Wind power News for January 2012

Wind power News Archive

Siemens supplies 100 MW of wind turbines to Morocco

Siemens Energy has secured its first wind turbine orders in Africa, with a total of 100 MW to Nareva Holding for the Haouma and Foum El Oued Wind Power Plants in Morocco.

Nordex delivers 13 low wind turbines for German projects

Nordex will construct two wind farms consisting of a total of 13 of its low-wind optimised N117/2400 onshore wind turbines for ABO Wind in Central Hesse and Franconia, Germany.

Gamesa sells wind farms totalling 16 MW to Allianz in France

Gamesa has sold two wind farms in France totalling 16 MW to Allianz Renewable Energy Partners IV Ltd.

Vestas appoints new head for Central Europe

Vestas has appointed Dr Wolfgang J. Schmitz as its new head for Central Europe as Hans Jörn Rieks moves to become head of Vestas Offshore.

REpower installs 3.4 MW onshore wind turbine in the UK

The first REpower 3.4M104 onshore wind turbine has been sold in the UK for phase one of a repowering project at Blyth Harbour.

Wind power passes 6 GW in the UK

The UK has reached 6 GW of installed wind power capacity, according to trade association RenewableUK.

Pattern Energy builds 115 MW wind farm in Chile

Pattern Energy Group and a Chilean mining company has entered into a 20-year power purchase agreement (PPA) for Pattern's planned 115 MW El Arrayan wind farm.

EU offshore wind installations 'stable' in 2011

New offshore wind installations in Europe remained relative stable in 2011 with 866 MW, compared to 883 MW in 2010, according to the European Wind Energy Association (EWEA).

AWS and partners look at offshore wind integration in Carolina, USA

AWS Truepower LLC will contribute to the Carolinas Offshore Wind Integration Case Study with Duke Energy, ABB Inc., National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL) and University of North Carolina Chapel Hill (UNC).

Oklahoma wind farm orders 150 MW of REpower turbines

REpower Systems will deliver 73 of its MM92 wind turbines rated at 2.05 MW for a 150 MW wind farm in Oklahoma, USA.

DoE launches online tools to aid distributed wind power

The US Department of Energy (DoE) has launched two online tools to assist state and local policymakers, consumers, and stakeholders in evaluating siting and policy issues to help accelerate the use of distributed wind energy systems.

Gamesa supplies 50 MW of wind turbines to China's Longyuan

Gamesa is supplying 50 MW of its G97-2.0 MW wind turbines to China's Longyuan for a wind farm in Ningxia, China.

Turkey orders 50 MW of Nordex wind turbines

Nordex, will deliver 20 of its 2.5 MW N90 and N100 wind turbines to the Turkish power station operator Bilgin Enerji for a 50 MW wind farm in Turkey.

Progress made on wind farm friendly radar

A contract has been awarded for two TPS-77 radar installations in Northumberland and Yorkshire, UK, which could remove Ministry of Defence (MoD) objections to 750 MW of planned wind farms, trade association RenewableUK says.

Suzlon to develop 3 GW of wind power in Andhra Pradesh, India

Suzlon Energy Ltd has entered a memorandum of understanding (MoU) with the Government of Andhra Pradesh for the development of 3 GW of wind capacity in the state between 2012 and 2016.

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Masdar and DBJ invest in solar and wind

Masdar and the Development Bank of Japan plan to invest in solar and wind projects in OECD countries.

AWEA comments on Vestas' possible cuts in the US

Denise Bode, CEO of the American Wind Energy Association, is commenting on Vestas' job cuts and possible US layoffs depending on the extension of the US Production Tax Credit for wind energy.

CPV completes financing for Kansas wind farm

CPV Renewable Energy Company has closed financing for the construction of its 165.6 MW Cimarron Wind Energy Project in Gray County, Kansas, USA.

REpower supplies 20.5 MW of wind turbines to Essex, UK

REpower will supply 10 of its MM82 wind turbines to Bradwell wind farm, developed by RWE npower renewables in Essex, UK.

Vestas slashes 2335 jobs – with further cuts possible

Vestas is cutting 2335 jobs around the world in an effort to streamline the business and cut costs, and warns an additional 1600 jobs could go in the USA if the production tax credit (PTC) is not extended beyond 2012.

UK wind farms hit 12% of electricity demand

RenewableUK says wind power supplied an average of 5.3% of the UK’s demand for electricity for December and early January, reaching a record share of 12.2% on 28 December.

Large interest in French 3 GW offshore wind tender

There has been large interest in France's 3 GW offshore wind tender with four consortia competing for five sites off the coasts of Normandy and Brittany.

Evance sees record year for UK small wind

UK small wind turbine manufacturer Evance Wind Turbines says 2011 proved a record year, with sales growing by over 200%.

