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Spotlight on: Repowering multibrand wind assets

The benefits of repowering multibrand assets at once | Lessons from the most widely installed turbine platform in the world | Vestas confirms 398-MW flurry of turbine orders
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Spotlight on: Repowering multibrand wind assets
Understanding the tax implications, economics and environmental benefits of tackling a large, complex repowering project across multiple wind assets can seem daunting. Yet the benefits far outweigh the challenges, particularly when utilizing industry expertise. Learn best practices for implementing a multibrand repowering project.
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We interviewed Chris Brown, president of Vestas' sales and service operations in the U.S. and Canada, about ways to maximize the benefits of repowering multibrand fleets.

What are some of the biggest challenges in repowering fleetwide, particularly across multiple brands?
Technical feasibility diligence remains a big challenge when an owner looks at installing equipment from different original equipment manufacturers (OEMs) on multibrand sites.  It's one thing to repower your old technology with new technology from the same manufacturer, but it's another level of complexity to provide technical solutions for multibrand equipment.  For many of these aging fleets, the original turbine manufacturer may no longer be in business or active, so realizing the repower benefits requires a partner capable of applying their technical expertise and capabilities to develop multibrand solutions.  And finally, that OEM must be willing to certify that multibrand solution.
On the education front, the ins and outs of tax qualification, repower economics and the environmental benefits of repowering beyond securing the production tax credit (PTC) extension are a lot to comprehend. It can feel even more challenging when considering those factors across a multibrand fleet. Read the full interview here.
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With over 40 GW installed globally, the 2 MW platform has been thoroughly tested and understood, for nearly 20 years.  Each evolution of the platform builds on lessons learned from over 18,000 installed turbines.  To date, five platform upgrades have increased AEP by up to 40%.  Staying true to one common nacelle, while adding flexibility in tower and rotor dimensions has yielded a flexible and reliable platform. Watch a video to learn more.
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Vestas confirms 398-MW flurry of turbine orders
Vestas recently won contracts to supply wind farms in the US, France and other countries with wind turbines totaling 398 megawatts, says the firm. In the US, PacifiCorp will use Vestas' V100 2-MW turbine series to repower its 216-MW Marengo and Marengo 2 projects in Washington.
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Report: Larger, more advanced turbines will drive cost reductions
The wind industry's levelized cost of energy will continue to decline as turbines get larger and the technology becomes more efficient, says ONYX InSight. "But it's a mistake to think that all of these new technologies will be more reliable than their predecessors, thanks to lessons learned from older designs, or that operating costs will reduce naturally as the industry matures without increased understanding and streamlining of operations and maintenance processes," notes ONYX head of consultancy Evgenia Golysheva.
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Corporations worldwide embracing clean energy

Corporations worldwide embracing clean energy | Analysis: Trump continues to offer contradictory views on energy | ENGIE unit acquires financing for 200-MW US wind farm
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Corporations worldwide embracing clean energy
Corporations are purchasing record amounts of clean energy worldwide, and long-term contracts are in place that indicate the trend will continue.
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Analysis: Trump continues to offer contradictory views on energy
President Donald Trump continues to contradict himself regarding support mechanisms for energy, writes David Roberts. Roberts believes Energy Secretary Rick Perry summed it up when he recently tweeted that all energy sources receive support, and the important thing is to "pick good."
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    Opinion: Now is the time for Alaska to embrace wind
    Alaska is already sourcing clean energy from wind farms and the state legislature should lend its support to the ongoing growth of the industry, writes Jake Naimark. "We have the tools to power our economy with clean, safe, renewable energy," Naimark writes.
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    Editorial: Neb. county must pass fair wind regulations
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