Global regions

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

North America

Airships or modularisation proposed to transport longer blades

Slender or segmented blades, using airships, and on-site manufacturing are among solutions proposed to the logistical problems posed by super-sized wind turbine blades in a new study by DNV GL for the Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory.

'First risk mitigation deals' signed for repowering projects

Asset manager Ares Management Corporation has concluded what is believed to be the first proxy revenue swap (PRS) for a repowering project in the US.

NextEra braces for possible PG&E fallout

NextEra Energy Partners has announced a series of measures to offset potential fallout from Californian utility Pacific Gas & Electric's (PG&E's) bankruptcy, including securing $900 million in project refinancing.

Alberta sets 30% renewables target as it prepares fourth auction

The Albertan government has released a renewable electricity programme (REP) laying out plans to increase its share of renewable electricity to 30% by 2030.

South America

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.

AES Gener bets big in Latin America

Chilean utility AES Gener has leapt to become Colombia's largest wind developer after acquiring a portfolio of wind projects with almost 650MW of capacity from developer Jemeiwaa-Kai.

Colombia fails to award renewable energy contracts

No power off-take agreements were awarded in Colombia's first clean energy tender because the results would have violated antitrust laws, the energy minister said.

Middle East & Africa

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.

Lekela inks Egyptian power deal

Renewable development joint venture Lekela has signed a power purchase agreement (PPA) with the Egyptian Electricity Transmission Company (EETC) for a 250MW project near Ras Ghareb in the Gulf of Suez region.

First Tunisia tender rewards European firms

Four projects of 30MW each have been awarded under the first round of the 'authorisation regime', representing an investment of TND400 million (€115.2 million), the Tunisian government announced.

EDF-Masdar win 400MW Saudi Arabia project

The 400MW Dumat Al Jandal project in Saudi Arabia will be built by a consortium of the French energy firm and the Middle Eastern developer after securing a $21.30/MWh offtake deal.

Europe

Enercon hints at 5MW platform

German manufacturer Enercon has completely subsumed Lagerwey into its business and is planning a leap in to the 5MW class, based on the Dutch firm's technology.

Oil and gas contractor exploring kite wind potential

Oil and gas company Saipem has signed an agreement with KiteGen Venture to develop and commercialise technology capable of producing electricity from high-altitude wind.

Nordex Delta4000 production line begins rolling

Nordex has started series production of its Delta4000 range at its production facility in Rostock, Germany.

Subsidy-free 1.5GW cluster proposed for Norway

Developer Norsk Vind Energi (NVE) has submitted plans for a 1.5GW wind farm in western Norway that could be the largest project in Europe.

Asia Pacific

Australian agency funds short-term forecasting projects

Seven research and development projects have received funding to trial short-term generation forecasts at Australian wind farms.

Two further tenders for 2.8GW announced in India

The federal government and Gujarat state have announced tenders of 1.8GW and 1GW to be awarded before federal elections in April.

Projects face suppressed revenues in Australia

Wind projects in Australia are facing a reduction in project revenues following a change in the Marginal Loss Factors (MLF) for 2019-20 for the country's generators.

WindEconomics: Wind and PV beat coal and gas in Australia

A report by the Commonwealth Scientific and Industrial Research Organisation (CSIRO) of Australia compares the generating costs of all electricity-generating technologies currently in use, plus nuclear, not currently utilised in the country. The work was carried out in conjunction with the Australian Energy Market Operator.

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