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Europe adds 6.1 GW of wind energy capacity in first half of 2017

6.1 GW of extra wind energy capacity was installed in Europe in the first half of 2017, according to figures released today by WindEurope. The figure puts Europe on course for a bumper year for installations, although hides some worrying trends.   A total of 4.8 GW of onshore wind capacity was installed in the … Continue reading Europe adds 6.1 GW of wind energy capacity in first half of 2017

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ACS wins 1,550 MW capacity at renewable energy auction in Spain

The government’s renewable capacity auction of about 3,000 MW, most of which was for solar power producers, was the second this year and is part of a drive to make sure 20 percent of all energy consumed in Spain by 2020 is from renewable sources.  Spanish construction company ACS has won 1,550 megawatts (MW) of … Continue reading ACS wins 1,550 MW capacity at renewable energy auction in Spain

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Renewable energy boosts national security, military preparedness

Jon Powers is an Iraq veteran and former Chief Sustainability Officer for the U.S. government. He’s also a founder of Operation Free, a coalition of former service members who “advocate for securing America with clean energy.” This month, he penned a pair of op-eds explaining why the armed forces look to renewable energy to strengthen … Continue reading Renewable energy boosts national security, military preparedness

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Renewables on the grid: Putting the negative-price myth to bed

New, comprehensive analysis of electricity market price data confirms that renewable energy policies are not directly factored into electricity market prices. Three years ago, the American Wind Energy Association (AWEA) rebutted arguments that occurrences of negative prices at nuclear plants in Illinois were frequently caused by wind energy. That “compelling” data led FERC Commissioner John … Continue reading Renewables on the grid: Putting the negative-price myth to bed

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Siemens receives major order from TenneT for DolWin6 offshore grid connection

Siemens has received another order from the German-Dutch grid operator, TenneT TSO, for a grid connection for offshore wind power plants in the German waters of the North Sea. The company will supply the entire technology for efficient direct-current transmission for the “DolWin6” grid connection. The Spanish partner, Dragados Offshore S.A., is a leading general … Continue reading Siemens receives major order from TenneT for DolWin6 offshore grid connection

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ACCIONA Energía has signed an alliance with SACI Falabella

ACCIONA Energía has signed an alliance with SACI Falabella – the biggest retail store chain in Latin America – to supply almost 100 centers of its brands Sodimac, Falabella, Tottus and Open Plaza in Chile with renewable energy over the next few years. Through the alliance, the company is strengthening its line of business of … Continue reading ACCIONA Energía has signed an alliance with SACI Falabella

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Cooperation and innovation mark a period of major turbine contracts and mega battery installation in the Netherlands

As the industry sets its sights on Amsterdam for WindEurope’s upcoming conference and exhibition this November, wind power has been enjoying a robust week in the historical land of the windmills. On 6 July, it was announced that renewable energy firm Siemens Gamesa will install 94 turbines at the Borssele 1 and 2 offshore wind … Continue reading Cooperation and innovation mark a period of major turbine contracts and mega battery installation in the Netherlands

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WindEurope delivers joint call for industrialisation to Estonian Presidency and ITRE Chair

Today, WindEurope’s Chief Policy Officer Pierre Tardieu and Directors from 14 other European trade associations handed a joint declaration to Ms Kadri Simson, Estonian Minister of Economic Affairs and Infrastructure and current Chair of the EU Competitiveness Council, and MEP Jerzy Buzek, Chair of the European Parliament’s Industry Committee (ITRE). 130 European trade associations signed … Continue reading WindEurope delivers joint call for industrialisation to Estonian Presidency and ITRE Chair

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Google signs new PPA with Eneco

As the energy transition gathers pace, more and more corporates are procuring their energy from renewable energy suppliers. Just last week came the announcement of Google’s second power purchase agreement (PPA) with Eneco, one of the leading electricity providers in the Netherlands.   Under the terms of this PPA, Google will have exclusive access to … Continue reading Google signs new PPA with Eneco

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Large energy consumers hungry for green power

Google, Norsk Hydro and Facebook are leading the growing trend of major companies looking to secure reliable and competitive power from renewable energy and reduce the risks associated with fossil fuel-based power supply. 100 top companies including leading industrial players are already committing to procure 100% renewable power in the short term through Power Purchase … Continue reading Large energy consumers hungry for green power