WinWinD builds 50 MW wind farm in Finland

WinWinD plans to build the 50 MW Myllykangas Wind Park near Kuivaniemi, Finland, after winning a tender for project rights.

Ill wind for China's turbines industry

Chinese wind turbine manufacturers are facing tough times with factors such as safety, quality, reliability and after-sale service possibly tilting the scales in favour of Western companies, says analyst Frost & Sullivan.

Suzlon delivers 174 MW of wind to Americas

Suzlon will deliver 24 MW of wind turbines to a project in Brazil, and its subsidiary REpower, is set to deliver 150 of wind turbines to Oklahoma, USA.

Nuon Renewables and Vattenfall create UK onshore wind giant

Nuon Renewables and Vattenfall have joined forces on onshore wind in the UK, creating one of the UK’s largest onshore wind farm developers.

Gamesa opens wind turbine blade factory in India Gamesa opens wind turbine blade factory in India

Gamesa has opened a wind turbine blades factory in India to supply the G5X-850 kW and G9X-2.0 MW wind turbines.

Nordex increases new business by 31.6% in 2011

Wind turbine manufacturer Nordex recorded a 31.6% increase in new orders in 2011, bringing the total to €1.1 billion.

REpower buys wind turbine blade manufacturer

REpower Systems SE has bought the remaining 49% stake in the wind turbine blade manufacturer PowerBlades GmbH from SGL Rotec GmbH & Co. KG.

BP and Sempra expand wind cooperation to 560 MW

BP Wind Energy and Sempra US Gas & Power plan to expand their strategic relationship by jointly developing the Mehoopany Wind Farm in Pennsylvania and the Flat Ridge 2 Wind Farm in Kansas, USA, totalling a combined investment of more than US$1 billion.

Vestas could deliver 310 MW of wind turbines to Kenya

Vestas has signed a conditional wind turbine order for the 310 MW Lake Turkana Power project in Kenya.

Vestas' 2011 revenues hit €6bn

Vestas has reported a preliminary revenue estimate of €6 billion for 2011 with an EBIT margin of 0%, due to deferred revenue and earnings, as well as higher-than-expected costs.

Better power with automated grids

More advanced grid automation is necessary as the amount of wind power in the grid is increased, according to Vattenfall.

ABB upgrades Texan grid to facilitate more wind power

ABB has won an order worth over US$50 million from Electric Transmission Texas LLC (ETT) to provide electrical equipment to improve reliability, strengthen the existing transmission grid and facilitate the integration of wind power.

Trinity Structural Towers files litigation against Suzlon

Trinity Structural Towers Inc has filed a breach of contract law suit against Suzlon Wind Energy Corporation for failure to comply with its purchasing obligations for structural wind turbine towers from TSTI pursuant to the 2008 Supply Agreement between the two companies.

Nile Basin countries want wind and solar

The Nile Basin Discourse (NBD) has proposed to include wind and solar in addition to hydropower into the Nile Basin Initiative (NBI), to ensure greater access to electricity.

Germany approves Borkum Riffgrund 2 offshore wind farm

The German Federal Maritime and Hydrographic Agency has approved the 97-turbine Borkum Riffgrund 2 offshore wind farm in the German North Sea.

US wind turbine tower manufacturers join US-China trade dispute

US wind turbine tower manufacturers have joined the widening renewable energy trade dispute with China.

US DoI approves solar and wind in California and Oregon

The US Department of the Interior (DoI) has approved a solar plant in California and a wind farm in Oregon.

US BLM seeks comments on leasing of solar and wind power

The US Bureau of Land Management (BLM) is seeking comments on its plans for establishing an efficient, competitive process for issuing right-of-way (ROW) leases for solar and wind energy development on public lands.

Cape Wind sees another victory over opponents

The Cape Wind offshore wind project in the Nantucket Sound off the coast of Massachusetts, USA, has seen another victory over opponents as the Massachusetts Supreme Court rules in its favour over the power purchase agreement (PPA) with the National Grid.

Enel Green Power installs 880 MW of wind and solar in 2011

Enel Green Power has installed solar photovoltaic (PV) and wind power projects totalling 880 MW in 2011.

China connected 45 GW of wind to the grid in 2011

China is believed to have connected 45 GW of wind power to the grid in 2011, up 45% from 2010.

Pakistan could install 1 GW of wind in 2013

Pakistan could have 12 wind projects totalling 1 GW in the pipeline for installation in 2013, according to media reports.

Gamesa delivers 200 MW of wind turbines to Egypt

Gamesa will deliver 100 of its G80-2.0 MW wind turbines to the New & Renewable Energy Authority (NREA) for a total of 200 MW of wind projects in the Gulf of El-Zayt on Egypt’s Red Sea coast.

Vestas delivers 254 MW of wind turbines to Brazil

Vestas will deliver 127 of its V100-2.0 MW wind turbines for two wind farms in Grande do Norte, Brazil.