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Windpower Weekly 24th September 2017

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Top Stories
SGRE to discontinue Adwen 8MW turbine
FRANCE: Siemens Gamesa Renewable Energy (SGRE) is discontinuing manufacturing of the offshore Adwen AD8 turbine to focus on just one 8MW model.
  SGRE to discontinue Adwen 8MW turbine
 
Triton Knoll selects MHI Vestas 9.5MW
UK: German developer Innogy has chosen to use MHI Vestas' V164-9.5MW turbine for its CfD-support-winning Triton Knoll offshore project.
  Triton Knoll selects MHI Vestas 9.5MW
 
Rosatom launches wind power subsidary
RUSSIA: State energy group Rosatom has created a subsidiary for its wind power strategy, separating the business from its thermal and nuclear power assets.
  Rosatom launches wind power subsidary
 
Germany's third onshore auction launched
GERMANY: A third and final German auction round of 2017 has been launched to source up to 1GW of capacity, but future auction rounds face a rule change to combat the dominance of citizen projects.
  Germany's third onshore auction launched
 
Blades Europe
Business and Companies
General Motors signs 200MW power off-take deal
UNITED STATES: General Motors (GM) is buying 200MW of output from two wind projects to power its manufacturing facilities in Ohio and Indiana.
  General Motors signs 200MW power off-take deal
 
Vattenfall CFO leaves for EWE
SWEDEN: Vattenfall chief financial officer Stefan Dohler will leave the state-owned energy supplier to become the new CEO of German energy company EWE.
  Vattenfall CFO leaves for EWE
 
Total buys stake in renewables developer
FRANCE: Oil and gas giant Total has bought a 23% stake in French renewable developer Eren Renewable Energy (Eren RE) for €237.5 million, marking another example of a fossil-fuel firm moving in to the wind market.
  Total buys stake in renewables developer
 
Sif signs Taiwan cooperation agreement
TAIWAN: Monopiles specialist Sif Group has signed a letter of intent with Taiwanese firm Century Wind Power to examine opportunities to supply foundations to the country's burgeoning offshore wind market.
  Sif signs Taiwan cooperation agreement
 
Invenergy and EDF sign power deals with Kleenex-owner
UNITED STATES: Invenergy and EDF Renewable Energy have signed virtual power purchase agreements (PPAs) for 245MW with the corporation behind Andrex, Huggies and Kleenex.
  Invenergy and EDF sign power deals with Kleenex-owner
 
Greensolver and Smart Blade in vortex generator deal
FRANCE: Project operator Greensolver and German manufacturer Smart Blade have formed a strategic partnership for providing products and services to the wind industry.
  Greensolver and Smart Blade in vortex generator deal
 
Brewer Anheuser-Busch signs power deal with Enel
UNITED STATES: The renewables arm of Italy's biggest utility company Enel will provide drinks conglomerate Anheuser-Busch with 51% of the power generated from its 298MW Thunder Ranch project in Oklahoma.
  Brewer Anheuser-Busch signs power deal with Enel
 
Sponsored Content
Boundary Pushers: Making the business case for offshore more compelling
Offshore wind has made great strides in recent years. Projects announced in Europe in 2017 have achieved record-low prices, well under €100/MWh.
  Boundary Pushers: Making the business case for offshore more compelling
 
Boundary Pushers: The true impact of technology on the offshore industry
The more competitively priced offshore wind becomes, the greater the chance of unlocking demand and new markets - and, with that, opportunities in the offshore wind supply chain increase. Reducing capital and operational costs in offshore wind boils down to technological innovation in three core areas: turbines, operations and maintenance (O&M) and the grid.
  Boundary Pushers: The true impact of technology on the offshore industry
 
Boundary Pushers: Cutting the costs of offshore wind
Cutting costs continues to be at the heart of what the offshore wind industry is looking to achieve. In this installation of the Boundary Pushers series we have been talking to some of the biggest players about what their companies are doing to lower the cost of energy and the obstacles to offshore wind growth.
  Boundary Pushers: Cutting the costs of offshore wind
 
Boundary Pushers: How Offshore Wind Energy 2017 is pushing boundaries
The world's largest offshore conference and exhibition will bring together innovators from manufacturers, suppliers and government.
  Boundary Pushers: How Offshore Wind Energy 2017 is pushing boundaries
 
Boundary Pushers: Jens Tommerup, CEO, MHI Vestas
The CEO of MHI Vestas kicks off our new series on forging change through collaboration and innovation.
  Boundary Pushers: Jens Tommerup, CEO, MHI Vestas
 
Markets and Policy
Market-economy instrument required for older turbines
GERMANY: A new mechanism is needed to encourage ageing turbines nearing the end of their existing support to stay online, BWE president Herman Albers has argued.
  Market-economy instrument required for older turbines
 
Karnataka tariff change upsets investors
INDIA: The Karnataka state electricity regulator has reduced the feed-in-tariff for wind from INR 4.50/kWh ($0.07kWh) to INR 3.73/kWh ($0.058/kWh) putting roughly 600MW of projects in jeopardy.
  Karnataka tariff change upsets investors
 
Auction transition 'generally beneficial' as Make lowers outlook
WORLDWIDE: The move to auction mechanisms in the global wind industry has caused Make Consulting to downgrade their outlook for the sector to 2026 by 6GW.
  Auction transition 'generally beneficial' as Make lowers outlook
 
Increase in EU climate policy support
EUROPE: A majority of citizens support the European Union's policies to tackle climate change, an opinion poll has found.
  Increase in EU climate policy support
 
E V E N T   P R O M O T I O N
Are wind farms safe from hackers?

Earlier this month Windpower Monthly investigated recent cyber attacks that have highlighted the vulnerability of power systems, which you can read here . The Wind Data Forum will be exploring solutions this October.                  Find out more

Project Development
SGRE lands 300MW order for Xilinhot site
CHINA: Siemens Gamesa Renewable Energy (SGRE) will supply 150 2MW turbines to the 300MW Xilinhot wind farm in Inner Mongolia.
  SGRE lands 300MW order for Xilinhot site
 
Last turbine installed at Rampion
UK: The last of 116 turbines has been installed at E.on's 400MW Rampion wind farm located 13 kilometres off the coast of southern England.
  Last turbine installed at Rampion
 
UMaine floating platform design passes review
UNITED STATES: Regulators have approved the design for the University of Maine's floating offshore wind platform demonstration.
  UMaine floating platform design passes review
 
First turbine installed at Blyth test site
UK: The first turbine has been installed at the Blyth Offshore Demonstrator site 6.5 kilometres off the coast of northeast England.
  First turbine installed at Blyth test site
 
SGRE to supply turbines for seven ABO Wind projects
GERMANY: Siemens Gamesa Renewable Energy (SGRE) will provide up to 31 turbines for seven of developer ABO Wind's German projects.
  SGRE to supply turbines for seven ABO Wind projects
 
Serbian project wins IFC backing
SERBIA: The International Finance Corporation (IFC) has pledged a €19.1 million loan to Belgian developer Elicio to build a 42MW project in northern Serbia.
  Serbian project wins IFC backing
 
SGRE receives 97MW order in Argentina
ARGENTINA: Siemens Gamesa Renewable Energy (SGRE) has won an order for 97MW at phases III and IV of the Arauco wind complex in the northwest of the country.
  SGRE receives 97MW order in Argentina
 
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