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RES to repower first French wind farm

RES to repower first French wind farm

FRANCE: RES will repower an entire project for the first time by upgrading the first wind farm it built in France.

Grid operators plan wind-to-gas pilot

Grid operators plan wind-to-gas pilot

GERMANY: Three electricity and gas grid operators have unveiled a plan to build a 100MW wind power-to-gas pilot plant in Lower Saxony, northern Germany.

MHI Vestas in line to supply EDF's Nautilus

MHI Vestas in line to supply EDF's Nautilus

UNITED STATES: EDF Renewables has named MHI Vestas as the preferred supplier for its 25MW Nautilus project off the coast of New Jersey.

News and Analysis

Northwester 2 reaches financial close

BELGIUM: Parkwind and Sumitomo Corporation have raised around €700 million and reached financial close on their 219MW Northwester 2 offshore project.

Cruise firm to partly offset emissions with wind

UNITED STATES: Royal Caribbean Cruises will offset between 10% and 12% of its emissions with electricity generated at a wind farm in Kansas.

Ingeteam producing control systems in India

INDIA: Electrical conversion and turbine control equipment supplier Ingeteam has started serial production at its production facility in Tamil Nadu.

Vestas to open manufacturing facility in Australia

AUSTRALIA: Vestas will open a new renewable energy hub in Victoria, featuring a turbine manufacturing facility.

Eolus faces resistance from local residents

LATVIA: Developer SIA Eolus is facing difficulties in the development of a €250 million project in the Tukums and Dobele regions of Latvia, due to protests by local citizens.

In Depth

Move over, London

UK: London Array has more than twice the number of turbines, but Ørsted's Walney Extension project in the Irish Sea is now, officially, offshore wind's largest operating project at 659MW.

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

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.

How independent developers will survive consolidation drive

WORLDWIDE: The relentless drive to to lower the cost of energy is favouring large multinationals and has led to a flurry of smaller developers being bought out. But the independents argue their ability to adapt to different markets and make quick decisions means there remains a place for them

Back to the future

UK: In bringing the UK's generation fleet into the 21st century with its latest offshore wind farm, sometimes you have to go back 4,000 years. This is what ScottishPower Renewables has done at the East Anglia One project, uncovering a rare neolithic trackway and animal skulls in the process.

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