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Windpower Daily 17th January 2020

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Today's news
Offshore wind spending reaches record high in 2019
A late surge of offshore wind farm financings in the fourth quarter helped make 2019 a record year for the sector, while total investments in wind power capacity rose 6% year on year, according to new figures.
  Offshore wind spending reaches record high in 2019
 
Subsidy-free wind farm wins first Lithuanian tender
A 75MW wind farm has secured priority access to the grid with a zero-subsidy bid in Lithuania's first renewable energy tender.
  Subsidy-free wind farm wins first Lithuanian tender
 

News in brief

WORLDWIDE: Tech giant Microsoft intends to become carbon negative - remove as much carbon as it emits - by 2030, before removing all historic emissions by 2050. Its plans to source 100% of its electricity from renewables by 2025.

UKGE Grid Solutions wins deal to construct the onshore and offshore wind substations for EDF's 448MW Neart Na Gaoithe offshore wind project in Scotland. The site is due online in 2023.

NORWAYMacquarie’s Green Investment Group signs a power purchase agreement with metals company Eramet Norway. Its under-construction 47MW Tysvær and 69MW Buheii wind farms will power Eramet’s Norwegian smelters until 2038.

UNITED STATESLongroad Energy achieves financial close for its Community Wind North and Jeffers repowering project in Minnesota. A $128m loan has been secured. Between them, the repowered wind farms will provide 70MW of capacity from the end of 2020.

Partnered Content
Turbine of the Year 2019 - 3.5MW+: Vestas EnVentus
Vestas' V150-5.6MW turbine, part of its new EnVentus platform, has won Windpower Monthly's turbine of the year award in the 3.5MW+ category. Editor Shaun Campbell and David Weston discuss why.
  Turbine of the Year 2019 - 3.5MW+: Vestas EnVentus
 
Floating Wind - where will the spark come from?
The global deployment of offshore wind technology is bringing decarbonised energy and exciting opportunities to energy consumers, investors, the supply chain and local communities.
  Floating Wind - where will the spark come from?
 
How is UL digitising the renewables industry?
Windpower Monthly visited UL's offices in Pamplona and Cambridge to discuss their RAMP platform.
  How is UL digitising the renewables industry?
 

WATCH: Windpower Monthly and Lloyd's Register hosted a roundtable of experts from across the industry to discuss what the future held for floating offshore wind. The potential in the sector is huge, but there needs to be a spark before it can really take off.

Popular on Windpower Monthly this month
Suzlon shares rise on 'debt discount' reports
Suzlon’s stock has risen 46% since the turn of the year, amid reports that the troubled OEM plans to ask lenders for a 68% discount on restructuring its debts.
 
 
 
Nordex wins first N149/5.X order
Nordex gets a first order for its N149/5.X turbine, after developers of a 286MW Swedish wind farm switched their initial order to the manufacturer’s 5MW-plus model.
 
 
 
New York's Cuomo sets sights on new 1GW round
New York will issue a second solicitation for offshore wind projects this year, governor Andrew Cuomo said in a recent "state of the state" speech.
 
 
 
Rajasthan seeks to revive sector with new wind and hybrid policy
Rajasthan’s chief minister recently unveiled a new wind and hybrid energy policy that has been welcomed by the industry.
 
 
 
What is missing for floating wind to flourish?
Floating offshore wind enjoyed much more visibility and a larger slice of the action than it usually does at WindEurope's Offshore 2019 exhibition and conference in Copenhagen, Denmark.
 
 
 
In depth
Turbines of the year 2019: Onshore turbines up to 3.4MW
Still a high-volume sector, but one that western OEMs are eschewing in favour of higher-rated machines and the offshore sector, leaving China's turbine makers to dominate.
  Turbines of the year 2019: Onshore turbines up to 3.4MW
 
Turbines of the year 2019: Innovations
Installation solutions for onshore and offshore applications lead the way.
  Turbines of the year 2019: Innovations
 
Turbines of the year 2019: Rotor blades
Ever longer and generally lighter units mark the top contenders in a hotly contested class.
  Turbines of the year 2019: Rotor blades
 
Turbines of the year 2019: Drivetrains
Focus shifts to medium-speed geared and direct-drive solutions.
  Turbines of the year 2019: Drivetrains
 
Trying to follow the money to grow energy storage
The need for more energy storage is a given as the UK aims for net-zero emissions by 2050, but more clarity is needed on future applications and revenue streams to attract investors, delegates at a recent conference in London were told.
  Trying to follow the money to grow energy storage
 

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.


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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