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Windpower Weekly 16th September 2014

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Question of the week: Do we need vertical-axis turbines?
As horizontal-axis turbines increase in size, some are looking to vertical-axis machines as an offshore solution. Windpower Monthly asked Andrew Scott of the Energy Technologies Institute and Philippe Veyan of EDF Energies Nouvelles whether the technology has a future.
  Question of the week: Do we need vertical-axis turbines?
 
Enercon delivers first E-115 turbines
NETHERLANDS: Enercon has exported the first E-115 3MW turbines to a project in the Netherlands.
  Enercon delivers first E-115 turbines
 
Juncker makes EU energy appointments - updated 11 September
EUROPE: The incoming president of the European Union Jean-Claude Juncker has appointed Spaniard Miquel Arias Canete as climate action and energy commissioner and Slovenian Alenka Bratusek as vice-president for Energy Union.
  Juncker makes EU energy appointments - updated 11 September
 
Gallery: Block Island Haliades transported to Saint Nazaire plant
FRANCE: Alstom has transported two of the Haliade 6MW turbines destined for the Block Island offshore project in the US to its new Saint Nazaire turbine factory.
  Gallery: Block Island Haliades transported to Saint Nazaire plant
 
Morocco receives bids for 850MW tender
MOROCCO: Moroccan state utility ONEE has received five bids to develop, design, finance, construct, operate and maintain five facilities totalling 850MW under a build, own, operate and transfer (BOOT) contract for a 20-year term.
  Morocco receives bids for 850MW tender
 
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Business & Companies

Gamesa share placement raises EUR 236 million
SPAIN: Gamesa has completed the placement of 25.4 million shares, raising EUR 236.1 million as it enters the offshore market.
  Gamesa share placement raises EUR 236 million
 
Nordex wins first Lithuanian deal
LITHUANIA: Nordex has entered the Lithuanian market after securing a deal with local developer Eurakras to supply turbines to the 24MW Jurbarkas project.
  Nordex wins first Lithuanian deal
 
ABB forms Chinese energy storage partnership
CHINA: ABB and Chinese energy-storage specialists BYD have signed an agreement to develop storage solutions aimed at aiding greater integration of renewable energy.
  ABB forms Chinese energy storage partnership
 
Vestas picked for 200MW Minnesota project
UNITED STATES: Algonquin Power and Utilities has chosen Vestas turbines for a newly-acquired 200MW project in Minnesota.
  Vestas picked for 200MW Minnesota project
 
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Markets & Policy

Ontario plans offshore study despite moratorium
CANADA: The province of Ontario has put out a request for bids to carry out an offshore wind impact study, despite the fact that a moratorium on offshore development is still in place.
 
 
 
Go ahead for 700MW Danish-Dutch wind link
NETHERLANDS: Tennet and Energinet have approved the construction of a subsea interconnector between Denmark and the Netherlands designed to transfer up to 700MW of wind-generated power between the countries.
 
 
 
German regulator allocates offshore grid connections
GERMANY: Up to 1722.7MW of grid connection capacity for German offshore wind in the North Sea and Baltic Sea is still available, allowing the country to reach its offshore target of 7.7GW by 2020
 
 
 

Project Development

Block Island gets federal approval
UNITED STATES: Deepwater Wind's 30MW Block Island project has received its federal approval from the US Army Corps of Engineers.
 
 
 
Vestas' installs first 'radar-friendly' blade
FRANCE: Vestas will use blade technology used on the Stealth bomber on turbines at a 96MW project in the south of France.
 
 
 
Acciona to build 49.5MW Mexico project
MEXICO: Acciona has been handed a $111 million contract to design and build a 49.5MW wind project in Mexico for two private equity firms.
 
 
 
Northland takes majority stake in Nordsee cluster
GERMANY: Northland Power has acquired an 85% stake in the 1GW Nordsee cluster currently being developed by RWE Innogy in the North Sea.
 
 
 
Indepth from Windpower Monthly
Analysis: Doubt over renewables target hits investor confidence
AUSTRALIA: The two recommendations made by a review into Australia's renewable energy target (RET) programme would be disastrous for the country's wind sector, industry professionals claim.
  Analysis: Doubt over renewables target hits investor confidence
 
Moventas - expanding in the US and delaying in UK
UK: Moventas has said that its proposed expansion in the UK, including the construction of a factory, will be put on hold until the offshore market in the country recovers, but said is looking to expand in the US.
  Moventas - expanding in the US and delaying in UK
 

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