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Windpower Weekly 30th May 2016

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AWEA 2016: Day one - live blog
UNITED STATES: The global wind industry is in New Orleans this week (23-36 May) for the American Wind Energy Association's (AWEA) Windpower 2016 annual conference and exhibition.
  AWEA 2016: Day one - live blog
 
Poland limits wind development with new law
POLAND: The new government has passed legislation imposing onerous minimum distance requirements for new wind farms, and raising the property tax burden for all wind energy investors.
  Poland limits wind development with new law
 
SunEdison files for bankruptcy
UNITED STATES: Renewables developer SunEdison has filed for voluntary Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection in New York.
  SunEdison files for bankruptcy
 
AWEA Windpower 2016: New Orleans
UNITED STATES: The global wind industry is in New Orleans this week for the American Wind Energy Association's (AWEA) Windpower 2016 annual conference and exhibition.
  AWEA Windpower 2016: New Orleans
 

AWEA Windpower 2016

AWEA 2016: Day two - live blog
UNITED STATES: Windpower Monthly is bringing you news from the second day of Windpower 2016, the American Wind Energy Association's (AWEA) annual conference and exhibition, in New Orleans.
  AWEA 2016: Day two - live blog
 
AWEA 2016: GE looks to double European share
UNITED STATES: With the help of its newly-acquired offshore business, the manufacturer is looking to double its share in the European market, said GE's onshore wind CEO Anne McEntee.
  AWEA 2016: GE looks to double European share
 
AWEA 2016: Goldwind and Senvion target US top-tier
UNITED STATES: Turbine manufacturers Goldwind and Senvion are aiming to become top-tier manufacturers in the US, said company executives during AWEA Windpower 2016.
  AWEA 2016: Goldwind and Senvion target US top-tier
 
AWEA 2016: Vestas upgrade for older US fleet
UNITED STATES: Vestas has partnered with Danish control system provider Mita-Teknik to improve output of 20-year old V47-660kW turbines in North America.
  AWEA 2016: Vestas upgrade for older US fleet
 

Business and Companies

Vestas subsidiary to service GE turbines
UNITED STATES: UpWind Solutions, the service provider recently bought by Vestas, has won a contract to service 1.75GW of GE turbines in northwest US.
  Vestas subsidiary to service GE turbines
 
Whirlpool to install turbines at more plants
UNITED STATES: White goods manufacturer Whirlpool is adding to its wind power generation by installing four Goldwind turbines at two additional Ohio factories.
  Whirlpool to install turbines at more plants
 
Goldwind acquires 160MW US project
UNITED STATES: Goldwind Americas has acquired the 160MW Rattlesnake wind project in Texas from RES Americas.
  Goldwind acquires 160MW US project
 
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Markets and Policy

Industry takes stand against energy plans
GERMANY: Members of the German wind industry will protest today and on 2 June over the proposed changes to the renewable energy act.
  Industry takes stand against energy plans
 
Argentina seeks 1GW in first renewables tender
ARGENTINA: The Argentinian government has launched the first tender for renewable energy under new legislation approved by congress last year.
  Argentina seeks 1GW in first renewables tender
 
RES and National Grid agree fast balancing
UK: RES has signed a four-year deal with grid operator National Grid to provide a battery storage system to aid grid balancing in the UK.
  RES and National Grid agree fast balancing
 
O'Connor appointed GWEC ambassador
IRELAND: Mainstream Renewable Power CEO Eddie O'Connor has been made a global ambassador for the Global Wind Energy Council (GWEC).
  O'Connor appointed GWEC ambassador
 
Renewables to exceed LCF budget
UK: Projected spending on renewable energy is set to exceed the Levy Control Framework (LCF) budget up to 2020/21, largely due to overlapping renewable energy support schemes.
  Renewables to exceed LCF budget
 
Kyrgyzstan seeks wind investors
KYRGYZSTAN: The government of Kyrgyzstan plans to encourage development of wind projects by offering tax breaks and other benefits to project investors.
  Kyrgyzstan seeks wind investors
 

Project development

SSE closes financing of £2.6bn Beatrice
UK: The development consortium behind the 588MW Beatrice offshore wind project has given a positive final investment decision to build the offshore project.
  SSE closes financing of £2.6bn Beatrice
 
Ramboll to tackle complex Chinese seabed
CHINA: Danish engineering firm Ramboll has won the contract to design a 400MW offshore wind project in China, becoming the first non-Chinese company to do so.
  Ramboll to tackle complex Chinese seabed
 
Offshore Project Progress - 20 May
EUROPE: Recent project updates from three projects totalling almost 2.2GW of offshore capacity in the UK and Germany.
  Offshore Project Progress - 20 May
 
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