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Windpower Weekly 19th January 2018

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Top Stories
Renewables becoming 'overwhelmingly' cheaper than fossils
WORLDWIDE: Renewable energy is set to continue falling in price beyond 2020, and will soon be consistently cheaper than most fossil fuels if the right policy and regulatory frameworks are in place, according to a new report.
  Renewables becoming 'overwhelmingly' cheaper than fossils
 
Russia's first commercial wind farm online
RUSSIA: The country's first commercial-scale wind farm has been commissioned, Finnish developer Fortum has announced.
  Russia's first commercial wind farm online
 
Wind investment falls to four-year low
WORLDWIDE: The total value of investments in the wind-power sector in 2017 amounted to $107 billion, the lowest annual figure since 2013, according to the latest figures.
  Wind investment falls to four-year low
 
Chile sets sights on 100% renewables by 2040
CHILE: The Renewable Energy Association of Chile (Acera) has backed calls for sourcing 100% of its electricity by 2040, on the back of an "ambitious" new government.
  Chile sets sights on 100% renewables by 2040
 
Products of the Year
Turbines of the year: Onshore turbines up to 2.9MW
WORLDWIDE: Still the most fiercely contested and volume end of the market, especially in China and the US.
  Turbines of the year: Onshore turbines up to 2.9MW
 
Turbines of the year: Onshore turbines 3MW-plus
WORLDWIDE: The fast-growing sector, especially in low- and medium-wind sites in developed markets.
  Turbines of the year: Onshore turbines 3MW-plus
 
Turbines of the year: Offshore turbines
WORLDWIDE: Consolidating market draws breath before the next big step into 10MW-plus waters.
  Turbines of the year: Offshore turbines
 
Products of the year: Drivetrains
WORLDWIDE: Sector adapting to higher power outputs and changing grid demands.
  Products of the year: Drivetrains
 
Products of the year: Rotor blades
WORLDWIDE: Ease of manufacture plays a growing role in development as blades continue to grow in size.
  Products of the year: Rotor blades
 
Turbines of the year: Innovations
WORLDWIDE: Wind power has not lost its ability to surprise, as this year's selection indicates.
  Turbines of the year: Innovations
 
Business and Companies
Tommerup to leave MHI Vestas
DENMARK: MHI Vestas CEO Jens Tommerup is stepping down and leaving the offshore joint venture. He will be replaced by former Adwen chairman Philippe Kavafyan.
  Tommerup to leave MHI Vestas
 
Nordex's 2017 order intake falls
GERMANY: Despite a strong fourth quarter, Nordex's turbine order intake for 2017 fell 22% year-on-year, due in part to slowing business in Europe.
  Nordex's 2017 order intake falls
 
Engie issues green bond to fund renewables expansion
FRANCE: Utility Engie has issued a green hybrid bond to fund renewable energy or energy efficiency projects, as well as research and development investment in these areas.
  Engie issues green bond to fund renewables expansion
 
New CEO for MidAmerican Energy
UNITED STATES: Amid a restructuring of the Berkshire Hathaway Energy group, its subsidiary MidAmerican Energy also has a new CEO.
  New CEO for MidAmerican Energy
 
Glennmont seeks renewables investment opportunities
EUROPE: Fund manager Glennmont Partners has launched a fund to invest in 500MW of renewable energy assets across the European Economic Area.
  Glennmont seeks renewables investment opportunities
 
Q&A: The challenge of finding the value stream
WORLDWIDE: It could be said that life cycle and asset management is the most important topic for the wind industry of the future.
  Q&A: The challenge of finding the value stream
 
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Markets and Policy
European Parliament approves 35% renewables target
EUROPE: Members of the European Parliament have backed a renewable energy target of 35% by 2030 -- an increase on the 27% target proposed by the European Energy Council and Commission.
  European Parliament approves 35% renewables target
 
Fourth quarter blitz for US renewables
UNITED STATES: The government's Energy Information Administration (EIA) said around 49% of new utility-scale electricity generation added in 2017 came from renewables.
  Fourth quarter blitz for US renewables
 
Germany's North Sea generation grows by 47%
GERMANY: The country's offshore wind capacity in the North Sea generated almost 16TWh of electricity in 2017, an increase of 47% year on year, transmission operator Tennet said.
  Germany's North Sea generation grows by 47%
 
China clean energy dominance to continue
CHINA: The expansion of major wind power companies has helped China continue to be the global leader in clean energy investment and construction, according to new analysis by the Institute for Energy Economics and Financial Analysis (IEEFA).
  China clean energy dominance to continue
 
Austria struggling for growth
AUSTRIA: Austria's wind sector is struggling to maintain growth as it faces an 8.4% reduction in the feed-in tariff rate, from €0.0895/kWh in 2017 to €0.082/kWh in 2018.
  Austria struggling for growth
 
Up to 12TWh a year lost to downtime
UNITED STATES: A report into the US wind fleet by predictive analytics firm Uptake has found approximately 12TWh of wind energy is lost to downtime each year.
  Up to 12TWh a year lost to downtime
 
Lack of transmission hindering corporate growth
UNITED STATES: The US faces a lack of transmission planning that could reduce major companies' appetite for renewable energy, including wind power, a new report has warned.
  Lack of transmission hindering corporate growth
 
BOEM proposes 'design envelope' approach
UNITED STATES: The Trump administration is proposing to ease guidelines for designing and operating offshore wind projects.
  BOEM proposes 'design envelope' approach
 
Helm defends review against energy lobby 'vested interests'
UK: The cost of energy review published by Dieter Helm in October has been criticised as an unrealistic model of the energy market by leaders of the UK's energy and renewables industries.
  Helm defends review against energy lobby 'vested interests'
 
Project Development
Innogy acquires 400MW pipeline in central Germany
GERMANY: Utility Innogy has agreed to buy a 400MW pipeline of wind farms from developer Primus Energie, with the Regensburg-based company overseeing the projects' completion.
  Innogy acquires 400MW pipeline in central Germany
 
Vestas signs 400MW deal with sPower
UNITED STATES: Developer sPower has placed an order with Vestas for the first time, purchasing 400MW of its 2MW and 4MW turbine components.
  Vestas signs 400MW deal with sPower
 
Nordex wins 115MW Swedish deal
SWEDEN: German manufacturer Nordex has been awarded a 115MW order from Falck Renewables to supply two projects in Västerbotten, north Sweden.
  Nordex wins 115MW Swedish deal
 
Masdar buys stake in Montenegro's first project
MONTENEGRO: Renewable energy firm Masdar has agreed to acquire a 49% stake of Krnovo Energy, which owns Montenegro's only operational wind farm.
  Masdar buys stake in Montenegro's first project
 
Financial package for 50MW Dominican project
DOMINICAN REPUBLIC: World Bank Group member, the International Finance Corporation (IFC), has arranged an $80 million financing package for a 50MW wind farm in the Dominican Republic.
  Financial package for 50MW Dominican project
 
SGRE wins Chinese double order
CHINA: Siemens Gamesa Renewable Energy (SGRE) has signed contracts to supply 96MW of turbines to two wind farms in China.
  SGRE wins Chinese double order
 
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