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Windpower Weekly
03rd August 2016



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Massachusetts eases path for 1.6GW offshore



UNITED STATES: Massachusetts has passed a bill requiring local utilities to buy power from up to 1.6GW of offshore wind by July 2027.


Massachusetts eases                                              path for 1.6GW offshore




How Vestas won the Midwest



UNITED STATES: A well-proven, competitively priced turbine and a strategic service agreement gave Vestas the edge over its rivals to win a 2GW deal with MidAmerican.


How Vestas won the                                              Midwest




Restructured Impsa builds turbine factory



ARGENTINA: One week after signing a major restructuring deal to save the company, Argentinean engineering firm Industrias Metalurgicas Pescarmona (Impsa) has inaugurated a new wind turbine factory in the west of the country.


Restructured Impsa                                              builds turbine factory




EXPERT: How Dong achieved a landmark strike price



NETHERLANDS: The announcement of the Borselle auction results was greeted by the offshore wind industry with a mixture of astonishment, delight, and (from competitors) a little concern. Dong Energy had beaten the €100/MWh levelised cost of energy (LCOE) barrier well ahead of schedule.


EXPERT: How Dong                                              achieved a landmark strike                                              price





Business and Companies



Wind's retiring champion



UK: From designing vertical-axis-turbines to developing wind farms and shaping policy, industry veteran and outgoing RES chief Ian Mays has seen many changes in the wind industry.


Wind's retiring                                              champion




Nordex unveils 3.6MW turbine



GERMANY: Nordex will release two versions of a new 3.6MW turbine at the WindEnergy Hamburg event in Germany next month.


Nordex unveils 3.6MW                                              turbine




Better than expected H1 for Gamesa



SPAIN: Manufacturer Gamesa has continued a run of increasing quarters as it posts record revenues and order intake in the first half of 2016, resulting in an upgraded outlook for 2016.


Better than expected H1                                              for Gamesa




Crisis management



WORLDWIDE: Knowing what to do in an emergency - and working to prevent it from happening in the first place - is a legal requirement for offshore wind staff and could save lives.


Crisis management




Van Oord to take over Bilfinger Offshore



NETHERLANDS: Offshore wind contractor Van Oord has reached a deal to acquire the offshore wind activities of German engineering firm Bilfinger, including assets and employees.


Van Oord to take over                                              Bilfinger Offshore




Nordex sales up 35% following Acciona merger



GERMANY: The Nordex group, now incorporating Acciona Windpower, has reported sales up 35% to €1.5 billion in the first half of 2016, as the company looks to expand in new markets.


Nordex sales up 35%                                              following Acciona merger




Big Picture: Raising expectations



GERMANY: Mounted on a 164-metre concrete-steel hybrid tower for a tip height of nearly 230 metres, this 3.3MW Nordex N131 in south-west Germany is now the world's tallest wind turbine.


Big Picture: Raising                                              expectations




Endesa acquires Enel's Spanish renewables unit



SPAIN: Utility Endesa has acquired 60% of renewables division Enel Green Power Espana (EGPE), together with 1.6GW of online wind assets, from its parent company for €1.2 billion.


Endesa acquires Enel's                                              Spanish renewables unit




Marubeni forms offshore consortium



JAPAN: Marubeni Corporation has signed an agreement with a consortium of companies, including utilities, to carry out feasibility studies for its two proposed projects at Akita Port and Noshiro Port in Akita Prefecture, in the northern part of the major Japanese island.


Marubeni forms offshore                                              consortium




Tennet to research reserve power capability



NETHERLANDS: Tennet and four partners will begin a pilot scheme to investigate whether clean power, including wind, can provide reserve power to national grids.


Tennet to research                                              reserve power capability



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Markets and Policy



Argentina delays tender as interest grows



ARGENTINA: Competition in the first tender under Argentina's new renewables programme Renovar is likely to be even tougher after the government put back the deadline for offers and removed a series of restrictions on which companies can participate.


Argentina delays tender                                              as interest grows




German developers rush to beat tariff cut



GERMANY: A net total of 1,892MW of new onshore wind capacity was installed in the first half of 2016, a 73% increase on the same period last year, according to Deutsche Windguard.


German developers rush                                              to beat tariff cut




New legislation paves way for 500MW of wind farms



SERBIA: Serbia has laid the groundwork for the construction of 500MW in wind farms with the approval and publication of long-awaited renewable-energy legislation on power purchasing agreement criteria, incentives and other details of the market framework.


New legislation paves                                              way for 500MW of wind farms




Advanced-stage US projects increase in Q2



UNITED STATES: More than 18.2GW of US wind power capacity is being built or in an advanced stage of development, according to the American Wind Energy Association (AWEA).


Advanced-stage US                                              projects increase in Q2




WindEconomics: Offshore industry aims for €80/MWh by 2025



WORLDWIDE: The European Union's transport, telecommunications and energy council met on 6 June to discuss a range of energy issues.


WindEconomics: Offshore                                              industry aims for €80/MWh by                                              2025




Only visibility and volume can deliver cost cuts



FRANCE: France claims to have learned from the first two offshore tender rounds and has changed the system for the next one.


Only visibility and                                              volume can deliver cost                                              cuts




Emerging from the cold



WORLDWIDE: Despite the additional challenges and costs involved, cold-climates sites are increasingly attractive to developers thanks to their high winds and location in mature markets. And technological advances have made tackling icy conditions easier.


Emerging from the cold







ACWA Power selects Vestas for 120MW site



MOROCCO: Vestas has been awarded a 120MW deal from local project developer ACWA Power to supply turbines to a site in Tangier, northern Morocco.


ACWA Power selects                                              Vestas for 120MW site




US utility pledges $1bn for Iowa wind



UNITED STATES: A Wisconsin-based utility will invest $1 billion in adding up to 500MW of wind capacity in Iowa over the next five years.


US utility pledges $1bn                                              for Iowa wind




Nordex wins 66MW Brazil deal



BRAZIL: The Nordex Group has won a deal to supply turbines to a 66MW EDF Energies Nouvelles (EDF EN) project in eastern Brazil.


Nordex wins 66MW Brazil                                              deal




ORE Catapult to create 'digital clone' of 7MW turbine



UK: The UK's offshore wind innovation centre has been awarded £215,000 from the Scottish government to create a "digital clone" of its 7MW turbine in order to further understand its behaviours.


ORE Catapult to create                                              'digital clone' of 7MW                                              turbine




WindTech: Offshore wind looks to island hubs



WORLDWIDE: Natural and artificial islands are attracting interest from offshore developers as O&M hubs.


WindTech: Offshore wind                                              looks to island hubs



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