    Prysmian retools UK factory for European offshore wind

    Cabling giant’s Wrexham facility to make both 33kV and high voltage 66kV cores for inter-array lines

    Wind  rechargenews.com 21 Apr 09:41 GMT Global Mediator

    India plans to auction 4GW more wind to April 2018: report

    India plans to auction a further 4GW of wind capacity in the financial year ending March 2018, it was reported today. The new capacity, which follows the country’s first wind power tender earlier this year, was flagged up by the head of the Solar Energy Corporation of India (SECI), according to Bloomberg. India confirms pilot tender winners and sets draft auction rules The financial news agency

    Wind  rechargenews.com 21 Apr 09:39 GMT Andrew Lee

    Egypt takes 400MW renewable energy step with Scatec deal

    Norwegian group inks power purchase agreements for six projects

    Transition  rechargenews.com 21 Apr 09:30 GMT Anamaria Deduleasa

    Dutch province of Frisia OKs €127m for 320MW Fryslân

    The approval frees the way for a construction start of the project in the Ijsselmeer lake in 2019

    Wind  rechargenews.com 21 Apr 08:55 GMT Global Mediator

    Suzlon lands 100MW order from ReNew Power

    Indian players to see 48 turbines installed in Madhya Pradesh by March next year

    Wind  rechargenews.com 21 Apr 08:07 GMT Anamaria Deduleasa

    Spain’s Supreme Court asked to monitor renewables auction

    Solar body claims ‘too complicated’ process unfairly favours wind

    Wind  rechargenews.com 21 Apr 08:00 GMT Anamaria Deduleasa

    Average US turbine size now 2.15MW: AWEA

    The average capacity rating of a US wind turbine installed in 2016 was 2.15MW, a marked increase from 2MW the previous year, as almost one-third of 3,808 new units nationwide were above that level, according to new data from the American Wind Energy Association (AWEA). Over the last six years, the average wind turbine rating has increased 22% from 1.77MW in 2010. Notably, average rotor diameters

    Wind  rechargenews.com 20 Apr 18:29 GMT Global Mediator

    Saint-Brieuc leaves harbour after regional rubber-stamp

    Developer Ailes Marines has cleared key administration hurdles on its €2.5bn ($2.7bn) Bay of Saint-Brieuc project in the English Channel, moving France’s first offshore wind farm toward steel in the water. The three authorisations, from the Prefet of the regional department of Cotes-d’Armor, which had been studying the 496MW project for 18 months, cover use of the maritime public domain, installa

    Wind  rechargenews.com 20 Apr 15:23 GMT Global Mediator

    First Win-Win floating energy project ‘by 2020’

    The pioneering Win-Win (Wind power water-injection) project – which aims to advance floating wind turbine technology by field-proving units as power-plants for so-called enhanced oil and gas recovery programme at mature offshore fields – is moving into a final testing phase, with expectations a first prototype system could be ready for installation in 2020. The project, being led by DNV GL with o

    Wind  rechargenews.com 20 Apr 12:56 GMT Global Mediator

    Nuon’s 180MW Wieringermeer wind farm delayed by grid issues

    Dutch unit of Vattenfall looking at an eight month wait as connection ‘not feasible’

    Wind  rechargenews.com 20 Apr 11:37 GMT Anamaria Deduleasa

    GE completes $1.65bn acquisition of blade-maker LM Wind Power

    The $1.65bn acquisition by GE of blade-maker LM Wind Power was completed today, filling what the US industrial giant's renewables boss said was a crucial gap in its wind-sector capabilities. The acquisition of the Danish blade-maker – completion of which was confirmed by LM Group Holding – was first announced in October 2016. It received the all-clear from EU competition authorities in March, wi

    Wind  rechargenews.com 20 Apr 11:18 GMT Global Mediator

    'Green objectives safe' insists UK after $2.95bn Macquarie deal for GIB

    The British government today confirmed an agreement over its controversial £2.3bn ($2.95bn) sale of the UK Green Investment Bank (GIB) to global investment group Macquarie, claiming the bank’s “green purpose and green objectives” will be protected under its new ownership. The deal will see the GIB become Macquarie’s “primary vehicle for renewable energy investment in the UK and Europe, allowing G

    Wind  rechargenews.com 20 Apr 10:36 GMT Global Mediator

    Senvion sets out stall in India with 2MW turbine range

    Germany-based wind OEM Senvion has launched a portfolio of turbines designed to stamp its mark on the Indian market. The 2MW-class turbines in the 2.XM series offer low cost-of-energy, flexibility across a range of site conditions, and performance at the temperatures in excess of 50 degrees C found in India, said the company. The new range – announced ahead of the Windergy wind power event in Ne

