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Germany's renewables act revision flatters to deceive

Germany's renewables act revision flatters to deceive

GERMANY: The latest revision of the renewable energy act, expected to take effect in early 2019, will add new auctions to next year's onshore wind calendar, but it is not as good as it looks.

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Wind to be EU's largest power source by 2027

Wind to be EU's largest power source by 2027

WORLDWIDE: Wind will become the largest power source by generation in the European Union (EU) by 2027, according to the International Energy Agency's (IEA) World Energy Outlook 2018 report.

Nordex earnings still below 2017 levels

Nordex earnings still below 2017 levels

GERMANY: Despite making gains in Q3, Nordex's nine-month earnings and revenue for 2018 continue to be below 2017 levels, while its order book grew.

New icing-detection software launched

New icing-detection software launched

CANADA: AI software company Clir Renewables has launched a new programme to detect icing on turbine blades and measure its impact on performance.

Low wind yields hit EnBW earnings

Low wind yields hit EnBW earnings

GERMANY: Low offshore wind and hydropower yields reduced utility-developer EnBW's earnings from renewables in the first nine months of the year, it stated.

Russia criticised for new export proposals

Russia criticised for new export proposals

RUSSIA: The government has reportedly proposed plans to increase the amount wind turbine component suppliers should export from their Russian facilities.

Morocco's King signals renewables expansion

Morocco's King signals renewables expansion

MOROCCO: The country's renewable energy target should be revised upward, beyond the present goal of 52% of electricity to be sourced from non-fossil fuels by 2030, King Mohammed VI has announced.

WindEconomics: Wind and solar cross a 'new threshold'

WindEconomics: Wind and solar cross a 'new threshold'

WORLDWIDE: Last month we looked at research suggesting that wind is at a crossroads, and another recent report confirms this.

Boralex losses widen after drop in production

Boralex losses widen after drop in production

CANADA: Boralex's net losses widened to C$50 million (US$38 million) in the first nine months of the year due to lower production volumes, amortisation expenses, and acquisition and financing costs, according to the company.

Battery storage demonstration project commissioned

Battery storage demonstration project commissioned

GERMANY: A battery storage component connected to a five-turbine wind farm could offer insights into system integration of renewable energies, researchers believe.

Turkey launches 1GW onshore tender

Turkey launches 1GW onshore tender

TURKEY: The energy minister has called a tender for 1GW in new onshore wind capacity next March, but no announcement has been made following a 1.2GW offshore auction scheduled for last month.

New York launches 800MW tender

New York launches 800MW tender

UNITED STATES: New York state has launched a request for proposals (RfP) for at least 800MW of offshore wind projects.

PNE's earnings down amid pipeline development

PNE's earnings down amid pipeline development

GERMANY: PNE made a net loss of €2 million in the first nine months of the year, down from a €16.3 million profit a year ago, as it prepares to develop and then sell a 200MW portfolio of wind farms.


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Opinion

OPINION: Support mechanisms must back innovation

Only a small proportion of the seabed around the globe is currently suitable for offshore-wind development, due to the requirements regarding water depth and seabed conditions of current fixed foundation, regardless of other constraints such as shipping lanes and nature reserves.

OPINION: It's now or never -- time is running out

Unless your name is Donald Trump, the devastation wreaked by Hurricane Michael in Florida last month shows climate change is already having an impact on our economy and livelihoods.

OPINION: Ørsted US shopping spree not just about capacity

Ørsted has spent more than $1 billion in the past two months, buying up more than just US wind capacity.


In Depth

GE acquisitions bear fruit as it pushes past 5MW

GE acquisitions bear fruit as it pushes past 5MW

UNITED STATES: Expertise from subsidiaries LM Wind Power and Blade Dynamics contributed to the big, new, onshore platform, as GE Renewable Energy's cherry-picking begins to pay off.

Reflections from WindEnergy Hamburg 2018

Reflections from WindEnergy Hamburg 2018

GERMANY: High-torque gearbox development, the mystery of the missing ministers, the death-knell sounds for pure-play OEMs, and the clout of the oil companies -- the Windpower Monthly team reflects on the news, product announcements and debates from the industry's biggest event.

Windtech: Wind-power generation with CO2 harvesting

Windtech: Wind-power generation with CO2 harvesting

GERMANY: A German consultancy promises to make wind power even greener. Eize de Vries talks to company founder Jörg Spitzner about Blancair, its innovative wind-turbine concept unveiled to an invited audience at WindEnergy Hamburg.

Big Pic: Suzlon installs 140-metre hybrid tower

Big Pic: Suzlon installs 140-metre hybrid tower

INDIA: Competitive tendering and low wind speeds are driving the push to tall towers and long blades in India. Suzlon is now testing its latest S120 2.1MW model on a new 140-metre hybrid tower.

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