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Windpower Weekly 21st January 2021

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

Review of the Year 2020
Looking back on 2020 – Part 1: How the wind industry defied global pandemic
As in most areas of life, the Covid-19 pandemic cast a big shadow over the wind industry, yet the sector proved its resilience, as the first part of Windpower Monthly's round-up of the big themes of the year shows
  Looking back on 2020 – Part 1: How the wind industry defied global pandemic
 
Looking back on 2020 – Part 2: Losses mount as Covid adds to sector’s woes
The second part of our review of the year looks at how the industry's major players fared as lockdowns caused some delays in installations and quite a few CEOs were waved off
  Looking back on 2020 – Part 2: Losses mount as Covid adds to sector’s woes
 
Looking back on 2020 – Part 3: Turbine ratings and rotor sizes continue to go up
Even in a difficult year, manufacturers continued to launch new technology, with competition intensifying in the offshore and low-wind segments. Find out more in part three of Windpower Monthly's round-up
  Looking back on 2020 – Part 3: Turbine ratings and rotor sizes continue to go up
 
Looking back on 2020 – Part 4: As people stay home, oil and gas majors go green
Part four of our review of the year tracks growing interest in offshore wind and green hydrogen by fossil fuel giants, even if renewable energy investments still only account for a fraction of their investments
  Looking back on 2020 – Part 4: As people stay home, oil and gas majors go green
 
Looking back on 2020 – Part 5: Politicians pledge green post-Covid recovery
With the economic case for wind now beyond doubt, businesses and governments lined up to pledge net-zero targets and increased renewable energy deployment – which will have to go hand-in-hand with system integration measures. The final part of Windpower Monthly's review of the year looks at the policies, promises and projects
  Looking back on 2020 – Part 5: Politicians pledge green post-Covid recovery
 

Latest issue

Read the January edition of Windpower Monthly page-by-page online now!
It is time for the Windpower Monthly awards, as we review the best new turbines, drivetrains, blades and technology innovations. The printed version of January's Windpower Monthly is on its way, but with postal services disrupted and some offices closed due to the pandemic, here it is in a digital format to make sure you don't miss out
  Read the January edition of Windpower Monthly page-by-page online now!
 
Business and companies
Aker Horizons to take control of Mainstream Renewable Power
Norwegian investment firm Aker Horizons' deal to buy a 75% stake in Mainstream Renewable Power values the Irish developer at €1 billion
  Aker Horizons to take control of Mainstream Renewable Power
 
Vestas to cut jobs as part of offshore wind JV integration
Vestas plans to cut about 220 jobs as it integrates MHI Vestas into the company
  Vestas to cut jobs as part of offshore wind JV integration
 
European demand helps Nordex orders level in 2020 despite coronavirus
Nordex received more than 6GW of orders in 16 countries in 2020 thanks to strong demand in Q4
  European demand helps Nordex orders level in 2020 despite coronavirus
 
EDP Renewables establishes new leadership team
Portuguese utility EDP's new management team will lead the wider group as well as its renewables division. Its leaders quit last year amid a corruption scandal
  EDP Renewables establishes new leadership team
 

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Markets and policy
Turn of the year sees US commissioning surge
Wind farm commissioning ramped up significantly in the US towards the end of 2020, according to Windpower Intelligence, the research and data division of Windpower Monthly
  Turn of the year sees US commissioning surge
 
South America takes biggest share of December onshore wind orders
Driven by large orders in Brazil and Colombia, South America accounted for the bulk of global onshore turbine deals in the final month of 2020. Windpower Monthly takes a look at the figures
  South America takes biggest share of December onshore wind orders
 
Equinor and BP victorious in New York offshore wind tender
Equinor and BP have been selected to build nearly 2.5GW of offshore wind off the coast of New York, taking the US state’s total offshore commitments with the energy giants to 3.3GW
  Equinor and BP victorious in New York offshore wind tender
 
Massachusetts governor vetoes higher offshore wind target
A climate bill that would have raised the state’s offshore wind target by an additional 2.4GW has been stymied by the governor on the grounds that cutting emissions by an extra 5% in the next ten years would cost $6 billion
  Massachusetts governor vetoes higher offshore wind target
 
Wind to contribute 30% of new US capacity this year despite sharp drop
Even though new wind power additions are expected to fall sharply in 2021, wind will still account for a third of total new US generating capacity this year, government data suggest
  Wind to contribute 30% of new US capacity this year despite sharp drop
 
Six groups join race for Denmark's Thor offshore wind farm
The Danish Energy Agency has prequalified sector giants and energy companies from across Europe to develop the up to 1GW offshore wind farm — the country's largest yet
  Six groups join race for Denmark's Thor offshore wind farm
 
US set to rejoin Paris Climate Agreement under Biden
US president Joe Biden’s rhetoric around wind contrasts sharply with the outgoing Donald Trump, who claimed wind turbines drive down house prices, kill birds and cause cancer
  US set to rejoin Paris Climate Agreement under Biden
 
Projects and technology
Acciona researching Spanish offshore wind-solar-green hydrogen hybrid
EU backs first-of-a-kind green hydrogen experiment project with €6m to establish an industrial-scale floating wind and solar array in the laboratory
  Acciona researching Spanish offshore wind-solar-green hydrogen hybrid
 
Ørsted commits to first green hydrogen project
Ørsted expects to produce its first green hydrogen from offshore wind later this year
  Ørsted commits to first green hydrogen project
 
RWE sells further stakes in Texas portfolio
As part of a global reboot, German developer RWE has pressed ahead with its divestment of 207MW of onshore wind capacity in Texas to UK investment manager Greencoat
  RWE sells further stakes in Texas portfolio
 
Vestas halts 150 turbines following blade investigation
Vestas has removed from operation 150 turbines of its V150 turbines, following a collapsed turbine at a Swedish wind farm last year.
  Vestas halts 150 turbines following blade investigation
 
Offshore wind newcomer divests 80% of Swedish lake project
UK investment firm Downing will buy a majority stake in a 100MW wind farm in Lake Vänern for around €29 million
  Offshore wind newcomer divests 80% of Swedish lake project
 

GLOBAL REGIONS AND COUNTRY PROFILE PAGES
Take a look at our new sortable list of wind power capacities from around the world. Then take a deeper dive into your chosen country with our new market-specific pages with confidence ratings and the latest developments. 


Partner Content

Virtual roundtable: WPM Award winners discuss the future of turbine technology
Join us on 28th January as our award winners share how the industry can raise standards, push design limits, increase capacity demand and reduce the cost of energy.
  Virtual roundtable: WPM Award winners discuss the future of turbine technology
 
WPM & ZF Webinar: Why modular platforms are the future of wind power
Join us on 23 Feb as we discuss the benefits of shifting to a modular gearbox platform.
  WPM & ZF Webinar: Why modular platforms are the future of wind power
 


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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