Global regions

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

North America

NextEra Energy raises renewable ambitions post-IRA

NextEra Energy is lifting its renewable energy targets in the wake of the US’s Inflation Reduction Act (IRA), which reintroduces tax credits for clean energy projects, executives told analysts on a conference call.

‘No time to lose’ for planning US offshore wind transmission

Collaborative transmission planning for US offshore wind could save at least $20 billion and reduce environmental and community impacts by 2050, but states, federal agencies, and regional grid operators must start preparations now, according to a new report.

Energy giants bid for new offshore wind farms in New York’s latest tender

Energy giants including BP and Ørsted have submitted bids for New York’s third offshore wind tender, through which the east coast state hopes to award power deals for up to 4.6GW of capacity.

GE to build New York plants if Haliade-X patent ‘work-around’ succeeds

GE is proposing two new offshore wind facilities in New York to build blades and nacelles for its recently unveiled next-generation Haliade-X, which it says does not infringe the intellectual property of Siemens Gamesa. The manufacturing plants are part of bids for New York’s third offshore wind tender.

South America

Statkraft acquires first wind project in Peru

Statkraft has entered wind power in Peru by acquiring a 72MW project that could be extended with a wind-solar hybrid array.

Indigenous human rights protests halt Enel wind farm construction in Colombia

Construction of Enel Green Power’s 200MW Windpeshi project in Colombia has ground to halt amid protests by local indigenous communities over alleged human rights violations.

RWE plans major green ammonia development in Chile

Germany energy giant RWE has become the latest company to set out plans to harness the potent winds of Chilean Patagonia to produce green fuels.

2022: Windpower Monthly's review of the year

Windpower Monthly's editorial team is now on leave for the Christmas break. We will be back on 3 January, but in the meantime, read our review of the year and a selection of our features and analysis from 2022.

Middle East & Africa

Tunisia plans to tender 600MW wind in next three years

The Tunisian government has announced plans to tender up to 600MW of new wind power capacity across four auctions in the next three years.

'No grid access': South Africa rejects 4GW wind in tender

South Africa rejected bids for more than 4GW of wind capacity in its latest tender because it was unable to connect the 23 projects offered in the auction to the grid.

Industry heavyweights in hunt for Saudi Arabia’s 3.3GW auction

Saudi Arabia’s ministry of energy has announced 18 developers that are pre-qualified to bid in the 1.8GW wind portion of the country’s upcoming 3.3GW wind and solar auction.

COP27: What is standing in the way of African renewables?

Overestimated risk and inadequate policy framework are holding back investors and the necessary scale-up of African renewables, according to industry experts at the COP27 climate summit in Sharm El-Sheikh, Egypt.

Europe

Leak: EU to tackle wind permitting in IRA response

The European Commission is expected to sign off on a communication tomorrow (1 February) that will set out the EU response to President Biden's Inflation Reduction Act (IRA), which is channelling billions of dollars in subsidies and tax breaks to clean industry.

Germany launches 7GW offshore wind tender with negative bidding

German energy regulator Bundesnetzagentur has launched an auction for four new offshore wind sites in the North Sea and the Baltic with a combined capacity of 7GW.

Germany eyes 'full speed' energy transition with plan to acclerate wind permitting

The German cabinet has approved proposals from energy minister Robert Habeck to speed up permitting for wind farms, solar parks, heat pumps and grid infrastructure, and will now pass these on to the Bundestag.

Portugal maps out zones for 11GW of offshore wind

Portugal has identified zones that could support more than 11GW of offshore wind capacity as it prepares to hold its first tender later this year.

Asia Pacific

Japan commissions first large-scale offshore wind farms

Japanese conglomerate Marubeni has commissioned the country’s first large-scale offshore wind farms, bringing online more than 140MW of capacity off the north-east coast of its main island of Honshu.

Masdar eyes gigawatt-scale wind farms in Asia

UAE government-owned renewables developer Masdar has announced new plans for a 1GW wind farm in Kazakhstan and firmed up its aim to deploy 10GW of wind and solar PV in Azerbaijan across a series of new agreements.

Exclusive: WEG bets on Indian wind market with 4.2MW prototype

Brazilian industrial conglomerate WEG has installed a 4.2MW prototype wind turbine in India – a power rating significantly higher than the national average.

India plans 8GW annual wind auctions under reformed bidding process

The Indian government has bowed to industry demands to reform its bidding process as part of an announcement to auction 8GW of wind power projects per year until 2030.