Global regions

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

North America

Massachusetts governor vetoes higher offshore wind target

A climate bill that would have raised the state’s offshore wind target by an additional 2.4GW has been stymied by the governor on the grounds that cutting emissions by an extra 5% in the next ten years would cost $6 billion

Turn of the year sees US commissioning surge

Wind farm commissioning ramped up significantly in the US towards the end of 2020, according to Windpower Intelligence, the research and data division of Windpower Monthly

Equinor and BP victorious in New York offshore wind tender

Equinor and BP have been selected to build nearly 2.5GW of offshore wind off the coast of New York, taking the US state’s total offshore commitments with the energy giants to 3.3GW

WindEconomics: Gap between US wind and PV narrows

Wind power is now the largest renewable energy source in the US — with more than twice the installed capacity of solar PV. But with solar costs falling rapidly, how long can wind hold on to its lead?

South America

Vestas in line to supply mystery mega-project in Latin America

If confirmed, Vestas' latest Latin American deal would push its order book in the region over the 5GW mark

Nordex secures huge Brazilian order from Statkraft

Nordex will supply 519MW of turbines for Statkraft in Brazil, as the Norwegian developer plans 1.1GW of wind power capacity in the country

Emerging markets order more than 1GW of wind turbines in September

Just over 1GW of firm orders were reported for wind farms spread across Egypt, Russia, Morocco, Colombia and Vietnam last month

Insight report: Latin American wind sector hit by Covid-19 and debt

Some countries badly hit by virus and debt, but region's longer-term prospects look strong

Middle East & Africa

Enel teams up with Qatar fund for African renewables development

Enel Green Power and the Qatar Investment Authority have agreed to form a new joint venture to develop wind and solar PV projects in sub-Saharan Africa

Amazon knocks Google off top spot as 'world's biggest' renewable energy buyer

With the addition of 26 new utility-scale wind and solar projects in Australia, South Africa, Europe and the US, Amazon now sources output from 6.5GW of renewable energy projects

EDF and Mitsui start work on Moroccan project

The first phase of the Taza wind farm from the EDF Renewables and Mitsui consortium has kicked off in northern Morocco

SGRE to supply 301MW to wind farm in southern Morocco

Turbine manufacturer to supply wind turbines to a consortium for the Boujdour wind farm as part of a 850MW tender.

Europe

Offshore wind newcomer divests 80% of Swedish lake project

UK investment firm Downing will buy a majority stake in a 100MW wind farm in Lake Vänern for around €29 million

European demand helps Nordex orders level in 2020 despite coronavirus

Nordex received more than 6GW of orders in 16 countries in 2020 thanks to strong demand in Q4

Vestas halts 150 turbines following blade investigation

Vestas has removed from operation 150 turbines of its V150 turbines, following a collapsed turbine at a Swedish wind farm last year.

Six groups join race for Denmark's Thor offshore wind farm

The Danish Energy Agency has prequalified sector giants and energy companies from across Europe to develop the up to 1GW offshore wind farm — the country's largest yet

Asia Pacific

Onshore wind operators face hit from grid parity in China

Newly installed wind and solar PV projects stopped receiving subsidies from 1 January 2021, and the change may impact some power producers more than others

Japan targets up to 45GW offshore wind by 2040

The Asian country is reported to plan a 30-45GW target by 2040 for offshore wind, which would make it one of the global leaders in the sector

Japan to decommission floating offshore wind test turbines

The Japanese government has decided to remove floating offshore wind pilot turbines off Fukushima due to concerns about profitability, according to the Japanese Wind Power Association

Asian offshore wind market to match Europe within five years

Asian offshore wind capacity will grow sixfold to 52GW by 2025, according to new reasearch. China will continue to dominate, but foreign developers will drive major growth in Taiwan and Vietnam