Global regions

News and in-depth analysis of wind power, wind farms and wind industry companies and policy around the world.

North America

Icebreaker approved, but with conditions that make it 'economically unviable'

The US’ first freshwater wind farm in the Great Lakes has finally been given the green light, but with operating constrictions that are “fatal” to the development.

Ontario court overturns halt to EDPR wind farm

An Ontario appeal court has reinstated EDP Renewables’ right to build a 100MW wind farm after the government abruptly revoked consent for the project.

Turbine output drops steeply after ten years: US research

The performance of newer US wind turbines degrades at a slower rate than that of older projects, with a relatively abrupt decline in output after ten years of operation coinciding with the withdrawal of federal support, according to a new study.

Hamburg holds back, Denver goes digital: how wind's forums are adapting

The wind industry’s biggest trade shows of the year have had to adjust in response to the pandemic with WindEnergy Hamburg shifting its event to December, while AWEA’s new Cleanpower gathering goes digital.

South America

AES Gener targets 1.1GW in Chile and Colombia

Developer AES Gener plans to invest $1.8 billion over the next four years in renewable energy projects in Chile and Colombia, including 1.1GW of wind projects.

Slower growth delays tender by six months

Chile has delayed its latest tender to supply electricity to regulated clients due to lower growth expectations.

Chile advances South America's biggest wind farm

Chilean energy company Colbun has applied for an environmental licence to build the largest wind project in Latin America.

Americas installations up 12% in 2019

Combined installations in North, Central and South America, and the Caribbean increased 12% year on year to 13.4GW in 2019, according to new figures released by the Global Wind Energy Council.

Middle East & Africa

African chemicals giant launches renewables hunt

South African chemicals and mining giant Sasol has launched a search for 600MW of wind and solar power in the same week it was excluded from the world’s largest investment fund.

New offshore wind partnership targets South Africa

Swedish developer Hexicon has formed a joint venture with South African counterpart Genesis Eco-Energy Developments to build what would be the continent’s first offshore wind project.

TPI forced to reduce production levels

Blade company TPI Composites has reduced its manufacturing operations in India, Turkey, and Mexico because of the Covid-19 pandemic.

South Africa dismisses coal lobby legal challenge

South Africa’s Supreme Court of Appeal has rejected a legal challenge against state utility Eskom signing power purchase agreements with operators of 2.3GW of renewables projects successful in the country’s fourth tender round.

Europe

Why joint tenders aren't working: German wind urges rethink

No wind developers submitted bids to compete against their solar PV counterparts in Germany’s fifth technology-neutral clean energy tender, prompting the head of the German wind energy association (BWE) to call again to scrap the joint auctions.

Finnish offshore developer planning 720MW extension

The developer of Finland’s first 40MW offshore wind farm is considering adding up to 720MW of new capacity to the site.

Denmark proposes 4GW "energy islands"

The Danish finance ministry has unveiled plans to support 4GW of new offshore wind capacity in the form of new energy islands which will both increase the country’s renewables share but also support decarbonising carbon-intensive industries.

Ireland fast-tracks seven offshore wind farms

The Irish government has accelerated over 3GW of offshore wind capacity through a new marine permitting regime.

Asia Pacific

Indian energy giants to form renewables JV

Two of India’s biggest fossil fuel and power groups aim to collaborate to explore opportunities in renewables — including offshore wind — in their domestic market and abroad.

Suzlon shareholders back debt deal

Shareholders of troubled Indian manufacturer Suzlon have approved the proposed debt restructuring deal, the manufacturer confirmed in a notification to the stock exchange.

India awards first 24/7 clean energy contract

India’s ReNew Power has won the country’s first tender to provide continuous green energy, bidding for an initial price of INR 2,900/MWh ($38.67/MWh).

Testing sea bed conditions in the Taiwan Strait

After years of talk and planning, work begins in earnest at one of the world's highest-potential offshore wind markets