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  • ORE Catapult seals UK-China offshore wind R&D co-operation

    UK government-industry body the Offshore Renewable Energy (ORE) Catapult has brokered a deal with China’s Tus-Wind and TusPark Newcastle to advance offshore wind technology co-operation between the two nations, providing a potential springboard for British companies into the region’s fast-growing market. The deal will set the cornerstone for a UK-China Technology Growth Accelerator to shepherd ne

    Wind  rechargenews.com 15 Dec 2017 Darius Snieckus in London

    Vattenfall bids in Dutch zero-subsidy offshore wind auction

    Vattenfall confirmed itself as a bidder in the tender for 700MW of offshore wind power launched by the Dutch government. The Swedish energy group said it has entered the running for the Hollandse Kust South 1 & 2 zone, for which bids have to be lodged with the Netherlands today. In an industry-first, the Dutch government decided to give subsidy-free bidders first crack at the auction for the twi

    Wind  rechargenews.com 15 Dec 2017 Andrew Lee

    Vestas joins Sweden's Northvolt for lithium-ion battery R&D

    Vestas will forge a partnership with Swedish technology start-up Northvolt to develop a lithium-ion battery platform, as the turbine OEM deepens its ties with a battery storage sector it says will play an increasingly significant role in the wind industry’s future. Vestas will invest an initial €10m ($11.8m) in a joint seven-year R&D push to develop systems that can “integrate battery storage sol

    Transition  rechargenews.com 15 Dec 2017 Andrew Lee

    Canada's CPP IB and Votorantim start Brazil JV with 565MW

    Canada Pension Plan Investment Board (CPP IB) will enter the Brazilian wind sector in a joint venture with local industrial group Votorantim that will initially buy 565MW of operating capacity and plans to invest more than $900m over time. CPP IB – which manages Canada’s largest public pension fund – will contribute an initial C$272m ($213m) to the JV with Votorantim Energia, the energy unit of V

    Wind  rechargenews.com 15 Dec 2017 Andrew Lee

    Equitix buys Statkraft's 40% Sheringham Shoal share for $749m

    UK investment group Equitix has bought a 40% stake in the UK’s Sheringham Shoal from Statkraft, one of two North Sea offshore wind assets the Norwegian utility is selling as it exits the sector. Infrastructure investor Equitix will pay £558m ($749m) for Statkraft’s stake in Sheringham Shoal, a 317MW project operating since 2012. The wind farm is operated by Norwegian oil group Statoil, which als

    Wind  rechargenews.com 15 Dec 2017 Andrew Lee

    BP blasts back into solar with $200m Lightsource stake

    Oil major BP will return to the solar sector after six years by spending $200m for a 43% stake in PV developer Lightsource. The UK-based developer – which will become BP Lightsource – will leverage BP’s global heft to “focus on grid-connected plants and corporate power purchase agreements (PPAs) signed with private companies”, said a statement. Lightsource has successfully developed 1.3GW of sol

    Transition  rechargenews.com 15 Dec 2017 Andrew Lee in London

    Invenergy seals Illinois wind project construction financing

    Chicago-based Invenergy has completed construction financing for its 132MW Bishop Hill wind project in northwestern Illinois scheduled to enter commercial operation by mid-2018. Rabobank and NORD/LB acted as joint lead arrangers for the construction loan. Rabobank also acted as administrative agent and provided a letter of credit facility in support of the project. In August, the company anno

    Wind  rechargenews.com 14 Dec 2017 Richard A. Kessler in Fort Worth

    Solar developers face tight module market in 2018: IHS

    Despite significant policy uncertainty in the key US and Indian markets, global solar installations are expected to surge to a record 108GW in 2018, according to IHS Markit – in what would be the first time any renewable technology has cracked 100GW in a given year. That’s up from a projected 93GW of new solar installations in 2017, itself a new record, the market researcher tells Recharge. In a

    Solar  rechargenews.com 14 Dec 2017 Karl-Erik Stromsta in New York

    Simec Energy and Atlantis to form global renewables combine

    International energy services outfit Simec Energy has inked a ‘reverse takeover’ deal with tidal power pioneer Atlantis Resources to create a new global renewables player, Simec Atlantis Energy. Through the agreement, Simec, part of the GFG Alliance, will transfer ownership of its 363MW Uskmouth power station in South Wales — being converted into an end-of-waste biomass plant — in exchange for a

    Transition  rechargenews.com 14 Dec 2017 Darius Snieckus in London

    Vestas to merge Central and Northern Europe sales units

    Vestas on 1 January will merge its sales business units (SBU) for Northern Europe and Central Europe, as part of what the Danish wind turbine manufacturer says is its ambition to grow faster than an increasingly competitive market The newly-merged SBU will be headquartered in Hamburg – already the base of the Central Europe unit – and be headed by Nils de Baar, who has been leading the SBU Centra

    Wind  rechargenews.com 14 Dec 2017 Bernd Radowitz in Berlin

    The riddle of storage and Europe's 1,000-piece energy puzzle

    DISPATCHES | Storage will be at the heart of utilities' strategies for the energy transition, but a conference in Brussels laid bare the scale of the challenges, writes Darius Snieckus

    Transition  rechargenews.com 14 Dec 2017 Darius Snieckus in Brussels

    India plans 5GW offshore wind auctions in 2018: minister

    India plans to hold auctions for 5GW of offshore wind power next year, the country’s power minister RK Singh said. No further details have been released about the auction plans, which would be the first offshore tenders in an Indian renewables sector so far dominated by onshore wind and PV. Speaking at an event, Singh is reported by Indian news agency PTI to have said: "Our target is that we wou

    Wind  rechargenews.com 14 Dec 2017 Andrew Lee

    Norway to open up sites for floating offshore wind

    Norway plans to open one or two sites to host floating offshore wind demonstration projects “as soon as possible”, said the country’s energy minister Terje Søviknes. The Norwegian Water Resources and Energy Directorate (NVE) will assess five potential areas for floating offshore development, said Søviknes. As part of a wider wind strategy launched by Norway, the floating developments are “not pr

