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  • Weak policy signals cloud post-2020 road ahead for EU wind

    IN DEPTH | Wind is set to become the cheapest source of power in Europe and could meet 30% of demand by 2030 — yet question marks hang over the sector’s post-2020 prospects, writes Darius Snieckus

    Wind  rechargenews.com 04 Nov 2017 Darius Snieckus in London

    A new lease of life for the Spanish wind industry

    IN DEPTH | The once-thriving Spanish wind sector had been given up for dead, but this year’s tenders, plus a surge in life-extension projects, could lead to a new ‘golden period’, writes Christopher Hopson in Madrid

    Wind  rechargenews.com 04 Nov 2017 Christopher Hopson in Madrid

    Wind sector hopes for smooth energy path amid Brexit turmoil

    IN DEPTH | With less than 18 months to go until the UK is set to leave the EU, Christopher Hopson asks how Britain’s departure will affect domestic and European energy markets

    Wind  rechargenews.com 04 Nov 2017 Christopher Hopson in London

    Can anyone still doubt the fossil-fuel industry has had its day?

    OPINION | From China to Saudi Arabia the writing is on the wall for an oil industry in retreat, writes Jeremy Leggett

    Transition  rechargenews.com 04 Nov 2017 Jeremy Leggett

    US wind sector stung by tax bill’s elimination of safe-harbor option

    The US wind market and global supply chain were reeling Friday after Republicans in the House of Representatives unexpectedly proposed major changes to the production tax credit (PTC), sending shares of wind companies down – and leading analysts to dramatically rethink their projections for the market. Although the wind industry has spent the past year expressing confidence about the fate of the

    Wind  rechargenews.com 03 Nov 2017 Karl-Erik Stromsta in New York

    'Only a fiercely competitive market could halve prices'

    FACE TO FACE | Jens Tommerup, CEO of offshore wind turbine manufacturer MHI Vestas, shared his views on the current status of the sector with Andrew Lee

    Wind  rechargenews.com 03 Nov 2017 Andrew Lee

    Natural disasters and insurance: a perfect storm for renewables

    OPINION | A flurry of 'Nat Cat' events is likely to unmask some hitherto hidden realities in the renewable energy insurance market, writes Fraser McLachlan

    Transition  rechargenews.com 03 Nov 2017 Fraser McLachlan

    Enel to advance 242MW of Chilean renewables after tender win

    Italian energy group Enel said it was the biggest winner in Chile’s latest power tender, securing deals for 1.18TWh that will allow it to advance 242MW of new renewables. Local unit Enel Generación Chile won 54% of the 2.2TWh procured through the tender, which relates to regulated-market supply in the 2024-43 timeframe. Shrunken Chile power tender attracts 24 bidders The tender success paves

    Wind  rechargenews.com 03 Nov 2017 Andrew Lee

    China's subsidy-free wind: bold step or flawed experiment?

    IN DEPTH | A first 700MW of wind capacity to sell power at parity with coal will speed up Beijing's push to end subsidies, but the pilot scheme's wider value is open to question, writes Yuki Yu

    Wind  rechargenews.com 03 Nov 2017 Yuki Yu in Beijing

    LM big blades head for 396MW Merkur offshore wind farm

    The first LM Wind Power 73.5 P turbine blade has successfully arrived at Castellón Port in eastern Spain, where it will make its way to the 396MW Merkur offshore wind farm in the German North Sea. The 73.5-metre blades, the largest ever produced and transported through Spain, are to be flown by GE Haliade 150-6MW turbines at the offshore project, being developed by a consortium made up of Partner

    Wind  rechargenews.com 03 Nov 2017 Anamaria Deduleasa

    China's Shenhua takes Greek wind stake in $3.5bn green push

    State-controlled power group Shenhua has made the first wind investment by a Chinese company in Greece as part of a planned €3bn ($3.5bn) programme – and ahead of a mega-merger that will see it become part of the world’s biggest power group. Shenhua bought a 75% stake in four wind projects developed by Copelouzos, a Greek infrastructure group that says it has a 3GW pipeline in the country. The c

    Wind  rechargenews.com 03 Nov 2017 Andrew Lee

    GeoSea in line for Triton Knoll turbine installation

    Germany’s Innogy have selected GeoSea as its preferred supplier for the transportation and installation of the record-sized MHI Vestas 9.5MW turbines for the 860MW Triton Knoll wind farm project off eastern England. Triton Knoll will be one of the first offshore projects in the world to install and operate the MHI Vestas’ V164-9.5MW machines. GeoSea is due to start the work in the first quarter

    Wind  rechargenews.com 03 Nov 2017 Christopher Hopson in London

    Tri Global Energy runaway Texas leader in project construction

    Dallas-based Tri Global Energy is the runaway leader in wind power capacity under construction in Texas, with no less than 17 projects totaling 3.464GW, or nearly 67% of sector activity in the biggest US wind state. Located in the blustery northern Panhandle, adjacent South Plains region and West Texas, they vary from 80MW to the massive 478MW Hale facility north of Lubbock. Tri Global is develo

    Wind  rechargenews.com 03 Nov 2017 Richard A. Kessler in Fort Worth

    India's ReNew still eyeing an IPO as foreign markets call

    Indian renewables developer ReNew Power is still leaning towards an initial public offering as it thinks about pushing beyond its domestic market, says chief executive Sumant Sinha. Founded in 2011 – and commissioning its first project a year later – ReNew has grown rapidly to become one of India’s biggest renewables operators, due in no small part to Sinha’s ability to raise capital from big-nam

