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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.

Timeline altered at 3GW site to dovetail with transmission

Timeline altered at 3GW site to dovetail with transmission

Construction of the sprawling 3GW Chokecherry and Sierra Madre (CCSM) wind project in Wyoming has been adjusted to align turbine installation with the availability of a $3bn transmission line so the power from the two-phase site has somewhere to go.

Goldwind to power Australian recycling plant and gold mine

Goldwind to power Australian recycling plant and gold mine

Goldwind has agreed to supply Australia's largest plastic recycling plant with power from one of its wind farms.

Wind and solar make case for US ancillary services

Wind and solar make case for US ancillary services

The use of renewable energy in providing ancillary grid services has not been discussed in the US in great detail, until now.

News and Analysis

Corporate PPAs are 'not the holy grail' for European wind

Are corporate power purchase agreements the future of wind farms in Europe, or are they a short-term bubble that is about to burst?

Vestas and GE settle patent dispute

Vestas and GE Renewable Energy have settled all disputes related to multiple claims of patent infringement, the two companies have announced.

Zero-carbon generation surpasses fossils on UK grid

The UK's grid has reached a "tipping point" and is now predominantly powered by zero-carbon energy sources, according to the UK's transmission system operator, National Grid.

Facebook transmission line payment reprieve

New Mexico regulators have voted to shelve the requirement of Facebook to pay $39 million towards a new transmission line.

Ireland plans 12GW renewables boost

Ireland has published a plan to increase its reliance on renewables from 30% today to 70% by 2030 by adding 12GW of additional clean energy capacity.

In depth

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.

Windpower Monthly's highlights of 2018 -- part 1

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.