The Blog - What’s happening in wind

Posted

24/02/2016

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Guest Author

A Breath of Fresh Air for Spanish Renewables?

Guest post by Rodrigo Berasategui, finance partner, and David Diez, regulatory partner in the Madrid office of law firm Watson Farley & Williams. They advised on the €528m financial restructuring of Olivento, Spain’s largest onshore wind portfolio refinancing.

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Changes to renewable energy subsidies in Spain have led to the refinancing of a majority of portfolios in the country during t ...

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Posted

22/02/2016

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Richard Heap

Meet our member: George Pooley, Renewable Energy Loss Adjusters

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

Name: George Pooley
Job: Head of Loss Adjusting
Company: Renewable Energy Loss Adjusters

How long have you worked in renewables?
I have worked in the insurance industry for 12 years, and for approximately ten of these I have become specialised in adjusting renewable energy clai ...

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Posted

17/02/2016

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Anna Thorne

Troubled OWS struggles in a competitive field

German services provider Offshore Wind Solutions revealed this month it is looking to cut 100 jobs —or one-third of its workforce —after failing to secure sufficient work in the North Sea. This problem has been a long time coming.

So far, the firm’s fortunes have been tied up with the 400MW Bard Offshore 1, which is Germany’s largest operating offshore wind farm and has a troubled history. In f ...

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Posted

28/01/2016

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Richard Heap

Yieldco slowdown hits SunEdison-Gamesa deal

It has been a tough six months for US renewables giant SunEdison.

The company started 2015 by making a big push into wind by completing a $2.4bn buyout of US developer First Wind. It followed up by announcing a series of acquisitions across the world so it could grow in wind in emerging markets. But it has since pulled out of most of these deals after investors expressed concerns about its plan ...

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Posted

16/12/2015

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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

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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

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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

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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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