Global regions

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

North America

Benefits of upgrading US grids far outweigh costs

"Some of our transmission lines are over 100 years old. Think about that -- we're charging iPhones and powering smart TVs with infrastructure built when large portions of the country still didn't have access to the electricity needed for a simple light bulb," said AWEA's Amy Farrell, as the trade body called for greater investment in grids to help reduce bills.

US utility suffers cyberattack

A 'distributed denial-of-service' (DoS) attack was launched against an unknown utility on 5 March, the Department of Energy revealed in its most recent Electric Emergency and Disturbance Report.

PG&E power deals ruling set for judicial decision

A judge overseeing the bankruptcy of PG&E Corp will now have to rule on who has jurisdiction over the utility's contracts with renewable energy providers.

Great lakes project delayed as it tackles freezing water

Icebreaker, the $126 million 20.7MW project in Lake Erie, will not come online until 2022, two years later than the original commissioning date.

South America

CIP targets Asia and Latin America with new fund

Copenhagen Infrastructure Partners (CIP) has established a new fund with a primary focus on greenfield renewable energy projects in Asia and Latin America.

Wind boom could be shortlived as economic crisis hits

Argentina's Renovar programme has made the country a promising emerging market, but now recession and a lack of grid capacity are starting to take hold.

Brazil announces biannual tenders to 2021

Brazil has scheduled the first energy auction under president Jair Bolsonaro for 27 June, the first round of biannual tenders to be held through to 2021.

Wind farms to provide peak supply in Colombia

Wind and solar projects have been contracted to provide firm energy to the Colombian grid during peak hours for the first time, the country's energy minister said.

Middle East & Africa

Iran looks at alternative models as sanctions cut off financing

Faced with renewed US trade sanctions, Iran "would be better off forgetting wind energy", unless it seriously ramps up deployment, according to Hashem Oraee, president of the Iran Wind Energy Association (IRWEA).

Battle rages over wind-powered blockchain site

The future of a 900MW wind project with the sole purpose of producing energy to power data- and cryptocurrency-mining centres in southern Morocco is in doubt due to a legal battle between the two main partners.

Saudi Arabia to 'lead Middle Eastern wind power'

Saudi Arabia is due to become the Middle East's largest wind power market in the next decade, according to new analysis, with the desert kingdom accounting for nearly half of new additions in the region by 2028.

Eskom warned against contract renegotiations

Debt-ravaged state utility Eskom is considering renegotiating contracts with companies successful in South Africa's first two renewable energy tenders, according to reports.

Europe

Portuguese parliament slams excessive payments to generators

The Portuguese parliament has approved a report calling for the government and regulators to curb excessive profits of electricity generators, including a €950 million alleged over-payment to EDP for guaranteeing supply from its Sines coal-fired plant.

Acciona trials solar modules to power wind turbine

VIDEO: Acciona has installed flexible carbon-based photovoltaic (PV) modules on a turbine in Spain in an attempt to make wind power more efficient.

RWE prepares for renewables growth with €5 billion loan

RWE has secured a €5 billion credit line as it prepares to take over E.on and Innogy's renewable energy and gas storage businesses.

Nordex ramps up production ahead of busy H2

German turbine manufacturer Nordex has increased its manufacturing output ahead of a busy second half of the year, after installations in Q1 halved compared with 2018.

Asia Pacific

Indian auction momentum slows further

Three recent wind auctions in India with a cumulative capacity of 3.4GW were undersubscribed by nearly 1.1GW as prices stabilise.

India, Denmark and Poland named investment 'hot-spots'

Government support and overcoming transmission and legislative challenges will make India and Denmark top investment destinations in the next ten years, and Poland a promising market, according to new analysis.

Indian downturn hits manufacturing production

India has seen nearly 10GW of capacity awarded under the auction mode since early 2017. But the implementation of these capacities is significantly lagging.

India's developers back away from latest federal auction

After being oversubscribed in all past federal auctions except one, the latest seventh tranche tender for 1.2GW saw bids of only 0.6GW

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