GERMANY: All eyes in the wind power business are turning towards Hamburg as preparation conclude for the 2018 exhibition and conference. We take a look at the topics up for discussion on each day, from auction design and repowering to digitalisation and hybrid projects.
SPAIN: The electricity sector is to undergo urgent reforms to enable a larger penetration of renewable energies which will, in turn, ensure a lower price for consumers and greater energy efficiency, Spain's ecological transition minister Teresa Ribera announced.
NEW ZEALAND: Renewable energy sources generated 85% of total electricity production in the second quarter, its highest share of the mix since 1981, according to government data.
UK: Partners SSE and Fluor have requested permission to use 120 turbines at their Seagreen Alpha and Bravo sites in the Outer Firth of Forth, having originally planned to use 150.
UNITED STATES: US construction firms Chet Morrison and iSIMS have unveiled a new jacket foundation design that uses less steel than the traditional substructure.
CANADA: Ontario's government has introduced legislation to repeal the state's Green Energy Act (GEA), the key policy behind the state's feed-in tariff for wind power projects.
DENMARK/JAPAN: MHI Vestas has had trademarks approved for the words 'V174-9.0MW' and 'V174-9.1MW' in the European Union.
UNITED STATES: Xcel Energy has completed construction of its two-phase 600MW Rush Creek project in Colorado.
PORTUGAL: K2 Management has acquired Cruz Atcheson, a Lisbon-based engineering consultancy that specialises in floating offshore wind, wave and tidal power.
UNITED STATES: If Virginia was to back development of offshore wind, it could become the tipping point in investment by developers, a new report by BVG Associates has concluded.
UK: Vestas is relocating its testing related activities on the Isle of Wight to make room for potential future expansion being considered by its offshore wind joint venture (JV) with Mitsubishi Heavy Industries.
INDIA: Advisory and certification body DNV GL has opened a global operations and analytics centre for renewable assets in Bengaluru in the southern state of Karnataka.
UNITED STATES: RES Americas has abandoned plans for a 600MW wind farm in Indiana, citing "unfavourable" changes in "technical circumstances".
United Kingdom Ørsted sells 50% of Hornsea One
Germany Baltic Eagle survey begins
WORLDWIDE: Governments the world over try to maximise the economic gain of wind-farm developments in their countries. While much local economic benefit will arise from activities that need to be carried out on site, such as operation and maintenance, often governments seek more.
Those of us who work in the renewables industry largely understand the difference between weather and climate. When someone does something as crass as taking a snowball on to the floor of the US Senate to "prove" that global warming is a hoax (that was senator Jim Inhofe of Oklahoma in the winter of 2015, by the way), we tend to roll our eyes and move on to something more enlightening.
Denmark, the country that probably did more than any other to pioneer wind power, plans to slash its onshore fleet by more than half.
UK: Britain's National Infrastructure Commission (NIC) has delivered a resounding vote of confidence in renewable energy by recommending that the UK aims for 50% renewable-electricity generation by 2030. It suggests only one more contract for a nuclear power station before 2025.
WORLDWIDE: We have focused on turbines in production or for which orders are being taken, omitting the discontinued, the test-bed prototypes for those that never made it, and the designs still on the drawing boards to examine the credentials of ten of the highest-rated capacity turbines on the market today.
GERMANY: As the first prototype of Enercon's new EP3 platform starts operating in northern Germany, Eize de Vries visits the company's R&D centre in Aurich to learn more about its radically different design approach, and the firm's plans for its latest acquisition, Lagerwey.
GERMANY: Nordex is leading the way on large onshore turbines with super-sized rotor diameters, following the installation in late August of the first of two N149/4.5MW prototypes. Eize de Vries watched the installation and finds out the manufacturer's plans for the Delta4000 platform.