    Wind  rechargenews.com 02 Nov 2017 Karl-Erik Stromsta in New York

    House bill slashes PTC value, threatens $50bn investment

    Majority Republicans in the House of Representatives on Thursday unveiled a bill to rewrite the federal tax code containing language that could threaten $50bn in planned wind energy investment by changing eligibility criteria and value of the production tax credit (PTC), the industry's main fiscal incentive. The bill retains the scheduled phase-out of the PTC on an 80%-60%-40% schedule in 2017-19

    Wind  rechargenews.com 02 Nov 2017 Richard Kessler and Karl-Erik Stromsta

    NRG Energy sees renewables asset sales this quarter

    Chief executive Mauricio Gutierrez says NRG Energy’s plan to divest up to $4bn worth of assets including its renewables business is “on track” and he anticipates the nation’s largest power generator will announce “significant transactions” this quarter. “We are pleased with the level of interest that our high quality and unique assets and businesses have created from perspective buyers,” he sai

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

    Key states see up to 8GW of wind off US Northeast by 2030

    The US Northeast has the potential for up to 8GW of offshore wind by 2030, according to one of three studies released by the trio of states leading the sector’s development off the Atlantic coast. The 8GW capacity – which would power about four million homes – is the high end of a market study produced for key agencies in New York, Massachusetts and Rhode Island, with 4GW seen even under a low re

    Wind  rechargenews.com 02 Nov 2017 Andrew Lee

    Public support for renewables in UK continues to grow

    A new survey published by UK’s Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy has revealed that public support for renewable energy continues to grow. The government’s Energy and Climate Change Public Attitudes Tracker showed that 82% of respondents have expressed support for renewable energy technologies, compared to 77% in the previous survey that took place in May. Only 3% of the pub

    Wind  rechargenews.com 02 Nov 2017 Anamaria Deduleasa

    'Floating wind will be cheaper than bottom-fixed: wait and see'

    OPINION | Floating wind may be behind fixed-bottom offshore's cost curve now, but that will change, writes Trond Landbo

    Wind  rechargenews.com 02 Nov 2017 Trond Landbo

    Floating wind JIP to scope for turbines up to 15MW

    The UK’s Carbon Trust has launched a tender for input into a key element of the floating wind power Joint Industry Project (JIP) it is running – the impact of future turbines as large as 15MW on floating deployment. The Floating Wind JIP – launched in conjunction with industry heavyweights such as Orsted, Vattenfall, E.ON and Statoil – aims to help overcome the challenges to large-scale commercia

    Wind  rechargenews.com 02 Nov 2017 Andrew Lee

    ‘Floating wind is quickly becoming a bankable technology’

    FACE TO FACE | Rhodri James, manager at UK low-carbon business development body the Carbon Trust

    Wind  rechargenews.com 02 Nov 2017 Darius Snieckus in London

    China unveils giant jack-up as offshore wind gathers pace

    Chinese offshore engineering giant Shanghai Zhenhua Heavy Industries (ZPMC) has launched what is being billed as the wind industry’s largest self-elevating jack-up vessel, the Longyuan Zhenhua 3, at Nantong seaport in Jiangsu province. The vessel boasts a 2,000-tonne lifting capacity and 120-metre maximum lifting height, and ZPMC said its operating water depth of 50-metres is a new record in Chin

    Wind  rechargenews.com 02 Nov 2017 Yuki Yu in Beijing

    Asia offshore wind surge opens world of opportunities: Norwep

    The Asian offshore wind sector will surge to 11.3GW of installed capacity by 2022 as markets open up beyond Europe for suppliers looking to enter the industry, says a new study released by Norwegian Energy Partners (Norwep). The Asian build-out – up from less than 2GW in place at the end of last year – will be led by China, which will account for almost 70% of the installations, with Taiwan and J

    Wind  rechargenews.com 02 Nov 2017 Andrew Lee

    Canada's Algonquin in Abengoa JV, buys $608m Atlantica stake

    Canada’s Algonquin Power & Utilities (APUC) will form a renewables development partnership with Spain’s Abengoa and buy part of the latter’s share in the Atlantica Yield yieldco, in the ambitious Canadian group’s first foray beyond North America. A new joint venture, Abengoa-Algonquin Global Energy Solutions (AAGES), will look to “identify, develop, and construct clean energy and water infrastruc

    Transition  rechargenews.com 02 Nov 2017 Andrew Lee

    PWEA: Poland to need offshore wind despite nuclear plans

    Poland will need large volumes of offshore wind power despite government plans to build the country’s first nuclear power station, if it wants to wean itself off coal, Janusz Gajowiecki, the president of the Polish wind energy association PWEA told Recharge. Gajowiecki confirmed a report by Radio Poland earlier this week that the ministry of energy in Warsaw had decided to build Poland’s first nu

    Wind  rechargenews.com 02 Nov 2017 Bernd Radowitz in Berlin

    First Lidar deployed as India gets ready for offshore wind

    India moved a step closer to joining the global offshore wind club with the commissioning of the first Lidar system off its shores by the international FOWIND consortium. The Lidar unit, in the Gulf of Khambhat off the coast of Gujarat, will supply data as India’s Ministry of New and Renewable Energy (MNRE) assesses the potential of offshore wind to help meet its ambitious 2022 renewable energy t

    Wind  rechargenews.com 02 Nov 2017 Andrew Lee

    Vattenfall signs Dutch wind power supply deal with Microsoft

    Swedish utility Vattenfall has signed a ten-year agreement to power Microsoft’s international data centre operations in the Netherlands with power from the 295MW Wieringermeer project north of Amsterdam once the repowered wind farm starts producing in 2019. “We are very glad and proud to be able to support Microsoft’s transition towards using fossil-free energy in their data centre operations,” V

