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News & in-depth analysis of wind power and renewable energy markets, power purchase agreements, transmission networks, energy storage, substations, supply interruption and transmission failures.

Walmart signs more wind purchase deals

Walmart signs more wind purchase deals

UNITED STATES: Retail company Walmart has signed two power purchase agreements totalling 300MW from wind projects in South Dakota.

India's first hybrid project online

India's first hybrid project online

INDIA: Hero Future Energies, one of the largest renewable power producers in the country, commissioned India's first large-scale solar and wind energy hybrid project in at Kavithal, in Karnataka.

GWEC expects 'growth spurt' from 2019

GWEC expects 'growth spurt' from 2019

WORLDWIDE: Global wind installations are set to break the 60GW barrier once more from 2019, the Global Wind Energy Council (GWEC) predicts.

News and Analysis

Ørsted developing its first commercial battery storage system

UK: ├śrsted will build its first large-scale storage system, a 20MW battery project near Liverpool in the north-west of England.

Polish TSO anticipates offshore capacity up to 8GW

POLAND: State-owned transmission system operator (TSO) Polskie Sieci Elektroenergetyczne (PSE) has said that as much as 8GW of capacity could be built off the Polish coast.

BP buys Tesla battery for US project

UNITED STATES: Tesla will supply a battery for a 25MW wind farm in central South Dakota owned by BP's wind power division.

Bloomberg joins GM in Illinois power deal

UNITED STATES: Business and financial news company Bloomberg will buy power generated by 17MW of a 185MW project currently under construction by Enel Green Power (EGP).

German wind overtakes coal and nuclear

GERMANY: Only brown coal produced more electricity than wind power in the German market last year, newly released figures show.

In depth

A palliative, not a panacea

WORLDWIDE: Storage is being heralded as the answer to many of the challenges to come with the transition towards electricity systems that use increasing amounts of variable renewable energy. But what benefits do these technologies really offer to justify their high costs?

Wind-to-battery aids Acciona integration commitment

SPAIN: Acciona Energy has added a battery storage facility to one of its wind farms, allowing it to further explore grid integration and the use of wind generation to provide reserve power from its central renewables control room.

Viewpoint: Knowledge helps operator respond to grid demands

WORLDWIDE: Wind farms are now being built to produce power on a gigawatt-scale, particularly offshore, putting them on a par with large fossil-fuel power stations.

Review of 2017 - part two

WORLDWIDE: The second half 2017 was difficult for many of the major OEMs with a drop off in the Indian market a key factor. Windpower Monthly takes a look at this trend and the other big stories from the second half of 2017.

Review of 2017 - part one

WORLDWIDE: The first six months of 2017 pick up where 2016 had left off with further activity in the mergers and acquisition field accompanied by significant job cuts. Windpower Monthly takes a look at the biggest stories in the first half of the year

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