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Windpower Weekly 28th March 2017

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Nordex CEO quits after poor forecast
GERMANY: Nordex CEO Lars Bondo Krogsgaard has resigned and will be replaced by former Acciona Wind Power chief Jose Luis Blanco, after the manufacturer predicted a downturn in sales for 2017.
  Nordex CEO quits after poor forecast
 
EC approves GE's LM takeover
EUROPE: The European Commission's competition authority has granted the proposed GE Renewable Energy takeover of blade manufacturer LM Wind Power.
  EC approves GE's LM takeover
 
Norwegian consortium plans 900MW portfolio
NORWAY: Three Scandinavian firms have formed a new joint venture with a view of developing 900MW of new wind capacity in Norway.
  Norwegian consortium plans 900MW portfolio
 
Canada island plans to increase wind by a third
CANADA: The government of Prince Edward Island (PEI) wants to add another 70MW of wind energy to its electricity grid, building on what is already the highest penetration of any province in Canada.
  Canada island plans to increase wind by a third
 
Business and Companies
Senvion revenues increase 3.4% in 2016
GERMANY: Manufacturer Senvion has recorded revenues of €2.21 billion in 2016 as the manufacturer moves into two years of "transition".
  Senvion revenues increase 3.4% in 2016
 
Xcel Energy to invest $2.5bn in northern US
UNITED STATES: Developer Xcel Energy has pledged to support the development of 1.55GW of new wind capacity in four northern US states, as signs of a boom in the US continue.
  Xcel Energy to invest $2.5bn in northern US
 
EDF EN picks up pace in France
FRANCE: EDF Energies Nouvelles (EDF EN) aims to accelerate growth in its domestic market, adding 5-6GW of renewable capacity by 2030.
  EDF EN picks up pace in France
 
Markets and Policy
Japanese offshore wind 'not utilised and underestimated'
JAPAN: Japan's move away from nuclear and fossil fuel power can be helped by offshore wind supporting the country's baseload power, a new report by the Institute for Energy Economics and Financial Analysis (IEEFA) has found.
  Japanese offshore wind 'not utilised and underestimated'
 
Call for global renewables share to increase to 65%
WORLDWIDE: The International Renewable Energy Agency (Irena) and the International Energy Agency (IEA) have set out a vision for 2050, where renewables' share of primary energy supply will increase from 15% in 2015, to 65%.
  Call for global renewables share to increase to 65%
 
Partnership prepares as Turkey debuts new auction system
TURKEY: A consortium comprising GE and local power producers has signed a memorandum of understanding (MoU) ahead of the launch of a new auction system.
  Partnership prepares as Turkey debuts new auction system
 
UK formally launches second CfD auction
UK: The auction to allocate contract for difference (CfD) support for renewable energy project delivery in 2021/22 and 2022/23, will run from 3 to 21 April.
  UK formally launches second CfD auction
 
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Project Development
Tribunal backs Neart Na Gaoithe in CfD dispute
UK: An arbitration tribunal has backed developer Mainstream Renewable Power over the cancellation of its contract for difference (CfD) agreement with the Low Carbon Contracts Committee (LCCC) for the 450MW Neart Na Gaoithe offshore wind project.
  Tribunal backs Neart Na Gaoithe in CfD dispute
 
Avangrid wins North Carolina auction
UNITED STATES: Iberdrola's US subsidiary has placed a winning bid of $9 million to obtain the development licence for the Kitty Hawk area off North Carolina.
  Avangrid wins North Carolina auction
 
Senvion enters Ireland with first win
IRELAND: German turbine manufacturer Senvion has won its first Irish contract, supplying infrastructure investor NTR with machines for a project in County Meath, north-east Ireland.
  Senvion enters Ireland with first win
 
Scotland approves second floating project in March
UK: The Scottish government has approved the up-to-12MW Dounreay Tri floating offshore wind project, a week after approving another 48MW site.
  Scotland approves second floating project in March
 
Vestas wins Ukraine order
UKRAINE: Vestas has been awarded a 41MW deal by Vindkraft Tavriya to provide turbines to a project in the Novotroitsk district, southern Ukraine.
  Vestas wins Ukraine order
 
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