    Wind  rechargenews.com 02 Nov 2017 Bernd Radowitz in Berlin

    Saipem to carry out subsea work on Orsted’s 1.2GW Hornsea 1

    Italy’s Saipem has landed a contract to install the substations for Orsted’s 1.2GW Hornsea 1 wind farm off the coast of Yorkshire, eastern England. Orsted, formerly Dong Energy, confirmed to Recharge that Saipem will undertake the offshore substation installation scope, comprising 4 jackets and 4 topsides. The work, which is due to start in the second quarter of 2018, will be carried out using t

    Wind  rechargenews.com 02 Nov 2017 Anamaria Deduleasa

    Missouri utility looks to shut a coal plant and buy 800MW of wind

    Empire District Electric, the Missouri-based regulated utility acquired earlier this year by Canada’s Algonquin Power & Utilities, has confirmed plans to close a coal plant and buy 800MW of wind capacity – telling regulators it’s the only financially sensible thing to do in light of where prices have gone. The plan represents a dramatic pivot for Empire, which as of 2015 had just 255MW of wind on

    Wind  rechargenews.com 01 Nov 2017 Karl-Erik Stromsta in New York

    California's GHG target 'best met' with 30GW of renewables, says SCE

    The easiest and most cost-effective way for California to meet its binding 2030 emissions target would be plugging 30GW of new renewables into its grid while continuing to boost the electrification of the broader economy, utility Southern California Edison has concluded. SCE, which supplies power to 15 million people across the Golden State’s southern region, this week published a white paper ana

    Transition  rechargenews.com 01 Nov 2017 Karl-Erik Stromsta in New York

    Poland plans to build first nuclear power plant, state radio says

    The government in Warsaw has decided to build Poland’s first nuclear power plant with a capacity of 1.2GW, possibly in the Lubiatowo-Kopalino or the Żarnowiec region, state-owned Radio Poland says, citing local media reports. Energy minister Krzysztof Tchorzewski is quoted as saying the construction within ten years of the nuclear plant would cost around PLN24bn ($6.6bn), which he said would be s

    Wind  rechargenews.com 01 Nov 2017 Bernd Radowitz in Berlin

    Offshore wind giant ups guidance in first quarterlies as Orsted

    Orsted – formerly Dong Energy – raised its full-year profit guidance as it unveiled its debut set of financial results under its new name. The Danish group now expects to make underlying operating profit (Ebitda) of DKr19-21bn ($3-3.3bn) for the 2017 full-year, up from its previous expectation of DKr 17-19bn. The upgrade came as Orsted sealed a divestment agreement with two Danish pension groups

    Wind  rechargenews.com 01 Nov 2017 Andrew Lee

    Orsted divests half of the 659MW Walney Extension wind farm

    Orsted, formerly Dong Energy, has sold 50% of its 659MW Walney Extension offshore project in the Irish Sea to a consortium consisting of two leading Danish pension funds, PKA and PFA. Under the £2bn ($2.65bn) deal, each investor will get a 25% ownership interest in the project. “We’re delighted to welcome two Danish pension funds as co-owners of Walney Extension. We already have a strong partner

    Wind  rechargenews.com 01 Nov 2017 Anamaria Deduleasa

    ‘Iran's renewable energy sector set to boom’: BMI

    Iran's renewable energy sector is set to boom in the coming years, particularly driven by large investments from European companies in the era post the 2015 Nuclear Accord, global consultancy BMI said. The growth is due to the government’s plans to establish renewables as a viable alternative to thermal generated power and build clean energy capacity, research suggested. “The gradual attenuation

    Wind  rechargenews.com 01 Nov 2017 Anamaria Deduleasa

    Engie sells UK thermal generation assets in low-carbon shift

    French utility Engie and Japan’s Mitsui signed an agreement to sell 1.84GW in UK fossil-fired generation assets for £205m ($272.6m) to private equity firm Energy Capital Partners, to focus on low-carbon and flexible power generation. MHI Vestas gets preferred supplier nod at 950MW Moray East Engie says the transaction is part of its 2016-18 transformation plan in line with the group’s ambition

    Wind  rechargenews.com 01 Nov 2017 Bernd Radowitz in Berlin

    RE-Source corporate renewables trading platform launched

    Industry advocacy bodies WindEurope and SolarPower Europe (SPE) have banded together with corporate renewable energy (CRE) group RE100 and the World Business Council for Sustainable Development to launch a multi-stakeholder online platform, to support the buying and selling of wind and solar power. The RE-Source platform, born from the inaugural CRE event of the same name held last month in Bruss

    Transition  rechargenews.com 01 Nov 2017 Darius Snieckus in London

    Greencoat buys 96MW UK onshore wind farms from EDF

    Renewable infrastructure investor Greencoat UK Wind has acquired an 80% stake in five wind farms from EDF Energy Renewables. All five wind farms, totalling 96.4MW, are situated within 25 miles of Peterborough, and in total comprise 47 Senvion 2.05MW MM82 turbines. The portfolio will sell power and renewable obligation certificates to, and the turbines will be operated and maintained by, the EDF

    Wind  rechargenews.com 01 Nov 2017 Anamaria Deduleasa

    'Renewable auction pioneer' Brazil joins IEA Association ranks

    Brazil has joined the International Energy Agency (IEA) as an ‘Association’ country, opening the way for the South American nation to work with the global body in areas such as renewables and energy efficiency. The announcement came as Brazilian energy minister Fernando Coelho Filho and IEA director Fatih Birol signed a three-year co-operation deal over key energy issues. A statement said Brazil

