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Windpower Weekly 21st February 2017

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Global capacity nears 500GW
WORLDWIDE: The global wind industry added 54GW of new wind capacity in 2016, taking the worldwide total to 487GW, according to the latest annual figures from the Global Wind Energy Council (GWEC).
  Global capacity nears 500GW
 
Suzlon Q3 revenue up 76%
INDIA: Indian manufacturer Suzlon has posted revenue of INR 33 billion ($493 million) in its third quarter financial report, up 76% compared with the same period in the previous year.
  Suzlon Q3 revenue up 76%
 
Bumper renewables year predicted in Australia
AUSTRALIA: Australia's renewables industry is seeing the largest amount of construction activity in over 50 years, according to data released by the Clean Energy Council (CEC).
  Bumper renewables year predicted in Australia
 
Phased-project cap set for second UK auction
UK: Framework rules for the UK's second contracts for difference (CfD) auction, set to open in April, states projects to be completed in phased developments must not exceed 1.5GW.
  Phased-project cap set for second UK auction
 
Business and Companies
Castrol acquires majority stake in Romax Insight
UK: Lubricant giant Castrol has acquired a controlling stake in Romax Technology's Insight predictive maintenance business.
  Castrol acquires majority stake in Romax Insight
 
Deutsche Windtechnik expands in Sweden
SWEDEN: Service provider Deutsche Windtechnik has signed a deal with a local utility to fully service 30 Vestas and Gamesa turbines totalling 60MW.
  Deutsche Windtechnik expands in Sweden
 
Renew Power backed by Japanese funding
INDIA: Major Indian wind developer Renew Power has sold a 10% stake to Japanese investment joint venture Jera for $200 million.
  Renew Power backed by Japanese funding
 
JP Morgan acquires Infinis UK portfolio
UK: Private equity firm Terra Firma has announced it sold the 400MW onshore wind portfolio owned by developer Infinis to JP Morgan Asset Management.
  JP Morgan acquires Infinis UK portfolio
 
Markets and Policy
US adds 80% of 2016 total in Q4
UNITED STATES: Wind power is now America's fourth largest source of electricity, after natural gas, coal, and nuclear.
  US adds 80% of 2016 total in Q4
 
Offshore provides 21% of UK infrastructure value
UK: More than 20% of the entire UK's infrastructure construction contract value in 2016 came from the offshore wind industry, new research from market analyst Barbour API has found.
  Offshore provides 21% of UK infrastructure value
 
US governors set out renewables bid to Trump
UNITED STATES: A bi-partisan group of US governors has written to the new US president, setting out the case for renewable energy, calling for modernisation of the grid and supporting further offshore development.
  US governors set out renewables bid to Trump
 
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Project Development
Gamesa wins first order for 2.625MW turbine
THAILAND: Gamesa has been awarded the first contract for its G126-2.625MW turbine after securing a contract from a Thai developer.
  Gamesa wins first order for 2.625MW turbine
 
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