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  • 4MW turbines will be the new onshore workhorse: Make

    2017 is an “inflection point” for 4MW turbines in the European onshore wind market, with these larger machines now set to begin stealing ever more market share, before rendering the long-dominant 2MW platform a “niche product” by the early 2020s, Make Consulting told WindEurope 2017. As recently as 2011, turbines rated at 2MW or lower utterly dominated the European market, accounting for 90% of a

    Wind  rechargenews.com 29 Nov 2017 Karl-Erik Stromsta

    Onshore wind 'part of the future' as UK signals policy reboot

    The UK looks set to reboot its dormant onshore wind industry after the Conservative government signalled “a very significant shift” in policy to bring forward new onshore wind farms “in areas of the UK which want to deploy it”. “I think onshore wind is absolutely part of the future,” climate and industry minister Claire Perry told a select committee hearing in Westminister on Tuesday. “I am worki

    Wind  rechargenews.com 29 Nov 2017 Christopher Hopson in Amsterdam

    Zero-subsidy not yet the 'new normal': Siemens Gamesa chief

    Zero-subsidy projects are not certain to become the new normal in offshore wind, Siemens Gamesa's offshore chief executive told Recharge. “I just reflect what I hear from customers here [at WindEurope 2017], and I don’t get a clear signal that it [zero subsidy] will be the new normal,” said Andreas Nauen. “For me, it is more important that the opportunities for offshore overall are now seen by e

    Wind  rechargenews.com 29 Nov 2017 Bernd Radowitz

    Offshore wind 'key' to EU energy transition, say policymakers

    The cost effective development of offshore wind is “key” to help Europe meet its clean energy targets, according to an industry panel. During a session at the WindEurope conference in Amsterdam, political and industry figures discussed the importance of offshore wind for countries to meet ambitious targets such as the at-least 35% renewable energy share for 2030 in Europe, recently urged by the E

    Transition  rechargenews.com 29 Nov 2017 Anamaria Deduleasa

    Argentina contracts 1.4GW of renewables, seeks 660MW more

    Argentina’s government contracted 666MW of wind and 557MW of PV in another heavily over-subscribed tender, prompting it to expand the process to seek another 660MW of non-large-hydro renewables in the next 10 days. Companies that didn’t win in the first stage of the tender, known as Ronda 2.0 (Round 2) of the RenovAr renewable energy programme, will be allowed to revise down their prices to try a

    Transition  rechargenews.com 29 Nov 2017 Alexandre Spatuzza in Sao Paulo

    Senate tax bill would 'collapse' renewables tax-equity market

    The US renewables sector has sounded the alarm over an under-the-radar provision in the Senate’s tax-reform bill that industry groups say would annihilate investment into projects, and especially wind, by making renewables tax credits effectively worthless. The American wind sector has had a laser-focus in recent weeks on protecting the production tax credit (PTC), whose multi-year phase down wou

    Wind  rechargenews.com 29 Nov 2017 Karl-Erik Stromsta

    BNetzA ups German onshore wind cap to bolster bidding

    German federal grid agency BNetzA set an elevated cap price of €63/MWh ($74.6/MWh), as it used a special rule to bolster bidding in next year's 2.8GW of onshore wind tenders – and revealed that average winning bids in the country's last two auctions undershot the cost of production. BNetzA calculates the current production price for onshore wind in Germany at €56/MWh ($66.25/MWh). The low average

    Wind  rechargenews.com 29 Nov 2017 Bernd Radowitz in Amsterdam

    PV cost-falls drive emerging market growth: BNEF

    Falling equipment costs and technology innovation helped solar capacity additions in developing countries surge by more than half in 2016, Bloomberg New Energy Finance (BNEF) said in its annual Climatescope report. Incremental solar capacity installed in 71 emerging economies jumped to 34GW last year, from 22GW in 2015 and just 3GW in 2011, BNEF calculated in the Climatescope project that assesse

    Transition  rechargenews.com 29 Nov 2017 Yuki Yu in Beijing

    Lithuania plans wind auctions from 2019

    Lithuania plans to hold onshore and offshore wind auctions in the coming years to boost the share of renewables in its electricity mix as part of its new 2050 energy strategy, the Baltic nation’s energy minister Zygimantas Vaiciunas said at the opening of the WindEurope conference 2017. The country is targeting 30% of its electricity from renewables by 2020, 45% by 2030, and 80% by 2050. “To ach

    Wind  rechargenews.com 29 Nov 2017 Bernd Radowitz in Amsterdam

    Siemens Gamesa India wind boost with 200MW Orange deal

    Siemens Gamesa hailed a “major order” to build and equip a 200MW wind farm in India, providing welcome relief for the OEM amid an installation slump in one of its key growth markets. The Spain-based OEM will deliver the project in Poovani, Tamil Nadu, for power producer Orange Renewable under a turnkey contract of the type common in the Indian market. Siemens Gamesa will supply 100 of its G114-2

    Wind  rechargenews.com 29 Nov 2017 Andrew Lee

    Nordex gets 180MW order for Vattenfall Dutch project

    German OEM Nordex Group has won a 180MW order from Vattenfall's Dutch unit Nuon to supply 50 of its N117/3600 turbines to the Wieringermeer project 60km north of Amsterdam. The order is for a first phase of the Wieringermeer repowering project that is slated to eventually include 100 turbines and by 2020 produce 1.2 terawatt hours of electricity for a nearby international data centre run by Micro

    Wind  rechargenews.com 29 Nov 2017 Bernd Radowitz in Amsterdam


    'Met towers belong in a museum, not at modern wind projects'

    OPINION | A quiet but decisive shift is underway from wind measurement systems that have been overtaken by advanced sensor technology, argues Pascal Storck