    Transition  rechargenews.com 01 Nov 2017 Andrew Lee in London

    New Mexico utility seeks renewables, battery-storage options

    Public Service Company of New Mexico (PNM) is seeking proposals for 456MW of generation capacity with emphasis on renewables and battery-storage options as it moves to end dependence on coal as an energy source. Developers of those and other technologies must submit a notice of intent to bid by 30 November and any firm supply proposals by 30 January 2018. The state’s largest electric utility

    Wind  rechargenews.com 31 Oct 2017 Richard A. Kessler in Fort Worth

    Broadwind Energy swings to loss as tower business weakens

    Broadwind Energy swung to a loss in the third quarter due to “significantly weaker” results in its core structural towers business as wind customers reduced purchases while they drew down component inventories. The company posted a net loss from continuing operations of $2.05m, or 14 cents per share, versus a net profit of $1.2m, or eight cents per share, a year earlier. Third quarter revenue

    Wind  rechargenews.com 31 Oct 2017 Richard A. Kessler in Fort Worth

    Revolution's location gives it the edge, says Deepwater CEO

    Despite the vast amount of onshore renewables bid into Massachusetts’ current 83D clean-energy tender, developer Deepwater Wind believes its 'Revolution' proposal – combining 144MW of offshore wind with a large Tesla battery system – will win an off-take contract in 2018. If Deepwater is right – if Revolution edges out onshore wind, solar and hydro for a contract – it will be a big breakthrough f

    Wind  rechargenews.com 31 Oct 2017 Karl-Erik Stromsta in New York

    Buffett utility unveils 340MW third site for Wind XI project

    MidAmerican Energy, part of billionaire Warren Buffett’s Berkshire Hathaway conglomerate, will build a 340MW wind farm as the third piece of its landmark $3.6bn, 2GW Wind XI project announced last year. The North English facility in Poweshiek County in southeastern Iowa will consist of 170, 2MW Vestas turbines. Construction activity is underway and completion is scheduled for December 2018. Nort

    Wind  rechargenews.com 31 Oct 2017 Richard A. Kessler in Fort Worth

    Most EDPR megawatts now North American as US leads growth

    Portugal-based wind giant EDPR posted improved nine-month sales and profits, as its burgeoning capacity base across the Atlantic outstripped Europe for the first time to make it a predominately North American operator. EDPR by the end of September had 5,060MW under its wing in the US, Canada and Mexico – a grand total of 3MW more than its 5,057MW in Europe. That came after the group added 827MW

    Wind  rechargenews.com 31 Oct 2017 Andrew Lee

    Zen plans 1GW of RE and storage in South Australia

    Clean energy group Zen Energy plans to build 1GW of battery storage and renewables projects in South Australia. The move is part of the company’s strategic plans announced since British billionaire Sanjeev Gupta’s GFG Alliance purchased a controlling share in Zen. Australia signals end to renewables subsidies after 2020 “The assets will support long-term electricity supply contracts with Sout

    Wind  rechargenews.com 31 Oct 2017 Anamaria Deduleasa

    The lurking security threat to wind farms – and how to avoid it

    OPINION | Hackers are well aware of the havoc to be caused by hitting major infrastructure assets such as wind plants, write Vanishree Rao and Vivek Palan

    Transition  rechargenews.com 31 Oct 2017 Vanishree Rao and Vivek Palan

    Statkraft JV culls 370MW of pipeline in 'challenging' Sweden

    A joint venture led by Norway’s Statkraft has dropped plans for 370MW in Sweden, citing “challenging” market conditions there. The seven projects were planned by Statkraft Södra Vindkraft (SSVKAB), the utility’s JV with Södra, an association of Swedish forestry owners. Johan Boström, head of Swedish asset ownership for wind power at Statkraft, told Recharge: “Since around 2010, when the projects

    Wind  rechargenews.com 31 Oct 2017 William Steel in Aarhus

    Orascom-Engie-Toyota to build 250MW wind farm in Egypt

    Egyptian construction company Orascom, France’s Engie and Japanese player Toyota Tsusho Corporation have inked a deal to develop a 250MW wind farm in Egypt. The consortium, which will also build and operate the project, was awarded the contract by the Egyptian Electricity Transmission Company (EETC) under a 20-year power purchase agreement (PPA). The wind farm will be located in the Egypt’s Ras

    Wind  rechargenews.com 31 Oct 2017 Anamaria Deduleasa

    Fortum-Rusnano inks first Vestas order under 1GW Russia plan

    The consortium planning a 1GW wind power build-out in Russia said it has signed the first order with OEM Vestas, which is in line to supply turbines to the projects. The Fortum-Rusnano consortium sealed an agreement for 14 turbines totaling about 50MW with the Danish manufacturer, according to Finnish utility Fortum, which in partnership with local developer Rusnano won the lion’s share of the ca

    Wind  rechargenews.com 31 Oct 2017 Andrew Lee

    Siemens Gamesa scoops 784MW of US wind turbine orders

    Siemens Gamesa has unveiled orders totaling 784MW in the US onshore sector, in a major boost to the newly-merged OEM in one of the world’s key markets. The announcement sent the Spain-based OEM's shares up 4% in mid-morning trading in Madrid. The 310-turbines will be delivered to five projects, the manufacturer said, without giving details of the wind farms, schedules or customers involved. The

    Wind  rechargenews.com 31 Oct 2017 Andrew Lee

    Canada's Innergex to buy rival developer Alterra Power

    Innergex, the Canadian renewables operator that has made plain its intention to push into the US wind market, has offered to buy smaller compatriot Alterra Power in a cash-and-stock deal worth C$1.1bn ($860m). Quebec-based Innergex owns a 1.1GW portfolio of mostly hydro and wind projects, located almost entirely in Canada and France. In contrast, Vancouver-based Alterra has focused heavily on the

