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Windpower Weekly 13th February 2016

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Vestas profits up 75% in 2015
DENMARK: Vestas pre-tax profits increased to €925 million in the 2015 financial year on the back of a strong order intake totalling almost 9GW.
  Vestas profits up 75% in 2015
 
WKN to sell French projects to John Laing
GERMANY: WKN, the developer owned by PNE Wind, will sell 50MW of wind projects being developed in France to John Laing Investments, part of the John Laing Group
  WKN to sell French projects to John Laing
 
Suzlon investigating turbine fall in Brazil
BRAZIL: Suzlon has confirmed local reports of the collapse of a wind turbine in Brazil, but insists the remaining machines at the 25.2MW wind projects are safe to operate.
  Suzlon investigating turbine fall in Brazil
 
Gallery: A2Sea vessel capsizes after grounding
DENMARK: A2Sea's jack-up crane vessel Sea Worker has capsized off the coast of Denmark after it ran aground last week.
  Gallery: A2Sea vessel capsizes after grounding
 

Business and Companies

Wind delivers growth for Dong as group posts losses
DENMARK: The largest offshore wind developer Dong Energy has reported a "strong underlying growth" in its wind business, despite impairments to its oil and gas business forcing the group into a net loss of DKK 12.1 billion (€1.6 billion).
  Wind delivers growth for Dong as group posts losses
 
Ming Yang board accepts privatisation bid
CHINA: The board of Chinese turbine manufacturer has entered into a "definitive merger agreement" with the group's chairman and CEO that prices the firm at $408 million.
  Ming Yang board accepts privatisation bid
 
Centrica nears wind exit with asset sale
UK: Utility Centrica and its partner has sold its 194MW Lynn & Inner Dowsing offshore wind project and the 26MW Glens of Foundland onshore site to a consortium lead by the Green Investment Bank.
  Centrica nears wind exit with asset sale
 
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Markets and Policy

New England attracts 2.7GW bids for wind
UNITED STATES: A 600MW request for proposals (RFP) for clean energy generation in New England has attracted bids from more than 2.7GW of wind projects, with at least two including storage.
  New England attracts 2.7GW bids for wind
 
Europe wind installations grow despite onshore fall
EUROPE: Developers added 12.8GW of new wind capacity in 2015, a 6.3% increase on 2014 thanks to a doubling of offshore additions and despite a 7% fall in onshore installations.
  Europe wind installations grow despite onshore fall
 
Obama's Clean Power Plan faces delay
UNITED STATES: In a significant setback for President Barack Obama's climate change agenda, the US Supreme Court has temporarily blocked his plan to regulate emissions from coal-fired power plants.
  Obama's Clean Power Plan faces delay
 

Project development

Dong acquires second US offshore zone
UNITED STATES: Danish offshore wind developer Dong Energy has acquired the 1GW development zone off the coast of New Jersey, north-east US, from RES Americas.
  Dong acquires second US offshore zone
 
RES awards Senvion 22.55MW UK deal
UK: Senvion has been awarded the turbine supply contract for a 22.55MW project being developed by RES on the west coast of Scotland.
  RES awards Senvion 22.55MW UK deal
 
Siemens 7MW to power Danish pilot
DENMARK: Four Siemens 7MW turbines will be used at a demonstration project in Denmark, following a call for proposals by the Danish Energy Agency (DEA).
  Siemens 7MW to power Danish pilot
 
Dong announces Vindeby decommissioning
DENMARK: One of the first offshore wind projects ever constructed will be dismantled after 25 years of operation.
  Dong announces Vindeby decommissioning
 
Hexicon and Atkins form floating partnership
UK: Hexicon, the Sweden-based floating foundation design and engineering firm, has appointed Atkins Renewables as its engineering partner to develop a multi-turbine floating platform.
  Hexicon and Atkins form floating partnership
 
Offshore Project Progress - 5 February
EUROPE: Recent project updates, including Iberdrola's Wikinger project in the German Baltic Sea and Statoil's floating project planned for off the Scottish coast.
  Offshore Project Progress - 5 February
 
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