    Wind  rechargenews.com 14 Dec 2017 Andrew Lee

    Wind smashes records in Alberta's first renewables tender

    Alberta announced the winners of its first renewables tender Wednesday, and the results blew away everyone’s expectations – with prices among the lowest seen for onshore wind anywhere in the world. The western Canadian province had been expected to award up to 400MW of new capacity in the first round of its Renewable Electricity Program (REP), but ended up awarding nearly 600MW at a weighted-aver

    Wind  rechargenews.com 13 Dec 2017 Karl-Erik Stromsta in New York

    PTC threat looms over PacifiCorp's huge wind expansion plans

    Warren Buffett’s PacifiCorp won a qualified victory with state regulators in Oregon, convincing them of the merits of proceeding swiftly with its massive $3.5bn wind and transmission expansion plan in the western US in order to capture benefits from the fading production tax credit (PTC). But PacifiCorp, comprising the rate-regulated utilities Rocky Mountain Power and Pacific Power, still faces h

    Wind  rechargenews.com 13 Dec 2017 Karl-Erik Stromsta in New York

    Senvion in 'good talks' with potential investors

    Germany-based wind turbine manufacturer Senvion is open to talks with potential investors, the company’s vice president for communication, Immo von Fallois, told Recharge. “And by now we are carrying out good talks,” von Fallois said. But he denied market rumours that conversations with a potential buyer include Korean conglomerate Samsung. Senvion’s main shareholder, US private equity fund Cen

    Wind  rechargenews.com 13 Dec 2017 Bernd Radowitz in Berlin

    Innogy issues 2017 profit warning, but increases 2018 spending

    Dragged down by an ongoing weakness in its UK retail business, German utility Innogy has lowered its profit guidance for this year and expects even lower profits next, but at the same time is increasing spending in digitalisation, e-mobility, or renewables, and eyes US onshore wind investments. “High growth ambitions initially come at a price, but pay off in the long run. At the same time, we are

    Wind  rechargenews.com 13 Dec 2017 Bernd Radowitz in Berlin

    Brazil lays plans for three power tenders in 2018

    Brazil’s federal government is preparing to hold two tenders in 2018, in addition to the one already announced for April that will likely include wind and solar power. The first process, known as an A-4 tender, will contract power through 20-year PPAs starting in January 2022, The government also said it is finalising planning for an A-6 tender, which will contract power from conventional and re

    Transition  rechargenews.com 13 Dec 2017 Alexandre Spatuzza in Sao Paulo

    Corporates urge EU ministers to back 35% renewables target

    A group of more than 50 of the world’s biggest companies have co-signed a letter urging European energy ministers to back a target of at least 35% renewables in the energy mix by 2030 when they meet in Brussels next week. The letter comes ahead of the 18-19 December Energy Council ministerial meeting. The group argues the current 27% EU-wide renewables target is too timid to spur new investment

    Transition  rechargenews.com 13 Dec 2017 Christopher Hopson in London

    World Bank to stop funding oil & gas in favour of clean energy

    The World Bank has decided to stop financing future upstream oil and gas after 2019, it announced at a climate change summit in Paris designed to accelerate the global shift from fossil fuels to clean energy. In a statement released at the One Planet Summit, convened by French President Emmanuel Macron, the bank said it would bring its lending practices “in line with its ongoing support to deve

    Transition  rechargenews.com 13 Dec 2017 Christopher Hopson in London

    Vestas gets largest India order with Ostro Kutch tender winner

    Vestas clinched its largest order in India after being awarded a 250MW turnkey deal by developer Ostro Kutch. The Danish wind group will build and equip the project in the Kutch district of Gujarat with 125 of its V110-2.0 MW turbines. The plant, due for commissioning by the third quarter of 2018, was one of the winners in India’s pioneering inter-state wind auction held in February this year.

    Wind  rechargenews.com 13 Dec 2017 Andrew Lee

    Why digitalisation will mean more solar in Europe

    OPINION | Solar is perfectly placed to seize the opportunities offered by digital technologies, writes James Watson

    Transition  rechargenews.com 13 Dec 2017 James Watson

    EU pledges to help coal regions make clean energy transition

    The wind industry has welcomed a European Commission pledge to develop long-term strategies to help coal regions transition away from the fossil fuel as part of its wider Clean Energy Package. The so-called Coal Regions in Transition platform has been launched by the EC’s vice-president in charge of energy union Maros Sefcovic, climate action and energy commissioner Miguel Arias Canete, and regio

    Transition  rechargenews.com 13 Dec 2017 Christopher Hopson in London

    Principle Power renews search for US west coast project site

    US floating wind pioneer Principle Power has signed a memorandum of understanding (MOU) with Redwood Coast Energy Authority (RCEA) in northern California to advance development of a project in federal waters off the Pacific coast of Humboldt County. The move is firm indication that the developer remains interested in opportunities along the west coast after a 24MW pilot project offshore Oregon st

    Wind  rechargenews.com 13 Dec 2017 Richard A. Kessler in Fort Worth

    Trinity to spin off wind tower business into new company

    The board of Dallas-based Trinity Industries has approved a plan to pursue a spin-off of the company’s infrastructure-related businesses including structural wind towers to its shareholders. Trinity says the transaction, which it expects to complete in the second half of 2018, will result in two separate publicly traded companies that will benefit from leading positions in their respective indust

    Wind  rechargenews.com 12 Dec 2017 Richard A. Kessler in Fort Worth

    Perry extends deadline for proposed coal, nuclear subsidies

    Energy Secretary Rick Perry has granted a request for a 30-day extension of his deadline for the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) to create new rules that require grid operators to subsidize coal and nuclear plants regardless of market conditions. The request was made by Kevin McIntyre shortly after taking his seat as FERC’s chairman, bringing the agency to its full staffing of five co