    Wind  rechargenews.com 30 Oct 2017 Karl-Erik Stromsta in New York

    Vineyard Wind names Dong veteran Lars Pedersen its new CEO

    Vineyard Wind, the developer that controls one of three prime offshore wind development areas south of Massachusetts, has named Dong veteran Lars Thaaning Pedersen its new chief executive, reflecting its European ownership. Pedersen, currently an executive at Copenhagen Infrastructure Partners and before that an offshore wind leader at Denmark’s Dong Energy (now called Orsted), will relocate to V

    Wind  rechargenews.com 30 Oct 2017 Karl-Erik Stromsta in New York

    Innovation must keep pace with the drive to decarbonise

    OPINION | The appetite for cleaner energy and transformative technologies such as storage is driving innovation to new levels, writes Karl Ove Ingebrigtsen

    Transition  rechargenews.com 30 Oct 2017 Karl Ove Ingebrigtsen

    Renewables and gas on collision course in Canada

    In the US, renewables and natural gas have entered into an uneasy alliance, each benefiting from the other in some sense, for now – and standing firmly side by side against proposals like Energy Secretary Rick Perry’s push to subsidise nuclear and coal-fired power. In Canada, the divorce between gas and renewables is coming much sooner. The release last week of Ontario’s latest long-term energy

    Transition  rechargenews.com 30 Oct 2017 Karl-Erik Stromsta in Montreal

    Nerves grow for Brazil renewables sector still raw from 2016

    DISPATCHES | Wind and solar players want to believe the Brazilian government will restart tenders in December, but not many are yet 100% convinced, writes Alexandre Spatuzza

    Transition  rechargenews.com 30 Oct 2017 Alexandre Spatuzza in Sao Paulo

    CEO Poulsen thinks global as Orsted gets stamp of approval

    Dong Energy will officially transform to Orsted after its shareholders backed a change of name for the global offshore wind pacesetter, which its CEO said is now set for a pivotal role in the global energy transition. Shareholder approval at an extraordinary general meeting means the name Orsted will begin trading on the Copenhagen Stock Exchange on Tuesday (31 October). The name was chosen to h

    Transition  rechargenews.com 30 Oct 2017 Andrew Lee in London

    Danish government approves 1.4GW Viking Link with UK

    The Danish government has formally approved investment in the 1.4GW UK-Denmark Viking Link interconnector, expected to aid pan-European flow of renewable energy in the next decade. The decision provides Danish TSO Energinet.dk with about DKr11bn ($1.7bn) to invest in both onshore and offshore development of the high voltage direct current (HVDC) interconnector, alongside network upgrades over the

    Transition  rechargenews.com 30 Oct 2017 William Steel in Aarhus

    Chinese partner ‘not the worst solution’ for Senvion: CEO

    A Chinese partner “certainly wouldn’t be the worst solution” for Senvion, its chief executive Jürgen Geissinger said in an interview commenting on market rumours of a possible Chinese buyer for the Germany-based wind OEM. “China is the biggest wind market [in the world]. But we are working on being able to continue to exist independently by achieving the utmost in efficiency,” Geissinger told Ger

    Wind  rechargenews.com 30 Oct 2017 Bernd Radowitz in Berlin

    MHI Vestas gets preferred supplier nod at 950MW Moray East

    The 950MW Moray East project in Scotland has named MHI Vestas as preferred supplier, confirming a long-standing expectation that the OEM was in line to equip the wind farm. The Danish-Japanese manufacturer is set to supply 100 of its V164-9.5MW machines – the world’s largest currently being commercially marketed – when it enters service 22km off the coast in the Outer Moray Firth. Moray East, of

    Wind  rechargenews.com 30 Oct 2017 Andrew Lee

    Enercon opens Taiwan office to serve Asia-Pacific ambitions

    German wind OEM Enercon has opened an office in Taiwan that will be its regional base as it looks to expand installations in Asia-Pacific. The onshore wind turbine specialist said the Taipei office will serve the “important” Taiwanese market, and act as its operations hub as it looks at its options in new regional markets. Taiwan – which is increasingly emerging as a key new offshore wind market

    Wind  rechargenews.com 30 Oct 2017 Andrew Lee

    Batteries not ready to supplant peaker plants, Xcel Energy CEO says

    Despite impressive cost declines, grid-scale battery storage is not in a position to replace gas-fired peaking power plants in the US, and may not be for a long time in some places, says Ben Fowke, chief executive of Xcel Energy, the US investor-owned utility. “Right now … batteries in our relatively low-cost jurisdictions don’t compete economically,” Fowke says. “Will they ever be the new peake

    Transition  rechargenews.com 27 Oct 2017 Karl-Erik Stromsta in New York

    NextEra hit by 'worst wind conditions in 30 years' in Q3

    NextEra Energy, whose Energy Resources unit is the dominant US renewables developer and generator, took a hit in the third quarter from what it describes as the worst wind conditions in decades. Energy Resources saw its quarterly net earnings slip to $292m, down 5% from a year ago – despite having added a substantial amount of new capacity over the past year. Based on freshly commissioned renewa

    Wind  rechargenews.com 27 Oct 2017 Karl-Erik Stromsta in New York

    Ignore the hype: utilities need a plan for digital transformation

    OPINION | Discussion about digitalisation has focused on the nirvana at the end of the road, but utilities need some basic advice on how to get there, writes Stuart Ravens

