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Windpower Weekly 31st October 2014

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Goldwind launches low-wind turbines
CHINA: Goldwind has launched two new 2MW low wind turbines, the GW115/2MW and GW108/2MW, at China Wind Power 2014.
  Goldwind launches low-wind turbines
 
Weather halts work on SeaAngel test turbine
UK: Assembly work on the Mitsubishi Heavy Industries (MHI) 7MW SeaAngel turbine at Hunterston, Scotland, is on hold following poor weather conditions.
  Weather halts work on SeaAngel test turbine
 
Interview: Stiesdal on new records, old turbines, and growth
DENMARK: In late-2002 Bonus Energy installed four of its new 2.3MW turbines at the Rønland near-shore project in Denmark. Earlier this month, Siemens said the turbines had each become the first to reach the 100GWh mark.
  Interview: Stiesdal on new records, old turbines, and growth
 
Question of the Week: Is GWEC's prediction achievable?
WORLDWIDE: Last week, Global Wind Energy Council (GWEC) published a report stating 2TW of wind could be installed by 2030. Windpower Monthly asked whether this is a realistic goal.
  Question of the Week: Is GWEC's prediction achievable?
 
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Interconnection showdown with Spain and France
EUROPE: A showdown between Spain's prime minister Mariano Rajoy and French president Francois Hollande spurred largely by wind power, is widely predicted for this week's EU Brussels summit, 23-24 October.
  Interconnection showdown with Spain and France
 
GE to close California factory
UNITED STATES: GE has announced plans to close its turbine manufacturing plant in Tehachapi, California as part of a cost-cutting initiative.
  GE to close California factory
 
Australian tower firm blames government for 100 job losses
AUSTRALIA: Wind turbine tower manufacturer Keppel Prince has sacked 100 workers, blaming Australian government policies for a downturn in business.
  Australian tower firm blames government for 100 job losses
 
GE installs 1500 turbines in Canada
CANADA: GE has installed its 1,500th wind turbine in Canada, bringing its installed wind capacity across Canada to 2GW.
  GE installs 1500 turbines in Canada
 
Pattern reprices 265MW California project
UNITED STATES: Pattern Energy has repriced the financing for its 265MW Ocotillo wind development in California.
  Pattern reprices 265MW California project
 
EDF links with asset managment co.
FRANCE: EDF and Credit Agricole-owned asset management company Amundi have linked up with the aim of raising EUR 1.5 billion for renewables projects.
  EDF links with asset managment co.
 
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Markets & Policy

EU sets 27% renewable energy target
EUROPE: Renewable energies are set to make up 27% of the European-wide electricity market by 2030 after EU leaders agreed on the target in Brussels, Belgium.
 
 
 
Ukraine considers wind curtailment
UKRAINE: Ukraine is considering temporary decommissioning of up to 60MW of projects, depsite setting a 2020 capacity target of 2.28GW.
 
 
 
China Wind Power 2014: Curtailment issues 'hopefully resolved' by end 2015
The government is working to end grid connection problems for wind projects, said Zhu Ming, the new -- and second -- deputy director of the New and Renewable Energy department of China's National Energy Association.
 
 
 
Analysis: Russia fails to restart Crimean projects
RUSSIA: The reconnection of 100MW of Crimean wind projects has been delayed by issues including uncertainty over their legal status, according to the the Crimean government.
 
 
 
Spain claims EC transmission win
SPAIN: The Spanish government has proclaimed victory at last week's EU summit by forging an agreement to boost power interconnections across Europe and so reduce large-scale curtailment on the Iberian peninsula's wind capacity.
 
 
 
China Wind Power 2014: Solar, JVs and the Five-Year Plan
CHINA: Major manufacturers and policy makers in the Chinese market spoke at China Wind Power (CWP 2014) about their plans for the market and concerns for the industry.
 
 
 
EEA: EU on target for 2020
EUROPE: The European Environment Agency (EEA) has said Europe is on course to meet or exceed its 2020 energy and emissions targets.
 
 
 

Project Development

Australia's largest wind project scrapped
AUSTRALIA: Utility Hydro Tasmania has cancelled plans to develop Australia's largest wind project, the 600MW TasWind development on King Island Tasmania.
 
 
 
Gallery: Siemens DanTysk installation
GERMANY: Siemens has completed the installation of turbines at the 288MW DanTysk project in the German North Sea earlier this year and has shared images from the process with Windpower Monthly.
 
 
 
Floating turbine test centre planned for Norway
NORWAY: The Fraunhofer Institute for Wind Energy is looking to establish a floating turbine test centre off the west coast of Norway.
 
 
 
Gamesa confirms 66MW Jordan order
JORDAN: Gamesa has confirmed an order for the supply of turbines with a capacity of 66MW to a project being developed in Jordan.
 
 
 
Alstom wins 22MW Brazil order
BRAZIL: Alstom has signed a contract to supply the turbines for a 21.6MW wind project in Brazil.
 
 
 
GE secures first Pakistan order
PAKISTAN: GE has been handed a 49.5MW contract by HydroChina and owner Sapphire Wind Power Company to supply turbines to a project in Sindh province.
 
 
 
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  ​Windpower Monthly TV investigates
 
Windicator: Good year for turbine manufacturers continues
WORLDWIDE: Wind-turbine manufacturers built on their strong first-quarter performance with another set of positive earnings figures for Q2.
  Windicator: Good year for turbine manufacturers continues
 
Policy and market setup stall growth potential in Alberta
CANADA: With its growing electricity demand, good resources and ageing coal-plant fleet, Alberta is ideally placed to become Canada's next big wind market. But a lack of long-term contracts and political support means developers and investors are holding off
  Policy and market setup stall growth potential in Alberta
 

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