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Norway set to create new test zones

Norway set to create new test zones

NORWAY: Energy minister Terje Søviknes said the government will identify two offshore zones this autumn for pilot and demonstration offshore wind projects, but held back on supporting a full-scale industry.

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Prices rise again in German tender

Prices rise again in German tender

GERMANY: Close to the full 670MW allocation was awarded in the latest onshore wind tender as prices increased again.

Plans approved for New South Wales hybrid project

Plans approved for New South Wales hybrid project

AUSTRALIA: Developer CWP Renewables has received planning approval to expand its 270MW Sapphire wind farm in New South Wales into a renewable energy hub.

Boskalis signs UK cable repair deal

Boskalis signs UK cable repair deal

UK: Boskalis has signed a five-year framework agreement to repair subsea cables for transmission links between the UK's onshore grid and its offshore wind farms.

GE wins Terraform servicing deal

GE wins Terraform servicing deal

UNITED STATES: GE Renewable Energy has been selected to service the 1.6GW North American fleet owned by TerraForm Power.

Danish wind output down over summer

Danish wind output down over summer

DENMARK: Danish wind production was down 24% year-on-year in June and July, but turbines still produced more than coal, gas, solar PV and biomass combined.

Boskalis remains confident as earnings fall

Boskalis remains confident as earnings fall

NETHERLANDS: Revenue, earnings and orders in Boskalis' offshore energy segment were down in the first half of the year, but the marine contractor remains positive for the remainder of 2018.

India seeks 160MW hybrid site proposals

India seeks 160MW hybrid site proposals

INDIA: The Solar Energy Corporation of India (SECI) has launched a request for proposals (RfP) for a 160MW wind-solar-storage project in Andhra Pradesh, southeast India.

Infigen buys Tesla battery

Infigen buys Tesla battery

AUSTRALIA: Developer Infigen will add a 25MW/52MWh lithium-ion battery to its 278.5MW Lake Bonney project in South Australia.

Vestas six-month revenues fall but has record backlog

Vestas six-month revenues fall but has record backlog

DENMARK: In line with its rivals, Vestas has seen revenues fall in H1 2018 as price pressures continue to hit the industry.

Suzlon-backed developer acquires US cluster

Suzlon-backed developer acquires US cluster

UNITED STATES: A startup company backed by Indian manufacturer Suzlon will finance and develop new and repowered projects in the US.

Latest German wind tender launched

Latest German wind tender launched

GERMANY: This year's fourth and final onshore wind tender will take place on 1 October, the federal network agency has announced.

German grid expansion plan published

German grid expansion plan published

GERMANY: Economics minister Peter Altmaier has presented measures for expanding the grid to better integrate renewable energy sources.


AUGUST 2018

Opinion

Living in a world of contradictions

Denmark, the country that probably did more than any other to pioneer wind power, plans to slash its onshore fleet by more than half.

How auctions pushed down prices in Latin America

Latin America has undergone a renewable-energy revolution over the past few years, doubling its installed capacity between 2007 and 2016. However, if we look just at wind and solar, capacity has actually increased 28-fold over that period.

OPINION: Making the most of the offshore wind boom

With the pace of offshore deployment increasing, the supply chain needs to keep pace. Here, vessel supplier Seajack's crewing manager, Ian Robertson, sets out the three major challenges facing the sector.


In Depth

France repowering clarified, offshore simplified

France repowering clarified, offshore simplified

FRANCE: The French government has passed a law designed to speed up the deployment of offshore wind power projects and issued guidelines to bring clarity for repowering onshore facilities.

Grid constraints damage auction appetite

Grid constraints damage auction appetite

INDIA: Since early 2017 India has seen nearly 7.5GW of capacity procured through auctions, but the industry growth looks set to slow down in the face of limited grid access.

Safe havens for protected birds?

Safe havens for protected birds?

GERMANY: The discovery of protected species on a potential or operating site is enough to make the hearts of developers and operators sink, but thanks to better understanding and monitoring of wildlife behaviour, there are measures to help wind projects and nature co-exist.

Floating pioneers undaunted by challenges

Floating pioneers undaunted by challenges

UK: Realism over the challenges that floating offshore faces was balanced by optimism that they will be overcome as experts gathered at the Windpower Monthly forum.

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