    Wind  rechargenews.com 29 Nov 2017 Pascal Storck

    Hywind floating array links with Younicos for Batwind battery

    Statoil’s 30MW Hywind Scotland project, the world’s first floating wind farm, will be wired into an onshore energy storage system (ESS) delivered by German specialist Younicos. The Batwind project, which will use a 1MW/1.3MWh ESS installed onshore near Peterhead, Scotland, aims to “teach” a battery when to store electricity and when to discharge it to the grid, to boost the value of the power gen

    Wind  rechargenews.com 28 Nov 2017 Darius Snieckus in Amsterdam

    GE wins 105MW wind turbine deal in Serbia

    GE Renewable Energy has landed a turbine-supply deal for the 105MW Blacksmith wind project in Serbia, the second substantial order it has won it the country in the past month. The US-based industrial giant will supply 38 of its 2.75-120 turbines to the project, which will be operated by Enlight Renewable Energy in northeastern Serbia’s Vojvodina region. Blacksmith will be the country’s third-lar

    Wind  rechargenews.com 28 Nov 2017 Karl-Erik Stromsta


    New offshore wind investors 'may balk at zero-subsidy projects'

    Zero-subsidy European offshore wind projects may prove to be solid investments, but their risks are too steep for many big potential investors, said Torsten Lodberg Smed, senior partner at Copenhagen Infrastructure Partners (CIP), speaking at the Recharge Thought Leaders roundtable in Amsterdam on Monday. The global offshore wind sector was stunned earlier this year when Orsted (then known as Don

    Wind  rechargenews.com 28 Nov 2017 Karl-Erik Stromsta in Amsterdam


    German auction design 'is killing wind sector'

    Germany must lift its annual 2.9GW cap on onshore installations and repair flaws in its tendering system to avert major damage to the wind industry, leading executives told the WindEurope 2017 conference yesterday. Europe’s largest wind market will lose more than 2.5GW in installations in the coming two to three years as a result of a change in 2017 to tenders from a previous feed-in tariff, said

    Wind  rechargenews.com 28 Nov 2017 Bernd Radowitz in Amsterdam

    EU Parliament backs more ambitious 35% 2030 renewables goal

    The European Parliament voted to back a binding EU target of at least 35% renewables in its energy mix by 2030, in a move applauded by the wind industry and others. The vote on Tuesday by the parliament’s industry and energy committee sees the EU’s elected members take a far more ambitious stance than the European Commission, the bloc’s executive arm, which currently proposes a 27% goal. The par

    Transition  rechargenews.com 28 Nov 2017 Christopher Hopson in Amsterdam


    Siemens Gamesa launches new onshore and offshore turbines

    Siemens Gamesa Renewable Energy (SGRE) resharpened its focus on geared technology for onshore turbines as it streamlined the technology of the merged company, while upgrading its offshore offer with a larger rotor diameter for its 8MW machine. The German-Spanish OEM at the WindEurope conference and exhibition 2017 launched the SG 4.2-145 model as part of a new geared turbine platform. With a 145-

    Wind  rechargenews.com 28 Nov 2017 Bernd Radowitz in Amsterdam

    Shell to double 'new energies' spending in accelerated push

    Shell is looking to double its annual investment in renewables and other ‘new energies’ up to 2020 as it accelerates its push beyond oil and gas, the company said. Capital allocation for new energies will be $1bn-$2bn a year until the end of the decade, executives from the supermajor said during a strategy update on Tuesday. Shell tells offshore wind: 'think big if you want us on board' Shell h

    Transition  rechargenews.com 28 Nov 2017 Andrew Lee

    China’s Envision launches high-wind 4.5MW turbine

    China’s Envision Energy has unveiled its largest turbine to-date, a 4.5MW model designed for medium- to high-wind environments. The EN148-4.5MW, the latest evolution of the company’s 4MW platform, flies a 148-metre rotor and uses a “flexible” drive train architecture that “optimises site parameters to deliver the maximum energy output possible” at sites with up to nine-metres per second average w

    Wind  rechargenews.com 28 Nov 2017 Darius Snieckus in Amsterdam

    Vattenfall picks Siemens Gamesa for 955MW off Denmark

    Siemens Gamesa will supply up to 955MW of its 8MW turbines to three Danish offshore wind farms after developer Vattenfall placed the largest order in the sector this year. The manufacturer will equip the Swedish energy group’s Kriegers Flak wind farm in the Baltic Sea, and the Vesterhav Syd and Nord North Sea projects. Vattenfall will spend almost €1.7bn ($2bn) building the projects, among the l

    Wind  rechargenews.com 28 Nov 2017 Andrew Lee

    Lack of EU ambition could lead to 132,000 fewer wind jobs

    Europe’s wind industry risks missing out on €92bn of future investments and 132,000 potential jobs by 2030 unless policymakers become more ambitious, according to a report published today by WindEurope. Job growth in the industry has flatlined in the past five years as many countries have become less ambitious on renewables with half the EU member states investing nothing in wind last year. And n

    Wind  rechargenews.com 27 Nov 2017 Christopher Hopson in Amsterdam

    MHI-Vestas inks tenancy for Dutch turbine assembly site

    HI Vestas has signed up to a long-term tenancy on a site at the Dutch port of Vlissingen, which it will use as a staging post for assembly and ship-out of its V164 turbines, with first use next year for Belgium’s 370MW Norther project, Recharge can reveal. The deal — the value of which was not disclosed — will see the Japanese-Danish turbine maker tailor a 20-hectare location on the grounds of th

    Wind  rechargenews.com 27 Nov 2017 Darius Snieckus in Amsterdam

    WindConnector ‘could save billions’ for offshore sector

    A study looking at the Dutch and UK electricity markets has found that turning the so-called WindConnector concept into reality could potentially save customers and the offshore wind sector billions of dollars. The research by Pöyry was commissioned by TenneT, the operator of the Dutch offshore grid, and The Crown Estate, the UK real estate business and seabed manager. It explored possible opport

