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Windpower Weekly 24th October 2014

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Samsung winds down European wind activities
SOUTH KOREA: Samsung Heavy Industries (SHI) has shut two of its wind energy offices in Europe and is downsizing its wind business in Korea.
  Samsung winds down European wind activities
 
Vestas chases China market share
CHINA: Vestas has said it is looking to "reinvigorate" its performance in the Chinese market through extending its product range in the country and adapting its servicing practices.
  Vestas chases China market share
 
Capacity 'could hit 2,000GW by 2030'
WORLDWIDE: Installed wind capacity could jump to more than five times its current level by 2030, a report from the Global Wind Energy Council has found.
  Capacity 'could hit 2,000GW by 2030'
 
Question of the Week: Can Chinese manufacturers break into Europe and the US?
Following Chinese manufacturer CSIC's announcement it is targeting the European market with an offshore turbine, Windpower Monthly asked how Chinese manufacturers can break into the European and American markets.
  Question of the Week: Can Chinese manufacturers break into Europe and the US?
 
Analysis: Energy Union vice-president selection turmoil
EUROPE: European Commission president-elect Jean-Claude Juncker's decision to make Spanish politician and oil and gas investor Miguel Arias Canete energy commissioner was one of the more controversial appointments to the EC leadership team.
  Analysis: Energy Union vice-president selection turmoil
 
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Business & Companies

Analysis: Vestas local sourcing glitch helps Gamesa
BRAZIL: Vestas' efforts to build a leading position in the Brazilian market suffered a blow last month when it lost a 220MW deal to Gamesa.
  Analysis: Vestas local sourcing glitch helps Gamesa
 
Ex-Areva Wind CEO joins Bard owners
GERMANY: Former Areva Wind CEO, Jean Huby, will join Ocean Breeze, owner of the troubled 400MW Bard Offshore 1 project, at the end of this month.
  Ex-Areva Wind CEO joins Bard owners
 
Latin America eases Iberdrola losses in Spain
SPAIN: Iberdrola has struck a positive note in its results for the first nine months of the year, pointing to progress with renewables in Latin America as a means to offset losses in Spain.
  Latin America eases Iberdrola losses in Spain
 
EDPR's production up 4.5% in 2014
PORTUGAL: EDP Renováveis produced 14.9TWh of electricity in the first nine months of 2014, up 4.5% on the same period last year, thanks to a 4.3% increase in installed capacity.
  EDPR's production up 4.5% in 2014
 
Gamesa sells Mexican project
MEXICO: Gamesa has sold a 74MW wind project in Oaxaca to mining firm Grupo Mexico.
  Gamesa sells Mexican project
 
Areva CEO steps down
FRANCE: Areva CEO Luc Oursel has stepped down after three years in the role citing health reasons.
  Areva CEO steps down
 
MVV to acquires majority stake in Juwi
GERMANY: Stock-exchange-listed municipal energy company MVV Energie will take over 50.1% of struggling German wind and renewables developer Juwi by the end of the year through a capital increase.
  MVV to acquires majority stake in Juwi
 
DNV GL certifies Gamesa's G97
SPAIN: DNV GL has awarded Gamesa's G97-2MW turbine a type certificate ensuring quality and safety to the classification firm's standards.
  DNV GL certifies Gamesa's G97
 
EnBW opens up 156MW to community ownership
GERMANY: EnBW is has introduced an investment scheme under which the public can take stakes in a portfolio of 17 wind farms across Germany.
  EnBW opens up 156MW to community ownership
 
IDB grants loan to 49MW Uruguay project
URUGUAY: The Inter-American Development Bank (IDB) has agreed a $42.2 million loan for the construction of a 48.6MW wind project in Uruguay.
  IDB grants loan to 49MW Uruguay project
 
Acciona launches 132-metre rotor option
SPAIN: Acciona will produce a 64.7-metre blade for a new low wind version of its 3MW AW3000 turbine.
  Acciona launches 132-metre rotor option
 
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Markets & Policy

German renewable levy falls
GERMANY: The renewable levy charged on German consumer electricity bills will fall slightly in 2015 to EUR 0.0617/kWh from EUR 0.0624/kWh this year, the German economy ministry said today.
 
 
 
Analysis: Norway lags following Swedish pact
NORWAY: The 2012 pact between Norway and Sweden to jointly develop renewable energy projects was intended to spur the development of an estimated 6GW of wind capacity across both countries.
 
 
 
Argentina steps in to protect Impsa
ARGENTINA: The Argentinean government has moved to protect jobs at struggling turbine maker Industrias Metalurgicas Pescarmona SAIC (Impsa).
 
 
 
Analysis: Offshore developers must work with foundation manufacturers to cut costs
FRANCE: A failure by offshore developers to include foundation manufacturers in the design process is causing delays and costly mistakes, as well as hampering the drive to reduce costs.
 
 
 
Grid problems cause South African delay
SOUTH AFRICA: The South African government has confirmed that a lack of grid capacity and state utility Eskom's inability to fund the necessary upgrades has been the primary reason behind the postponement of financial close on 878MW of projects.
 
 
 
Analysis: Colombian wind potential held up by hydro
COLOMBIA: Colombia's potential for hydroelectric capacity could delay the development of wind energy in the country for several years, despite new legislation supporting wind and solar, the head of the country's largest energy group told Windpower Monthly.
 
 
 

Project Development

V164 breaks production record
DENMARK: MHI-Vestas' V164-8MW turbine has broken the record for the most amount of electricity produced in 24 hours. by generating 192 MWh.
 
 
 
Alstom faces Haliade deadline
FRANCE: Alstom will have to dismantle the onshore prototype of its Haliade 150 6MW in 2016 unless it can secure an extension of its permit from the French state.
 
 
 
Filipino 150MW secures financing
PHILIPPINES: Filipino developer Energy Development Corporation (EDC) has secured financing for the 150MW Burgos project in the far north of the country.
 
 
 
Nordex wins 28.8MW deal
GERMANY: Nordex has received an order from local private equity firm Fronteris Group to supply 28.8MW in capacity for two projects in Hof, southern Germany.
 
 
 
Siemens secures US servicing deal
UNITED STATES: Siemens has extended its servicing agreement with Summit Power for two wind projects totaling 303MW in northwest USA by 15 years.
 
 
 
Gallery: RES takes Nordex N100 delivery
UK: RES has received the first of ten Nordex turbines to be used at two of its projects in eastern England.
 
 
 
Nordex wins 27.5MW deal in France
FRANCE: Nordex has been awarded a deal by asset fund manager Leonidas Associatess to supply 27.5MW to a project in northern France.
 
 
 
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Windicator: Good year for turbine manufacturers continues
WORLDWIDE: Wind-turbine manufacturers built on their strong first-quarter performance with another set of positive earnings figures for Q2.
  Windicator: Good year for turbine manufacturers continues
 
Windicator: Moderate global additions so far but final quarter could see surge
WORLDWIDE: Both the Global Wind Energy Council and Navigant Consulting's World Market Update, A BTM Wind Report have projected that world wind capacity will increase by 47GW this year.
  Windicator: Moderate global additions so far but final quarter could see surge
 

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