Windpower Monthly: May 2019

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Is Trump's America ready for the Green New Deal?

Is Trump's America ready for the Green New Deal?

They are both New Yorkers and avid Twitter users, but in all other respects US president Donald Trump and congresswoman Alexandra Ocasio-Cortez couldn't be further apart. We assess the current state of the union over climate-change action and renewable-energy policy.

Features

Challenges remain for rapid US offshore buildout

With the deadline looming to start work at the end of 2019 to qualify for tax credits, building a supply chain is the priority for the nascent US offshore wind sector.

Great lakes project delayed as it tackles freezing water

Icebreaker, the $126 million 20.7MW project in Lake Erie, will not come online until 2022, two years later than the original commissioning date.

WindTech: MHI Vestas goes global with 9.5MW typhoon-class V174

MHI Vestas introduced its latest V174-9.5MW offshore turbine model with an enlarged 174-metre rotor in February. Senior product manager Anders Bach Andersen talked to Eize de Vries at the recent WindEurope event in Bilbao about how this model differs from to the "original" V164 series, including last year's V164-10.0MW upgrade.


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Analysis

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.

Iran looks at alternative models as sanctions cut off financing

Faced with renewed US trade sanctions, Iran "would be better off forgetting wind energy", unless it seriously ramps up deployment, according to Hashem Oraee, president of the Iran Wind Energy Association (IRWEA).

Enercon braced for change following dramatic German collapse

"Enercon is changing," Hans-Dieter Kettwig, managing director, said at the company's stand at the Hanover Industry Trade Fair, in response to a much smaller German market where the OEM has historically seen much of its business.

Senvion secures €100m 'breathing space'

Turbine manufacturer Senvion has agreed a €100 million loan from its existing lenders, giving the company a lifeline as it navigates its administration process.

Comment

US grid starved of investment

Houston will host this year's American Wind Energy Association (AWEA) conference and exhibition (20-23 May), an appropriate choice given the size and health of the Texan wind energy market.

Viewpoint: Policy is the key to offshore growth

The "30 by 30" mantra, meaning 30GW of offshore wind deployed in Europe by 2030, has quickly moved from a statement of ambition to a consensus forecast.

Backpage: The last word in wind -- May 2019

Teaching kids about climate change, but adults have a lot to learn, too; plus European investment figures and facts.

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