    Wind  rechargenews.com 27 Nov 2017 Anamaria Deduleasa in Amsterdam

    Capital Power turns to Vestas for 100MW North Dakota project

    Danish group Vestas has won a 100MW deal to supply Capital Power’s New Frontier wind project in North Dakota, US. Capital Power said it placed a firm and unconditional order for the V126-3.45 MW turbines. The order is Capital Power's second wind project in the US, and marks the debut of the 4MW platform in North Dakota. The platform was introduced earlier this year to encompass Vestas' new 4MW

    Wind  rechargenews.com 27 Nov 2017 Anamaria Deduleasa in Amsterdam

    Infrastructure partners selected for Dudgeon link

    UK energy regulator Ofgem has selected the infrastructure consortium Transmission Capital Partners as preferred bidder to own and operate the offshore transmission link for Statoil’s 402MW Dudgeon wind farm off Eastern England. Transmission Capital Partners, a consortium comprising Transmission Capital Partners, the International Public Partnerships, Amber Infrastructure and Transmission Investme

    Wind  rechargenews.com 27 Nov 2017 Anamaria Deduleasa in Amsterdam

    E.ON brings 400MW Rampion wind farm online off UK

    The 400MW Rampion offshore wind farm has started generating electricity in the English Channel. German developer E.ON said the first Vestas V112-3.45MW turbine has been commissioned, with the 115 additional machines to be connected to the grid in stages over the next few months. The offshore work for the Rampion project began in autumn 2015 with the preparation of the seabed for the foundations.

    Wind  rechargenews.com 27 Nov 2017 Anamaria Deduleasa in Amsterdam

    EKF to help finance Walney Extension

    Danish export credit agency EKF has joined the financing team of the giant 659MW Walney Extension wind farm off the UK by signing up to a green bond. EKF will provide a guarantee of more than £300m ($399m) for one of the bond series – a so-called green bond where the proceeds from the issuance are used to finance green investments. Offshore wind giant ups guidance in first quarterlies as Orste

    Wind  rechargenews.com 27 Nov 2017 Anamaria Deduleasa in Amsterdam

    Profitable life extension possible 'for 4GW of German wind'

    As much as 80% of the roughly 5GW in wind turbines that will drop out of feed-in tariff support under Germany’s Renewable Energies Act (EEG) could prolong their operating life time and still generate profits, Philipp Stukenbrock, head of sales and marketing at 8.2 Consulting tells Recharge. The 7,000 machines are the first generation of turbines for which support under the legislation enacted in

    Wind  rechargenews.com 27 Nov 2017 Bernd Radowitz in Amsterdam


    Two-bladed pioneer Seawind lands Greek islands deal

    Two-bladed offshore wind turbine pioneer Seawind has landed a breakout deal with Greek renewables developer WRE Hellas to build arrays of bottom-fixed offshore and floating wind farms to power islands in the Aegean Sea, Recharge can reveal. The project, expected to lead to developments of 50-100MW, is being advanced under the European Union’s Clean Energy for EU Islands Programme, which has the l

    Wind  rechargenews.com 27 Nov 2017 Darius Snieckus in Amsterdam

    Great Plains, Westar shareholders approve proposed merger

    Great Plains Energy and Westar Energy shareholders have overwhelmingly approved proposals necessary for a merger, a move that would create a US electric utility holding company with the fifth most wind power capacity on its system. They gave a green light to terms of a revised agreement that involves no transaction debt, no exchange of cash and represents a 1:1 stock merger of “equals.” The combi

    Wind  rechargenews.com 27 Nov 2017 Richard A. Kessler in Fort Worth

    Grid bottlenecks skew Rio Grande do Norte wind bidding

    Wind project sponsors of 6.8GW located in Brazil’s Northeastern state of Rio Grande do Norte will likely bid mostly in this year’s second tender on 20 December, with grid bottlenecks expected to be overcome by their scheduled start-up date of 2023. That is the conclusion of a study of tender rules and grid expansion reports from the trade body representing power sector companies in the state (SEE

    Wind  rechargenews.com 27 Nov 2017 Alexandre Spatuzza in Sao Paulo

    Dutch wind body 'expects' 2GW of annual offshore auctions

    The Netherlands Wind Energy Association (NWEA) is optimistic over prospects for a doubling in annual offshore wind tenders to 2GW after talks with its government, the body’s president Hans Timmers told Recharge. The government of Prime Minister Mark Rutte in a recent coalition agreement laid plans to boost annual offshore tenders to 1GW a year from 2020 onwards, following on from a current series

    Wind  rechargenews.com 27 Nov 2017 Bernd Radowitz in Amsterdam

    Republicans push for Senate tax reform vote this week

    Majority Republicans in the US Senate are pushing for a vote this week on their plan for a major revision of the federal tax code which, unlike the version passed by the House of Representatives, preserves terms for a phase-out this decade of the wind production tax credit (PTC). They face a tight schedule to bring the bill to the floor, win approval and then reach agreement with their House coun

    Wind  rechargenews.com 27 Nov 2017 Richard A. Kessler in Fort Worth

    UK says clean growth is 'grand challenge' of industrial strategy

    The UK declared “clean growth” one of the four “grand challenges” of its new national industrial strategy, in an announcement that otherwise contained little new for the renewable energy industry. Britain’s Department of Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy (DBEIS) said the UK’s clean economy could be on course to grow four times faster than GDP, as it pledged to get behind low-carbon technol

    Wind  rechargenews.com 27 Nov 2017 Andrew Lee

    Sweden edges closer to removal of offshore wind connection fees

    Sweden’s government has asked the country’s energy agency to work out proposals for the removal of grid connection fees for offshore wind, a move that could give development in the Baltic Sea a major boost as it pushes gigawatts of already-permitted projects closer to commercial viability. “Sea-based wind power is part of achieving the target of 100% of renewable electricity generation in Sweden

    Wind  rechargenews.com 27 Nov 2017 Bernd Radowitz in Amsterdam

    Siemens Gamesa 260MW deal for 'tallest wind turbines in Asia'

