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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.

Indian banks find wind a 'safe bet'

Indian banks find wind a 'safe bet'

INDIA: The Indian wind industry can see the annual market size reaching 8-10GW in the next couple of years but with this scale of growth, resources will be strained. However, the industry is confident it can cope even if permitting problems continue.

Triton Knoll onshore cabling work imminent

Triton Knoll onshore cabling work imminent

UK: Construction work is about to start on the cable route for the 860MW Triton Knoll offshore wind farm.

German redispatch costs hit record high

German redispatch costs hit record high

GERMANY: The cost of stabilising the German grid reached a new high of €1.4 billion in 2017 as wind supplied record levels of power, regulator the Bundesnetzagentur (BNA) has announced.

News and Analysis

Cheaper batteries to drive wind and solar to 2050

WORLDWIDE: Cost reductions in wind, solar and battery storage will enable the two technologies to provide half of the world's electricity by 2050, according to a new report.

Lagerwey to build Netherlands' 'first publicly owned' site

NETHERLANDS: Lagerwey has been contracted to build what it claims is the country's first wind farm to be entirely publicly owned.

Tennet and Innogy to study project interconnection

EUROPE: Transmission system operator Tennet and offshore wind developer Innogy are joining forces to look at the possibility of using offshore wind projects in cross-border interconnectors, in the latest move to create a North Sea hub.

Anglo-Saxon remains found on Rampion cable route

UK: Human remains dating back to the 11th century were found during excavation works for E.on's 400MW Rampion site off the south coast of England.

Lake Turkana limbo extended to September

KENYA: Nearly a year after Africa's largest wind farm was due to start transmitting power to Kenya's grid, the 310MW Lake Turkana project remains unconnected.

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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