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Windpower Weekly 22nd December 2014

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US extends PTC until end of 2014
UNITED STATES: The US Senate has approved a bill to extend the Production Tax Credit (PTC) for the wind industry for another year, taking it to the end of 2014.
  US extends PTC until end of 2014
 
Vestas signs Africa's largest turbine deal
KENYA: Vestas has secured an order to supply the turbines for what is set to be Africa's largest wind project, the 310MW Lake Turkana development in Kenya.
  Vestas signs Africa's largest turbine deal
 
Question of the Week: 2014 a good year for wind?
As we near the end of the year, Windpower Monthly asked experts whether they thought 2014 was a vintage year for wind power, or one best forgotten.
  Question of the Week: 2014 a good year for wind?
 
Gamesa signs Russian MoU
RUSSIA: Gamesa's Indian unit has signed a memorandum of understanding (MoU) with Russian turbine specialist Rotec to explore turbine development.
  Gamesa signs Russian MoU
 
Chinese nuclear firm buys UK wind
UK: China General Nuclear Power (CGN) is to acquire majority stakes in three UK wind projects from EDF, its first move into the European wind market.
  Chinese nuclear firm buys UK wind
 
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Gamesa and Iberdrola launch new monitoring system
SPAIN: Gamesa and Iberdrola have created a remote management system allowing them to potentially control any turbine around the world.
  Gamesa and Iberdrola launch new monitoring system
 
Boralex acquires EGP French projects in €280m deal
FRANCE: Canadian renewable energy developer and operator Boralex plans to buy Enel Green Power's French wind energy assets in a deal it said would boost its French wind capacity to 455MW.
  Boralex acquires EGP French projects in €280m deal
 
Impsa subsidiary seeks brankruptcy protection
Brazil: Wind Power Energia (WPE), the Brazilian subsidiary of Argentinean turbine manufacturer Impsa, has sought protection from creditors under local bankruptcy laws.
  Impsa subsidiary seeks brankruptcy protection
 
RES subsidiary forms Finnish JV
FINLAND: RES Group's Swedish subsidiary, Nordisk Vindkraft, has partnered up with forestry company Tonator Oyj to develop six wind projects in Finland.
  RES subsidiary forms Finnish JV
 
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Markets & Policy

Data: 1.3GW of offshore capacity brought online in 2014
WORLDWIDE: Global offshore wind commissionings totalled 1.3GW in 2014, with the UK dominating the market, according to data from WPO Intelligence.
 
 
 
CfD award date set
UK: Developers bidding for a Contract for Difference (CfD) subsidy scheme will find out if they are successful on 18 March 2015.
 
 
 
Market data: Turbine deals, November 2014
Worldwide: North America led the way in turbine purchases over the last month, with the US boosted by a couple of major deals.
 
 
 
UK to get first college of wind
UK: The UK Government has revealed plans to build the country's first college devoted to wind energy, making an initial investment of around £20 million.
 
 
 

Project Development

Vertiwind floating turbine capacity increased
FRANCE: The rated capacity of the Vertiwind vertical-axis floating turbine will be 2.6MW instead of the 2MW previously announced.
 
 
 
Gamesa ten-year life extension certified
SPAIN: DNV GL has certified Gamesa's upgrade programme intended to extend the life of its G47-660kW turbines to 30 years.
 
 
 
Gallery: Lightweight offshore foundations installed
UK: Dong Energy and Oxford University have begun testing lightweight monopiles as part of a programme aiming to reduce the cost of foundations for the offshore sector.
 
 
 
Indepth from Windpower Monthly
Analysis: GeoSea and Van Oord on acquisition trail
EUROPE: There have been a number of divestments in the offshore wind sector in 2014, most recently Ballast Nedam to Van Oord, and Hochtief to GeoSea.
  Analysis: GeoSea and Van Oord on acquisition trail
 
Analysis: Community support and access key in Chile
CHILE: Winning over local communities and negotiating land access are becoming increasingly important to the development of the new energy capacity in Chile.
  Analysis: Community support and access key in Chile
 

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