The Blog - What’s happening in wind

Posted

17/06/2015

Author

Richard Heap

Hawaii Sets 100% Renewables Goal


Hawaii will never have a problem attracting business people that want a glamorous overseas trip. But now those in renewables have an even stronger business reason to visit the island state. 

This month, Hawaii governor David Ige signed a bill stating that the US island state should run on 100% renewable energy by 2045. The aim is to build on the state’s existing goal of 70% renewable energy b ...

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Posted

15/06/2015

Author

Richard Heap

Deepwater Shows Up US Offshore Gap

When Deepwater Wind started construction on the first offshore wind farm in US waters in April, it was always bound to lead to a series of other firsts.

Last month, we had the announcement that LM Wind Power is set to supply the 15 blades for the five Alstom Haliade 150-6MW turbines used on the 30MW project; and also the announcement that high-speed catamaran ferry company Rhode Island Fast Fer ...

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Posted

06/05/2015

Author

Richard Heap

RenewableUK Urges UK Leaders To Embrace £900m Wind Sector


Onshore wind added more than £900m to the UK economy in 2014, new research has shown. But this economic activity is at risk after the general election on 7th May. 

That is the warning from trade body RenewableUK, which published a report by BIGGAR Economics about the contribution of onshore wind to the UK economy. It is a timely report, as there is set to be wrangling over policy between pote ...

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Posted

21/04/2015

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Guest Author

Let Experts Stick To What They Do Best

Guest blog by Henrik Stamer, managing director at K2 Management

Imagine you are planning a house extension. Would you hire a carpenter to do all the electrics and plumbing too? It might be cheaper than using qualified experts, but would you trust the carpenter to deliver the same standard of work as specialist tradesmen?

Now look at offshore wind and ask the same questions. If the sector is ...

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Posted

14/04/2015

Author

Adam Barber

Dong Injects Commercial Nous Into US Offshore

There is no shortage of hyperbole in the US offshore wind market. It seems like every development, however minor, is hailed as a huge leap forward.

Indeed, anyone entering the wind energy market afresh would be forgiven for thinking that US offshore wind is already a fully-fledged market. It isn’t.

In fact, back in October, after attending a somewhat lacklustre AWEA Offshore 2014 conference, ...

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Posted

06/04/2015

Author

Richard Heap

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A $100 Billion Appetite For Green Bonds?


This year the global green bonds market could top $100bn. That’s an awful lot of money, and an awful lot of potential investment in renewables projects including wind farms.

The prediction comes from ratings firm Standard & Poor’s, which forecast that companies could issue $30bn of green bonds this year of a total of $100bn. This is significant growth from the $19bn issued by companies in ...

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Posted

26/03/2015

Author

Richard Heap

Price Must Be Right For Local Energy

We blame TV chefs. It seems like we can’t go anywhere without seeing someone talking about how their ingredients are ‘good, honest and locally-sourced’. It’s become a huge cliche.

But there’s a good reason we’re seeing it. Large numbers of people want to know where their food has come from, so they know it has been ethically-sourced and not come from the other side of the world. This helps peop ...

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Posted

18/03/2015

Author

Richard Heap

UK Leaders Need To Appreciate Small Wind


We are as interested as anyone in the move towards 10MW offshore turbines. 

But sometimes we need a reminder of how that is still a relatively small part of the market. In the last month we have had one such reminder, from British renewables trade body RenewableUK in its ‘Small and Medium UK Wind Report’. This is its annual review of the UK’s sub-500kW sector.

The report starts by highligh ...

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Posted

11/03/2015

Author

Adam Barber

EWEA Offshore: Report Calls For New Mindset


Do you know what you’re doing in ten years’time? No fixed plans? Well, the good news is you’re not alone. It’s challenging enough to plan for the next 30 days, when you take into account short-term deadlines and daily to-do lists.

For many, prioritising long-term actions doesn’t come naturally, and it certainly isn’t easy for those in a fast-growing and fast-changing market like offshore wind ...

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Posted

10/03/2015

Author

Richard Heap

Eiffel Tower Falls In Love With Wind


The Eiffel Tower has been a Parisian icon for 126 years, but it was always missing something: wind turbines.

Thankfully, US onsite renewables specialist Urban Green Energy fixed that last month by fitting two vertical axis turbines inside the structure of the tower, 400 feet above the ground. We’d like to see UGE now turn its attention to using turbines to improve other world icons. For examp ...

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