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News & in-depth analysis of wind farm and turbine operations & maintenance, including turbine & blade failure, access, monitoring & control systems, health & safety, refitting, repowering, wind monitoring and site security.

First Finnish repowering project complete

First Finnish repowering project complete

FINLAND: Developer OX2 has now handed the 42MW Ajos site on Finland's west coast to owner, furniture-maker Ikea, but will continue to operate it on the retailer's behalf.

SGRE extends Greater Gabbard service contract

SGRE extends Greater Gabbard service contract

UK: Siemens Gamesa Renewable Energy will service SSE and Innogy's 504MW Greater Gabbard project off the east coast of the UK for an additional five years.

Tenders key to renewables growth, says IEA

Tenders key to renewables growth, says IEA

WORLDWIDE: Competitive tenders in renewable energy will drive "almost half" of new capacity between 2017-2022, according to the new medium-term forecast from the International Energy Agency (IEA).

News and Analysis

Wind provides 45% of UK's renewable generation in Q2

UK: The latest figures from the government shows in the second quarter, renewable energy provided 29.8% of the UK's electricity demand.

UMaine floating platform design passes review

UNITED STATES: Regulators have approved the design for the University of Maine's floating offshore wind platform demonstration.

Siemens to partially repower two NextEra projects in Texas

UNITED STATES: Siemens Gamesa Renewable Energy (SGRE) is partially repowering two wind farms in Texas operated by NextEra Energy Resources.

Gamesa turbine catches fire in Japan

JAPAN: A 13-year old Gamesa wind turbine on the southern island of Kyushu has been destroyed by a fire, according to several local TV news stations.

Dutch airports to source 100% electricity from renewables

NETHERLANDS: Four Dutch airports will be completely green from 1 January next year, airport operator Royal Schiphol Group announced.

In depth

Keeping hackers at bay

WORLDWIDE: Recent cyber attacks have shown the vulnerability of power systems and the dangers of not keeping IT systems secure and up to date. How can operators defend their assets from hackers?

Buckling up for the ladder climb

UK: Technicians for offshore services supplier CWind, now part of Global Marine Systems, prepare to service one of the MHI Vestas 3.0MW turbines at E.on's Humber Gateway project off eastern England

Viewpoint: Are our energy systems fit to withstand cyber attacks?

The energy transition is gathering pace. Until 15 years ago, investments were mainly in large assets designed to last 40 years or more. Prolific deployment in recent years of decentralised generation technologies has resulted in a diverse mix of installations, owned and operated by a range of stakeholders.

Viewpoint: Time for hunger and creativity

Any discussion with those involved in the management of operational onshore wind assets soon makes clear that the market continues to evolve apace.

Viewpoint: The benefits of partial repowering

Clarification by the US government of tax credits for partial repowering in 2016 has inspired many in the wind industry to take a closer look at repowering options for their projects.

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