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Windpower Weekly 22nd November 2014

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Costs force ABB to abandon offshore converter work
SWITZERLAND: ABB has announced plans to stop constructing offshore platforms, as part of a new business model for the company.
  Costs force ABB to abandon offshore converter work
 
Ikea makes biggest wind purchase
UNITED STATES: Ikea has acquired a 165MW wind project in Texas from Apex Clean Energy for an undisclosed sum.
  Ikea makes biggest wind purchase
 
Siemens introduces 4MW turbine to China
CHINA: The first Siemens 4MW turbine to be manufactured in China has been unveiled by Siemens and joint venture partner Shanghai Electric.
  Siemens introduces 4MW turbine to China
 
Question of the Week: Do we need energy storage?
WORLDWIDE: Following the news that Siemens is developing a system to store thermal energy in rocks, Windpower Monthly asked experts whether there is a need for large-scale energy storage.
  Question of the Week: Do we need energy storage?
 
Sun Edison buys First Wind
UNITED STATES: Sun Edison and its subsidiary Terraform Power have agreed to buy wind developer First Wind for $2.4 billion.
  Sun Edison buys First Wind
 
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Business & Companies

Google buys power from 63MW Dutch project
NETHERLANDS: Google has signed a power purchase agreement (PPA) with Eneco to buy electricity from a 63MW wind project in the Netherlands.
  Google buys power from 63MW Dutch project
 
Nordex announces sales increase for 2014
GERMANY: Nordex has announced a 20.5% increase in sales for the first nine months of 2014, partly driven by a strong performance in the Americas.
  Nordex announces sales increase for 2014
 
Gamesa secures first G114-2.5MW order
SWEDEN: Gamesa has won a contract from investment firm John Laing to supply the turbines to a 15MW project in Vasternorrland, central Sweden.
  Gamesa secures first G114-2.5MW order
 
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Markets & Policy

Analysis: Italian FIT process hits wind
ITALY: Italy's wind energy sector was always expected to slow down with the switch to an auction system for feed-in-tariffs (FIT), but the extent of the decline has topped even the most pessimistic forecasts.
 
 
 
German 2016 renewables levy set out
GERMANY: Germany's renewable energy levy is expected to be between EUR 0.0566/kWh and EUR 0.0727/kWh in 2016, according to Germany's big four transmission operators.
 
 
 
Iberdrola completes first Kenyan project
KENYA: Iberdrola has completed the construction of the Ngong II wind farm in Kenya, its first in the country.
 
 
 

Project Development

Gamesa handed two Chinese deals
CHINA: Gamesa has won contracts from Chinese developers CGN Wind and Everbright to supply a total of 112MW to projects in China.
 
 
 
Gallery: UMaine's VolturnUS platform
UNITED STATES: The University of Maine (UMaine) has been operating the prototype VolturnUS floating platform off the coast of Maine since June 2013.
 
 
 
GE secures first Croatian deal
CROATIA: GE has won a contract to supply a 34MW project in Croatia, its first turbine order in the country.
 
 
 
Indepth from Windpower Monthly
Analysis: Uneasy partners? VCs and wind
UNITED STATES: Venture capitalist (VC) funding is essential for many wind tech start-ups. However, two high-profile VC-funded US wind start-ups have folded over the last year, most notably Boulder Wind Power.
  Analysis: Uneasy partners? VCs and wind
 
Turkey starts to remove obstacles to growth
TURKEY: Wind power continues to grow rapidly in Turkey despite a slow and cumbersome permitting process.
  Turkey starts to remove obstacles to growth
 
Bringing people and power together
UNITED STATES: Shifting wind-generated power from far-flung projects to areas of high demand needs investment and agreement between different states and landowners. Clean Line Energy Partners president Michael Skelly talks about the challenges of moving electricity over long distances.
  Bringing people and power together
 

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