Blog - What’s happening in wind

Posted

18/09/2017

Author

Dominic Szanto

What trilemma? Offshore auction answers UK energy questions

The UK government has published the results of the second Contracts for Difference auction, for which only offshore wind, dedicated biomass and advanced conversion technologies were eligible to enter, and the results for offshore wind are astonishing, with 3 gigawatts - enough to power over 3million homes - securing contracts.

Two of the winning projects, Hornsea 2 and Moray Firth, will be deli ...

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Posted

15/09/2017

Author

Gordon Edge

UK offshore takes fast train after stunning CfD auction

Monday the 11th of September 2017 is set to go down as one of the key dates in the development of renewables in Great Britain. The results of the auction round announced shortly after 7am led to a collective dropping of jaws onto the floor that could probably be heard in Antarctica.

I can take some pride in the fact that I called the result in terms of all three bidding offshore projects gettin ...

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Posted

12/09/2017

Author

Ilaria Valtimora

Wind firms commit to $180bn Hurricane Harvey rebuild



North America has been hit by three hurricanes in recent weeks: Harvey, Irma and Jose. Our thoughts are with the people affected by these disasters. 

Irma and Jose still represent threats to the east coast of the US, while the state of Texas, which was hit by Hurricane Harvey at the end of August, is now starting to deal with the aftermath. The cost of repairing homes, roads and businesses ...

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Posted

15/08/2017

Author

Guest Author

Legal case news: Take care when allocating design risk

This month, the UK’s Supreme Court has given its verdict in the construction dispute involving MT Højgaard and E.On Climate & Renewables regarding the 174MW offshore wind farm Robin Rigg. Rebecca Williams, partner in the dispute resolution team at law firm Watson Farley & Williams says the case shows why firms should take care when allocating design risk under construction contracts.

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Posted

10/08/2017

Author

Richard Heap

We love AWEA's map on how US wind has grown over 35 years



US pranksters have this week installed a giant inflatable chicken with President Trump's hair on a lawn opposite the White House. They say this is a protest against Trump being a "weak and ineffective leader" and, on that basis, we can only imagine Trump is praying for a strong wind to blow it away.

Not that Trump is a fan of wind. Not only does it play havoc with his hair during his many d ...

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Posted

26/07/2017

Author

Guest Author

UK Government must wake up to Brexit threat to offshore workforce

Guest post by Rob Grimmond, CEO of Offshore Marine Management



It is vital that the UK Government talks to the industry to get a picture of what is at threat for the renewables industry, especially offshore wind and marine energy, if the movement of people is limited by Brexit. 

Taking a step forward to ensure a realistic future for renewables in the UK and help to secure a flexible workf ...

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Posted

14/07/2017

Author

Ilaria Valtimora

Finance Quarterly report out now!

The election of French president Emmanuel Macron, who fuses a pro-renewables stance with pro-business policies, means exciting opportunities for France’s wind sector.

This is what has emerged from our first Finance Quarterly report, published this week in association with leading energy advisor DNV GL. In this new series of special reports, published every three months, we give readers a quick ...

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Posted

10/07/2017

Author

Ilaria Valtimora

Musk grabs headlines with Aussie wind-and-storage

“Tesla will get the system installed and working 100 days from contract signature or it is free. That serious enough for you?” 

This is how, in March, the billionaire co-founder of electric car giant Tesla, Elon Musk, promised on Twitter to build an electricity storage system that would help to prevent blackouts in the Australian state of South Australia. 

And four months later, he’s set to ...

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Posted

30/06/2017

Author

Ilaria Valtimora

The renewed dynamism of the Australian wind market

Australian Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull has been making life tough for wind developers and investors. He publicly blamed wind farms for a series of blackouts in South Australia in late 2016 and early 2017 in the face of evidence to the contrary.

Despite that high-level hostility, the wind sector in the country has been incredibly active lately, and regional governments and companies have bee ...

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Posted

15/06/2017

Author

Guest Author

Seven keys to offshore wind health and safety

Guest post by Ben Scholes, CEO and co-founder of Papertrail.





Nobody who has worked in an offshore environment would treat the health and safety risks lightly. And so far, the accident rate seen in offshore wind has been mercifully low. But that is no reason for complacency.

As the industry moves to ever-larger turbines, sited further offshore, and increasingly featuring new design fe ...

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