    Transition  rechargenews.com 27 Oct 2017 Stuart Ravens

    Europe's PV sector can awake sleeping giant of solar in Africa

    OPINION | The European solar sector can help Sub-Saharan Africa transform its power systems with cheap, clean PV, write Sonia Dunlop and Bruce Douglas

    Circuit  rechargenews.com 27 Oct 2017 Sonia Dunlop & Bruce Douglas

    French offshore wind finally 'building momentum': BMI

    France’s long-gestating offshore wind sector should soon begin to take shape, boosted by a growing project pipeline and emerging supply chain, according to analyst group BMI Research in its latest sector report. The country’s flagship offshore wind projects – the 498MW Fecamp, 498MW Saint Brieuc, 450MW Courselles-Sur-Mer and 450MW Saint-Nazaire, awarded in tender rounds in 2012 and 2014 – have no

    Wind  rechargenews.com 27 Oct 2017 Darius Snieckus in London

    Belgian 700MW clear to advance after €79/MWh deal

    Belgium opened the way for more than 700MW of offshore wind to advance off its coast after agreeing a sharply-reduced €79/MWh ($91/MWh) support package with developers of the three projects. The country’s energy minister Marie Christine Marghem said the new agreement offers big savings to taxpayers compared to the €138/MWh pledged to earlier offshore wind projects in Belgian waters. A shadow was

    Wind  rechargenews.com 27 Oct 2017 Andrew Lee

    Varvsudden eyes Swedish offshore foundation facility

    A Swedish industrial park hopes to host the country’s first manufacturing facility for offshore wind foundations. Varvsudden Heavy Industry Park of Öresund aims to develop the plant at Landskrona, just north of Malmö on the Öresund coast in southern Sweden, a location it says is ideally placed to serve Baltic Sea and North Sea developments. Varvsudden has contracted fellow Swedish company, Himec

    Wind  rechargenews.com 27 Oct 2017 William Steel

    Cabling and grid issues hit Vattenfall wind profits in Q3

    The wind unit of Vattenfall was hit by “grid outages and cable issues” at some of its offshore operations in the financial third quarter, the Swedish energy group said. The unspecified issues have now been resolved and the causes identified, it said during a presentation of the July-September quarter. 'We don't have all the answers yet – but Vattenfall will be carbon-neutral': CEO Underlying qu

    Wind  rechargenews.com 27 Oct 2017 Andrew Lee

    EDF breaks into Egypt with 100MW PV build

    French power giant EDF Group has entered the Egyptian renewable energy market via a deal to build and operate a pair of 50MW solar plants in the south of the country. The projects, part of the 1.8GW Benban solar complex located in Assouan, will be developed by subsidiary EDF Energies Nouvelles (EDF EN) working with Elsewedy Electric, with construction slated to start in Q1 next year. 'Solar th

    Transition  rechargenews.com 27 Oct 2017 Darius Snieckus in London

    Vestas signs up to corporate renewable energy group RE100

    Danish wind turbine maker Vestas has joined corporate renewable energy group RE100. The OEM, which in line with the RE100 mandate of sourcing 100% from renewables is already clean-energy-powered, said the move was a commitment to minimising the environmental impact of its own operations as its electricity consumption grows. "Vestas is already using 100% renewable electricity across its own opera

    Transition  rechargenews.com 27 Oct 2017 Darius Snieckus in New York

    Goldwind confirms Chinese offshore wind momentum

    Chinese wind group Goldwind confirmed the growing significance of its offshore wind business as its posted sharply higher third-quarter profits. China’s largest wind OEM ended September with orders for 52MW of its 6.45MW and 6.7MW turbines, and unsigned contracts for a further 122.5MW of 6.45MW machines. In a market update released to accompany its July to September financials, Goldwind Internat

    Wind  rechargenews.com 27 Oct 2017 Andrew Lee in London

    Luxembourg-Lithuania pact could herald Estonia offshore deal

    Lithuania under a so-called 'statistical transfer of renewable energy' has agreed to cede a specified amount of output to Luxembourg between 2018 and 2020 to help the fellow EU member state meet its 2020 renewables target, in exchange for a payment of about €10m ($11.7m). The agreement signed in Luxembourg today may become a blueprint for a much larger deal at a later stage related to an also the

    Transition  rechargenews.com 26 Oct 2017 Bernd Radowitz in Berlin

    Brazil clears Renova’s sale of 646MW wind project to Engie

    Brazil’s power regulator Aneel has approved the sale of the 646MW Umburanas wind complex owned by local renewables developer Renova Energia to European utility Engie, Renova said in a statement. The R$15m ($3.97m) transaction, however, has yet to be completed and has some conditions attached, since Renova was seeking to cancel Aneel’s authorisation for part of the complex, Renova Energia said. A

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

    IDB approves $104m for Argentina's 100MW Corti wind farm

    The Inter-American Investment Corporation (IIC) – the corporate finance arm of the Inter-American Development Bank (IDB) – approved a $104m, nine-year loan for the construction of the 100MW Corti wind farm in Argentina. This is the third loan approved by the IIC to an Argentine wind power project this year. In June it approved a $50m loan for the construction of the 99MW Las Castellanas wind farm

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

    Senate will protect PTC amid US tax overhaul: AWEA

    The US House of Representatives may propose undoing key elements of the wind production tax credit (PTC) in the days ahead, warns Tom Kiernan, chief executive of the American Wind Energy Association (AWEA), but the industry can still count on the more pro-wind Senate to act as a firewall. Separately, Kiernan predicts that the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) will say no to Energy Secre

