TURKEY: Vestas has agreed to supply turbines with a capacity of 29.7MW as part of a framework agreement with EnBW for the installation of turbines with a capacity of 207MW across five projects in Turkey.
GERMANY: Expansion of 1.2GW of offshore wind projects in the North Sea, beyond the Baltic 2 project already under way, depends on the result of the current revision of the Renewable Energy Act, according to EnBW CEO Frank Mastiaux.
UNITED STATES: Electricity storage is seen by some as an important requirement for the development of wind power, but it is is still a largely experimental field. This was highlighted by the $30million battery fire that closed First Wind's 30MW Kahuku project in 2012. Although the project reopened in February, the cause of the fire is still unknown.
WORLDWIDE: Pivotal moments abound in business. But arguably 2013 was the most important year for Vestas since it launched with NEC Micon in 2004 to create the world's biggest wind turbine manufacturer. It was the year it turned itself around following what can only be described as a challenging 2012.
As Iberdrola's first offshore wind project nears completion, the developer's offshore chief, Jonathan Cole, talks about joint ventures, technological progress, renewables targets and the overwhelming need for the sector to cut its costs.
EUROPE: The European Commission has ignored its own evidence of the economic benefits a 30% renewable-energy target would bring and has turned its back on renewables, says EWEA's Jacopo Moccia. Yet the EU's wind industry is key to secure energy supply and economic recovery.