Global regions

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

North America

Relief as PG&E restructure plan promises to honour wind deals

The US's largest utility, Pacific Gas & Electric (PG&E), says it will honour its long-term renewable-energy contracts -- including those for some 2.15GW of wind power -- as it struggles to exit bankruptcy.

US solar relief extension would 'devastate' wind

Onshore wind power will be disadvantaged when its key support mechanism in the US expires next year, while solar PV retaining a tax deduction will make it more competitive, analysts believe.

Facebook signs latest PPA

Social media giant Facebook has inked a new power purchase agreement with what will be the single-largest wind project in Texas, as the corporate PPA market continues apace in the US.

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.

South America

Statkraft enters Chile wind with triple acquisition

Norway's Statkraft plans to invest $180 million building three wind farms in central Chile.

Dutch investor enters South America

Dutch infrastructure investment fund manager DIF Capital Partners has agreed to buy a 51.7MW wind farm in Uruguay from German manufacturer Enercon and compatriot developer Eab New Energy.

Worker injured after GE turbine collapse

A GE turbine collapsed at a wind farm in north-east Brazil, injuring a worker and sparking a probe into the fifth such incident this year, the manufacturer confirmed.

Equinor buys maiden wind capacity in Argentina

Norwegian energy company Equinor has entered the Argentine wind sector by acquiring a 50% stake in a 120MW wind project under construction in the south of the country.

Middle East & Africa

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.

Lekela funds latest Egypt project

Lekela has reached financial close on the 250MW West Bakr project in north Egypt, nearly four years after first signing a memorandum of understanding over the project.

Vestas to supply Saudi Arabia's first wind farm

Vestas will supply a consortium of EDF Renewables and Masdar with 99 turbines for Saudi Arabia's first utility-scale wind farm.

Record turbine orders confirm Africa's developing potential

A surge of confirmed deals in South Africa led to Africa's turbine order intake reaching a record 1.5GW last year, according to new figures.

Europe

Repowering potential for SGRE in Senvion deal

Senvion's service contracts and the opportunities they present for forging future repowering deals are likely to be among the embattled manufacturer's most attractive assets as competitor Siemens Gamesa pursues a deal, according to a wind power industry analyst.

The rise and fall of Senvion

Senvion's demise has been on the cards for some time, but its collapse means the industry has lost a prominent technological pioneer in both the onshore and offshore sectors. Eize de Vries looks back on the company's impact on wind power development.

Russia allocates €3.14 billion to support wind

The Russian government has finally approved the allocation of RUB 222 billion (€3.14 billion) to support wind projects between 2022 and 2035.

Commission clears RWE-E.on deal

The European Commission (EC) has given final approval to the asset swap deal that paves the way for German utility RWE to hold a 9GW-plus renewables portfolio and E.on to grow its distribution and retail businesses.

Asia Pacific

Neoen unveils 1.8GW wind-solar-storage hybrid

French developer Neoen is planning a major hybrid project in South Australia with up to 1.8GW of wind and solar plus a storage component dwarfing the world's current largest lithium-ion battery.

Acoustic monitoring trial launched

Software company Ping Services will install 55 monitoring devices that use acoustic analysis, machine learning and internet-of-things technology to detect damage to wind turbine blades at a project in Victoria, Australia.

Australia meets 33TWh renewables target

Australia's renewable energy target (RET) of 33TWh will be met early, following the completion of Goldwind's Cattle Hill project in Tasmania, according to industry body the Clean Energy Council.

Investment approved for 133MW New Zealand project

Australian developer Tilt Renewables' board has approved investment in the 133MW Waipipi wind farm in New Zealand, paving the way for financial close.

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