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  • Brazil passes 1GW solar mark after 2017 installation surge

    Brazil has topped 1GW of installed solar PV capacity, with more than 900MW of utility-scale solar plants built in 2017 either operating or in pre-commercial tests, said the Brazilian Solar Power Association (Absolar). The rest is made up of rooftop solar, which continued growing rapidly to 164MW by the end of 2017 from 60MW at the beginning of last year, said Absolar. At the start of 2017, accor

    Transition  rechargenews.com 10 Jan 16:06 GMT Alexandre Spatuzza in Sao Paulo

    Shell to build 20MW solar plant in the Netherlands

    Oil and gas player Shell is developing a 20MW solar plant near its Moerdijk chemicals site in the Netherland. The supermajor plans to begin construction this year, aiming to incorporate the power produced from the solar plant in the energy consumption of Moerdijk. The solar plant will be constructed on an unused parcel of land at Shell Moerdijk, the company said. “Developing this solar power pl

    Transition  rechargenews.com 10 Jan 15:39 GMT Anamaria Deduleasa

    Argentina signs final PPAs from first RenovAr tenders

    Argentina has signed the final four PPAs for power contracted in its first two renewable energy auctions, concluding lengthy negotiations with project sponsors since the tenders were concluded in November 2016. The developers now have between 12 and 30 months to conclude the construction of projects, Argentina’s Mines and Energy ministry said in a statement. A total of 59 projects with a combine

    Transition  rechargenews.com 10 Jan 15:27 GMT Alexandre Spatuzza in Sao Paulo

    China sets clean-energy agenda as US 'looks other way': IEEFA

    China is building a dominant position in renewables and the wider clean-energy economy while the American government “looks the other way”, according to a leading US energy think-tank. The Institute for Energy Economics and Financial Analysis (IEEFA) said China continued to set the global pace in “the building and financing of clean energy technology globally” in 2017, with $44bn of investment in

    Transition  rechargenews.com 10 Jan 14:25 GMT Andrew Lee in London

    BNEF sees 115GW offshore wind by 2030 as China takes lead

    Offshore wind will grow by an annual compound rate of 16% between 2017 and 2030 to hit 115GW, according to latest forecasts from Bloomberg New Energy Finance (BNEF). The push towards that total – up from the current 17.6GW – will be driven by offshore wind powerhouses the UK, Germany, the Netherlands and China, with France also coming into play. China will overtake the UK as the sector's leadi

    Wind  rechargenews.com 10 Jan 13:30 GMT Andrew Lee

    France oks Ailes Marines turbine change for Saint-Brieuc

    The French government has cleared Iberdrola-led offshore wind development consortium Ailes Marines to switch turbines for its 498MW Saint Brieuc project in the Atlantic Ocean, from the 8MW Adwen AD8-180 to the same-nameplate Siemens Gamesa D8 model. The change, approved by Nicolas Hulot, the minister for the Ecological and Inclusive Transition, was necessitated by Siemens Gamesa’s electing during

    Wind  rechargenews.com 10 Jan 11:38 GMT Darius Snieckus in London

    Crown Estate leads study on economic benefits of floating wind off Scotland

    UK seabed manager The Crown Estate will lead a study to look at the benefits of floating offshore wind in Scotland, aiming to help pave the way for the government to make new policy decisions to support the industry's growth. The move comes as floating wind is considered to have significant global potential, enabling access to high wind resource in deep waters compared to fixed foundations, which

    Wind  rechargenews.com 10 Jan 11:30 GMT Anamaria Deduleasa

    Goldwind makes debut in Kazakhstan with Shelek order

    Goldwind will supply turbines in Kazakhstan for the first time when it equips a 5MW project in the Central Asian nation. The Chinese wind group will deliver two GW109/2500 machines to the Shelek project under development by local group Samruk in the country’s Almaty district. Goldwind enters 4MW battle with GW4S for global markets Delivery of the turbines is expected in May this year for EPC

    Wind  rechargenews.com 10 Jan 09:43 GMT Andrew Lee

    Orsted ups 2017 Ebitda guidance on strong offshore wind receipts

    Danish utility Orsted has raised its guidance for earnings before interest, taxes, depreciation and amortisation (Ebitda) in 2017 to about DKr22.5bn ($3.61bn) from DKr21bn expected earlier, mainly due to strong earnings from operating wind farms, including Race Bank and Walney Extension in the UK. Those offshore arrays enjoyed stronger winds and a faster ramp-up of generation, as well as better-t

    Wind  rechargenews.com 10 Jan 08:52 GMT Bernd Radowitz in Berlin

    Univergy links up with Saitec for floating wind off Japan

    Spanish-Japanese renewable energy developer Univergy International has formed a special purpose company with European offshore engineering outfit Saitec to develop floating wind projects off Japan using the latter’s SATH (Swinging Around Twin Hull) concept. The SATH design, which is based on a joined pair of cylindrical pre-stressed concrete hulls anchored to the seabed via a "single point moorin