    Wind  rechargenews.com 12 Dec 2017 Richard A. Kessler in Fort Worth

    Trump administration funds offshore wind energy research

    The Department of Energy (DOE) has announced $18.5m in new funding for a consortium that will conduct specific research aimed at reducing the cost of offshore wind energy in the US. The move represents a political signal from the administration of President Donald Trump that it will support US offshore wind development – at least with funding for basic research. It is the most funding made availa

    Wind  rechargenews.com 12 Dec 2017 Richard A. Kessler in Fort Worth

    Xcel advances 1.23GW wind plan in New Mexico, Texas

    Xcel Energy has reached a settlement with key stakeholders in New Mexico that advances its plan to add 1.23GW of new wind power capacity there and in neighboring Texas by 2020. Called a stipulation, the settlement was filed Monday with the New Mexico Public Regulation Commission. The five PRC commissioners will consider the agreement when making a final ruling on whether the proposed facilities s

    Wind  rechargenews.com 12 Dec 2017 Richard A. Kessler in Fort Worth

    Vaisala, WindSim complete study on remote sensing in complex terrain

    Finland-based environmental measurement company Vaisala and computational fluid dynamics (CFD) modelling firm WindSim have completed what they say is the largest-ever study on how the effects of complex terrain on wind measurements collected by remote sensing units can be mitigated. "While remote sensing devices are increasingly supplanting met towers as the preferred technology for wind measurem

    Technology  rechargenews.com 12 Dec 2017 Bernd Radowitz

    Emera presses the case for the Atlantic Link

    Over the next few months, the North American renewables industry will get a fascinating look at the future of New England’s power market, as Massachusetts concludes two separate clean-energy tenders – one focused largely on onshore renewables and the other exclusively on offshore wind. Results from the so-called 83C and 83D tenders will offer insight into the relative competitiveness of the three

    Wind  rechargenews.com 12 Dec 2017 Karl-Erik Stromsta in New York

    South Africa adds 280MW of wind with twin Lekela plants

    South Africa's Loeriesfontein and Khobab wind farms have started commercial operations in the Northern Cape province with a total capacity of 280MW. The neighbouring wind farms, each with a capacity of 140MW, comprise a total of 122 Siemens Gamesa turbines. Together they will power around 240,000 South African homes. The sister projects, with a combined value of around 7bn rand ($514m), are owne

    Wind  rechargenews.com 12 Dec 2017 Christopher Hopson in London

    Total Eren lines up GE for Indonesian wind project

    Total Eren advanced plans for a 70MW wind farm in Indonesia, in the developer’s first move since it became part of the oil giant’s growing renewables ambitions. The company – which added Total to its name earlier this month after the French supermajor took a minority stake – has lined up GE as preferred equipment supplier to the Tanah Laut project, planned for the south of Borneo. Total Eren on

    Wind  rechargenews.com 12 Dec 2017 Andrew Lee

    EDF in 30GW solar plan to help French nuclear phase-down

    French state-controlled nuclear giant EDF from 2020 to 2035 via its renewables unit EDF Energies Nouvelles plans to develop and build 30GW in solar plants across France to help the country reduce nuclear power in its electricity mix to 50% from a current about 75%. “The Solar Power Plan is of an unparalleled scale and marks a real turning point in EDF’s development of solar power capacity,” chief

    Transition  rechargenews.com 12 Dec 2017 Bernd Radowitz in Berlin

    Investment giants turn screw on 100 largest corporate emitters

    A group of 225 investors with $26.3 trillion under its wing will step up pressure on 100 of the world’s most carbon-intensive corporations to do more to reduce emissions. The Climate Action 100+ initiative, which includes many of the world’s largest institutional investors, said it will “focus engagement” on the corporate greenhouse gas emitters to “align their business plans” with the aims of th

    Transition  rechargenews.com 12 Dec 2017 Andrew Lee

    Engie plans switch to 'green gas' by 2050

    French utility Engie has announced plans to switch 100% of its natural-gas operations to biogas and green hydrogen by 2050. The company — which was formed by a merger of French state-owned natural-gas operator Gaz de France and multinational utility Suez in 2008 — was also among European utilities pledging last week to make their electricity carbon-neutral “well before 2050”. Engie, will therefor

    Transition  rechargenews.com 12 Dec 2017 Leigh Collins in London

    AGL dumps coal plant for 1.6GW renewables-plus-storage plan

    Australian power group AGL has confirmed the early closure of the Liddell coal-fired power plant in New South Wales in 2022, to be replaced with a mix of 1.6GW of renewables, plus storage and other technologies. AGL’s NSW generation plan concluded that a combination of wind and solar, plus battery storage or pumped hydro, and some peaking gas generators and demand response was significantly cheap

    Transition  rechargenews.com 11 Dec 2017 Christopher Hopson in London

    German offshore wind delivers power 'almost all year round': IWES

    A new study by Germany's Fraunhofer IWES institute shows that offshore wind can deliver power almost all year round – more than estimated in previous research when fewer projects were operating – prompting calls for Germany to significantly increase its targets for the sector. The study, Significance of offshore wind power for the Energiewende, was commissioned by Germany’s Offshore Wind Energy F

    Wind  rechargenews.com 11 Dec 2017 Bernd Radowitz in Berlin

    'Post-build evidence can help offshore wind make wildlife case'

    OPINION | Greater understanding of the effects of offshore wind development on marine wildlife can help future projects make their environmental case from an informed position, write Nancy McLean and Emily Nelson

    Wind  rechargenews.com 11 Dec 2017 Nancy McLean and Emily Nelson

    Egypt advances wind ambitions with Lekela and GE Power

    Egypt moved its wind power ambitions a further step forward when its government advanced agreements with developer Lekela Power over a 250MW project and GE Power over grid expansion to support extra capacity. Egyptian state power utility EETC and the country’s energy minister have “initialed” a power purchase agreement over a 250MW Gulf of Suez wind farm planned by Lekela, a joint venture of inve

