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Windpower Weekly 24th April 2014

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Goldwind installs low-wind prototype
CHINA: A prototype of Goldwind's new low-wind 2MW turbine is operating and connected to the grid, the Chinese manufacturer has revealed.
  Goldwind installs low-wind prototype
 
Fault with Senvion 6MW forces Nordsee 1 retender
GERMANY: RWE Innogy has been forced to retender for the turbine supply for its Nordsee 1 offshore project in the German North Sea following a technical issue with Senvion turbines it was planning to use.
  Fault with Senvion 6MW forces Nordsee 1 retender
 
Sony to form energy storage JV
Japan/Canada: Sony and Hydro-Québec have agreed to form a joint venture to research and develop a large-scale energy storage system for wind and solar energy.
  Sony to form energy storage JV
 
UK approves five offshore projects for subsidies
UK: The UK government has approved five offshore projects among the first renewable energy developments to qualify for its new contracts for difference (CfD) subsidy regime.
  UK approves five offshore projects for subsidies
 
Wind industry activity falls in first quarter
WORLDWIDE: Activity in the wind industry declined by a third in the first quarter of 2014 compared with a year before, according to data from Windpower Intelligence.
  Wind industry activity falls in first quarter
 
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Business & Companies

Google agrees to buy 407MW wind from MidAmerican
UNITED STATES: Google is to buy up to 407MW of wind-sourced power from MidAmerican Energy as part of its push towards powering its data centres with renewable energy.
  Google agrees to buy 407MW wind from MidAmerican
 
MT Højgaard found liable for grouting failure
UNITED KINGDOM: Denmark-based MT Højgaard has been found liable for grouting issues at the 180MW Robin Rigg offshore wind project by the High Court in London.
  MT Højgaard found liable for grouting failure
 
Intergen buys in to 155MW Mexican project
MEXICO: US power company Intergen has agreed to purchase a 50% stake in the first phase of the 155MW Energía Sierra Juarez project.
  Intergen buys in to 155MW Mexican project
 
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Markets & Policy

France should end premium price, says regulator
FRANCE: France should replace its current guaranteed premium purchase price with competitive tenders for onshore wind power projects, energy regulator CRE said.
 
 
 
Asia Green Capital plans 158MW for Indonesia
INDONESIA: Singaporean investment firm Asia Green Capital Partners is planning to construct wind projects with a capacity of 157.5MW in Indonesia.
 
 
 
Connecticut lifts three-year wind moratorium
UNITED STATES: Connecticut lawmakers have ended an effective moratorium on the building of wind projects that had been in force in the state since 2011.
 
 
 

Project Development

US to Canada wind storage transmission line plans submitted
UNITED STATES: Minnesota Power has submitted plans to regulators to build a 750MW transmission line that will facilitate the storage of energy from wind projects in the US in Canadian hydro projects.
 
 
 
China announces 300MW offshore project
CHINA: A 300MW offshore wind project in eastern China is to begin tendering for developer, according to local government sources.
 
 
 
Nordex signs 40MW Maryland supply deal
UNITED STATES: Nordex has confirmed it will supply 16 of its 2.5MW N100 turbines to the 40MW Fourmile Ridge project in Maryland.
 
 
 
Indepth from Windpower Monthly
Analysis: Green Investment Bank shores up faltering UK offshore market
UK: The UK's Green Investment Bank's (GIB) recent decision to buy stakes in two of the country's offshore wind farms has been pounced on by the government as a sign that the industry is in rude health. The truth is a little more complicated.
  Analysis: Green Investment Bank shores up faltering UK offshore market
 
Analysis: Polish MPs hit election trail with anti-wind call
POLAND: As Polish political parties rally countrywide to win support for the May elections to the European Parliament, some candidates are publicly campaigning with an anti-wind message in an effort to gain votes.
  Analysis: Polish MPs hit election trail with anti-wind call
 
Analysis: German renewables law 'could have been worse'
GERMANY: Months of protests accompanied by a stream of suggestions for improvements from the German wind and renewables sector has resulted in a draft renewables law that could have been worse.
  Analysis: German renewables law 'could have been worse'
 
Analysis: Repowering of iconic California cluster in doubt
UNITED STATES: Most of the repowering in the iconic Altamont Pass in northern California will screech to a halt if the production tax credit (PTC) is not reinstated, said Rick Koebbe, president of PowerWorks. The Idaho-based company is repowering about 54MW in the area, the cradle of the utility-scale global wind industry.
  Analysis: Repowering of iconic California cluster in doubt
 

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