    Wind  rechargenews.com 10 Jan 08:35 GMT Darius Snieckus in London

    Argentina’s La Rioja raises $100m for Arauco wind expansion

    Argentina’s northwestern province of La Rioja has raised $100m through seven-year green bonds in international markets, to aid financing of the expansion of the Arauco wind farm owned by provincial power company Parque Arauco SAPEM. The issue, which will pay six-monthly coupons of at 9.75%, follows a $200m Green Bond issue last year. Of the $300m that has been raised by the province in Green Bon

    Wind  rechargenews.com 09 Jan 16:23 GMT Alexandre Spatuzza in Sao Paulo

    Wind registers more than 26GW for Brazil A-4 tender in April

    Brazilian wind and solar developers registered a total of 26.2GW and 20GW of projects respectively for the upcoming A-4 renewable energy tender scheduled for April, said Brazil’s energy planning authority (EPE). The number of projects – 931 for wind and 620 for solar PV – is roughly similar to the total registered for tenders in 2017. The two technologies accounted for most of the projects and ca

    Transition  rechargenews.com 09 Jan 14:38 GMT Alexandre Spatuzza in Sao Paulo

    EC pledges research boost at first Clean Energy forum

    The European Commission hosted the first Clean Energy Industrial Forum in Brussels on Tuesday, as part of a series of pledges made in its Clean Energy Package to reinforce the competitiveness of EU renewables and the importance of research. The forum, which aims to help EU industry take advantage of growth opportunities arising from the clean energy transition, kicked off with an opening speech f

    Wind  rechargenews.com 09 Jan 13:13 GMT Anamaria Deduleasa

    Nordex wins 820MW US orders for Acciona Windpower turbines

    The Nordex Group in December won a combined 820MW in orders from two large international utilities to deliver turbines from its Acciona Windpower brand to three projects in the US, the OEM has announced. Delivery of the turbines is scheduled to start in the summer of 2018. One of the customers has ordered 196 of the OEM’s AW125/3150 machines for two US projects with a capacity of 319MW and 300MW

    Wind  rechargenews.com 09 Jan 12:25 GMT Bernd Radowitz in Berlin

    German coalition talks mull dropping 2020 climate goal

    Negotiators for a renewed ‘grand coalition’ between Angela Merkel’s Conservatives (CDU/CSU) and the Social Democrats (SPD) are considering giving up Germany’s climate target of reducing CO2 emissions by 40% by 2020, a paper on energy from preliminary coalition talks leaked to the media shows. The CDU/CSU and SPD during the weekend started preliminary talks to continue a coalition government they

    Transition  rechargenews.com 09 Jan 11:35 GMT Bernd Radowitz in Berlin

    India set for 3-4GW wind in 2018/19 after 'rude shock': IWTMA

    India’s wind industry expects to install between 3GW and 4GW in the 2018/19 fiscal year as the market stabilises from additions of no more than 1.5GW in the 2017/18 period ending in March, said the head of the body representing OEMs and other key suppliers in the country, who also predicts auction tariffs will rise. Additions at the higher end of that range in 2018/19, driven by last year's first

    Wind  rechargenews.com 09 Jan 10:46 GMT Andrew Lee

    Power line 'ready by June' at Kenya’s 310MW Lake Turkana

    Kenya’s landmark 310MW Lake Turkana wind project is expected to be connected to the national grid later this year, as, according to reports, work is advancing on the development’s power line. The 428-km, 400-kilovolt power line is critical to transport the wind farm’s electricity from Loiyangalani in the north to Suswa in the centre of Kenya. The construction and installation phase at Lake Turka

    Wind  rechargenews.com 09 Jan 09:13 GMT Anamaria Deduleasa

    Flow Power inks Ararat wind farm PPA with Olam

    Australian business power retailer Flow Power has signed a large-scale renewable corporate power purchase agreement (PPA) with agribusiness group Olam International for energy supplied from the 240MW Ararat wind farm, located in Victoria state. The 10-year deal is one of the first of its kind in Australia and will allow Olam direct access to energy sourced from Ararat, while also helping "signifi

    Wind  rechargenews.com 09 Jan 08:37 GMT Anamaria Deduleasa

    FERC rejects Trump subsidy plan for ailing baseload plants

    The US Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) has rejected the Trump administration’s controversial proposal to pay coal-fired and nuclear power stations for providing electric grid resiliency and reliability services as legally flawed and premature. Instead, it initiated a new process seeking more information from grid operators within 60 days about whether there is a problem with resilienc

