The Blog - What’s happening in wind

Posted

16/03/2017

Author

Richard Heap

SunEdison poised to exit bankruptcy

The bust was as spectacular as the boom.

Last April, troubled US solar and wind developer SunEdison filed for bankruptcy protection after the debts it ran up during an acquisition-led growth plan in 2015 finally became too much. The slump for US yieldcos in 2015 was damaging too. 

SunEdison’s plans included major growth in wind following its $2.4bn takeover of developer First Wind, which con ...

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Posted

14/03/2017

Author

Ilaria Valtimora

Better be cautious in Greece

The wind market in Greece has finally showed signs of life, but investors need to be cautions.

Last week, the European Bank for Reconstruction & Development committed to provide up to €300m to finance renewable energy projects in Greece. The aim is to help the financially-distressed country reach its target of adding 2.4GW of new green energy capacity by 2020.

The organisation said that ...

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Posted

13/03/2017

Author

Richard Heap

Meet our member: Alex Woodward, ZephIR Lidar

Name: Alex Woodward
Job: Head of Product Development
Company: ZephIR Lidar
 
How long have you worked in renewables?
I started in 2002 with QinteQ, and since then I have worked with Natural Power, Fred Olsen, and now ZephIR Lidar, delivering wind lidars to a growing, exciting market.
 
In ten words or fewer, what does your firm do?
We measure the wind, remotely, with ZephIR lidars.
 
In ...

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Posted

06/03/2017

Author

Ilaria Valtimora

Gender imbalance: the unspoken barrier

Tomorrow, we will finally publish our Women’s Power List. I joined A Word About Wind just four months ago, and working on this project has been a great opportunity. 

We have been in touch with the women who hold the greatest influence in wind, and have discussed some of the issues around gender imbalance in business – including whether it is really an issue, and what companies can do to attract ...

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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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