The Blog - What’s happening in wind

Posted

23/02/2017

Author

Ilaria Valtimora

Vattenfall's plans to expand in Germany

Germany’s issues with its grid capacity have not made the country less attractive to wind companies. Swedish utility Vattenfall’s strategy is a good example of that.

This week, the company has announced a partnership with German developer Abo Wind, to help it install up to 200MW of onshore wind by 2020 from its current 13.9MW.  It has also called Germany “the most advanced and interesting ‘tran ...

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Posted

14/02/2017

Author

Ilaria Valtimora

What latest data tell us about wind in China?

New investment in renewables fell 18% worldwide, from $349bn in 2015 to $287bn in 2016. And it is mainly China’s fault.

Last week, Bloomberg New Energy Finance published its annual report on clean energy investment, which showed how the performance of renewables on a global level in 2016 was highly influenced by the slowdown of Chinese investment in the sector.

Green energy investment in Chi ...

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Posted

06/02/2017

Author

Ilaria Valtimora

Saudi Arabia's plans make business sense

Does it matter why countries and companies choose to invest in renewables? We can read about countries that commit to renewables for environmental reasons; and companies that choose green power because are conscious about their carbon footprints.

But that is not always the case and it doesn’t matter. In fact, it’s good because it shows that renewables make good business sense. You just need to ...

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Posted

31/01/2017

Author

Ilaria Valtimora

Europe needs commitment to wind

Last year was a record-breaker in terms of offshore wind investment. This shows that Europe has great potential to remain the global leader in this part of the wind sector. 

However, it must deliver on this potential, as there is still uncertainty over volumes and regulation in key European offshore markets after 2020. 

These are the headlines from the annual offshore statistics that WindEur ...

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Posted

27/01/2017

Author

Ilaria Valtimora

Offshore wind needs long-term plans in Europe

Last year was a record-breaker in terms of offshore wind investment. This shows that Europe has great potential to remain the global leader in this part of the wind sector.

However, it must deliver on this potential, as there is still uncertainty over volumes and regulation in key European offshore markets after 2020.

These are the headlines from the annual offshore statistics that WindEurop ...

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Posted

16/01/2017

Author

Ilaria Valtimora

The UK would miss a trick with Ikea



Ikea has pledged to be a net exporter of renewable power by 2020, so there is good reason to feel confident that it is serious about investing in wind energy. 

And that also means we should take it seriously when it says it is not going to invest, as it has this week. Specifically, the Swedish furniture giant has declared that it will not invest in renewables in the UK due to lack of govern ...

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Posted

10/01/2017

Author

Ilaria Valtimora

What challenges does the wind sector face in 2017? Find out now!



Our Finance 2017 report is finally out!

Drawing on in-house research and in-depth interviews with key industry figures, this report analyses the potential effects of a number of threats and opportunities for the wind sector across Europe and the US in the next 12 months. We give a particular focus to the political and economic challenges facing the sector over the next twelve months.

Whi ...

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Posted

10/01/2017

Author

Richard Heap

Wind industry gets cultural in Hull



Worship the blade! You could argue that, as editor of A Word About Wind, I should take an unhealthy interest in the wind sector – and I do. That is the only explanation for the shrine of wind turbines I keep in the corner of the room. God bless free gifts at industry shows.

But I am not alone. Now people in UK city Hull can make their own pilgrimage to worship at the altar of the mighty bla ...

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Posted

14/12/2016

Author

Ilaria Valtimora

Profit-conscious Shell dives in to offshore



Last month Shell chief executive Ben van Beurden told the Energy for Tomorrow conference in Paris that he did not see enough profitability in the renewables industry. We covered this in a Wind Watch at the time, so why are we bringing it up again so soon?

Simply, because Shell seems keener to invest in renewables than his words then suggest. The Dutch utility is leading the consortium that, ...

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Posted

07/12/2016

Author

Adam Barber

A day at sea: the energy behind the energy

In offshore wind, few things are constant.  However, one thing that is, is that everyone in the industry always – without fail - has an opinion on how the market is shaping up. 

They’ll tell you how you can cut costs, how you can create greater efficiencies, how you can streamline project management or how you can use new and existing kit more effectively to drive future progress.

But just h ...

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