    Wind  rechargenews.com 09 Jan 04:45 GMT Richard A. Kessler in Fort Worth

    Invenergy seals construction financing for Nebraska project

    Invenergy has completed construction financing with a division of Santander Bank for its 202.5MW Upstream Wind Energy Center in northern Nebraska. Santander Global Corporate Banking acted as sole lead arranger for the construction loan, whose amount was not made public by Chicago-based Invenergy. It also acted as administrative agent and provided a letter of credit facility in support of the

    Wind  rechargenews.com 08 Jan 23:35 GMT Richard A. Kessler in Fort Worth

    E.ON accepts €3.76bn Fortum takeover offer for Uniper stake

    E.ON has accepted Fortum’s takeover offer of €3.76bn ($4.5bn) for the 46.65% in its spun-off former fossil, hydro and nuclear unit Uniper that will turn the German utility into a pure-play renewables, grids and customer solutions company. Following the settlement of the offer, E.ON will sell its stake in Uniper at €22 a share. That is higher than Uniper’s current value of €25.78 a share in elect

    Transition  rechargenews.com 08 Jan 15:53 GMT Bernd Radowitz in Berlin

    Vestas upgrades free cash flow guidance citing strong orders

    Wind OEM Vestas saw its shares rise today after increasing its estimates for 2017 free cash flow, citing a strong order intake. The Danish wind group now expects 2017 free cash flow to come in between €1.15bn and €1.25bn ($1.38bn-1.5bn) excluding investments in marketable securities, compared to a previous forecast of €450m-900m. Late Americas flurry helps Vestas to record orders for 2017 Free

    Wind  rechargenews.com 08 Jan 14:01 GMT Andrew Lee

    ‘We think we’ve cracked the Corporate PPA code with this one’

    FACE TO FACE | Norwegian aluminium giant Norsk Hydro’s signing of the biggest corporate power purchase agreement in the wind sector to-date is a further filip to the fast-evolving market in Europe. Darius Snieckus spoke with executive vice president for energy Arvid Moss

    Wind  rechargenews.com 08 Jan 12:54 GMT Darius Snieckus in London

    Partners Group takes lead role from Shell at Borssele 3&4

    Private equity fund manager Partners Group will replace oil giant Shell as lead shareholder in the 731MW Borssele 3&4 offshore wind project off The Netherlands. Partners Group has signed a deal to acquire a 45% share in the Blauwwind offshore wind consortium developing Borssele 3&4 after buying part of the stakes of three of the existing members. Shell’s share halves to 20%, Japanese group Mitsu

