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Windpower Weekly 19th April 2014

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Iberdrola chooses supercomputers to design projects
SPAIN: Iberdrola has designed a wind plant using a computational model; a tool the company plans to use from now on, both onshore and offshore.
  Iberdrola chooses supercomputers to design projects
 
Analysis: Enercon produces solid performance in 2013
GERMANY: Enercon is back on track in the first quarter of this year, installing 720MW in the first three months compared with just 490MW in the equivalent period of 2013. Arguably solid, but not quite up to the first quarter of 2012 of 750MW.
  Analysis: Enercon produces solid performance in 2013
 
Four companies qualify for Jordan project
JORDAN: Four companies have qualified and two have conditionally qualified to build, own and operate installations/facilities/wind power plant of 50-100MW in the north and east of Jordan.
  Four companies qualify for Jordan project
 
EWEA and WindEnergy Hamburg to merge events
GERMANY: The European Wind Energy Association (EWEA) and WindEnergy Hamburg have struck a deal to hold a joint conference every two years in the German city.
  EWEA and WindEnergy Hamburg to merge events
 
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LM Wind Power revenues slide
DENMARK: LM Wind Power has blamed continued economic and political headwinds for a 29% slump in revenues last year.
  LM Wind Power revenues slide
 
Acciona wins 252MW Mexican order
MEXICO: Acciona has won a contract for the supply of turbines with a capacity of 252MW for installation on two wind farms in Mexico.
  Acciona wins 252MW Mexican order
 
Ikea purchases Hoopeston Wind
UNITED STATES: Ikea has purchased the 98MW Hoopeston Wind in Illinois, the Sweish furniture retailer's first wind acquisition in the US.
  Ikea purchases Hoopeston Wind
 
DNV GL certifies Goldwind's 2.5MW turbine
CHINA: DNV GL has certified Goldwind's 2.5MW wind turbine confirming it meets the standard IEC requirements.
  DNV GL certifies Goldwind's 2.5MW turbine
 
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Markets & Policy

South Africa to select additional wind projects
SOUTH AFRICA: South African energy minister Dikobe Ben Martins has confirmed that the government will select additional projects submitted in round three of the renewable energy independent power producers programme (REIPPP) announced last November.
 
 
 
Analysis: Green Investment Bank shores up faltering UK offshore market
UK: The UK's Green Investment Bank's (GIB) recent decision to buy stakes in two of the country's offshore wind farms has been pounced on by the government as a sign that the industry is in rude health. The truth is a little more complicated.
 
 
 
US sees 92% drop in 2013 installations
UNITED STATES: The US saw a 92% drop in installations in 2013, falling to just 1,087MW, according to the end of year report from the American Wind Energy Association (AWEA).
 
 
 

Project Development

Bord Na Móna scraps 2GW Irish wind projects
IRELAND: Irish utility Bord Na Móna has confirmed the end of its 2GW Clean Energy Hub development following the Irish and UK governments failure to come to a supply agreement.
 
 
 
Samsung's South Kent Wind completed
CANADA: The 270MW South Kent wind project in Ontario has been completed and is fully operational, according to its developers, Samsung and Pattern Energy.
 
 
 
Siemens wins first Saskatchewan order
CANADA: Siemens has agreed a deal with Algonquin Power and Utilities to provide ten 2.3MW wind turbines for the 23MW Morse project.
 
 
 
North American Development Bank funds 252MW in Mexico
MEXICO: The North American Development Bank (NADB) is funding two wind farms in Mexico with a combined capacity of 252MW.
 
 
 
Indepth from Windpower Monthly
Analysis: Green Investment Bank shores up faltering UK offshore market
UK: The UK's Green Investment Bank's (GIB) recent decision to buy stakes in two of the country's offshore wind farms has been pounced on by the government as a sign that the industry is in rude health. The truth is a little more complicated.
  Analysis: Green Investment Bank shores up faltering UK offshore market
 
Analysis: Polish MPs hit election trail with anti-wind call
POLAND: As Polish political parties rally countrywide to win support for the May elections to the European Parliament, some candidates are publicly campaigning with an anti-wind message in an effort to gain votes.
  Analysis: Polish MPs hit election trail with anti-wind call
 
Analysis: German renewables law 'could have been worse'
GERMANY: Months of protests accompanied by a stream of suggestions for improvements from the German wind and renewables sector has resulted in a draft renewables law that could have been worse.
  Analysis: German renewables law 'could have been worse'
 
Analysis: Repowering of iconic California cluster in doubt
UNITED STATES: Most of the repowering in the iconic Altamont Pass in northern California will screech to a halt if the production tax credit (PTC) is not reinstated, said Rick Koebbe, president of PowerWorks. The Idaho-based company is repowering about 54MW in the area, the cradle of the utility-scale global wind industry.
  Analysis: Repowering of iconic California cluster in doubt
 

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