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Windpower Weekly 26th April 2015

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Business & Companies

Analysis: Enercon plans 62GW by 2020
GERMANY: Enercon plans to have 62GW of onshore wind capacity installed around the world by 2020, compared with 37GW at the end of 2014.
  Analysis: Enercon plans 62GW by 2020
 
Brazil approves 3.9GW of wind for next auction
BRAZIL: Brazilian regulator Empresa de Pesquisa Energetica (EPE) has approved 3.9GW of wind projects for an upcoming 4.2GW alternative sources auction.
  Brazil approves 3.9GW of wind for next auction
 
Question of the Week: The future of China?
CHINA: Recent industry reports suggest that China's wind market growth will slow down in the coming years. Windpower Monthly speaks to Vestas, GWEC, FTI Consulting and Make Consulting about how this will affect European companies aiming for a slice of the Chinese action?
  Question of the Week: The future of China?
 
Gallery: France-Spain 2GW HVDC link
FRANCE/SPAIN: Siemens has commissioned the high voltage direct current (HVDC) link between France and Spain to transport wind energy between the two countries.
  Gallery: France-Spain 2GW HVDC link
 
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Business & Companies

GE to build Brazilian O&M centres
BRAZIL: Brazil GE has announced the construction of two service centres that will focus on the operation and maintenance programmes run by developers in the north-east regions of Chapada do Araripe and Garanhuns.
  GE to build Brazilian O&M centres
 
Vestas sets out share-based incentives scheme
DENMARK: Vestas has restructured the way its board of directors and executive management are rewarded.
  Vestas sets out share-based incentives scheme
 
Market Data: Project Activity - March 2015
WORLDWIDE: First quarter shows promising activity, with the US charging ahead in project progress, and power purchase agreements reaching double the figure of the same period last year.
  Market Data: Project Activity - March 2015
 
Market Data: Turbine deals - March 2015
WORLDWIDE: In March, Europe returned to top spot for turbine purchase deals with over 1GW of new deals, thanks mostly to offshore development.
  Market Data: Turbine deals - March 2015
 
Analysis: Impsa loses crucial Uruguay deal
URUGUAY: Woes have deepened for Argentina's bankrupt wind turbine manufacturer and developer Impsa following the decision by Uruguayan state utility UTE to cancel its contract for the 65MW Libertador I-III wind development project.
  Analysis: Impsa loses crucial Uruguay deal
 
Samsung-Pattern project signs 20-year PPA
CANADA: Samsung Renewable Energy and Pattern Development have signed a power purchase agreement for their 100MW North Kent Wind project in Ontario.
  Samsung-Pattern project signs 20-year PPA
 
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Markets and policies

Spain plans 500MW wind auction
SPAIN: Spain's industry ministry has issued a draft royal decree detailing plans for a 500MW wind power auction.
 
 
 
Analysis: China takes measures to halt curtailment
CHINA: Statistics released by the National Energy Administration (NEA) show the wind curtailment average for the whole country dropped to 8% in 2014, down four percentage points on the preceding year.
 
 
 
BSH suspends licensing for far-from-shore projects
GERMANY: The German offshore regulator has suspended licensing for offshore projects situated far from the coast.
 
 
 
Analysis: UK political parties' wind plans light on detail
UK: The Conservative party, senior partner in the two-party coalition that has governed the UK since 2010, has pledged to "halt the spread of onshore wind farms" if it wins power in the general election on 7 May.
 
 
 
EC approved German offshore state aid
GERMANY: The European Commission (EC) has approved government support for 20 offshore projects under state aid rules.
 
 
 
Developers eye major Chile tenders
CHILE: Wind developers are eyeing opportunities in two large-scale tenders the Chilean government is set to launch.
 
 
 
US jobs increased 40% in 2014 - AWEA
UNITED STATES: The number of jobs in the industry increased 40% in 2014, according to the American Wind Energy Association (AWEA).
 
 
 
Analysis: Grid deadlock halts 310MW of completed projects
BRAZIL: Brazil has 11 wind farms ready for operation with a combined capacity of 310MW but without grid connection, according to Abeeólica, the Brazilian Wind Energy Association.
 
 
 

Project Development

Gamesa wins 220MW deal in Egypt
EGYPT: Gamesa has been awarded a turnkey construction order for a 220MW project in Egypt from NREA (New & Renewable Energy Authority).
 
 
 
Gode Wind construction starts
GERMANY: The first foundation at Dong Energy's 582MW Gode Wind project in the North Sea has been installed.
 
 
 
Siemens wins 100MW deal in Canada.
CANADA: Siemens has secured an order for a 100MW project in Canada from the Northland Power-backed Grand Bend Wind Limited Partnership
 
 
 
Nordex wins 100MW deal in Pakistan
PAKISTAN: Nordex has been handed orders for a combined 100MW for two projects in Pakistan from Yunus Energy and Metro Power Company
 
 
 
Senvion wins 18MW deal in UK
UK: Senvion has been handed an order for a 18MW project in UK from RWE Innogy
 
 
 
Fugro lidar deployed at Navitus Bay
UK: Fugro is deploying a floating lidar buoy at the proposed site of the 970MW Navitus Bay project, off the UK's south coast.
 
 
 
Offshore project progress - Monday 20 April 2015
EUROPE: Recent updates from EnBW's Baltic 2, Belgium, nearshore projects in Denmark and the UK's 317MW Sheringham Shoal.
 
 
 
Jan De Nul wins Burbo Bank Extension work
UK: Luxembourg-based Jan De Nul will install cables at Dong Energy's 258MW Burbo Bank Extension project in the Irish Sea.
 
 
 
US provides $1.75 million for bat protection
UNITED STATES: The US government will invest $1.75 million in five projects developing initiatives to protect sensitive bat species against the effects of wind turbines.
 
 
 
Senvion wins 45MW UK orders
UK: Senvion has won four orders from UK developer Blue Energy to provide 45MW of turbines to projects in the country.
 
 
 
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Market Status: United Kingdom - New regime cuts cost as election looms
UNITED KINGDOM The UK looks set for another year of steady if unspectacular growth in wind power capacity. Trade body RenewableUK predicts around 1GW being added to the onshore fleet in 2015, while three new offshore projects amounting to 479MW are also scheduled for commissioning this year.
  Market Status: United Kingdom - New regime cuts cost as election looms
 
Windtech - Inflatable habitat for controlled repair
An inflatable structure that can be mounted around rotor blades creates a weather-protected working space enabling blade repairs in a controlled environment.
  Windtech - Inflatable habitat for controlled repair
 
Market Status: Global Overview map - Growth gets back on track
GLOBAL Wind energy can celebrate record growth. Asia Pacific remained the undisputed leader for new additions in 2014 thanks to China, but the Americas and Europe also saw stronger growth, led by the US, Brazil and Germany.
  Market Status: Global Overview map - Growth gets back on track
 

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