    Wind  rechargenews.com 08 Jan 11:41 GMT Christopher Hopson in London

    Renewables not gas must fill UK coal gap, government told

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

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

    Mel Kroon to step down as chief executive of TSO TenneT

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

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

    Leupold to be replaced by Martin Neubert as Orsted Wind CEO

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

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

    US court to hear AMSC trade secrets case against Sinovel

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

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

    US investors propose 72.5GW of wind projects through 2020

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

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

    New York sets 1.5GW energy storage capacity goal by 2025

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

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

    AEP releases power line routing for 2GW Wind Catcher project

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

    Nordex wins 191MW Spain order from Gas Natural Fenosa

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

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

    Gas Natural Fenosa cleared for 330MW of Australian wind

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

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

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

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

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

    Brazil to contract 70MW of storage to secure Roraima supply

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

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

    Enel claims Oklahoma wind crown with 600MW switch-on

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

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

    Longyuan owner backs deal to create 30GW Chinese wind giant

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

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

    Australia set for more renewable storage as state backs Bulgana

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

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

    Terna starts operations at Fluvanna 1 wind in Texas

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

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

    Wind supplies record 43.6% of Denmark’s electricity

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

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

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

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

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

    UK's CDC launches Ayana to back South Asia renewables

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

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

    Major renewables projects to escape Innogy costs review

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

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

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

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

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

    First Argentine wind farm in competitive power market online

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

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

    Trump to unveil $1trn infrastructure proposal this month

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

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

    German 2017 overall wind additions seen at close to 7GW

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

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

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

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

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

    India's Ireda plans IPO to boost renewable finance firepower

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

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

    Late Americas flurry helps Vestas to record orders for 2017

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

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

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

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

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

    Wind industry again on edge over Oklahoma tax policies

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

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

    New US policy ends legal threat for accidental bird deaths

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

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

    Vestas books 279MW of Swedish orders from Eolus Vind

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

    Wind  rechargenews.com 29 Dec 2017 Andrew Lee

    Iberdrola connects 350MW Wikinger to German grid

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

    Wind  rechargenews.com 29 Dec 2017 Andrew Lee

    Eolfi backs W1N floating project despite Taiwan EPA blow

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

    Wind  rechargenews.com 29 Dec 2017 Andrew Lee

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

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

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

    Agaoglu advances Turkish wind power plans with Nordex deal

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

    Wind  rechargenews.com 28 Dec 2017 Anamaria Deduleasa

    India signals 6.5GW wind power auction spree in early 2018

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

    Wind  rechargenews.com 28 Dec 2017 Andrew Lee

    UK wind and solar trounce coal in 2017

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

    Wind  rechargenews.com 28 Dec 2017 Anamaria Deduleasa

    TRIG buys into the 316.8MW Sheringham Shoal wind farm

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

    Wind  rechargenews.com 27 Dec 2017 Anamaria Deduleasa

    Vestas bags 118MW order in Mexico

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

    Wind  rechargenews.com 27 Dec 2017 Anamaria Deduleasa

    Suzlon deploys Indian LiDAR as offshore wind plans take shape

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

    Wind  rechargenews.com 27 Dec 2017 Andrew Lee

    EWT to open Dutch rotor blade factory

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

    Wind  rechargenews.com 27 Dec 2017 Christopher Hopson in London

    Innogy completes turbine installation at UK's Galloper

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

    Wind  rechargenews.com 27 Dec 2017 Christopher Hopson in London

    Eolus sells 232MW of wind projects to Aquila Capital

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

    Wind  rechargenews.com 27 Dec 2017 Anamaria Deduleasa

    NextEra buys Oklahoma piece of HVDC wind power line

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

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

    Pattern seals finance, taps Vestas for 300MW Ontario project

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

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

    Orsted stays away from Dutch zero-subsidy tender

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

    Wind  rechargenews.com 22 Dec 2017 Bernd Radowitz in Berlin

    Key US wind players express optimism after Congress passes tax bill

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

    Wind  rechargenews.com 22 Dec 2017 Darius Snieckus in London

    China unveils world's biggest carbon market for power sector

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

    Transition  rechargenews.com 22 Dec 2017 Yuki Yu in Beijing

    Simplify wind policies or risk missing targets, Italy warned

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

    Wind  rechargenews.com 22 Dec 2017 Anamaria Deduleasa

    Russia grants Vestas big tax breaks for wind blade plants

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

    Wind  rechargenews.com 22 Dec 2017 Bernd Radowitz in Berlin

    Shell buys UK domestic energy supplier First Utility

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

    Wind  rechargenews.com 22 Dec 2017 Andrew Lee

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

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

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

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

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

    Wind  rechargenews.com 22 Dec 2017 Andrew Lee

    Xcel grid upgrades to fuel New Mexico, Texas wind expansion

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

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

    Enercon buys Lagerwey stake to form strategic partnership

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

    Wind  rechargenews.com 21 Dec 2017 Bernd Radowitz

    Goldwind secures $538m for Australia's Stockyard Hill

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

    Wind  rechargenews.com 21 Dec 2017 Andrew Lee in London

    Statoil enters Dutch zero-subsidy offshore wind bidding

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

    Wind  rechargenews.com 21 Dec 2017 Bernd Radowitz in Berlin

    Scotland sees major onshore wind role in 17GW 2030 push

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

    Wind  rechargenews.com 21 Dec 2017 Christopher Hopson in London

    Northland wraps Nordsee One as project beats budget

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

    Wind  rechargenews.com 21 Dec 2017 Andrew Lee

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

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

    Wind  rechargenews.com 21 Dec 2017 Andrew Lee

    GeoSea and CSBC plan JV for Taiwan offshore wind work

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

    Wind  rechargenews.com 21 Dec 2017 Andrew Lee

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    New-breed Mono Buckets head for Deutsche Bucht debut

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

    Wind  rechargenews.com 21 Dec 2017 Darius Snieckus in London

    Argentina reveals winners of 'round 2.5' RE tender

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

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

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

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

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

    Developers confirm bids for Massachusetts' offshore tender

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

    Wind  rechargenews.com 20 Dec 2017 Christopher Hopson in London

    Wind helps German renewables beat 2020 target this year

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

    Transition  rechargenews.com 20 Dec 2017 Bernd Radowitz in Munich

    Wood brought in to engineer 650MW Markbygden wind farm

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

    Wind  rechargenews.com 20 Dec 2017 Darius Snieckus in London

    Siemens Gamesa widens Shanghai Electric licensing deal

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

    Wind  rechargenews.com 20 Dec 2017 Bernd Radowitz in Berlin

    Vestas taps Medina to lead Mediterranean business unit

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

    Wind  rechargenews.com 20 Dec 2017 Anamaria Deduleasa

    ABB to form electrical substation EPC JV with SNC-Lavalin

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

    Transition  rechargenews.com 20 Dec 2017 Andrew Lee

    Siemens invests in energy blockchain start-up LO3 Energy

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

    Transition  rechargenews.com 20 Dec 2017 Leigh Collins