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Windpower Weekly 15th July 2018

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Greece announces first wind auction results
GREECE: The Greek Regulatory Authority for Energy (RAE) has awarded 20-year contracts to sell electricity produced by seven projects successful in its first wind auction.
  Greece announces first wind auction results
 
Wind investments rise in first half of 2018
WORLDWIDE: Large project financings caused total investments in wind power to surge in the first half of 2018, while those in solar PV slowed, according to new figures.
  Wind investments rise in first half of 2018
 
US fines Sinovel in IP theft case
UNITED STATES: A federal judge has fined Chinese turbine maker Sinovel Wind Group $1.5 million for stealing trade secrets from US technology firm AMSC.
  US fines Sinovel in IP theft case
 
Combined wind assessment approach backed
UK: Using both met masts and remote sensing technology to measure project resources could reduce uncertainty, a consultancy has urged, instead of opting for a single-technology approach.
  Combined wind assessment approach backed
 
Business and Companies
Petrobras and Total sign renewables pact
BRAZIL: Oil and gas giants Petrobras and Total have extended their partnership with a new memorandum of understanding to investigate wind and solar opportunities in Brazil.
  Petrobras and Total sign renewables pact
 
TPI to extend Mexico facility for Vestas
MEXICO: Blade manufacturer TPI Composites will add two additional production lines at its site in Matamoros, after long-term customer Vestas exercised an option under the two companies' supply agreement.
  TPI to extend Mexico facility for Vestas
 
Nestlé UK and Ireland renewables use exceeds consumption
UK: A wind farm that enables food and drink company Nestlé to provide excess renewable energy to the grid has opened in south-west Scotland.
  Nestlé UK and Ireland renewables use exceeds consumption
 
Total agrees Direct Energie deal
FRANCE: Oil major Total is continuing its diversification into renewable energies, having completed an agreement to buy 73.04% of Direct Energie, France's third largest electricity supplier.
  Total agrees Direct Energie deal
 
Markets and Policy
New agreement keeps France's offshore wind hopes alive
FRANCE: The offshore wind sector breathed a sigh of relief when president Emmanuel Macron announced late last month the government has reached agreement on new, lower tariffs for the six offshore projects awarded in 2012 and 2014, thus saving them from cancellation.
  New agreement keeps France's offshore wind hopes alive
 
Sweden could meet targets nine years early
SWEDEN: The country's 2030 renewable energy targets will likely be met in 2021 following an expected surge in wind power installations, trade body Swedish Wind Energy Association (SWEA) has predicted.
  Sweden could meet targets nine years early
 
UK infrastructure report urges onshore support
UK: Onshore wind should be readmitted back into the contract for difference (CfD) auction scheme from the early 2020s, a new report looking at UK infrastructure has argued.
  UK infrastructure report urges onshore support
 
US environment protection chief Pruitt quits
UNITED STATES: The head of the US' environment protection agency (EPA), Scott Pruitt, has resigned from the role, following a scandal-hit 18 months in office.
  US environment protection chief Pruitt quits
 
EU and China to join forces on clean energy transition
WORLDWIDE: The EU and China are set to sign a joint statement on energy cooperation to further the global transition towards clean energy later this month, according to a leaked draft.
  EU and China to join forces on clean energy transition
 
Project Development
Nordex wins 595MW Brazilian contract
BRAZIL: Nordex has secured its largest ever single-order contract for a 595MW wind farm in the north of the country.
  Nordex wins 595MW Brazilian contract
 
GE to spend €46m on 12MW factory upgrade
FRANCE: GE Renewable Energy plans to invest €46 million ($57 million) upgrading its factory at Saint-Nazaire in preparation for manufacturing its Haliade-X 12MW offshore turbine.
  GE to spend €46m on 12MW factory upgrade
 
First Indonesian wind farm online
INDONESIA: Independent power producer (IPP) UPC Renewables celebrated the commissioning of the country's first wind farm at a ceremony in early July.
  First Indonesian wind farm online
 
Enercon starts EP3 tests
GERMANY: Turbine manufacturer Enercon has commenced testing on the generators for its new modular EP3 3MW platform at its facility in Aurich, northwest Germany.
  Enercon starts EP3 tests
 
Israeli project secures funding
ISRAEL: A consortium led by Enlight Renewable Energy has secured funding for a 96MW wind farm to be built in the Golan Heights, northeast Israel.
  Israeli project secures funding
 
Finnish project to use Vestas cable tower
FINLAND: Vestas will deploy its cable-supported turbine tower at the first merchant onshore wind project in Finland.
  Finnish project to use Vestas cable tower
 
Kriegers Flak interconnection cables installed
DENMARK/GERMANY: The two cables comprising the 400MW Kriegers Flak link between Germany and Denmark have been installed.
  Kriegers Flak interconnection cables installed
 
SGRE confirms South Africa orders
SOUTH AFRICA: Siemens Gamesa Renewable Energy (SGRE) has been awarded the turbine supply contract for two projects in South Africa being developed by Mainstream Renewable Power.
  SGRE confirms South Africa orders
 
Bladt to provide Northwester 2 foundations
BELGIUM: Danish company Bladt Industries will build and install 24 foundations for the substation and 23 turbines at the 224MW Northwester 2 wind farm.
  Bladt to provide Northwester 2 foundations
 
EEW secures Hornsea Two monopile contract
UK: Foundation specialist EEW will provide 165 monopiles for the near-1.4GW Hornsea Two project situated 89 kilometres off England's east coast.
  EEW secures Hornsea Two monopile contract
 
Hack the Wind returns to WindEurope conference
EUROPE: A hackathon for innovators working on developing new technologies will return to WindEurope's annual conference in September.
  Hack the Wind returns to WindEurope conference
 
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