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SAN DIEGO & GLENDORA, Calif.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--EDF Renewables North America announces the signing of a 25-year Power Purchase Agreement (PPA) with Southern California Public Power Authority (SCPPA) for the energy and renewable attributes related to the 70 megawatts (MWac) / 100.8 MWdc Desert Harvest II solar photovoltaic project under a Renewable Energy Credit (REC) + Index structure. The Desert Harvest II Solar Project is expected to begin delivery of clean electricity to SCPPA’s participating members, Anaheim, Burbank, and Vernon, starting in 2020. In conjunction, EDF Renewables signed a long-term financial hedge for power with Morgan Stanley Capital Group Inc.

This transaction demonstrates EDF Renewables’ ability to create customer-centric solutions. Under the SCPPA PPA, EDF Renewables worked diligently with forward-thinking California municipalities to create a structuring solution to address the specific challenges posed by the California “duck curve.” EDF Renewables is able to provide SCPPA with a PPA structure that shelters the buyer from exposure to merchant prices through the utilization of a long-term hedge, coupled with a 35 MW, 4-hour energy storage system (ESS), which are both the responsibility of and for the benefit of the Seller.

The Desert Harvest II Solar Project is located on unincorporated land in Riverside County, California, administered by the Federal Bureau of Land Management (BLM). The BLM designated this area as a Solar Energy Zone (SEZ) and Development Focus Area, land set aside for utility-scale renewable energy development. Desert Harvest II is also specially designed to generate clean energy while protecting wildlife habitat and public lands. The project will utilize horizontal single-axis tracking solar photovoltaic (PV) technology.

“EDF Renewables is pleased to partner with SCPPA’s participating members – Anaheim, Burbank, and Vernon - to supply affordable, in-state solar energy to their customers from the Desert Harvest II Solar Project,” commented Ryan Pfaff, executive vice president of grid-scale power at EDF Renewables. “Desert Harvest II represents the Company’s second collaboration with SCPPA, and we look forward to working with them to make the project a success, providing a boost to the Riverside County economy in parallel through the creation of new jobs.”

SCPPA’s Executive Director, Mike Webster, states “EDF Renewable’s Desert Harvest II Solar Project will help to allow our participating member utilities to be on track to achieve their renewable production goals of 40% by the end of 2024.”

In addition to its economic benefits for Riverside County, the project will utilize an innovative design to generate enough clean energy to meet the consumption of up to 35,000 average California homes. This is equivalent to avoiding more than 173,000 metric tons of CO₂ emissions annually1 which represents the greenhouse gas emissions from 37,000 passenger vehicles driven over the course of one year.

1 According to US EPA Greenhouse Gas Equivalencies calculations.

About EDF Renewables North America:

EDF Renewables North America is a market leading independent power producer and service provider with over 30 years of expertise in renewable energy. The Company delivers grid-scale power: wind (onshore and offshore), solar photovoltaic, and storage projects; distributed solutions: solar, solar+storage, EV charging and energy management; and asset optimization: technical, operational, and commercial skills to maximize performance of generating projects. EDF Renewables’ North American portfolio consists of 10 GW of developed projects and 10 GW under service contracts. EDF Renewables is a subsidiary of EDF Energies Nouvelles, the dedicated renewable energy affiliate of the EDF Group. For more information visit: www.edf-re.com.

WALL, N.J.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--New Jersey Natural Gas (NJNG) has been named a 2018 Most Trusted Utility Brand according to a new Cogent Reports study by Market Strategies International, which identifies utilities that have earned the trust of their customers and are perceived to be industry leaders on innovation.

The 2018 study measured the performance of the 133 largest natural gas, electric and combined utility companies throughout the country. NJNG ranked seventh among all natural gas utilities, third in the east and top in the state.

“To be recognized as an Elite Most Trusted Utility Brand is an honor for our company and a testament to our more than 1,100 employees,” said Steve Westhoven, chief operating officer of New Jersey Natural Gas. “This award exemplifies our commitment to meeting customers’ expectations for safety, reliability and value, every day.”

The Utility Trusted Brand and Customer Engagement™ Residential Study provides a comprehensive view into utilities’ relationships with their residential customers, which includes operational satisfaction, product experience and brand trust. It is based on an online survey of over 60,000 residential utility customers comprised of 35 rating questions about performance, including safety and reliability of service, customer and field service, reliability of quality, environmental focus, billing and payment processes and communications effectiveness.

More information about the report may be found at marketstrategies.com.

About New Jersey Resources

New Jersey Resources (NYSE:NJR) is a Fortune 1000 company that, through its subsidiaries, provides safe and reliable natural gas and clean energy services, including transportation, distribution, asset management and home services. NJR is composed of five primary businesses:

  • New Jersey Natural Gas, NJR’s principal subsidiary, operates and maintains over 7,400 miles of natural gas transportation and distribution infrastructure to serve over half a million customers in New Jersey’s Monmouth, Ocean and parts of Morris, Middlesex and Burlington counties.
  • NJR Clean Energy Ventures invests in, owns and operates solar and onshore wind projects with a total capacity of nearly 320 megawatts, providing residential and commercial customers with low-carbon solutions.
  • NJR Energy Services manages a diversified portfolio of natural gas transportation and storage assets and provides physical natural gas services and customized energy solutions to its customers across North America.
  • NJR Midstream serves customers from local distributors and producers to electric generators and wholesale marketers through its 50 percent equity ownership in the Steckman Ridge natural gas storage facility, as well as its 20 percent equity interest in the PennEast Pipeline Project.
  • NJR Home Services provides service contracts as well as heating, central air conditioning, water heaters, standby generators, solar and other indoor and outdoor comfort products to residential homes throughout New Jersey.