    Wind  rechargenews.com 11 Dec 2017 Andrew Lee

    Renewables a low priority in Germany's 'coalition talks 2.0'

    DISPATCHES | Germany's Social Democrats will now talk about being part of a new Merkel government, but negotiations may drag on and bring little for renewables, writes Bernd Radowitz

    Transition  rechargenews.com 11 Dec 2017 Bernd Radowitz in Berlin

    Oil & gas veteran Sparrows buys wind specialist Alpha Offshore

    Crane supplier Sparrows Group has acquired Danish wind O&M specialist Alpha Offshore, in a deal that underlines the growing attractiveness of the sector to long-time contractors to the oil & gas industry. Sparrows – a UK-based supplier of lifting and handling systems to the global energy sector – said the acquisition “significantly strengthens” its position in renewables, where it has already pla

    Transition  rechargenews.com 11 Dec 2017 Andrew Lee

    Local OEMs taking grip of Chinese offshore market: Goldwind

    Foreign developers will have an easier ride in China’s offshore wind market than Western turbine suppliers in the years ahead, in a reversal of the current situation, a senior Goldwind executive claims. China is a notoriously difficult market for foreign companies, but Endi Zhai, chief engineer and general manager for offshore at Chinese turbine giant Goldwind, notes that Western suppliers – and

    Wind  rechargenews.com 11 Dec 2017 Karl-Erik Stromsta

    Corporate renewables market under threat from US tax bill: RMI

    Provisions in the House and Senate tax bills that would damage the renewables market would have another unintended victim: the big US corporations that increasingly rely on wind and solar power to fuel their operations. One of the most important trends in US renewables in recent years, and one with global implications, has been the growing demand from corporations like Google, Amazon Web Services

    Wind  rechargenews.com 08 Dec 2017 Karl-Erik Stromsta in New York

    Vestas clocks 80% PTC order in US as tax overhaul draws near

    Vestas has secured a 40MW turbine order for a US wind project that will qualify for the production tax credit (PTC) at the 80% level – a rare deal confirmed amid the uncertainty surrounding the Republicans’ tax overhaul. The Danish OEM, which operates a large cluster of factories in Colorado and narrowly overtook GE last year as the largest turbine supplier in the US market, provided few addition

    Wind  rechargenews.com 08 Dec 2017 Karl-Erik Stromsta in New York

    Aerodyn to test 1:10-scale 6MW floating turbine off Japan

    Germany’s Aerodyn Engineering will in January deploy a 1:10-scale test model of its SCDnezzy 6.0MW floating wind turbine off Japan. Aerodyn will unveil the model on 18 December at the Nobiskrug shipyard in Rendsburg, in the German state of Schleswig-Holstein, ahead of three months of testing off the Japanese coast. “The test model in a bay off Hiroshima is slated to provide important measuring d

    Wind  rechargenews.com 08 Dec 2017 Bernd Radowitz in Berlin

    South Africa signals end to renewable PPA impasse – again

    Energy minister David Mahlobo became the latest in a string of South African politicians to signal the end to a years-long stand-off over power contracts that the renewables sector says is stalling 58bn rand ($4.25bn) of investments. South Africa plans next week to sign long-delayed power purchase agreements (PPAs) after keeping 27 renewables projects in limbo for more than two years, Mahlobo sai

    Transition  rechargenews.com 08 Dec 2017 Andrew Lee in London

    TenneT to invest €6.5bn in Dutch onshore and offshore grid

    Dutch transmission system operator TenneT over the next 10 years expects to spend up to €6.5bn ($7.6bn) on the expansion of the electricity grid on land and at sea in the Netherlands, to make it fit for a rapid growth of wind and solar power. The TSO plans to invest €3.5-4.5bn to upgrade the grid on land at the 380kV, 150kV and 110kV levels amid an ongoing onshore wind expansion, and the expected

    Transition  rechargenews.com 08 Dec 2017 Bernd Radowitz in Berlin

    Siemens Gamesa to combine Americas units amid restructuring

    Siemens Gamesa will merge its North America and Latin America units and named Gamesa veteran José Antonio Miranda, currently CEO for Latin America, the onshore chief at the global wind giant’s newly combined Americas division. The fused Americas operation will include two of the world’s largest wind markets – the US and Brazil – along with second-tier markets like Canada and Chile, and future pow

    Wind  rechargenews.com 07 Dec 2017 Karl-Erik Stromsta in New York

    Wyoming revenue panel rejects higher wind generation tax

    Wyoming’s legislative Joint Revenue Committee has voted down a motion to reintroduce a proposal to quadruple the $1/MWh state tax on wind energy production. The move, which was welcomed by the wind industry, means that the committee will not sponsor a draft bill in the upcoming 2018 budget session, leaving proponents of a tax increase to see if they can find sponsors for an eventual bill. Sen

    Wind  rechargenews.com 07 Dec 2017 Richard A. Kessler in Fort Worth

    US agency faces deadline on proposed coal, nuclear subsidies

    All five commissioners are now seated on the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC), as the agency faces a Monday deadline to act on the Department of Energy’s request that it create new rules allowing subsidies for coal and nuclear plants regardless of market conditions. Kevin McIntyre, newly sworn-in as FERC chairman, can delay action to allow him and the other commissioners additional tim

    Wind  rechargenews.com 07 Dec 2017 Richard A. Kessler in Fort Worth

    Argentina shortlists projects for Round 2.5 renewables tender

    The Argentine government published a shortlist of projects invited to bid in the second stage of its Round 2 renewable energy tender, through which it plans to contract 568MW on top of the 1.4GW already procured in the first stage. The project’s sponsors are invited to revise down their prices to meet the cap price set by the government of $40.27/MWh for wind and $41.78/MWh for solar PV in the so