    Wind  rechargenews.com 20 Apr 09:43 GMT Global Mediator

    Enercon installations bounce back in 2016 amid German surge

    Installations of turbines from Enercon bounced back last year driven by a surge in its German home market, making 2016 the second-best year ever for the Aurich-based wind OEM. New installations rose to 3.83GW in 2016, according to figures published in the company’s in-house magazine Windblatt. That is up from 3.12GW of Enercon turbines installed globally in 2015. Only in 2014 did Enercon registe

    Wind  rechargenews.com 20 Apr 09:42 GMT Global Mediator

    Canada's Alterra buys 320MW of Wyoming wind projects

    Alterra Power Corp., the British Columbia-based renewables developer, announced the acquisition of a 320MW portfolio of wind projects known as Boswell Springs in Wyoming, with plans to sell the power under long-term PPAs with Warren Buffett’s Rocky Mountain Power. The projects, due on line in 2020 and expected to qualify for the full production tax credit, represent the “next major step in our gr

    Wind  rechargenews.com 19 Apr 17:41 GMT Global Mediator

    NextEra continues perennial reign as largest US wind owner

    Southern Power blasted onto the list of the top US wind owners for the first time in 2016 thanks to its recent renewables acquisition spree, while longstanding market number one NextEra Energy further widened its lead, according to new data from the American Wind Energy Association (AWEA). Southern Power, the unregulated generation arm of Atlanta-based utility holding company Southern Company, ha

    Wind  rechargenews.com 19 Apr 15:31 GMT Global Mediator

    Engie invests in storage at Brazilian wind-solar hybrid plant

    French utility Engie will develop a 1MW storage facility at its experimental wind-solar hybrid project in southern Brazil, as part of the government’s R$500m ($160m) storage research and development (R&D) programme. Total investment in the project is projected at R$20.8m over the next three years, said Brazil’s power sector regulator Aneel. According to a study by the Brazilian Association of En

    Transition  rechargenews.com 19 Apr 15:19 GMT Global Mediator

    Rampion offshore wind substation installed off Southern England

    Installation of the giant substation at the heart of E.ON’s 400MW Rampion project has been completed, following heavy-lift operations at the wind farm off the coast of Sussex, in southern England. The 2,000-tonne topsides, built at Babcock’s Rosyth base in Scotland, was transported over a distance of 500 nautical miles to the project site before being lifted into place in 20-40 metres of water by

    Wind  rechargenews.com 19 Apr 13:51 GMT Global Mediator

    Sweden and Norway agree future of green certificate scheme

    Sweden and Norway have reached a deal over a Swedish extension to the ‘green certificate’ renewables support scheme jointly operated by the two nations. The agreement allows Sweden to add a further 18TWh by 2030 to the original 28.4TWh by 2020 goal set under the existing arrangement. The Swedish and Norwegian governments entered talks following a parting of the ways over the green certificate sc

    Wind  rechargenews.com 19 Apr 13:01 GMT Andrew Lee

    Oklahoma to end last wind tax credit on 1 July

    Oklahoma Governor Mary Fallin signed a controversial bill into law that rolls back to 1 July the remaining state tax incentive available to the wind industry that legislators had earlier pledged to preserve through 2020. Developers use the Zero-Emission Facilities Tax Credit to reduce their tax liability during the initial decade a wind farm is in operation. The incentive provides $5/MWh for powe

    Wind  rechargenews.com 18 Apr 20:24 GMT Global Mediator

    Renewables auction set to continue as May calls surprise UK election

    The UK’s snap general election called by Prime Minister Theresa May for 8 June shouldn’t disrupt plans for the country’s second Contracts for Difference (CfD) renewables auction round, which closes for applications at the end of this week. Industry body RenewableUK told Recharge that it doesn’t have concerns the auction might be delayed, with bids being considered and the first announcement not e

    Wind  rechargenews.com 18 Apr 15:31 GMT Global Mediator

    Saudi Arabia outlines plans for second 400MW wind tender

    Saudi Arabia has unveiled plans to launch a second bidding round for 400MW of wind power at a project in Domat al-Jandal in al-Jouf province by the fourth quarter of this year, to be followed by further phases of the round involving 620MW of solar power. The Saudi energy ministry, which earlier this month outlined a shortlist for its first large-scale 700MW renewables tender, says projects in the

