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Windpower Weekly 25th July 2014

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Turbine fire report based on anti-wind group data
WORLDWIDE: Research widely reported in mainstream press claiming to show that turbine fires are more common than previously thought also proves that fire risk remains negligible in wind turbines.
  Turbine fire report based on anti-wind group data
 
QotW: Can wind manufacturers continue as pure players?
WORLDWIDE: After a spate of recent joint ventures such as MHI Vestas and the merger of Alstom and GE, Windpower Monthly asked Senvion vice president for offshore Norbert Giese, and Piers Guy, Vattenfall UK country manager and head of UK development, whether companies can operate as pure players in the industry.
  QotW: Can wind manufacturers continue as pure players?
 
South Africa postpones REIPPP prog
SOUTH AFRICA: Financial close for projects selected under the third round of South Africa's renewable energy independent power producers programme (REIPPP) has been postponed from 30 July to end November, energy minister Tina Joemat-Pettersson announced on Monday.
  South Africa postpones REIPPP prog
 
Windpower Data: Offshore installations 2014-16
WORLDWIDE: China appears to have drastically pulled back on its offshore ambition, following a government admission earlier this year that it would struggle to hit a 5GW target in 2015. According to figures from WPO Intelligence, China plans to install 1.5GW in 2015.
  Windpower Data: Offshore installations 2014-16
 
Gallery: Dong's XL offshore foundations
GERMANY: Dong Energy is in the process of building the huge monopile foundations to be used at the Gode Wind 1 and 2 projects in the North Sea.
  Gallery: Dong's XL offshore foundations
 
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Business & Companies

Suzlon to build nacelles in Brazil
Indian turbine manufacturer Suzlon has revealed plans to build a 400MW turbine facility in Brazil, with start up expected for turn of year 2015-2016.
  Suzlon to build nacelles in Brazil
 
Vattenfall wind investment falls 40% in Q2
SWEDEN: Vattenfall's investment in wind energy fell 40% in Q2 compared to the same period a year earlier.
  Vattenfall wind investment falls 40% in Q2
 
Maine approves $1bn First Wind JV for second time
UNITED STATES: The joint venture between Emera and First Wind has been approved for a second time after the state's supreme court struck down the first assent.
  Maine approves $1bn First Wind JV for second time
 
Iberdrola hit hard by Spanish reforms
SPAIN: Iberdrola saw its revenues and profits from wind generation slump in the first half of the year following reforms in Spain that have hit renewable energy generators.
  Iberdrola hit hard by Spanish reforms
 
US court backs Ralls in Oregon dispute
UNITED STATES: A US Federal Court has overturned a ruling backing President Barack Obama's decision to block a Chinese-owned company's from building four 10MW projects in Oregon.
  US court backs Ralls in Oregon dispute
 
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Markets & Policy

Analysis: Argentina continues to build its wind industry
ARGENTINA: Argentinean turbine manufacturer NRG Patagonia has signed a contract with Spanish engineering company Solute to co-develop a 1.5MW turbine for the South American market.
 
 
 
Australia removes carbon tax
AUSTRALIA: Australian renewables is facing a potential hit follow the government winning a vote to remove a tax on carbon emissions.
 
 
 
Valorem and WKN Windkraft to build in Ukraine
UKRAINE: Despite the ongoing political instability in Ukraine, Natalya Chegodar, first deputy governor of the Odessa region, said developers Valorem and WKN Windkraft Nord plan to build projects in the region.
 
 
 
Analysis: Texas considers passing on transmission costs
UNITED STATES: Texas regulators will study whether the state's wind power operators should bear some transmission costs currently paid mostly by consumers state-wide. The state's Public Utilities Commission (PUC) voted in July to assess the issue with a view to possible action.
 
 
 

Project Development

Alstom wins 127-turbine Brazil order
BRAZIL: Alstom has been awarded a EUR 320 million ($431 million) order from Renova Energia to supply turbines to a project in eastern Brazil.
 
 
 
New Jersey offshore lease opens for offers
UNITED STATES: The US Department of the Interior (DoI) has offered to lease an area offshore New Jersey for a commercial wind development.
 
 
 
Gamesa secures 214MW in Brazil
BRAZIL: Gamesa has signed two new deals to supply turbines with a total capacity of 214MW for installation on a number of wind farms in Brazil.
 
 
 
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Analysis: International talks aim to cut wind import tariffs
WORLDWIDE: New talks aimed at eliminating import tariffs on environmental products could be a first step towards opening borders to free trade in wind turbines and components.
  Analysis: International talks aim to cut wind import tariffs
 

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