The Blog - What’s happening in wind

Posted

02/12/2016

Author

Ilaria Valtimora

EU’s power plan lacks boldness

The European Commission this week published its draft Renewable Energy Directive, a 1,000-page programme of reforms designed to help EU member states cut carbon emissions by 40% from 1990 levels by 2030.

It is a good idea, but the execution looks like a missed opportunity.

The draft law, which has to be approved by the EU’s 28 member states and the European Parliament, aims to cut energy use ...

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Posted

25/11/2016

Author

Richard Heap

Blade firm deals should not mean job cuts



It is a good time to own a firm specialising in turbine blade production. Some of the largest turbine manufacturers are sniffing around for takeovers, and that means potentially big rewards for those blade firms' owners.

This week, we have seen German turbine maker Senvion announce that it is set to buy blade specialist Euros for an undisclosed sum. The deal is set to boost Senvion’s blade ...

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Posted

17/11/2016

Author

Ilaria Valtimora

Strategic shift paved way for Vattenfall’s record-breaking deal



In September, Swedish state-owned utility Vattenfall won contracts to build two offshore wind farms totalling 350MW in Danish waters, at a levelised cost of energy of €64/MWh.

It was a record low price until last week, when it was beaten by a familiar company: itself.

Vattenfall has now won the tender to build the 600MW Kriegers Flak project in the waters off Denmark at €49.90/MWh, which ...

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Posted

08/11/2016

Author

Ilaria Valtimora

Who are the 100 most influential people in wind? Find out now!



Today is the day! Yes, the US people finally get to vote in the presidential election.

And, more importantly, we are publishing our Top 100 Power People. Now in its fifth year, this is our definitive look at the wind industry’s most influential power-brokers.

The two events are not completely unrelated. One of our biggest findings from this year’s Top 100 is that one-third of the top peo ...

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Posted

01/11/2016

Author

Ilaria Valtimora

Wind braced for US election result



Just one week to go. Next week, we will find out to whom Barack Obama will pass the US presidency: Donald Trump or Hillary Clinton?

The decision that the American people take on 8 November will have major consequences for the energy sector. The next president will have to decide whether to honour the Paris climate change agreement, and take a stance on issues including the coal industry, co ...

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Posted

28/10/2016

Author

Ilaria Valtimora

Investor confidence in UK wind slips again



The latest edition of the Renewable Energy Country Attractiveness Index, released this week by consultancy Ernst & Young, has buoyed countries across Europe. 

It reported that nations including France, Belgium, Sweden, Ireland, Norway and Finland became more attractive investment prospects for investors in renewables including wind farms in the last six months.

But there is one excep ...

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Posted

26/10/2016

Author

Francesco Cornacchia

Wind Turbines: When is 20 Years Not 20 Years?

Learning more about your wind farm can help extend the life of your gearboxes from 20 years to 25 years, and maximise your investment returns, writes Francesco Cornacchia.  

It is well-known that many wind turbine gearboxes have a design life of 20 years. 

However, it is also well-known that a great number of gearboxes don’t last for 20 years and fail prematurely. Why the discrepancy?
 
Th ...

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Posted

21/10/2016

Author

Ilaria Valtimora

Take note, UK leaders! 73% of Brits back onshore wind



The British public believes in wind energy even more than previously thought, research published this week has shown.

Climate charity 10:10 commissioned ComRes to carry out the poll to tie in with the launch of its campaign, Blown Away, which aims to demonstrate to the UK Government that British people back wind energy, and secure more high-level support for the sector. ComRes found that 73 ...

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Posted

24/08/2016

Author

Richard Heap

Meet our member: John MacAskill, Senior Consultant & Business Development Manager, Offshore Wind Consultants

Interested in being profiled in future? Please contact Richard Heap, editor or Joe Gulliver, membership manager.

Name: John MacAskill
Job: Senior Consultant & Business Development Manager
Company: Offshore Wind Consultants Ltd                

How long have you worked in renewables?
Since 2008. I was the first renewables employee in the UK for the GL Group.

In ten words or fewer, wh ...

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Posted

20/07/2016

Author

Richard Heap

Meet our member: Rob Grimmond, CEO, Offshore Marine Management

Interested in being profiled in future? Please contact Richard Heap, editor or Joe Gulliver, membership manager.

Name: Rob Grimmond
Job: CEO
Company: Offshore Marine Management

How long have you worked in renewables?
Over 13 years. We started working on the first wind farms in the UK, and have taken this experience to the German, and soon into the American and French markets. Our offshore ...

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