    Wind  rechargenews.com 18 Apr 13:26 GMT Global Mediator

    Nordex wins 195MW in Brazil from Atlantic Renewable Energy

    Nordex has won a 195MW supply deal to equip the Lagoa do Barro wind complex in Piaui, northeast Brazil. The German OEM will deliver the 65 AW125/3000 turbines to developer Atlantic Renewable Energy, itself owned by investment group Actis. The operator expects to squeeze a capacity factor of 58% out of the high-wind sites of the eight wind farms that make up the complex. 'We see difficult moment

    Wind  rechargenews.com 18 Apr 12:52 GMT Global Mediator

    Dong and EnBW’s zero-subsidy offshore wind – visionary or reckless?

    ANALYSIS | Assumptions over future power prices, offshore turbines of up to 15MW and project synergies are at the core of the dramatic shift in offshore bidding

    Wind  rechargenews.com 18 Apr 11:26 GMT Global Mediator

    Ontario pays Windstream $21m for stalled offshore project

    The government in the Canadian province of Ontario has reportedly paid more than C$28m ($21m) to Windstream Energy for having sidelined its 300MW Wolfe Island Shoals offshore wind project in Lake Ontario, with the project’s future still in doubt. Amid Ontario’s rapid renewables expansion earlier this decade, Windstream in 2010 secured a feed-in tariff with the province for its Wolfe Island Shoals

    Wind  rechargenews.com 17 Apr 13:57 GMT Global Mediator

    Local engagement ‘essential’ as legal action hits Thai wind

    Engaging communities in Thailand is “essential” to ensure renewable energy projects can move forward, local experts said, after action against developers over land rights delayed more than 700MW-worth of wind projects. Thailand is considered by analysts to be a “hot spot” for investments, with the Bangkok government calling for a combination of solar, wind and biomass to provide 25% of electrici

    Wind  rechargenews.com 17 Apr 08:39 GMT Anamaria Deduleasa

    EnBW and Dong plan first subsidy-free offshore wind

    German and Danish utilities EnBW and Dong Energy have stunned the wind industry with the world’s first winning bids in offshore development without asking for any subsidy, meaning that one EnBW and two Dong projects will receive only the wholesale electricity price when it is commissioned in the mid-2020's. EnBW's won with a zero subsidy bid for its 900MW He Dreith array in the North Sea that is

    Wind  rechargenews.com 13 Apr 15:10 GMT Global Mediator

    US adjusts wind PTC for inflation

    The US tax authority has approved an inflation adjustment increase for the federal production tax credit (PTC) for wind for electricity sent to the grid this year from qualified projects to $24/MWh from the earlier $23/MWh. The PTC can be claimed by project owners for the initial decade of electricity sales. The higher subsidy applies to both qualified power sales this year from new projects as w

    Wind  rechargenews.com 13 Apr 15:06 GMT Global Mediator

    Shell lobbies Dutch to quadruple offshore wind goal

    Wind  rechargenews.com 13 Apr 14:09 GMT Anamaria Deduleasa

    EnBW and Dong win 1.49GW in German offshore wind tender

    Danish and German utilities Dong Energy and EnBW won with three and one bids respectively in Germany’s first offshore wind tender for 1.49GW of capacity – with EnBW winning with one and Dong with two subsidy-free bids of €0/MWh. EnBW says its zero-subsidy plan for the 900MW He Dreiht project in the North Sea was made possible as the array is only planned to be commissioned in 2025, giving the ut

    Wind  rechargenews.com 13 Apr 11:29 GMT Global Mediator

    Turkey to tender for 1GW of wind in July: minister

    Turkey has set a 27 July date for its 1GW wind power tender, said reports from Ankara. The announcement was made this week by energy minister Berat Albayrak, according to Turkey’s Anadolu Agency. Turkey awards 1GW of solar to Hanwha JV as ambitions advance Plant developers will be required to “have over 65% local production”, Albayrak was quoted saying, adding that the tender specifications wil

    Wind  rechargenews.com 13 Apr 10:08 GMT Andrew Lee

    Europe’s energy future in the crucible

    The global energy transition is only going one way. But Europe, spiritual home to renewables and a near-500GW power-plant base, is facing fundamental existential questions linked to investment, market design and climate change as it plots its way forward, writes Darius Snieckus

    Transition  rechargenews.com 13 Apr 07:46 GMT Global Mediator