Global regions

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

North America

US 16GW offshore super-grid plans submitted

Grid developer Anbaric has filed an application with US regulators for a 16GW grid off the north-eastern coast to connect the region's planned offshore wind projects.

US policy failures prompt continued need for PTC

A powerful committee in the US Congress has proposed extensions to the US's key support mechanism for wind for a further five years, potentially providing some breathing space for an overstretched supply chain. But its course to becoming law will be a difficult path to navigate.

US projects concede spacing to fisheries demands -- updated

Developers of offshore wind projects off the northeast US coast have agreed to space their turbines in line with some of the demands of the local fishing industry. It should not affect the timeline of the 800MW Vineyard 1 site in Massachusetts.

New Jersey doubles offshore goal

New Jersey is doubling its goal for offshore wind power to 7.5GW by 2035, up from 3.5GW by 2030.

South America

Mainstream finances 571MW wind and solar PV in Chile

Mainstream Renewable Power has reached financial close on the 571MW first phase of a 1.3GW wind and solar PV cluster in Chile, three years after it secured the necessary power deals at auction.

Engie secures loan for 360MW Brazilian complex

Brazil's national development bank (BNDES) has approved BRL 1.26 billion ($370 million) in financing for Engie's 360MW Umburanas wind power complex -- the bank's first large-scale loan for the technology under climate change-denying president Jair Bolsonaro.

Colombia awards 1.3GW in rescheduled tender

Colombia's ministry of mines and energy (MME) has awarded power contracts for 1.3GW of wind and solar PV projects with a weighted average price of COP 95,600/MWh ($28.09/MWh) in its rescheduled renewables tender.

GE wins debut Brazilian Cypress order

GE Renewable Energy has received the first order for its Cypress turbines in Brazil, winning a deal to supply EDF Renewables with 25 5.3MW units.

Middle East & Africa

Africa set for nine-fold wind capacity increase

The International Energy Agency (IEA) expects Africa's wind power fleet to increase nine-fold between the end of 2018 and 2040, but the continent's small power markets and underdeveloped grids pose challenges to managing variability as renewables' penetration increases.

Wind set for bulk of new South African capacity to 2030

South Africa's government expects 14.4GW of new wind power capacity to be installed between 2022 and 2030 under its final Integrated Resource Plan (IRP) -- more than any other energy source in this period.

Africa's first wind-solar-storage hybrid project unveiled

Developers Windlab and Eurus Energy have signed a memorandum of understanding (MoU) with Kenyan authorities for what could be Africa's first hybrid renewable energy plant.

France looks to wind for island energy autonomy

After a period of zero growth, wind deployment is beginning to take off again in France's overseas territories, but will need to speed up further to achieve the government's 2030 target.

Europe

Equinor and ESB target Irish offshore

Irish utility ESB and Norwegian firm Equinor plan to jointly develop offshore wind sites and enter them into the country's renewable energy auctions from the mid-2020s.

Total to supply storage system to subsidy-free Finnish site

A subsidiary of French energy giant Total, Saft Batteries, will provide a storage system to a subsidy-free Finnish wind farm. The 6MW/6.6MWh battery will be Scandinavia's largest.

German climate policy has "lost direction"

Germany's new climate protection law, passed by parliament on 15 November, has crushed the sector's hopes that would help pull wind energy out of its current dramatic collapse as more details emerged. Renewables and energy associations have appealed to the government to reconsider its approach.

MHI Vestas due to supply first floating 10MW turbines

MHI Vestas is in line to supply its 10MW turbine for a floating offshore wind project for the first time, having been named as preferred supplier for the Eoliennes Flottantes du Golfe du Lion (EFGL) wind farm off the south coast of France.

Asia Pacific

Lack of RET stunting Australia investment

The Clean Energy Council (CEC) has called on Australia's energy ministers to take action against falling levels of investment, which is 60% lower in 2019 than it was a year ago.

Neoen adds to Hornsdale battery

French developer Neoen has agreed with battery supplier Tesla to increase the Hornsdale Power Reserve by 50%.

Northland targets 600MW off Japan

Canadian renewable energy developer Northland Power has entered into a 50:50 joint venture (JV) with Japanese counterpart Shizen Energy to target 600MW of offshore wind capacity in Japan.

Suzlon joins Enercon and Senvion on OEM crisis list

Suzlon's ability to continue as a going concern is in "significant doubt", according to the Indian wind turbine OEM's auditor in its latest report.

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