    Transition  rechargenews.com 07 Dec 2017 Alexandre Spatuzza in Sao Paulo

    Utility-scale projects drive growing US energy storage market

    The US is on track to add 295MW of energy storage capacity in 2017, a 28% increase on last year, in a market that continues to be driven by large utility-scale installations, according to new figures from GTM Research and the Energy Storage Association. The US storage market’s growth looks set to gather even more steam in the years ahead as utilities – eager to add more variable renewables to the

    Transition  rechargenews.com 07 Dec 2017 Karl-Erik Stromsta in New York

    Germany sets February 900MW onshore wind and PV auctions

    Germany’s federal grid agency BNetzA has launched the first tendering rounds for onshore wind and solar plants with a combined capacity of 900MW, and a 1 February 2018 deadline to hand in bids. Bids for the 700MW in wind on land to be auctioned off are capped at €63 ($74.28) per megawatt hour of produced electricity, while bids for 200MW of PV have €88.40/MWh as an upper limit. “A participation

    Transition  rechargenews.com 07 Dec 2017 Bernd Radowitz in Berlin

    Offshore wind farm control systems in cost-cutting focus

    Offshore wind farm control systems will come under the microscope as part of the latest project to come out of the UK Carbon Trust’s Offshore Wind Accelerator programme. The €2.3m ($2.7m) Wind Farm Control Trials (WFCT) project, backed by developers EnBW, E.ON, Innogy, Statoil and Vattenfall, is designed to demonstrate how honing control strategies across a wind farm rather than on individual tur

    Wind  rechargenews.com 07 Dec 2017 Darius Snieckus in London

    GE Power cites march of renewables as gas unit cuts 12,000 jobs

    US industrial giant General Electric cited the growing clout of renewables in the global electricity sector as it announced plans to cut 12,000 jobs at its GE Power division, which focuses on supplying equipment such as gas and steam turbines. The cuts – representing about 20% of GE Power’s global workforce – were “driven by challenges in the power market worldwide”, GE said, as it joined fellow

    Transition  rechargenews.com 07 Dec 2017 Andrew Lee

    EnBW plans Emden service station for North Sea wind farms

    German utility EnBW will build a 450 square metre service station in Emden to service its Hohe See and Albatros North Sea wind farms – both under construction – and the planned 900MW HeDreiht project. The construction of a two-storey office building and a storage warehouse are slated to begin in the spring of 2018 as new base for the company's EnBW Offshore Service unit. Helicopter service flight

    Wind  rechargenews.com 07 Dec 2017 Bernd Radowitz in Berlin

    Euro-MPs back speed-up of 2030 renewable energy plans

    Two key committees of the European Parliament voted for provisions in the upcoming Energy Union regulations that would speed up the submission of national renewables targets, as well as oversee the progress of the energy transition. The parliament’s industry and energy committee and the environment committee requested that the EU’s 28 member states submit so-called National Energy and Climate Pla

    Wind  rechargenews.com 07 Dec 2017 Bernd Radowitz in Berlin

    Senvion equips wind farms in Norway and Serbia amid expansion

    Local developer Norsk Vind Egersund has completed the installation of 33 of Senvion’s 3.4M114 turbines at the 112MW Egersund wind farm in Rogaland, Norway, underlining the continued push by the Germany-based OEM into new markets. Marking Senvion’s entry into the Balkans, the 8MW Malibunar wind farm some 56km northeast of the Serbian capital of Belgrade was inaugurated with four Senvion MM100 turb

    Wind  rechargenews.com 07 Dec 2017 Bernd Radowitz in Berlin

    'It's a challenge for utilities to move from assets to customers'

    FACE TO FACE | EDP's António José Coutinho tells Leigh Collins about the challenges facing utilities as they adapt to a world in which customers want to 'connect and forget'

    Transition  rechargenews.com 07 Dec 2017 Leigh Collins

    GE blade supplier MFG to close South Dakota plant

    Molded Fiber Glass Companies (MFG), a long-time blade supplier to General Electric’s wind business, has announced it will close its blade plant in South Dakota, citing GE’s recent acquisition of blade-maker LM Wind Power and declining federal support for wind power. MFG, which since 2007 has been making blades for GE out of a large factory in Aberdeen, South Dakota, will close the plant by Februa

    Wind  rechargenews.com 06 Dec 2017 Karl-Erik Stromsta in New York

    TransAlta pushes 900MW Alberta pumped hydro project

    TransAlta Corp., the Canadian power giant, is pressing ahead with development work at its massive Brazeau pumped-storage hydroelectric project in Alberta, saying it could have 900MW of capacity in place as soon as 2025 to back up the province’s aggressive renewables rollout. Brazeau would be by far the largest pumped-storage hydro plant in Canada, a country with few such facilities despite its im

    Transition  rechargenews.com 06 Dec 2017 Karl-Erik Stromsta in New York

    Senvion pushes further into Irish wind market

    Germany-based wind OEM Senvion has announced two new orders with a combined capacity of 27MW in the Republic of Ireland after entering the market earlier this year – and the first for its 3.XM series in the country. "We are very pleased to see that our market entry into Ireland is progressing quickly and positively,” chief sales officer David Hardy says. “These contracts clearly demonstrate mark

    Wind  rechargenews.com 06 Dec 2017 Bernd Radowitz in Berlin

    'The US offshore wind market shouldn’t blindly follow Europe'

    OPINION | Simply adopting the European model of offshore wind won’t work in the US market, say Arup specialists Cameron Dunn and James Theobalds.

