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Windpower Weekly 29th March 2015

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Analysis: A complicated future for Alstom Wind
FRANCE: GE will include its onshore wind activities in a global renewable energy business group headquartered in Paris, assuming the merger with Alstom goes ahead.
  Analysis: A complicated future for Alstom Wind
 
Question of the Week: are conglomerate OEMs the future?
WORLDWIDE: Top OEM figures from Make Consulting last week showed an increased preference for multinational conglomerates as Siemens and GE take the top two positions. Windpower Monthly asks Totaro and Associates and Neas Energy about why conglomerates appear to be more popular than smaller players.
  Question of the Week: are conglomerate OEMs the future?
 
Analysis: US DOE report backs 35% penetration
UNITED STATES: A new US Department of Energy (DOE) report finds that an ambitious penetration of wind in America -- 35% by 2050 -- is "plausible", in terms of grid reliability and cost, as well as the industry's ability to scale up.
  Analysis: US DOE report backs 35% penetration
 
Walmart signs supply deal with Akuo Energy
UNITED STATES: Walmart has signed a power purchase agreement (PPA) with developer Akuo Energy for power produced at a Texan wind project.
  Walmart signs supply deal with Akuo Energy
 
Hitachi completes 5MW offshore prototype installation
JAPAN: Hitachi has completed the construction of its 5MW downwind offshore turbine at a coastal site near Kashima city in central Japan.
  Hitachi completes 5MW offshore prototype installation
 
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Business & Companies

Nordex sales jump 21%
GERMANY: Nordex has posted results showing a 21% increase in sales in 2014 helped by stronger performance in Asia and the Americas.
  Nordex sales jump 21%
 
Suzlon shareholders approve Senvion sale
INDIA: Suzlon shareholders have approved the sale of German turbine manufacturer Senvion to Centerbridge Partners.
  Suzlon shareholders approve Senvion sale
 
Scandinavian developers in 1.6GW merger
NORWAY: Two Scandinavian wind developers are merging to create a new company with a pipeline of almost 1.6GW.
  Scandinavian developers in 1.6GW merger
 
Acciona wins 195MW deal in Brazil
BRAZIL: Acciona has been handed an order for a 195MW project in Brazil from Atlantic Energias Renováveis and venture capitalist company Actis.
  Acciona wins 195MW deal in Brazil
 
Wind boosts Longyuan performance
CHINA: Longyuan Power group has posted strong results for 2014, with the wind business propping up the ailing coal division.
  Wind boosts Longyuan performance
 
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Markets and policies

Dong, Siemens and Vattenfall join UK climate alliance
The UK arms of Dong Energy, Siemens and Vattenfall have joined the Aldersgate Group, a UK-based alliance to influence policy on climate change and sustainability.
 
 
 
EWEA CEO Thomas Becker resigns
EUROPE: Almost two years after taking up the role, Thomas Becker has resigned as CEO for the European Wind Energy Association, citing personal reasons. His deputy, Malgosia Bartosik, will act as interim CEO.
 
 
 
Analysis: IRS grants developers an extra 12 months
UNITED STATES: A decision by the US Internal Revenue Service (IRS) to give wind developers an extra year to bring projects online and still collect the $0.023/kWh production tax credit (PTC) sets the stage for two years of robust growth in the US market.
 
 
 
Japan begins 1.45GW wind study
JAPAN: The Japanese government has identified four areas it will look at with the possibility of developing up to 1.45GW of wind projects.
 
 
 

Project Development

Ikea buys 38MW Polish project
POLAND: A consortium of developers has sold a 38MW wind farm in Poland to furniture retailer Ikea.
 
 
 
Vestas wins 122MW deal in Sweden
SWEDEN: Vestas has been handed an order for a 122MW project in Sweden from Allianz Capital Partners.
 
 
 
Goldwind completes 50MW Pakistan project
PAKISTAN: Goldwind has completed the installation of 33 GW77/1500 turbines for the Three Gorges First (TGF) wind farm in Pakistan.
 
 
 
Vestas wins 36MW deal in Denmark
DENMARK: Vestas has secured an order for a 36MW project in Denmark from European Energy.
 
 
 
Indepth from Windpower Monthly
The big issues for maintenance
WORLDWIDE: Which turbine components put the greatest demands on a maintenance regime?
  The big issues for maintenance
 
Time to adopt advanced wind assessment tools
WORLDWIDE: Project developers have historically had to rely on simplified data measurement when planning all aspects of a wind farm, leading to major uncertainty over production and costs. Newer, more effective tools are now available but there is some reluctance to adopt them.
  Time to adopt advanced wind assessment tools
 
Wind Economics: Downward trend in wind prices continues
WORLDWIDE: A report from the International Renewable Energy Agency (Irena) published in January confirms that onshore wind-generation costs are competitive with those of the fossil-fuel sources. The latter are in the $45-140/MWh range, wind comes in at an average $55/MWh.
  Wind Economics: Downward trend in wind prices continues
 
WindTech: Full wind field data from blade sensors
GERMANY: German pitch-systems manufacturer SSB Wind Systems has developed a turbine-performance optimising tool that is integrated into the rotor blade. BladeVision monitors blade deflections and reproduces blade loads and the full wind field over the complete rotor-swept area in real time.
  WindTech: Full wind field data from blade sensors
 

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