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News & in-depth analysis of wind power and renewable energy markets, power purchase agreements, transmission networks, energy storage, substations, supply interruption and transmission failures.

Plans to double grid capacity in north Japan

Plans to double grid capacity in north Japan

JAPAN: An 80km extension to the grid is under consideration in northern Japan, in a move that would double capacity in a region known for ample wind resources, but poor grid take-up.

Dutch airports to source 100% electricity from renewables

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.

Hornsdale 2 set for frequency control test

Hornsdale 2 set for frequency control test

AUSTRALIA: A new programme between the Australian Energy Market Operator (AEMO), the Australian Renewable Energy Agency (Arena) and project developer Neoen will investigate whether the 100MW Hornsdale 2 wind project can provide grid stability services.

News and Analysis

Work starts on green link between Norway and Germany

NORWAY: Construction of the underwater link that will exchange Norwegian hydro-produced electricity with Germany's wind-generated power is now under way.

Deepwater Wind storage plan in Massachusetts

UNITED STATES: Offshore wind developer Deepwater Wind has unveiled plans to install a 144MW offshore wind project, combined with a 40MWh Tesla battery system.

Leaked DOE report shows grid coping well with more wind

UNITED STATES: Variable renewable resources are not a reliability risk for America's electricity grid, according to a leaked preliminary draft of a closely watched report for the US Department of Energy (DOE).

Japan plans wind-driven hydrogen project

JAPAN: A demonstration project designed to create hydrogen from wind power has been launched in Yokohama.

Cross-party consensus sought for Australian policy

AUSTRALIA: Political leaders have backed a joint effort to reform Australia's energy market, following recommendations by chief scientist Alan Finkel in May.

In depth

Cheap power, brutal competition

UNITED STATES: With low gas prices pushing down wholesale prices, developers are finding utilities are keener to buy wind farms than the power they generate.

Viewpoint: Wind should learn from solar PV on storage

WORLDWIDE: Battery-storage technology has very high public visibility at present for several reasons.

Lithium boom puts spotlight on Chile

CHILE: As growing interest in electric cars and energy-storage drives up global demand for lithium, companies with concessions to exploit Chile's vast resources could find themselves in an enviable position if the government loosens restrictions.


The shape of things to come

WORLDWIDE: The turbines being installed today represent a massive technological advance in size, generating capacity and reliability over those from just ten years ago. So what will the next ten years bring?

Blockchain reaction: what's in it for wind?

WORLDWIDE: The energy world is exploring the use of blockchain technology to exchange electricity between generator and customer without the need for a go-between.

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