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Vattenfall CEO Magnus Hall has been appointed as president of Eurelectric, the European industry association for the electricity sector, for the next two years.
"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.
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.
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.
Danish turbine manufacturer Vestas is moving further into US project development, with its Steelhead Americas subsidiary joining forces with RES Group on a 200MW site in Texas.
New Mexico regulators are demanding social media giant Facebook pays for almost half of a new $85m transmission line that will carry power from a wind project to a data centre.
Austrian network operator APG will invest more than €1 billion in three major transmission projects designed to help integrate wind capacity in the country.
The US and China will dominate the roll-out of storage capacity to 2024, as the sector is expected to grow 13-fold by 2024, according to the latest research by Wood Mackenzie Power and Renewables (WMPR).
With the deadline looming to start work at the end of 2019 to qualify for tax credits, building a supply chain is the priority for the nascent US offshore wind sector.
The rapidly declining cost of solar and battery-storage is changing the nature of what the renewable-energy sector can deliver.
Cheaper and more efficient energy-storage systems are set to accelerate the deployment of renewables, but solar PV is more likely than wind power to benefit from the advances in technology.
Auctions were the dominant theme in the second half of the year. Wind took a beating from solar PV in technology-neutral tenders, while low prices and permitting delays led to several onshore rounds in Germany and France being undersubscribed. Manufacturers were feeling the pressure too, with big names reporting falling revenues despite growing order books.
From auctions and acquisitions to boardroom upheavals and political wrangling, plus a few turbine launches on the way, we pick out some of the key stories from Windpower Monthly's 2018 coverage.