Wind power News for January 2013

Wind power News Archive

UK, Ireland seal renewable electricity trade deal UK, Ireland seal renewable electricity trade deal

The UK and the Republic of Ireland have signed a key agreement that will enable the two countries to trade renewable power with each other by 2020.

Nordex N117 bags first Latin American outing

Nordex is to supply its N117 turbines for a 50.4MW wind farm in the Florida district of southern Uruguay, currently being developed by French developer Akuo.

UK: Renewable Energy Generation secures €15m finance for Burnthouse turbines

The company has now purchased the three turbines, three 2MW G80 turbines, from Spanish manufacturer Gamesa.

An inconvenient truth - Editorial leader from the January/February 2013 issue of Renewable Energy Focus

The global growth of renewable energy over the last few years cannot be disputed, but can it really play a major role in the world of large-scale electricity generation?

Obama opens door for renewable energy push in US Obama opens door for renewable energy push in US

In his inaugural speech for his second term in office, U.S. President Barack Obama has upped the ante, promising to show global leadership on climate change and support the development of clean energy...

Google invests $200 million in Texas wind farm

The 161 MW Spinning Spur Wind Project is located in Oldham County in the Texas Panhandle, and was built by EDF Renewable Energy

New Blog: EWEA 2013 conference - hot topics

EWEA 2013 is just a few weeks away. So what can conference delegates expect to be the main topics up for debate?

New Blog: We bid an Austrian farewell to EWEA’s man at the top...

EWEA CEO Christian Kjaer has been an ever-present force for the premier wind power lobbying organisation EWEA as it has driven the wind industry forward in Europe over the past decade or so. He will leave the post later this year...

Half of new US power capacity in 2012 renewable – FERC

Almost half of all new generating capacity installed in the United States during 2012 was renewable, a new report from the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) has said.

German regeneration continues with wind farm on former coal mine

RWE Innogy and BMR Windenergie plan to commission the Jüchen wind farm this week after installing the four 3.4MW turbines over the past six months on the site of RWE Power’s Garzweiler opencast mine.

Gamesa secures 10 year O&M extension for US wind farm

Gamesa has secured a ten-year full service operations and maintenance (O&M) contract for one of the largest operating wind farms in the eastern United States.

Fraunhofer Institute seeks automation solution for rotor blade manufacture

Scientists at the Fraunhofer Institute’s Institute for Wind Energy and Energy System Technology (IWES) have embarked on a €8 million research programme which aims to automate the manufacture of wind turbine rotor blades.

Availon gains foothold in Japanese wind market with EOS contract

Germany’s Availon has signed a major contract with Japanese wind turbine maintenance firm EOS Engineering and Service for the supply of 80 wind turbine grid coupling contactors.

EWEA gears up for 2013 event in Austria

Despite the uncertain global economy, attendance figures for EWEA 2013 are up on 2012...

China to join International Renewable Energy Agency

China has announced it will join the International Renewable Energy Agency (IRENA), a milestone in international efforts to double the share of renewable energy worldwide by 2030.

IEA-RETD launches new policy action plan IEA-RETD launches new policy action plan

A new publication from Elsevier, developed by the IEA Implementing Agreement for Renewable Energy Technology Deployment (IEA-RETD), explores six policy categories that are "essential" for the acceleration of renewable energy deployment.

E.ON orders four new offshore wind farm service vessels E.ON orders four new offshore wind farm service vessels

E.ON has awarded Great Yarmouth-based Alicat Workboats a contract to build four new state of the art vessels to support its offshore wind generation portfolio. The first to be built will serve E.ON's 180MW Robin Rigg wind farm in the Solway Firth.

US wind energy: 300MW comes online in California

Two Californian wind energy projects have reached completion, bringing 300MW of new capacity onto the state’s grid, developer MidAmerican wind said on Monday.

Wind and bioenergy industries celebrate as US renewable energy tax credits saved

The renewable energy industry’s new year has kicked off to a good start after the United States’ Congress extended the wind energy Production Tax Credit (PTC) by one year as part of a package of measures to avert a “fiscal cliff” in the US budget.

Iberdrola moves forward with 400MW offshore wind plan but announces sale of more onshore wind projects

Spain’s Iberdrola has selected offshore wind turbines from French giant Areva for its 400MW Wikinger offshore wind power project 35km off Germany’s Baltic Sea coast.

UK Green Investment Bank agrees its first offshore wind farm finance package

The UK’s state-backed Green Investment Bank (GIB) has struck its first deal in the offshore wind sector, contributing to a £224 million re-financing of OPW’s 24.8% stake in the 367 MW Walney offshore wind farm.