    Wind  rechargenews.com 06 Dec 2017 Cameron Dunn and James Theobalds

    Prysmian opens UK one-stop-shop offshore cabling service

    Italian cabling giant Prysmian has launched a new service out of its UK base to better manage underwater export and inter-array line faults, as part of its expanding offering for the European offshore wind industry. The Milan-headquartered group has dovetailed its monitoring and maintenance services to form the Power Link Cable Solutions (PLCS) division, which will provide “comprehensive” coverag

    Wind  rechargenews.com 06 Dec 2017 Darius Snieckus in London

    Foresight Group launches new UK renewables fund

    Foresight Group, the London-based investment manager, has launched a new fund which will invest in the equities and bonds of UK-listed renewable energy and infrastructure companies. The FP Foresight UK Infrastructure Income Fund will target an annual income of 5% per annum, with the dividends paid out quarterly. By comparison the fund’s model is targeting higher returns and lower volatility than

    Wind  rechargenews.com 06 Dec 2017 Christopher Hopson in London

    Thailand should embrace renewables to save $9bn: Irena study

    Thailand could with a more ambitious deployment plan reach a renewables share exceeding 37% by 2036, beating its current target and saving the country over $9bn annually, according to the International Renewable Energy Agency (Irena) and the Ministry of Energy in Thailand. An Irena report entitled Renewable Energy Outlook: Thailand, finds that decreasing imports of fossil fuels and increasing the

    Wind  rechargenews.com 06 Dec 2017 Christopher Hopson in London

    Siemens Gamesa eyes Taiwan offshore wind hub in Taichung

    Siemens Gamesa has signed a memorandum of understanding with the Taiwan International Ports Corporation to begin a joint investigation into the development of areas of Taichung harbour to support offshore wind development. The non-binding MoU covers the search for a potential manufacturing site for offshore wind components, office facilities, and staging areas including storage, pre-assembly, and

    Wind  rechargenews.com 06 Dec 2017 Bernd Radowitz in Berlin

    Wyoming lawmaker adamant on raising wind generation tax

    A key Republican state senator this week plans to reintroduce a proposal to raise Wyoming’s $1/MWh wind energy generation tax to $5/MWh, a move that could create another potential headache for an industry whose main federal subsidy is now at risk in the US Congress. Cale Case says he will draft a tax hike proposal when the Joint Revenue Interim Committee meets in the capital Cheyenne. His plan is

    Wind  rechargenews.com 05 Dec 2017 Richard A. Kessler in Fort Worth

    Utilities commit to carbon-neutral power in EU ‘well before 2050’

    In a significant boost for the renewables industry, chief executives from all major power companies in Europe have committed to achieving a carbon-neutral electricity mix in the EU “well before” 2050 — while accelerating both digitalisation and the electrification of the heating, transport and industrial sectors. The Vision for the European Electricity Industry — unveiled in Brussels on Wednesday

    Transition  rechargenews.com 05 Dec 2017 Leigh Collins

    US bill to bolster military reviews of wind, energy projects

    Buried in a massive 740-page US defense authorization bill is language that creates a new Department of Defense entity to evaluate potential “adverse impacts” that wind turbines and energy projects may have on military operations and readiness. The proposed Military Aviation and Installation Assurance Siting Clearinghouse would replace the Department of Defense Siting Clearinghouse, which was est

    Wind  rechargenews.com 05 Dec 2017 Richard A. Kessler in Fort Worth

    California's largest solar plant to be built for Shell and Exxon

    GlassPoint Solar, a US company that specialises in building concentrated solar power (CSP) facilities for the oil industry, has unveiled plans for what would be among the world’s largest solar-thermal plants, designed for enhanced oil recovery at a California oilfield. Built for oil producer Aera Energy, owned by affiliates of Shell and ExxonMobil, the 850MWt solar-thermal plant would generate st

    Transition  rechargenews.com 05 Dec 2017 Karl-Erik Stromsta in New York

    Wind and solar at heart of Chile's emissions-cutting plan

    Chile has approved its first National Emissions Reduction Plan (NERP) with an aim to reduce energy sector greenhouse gas emissions by 30% from current levels. The plan is based on higher incorporation of renewables – mainly solar and wind – and significant increases in the use of electricity in transport and heating. With around 17% of the country’s power supply from renewables, but the majority

    Transition  rechargenews.com 05 Dec 2017 Alexandre Spatuzza in Sao Paulo

    Orsted Taiwan boost as EIA panel passes offshore wind sites

    Danish offshore wind group Orsted passed another milestone in its plans to deploy 2.4GW off Taiwan when its four project sites were recommended for approval by a committee of the country’s Environmental Protection Administration (EPA). Orsted’s Changhua offshore wind projects made their third appearance before the ad-hoc review panel, which had previously asked the developer to come back with fur

    Wind  rechargenews.com 05 Dec 2017 Andrew Lee

    Germany's Arkona scoops award for corrosion protection

    Hamburg-based clean energy hub Clusteragentur Erneuerbare Energien has given its German Renewables Award to E.ON and Statoil’s 385MW Arkona offshore wind project in the Baltic Sea for an environmentally-friendly process that protects steel turbine foundations from corrosion. “The procedure developed by E.ON reduces the environmental impact and at the same time lowers the costs for the constructio

    Wind  rechargenews.com 05 Dec 2017 Bernd Radowitz in Berlin

    ‘LCOE is a less and less relevant metric for renewables'

    FACE TO FACE | Once the self-proclaimed oil industry watchdog, the International Energy Agency – which has a national membership accounting for 80% of global consumption – is fast transforming itself to a main ally of renewables. Darius Snieckus spoke with chief economist Laszlo Varro.

