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Posted

03/03/2015

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Richard Heap

Wind Investors Must Shed Middle East Misconceptions


The Middle East is home to some of the hottest countries on Earth.

For companies in the wind sector, however, the reception they have received in the oil-rich region has been decidedly cooler. Governments in the region have been slow to recognise how wind and other renewables can fit with their traditional oil and gas operations; and most of the nations that have committed to ‘green’targets h ...

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Posted

25/02/2015

Author

Richard Heap

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Wind Faces Challenging 2015 After Record 2014


To paraphrase the great Marilyn Monroe, “Good things don’t last forever. So live it up, drink it down and laugh it off because at one point, [this] was exactly what you wanted.”

And while the great American icon may well have been talking about dating, and not wind energy, the parallels remain. Since 2014 has been hailed as a record-breaking year for global wind.

The world’s top ten turbin ...

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Posted

23/02/2015

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Richard Heap

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Google Wind News Should Make Utilities Sweat


Google has searched the world for wind projects to invest in. But this month it did one of its highest profile deals on its own doorstep.

The tech giant this month revealed plans to power its Googleplex HQ in California using energy from an 86MW wind farm by developer NextEra. The internet giant has committed to a 20-year deal to buy half the energy from the project, which is due to complete ...

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Posted

16/02/2015

Author

Richard Heap

Wind Farm Owners: How To Cut The Impact Of Gearbox Failure



Wind farm owners can face hefty bills —up to $500,000 —if turbine gearboxes fail. This is the finding of a new report from an insurance specialist.

This month, renewable energy insurer GCube has published a report called ‘Grinding Gearboxes’about the impact of gearbox failure on wind farm owners and investors. It has also highlighted a few key steps that asset managers should take to mitiga ...

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Posted

11/02/2015

Author

Adam Barber

Ten Predictions For Wind Investment In 2015



Can you believe it's already February and we're hurtling towards Spring? Before you make any major wind investment decisions, let’s take a quick look at our ten predictions for the trends that will shape wind investment this year:

(1)   No favours from the world economy: Slowing growth in China and slow recoveries in Europe and the US could push the world economy back into recession. Meanwh ...

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Posted

02/02/2015

Author

Richard Heap

GE and Statoil: the start of a beautiful friendship?

It will soon be Valentine’s Day, so what better time to look at a blooming relationship?

US manufacturing giant General Electric and Norwegian energy company Statoil last week set up a joint technology initiative to tackle some of the biggest challenges for the global oil and gas market. Issues for the pair to solve include emissions and water usage.

GE chairman and chief executive Jeff Imme ...

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Posted

29/01/2015

Author

Richard Heap

5 Reasons Why President Trump Would Be A Disaster For Wind


Billionaire Donald Trump says he is “seriously thinking”about running for US president in 2016. Now, he has talked about this since the 1980s, so the chances look slim.

But the prospect of Trump presidency would both amuse and horrify those working in wind, what with the fact that Trump is arguably the world’s most high profile wind farm NIMBY.

This month, for instance, he renewed his lega ...

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Posted

23/01/2015

Author

Adam Barber

We shouldn’t put up barriers where they don’t exist

“Out at sea we have now broken through the gigawatt barrier for installed capacity.”

So said Norbert Giese, board member at the German Offshore Wind Energy Foundation and chairman of the offshore wind steering committee at VDMA Power Systems, earlier this month.

He was talking about the news from Deutsche WindGuard that showed that Germany had over 1GW of offshore wind capacity connected to ...

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