The Blog - What’s happening in wind

Posted

04/04/2017

Author

Ilaria Valtimora

Eneco grows reach with Eni Belgium buyout



Dutch utility Eneco has just unveiled its strategy to grow in Belgium's 2.4GW wind market. Last Friday, it agreed to buy Italian oil giant Eni’s operations in the country. 

Eneco has signed a deal to take ownership of Eni Wind Belgium and Eni's Belgian gas and power retail arm. Eni Belgium serves approximately 850,000 electricity and gas connection points in Belgium and has a market share o ...

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Posted

31/01/2017

Author

Ilaria Valtimora

Europe needs commitment to wind

Last year was a record-breaker in terms of offshore wind investment. This shows that Europe has great potential to remain the global leader in this part of the wind sector. 

However, it must deliver on this potential, as there is still uncertainty over volumes and regulation in key European offshore markets after 2020. 

These are the headlines from the annual offshore statistics that WindEur ...

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Posted

27/01/2017

Author

Ilaria Valtimora

Offshore wind needs long-term plans in Europe

Last year was a record-breaker in terms of offshore wind investment. This shows that Europe has great potential to remain the global leader in this part of the wind sector.

However, it must deliver on this potential, as there is still uncertainty over volumes and regulation in key European offshore markets after 2020.

These are the headlines from the annual offshore statistics that WindEurop ...

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Posted

17/11/2016

Author

Ilaria Valtimora

Strategic shift paved way for Vattenfall’s record-breaking deal



In September, Swedish state-owned utility Vattenfall won contracts to build two offshore wind farms totalling 350MW in Danish waters, at a levelised cost of energy of €64/MWh.

It was a record low price until last week, when it was beaten by a familiar company: itself.

Vattenfall has now won the tender to build the 600MW Kriegers Flak project in the waters off Denmark at €49.90/MWh, which ...

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Posted

11/07/2016

Author

William Rees

Dong hits key milestone with Dutch deal

Dong Energy’s latest offshore wind tender win marks a milestone moment for the sector. The Danish utility has agreed to break the €100/MWh barrier.

Earlier this month, Dong won the Dutch government’s tender to develop Borssele 1 and 2, two 350MW developments in waters off the coast of the Netherlands. In doing so, the firm agreed a strike price excluding transmission of €72.70/MWh for the first ...

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Posted

04/07/2016

Author

William Rees

Nestlé deal the latest move in corporate wind arms race

Nestlé might be best known for Kit Kat, but its commitment to the environment shows no sign of taking a break.

Last week, the confectioner announced that it was partnering with Community Wind Power to build a new wind farm to power its operations. The nine-turbine Sanquhar community wind farm in Dumfries and Galloway, set for completion in 2017, is due to produce enough electricity for 50% of N ...

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Posted

31/03/2016

Author

Robert Tomlinson

Danish drama shows public view of wind is shifting

Plenty of Scandinavian firms are making a killing in wind—and ‘killing in wind’ also happens to be the theme of a new BBC4 drama, ‘Follow the Money’.

This Danish drama follows the shady goings-on at fictional energy giant Energreen, and specifically the body washed up at one of its offshore wind farms. Given our own experience of wind, it is strange and refreshing to see the sector shown as fra ...

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Posted

30/03/2016

Author

Guest Author

Know Your Buyer: Five Investor Profiles For Beginners

Guest post by Kenn Righolt, chief executive at Green Dealflow

For a novice seller, many investors seem to have near-identical interests and concerns.

However, once we start digging deeper through interviews and negotiations, we realise how differently investors approach their investment decisions. If you are selling a project then it is obvious that you want to achieve the best possible pric ...

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Posted

24/03/2016

Author

Robert Tomlinson

Irish Coalition Makes €2.7bn Forecast Uncertain

Politics has a habit of raining on a good parade, and even the most optimistic amongst us can’t ignore the clouds of political uncertainty in Ireland.

The Irish Wind Energy Association released research at its annual conference this week that forecast developers would invest more than €2.7bn in onshore wind in the Republic of Ireland by 2020. However, political uncertainty is putting that in qu ...

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Posted

29/02/2016

Author

George Beechener

Green business is big business. Let’s not miss out.

At last, some positivity.

That has been in short supply for those working in UK wind, solar and tidal, given the slew of government policies hitting their sectors.

Yet, a largely positive prognosis for UK renewables was given by business leaders, academics and government representatives at an event held by the Westminster Environment, Energy & Transport Forum last month. Why are they so ...

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