    Transition  rechargenews.com 05 Dec 2017 Darius Snieckus London

    Simec takes over GHR in step to 1GW UK renewables target

    Simec Energy has acquired Green Highland Renewables (GHR) from developer Ancala, a next step in its strategy to build a total of 1GW of renewable power generation capacity in Britain by the end of the decade. The takeover by Simec, part of the global GFG Alliance, is part of a wider plan to support GFG stablemate Liberty Steel’s ambition of developing five million tonnes of low-carbon ‘green stee

    Wind  rechargenews.com 05 Dec 2017 Darius Snieckus in London

    Enbridge to maintain offshore wind focus amid strategic overhaul

    Canada’s Enbridge is “not getting out of the renewables business” and will continue pushing into offshore wind, the company tells Recharge, even as it refocuses on fossil fuels following its recent merger with Spectra Energy. Last week Enbridge announced that it had finalised its strategic plan for the coming years, having digested its $28bn merger with Houston-based Spectra. The Spectra merger,

    Transition  rechargenews.com 04 Dec 2017 Karl-Erik Stromsta in New York

    Enel the biggest winner in PG&E's California storage tender

    Italy’s Enel scored a breakthrough in the US storage market, securing capacity storage agreements with California utility Pacific Gas & Electric for three utility-scale storage projects totaling 85MW/340MWh – more than half the capacity awarded. PG&E, a major investor-owned utility that provides electricity to much of northern California, awarded 165MW of storage capacity spread across six projec

    Transition  rechargenews.com 04 Dec 2017 Karl-Erik Stromsta in New York

    Cape Wind cancels lease, bringing an end to US offshore project

    Cape Wind’s developer has conceded what most in the US offshore wind sector have known for several years: the pioneering project is dead in the water. Boston-based Energy Management Inc. (EMI) has formally ceased development efforts and given up its federal lease rights to the 46 square mile (119 sq km) zone in Nantucket Sound, south of Massachusetts’ Cape Cod that would have hosted its project o

    Wind  rechargenews.com 04 Dec 2017 Karl-Erik Stromsta in New York

    Nordex to switch 90 old for 12 new turbines in Spanish repowering

    The Nordex group has won a repowering project for Acciona Energia’s 30MW El Cabrito wind farm in southern Spain. The wind OEM will replace 90 old turbines with a capacity of around 330kW each with eight Nordex N100/3000, and four Acciona Windpower AW70/1500 machines that fit optimally in the existing wind farm layout. “This project is something of an ideal constellation for us, as with it, we ca

    Wind  rechargenews.com 04 Dec 2017 Bernd Radowitz in Berlin

    Semco Maritime to design substations for Hornsea 2 wind farm

    Denmark’s Orsted – formerly Dong Energy – has selected Semco Maritime to participate in the engineering design of substations for the 1.4GW Hornsea 2 wind farm off eastern England. Semco, which has been chosen as electrical engineering consultant, will develop the electrical and mechanical engineering design for the main offshore substation and for the reactive compensation station. The Hornsea

    Wind  rechargenews.com 04 Dec 2017 Christopher Hopson in London

    Brazil schedules first power tender for 2018

    Brazil has set its first 2018 power auction for 4 April, when it plans to contract new capacity from wind, solar, biomass and large hydro plants, further strengthening the restart of its annual power tendering programme that was stopped in 2016. Known as an A-4 tender, the new capacity to be contracted in 2018 will have to be operational by the beginning of 2022, nearly four years after the tend

    Wind  rechargenews.com 04 Dec 2017 Alexandre Spatuzza in Sao Paulo

    Thai wind developer secures $1.1bn for 450MW build-out

    Bangkok-based Wind Energy Holding (WEH) claimed a major advance for Thailand’s wind sector after raising 37bn baht ($1.1bn) to build 450MW in what’s said to be the largest financing of turbine capacity in the country to date. WEH – a unit of KPN Group – closed financing for five projects in the country’s Northeast with Siam Commercial Bank, which noted the strong wind resources in the region and

    Wind  rechargenews.com 04 Dec 2017 Andrew Lee

    Germany cuts onshore wind FIT amid record new installations

    German grid agency BNetzA in April will cut onshore wind feed-in tariffs (FITs) under the country’s soon-to-be-discontinued support scheme, with new installations on course for a record near-5GW by the end of 2017. Support for projects still receiving a FIT will fall by 2.4% in April after additions in the 12 months through to the end of October 2017 of 5.5GW by far surpassed a government-set exp

    Wind  rechargenews.com 04 Dec 2017 Bernd Radowitz in Berlin

    US wind set for final lobbying push as Senate passes tax bill

    The US Senate narrowly advanced a massive bill overhauling the nation’s tax laws that has strong implications for the wind industry, as majority Republicans in both houses of Congress now look to reconcile competing versions by Christmas. The first step towards reaching a landmark agreement comes this week as leaders in the House of Representatives and Senate will name official negotiators to a c

    Wind  rechargenews.com 04 Dec 2017 Richard A. Kessler in Fort Worth

    EDPR boss: 'Corporate PPAs unlikely to take off in Europe'

    Corporate renewables power-purchase agreements (PPAs) are finally gaining traction in Europe, but the trend is unlikely to match the US any time soon, the CEO of a major global wind developer told the WindEurope 2017 conference. While corporate renewables deals have become a central pillar of the US wind market, accounting for nearly 40% of wind PPAs signed last year, the model has been much slow

    Wind  rechargenews.com 03 Dec 2017 Karl-Erik Stromsta

    European utility looks to buy EverPower wind farms in US

    Pittsburgh-based EverPower Holdings – majority-owned by Terra Firma Capital Partners in the UK – is in the final stages of negotiating the sale of its 20-project, 2GW-plus wind pipeline to a European utility looking to enter the US market. Chief executive James Spencer confirmed the status of those talks but did not name the utility, or when he expected the sale to conclude, the Pittsburgh Post-G

    Wind  rechargenews.com 02 Dec 2017 Richard A. Kessler in Fort Worth

    Wind capacity surpasses coal in main Texas electric grid

    There is now more than 20GW of wind power capacity on the main electric grid in Texas, surpassing coal at about 19.8GW, as the number one US electricity-producing state continues its transition toward cleaner generation sources. Earlier this month, Dallas-based developer Tri Global Energy completed the 155.4MW Fluvanna I project for owner Terna Energy, a Greek renewables company, pushing installe

