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Windpower Weekly 26th July 2016

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Greg Clark named UK energy minister
UK: Greg Clark has been named as energy minister in a newly restructured department of the UK government.
  Greg Clark named UK energy minister
 
Renewable investments to fall in 2016
WORLDWIDE: A drop in global clean energy investments in the first half of 2016 suggests a fall to the annual total, according to new figures.
  Renewable investments to fall in 2016
 
Scottish court puts 2.3GW of wind in doubt
UK: A judicial review in to the construction consent for four Scottish offshore projects has repealed the government's approvals following a complaint by the Royal Society for the Protection of Birds (RSPB).
  Scottish court puts 2.3GW of wind in doubt
 
Nordex sells French site
FRANCE: Nordex has sold its 12.5MW Mont d'Erny project to private-equity joint venture Rive Private Investment but will supply five turbines to the site.
  Nordex sells French site
 
Business and Companies
Iberdrola's renewables earnings fall
SPAIN: Spanish utility Iberdrola has reported a 3% fall in pre-tax earnings for its renewables business, on the back of low production in the UK.
  Iberdrola's renewables earnings fall
 
LM Wind Power starts work on Turkish facility
TURKEY: LM Wind Power has broken ground on a new wind turbine blade plant in Turkey, its 14th manufacturing facility worldwide.
  LM Wind Power starts work on Turkish facility
 
ERG Renew CEO steps down
ITALY: Massimo Derchi has resigned from his position as managing director of Italian renewables developer ERG Renew to pursue interests away from the company.
  ERG Renew CEO steps down
 
ABB to upgrade Norwegian grid
NORWAY: Swiss grid specialist ABB has won a $30 million contract from transmission operator Statnett to provide two substations in Norway.
  ABB to upgrade Norwegian grid
 
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Markets and Policy
Danish shipowners call for offshore wind tax break
DENMARK: The Danish Shipowners Association has called on the government to extend a tax break to cover offshore wind ships and their workers.
  Danish shipowners call for offshore wind tax break
 
German offshore wind tops 3.5GW
GERMANY: Offshore wind capacity grew modestly with just 43 turbines, totalling 258MW, being newly commissioned in German waters in the first half of 2016.
  German offshore wind tops 3.5GW
 
UK wind generation falls in Q1
UK: Renewable electricity accounted for more than a quarter of UK power output for the first time in the first quarter of 2016, according to government statistics, but low speeds hamper UK wind.
  UK wind generation falls in Q1
 
Project development
Victoria approves 300MW project
AUSTRALIA: There are further signs of a revived Australian market as the Victorian state government approves an up-to-300MW project, set to become one of the state's largest sites.
  Victoria approves 300MW project
 
MHI Vestas preferred for EOWDC
UK: MHI Vestas has been named as the preferred supplier for Vattenfall's European Offshore Wind Deployment Centre (EOWDC) to provide its V164 8MW turbine to the site.
  MHI Vestas preferred for EOWDC
 
New York set to approve 90MW project
UNITED STATES: The Long Island Power Authority (LIPA) is expected to approve Deepwater Wind's 90MW offshore wind project off New York state this month.
  New York set to approve 90MW project
 
Nordex wins Northern Irish supply deal
UK: Nordex has won a 47.5MW turbine supply deal from TCI Renewables to supply 19 turbines to a project in Northern Ireland.
  Nordex wins Northern Irish supply deal
 
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