WORLDWIDE: This could be a pivotal year for wind energy. As gas prices rise, and the fuel-saving value of wind becomes greater than its cost, subsidies will no longer be needed. This will encourage more development, which will result in lower turbine and project costs, creating a virtuous circle.
GERMANY: Three electricity and gas grid operators have unveiled a plan to build a 100MW wind power-to-gas pilot plant in Lower Saxony, northern Germany.
EUROPE: Failure to reach a Brexit deal would deliver a major blow to Europe's energy sector, industry leaders have warned policymakers.
CHINA: LM Wind Power will provide blades for Goldwind's onshore 3-4MW platform under a three-year supply deal between the two companies.
SPAIN: Ricardo Chocarro has left his role as onshore CEO at Siemens Gamesa Renewable Energy after 19 years with the company and Gamesa prior to merger. SGRE has also appointed a new chairman and CFO.
UNITED STATES: EDF Renewables has named MHI Vestas as the preferred supplier for its 25MW Nautilus project off the coast of New Jersey.
UNITED STATES: EDP Renewables (EDPR) has signed three power purchase agreements (PPAs) with retail giant Walmart buying electricity from wind farms in Illinois and Indiana.
FRANCE: Siemens Gamesa Rewnewable Energy (SGRE) and the port of Le Havre have signed a framework agreement to prepare for the two factories the OEM plans to build, one producing nacelles and the other blades for its direct-drive 8MW turbines.
UNITED STATES: Following its decision to produce an Asia-Pacific version, Siemens Gamesa (SGRE) has now said it will adapt its latest 8MW turbine for the US market.
INDIA: The wind energy unit of Infrastructure Leasing and Financial Services (IL&FS), once considered among the largest wind power generators in the country, is up for sale as a result of the insolvency of the parent company.
GERMANY: Mothballed turbine manufacturer Adwen has come to an agreement with the local works council on the number of job cuts and social plan for its operations in Germany.
UNITED STATES: Wind service provider Aeolus Energy and Dutch shipbuilders Ulstein Design & Solutions will design a service operations vessel (SOV) for the US offshore wind sector.
United Kingdom UK to tender 2.5GW of transmission links
Kazakhstan Four projects win 250MW in Kazakh auction
United States Rhode Island launches 400MW renewables RfP
Ørsted has spent more than $1 billion in the past two months, buying up more than just US wind capacity.
There are many good reasons to celebrate the recent strong market development of offshore wind in the Asia-Pacific region (APAC). Most forecasters expect APAC to take the volume lead for annual installed offshore wind capacity from 2025.
Ten years after the collapse of Lehman Brothers sparked the great financial crisis, and you will be hard-pressed to find an economist who doesn't think that it could happen again, soon.
TURKEY: Prospects for Turkey's wind energy sector are looking dimmer, as an ongoing currency crisis has complicated financing and some local conglomerates that have spearheaded growth are feeling the pinch.
FINLAND: Four years after the introduction of its Exceed gearbox technology, Moventas Gears is presenting a successor series, the Exceed Evolution, focused on the new generation of 4-5MW onshore turbines. Eize de Vries reports from the recently expanded production facility at Jyväskylä in Finland.
UK: London Array has more than twice the number of turbines, but Ørsted's Walney Extension project in the Irish Sea is now, officially, offshore wind's largest operating project at 659MW.
DENMARK: When Philippe Kavafyan took over from Jens Tommerup as MHI Vestas CEO earlier this year, his predecessor told him to 'learn to say no'. Windpower Monthly spoke to the former Adwen chairman about how he is picking his battles and where he plans to take the firm over the next four years.