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Windpower Weekly 21st November 2018

Welcome to your subscriber-only round-up of news, analysis and features on Windpower Monthly from the last seven days. 

Top Stories
Wind takes a beating from solar
FRANCE: As predicted, solar PV projects have won the entire 200MW of capacity offered in a technology-neutral tender pitting it against onshore wind.
  Wind takes a beating from solar
 
GE sharpens blade research facilities
UNITED STATES: LM Wind Power has unveiled its expanded US blade research centre at the NASA Michoud Campus near New Orleans, Louisiana.
  GE sharpens blade research facilities
 
Turkey launches 1GW onshore tender
TURKEY: The energy minister has called a tender for 1GW in new onshore wind capacity next March, but no announcement has been made following a 1.2GW offshore auction scheduled for last month.
  Turkey launches 1GW onshore tender
 
Morocco's King signals renewables expansion
MOROCCO: The country's renewable energy target should be revised upward, beyond the present goal of 52% of electricity to be sourced from non-fossil fuels by 2030, King Mohammed VI has announced.
  Morocco's King signals renewables expansion
 
Business and Companies
Nordex earnings still below 2017 levels
GERMANY: Despite making gains in Q3, Nordex's nine-month earnings and revenue for 2018 continue to be below 2017 levels, while its order book grew.
  Nordex earnings still below 2017 levels
 
Low wind levels hit Innogy
GERMANY: Innogy blamed "particularly low" wind levels in the UK and Germany as its nine-month renewables earnings fell year on year.
  Low wind levels hit Innogy
 
Senvion makes net loss in 'challenging' environment
GERMANY: Senvion's revenue and earnings fell in the third quarter and the first nine months of the year, as it faced "challenging industry developments", acting CEO Manav Sharma said.
  Senvion makes net loss in 'challenging' environment
 
UK firm SSE sets up renewables unit
UK: Utility SSE has launched a new business unit to incorporate all of its renewable energy assets to provide more focus on its clean energy generation.
  UK firm SSE sets up renewables unit
 
PNE's earnings down amid pipeline development
GERMANY: PNE made a net loss of €2 million in the first nine months of the year, down from a €16.3 million profit a year ago, as it prepares to develop and then sell a 200MW portfolio of wind farms.
  PNE's earnings down amid pipeline development
 
Boralex losses widen after drop in production
CANADA: Boralex's net losses widened to C$50 million (US$38 million) in the first nine months of the year due to lower production volumes, amortisation expenses, and acquisition and financing costs, according to the company.
  Boralex losses widen after drop in production
 
Illness and supply delays hit Sif's profits
NETHERLANDS: Sif Group made an operating loss in the third quarter due to a delayed start to the production of foundations for Borssele III and IV and a "relatively high absence rate due to illness", it stated.
  Illness and supply delays hit Sif's profits
 
TPI Composites net income halved
UNITED STATES: Blade manufacturer TPI Composites returned to profit in the third quarter as it reduced capital expenditure and increased its earnings and net sales.
  TPI Composites net income halved
 

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Markets and Policy
New York launches 800MW tender
UNITED STATES: New York state has launched a request for proposals (RfP) for at least 800MW of offshore wind projects.
  New York launches 800MW tender
 
Russia criticised for new export proposals
RUSSIA: The government has reportedly proposed plans to increase the amount wind turbine component suppliers should export from their Russian facilities.
  Russia criticised for new export proposals
 
Australia 'looking for state leadership', says CEC
AUSTRALIA: The energy sector needs leadership from state governments while the federal policy "remains in chaos", Clean Energy Council (CEC) chief executive Kane Thornton has said, after the Labor party in Victoria pledged to increase its renewables target.
  Australia 'looking for state leadership', says CEC
 
European Parliament passes clean energy deals
EUROPE: The European Parliament has overwhelmingly backed an agreement with member states on key elements of the Commission's clean energy package.
  European Parliament passes clean energy deals
 
Updated: Japanese offshore bill reintroduced
JAPAN: The cabinet has again approved a bill for the promotion of offshore wind after it was not passed before the end of this summer's parliamentary session.
  Updated: Japanese offshore bill reintroduced
 
WindEconomics: Wind at a crossroads as prices keep falling
WORLDWIDE: This could be a pivotal year for wind energy. As gas prices rise, and the fuel-saving value of wind becomes greater than its cost, subsidies will no longer be needed. This will encourage more development, which will result in lower turbine and project costs, creating a virtuous circle.
  WindEconomics: Wind at a crossroads as prices keep falling
 
Germany's renewables act revision flatters to deceive
GERMANY: The latest revision of the renewable energy act, expected to take effect in early 2019, will add new auctions to next year's onshore wind calendar, but it is not as good as it looks.
  Germany's renewables act revision flatters to deceive
 
Wind to be EU's largest power source by 2027
WORLDWIDE: Wind will become the largest power source by generation in the European Union (EU) by 2027, according to the International Energy Agency's (IEA) World Energy Outlook 2018 report.
  Wind to be EU's largest power source by 2027
 


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. 

Project Development
ABB to strengthen Chinese grid
CHINA: ABB has won a deal to supply components to a 4.5GW ring-shaped HVDC grid system that will carry clean energy to the capital Beijing.
  ABB to strengthen Chinese grid
 
Invenergy to acquire Grain Belt transmission line
UNITED STATES: Invenergy will acquire the high-voltage direct-current (HVDC) Grain Belt Express transmission project from developer Clean Line Energy.
  Invenergy to acquire Grain Belt transmission line
 
Battery storage demonstration project commissioned
GERMANY: A battery storage component connected to a five-turbine wind farm could offer insights into system integration of renewable energies, researchers believe.
  Battery storage demonstration project commissioned
 
New icing-detection software launched
CANADA: AI software company Clir Renewables has launched a new programme to detect icing on turbine blades and measure its impact on performance.
  New icing-detection software launched
 
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