    Wind OEM Siemens Gamesa notched up its biggest ever order in Thailand with a 260MW contract that it said will see the installation of Asia’s tallest wind turbines. The Spain-based manufacturer will supply 103 of its G126-2.5MW machines to an unnamed local developer for the project in of Chaiyaphum, in northeast Thailand. Siemens Gamesa says 6,000 jobs to go in global shake-up With a tower-hei

    Wind  rechargenews.com 27 Nov 2017 Andrew Lee

    Senvion-led group seeks EU aid for 10MW+ offshore wind R&D

    Germany-based wind OEM Senvion has joined offshore wind sector partners to apply for funding under the EU’s Horizon 2020 research and innovation programme for its ‘RealLCoE’ project for development of a 10MW-plus turbine. Among the 150 participants in the RealLCoE project is utility EnBW, which won a tender with a zero-subsidy bid for the 900MW He Dreith offshore project in the German North Sea,

    Wind  rechargenews.com 27 Nov 2017 Bernd Radowitz in Amsterdam

    New UK onshore wind player Ventient sets sights on expansion

    The UK’s newest large-scale wind farm owner began life today as Ventient Energy, with a 690MW capacity base and a plan to expand further under the wing of investment giant JP Morgan. Edinburgh-based Ventient was formed by the merger of the former Infinis portfolio – now owned by JP Morgan Asset Management – with the fleet previously owned by Zephyr Wind Energy. Ventient said it is the UK’s large

    Wind  rechargenews.com 27 Nov 2017 Andrew Lee

    Vestas to set up Russian factories

    Danish wind OEM Vestas for the 1GW onshore pipeline won by the Fortum-Rusnano consortium together with the Finnish utility will work with local partners to establish a manufacturing and supply chain able in Russia able to fulfil local content requirements. This includes setting up a blade factory in the region of Ulyanovsk that will be majority-owned by Vestas, as well as a nacelles assembly plan

    Wind  rechargenews.com 26 Nov 2017 Bernd Radowitz in Berlin

    Price falls to €38.20/MWh at 1GW third German onshore auction

    Prices for winning bids in Germany’s 1GW third onshore wind auction fell to record lows and almost the entire acreage was won by community wind groups that have more time to complete their projects, worsening fears in the industry of a dangerous lull in installations in 2019 and 2020. "Testing plplpl plpl plp l pl pl pl pp" The average price of winning bids fell to €38.2/MWh ($44.89/MWh

    Wind  rechargenews.com 26 Nov 2017 Bernd Radowitz

    Vestas number one in 1H as global turbine orders fall: Navigant

    Denmark’s Vestas reported more turbine orders than any of its rival OEMs in the first half of 2017, amid a significant decline in publicly reported orders globally, according to Navigant Research. Total reported orders for wind turbines fell to 11.6GW in the January to June period, down from 13.4GW in the same half-year window in 2016, Navigant says in its Wind Turbine Order Tracker 4Q17 report.

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


    World-first wind ‘hackathon’ boots up for WindEurope

    A “hackathon” to brainstorm new wind power technologies will be held for the first time at the WindEurope’s annual conference and exhibition later this month in Amsterdam, under a deal between the industry advocacy body and European sustainable energy innovation outfit InnoEnergy. The ‘Hack the Wind’ event, a 48-hour technology development sprint by teams for a share of a €20,000 ($23,700) prize,

    Wind  rechargenews.com 26 Nov 2017 Darius Snieckus in London

    Senvion: 10MW+ model 'ready for early 2020s'

    Senvion will launch its 10MW-plus turbine in the early 2020s, in time to be used in offshore wind projects from upcoming tendering rounds in Germany, Taiwan and the US, the OEM’s vice president for offshore, Cornelus Drücker, told Recharge. “The development of the new turbine is moving well ahead,” Drücker said in an interview. “We can meet the customer milestones, which is important, because ev

    Wind  rechargenews.com 26 Nov 2017 Bernd Radowitz in Berlin

    North Sea high on EU power-link menu

    The European Commission (EC) pledged to advance plans for integrated offshore wind in the North Sea, among a plethora of projects deemed priorities for the EU’s push for energy union. The EC’s latest statement on strengthening the bloc’s energy networks says enhanced interconnection of offshore wind in Northern Europe will move ahead in 2018 with the planned adoption of a “North Sea infrastructur

    Wind  rechargenews.com 26 Nov 2017 Andrew Lee

    Australian 6GW wind-solar megaproject aims to power Indonesia

    A group of global renewable energy players including developers WP Energy Asia, InterContinental Energy and OEM Vestas plans to build a 6GW hybrid wind and solar plant in Western Australia that would feed power via a long-distance subsea trunkline to Indonesia. The Asian Renewable Energy Hub (AREH) project, three years in development, aims to provide cost-competitive electricity to meet the South

    Transition  rechargenews.com 26 Nov 2017 Darius Snieckus in Amsterdam

    Alarm bells ring over UK clean-energy support lockdown

    Alarm bells are ringing in the UK renewable energy industry after the country’s government signalled there will be no new money for projects until 2025, with most sectors in the deep freeze as far as taxpayer support is concerned. While Britain will honour all its existing commitments – including the £557m ($741m) earmarked for a contract-for-difference (CfD) support auction in 2019 – finance min

    Wind  rechargenews.com 26 Nov 2017 Andrew Lee

    Dutch consider sale of offshore wind concessions from 2018

    In the next step beyond zero-subsidy bidding, the Dutch government is considering allowing interested companies to buy concessions for offshore wind acreage from next year onwards, Recharge has learned. The Hague is “considering amending the legislation to allow [a bidder] not only to bid on a particular tender and then apply for subsidy, but actually rather pay for the concession,” a Netherlands

