The Blog - What’s happening in wind

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25/09/2015

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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

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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

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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

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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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Posted

17/06/2015

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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

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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

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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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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

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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

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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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