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

    US sees record 29.6GW of new wind project activity, AWEA reports

    The US wind industry saw record 29.6GW under construction or in advanced development in the third quarter of 2017, a 27% increase versus a year earlier, as developers advance 149 projects that qualified last year for the full federal production tax credit (PTC), American Wind Industry Association (AWEA) data released today shows. There was 13.75GW of capacity being built, up 638MW from the secon

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

    Siemens Gamesa wins 281MW wind turbine order in Norway

    Siemens Gamesa has won a contract to provide the 281.4MW Nordlicht project in northern Norway with 67 of its recently-introduced 4.2MW SWT-DD-130 turbines. The project to be commissioned in the summer of 2019 on the Kvitfjell and Raudfjell mountains west of the city of Tromsø is the largest onshore wind project in Europe this year, the German-Spanish OEM says. A service and maintenance agreement

    Wind  rechargenews.com 26 Oct 2017 Bernd Radowitz in Berlin

    Global solar installations set for 100GW in 2017: SPE

    Global solar installations are set to hit 100GW for the first time in 2017, according to latest market analysis by industry body SolarPower Europe (SPE). The European PV group said the world is on course to beat 2016’s 76.6GW of grid-connected additions by more than 30%, an improved outlook on the 80GW of annual additions it forecast in June. 'Solar the star' as renewables add one terawatt by

    Transition  rechargenews.com 26 Oct 2017 Andrew Lee

    GIP to acquire Equis in record $5bn renewable energy deal

    Global Infrastructure Partners (GIP) has agreed the $5bn purchase of Asian independent power producer (IPP) Equis Energy, in the world’s largest renewable energy deal to date. Singapore-based Equis boasts an 11.1GW portfolio of operating and development assets across the Asia-Pacific region, spanning key markets such as India, Japan, Thailand, Indonesia and Australia. Asia leads as world adds re

    Transition  rechargenews.com 26 Oct 2017 Andrew Lee

    New wind giant born as China M&A prepares for post-coal era

    IN DEPTH | Newly-created CEIC will become by far the world's largest wind owner when it unites the assets of Shenhua and Guodian, and more M&A activity could follow, writes Yuki Yu

    Transition  rechargenews.com 26 Oct 2017 Yuki Yu in Beijing

    US bill would extend master limited partnerships to renewables

    US lawmakers have introduced bipartisan legislation to allow wind and other clean energy project investors to form master limited partnerships (MLPs), a business structure available to fossil fuels with tax benefits and access to lower-cost public capital markets. MLPs are taxed as a partnership, but whose ownership interests are traded like securities on a market. By statute, MLPs now apply to i

    Wind  rechargenews.com 25 Oct 2017 Richard A. Kessler in Fort Worth

    Nyserda has 'no plans' to bid in next New York offshore tender

    New York’s energy agency does not intend to bid for future development zones put to tender off the state’s coastline, as it did last time around. “We don’t have any current plans to participate in the next round of lease areas,” Alicia Barton, chief executive of the New York State Energy Research and Development Authority (Nyserda), said this week on the sideline of the AWEA Offshore conference i

    Wind  rechargenews.com 25 Oct 2017 Karl-Erik Stromsta in New York

    Xcel Energy awards 750MW in wind construction contracts

    US electric utility Xcel Energy has awarded contracts to Mortenson Construction and Wanzek Construction to build four wind farms that comprise part of its earlier announced 1.85GW wind power capacity expansion in the Upper Midwest. Minneapolis-based Xcel, which already has more wind power on its system than any US utility, did not release financial details for either transaction. Mortenson will

    Wind  rechargenews.com 25 Oct 2017 Richard A. Kessler in Fort Worth

    Hannibal takes Copenhagen Infrastructure Partners senior post

    Former head of offshore wind at German-Spanish turbine combine Siemens Gamesa Michael Hannibal has joined Danish fund manager Copenhagen Infrastructure Partners (CIP). Hannibal, recently replaced during a senior-level shake-up at the OEM, will take up a partner role leading CIP’s investment activities within the offshore wind business. CIP III nears €2bn as investors sign up for renewables fund

    Wind  rechargenews.com 25 Oct 2017 Darius Snieckus in New York

    Six projects land funding from Foresea ocean energy pot

    Six ocean-energy projects have landed funding from Europe’s €11m ($12.2m) Foresea ( Funding Ocean Renewable Energy through Strategic European Action) technology acceleration programme. Testing of technology being developed by Blackfish, Bombora and Scotrenewables will be carried out at the European Marine Energy Centre (EMEC) in Scotland and by Ideol, Interdrones and Kornwerderz at France’s SEM R

    Wind  rechargenews.com 25 Oct 2017 Darius Snieckus in New York

    New York to become 'global leader' in offshore wind, says lieutenant governor

    New York intends to become the “global leader” in offshore wind during the industry’s next growth phase, the state’s lieutenant governor declared Tuesday at the AWEA Offshore conference in New York City. “We intend to be the preeminent global hub for the next generation of growth in this industry – you heard it here first,” Kathy Hochul, New York’s second-highest ranking state official under Gove

    Wind  rechargenews.com 25 Oct 2017 Karl-Erik Stromsta in New York

    Wind sector issues wake-up call for EU not to waver on 2030 goals

    The wind industry in an open letter signed by 18 of Europe’s largest renewables companies and three wind power associations called upon the Council of the European Union not to waver in its commitment to 2030 energy and climate goals in the context of the European Commission’s Clean Energy Package. A robust and reliable governance framework is central to sustaining the strong wind energy industri

    Wind  rechargenews.com 25 Oct 2017 Bernd Radowitz in Berlin

    Massachusetts likely to up its offshore target: Vineyard CEO

    IN DEPTH | Developer says offshore wind targets in the northeast's pacesetter states are only going one way, writes Karl-Erik Stromsta