    Wind  rechargenews.com 26 Nov 2017 Bernd Radowitz

    Vestas to repower wind project high in Austrian Alps

    Danish wind turbine manufacturer Vestas will provide nine of its V112-3.45MW turbines to repower the Tauernwindpark, operating at 1,900 metres above sea level in the Niedere Tauern mountain massif in the Austrian Alps. "This project proves Vestas' capability to develop site-specific solutions for all wind sites. With the solution for Tauernwindpark, our highly valued long-term customer ImWind get

    Wind  rechargenews.com 26 Nov 2017 Bernd Radowitz in Berlin

    US offshore wind supply chain 'coming soon': Orsted

    The US may draw significant offshore wind supply-chain investment sooner than many in the industry expect, says Thomas Brostrøm, Orsted’s president for North America. “I think everybody recognises that as a supplier, getting in first is probably a good thing – that’s what people are looking at right now,” Brostrøm tells Recharge. “With New York and Massachusetts and Maryland and a couple of othe

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

    Wind hits 10% supply milestone in Brazil

    ANALYSIS | Brazil's turbine fleet has established itself as a crucial part of the nation's supply mix, even outside the windy season, writes Alexandre Spatuzza

    Wind  rechargenews.com 26 Nov 2017 Alexandre Spatuzza in Sao Paulo

    India details giant tender plans in race to 'conservative' 175GW

    India set out plans for annual wind and solar tendering of 10GW and 30GW respectively for the next two financial years as it races to the finishing line of its 175GW 2022 renewables targets — which it claimed it may well end up beating. Power and renewables minister Raj Kumar Singh laid out the timetable as part of a detailed roadmap towards meeting the 175GW goal, which is dominated by plans for

    Wind  rechargenews.com 26 Nov 2017 Andrew Lee

    Argentine wind and solar projects come in around $48/MWh

    Argentina received firm bids averaging $47.64/MWh for wind projects and $48.67/MWh for solar PV projects in Round 2.0 of its RenovAr renewable energy tendering programme. The prices were around 17% below the average price registered at 2016's Round 1.5 tender and the cap prices set for this round, which were close to last year’s average. Wind power was more competitive than PV, with lowest price

    Transition  rechargenews.com 24 Nov 2017 Alexandre Spatuzza in Sao Paulo

    EU Commission backs 30% 2030 renewables goal as costs fall

    The European Commission has decided to put an improved 30% 2030 renewables target up for debate in the EU parliament, following a rethink prompted by the recent rapid fall in renewable energy prices. Maros Sefcovic, the European commissioner for energy union, says that the EC’s initial proposal of an “at least 27%” renewables target has now been increased to 30% following an update to its long-te

    Transition  rechargenews.com 23 Nov 2017 Christopher Hopson in London

    Actis secures finance for 337MW of Mexican solar

    British investment fund Actis has secured $300m in project financing for two solar PV projects in Mexico with a combined capacity of 337MW. The fund’s local investment vehicle, Zuma Energía, signed 15-year, US dollar indexed PPAs for the two projects following the country’ second clean-energy tender last year. The projects’ financing was signed with local Mexican and regional development banks B

    Transition  rechargenews.com 23 Nov 2017 Alexandre Spatuzza in Sao Paulo

    Statoil hails delivery wins as Dudgeon gets official switch-on

    Norway’s Statoil hailed its Dudgeon offshore wind farm as a beacon for the industry in the key areas of cost-reduction, delivery and safety as it officially inaugurated the 402MW project off eastern England. Dudgeon – which uses 67, 6MW Siemens Gamesa turbines – began operations in September, ahead of schedule and at a construction cost 15% below the £1.5bn ($2bn) foreseen when the final investme

    Wind  rechargenews.com 23 Nov 2017 Andrew Lee in Great Yarmouth

    Nordex extends sound reduction concept to existing turbines

    The Nordex Group is widening the availability of its sound-reduction technology to turbines from its 2MW Generation Gamma of the Nordex brand, as well as existing Generation Delta machines as a retrofit option to offer solutions for noise-sensitive sites while increasing turbine output. The OEM’s “Xtended Power Sound Concept” package that now also will cover the N100/2500 and N117/2400 machines c

    Wind  rechargenews.com 23 Nov 2017 Bernd Radowitz in Berlin

    Tesla completes mega-battery at Australian wind farm

    Tesla has finished installing what’s being billed as the world’s largest lithium-ion battery, a 100MW/129MWh storage system linked to a wind farm in the state of South Australia. The battery will be energised in the next few days as it enters a testing phase, said a statement from the South Australian government. Rush to join Tesla in S. Australia renewable storage scheme The US battery and e

    Transition  rechargenews.com 23 Nov 2017 Andrew Lee

    Solar on top as Mexico confirms record-low prices in third tender

    Mexico on Wednesday confirmed Enel, Engie and Canadian Solar as the largest winners of the country’s third clean-energy tender, which alongside the other winners will build 2.1GW of new solar and wind capacity by 2020 after a process that saw 50% more PV contracted than wind. Earlier this week, power regulator Cenace announced record-low prices for wind and PV, reaching as low as $17.70/MWh

    Transition  rechargenews.com 22 Nov 2017 Alexandre Spatuzza in Sao Paulo

    New England coal plant bought for conversion to offshore wind hub

    Commercial Development Company Inc. (CDC), a brownfield real estate developer with a history of acquiring and redeveloping retired US coal plants, has struck a deal to buy the shuttered 1.5GW Brayton Point plant in southern Massachusetts – with an eye towards transforming the site into an offshore wind hub. CDC, a privately owned company based in St. Louis, Missouri, announced a deal this week to

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

    EnBW set up Dutch unit to take part in Hollandse Kust offshore tender

    EnBW has set up a subsidiary in the Netherlands geared at the participation in the tendering process for the Hollandse Kust South offshore zone, but it is yet unclear whether that means the German utility will actually bid in the country’s zero subsidy auction in December. An EnBW press official in Germany confirmed the foundation of the Dutch subsidiary with the name EnBW Wind op Zee (in English

