Wind power News for August 2013

Wind power News Archive

Siemens installs first North Sea platform Siemens installs first North Sea platform

Siemens has installed its first offshore platform in the North Sea, linking the Nordsee Ost and Meerwind offshore wind farms to the mainland.

Cost gap for Western renewables could narrow by 2025

A new Energy Department study conducted by the National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL) says that, in the US, by 2025 wind and solar power electricity generation could become cost-competitive without federal subsidies.

EIB invests in Central America renewables

The European Investment Bank (EIB) is to provide US$230 million backing to support investment in hydropower, wind, geothermal and photovoltaic renewable energy schemes across Central America.

RE capacity at 2252.3 gigawatts in 2020

According to a new report by Frost & Sullivan, renewable energy capacity will be at 2252.3 gigawatts in 2020, with a gradual shift in the market to emerging economies.

Vestas receives 21 MW order in Ukraine

Vestas has received an order for 21 MW from Vindkraft Ukraina LLC for its Beregovaya and Stavki wind power plants, located in the Kherson region of the country.

Brazil approves 377 wind farms

Brazilian government energy agency EPE has approved 377 wind projects with a combined installed capacity of 8.999GW.

Renewable energy demand to drive European transmission market

A rising demand for green electricity across Europe could boost investment in countries’ transmission and distribution (T&D) infrastructure, says research and consulting firm GlobalData.

IBM tech improves wind reliability IBM tech improves wind reliability

IBM has developed power and weather modelling technology that could help utilities increase the reliability of renewable energy resources.

Scottish government invests £3 million in personal green energy

The Scottish government has put aside £3 million for people living in fuel poverty get their own green energy supply.

DONG and UK universities to research reducing offshore costs

DONG Energy has entered into cooperation with an academic consortium of three UK universities to find ways to reduce the cost of energy from offshore wind turbines.

GE builds first wind farm in Estonia GE builds first wind farm in Estonia

GE has opened the Paldiski Wind Farm on the Pakri peninsula in northwestern Estonia.

TPI Composites to produce Nordex wind turbine blades in Turkey

German wind turbine manufacturer Nordex has signed a multi-year supply agreement with TPI Composites, USA, for the delivery of NR-58.5 rotor blades. TPI will manufacture the blades in Turkey.

IKEA buys Irish wind farm

The furniture retail giant is buying the 7.65MW Carrickeeny Wind Farm from Mainstream Renewable Power.

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SeaEnergy and RGU to improve offshore wind lifecycle costs SeaEnergy and RGU to improve offshore wind lifecycle costs

Aberdeen, UK-based energy services group SeaEnergy plc and Robert Gordon University (RGU) have launched a Knowledge Transfer Partnership (KTP) to improve the life cycle cost of operations and maintenance (O&M) strategies in offshore windfarms.

Rhode Island and Massachusetts sites leased for wind energy

Offshore wind power specialist Deepwater Wind New England LLC has won the US government’s lease sale for renewable energy in federal waters, gaining two leases for a wind energy area of 66,671 hectares offshore Rhode Island and Massachusetts for wind energy development.

Alstom opens wind tower factory in Latin America

Alstom has opened a factory in Canoas in Rio Grande do Sul State, in the southern part of Brazil, with the capacity to produce 120 steel towers per year – enough to supply approximately 350 MW of electricity.

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Report lists most common wind energy insurance claims in the US

GCube, a provider of renewable energy insurance services, has published a report summarising the most common wind energy insurance claims made in the United States.

Multi-million pound investment in UK offshore

UK government and business have published a long-term strategy to strengthen the UK’s position in the offshore wind industry.

US wind energy pricing near all-time low

While annual wind power additions in the United States achieved record levels in 2012, wind energy pricing is near an all-time low, says a new report released by the US Department of Energy.

TÜV SÜD draws up wind atlas for German state TÜV SÜD draws up wind atlas for German state

TÜV SÜD has put together a wind atlas for the state of Rhineland Palatinate in south-west Germany.

Marubeni acquires 25 per cent of Mainstream Renewable Power

Global wind and solar developer Mainstream Renewable Power and Japanese trading company Marubeni Corporation have agreed a €100 million equity investment deal in which Marubeni gains an around 25 per cent holding in Mainstream.

Gamesa supplies 138 MW to Mexican isthmus

Gamesa has won a contract to supply 138 MW for a wind farm on Mexico's Isthmus of Tehuantepec, a narrow strip of land between the Gulf of Mexico and the Pacific Ocean.

19 per cent increase in UK renewable energy

Electricity generated from renewable sources in the UK in 2012 increased by 19 per cent on 2011, according to official figures published by the UK Department of Energy and Climate Change.