    Wind  rechargenews.com 01 Dec 2017 Richard A. Kessler in Fort Worth

    Iberdrola said to mull Siemens Gamesa deal change as CEO hits out

    Spanish wind power giant Iberdrola may look again at commercial deals over commitments to purchase turbines from Siemens Gamesa amid discontent by Iberdrola chief executive Ignacio Galán with the performance of the OEM, it was reported in the Spanish media. Iberdrola – which owns 8% of Siemens Gamesa – has until the end of this year to reaffirm or ditch a commitment to buy up to 50% of its new wi

    Wind  rechargenews.com 01 Dec 2017 Bernd Radowitz in Berlin

    Enel sells 80% of 350MW US wind to investment fund

    The US renewables unit of Italian utility Enel has signed a $233m cash equity agreement with investment fund Gulf Pacific Power to sell 80% in two US wind farms that have a combined capacity of 350MW. Enel will continue to manage, operate and perform maintenance at both wind farms. Enel shifts 2020 growth focus to Europe and North America “Today’s agreement with a new investment partner reinf

    Wind  rechargenews.com 01 Dec 2017 Bernd Radowitz in Berlin

    Estonia sees subsidy-free onshore and offshore wind by 2025

    Both onshore and offshore wind could be built without subsidies in Estonia by 2025, the country’s deputy secretary for energy, Ando Leppiman, told Recharge. Considering current [Nordic] wholesale electricity market prices of €35-40/MWh ($42-48) as well as the price levels of recent onshore and offshore wind auctions, and then extrapolating that into the future “I’m pretty sure we are already goin

    Wind  rechargenews.com 01 Dec 2017 Bernd Radowitz in Amsterdam

    Google to buy 536MW more of US wind power capacity

    Google has signed agreements with three different operators to buy electricity from another 536MW of US wind capacity to reach its goal of purchasing enough renewable energy to match its consumption for global operations. “With solar and wind declining dramatically in cost and propelling significant employment growth, the transition to clean energy is driving unprecedented economic opportunity an

    Wind  rechargenews.com 01 Dec 2017 Bernd Radowitz in Berlin

    China aims to deploy five-turbine floating wind pilot by 2020

    China plans to launch a five-turbine, home-developed floating wind pilot project by 2020 in the Donghai Sea off Shanghai as a first step to potential large-scale deployment, Recharge has learned. The project – called Shanghai Deep and Far Sea Offshore Wind Major Demonstration – began life away from the spotlight as a joint research project backed by the Shanghai government, but is now being taken

    Wind  rechargenews.com 01 Dec 2017 Yuki Yu in Beijing

    Lagerwey firms Russian joint venture with Rosatom unit

    Dutch OEM Lagerwey at the WindEurope fair in Amsterdam has launched its ‘Red Wind’ joint venture with the new energy unit NovaWind of Russian nuclear giant Rosatom that will be responsible for marketing, sales, and the delivery of turn-key wind projects in Russia. A current production program includes 388 wind turbines to be delivered by Red Wind until 2022 to utility VetroSGC. NovaWind deputy d

    Wind  rechargenews.com 30 Nov 2017 Bernd Radowitz in Berlin

    Orsted picks Fugro for US site investigation

    Danish developer Orsted has awarded marine specialist Fugro a contract to undertake geotechnical investigations at its large-scale offshore wind development projects in the US. Orsted, formerly Dong Energy, is pursuing the development of the Bay State Wind project, located 24km off the coast of Martha’s Vineyard in Massachusetts in an area with potential for 2GW, and the 1GW-plus Ocean Wind proje

    Wind  rechargenews.com 30 Nov 2017 Anamaria Deduleasa

    MRP seeks equity partner to speed $1.9bn NnG to first power

    International developer Mainstream Renewable Power (MRP) has kicked off plans to bring in a majority equity partner to help move its 450MW Neart na Gaoithe offshore wind project off Scotland into construction and commercial operation. The £1.4bn ($1.9bn) Neart na Gaoithe was one of two projects awarded a Contract for Difference (CfD) by the UK's Low Carbon Contracts Company in February 2015. “Ne

    Wind  rechargenews.com 30 Nov 2017 Darius Snieckus in Amsterdam

    Siemens Gamesa to build rock-based storage for wind power

    Siemens Gamesa will in December start building an innovative 1.5MW system that uses inexpensive rocks as a battery to store heat derived from wind power. The wind OEM for three years has researched how to convert energy to heat in rock-fill at a testing unit, and plans to commission the ‘Future Energy System’ (FES) storage unit on the Trimet SE aluminium smelter site in the German city of Hamburg

    Wind  rechargenews.com 30 Nov 2017 Bernd Radowitz in Amsterdam

    Lamprell faces 'significant loss' on EA1 offshore wind work

    UAE-based shipyard Lamprell warned it faces a “significant loss” from its part of the East Anglia 1 offshore wind farm after admitting a “steeper than anticipated learning curve” as it enters the renewable energy sector. Lamprell told investors it is “still confident of meeting our client's expectations in terms of schedule and quality” on the EA1 project after securing an order for 60 foundation

    Wind  rechargenews.com 30 Nov 2017 Andrew Lee

    Denmark's CIP joins 2GW Australian offshore wind project

    Plans for Australia’s first offshore wind farm took a big step forward as Copenhagen Infrastructure Partners (CIP) said it will join development of the 2GW project off Victoria. CIP will join local group Offshore Energy, which until now has been sole developer of the Star of the South, via a direct investment in the project. The project site – 10-25km off the coast in the Bass Strait – aims to f

    Wind  rechargenews.com 30 Nov 2017 Andrew Lee

    Canadian pension fund CPP IB taking stake in India's ReNew Power

    Canadian pension fund manager CPP Investment Board (CPP IB) is preparing to buy a significant stake in ReNew Power, the Goldman Sachs-backed group that is among the fastest-growing developers in India. CPP IB in a regulatory filing in India said it will take $200m in ReNew Power shares when the latter stages an initial public offering (IPO), a long-held ambition for the developer and its CEO Suma

    Transition  rechargenews.com 30 Nov 2017 Andrew Lee