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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.

New Iron Mountain power deal in Kansas

New Iron Mountain power deal in Kansas

UNITED STATES: Data company Iron Mountain will buy the electricity from 145MW of NextEra Energy's 220MW Pretty Prairie project, under development in eastern Reno County, Kansas.

New centre to aid corporate power deals

New centre to aid corporate power deals

AUSTRALIA: The Australian Renewable Energy Agency (Arena) has helped launch a new A$1.74 million (US$1.24 million) company to aid corporations in the country to procure renewables.

Grid operators plan wind-to-gas pilot

Grid operators plan wind-to-gas pilot

GERMANY: Three electricity and gas grid operators have unveiled a plan to build a 100MW wind power-to-gas pilot plant in Lower Saxony, northern Germany.

News and Analysis

Walmart signs PPAs for 223MW from EDPR

UNITED STATES: EDP Renewables (EDPR) has signed three power purchase agreements (PPAs) with retail giant Walmart buying electricity from wind farms in Illinois and Indiana.

Duke plans $500m storage investment

UNITED STATES: Utility Duke Energy has announced plans to invest $500m in energy storage capacity across North and South Carolina by 2033.

Wind and solar produce 8% of US generation in 2017

UNITED STATES: Wind and solar PV reached or exceeded 20% of total generation in ten states in 2017, according to figures from the Energy Information Administration (EIA).

Cruise firm to partly offset emissions with wind

UNITED STATES: Royal Caribbean Cruises will offset between 10% and 12% of its emissions with electricity generated at a wind farm in Kansas.

UK to tender 2.5GW of transmission links

UK: Energy regulator Ofgem will tender the ownership of the electricity transmission links for three wind farms in development off the coast of the UK.

In depth

A palliative, not a panacea -- the trouble with storage

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?

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.

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.

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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