    Wind  rechargenews.com 22 Nov 2017 Bernd Radowitz in Berlin

    Chile on track to meet renewables target years ahead of schedule

    Chile is on track to reach its 20% renewables target several years early, with its rapid renewables build-out and high capacity factors quickly replacing thermal generation. In September, Chile’s non-large hydro renewable energy generation – led by wind and solar – reached 19% of total generation, power regulator CNE said it its latest report. In October, renewables accounted for just over 20%, s

    Transition  rechargenews.com 22 Nov 2017 Alexandre Spatuzza in Sao Paulo

    Atlantis inks key deal for 160MW UK tidal power project

    Heads of terms agreement advances Wyre barrage development that could flow some 300GWh/yr onto UK grid

    Transition  rechargenews.com 22 Nov 2017 Darius Snieckus in London

    French wind sector demands visibility and ambitious time-table for offshore

    Reacting to small steps announced by the government in the run-up to a tender for the Oléron bottom-fixed offshore zone and floating sites off Brittany and the Mediterranean Sea, the wind sector has demanded more visibility and an ambitious time-table for the roll-out of offshore wind in France. French prime minister Édouard Philippe at a maritime conference in the Atlantic port of Le Havre said

    Wind  rechargenews.com 22 Nov 2017 Bernd Radowitz in Berlin

    MAKE raises wind forecast on offshore upgrade

    Consultancy MAKE has slightly raised its ten-year global wind forecast due to a combination of innovation and industry cost-cutting measures which have had a positive impact on the offshore wind sector. MAKE in its Global Wind Power Market Outlook Update for the fourth quarter of 2017 says as traditional global onshore markets are challenged by policy transitions and saturation of developable res

    Wind  rechargenews.com 22 Nov 2017 Christopher Hopson in London

    Xcel Energy amends New Mexico 522MW project application

    A subsidiary of Xcel Energy has submitted an amended application for its high-profile 522MW Sagamore wind project in eastern New Mexico, after facing initial resistance from Public Regulation Commission (PRC) staff and avian conservationists. Sagamore is a key piece of the company's 1.23GW Texas-New Mexico wind development initiative through 2020. PRC staff questioned the extent the project woul

    Wind  rechargenews.com 21 Nov 2017 Richard A. Kessler in Fort Worth

    Long-time EDPR North America CEO Alonso steps down

    Gabriel Alonso, the long-time chief executive of EDP Renewables North America, and among the highest profile US wind executives, will leave the company and be replaced by Miguel Ángel Prado, who previously oversaw M&A activity at Portuguese parent EDP Renováveis (EDPR). Alonso had led Houston-based EDP Renewables North America since its formation, following parent EDPR’s 2007 acquisition of Horiz

    Wind  rechargenews.com 21 Nov 2017 Karl-Erik Stromsta in New York

    Clean Line takes legal appeal to Missouri Supreme Court

    Clean Line Energy Partners has asked the Missouri Supreme Court to rule on its stalled $2.3bn Grain Belt Express project, the latest twist in the long-haul wind transmission developer’s legal strategy to overcome opposition in the state. In September, Houston-based Clean Line retained former Missouri Governor Jay Nixon to help prepare a legal appeal after the Missouri Public Service Commission (P

    Wind  rechargenews.com 21 Nov 2017 Richard A. Kessler in Fort Worth

    Energy storage market on verge of next boom: BNEF

    The global energy storage market will grow exponentially over next decade, with investment of some $103bn underpinning an installed worldwide capacity expected to mushroom to over 125GW by 2030, according to the latest calculus from Bloomberg New Energy Finance (BNEF). The spending spree, forecast to be “spread equally” across the Americas, Asia Pacific and Europe, Middle East and Africa regions,

    Transition  rechargenews.com 21 Nov 2017 Darius Snieckus in London

    Wind choosing remote sensors over met towers: Vaisala

    Remote sensing devices are supplanting traditional meteorological (met) towers across much of the global wind industry, but these more-efficient technologies face “ongoing reluctance” from financiers, according to a new report. Many of the world’s top wind operators have quietly taken to using portable, ground-based Sonic Detection and Ranging (SoDAR) and Light Detection and Ranging (LiDAR) syste

    Wind  rechargenews.com 21 Nov 2017 Karl-Erik Stromsta in New York

    Sweden proposes new financial targets for Vattenfall

    Vattenfall’s owner, the Swedish state, has proposed new financial targets for the utility including a slightly lower profitability target, which are to be decided at an extraordinary general meeting on 12 December. They will replace previous targets set in November 2012. “The energy sector transformation has continued since 2012, whilst electricity prices have remained at historically low levels

    Transition  rechargenews.com 21 Nov 2017 Bernd Radowitz in Berlin

    Safety first at Wikinger as teams get set for Baltic Sea duties

    DISPATCHES | Working on offshore wind projects in challenging seas like the Baltic brings intrinsic dangers, so Wikinger operator Iberdrola wants to be ready for anything, as Anamaria Deduleasa discovered

    Wind  rechargenews.com 21 Nov 2017 Anamaria Deduleasa in Binz

    Enel shifts 2020 growth focus to Europe and North America

    Italian energy giant Enel will shift its growth focus to mature markets in Europe and North America – and away from South America – under an updated strategy based around decarbonisation, digitalisation renewables expansion and a ground-breaking new “e-solutions” business called “Enel X”. The utility’s 2018-20 strategy, unveiled on Tuesday, is expected to add an extra €1.9bn to profits before int

    Transition  rechargenews.com 21 Nov 2017 Andrew Lee and Leigh Collins

    RE100 targets big business supply chains with new report

    Corporate renewable energy (CRE) body RE100 is taking aim at a sharp reduction in the 75% of climate-changing emissions currently being pumped out by supply chains around the world, with a new report looking at how technology firm Apple, telecoms provider BT and homewares giant Ikea are bringing their subcontractors round to 100% clean-energy targets. The report – Going Beyond – makes the case, b

