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Windpower Daily 22nd November 2019

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Today's news
US policy failures prompt continued need for PTC
A powerful committee in the US Congress has proposed extensions to the US's key support mechanism for wind for a further five years, potentially providing some breathing space for an overstretched supply chain. But its course to becoming law will be a difficult path to navigate.
  US policy failures prompt continued need for PTC
 
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.
  Lack of RET stunting Australia investment
 
US projects concede spacing to fisheries demands -- updated
Developers of offshore wind projects off the northeast US coast have agreed to space their turbines in line with some of the demands of the local fishing industry. It should not affect the timeline of the 800MW Vineyard 1 site in Massachusetts.
  US projects concede spacing to fisheries demands -- updated
 

News in brief

AUSTRALIA: Site investigations start for Australia’s first offshore wind farm, the 2GW Star of the South. The developer - a joint venture of Australia Offshore Energy and Copenhagen Infrastructure Partners - has also appointed Casper Frost Thorhauge as its new CEO. Most recently, Thorhauge was CEO for Ørsted's 900MW Greater Changhua 1 & 2a project off Taiwan.

DENMARKEngineering consultancy Ramboll announces former head of offshore wind at Vattenfall Michael Simmelsgaard as new managing director of its global energy division. Simmelsgaard will start his new role on 1 January.

Partnered Content
A greener way to lubricate wind turbines
Windpower Monthly spoke to Castrol's Global Product Manager, Daryl Luke and International Application Engineer, Phil Booker about how turbine lubrication has evolved.
  A greener way to lubricate wind turbines
 
ZF Wind Power: Production and digitalisation
Windpower Monthly visited ZF Wind Power's offices in Lommel, Belgium to talk to Dr Martin Knops, Chief Technology Officer and Dr Joris Peeters, Head of Digitalisation.
  ZF Wind Power: Production and digitalisation
 
The future of gearboxes: What happens next?
PARTNER CONTENT: The future of gearboxes is central to the future of wind, but can we sustain the pace of development? Are experts ahead of technology? And what challenges may lie ahead?
  The future of gearboxes: What happens next?
 
Popular on Windpower Monthly this month
RWE Renewables grows pipeline to 20GW
RWE Renewables has grown its clean energy pipeline to around 20GW in the first few weeks after completing its acquisition of Innogy and E.on's portfolios, the developer announced.
 
 
 
MHI Vestas due to supply first floating 10MW turbines
MHI Vestas is in line to supply its 10MW turbine for a floating offshore wind project for the first time, having been named as preferred supplier for the Eoliennes Flottantes du Golfe du Lion (EFGL) wind farm off the south coast of France.
 
 
 
Oil and gas sector's lessons for floating offshore wind
Learning from the oil and gas industry can help accelerate floating offshore wind development and cut costs, according to attendees at a RenewableUK and Scottish Renewables conference.
 
 
 
Denmark unveils offshore support scheme for Thor
The operator of the Thor offshore project will receive state support through a similar support mechanism to the UK's contract for difference model, the Danish government has announced.
 
 
 
Local protests kill Norway's wind plans
The government has ended work on a national framework for wind power after overwhelming local opposition to the plans.
 
 
 

WATCH: The renewables industry continues to be male dominated with women making up only 32% of the workforce. Windpower Monthly spoke to some of that 32% to find out how they got into the industry, why the disparity exists and what they think can be done about it.

In depth
How can innovation in submarine cabling reduce costs for offshore wind?
Submarine cables are vulnerable and, whether static or dynamic, protecting and stabilising them is critical. Any damage can lead to massive cost and also disrupt the functioning of the entire turbine.
  How can innovation in submarine cabling reduce costs for offshore wind?
 
WindTech: NGC gears up for the turbine drivetrain future
As the Nanjing High Speed Gear Manufacturing Company celebrated its 50th anniversary, Eize de Vries represented Windpower Monthly at its wind-power supply-chain forum, and exclusively visited its production facilities in Nanjing.
  WindTech: NGC gears up for the turbine drivetrain future
 
WindEconomics: Nuclear escalates as wind prices keep falling
Nuclear power is too expensive. That is the implicit conclusion of the UK government, which has issued a consultation document on possible ways of reducing the electricity price.
  WindEconomics: Nuclear escalates as wind prices keep falling
 
Faces of protests on the streets of London
Undeterred by a police-enforced ban and more than 1,800 arrests, Extinction Rebellion's climate -change protests in the streets and squares of London continue.
  Faces of protests on the streets of London
 
Horns Rev 1, 2, 3: three generations of turbine output analysed
The three projects that make up the Horns Rev offshore-wind hub off Denmark's west coast perfectly illustrate how the sector developed over the last two decades. Windpower Monthly dissects the performance data to see if bigger really is better.
  Horns Rev 1, 2, 3: three generations of turbine output analysed
 


TENDER WATCH
The shift to auctions is having a profound effect on the industry across the entire supply chain and servicing. This interactive table monitors where auctions are taking place, the prices seen in those markets and who the winners are. 


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