WindEurope 2019 - Bilbao, Spain 

Windpower Monthly's coverage from WindEurope's annual conference and exhibition in 2019, taking place in Bilbao, Spain (2-4 April).

Check back to see the latest news, views and interviews from the industry's leading names. 

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Lithuanian support scheme gets EC approval

Lithuanian support scheme gets EC approval

The European Commission (EC) has approved the proposed €385 million budget to fund Lithuania's technology-neutral renewable energy support scheme through to 2025.

'Wind industry has to be better at sharing'

'Wind industry has to be better at sharing'

Restrictions on access to turbine performance data are preventing operators from reducing costs, according to a new white paper published by predictive maintenance services provider Onyx Insight.

Domestic firms win all 6GW of China's first subsidy-free site

Domestic firms win all 6GW of China's first subsidy-free site

State-owned energy firm State Power Investment Corporation (Spic) awarded the full 6GW of subsidy-free capacity to local suppliers, leaving out western OEMs entirely.

Bilbao 2019: SGRE unveils 5.8MW turbines

Bilbao 2019: SGRE unveils 5.8MW turbines

Siemens Gamesa Renewable Energy (SGRE) has unveiled a new 5MW+ onshore wind turbine platform at the WindEurope 2019 conference.

Bilbao 2019: Further tests for GE Cypress at IWES

Bilbao 2019: Further tests for GE Cypress at IWES

GE Renewable Energy's new Cypress turbine platform will be put through its paces at the Fraunhofer Institute for Wind Energy Systems (IWES).

Bilbao 2019: Over 300GW to be added globally by 2024

Bilbao 2019: Over 300GW to be added globally by 2024

The Global Wind Energy Council predicts more than 300GW of new wind capacity will be added over the next five years as it releases its latest Global Wind Report at the 2019 WindEurope conference and exhibition in Bilbao, Spain.

Bilbao 2019: Some national plans 'are not meaningful'

Bilbao 2019: Some national plans 'are not meaningful'

While many national energy and climate plans (NECPs) include pledges to deploy wind capacity, the lack of detailed policy means many of the plans "are not meaningful", according to new analysis by trade body WindEurope.

Bilbao 2019: Brexit not affecting CfD competition

Bilbao 2019: Brexit not affecting CfD competition

Brexit's looming spectre and the ongoing uncertainty it has caused has not deterred potential bidders in the UK's next offshore wind auction, according to government and industry.

Bilbao 2019: The money is there, says Tacke

Bilbao 2019: The money is there, says Tacke

The industry needs to offer clear and secure revenue flow from projects to attract support from institutional investors, said Siemens Gamesa Renewable Energy CEO Markus Tacke at the opening session of the WindEurope 2019 conference and exhibition in Bilbao (2-4 April).

Bilbao 2019: Envision secures European finance package

Bilbao 2019: Envision secures European finance package

Turbine manufacturer Envision Energy has secured a new credit line from Spanish bank Santander with support from Danish credit agency EKF and LM Wind Power.

Bilbao 2019: GE lands first Cypress deal

Bilbao 2019: GE lands first Cypress deal

GE Renewable Energy has won its first turbine supply agreement for its Cypress onshore wind platform, for a site in Germany.

A tour around Ingeteam's testing facility

A tour around Ingeteam's testing facility

PARTNER CONTENT: In the third and final part of our video series, Ingeteam took Windpower TV on a tour around their testing facility in Bilbao, Spain.

Fred Olsen to mount lidars on turbines at Swedish project

Fred Olsen to mount lidars on turbines at Swedish project

Fred Olsen Renewables will install lidar (light detection and ranging) technology on each of the 25 turbine nacelles at its 105MW Högaliden wind farm in northern Sweden.

Nordex launches 5MW turbine

Nordex launches 5MW turbine

Nordex has entered the 5MW class with a new turbine, the third model in its Delta4000 platform.

Enercon hints at 5MW platform

Enercon hints at 5MW platform

German manufacturer Enercon has completely subsumed Lagerwey into its business and is planning a leap in to the 5MW class, based on the Dutch firm's technology.

Ingeteam: 'We can quickly adapt production to market demands'

Ingeteam: 'We can quickly adapt production to market demands'

PARTNER CONTENT: In part two of our series, Ingeteam spoke to Windpower TV about their supply chain, the necessity of converters and generators in turbines and reacting to customer demands.

