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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.

Hybrid projects to 'become the new norm'

Hybrid projects to 'become the new norm'

Developer-utility ScottishPower has submitted permit applications to add solar power capacity to existing wind projects in the UK, which its CEO says will become increasingly common in the early 2020s.

Ørsted secures partial off-take deal for BR3

Ørsted secures partial off-take deal for BR3

Ørsted and German chemicals firm Covestro have signed a 100MW power purchase agreement to cover a portion of the output from the 900MW Borkum Riffgrund 3 site, under development in the North Sea.

WindEurope Offshore 2019: 450GW target needs grid action

WindEurope Offshore 2019: 450GW target needs grid action

Deploying up to 450GW in European waters by 2050 is possible with sufficient investments made in electricity grids and maritime spatial planning, according to a report released at the WindEurope Offshore 2019 conference in Copenhagen.

News and Analysis

US 16GW offshore super-grid plans submitted

Grid developer Anbaric has filed an application with US regulators for a 16GW grid off the north-eastern coast to connect the region's planned offshore wind projects.

Lack of RET stunting Australia investment

The Clean Energy Council (CEC) has called on Australia's energy ministers to take action against falling levels of investment, which is 60% lower in 2019 than it was a year ago.

Total to supply storage system to subsidy-free Finnish site

A subsidiary of French energy giant Total, Saft Batteries, will provide a storage system to a subsidy-free Finnish wind farm. The 6MW/6.6MWh battery will be Scandinavia's largest.

Neoen adds to Hornsdale battery

French developer Neoen has agreed with battery supplier Tesla to increase the Hornsdale Power Reserve by 50%.

World's stated policies 'not enough', IEA warns

Wind and solar PV are due to provide the majority of additional power generation to 2040 and renewables are set to overtake coal generation in the mid-2020s, but this will not be enough to meet the world's climate change targets, according to a new report.

In depth

Easy does it: the art of a gentle cable pull

Connecting the world's largest offshore wind project to the grid required a new approach and a delicate touch, writes Mike Morrison, global head of Sparrows Group Cable and Pipe Lay Solutions (CPLS).

Challenges remain for rapid US offshore buildout

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.

Viewpoint: Hybrid projects unlock new revenue streams

The rapidly declining cost of solar and battery-storage is changing the nature of what the renewable-energy sector can deliver.

Energy storage picks up pace as costs fall

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.

Windpower Monthly's highlights of 2018 -- part 2

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.