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Apple to build second renewables-powered data centre in Denmark

Denmark has become the hottest destination for data centers lately, with some big tech companies flocking to the country. At the beginning of this year, Facebook announced plans for a data center in Denmark, its third outside the United States. Last month, it was reported that Google bought a 73.2-hectare plot in Denmark to built … Continue reading Apple to build second renewables-powered data centre in Denmark

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Electric Vehicles to accelerate to 54% of new car sales by 2040

Electric vehicles will make up the majority of new car sales worldwide by 2040, and account for 33% of all the light-duty vehicles on the road, according to new research published today. The forecast, put together by the advanced transport team at Bloomberg New Energy Finance, draws on detailed analysis of likely future reductions in … Continue reading Electric Vehicles to accelerate to 54% of new car sales by 2040

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Nuclear power has taken a back seat to renewable sources of electricity for the first time

Electricity production from utility-scale renewable sources exceeded nuclear generation in March and April. That’s the first time renewable sources have outpaced nuclear since 1984. The growth in renewables has been fueled by scores of new wind turbines and solar farms. Recent increases in hydroelectric power as a result of heavy snow and rain in Western … Continue reading Nuclear power has taken a back seat to renewable sources of electricity for the first time

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Tesla 100 MW battery system will be installed at Hornsdale wind farm in South Australia

Tesla is to supply a 100MW energy storage system at Neoen’s 100MW Hornsdale 1 wind farm in South Australia. South Australia will attempt to ease pressure on its crisis-prone electricity grid with a world-leading battery station more than three times the size of its nearest rival, to be built by billionaire entrepreneur Elon Musk. The Tesla Powerpack … Continue reading Tesla 100 MW battery system will be installed at Hornsdale wind farm in South Australia

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Germany produced record 35 percent of power from renewable energy in first half

Germany raised the proportion of its power produced by renewable energy to 35 percent in the first half of 2017 from 33 percent the previous year, according to the BEE renewable energy association. Germany is aiming to phase out its nuclear power plants by 2022. Its renewable energy has been rising steadily over the last … Continue reading Germany produced record 35 percent of power from renewable energy in first half

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Renewable energies generated 37.7% of electricity in Spain in June 2017

Renewable energies generated 37.7% of electricity in Spain in June 2017. Wind power 18.2%, solar thermal 3.4% and photovoltaic solar power 4.6%. Generation of the month of May 2017 Peninsular demand for electricity in June is estimated at 21,681 GWh, 7.1% higher than in the same month of the previous year. Taking into account the … Continue reading Renewable energies generated 37.7% of electricity in Spain in June 2017

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Nordex installs multi-megawatt turbine on 134 metre tubular steel tower for the first time

In February this year the Nordex Group installed a 3 MW turbine on a 134 metre tubular steel tower in a test field operated by windtest grevenbroich gmbh for GP Joule, a project developer. Prior to this the manufacturer had always installed its turbines with hub heights in excess of 120 metres in continental Europe … Continue reading Nordex installs multi-megawatt turbine on 134 metre tubular steel tower for the first time

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Vestas receives orders totalling 33 MW in Austria

Vestas receives orders for 10 turbines from Energie Burgenland Windkraft GmbH and ImWind GmbH, highlighting the versatility of the 4 MW platform. The firm and unconditional orders are for one project, the Parndorf wind park in eastern Austria. The Parndorf wind park highlights Vestas’ 4 MW platform’s versatility and employs a highly customised solution consisting … Continue reading Vestas receives orders totalling 33 MW in Austria

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AWEA statement on White House Energy Week

The following is a statement from Tom Kiernan, CEO of the American Wind Energy Association (AWEA) on President Trump’s Energy Week remarks: “We support President Trump’s strategic vision to seek American energy dominance. The wind industry — America’s largest source of renewable energy capacity — stands ready to do our part implementing the President’s vision … Continue reading AWEA statement on White House Energy Week

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€4 million EU funding for proposed electricity link between France and Ireland

A project to build an interconnector linking for the first time the French and Irish electricity systems will today be awarded a €4 million grant from the European Commission. The Celtic Interconnector will make it possible for energy to be traded more freely between EU countries, enhancing Ireland’s security of energy supply and allowing the … Continue reading €4 million EU funding for proposed electricity link between France and Ireland

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