    Transition  rechargenews.com 20 Nov 2017 Darius Snieckus in London

    'Cutting carbon gives suppliers a competitive edge with Apple'

    OPINION | With around a quarter of global emissions traceable to manufacturers’ supply chains, this is where the next strides will be taken in the fast-accelerating corporate renewable energy movement, writes Sam Kimmins

    Transition  rechargenews.com 20 Nov 2017 Sam Kimmins

    BiFab reprieve as offshore wind players and ministers step in

    An agreement has been reached lifting the immediate threat of administration hanging over troubled offshore wind supplier Burntisland Fabrications (BiFab), the Scottish government has said. A financial package has been provided by Dutch-owned contractor Seaway Heavy Lifting, developer SSE, and partners to complete the contract for the 588MW Beatrice wind farm in the outer Moray Firth off eastern

    Wind  rechargenews.com 20 Nov 2017 Christopher Hopson in London

    Rogue US can't derail Bonn agenda as leaders keep the faith

    ANALYSIS | The US was a marginal presence at a COP23 summit that kept the wind in the sails of global climate action, writes Jeremy Leggett

    Transition  rechargenews.com 20 Nov 2017 Jeremy Leggett

    German coalition talks collapse dents Energiewende hopes

    The collapse of preliminary talks over a new conservative-liberal-green coalition led by Chancellor Angela Merkel diminishes the chances for a faster Energiewende – the transition from nuclear and fossil fuels to renewables in Germany. Negotiations broke down when the pro-business Free Democrats (FDP) walked out of the talks last night, claiming a lack of trust and of a common plan to modernise G

    Transition  rechargenews.com 20 Nov 2017 Bernd Radowitz in Berlin

    Legal & General flags offshore wind appetite after Walney foray

    UK insurance giant Legal & General said it has a “strong appetite” for future offshore wind investments after announcing its first foray into the sector. Legal & General provided almost £300m ($397m) of long-term acquisition debt to support the £2bn purchase of 50% of the Walney Extension wind farm by PKA and PFA, two Danish pension funds. Orsted divests half of the 659MW Walney Extension wind

    Wind  rechargenews.com 20 Nov 2017 Andrew Lee

    House passes tax bill that would crush the US wind market

    The US House of Representatives passed its gargantuan tax-cut bill on Thursday without changing any of the provisions that would undermine the wind production tax credit (PTC), leaving the Senate as the industry’s last chance of avoiding a dramatic near-term contraction. The American wind industry was stunned by the introduction two weeks ago of the House’s tax bill, which includes several major

    Wind  rechargenews.com 17 Nov 2017 Karl-Erik Stromsta in New York

    Renewables aim to be rock of stability amid LatAm turbulence

    IN DEPTH | Presidents across the region seem set to lose office in upcoming elections, but what will this mean for their nations’ energy policies? asks Alexandre Spatuzza

    Transition  rechargenews.com 17 Nov 2017 Alexandre Spatuzza in Sao Paulo

    Norway's central bank says ditch fossil stocks from $1tn 'oil fund'

    Norway’s central bank (Norges Bank) in a letter to the finance ministry has recommended the removal of oil and gas stocks from the benchmark index of the country’s $1 trillion Government Pension Fund Global (GPFG) – the world’s biggest sovereign wealth fund, also called the 'oil fund'. In the bank’s view, this will make the government’s wealth less vulnerable to a permanent drop in oil and gas pr

    Transition  rechargenews.com 17 Nov 2017 Bernd Radowitz in Berlin

    OO-Star WF floating wind concept advances with tank tests

    Offshore engineering outfit Dr Techn Olav Olsen's OO-Star WF floating wind concept has taken a leap toward commercialisation, with milestone tank trials now being completed at a research centre in Trondheim, Norway. The programme at Sintef Ocean, which included a battery of tests on a 1:36-scale model in a range of simulated environments from “benign” Mediterranean to "very harsh Atlantic Sea", i

    Wind  rechargenews.com 17 Nov 2017 Darius Snieckus in London

    Chinese giant CCCC hunts wind OEM to fuel offshore ambitions

    China’s largest infrastructure builder is actively seeking to buy or invest in a turbine OEM – either domestic or foreign – as part of a corporate strategy to strengthen its position in the offshore wind market, Recharge has learned. China Communications Construction Company (CCCC) “is determined to make further inroads in offshore”, said a source in a company with direct knowledge of the strateg

    Wind  rechargenews.com 17 Nov 2017 Yuki Yu in Beijing

    US blade maker TPI Composites to open technology centre in Denmark

    TPI Composites, the US-based maker of wind blades, will establish an advanced technology centre in Kolding, Denmark, putting it directly under the nose of rival LM Wind Power. LM Wind, which was recently acquired by General Electric, is headquartered in Kolding, a seaport in southern Denmark. TPI's new technology centre will put it in closer contact with many of the world’s most important wind m

    Wind  rechargenews.com 16 Nov 2017 Karl-Erik Stromsta in New York

    Orsted to join green bond era

    Offshore wind pacesetter Orsted is to issue its first green bonds. The Danish group said it plans to issue two “benchmark-sized” green bonds – one of them a hybrid capital security maturing in 3017. The company, until recently known as Dong Energy, said the impetus behind the issue is to extend the duration of its senior debt maturity profile and refinance an existing €500m ($589m) hybrid capita

    Transition  rechargenews.com 16 Nov 2017 Andrew Lee


    UK and Canada lead coal phase-out alliance at COP23

    The UK and Canada hope to build momentum behind a global alliance to scrap coal power, after launching the initiative with 20 members at the COP23 climate talks in Bonn. Signatories to Powering Past Coal Alliance agree to set an agenda to end unabated coal generation through measures such as setting phase-out targets and ending capacity investments – including any made abroad. They argue that me