Ingeteam: 'We offer the best technology to our clients without any limitations'

Ingeteam: 'We offer the best technology to our clients without any limitations'

PARTNER CONTENT: Ingeteam spoke to Windpower TV about the advantages of being an independent company and learning from multiple different sectors.

Litigation against Spanish banks set to snowball

Litigation against Spanish banks set to snowball

SPAIN: Legal firms are successfully suing Spanish banks for abusive loans to renewable energy development over the past decade.

Gamesa wins high-altitude deal in China

Gamesa wins high-altitude deal in China

CHINA: Chinese developer Concord New Energy (CNE) has handed Spanish manufacturer Gamesa a deal to supply turbines to a site located 3,400 metres above sea level.

Gamesa unveils 2.5MW low-wind turbine at China Wind Power 2015

Gamesa unveils 2.5MW low-wind turbine at China Wind Power 2015

CHINA: Gamesa has launched a 2.5MW turbine with a 126-metre rotor at the China Wind Power 2015 event taking place in Beijing.

Gamesa appoints first Latin American CEO

Gamesa appoints first Latin American CEO

SPAIN: Gamesa has named José Antonio Miranda as its Latin America CEO, with Álvaro Bilbao taking over as CEO for China.

Gamesa appoints Latin American chief

Gamesa appoints Latin American chief

MEXICO: Gamesa has appointed Hipólito Suárez to head its Mexico and Latin American division.

Enel secures $300 million for Latin American push

Enel secures $300 million for Latin American push

LATIN AMERICA: Enel Green Power has agreed $300 million in loans from Banco Bilbao Vizcaya Argentaria (BBVA) to partly fund its expansion plans in Chile and Mexico.

Gamesa hires another business chief from automotive sector

Gamesa hires another business chief from automotive sector

SPAIN: Gamesa today announced another senior appointment to the firm from Spain's automotive sector, just a month after it hired CIE Automotive executive vice president Ignacio Martin as executive chairman.

Iberdrola says offshore wind is "foundation" for future growth

Group's global wind capacity rose to 13.3GW in 2011

Frustrated Spanish wind sector looks abroad to stay in business

SPAIN: Spanish firms are depending on international growth to survive as the domestic situation grows increasingly dire, according to delegates at the country's annual wind convention last month.

Gamesa fails to make a single Q1 sale in Spanish market

Gamesa fails to make a single Q1 sale in Spanish market

SPAIN: Gamesa has announced a 24 percent sales increase for the first quarter, with all of these sales coming from outside its home market.

Gamesa threatens 'unwelcoming' Spain

SPAIN: Spain's dominant wind turbine manufacturer, Gamesa, is threatening further factory closures unless the government puts in place policies that are more favourable to the wind industry.

Gamesa threatens Spanish factory closures

Gamesa threatens Spanish factory closures

SPAIN: Gamesa CEO Jorge Calvet has threatened to close more turbine factories in Spain, blaming the central government’s “lack of stable and clear regulation”.

Gamesa commits to €150m UK offshore plan

Gamesa commits to €150m UK offshore plan

UK: Gamesa has announced plans to invest €150 million in the launch of a global offshore division in the UK.

Wind Wire: Jobs boost from proposed factory

SCOTLAND: Gamesa is in talks with the Scottish government about opening a manufacturing base in the country.

Gamesa eyes potential manufacturing base in Scotland

Gamesa eyes potential manufacturing base in Scotland

UK: Gamesa is in talks with the Scottish government about opening a manufacturing base in the country.

Deal from the days of equity in excess

GE Energy Financial Services has taken a $222 million equity stake in a portfolio of American wind projects developed by Noble Environmental Power, a wind developer based in Connecticut. The projects, located in western and northern New York, include the 97.5 MW Altona, 106.5 MW Chateaugay and 126 MW Wethersfield wind facilities.

Stepping out of the shadows

It may have kept a low profile until now but the spotlight has been turned on Spanish wind project developer Alabe following its successful bid for a 608 MW wind tender for Valencia. Alabe's €585 million project plan is to be headed by Guadalaviar, a joint venture between Alabe, the energy wing of giant Spanish industrial group Acciona, and Spanish developer Enerfin, a subsidiary of Bilbao-based Elecnor. Alabe has also announced further plans to put up another 570 MW outside Valencia, mainly in the regions of Castile-La Mancha and Galicia.

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