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Windpower Weekly 28th January 2015

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Mainstream and Actis go to court over Chile tender
CHILE: Aela Energia, the joint venture formed by UK investment fund Actis and Irish renewables developer Mainstream, has gone to court in Chile to challenge the results of last month's major power tender after the firm missed out on contracts to supply 1,320GWh.
  Mainstream and Actis go to court over Chile tender
 
Vattenfall creates new wind division
SWEDEN: Vattenfall is to create a new wind arm as part of a major restructuring of the energy firm.
  Vattenfall creates new wind division
 
GE wins 337MW order in Brazil
BRAZIL: US wind turbine manufacturer GE confirms it has clinched an agreement with Brazilian developer Casa dos Ventos to supply 203 turbines totalling 337.4MW.
  GE wins 337MW order in Brazil
 
Question of the Week: Does the media overreact to turbine failure?
WORLDWIDE: Turbines failures are often among the most-read and covered stories on wind power despite their relative rarity, Windpower Monthly asks whether the increased coverage of this is disproportionate.
  Question of the Week: Does the media overreact to turbine failure?
 
Gallery: First Wind up-turbine maintenance
UNITED STATES: First Wind has released pictures revealing the work of its maintenance technicians working at the Bull Hill wind project in Maine.
  Gallery: First Wind up-turbine maintenance
 
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Business & Companies

Amazon renames wind project after its own brand
UNITED STATES: Amazon Web Services (AWS) has renamed a 150MW project currently under development in Benton County, Indiana, as the Amazon Web Services Wind Farm.
  Amazon renames wind project after its own brand
 
Moventas completes restructuring
FINLAND: Wind turbine gearbox manufacturer Moventas has said it had completed a restructuring programme, separating the wind and industrial gear divisions.
  Moventas completes restructuring
 
Eolus sells Swedish 59MW to EWZ
SWEDEN: EWZ has agreed to buy four projects in Sweden with a combined capacity of 59MW from developer, Eolus.
  Eolus sells Swedish 59MW to EWZ
 
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Markets & Policy

Canada installs 1.8GW in 2014
CANADA: The Ontario wind industry put some of its permitting delays and anti-wind pushback behind it last year as it stepped up to lead Canada in new installations.
 
 
 
Planning change aids France installations
FRANCE: Developers in France installed over 1GW of capacity in 2014, reversing four years of continuous decline, in part thanks to a change in the French planning laws.
 
 
 
UK accelerates CfD subsidy schedule
UK: The UK government has pushed forward the schedule for the implementation of its new subsidy scheme, Contracts for Difference (CfD).
 
 
 
France to introduce top-up payments for large projects
FRANCE: A top-up payment will be introduced for large renewable energy projects in France from 1 January 2016, energy minister Ségolène Royal has confirmed.
 
 
 

Project Development

Vestas picked for Norwegian 1GW
NORWAY: Statkraft has chosen Vestas as the preferred supplier for six wind farms with a combined capacity of 1GW in Norway.
 
 
 
Navitus Unesco status remains unaffected
UK: Unesco has repeated its position that the world heritage site status of Dorset's Jurassic Coast, close to the 970MW Navitus Bay project, is not under threat by the development.
 
 
 
Gamesa wins 25MW in Jamaica
JAMAICA: Gamesa has won a 24MW deal for its G80 2MW turbines to go to a project in southern Jamaica.
 
 
 
Indepth from Windpower Monthly
Analysis: China's wind industry begins to adapt to new FIT
CHINA: China's National Development and Reform Commission (NDRC), a central government department charged with the overall planning of the country's economic development, has confirmed the reduction of the onshore wind feed-in-tariff (FIT).
  Analysis: China's wind industry begins to adapt to new FIT
 

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