    Wind  rechargenews.com 25 Oct 2017 Karl-Erik Stromsta in New Bedford

    Retiring coal plants open door to Great Lakes offshore wind

    IN DEPTH | The first offshore wind project in the Great Lakes could be the start of a significant build-out, writes Bernd Radowitz

    Wind  rechargenews.com 25 Oct 2017 Bernd Radowitz

    Iberdrola RE output down in first nine months on hydro fall

    Electricity output from renewable sources at green energy giant Iberdrola fell by 12.2% to 38,428GWh during the first nine months of 2017, dragged down mostly by a plunge in hydro power production in its Spanish home market. The utility’s world-wide hydro-electric power output fell 30.1% to 12,600GWh compared to the first nine months of 2016, caused by a 57.6% plunge in Spanish hydro output due t

    Wind  rechargenews.com 25 Oct 2017 Bernd Radowitz

    Sunny outlook for offshore wind in California and Hawaii

    IN DEPTH | The US west coast states have big renewable energy ambitions and strong winds offshore, writes Richard A. Kessler

    Wind  rechargenews.com 25 Oct 2017 Richard A. Kessler in Fort Worth

    GE begins work to repower initial 283 turbines at Buffett utility

    GE Renewable Energy has begun work to repower up to 706 older turbines at multiple wind farms in Iowa under a contract awarded in late September by billionaire Warren Buffett’s MidAmerican Energy Company. Initial work centers on three facilities with a combined 283 GE turbines: Century (110), which entered commercial operations between 2005 and 2008; Intrepid (107), in service since 2004, and Vic

    Wind  rechargenews.com 24 Oct 2017 Richard A. Kessler in Fort Worth

    Vestas reports 136MW order in US for two turbine models

    Vestas has received a “firm and unconditional” 136MW order in the US for 47 V110-2MW and V136-3.45MW wind turbines for an undisclosed customer and project. The deal marks the introduction of the V136-3.45 in the US, which the OEM says is especially well-suited for the many mid- and low-wind resource sites across the country. For this project, the V136-3.45 will be rated at 3.6MW in Power Opti

    Wind  rechargenews.com 24 Oct 2017 Richard A. Kessler in Fort Worth

    MHI Vestas to open first US office in 2018

    Offshore wind turbine maker MHI Vestas plans to open its first US office next year and will begin engaging with the American supply chain in a much bigger way. MHI Vestas, owned by Denmark’s Vestas and Japan’s Mitsubishi Heavy Industries, announced plans on Tuesday to invest $35m to begin testing its largest offshore turbine model, the V164-9.5MW, at a South Carolina facility owned by Clemson Uni

    Wind  rechargenews.com 24 Oct 2017 Karl-Erik Stromsta in New York

    Shell-led Borssele 3&4 seals TenneT offshore wind grid link

    The Shell-led Blauwwind consortium has signed the grid-connection agreement with network operator TenneT for the 680MW Borssele 3&4 offshore wind project in Dutch waters. The agreement marks another step forward for Borssele 3&4, which the consortium – also including Van Oord, Eneco and Mitsubishi/DGE – won in 2016 under the Netherlands’ rolling programme of tenders designed to contract 3.5GW for

    Wind  rechargenews.com 24 Oct 2017 Andrew Lee

    Statoil crowns New York offshore project Empire Wind

    Norwegian energy giant Statoil has named the project that will turn a swathe of acreage won last year off New York state into a vast offshore wind plant – Empire Wind. The 79,350-acre site, located off the southern coast of Long Island, has the potential to generate as much as 1GW of power once developed, marking it as key to the state’s plans to transition to clean-energy production. “The name

    Wind  rechargenews.com 24 Oct 2017 Darius Snieckus in New York

    MHI Vestas ties up with Clemson to test V164 for US offshore

    Japanese-Danish offshore wind turbine maker MHI Vestas has tied up with Clemson University in South Carolina to put the OEM’s V164 9.5MW drive-train through its paces in preparation for a coming wave of major projects off the US east coast. The 15MW rig, the larger of two switched on at the university’s 82,000-square-foot Energy Innovation Centre facility in 2013/2014, will run testing and verifi

    Wind  rechargenews.com 24 Oct 2017 Darius Snieckus in New York

    Nordex opens Australia office to meet demand in Victoria

    The Nordex Group has opened a national representative office in Melbourne, Australia, in order to meet growing demand from the state of Victoria that aims to boost the share of renewables to 40% by 2025. The German-Spanish wind OEM currently is installing its second-largest wind farm on the continent, the 132MW Mount Gellibrand project in Colac, some 100km west of Melbourne. The branch office wi

    Wind  rechargenews.com 24 Oct 2017 Bernd Radowitz in Berlin

    UMaine in talks with European investors for first US floating project

    IN DEPTH | Aqua Ventus team claims strong interest from would-be pioneers in US floating wind power

    Wind  rechargenews.com 24 Oct 2017 Karl-Erik Stromsta in New York

    New Bedford: the new home of US offshore wind power?

    IN DEPTH | The fishing town first made famous in Moby Dick is set to reap the rewards of gearing up early to support US offshore wind

    Wind  rechargenews.com 24 Oct 2017 Karl-Erik Stromsta in New Bedford and

    'Offshore wind's potential is now a national story'

    5 MINUTES | With multi-gigawatt offshore wind tenders in the works off the US east coast, Darius Snieckus asks AWEA’s director of offshore wind Nancy Sopko if the future is finally arriving

    Wind  rechargenews.com 24 Oct 2017 Darius Snieckus in New York