The Blog - What’s happening in wind

Posted

16/12/2015

Author

George Beechener

UK support for fracking at odds with approach to wind

Fracking in the UK has consistently struggled to get off the ground—or, indeed, under it. But this could be about to change.

In November, communities and local government secretary Greg Clark announced that the government would begin to assert greater control over the fracking planning application process, after controversy over two potential fracking sites in Lancashire.

So what should the ...

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Posted

02/12/2015

Author

Richard Heap

Meet our member: Evgenia Golysheva, Romax Technology

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

Name: Evgenia Golysheva
Job: Head of consultancy, InSight UK
Company: Romax Technology

How long have you worked in renewables?
I have spent five years in the wind sector developing turbine reliability models for wind farm cost modelling; and have led a wide range of engineering ...

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Posted

18/11/2015

Author

Richard Heap

OST Energy expands with Paris office

The appearance of French energy minister Ségolène Royal at the EWEA annual event in Paris yesterday was meant to tell us one thing: France is serious about wind energy.

It is a message that the French government has been making repeatedly over the last six months. In June, it adopted a law saying 40% of France’s electricity demand should come from renewables by 2030; and its offshore wind plans ...

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Posted

17/11/2015

Author

Richard Heap

The show goes on for EWEA in Paris

We like to think we are old hands at this conference business. But it was with heavy hearts that we headed out to the EWEA annual conference that started in Paris on Tuesday.

You should not need us to explain the reason. The terror attacks in the French capital on Friday left nearly 130 people dead and have appalled the world. It would have been easy for EWEA to put this annual conference on ho ...

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Posted

04/11/2015

Author

Richard Heap

Galloper Shows Green Bank Remembers Core Mission


This time last year RWE’s offshore wind project Galloper did not look like a thoroughbred race horse. In fact, it looked like the utility had already sent it to the knacker’s yard.

In March 2014, co-developer SSE exited the project and then, in October, RWE Innogy axed plans to develop the 68-turbine 336MW project off the UK’s east coast because it saw it as too financially risky. But that di ...

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Posted

15/10/2015

Author

Anna Thorne

Casualties in UK solar are a warning to wind


In the last week, three solar firms delivering the UK’s defunct Green Deal have gone into administration.

Mark Group, one of the UK’s largest solar panel installers, and Climate Energy, a smaller rival, announced their demise within 24 hours of each other last week. Meanwhile, Southern Solar’s announcement came a few hours ago. All three of the companies claimed that dramatic subsidy cuts had ...

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Posted

25/09/2015

Author

Guest Author

Top 5 ways to optimise wind farm performance

Guest post by David Cunningham, cleantech and renewables analyst at SgurrEnergy.

You can also download our free report on wind farm optimisation, produced in association with SgurrEnergy. 'Wind farm optimisation' is available to download here.

The wind market is maturing, which means owners and operators are increasingly looking to enhance returns by managing their assets more effectively.   ...

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Posted

12/08/2015

Author

Richard Heap

Meet our member: Kimberly E. Diamond, Drinker Biddle & Reath LLP

Here is the first in a regular series of Q&As profiling our members. Interested in being profiled in future? Please contact Richard Heap, editor or Joe Gulliver, membership manager.

Name: Kimberly E. Diamond
Job: Senior Attorney
Company: Drinker Biddle & Reath LLP
 
How long have you worked in renewables?
I’ve been active in renewables for seven years. Since 2012, I have co-chaired ...

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Posted

20/07/2015

Author

Guest Author

Ten-plus years of lessons in offshore wind project finance

Guest post by Ked Shayer, an offshore wind energy advisor for Mott MacDonald who has worked on high-profile offshore wind projects such as Walney, Cape Wind and Gemini.

The appetite for financing offshore wind projects is growing, with a wide range of investors interested in accessing an attractive and cash hungry market. So what can offshore wind developers do to de-risk projects and attract t ...

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Posted

22/06/2015

Author

Guest Author

Building Offshore Wind In Indian Waters

Guest post by Charles Yates, managing director of CmY Consultants.

The Indian government has plans to radically increase renewable energy generation in India and is actively seeking foreign help to do this.

The government has set a target of more than doubling the existing 21GW of wind generation to 45GW by 2020, and foreign investment is critical to funding the new renewable energy projects ...

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