Global regions

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

North America

Coronavirus creating 'considerable downside risk'

The coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak could squeeze supply chains and hinder project maintenance schedules, but should not derail a predicted record year of wind power installations in 2020.

New Jersey sets out offshore procurement schedule

With currently zero operating offshore wind capacity, New Jersey has set an aggressive procurement schedule to reach its target of 7.5GW by 2035. But there are concerns over a lack of additional planning for the influx of the new generation.

'US suppliers should take note' of offshore potential

Offshore wind investments could outpace oil and gas within five years, according to a new report, but to fully unlock the potential focus must centre on the local supply chain.

Wind becomes biggest renewables source in US

For the first time, wind energy has surpassed hydro in 2019 to become the US’s top renewable source of electricity, according to new data from the US Energy Information Administration (EIA).

South America

AES Gener targets 1.1GW in Chile and Colombia

Developer AES Gener plans to invest $1.8 billion over the next four years in renewable energy projects in Chile and Colombia, including 1.1GW of wind projects.

Slower growth delays tender by six months

Chile has delayed its latest tender to supply electricity to regulated clients due to lower growth expectations.

Chile advances South America's biggest wind farm

Chilean energy company Colbun has applied for an environmental licence to build the largest wind project in Latin America.

Americas installations up 12% in 2019

Combined installations in North, Central and South America, and the Caribbean increased 12% year on year to 13.4GW in 2019, according to new figures released by the Global Wind Energy Council.

Middle East & Africa

South Africa dismisses coal lobby legal challenge

South Africa’s Supreme Court of Appeal has rejected a legal challenge against state utility Eskom signing power purchase agreements with operators of 2.3GW of renewables projects successful in the country’s fourth tender round.

Middle East and African installations slow in 2019

Wind power installations slowed in Africa and the Middle East last year, according to Global Wind Energy Council (GWEC) figures, but the industry body expects faster growth in the next five years.

First power from first West African wind farm

Lekela has delivered first power to the grid from its 158.7MW Taiba N'Diaye project in Senegal, the west African country's first utility-scale wind farm.

SGRE ramps up production, but investors seek more clarity

Siemens Gamesa Renewable Energy (SGRE) has completed construction of Turkey's first nacelle factory and is set to ramp up production until it reaches full capacity of about 100 nacelles, or 500MW, a year.

Europe

Enercon installs debut EP3 E2 prototype

German manufacturer Enercon has battled the Covid-19 upheaval to install the prototype E-138 EP3 E2 turbine at a site in northern Germany.

Iberdrola enters floating wind with project duo

Iberdrola is making its first forays into floating offshore wind by leading a consortium developing a single-turbine project off Norway and exploring the possibility of a second site in Spain.

Ørsted keeping tabs on Covid-19 impact

Ørsted’s under-construction wind farms are progressing according to plan despite the coronavirus (Covid-19) pandemic. It continues to monitor how the virus will affect its operations.

Nordex optimistic despite Covid-19 uncertainty

Nordex expects increased sales and operating profit in 2020 due to a larger order book, but conceded there is “significant uncertainty” about how the coronavirus (Covid-19) pandemic might affect its business performance.

Asia Pacific

Can debt restructuring deal save struggling Suzlon?

After months of impasse, Suzlon's lenders have approved a debt restructuring deal. The plan effectively divides the manufacturer's total debt of INR 118 billion ($1.58 billion) into sustainable debt of INR 36 billion ($484 million) and INR 82 billion of unsustainable debt.

Acciona developing 1GW Australian wind complex

Acciona is working with state-owned utility CleanCo to develop a 1GW-plus wind power complex in Queensland, which is due to be one of the largest wind farms in Australia.

MingYang black-starts new offshore turbine

MingYang Smart Energy has successfully tested black-start capabilities of its new MySE7.25-158 offshore turbine at an onshore test site in Guangdong, south-east China.

Offshore wind now 10% of installations

New figures from the Global Wind Energy Council (GWEC) suggest a record 6.1GW of new offshore wind capacity was added in 2019, making up 10% of the global total for the first time.