The Blog - What’s happening in wind

Posted

18/05/2017

Author

Ilaria Valtimora

Where are the best new wind markets? Find out now

 

Investors are always looking for attractive risk-to-return ratios and the wind sector in emerging markets can offer them.

There are a host of factors that companies in wind must consider when identifying the most suitable emerging markets in which to invest and, with little on-the-ground experience, it can be tough for firms to know which countries offer the best prospects.

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Posted

21/04/2017

Author

Ilaria Valtimora

Wind fits perfectly in Trump’s plan for US

Forget the rhetoric. The wind sector is helping to ‘Make America Great Again’, for real.

The American Wind Energy Association last Thursday released its 2016 ‘US Wind Industry Annual Market Report’, which showed that construction activity remained strong in US wind last year. This contributed to a growing need for personnel, and meant that the industry added nearly 15,000 jobs in 2016. That bri ...

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Posted

14/03/2017

Author

Ilaria Valtimora

Better be cautious in Greece

The wind market in Greece has finally showed signs of life, but investors need to be cautions.

Last week, the European Bank for Reconstruction & Development committed to provide up to €300m to finance renewable energy projects in Greece. The aim is to help the financially-distressed country reach its target of adding 2.4GW of new green energy capacity by 2020.

The organisation said that ...

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Posted

23/02/2017

Author

Ilaria Valtimora

Vattenfall's plans to expand in Germany

Germany’s issues with its grid capacity have not made the country less attractive to wind companies. Swedish utility Vattenfall’s strategy is a good example of that.

This week, the company has announced a partnership with German developer Abo Wind, to help it install up to 200MW of onshore wind by 2020 from its current 13.9MW.  It has also called Germany “the most advanced and interesting ‘tran ...

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Posted

16/01/2017

Author

Ilaria Valtimora

The UK would miss a trick with Ikea



Ikea has pledged to be a net exporter of renewable power by 2020, so there is good reason to feel confident that it is serious about investing in wind energy. 

And that also means we should take it seriously when it says it is not going to invest, as it has this week. Specifically, the Swedish furniture giant has declared that it will not invest in renewables in the UK due to lack of govern ...

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Posted

10/01/2017

Author

Richard Heap

Wind industry gets cultural in Hull



Worship the blade! You could argue that, as editor of A Word About Wind, I should take an unhealthy interest in the wind sector – and I do. That is the only explanation for the shrine of wind turbines I keep in the corner of the room. God bless free gifts at industry shows.

But I am not alone. Now people in UK city Hull can make their own pilgrimage to worship at the altar of the mighty bla ...

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Posted

28/01/2016

Author

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

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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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

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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