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Windpower Weekly 24th January 2017

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GIB passes investment target as sell-off looms
UK: Government-backed offshore wind investor, the Green Investment Bank (GIB) has acquired a 75% share in the 270MW Lincs offshore wind project from Centrica and Siemens Project Ventures for £731m (€841m).
  GIB passes investment target as sell-off looms
 
Sweden sets 100% renewable energy production target
SWEDEN: A roadmap to help Sweden achieve "100% renewable energy production by 2040" has been laid out by the country's parliamentary energy commission.
  Sweden sets 100% renewable energy production target
 
Offshore wind hits new investment high
WORLDWIDE: Total investments in offshore wind reached an all-time high but could not help buoy the total spent on clean energy in 2016, according to Bloomberg New Energy Finance (BNEF).
  Offshore wind hits new investment high
 
Goldwind installs 3MW prototype with LM blades
CHINA: LM Wind Power has installed 66.9-metre blades on manufacturer Goldwind's new 3MW prototype turbine in Zhangbei, north-east China.
  Goldwind installs 3MW prototype with LM blades
 
Turbines of the year 2016
Turbines of the year: Size matters for industry awards
WORLDWIDE: Bigger doesn't always mean better, but the winners from our fifth annual review of the wind industry's best new turbines and major components tended towards the large size for the hardware that contended for the 2016 Windpower Monthly awards
  Turbines of the year: Size matters for industry awards
 
Turbines of the year: Onshore Turbines up to 2.9MW
WORLDWIDE: The volume end of the wind-power market, where competition over price and specification is at its most intense
  Turbines of the year: Onshore Turbines up to 2.9MW
 
Turbines of the year: Drivetrains
WORLDWIDE: Greater power without weight penalties in drive development
  Turbines of the year: Drivetrains
 
Turbines of the year: Onshore turbines 3MW-plus
WORLDWIDE: Rapidly growing sector in mature markets, especially in low- and medium-wind-speed areas
  Turbines of the year: Onshore turbines 3MW-plus
 
Turbines of the year: Rotor blades
WORLDWIDE: Blade development reached new lengths in 2016 in both the onshore and offshore sectors
  Turbines of the year: Rotor blades
 
Turbines of the year: Offshore turbines
WORLDWIDE: The super-sized new generation machinery that is driving down offshore wind costs
  Turbines of the year: Offshore turbines
 
Turbines of the year: Innovations
WORLDWIDE: Best of the year's brightest ideas at the cutting edge of wind-energy design and development
  Turbines of the year: Innovations
 
Business and Companies
Nordex and Enercon boast strong order totals
GERMANY: Manufacturer Nordex's orders increased by a third in 2016, following the completion of its acquisition of Acciona Windpower in April, as Enercon has its second-best year.
  Nordex and Enercon boast strong order totals
 
Siemens 8MW awarded initial certification
GERMANY: Certification and advisory firm DNV GL has confirmed designs for Siemens' 8MW offshore wind turbine reach international standards, meaning a prototype can be installed.
  Siemens 8MW awarded initial certification
 
SB Energy sells stake in offshore joint venture
JAPAN: SB Energy has sold its share in an offshore wind power project located in Ibaraki prefecture, due to differences of opinion between the three partners.
  SB Energy sells stake in offshore joint venture
 
Markets and Policy
Absorbing consenting costs a 'gamechanger' in UK offshore
UK: Government adviser the Energy Technologies Institute (ETI) believes the UK can reduce offshore wind costs further by absorbing consenting costs and a greater focus should be placed on floating foundations.
  Absorbing consenting costs a 'gamechanger' in UK offshore
 
Lower investment costs cannot deliver renewables alone
EUROPE: Although it has become cheaper to invest in solar and wind power over the last two years, this has not automatically translated into greater deployment, an analysis of renewables investments in southeast Europe has found.
  Lower investment costs cannot deliver renewables alone
 
Danish wind share falls in 2016
DENMARK: Lower wind speeds have caused wind's share in total electricity consumption to fall for the first time in eight years.
  Danish wind share falls in 2016
 
New York governor backs 2.4GW of offshore wind
UNITED STATES: New York governor Andrew Cuomo has called for the 90MW South Fork project to proceed and committed to develop 2.4GW of offshore wind by 2030.
  New York governor backs 2.4GW of offshore wind
 
UK proposes National Grid roles split
UK: Electricity grid systems are to be managed separately from the transmission functions of National Grid to avoid conflicts of interest as the smart grid and more flexible electricity supply and demand solutions develop, the government has announced.
  UK proposes National Grid roles split
 
E V E N T   P R O M O T I O N

The Head of Central Maintenance at EDP Renewables said:

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Project Development
Avangrid unmoved by North Carolina claims
UNITED STATES: Iberdrola's US subsidiary Avangrid Renewables has brushed aside efforts by politicians in North Carolina, who have reportedly asked the incoming Trump administration to stop the state's first wind project, despite the turbines having already been installed.
  Avangrid unmoved by North Carolina claims
 
PNE receives Gode Wind 3 planning permit
GERMANY: Developer PNE Wind has been awarded planning permission for its Gode Wind 3 offshore wind project, meaning its sale to Dong Energy can be completed.
  PNE receives Gode Wind 3 planning permit
 
North Carolina auction date set
UNITED STATES: The US Department of Interior (DOI) has announced the next federal offshore wind lease auction will take place on 16 March, with nine companies qualified to bid.
  North Carolina auction date set
 
Nordex wins 66MW Australian supply deal
AUSTRALIA: Nordex will supply its Acciona Windpower turbine technology to a 66MW project developed in west Victoria, southeastern Australia.
  Nordex wins 66MW Australian supply deal
 
Marubeni cancels part of port-based project
JAPAN: The Marubeni Corporation has informed the Ibaraki prefectural government it will stop developing a wind project planned for a site in Kashima port.
  Marubeni cancels part of port-based project
 
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