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Windpower Weekly 29th August 2016

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Enercon investigating turbine 'incident' in Canada
CANADA: Enercon has dispatched a team to investigate an incident at the 23.4MW Point Tupper project in Nova Scotia, where a turbine has reportedly collapsed.
  Enercon investigating turbine 'incident' in Canada
 
Vestas share buy-back as prices reach eight-year high
DENMARK: A "better than expected" first half of 2016 for Vestas, with a 60% increase in gross profit and the highest share price in eight years, has resulted in the manufacturer setting aside €400 million to buy back shares.
  Vestas share buy-back as prices reach eight-year high
 
Wind wins again in Chile
CHILE: Developers are set to invest more than $2 billion in new wind farms in Chile over the five years after winning new contracts in the country's largest ever power tender.
  Wind wins again in Chile
 
Investment firm takes Lagerwey stake
NETHERLANDS: Dutch investment fund Ponooc has acquired a minority stake in turbine manufacturer Lagerwey, the firm announced.
  Investment firm takes Lagerwey stake
 
Business & Companies
EDF EN sells further stake in Canada site
CANADA: EDF Energies Nouvelles (EDF EN) has sold a 15% stake in its 350MW Riviére-du-Moulin wind farm to a trio of local community groups.
  EDF EN sells further stake in Canada site
 
Renewables a 'safe bet' for M&A
WORLWIDE: In its latest power trends report, audit firm Ernst & Young said investors were looking towards the "safe bet" of renewable power.
  Renewables a 'safe bet' for M&A
 
John Laing enters offshore wind
GERMANY: UK infrastructure group John Laing has acquired a 30% stake in Wpd's 111MW Nordergründe offshore wind project in Germany's North Sea.
  John Laing enters offshore wind
 
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Markets and Policy
Scottish wind could be 20% cheaper
UK: The costs of onshore wind projects in Scotland could by cut by £150 million a year by reducing cost barriers, according to a new report.
  Scottish wind could be 20% cheaper
 
France's competitive dialogue takes shape
FRANCE: The government has issued a decree allowing the use of "competitive dialogue" when tendering offshore wind power projects.
  France's competitive dialogue takes shape
 
Project Development
Sempra awards 100MW deal to Vestas
UNITED STATES: Vestas has won a 100MW supply deal from developer Sempra US Gas and Power to provide turbines to a project in Michigan, northern US.
  Sempra awards 100MW deal to Vestas
 
Iberdrola wins Canary Island approval
SPAIN: Spanish utility-developer Iberdrola is expected to invest €40 million in two new wind projects on the Canary Islands, following approval from the authorities.
  Iberdrola wins Canary Island approval
 
Offshore Project Progress - 19 August
WORLDWIDE: Recent project updates from two developments in Germany, plus news of the installation of the first offshore project in the US.
  Offshore Project Progress - 19 August
 
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