    Transition  rechargenews.com 16 Nov 2017 Andrew Lee in London

    Enel on pole as Mexican auction shows 39% price fall

    Mexico’s third clean-energy auction saw its average headline price fall 39% on last year's tender to $20.57/MWh after bidding dominated by large global players such as Enel, Engie and Canadian Solar, according to preliminary government results. Solar edged out wind as the dominant renewable generator in the auction, in which bidders competed for 15-year US dollar-denominated PPAs and 20-year trad

    Wind  rechargenews.com 16 Nov 2017 Andrew Lee

    Vestas signs 300MW conditional deal in North America

    Danish wind turbine manufacturer Vestas has signed a conditional agreement for the supply of wind turbines for a 300MW project in North America. The company didn’t provide further details, and said it will make an announcement once the project translates into a firm and unconditional order. US sees record 29.6GW of new wind project activity, AWEA reports The large, albeit conditional, order com

    Wind  rechargenews.com 16 Nov 2017 Bernd Radowitz in Berlin

    More than 200 US wind executives urge Congress to preserve PTC phase-down

    Executives from more than 200 companies across the US wind supply chain delivered a letter to political leaders this week, asking them to “keep their promise” by not changing the scheduled phase-down of the production tax credit (PTC) or its rules for qualification. The letter (PDF here) is signed by a who’s-who of the American wind sector, including leaders from project developers like Avangrid

    Wind  rechargenews.com 15 Nov 2017 Karl-Erik Stromsta in New York

    PTC likely to be left intact, predicts Algonquin Power CEO

    Algonquin Power & Utilities sees little threat from the current drama surrounding the US wind production tax credit (PTC) to its plan to build 800MW of wind in Missouri over the next few years, with chief executive Ian Robertson saying Congress will likely leave the PTC untouched. Canada’s Algonquin, a growing player in the international renewables sector, announced plans earlier this month to sh

    Wind  rechargenews.com 15 Nov 2017 Karl-Erik Stromsta in New York

    Storage not ready for major offshore wind role: industry execs

    Storage is likely to play a far lesser role in offshore wind than in other renewable energy sectors as technology struggles to deal with the huge levels of power generated by turbines at sea, according to senior executives at a major developer and OEM. E.ON Climate and Renewables chief operating officer Sven Utermohlen and Thomas Karst, chief sales officer at MHI Vestas, told an industry conferen

    Wind  rechargenews.com 15 Nov 2017 Andrew Lee

    BMW 2020 renewables drive as German giants back transition

    BMW Group at the COP23 UN climate conference in Bonn pledged to exclusively use renewable electricity from 2020 onwards, in order to move closer to a CO2-free production footprint. The carmaker’s pledge comes just days after the Foundation 2° group of 52 major German businesses – including Siemens, EnBW and E.ON – urged parties in talks for a new conservative-liberal-Green coalition government in

    Transition  rechargenews.com 15 Nov 2017 Bernd Radowitz in Berlin

    Food giant Kellogg's joins all-renewable pledge list

    Food giant Kellogg’s has pledged to reform its energy usage by sourcing 100% of its electricity needs from renewables by 2050. The company has joined forces with the global industry platform RE100 – a collective of businesses working to significantly increase the demand and delivery of renewable energy worldwide – as part of its commitment. Kellogg’s UK headquarters in Manchester was the first o

    Transition  rechargenews.com 15 Nov 2017 Christopher Hopson in London

    UK & Germany to hit 50% renewable power in mid-2020s: BNEF

    The UK and Germany will need more flexible backup capacity as more than half of their electricity generation will come from renewables in the 2020s, a study by Bloomberg New Energy Finance (BNEF) released during the COP 23 climate conference in Bonn states. The rapid growth in variable renewables will lead to much greater volatility in the power system, challenging inflexible ‘baseload’ generator

    Transition  rechargenews.com 15 Nov 2017 Bernd Radowitz in Berlin

    'Onshore turbines will hit their limits within ten years'

    OPINION | Attempts to take onshore machines beyond the 5MW mark are likely to face some insurmountable hurdles, writes Philip Totaro

    Wind  rechargenews.com 15 Nov 2017 Philip Totaro

    Goldwind enters 4MW battle with GW4S for global markets

    Chinese wind OEM Goldwind has unveiled a 4MW turbine as its continues its push into international markets. The manufacturer – China’s largest supplier to the domestic wind sector – said the 4MW and 4.2MW-rated GW4S machine builds on its existing 3S platform, and uses the company’s favoured permanent magnet direct-drive technology. The turbine is targeting wind class IIA conditions with rotor dia

    Wind  rechargenews.com 15 Nov 2017 Andrew Lee in London

    Brazil sets higher price caps for December tenders amid economic volatility

    Brazil’s power regulator, Aneel, approved the rules for the A-4 and A-6 tenders to be held on 18 and 20 December, and set price caps of R$276 per MWh ($84.29) for wind and R$329/MWh for solar. The price caps are the highest in Latin America in dollar terms in spite of Brazil’s nine-year track record in renewables tenders, in part reflecting the country’s current economic and political turmoil.

    Wind  rechargenews.com 14 Nov 2017 Alexandre Spatuzza in Sao Paulo

    Wind on track to be number-one European power source: IEA

    Wind energy is set to become the leading source of electricity generation in Europe soon after 2030, according to the International Energy Agency’s (IEA’s) World Energy Outlook 2017 (WEO2017). The Paris-based agency predicts continued strong growth in both onshore and offshore wind, and sees renewables as a whole accounting for 80% of new power generation capacity in Europe between now and 2040.

    Transition  rechargenews.com 14 Nov 2017 Christopher Hopson in London

    Orsted survey shows global support for 'black to green' switch

    A new global survey of over 26,400 people carried out for Denmark’s Orsted has found the overwhelming majority of those questioned support a switch away from fossil fuels to a future powered by renewable energy. The largest-ever survey conducted into people’s attitudes towards renewables, carried out by Edelman Intelligence, found that 82% of those interviewed across 13 countries favoured a world

    Transition  rechargenews.com 14 Nov 2017 Christopher Hopson in London