NJR and its more than 1,000 employees are committed to helping customers save energy and money by promoting conservation and encouraging efficiency through Conserve to Preserve® and initiatives such as The SAVEGREEN Project® and The Sunlight Advantage®.

For more information about NJR:

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TORONTO--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Today, Clear Blue Technologies International Inc. (TSXV:CBLU), the Smart Off-Grid™ company, will commence trading on the TSX Venture Exchange (TSXV) at open of the market under the symbol "CBLU". TSXV is Canada’s premium exchange for technology companies.

“Listing on the TSXV will provide Clear Blue with access to additional capital to build on our mission of solving the global need for reliable, affordable, clean power,” says Miriam Tuerk, co-founder and CEO, Clear Blue Technologies International. “Our patented Smart Off-Grid technology already reliably powers thousands of solar, wind, and hybrid-powered systems for lighting, telecommunications, security and IoT devices in 34 countries worldwide. Additional capital will let us take advantage of the tremendous market opportunity we see for our technology and managed power services.”

Clear Blue has partnerships and initiatives with major telecom and innovative power providers in developed and emerging markets. This includes a collaboration with the Telecom Infra Project, an initiative co-founded by Facebook, Intel, Nokia, SK Telecom and Deutsche Telekom to improve internet connectivity in rural areas worldwide.

About Clear Blue Technologies International Inc.

Clear Blue, the Smart Off-Grid™ company, was founded on a vision of delivering clean, managed, “wireless power.” The company develops and sells Smart Off-Grid power solutions and cloud-based management services to power, control, monitor, manage and proactively service solar, wind and hybrid-powered systems such as street lights, security systems, telecommunications systems, emergency power, and IoT devices. Under its Illumient brand, Clear Blue also sells solar and wind-powered outdoor lighting systems.

About Miriam Tuerk

Miriam Tuerk, CEO and co-founder of Clear Blue, has over 20 years of experience as a tech entrepreneur and leader in the telecom, fintech and big data. She has a proven track-record launching clean tech, big data, open source and cloud-based solutions, and has clean energy patents to her name. Prior to founding Clear Blue Technologies, Miriam was president and CEO of Infobright, and president of the Canadian Division of BCE Emergis. She is also a Forbes contributor and has been an advisor or board member to a number of early-stage startups.

Neither TSX Venture Exchange nor its Regulation Services Provider (as that term is defined in the policies of the TSX Venture Exchange) accepts responsibility for the adequacy or accuracy of this release.

ALISO VIEJO, Calif.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--esVolta, a developer and owner of utility-scale energy storage projects across North America, has been selected by Pacific Gas and Electric Company (PG&E) to build an energy storage system in Santa Clara County, California. Under the proposal, which is pending approval by the California Public Utilities Commission (CPUC), esVolta will develop, build, and operate the Hummingbird Energy Storage project, a 75 MW / 300 MWh lithium-ion battery storage facility. The project is slated to be in service by December 2020. Upon completion, Hummingbird will be one of the largest battery projects in the world.

The Hummingbird project is designed to provide an affordable and reliable capacity resource for PG&E and to support California’s transition to a cleaner and more resilient electric system. The project will also provide an array of energy and ancillary services to California’s electric grid, enhancing reliability and facilitating greater ability to integrate renewable energy resources such as wind and solar energy.

“esVolta is delighted to be selected by PG&E for the Hummingbird project. PG&E is a leading North American energy company and a key customer for esVolta, and this contract award is an important milestone for our company as we build towards our goal of assembling a large portfolio of utility-scale, advanced energy storage projects,” said Randolph Mann, president of esVolta.

About esVolta, LP

esVolta is dedicated to developing, owning and operating utility-scale energy storage projects across North America. The company’s portfolio of operational plus contracted projects currently exceeds 400 MWh of capacity, and the firm is developing a large pipeline of future storage projects. esVolta is supported by a long-term capital commitment from Blue Sky Alternative Investments LLC and a strategic procurement arrangement with Powin Energy Corporation. More information about esVolta is available at www.esVolta.com.

HOUSTON--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Westlake Chemical Corporation (NYSE: WLK) will release its second quarter 2018 earnings prior to the market opening on Thursday, August 2, 2018. The company will host a conference call at 11:00 a.m. Eastern Time (10:00 a.m. Central Time) on the same day to discuss the earnings release.

To access the conference call, dial (855) 760-8160, or (704) 288-0624 for international callers, approximately 10 minutes prior to the scheduled start time and reference passcode 2265449.

The conference call will also be available via webcast at https://edge.media-server.com/m6/p/3v9qp8uf and the earnings release can be obtained via the company’s website at https://www.westlake.com/investor-relations.

This call will be available for replay beginning at 1:00 p.m. Eastern Time and may be accessed until 11:59 p.m. Eastern Time on August 9, 2018. The replay can be accessed by calling the following numbers: domestic callers should dial (855) 859-2056 and international callers may access the replay at (404) 537-3406. The access code at both numbers is 2265449.

About Westlake Chemical:

Westlake Chemical Corporation is an international manufacturer and supplier of petrochemicals, polymers and building products with headquarters in Houston. The company's range of products includes: ethylene, polyethylene, styrene, propylene, chlor-alkali and derivative products, PVC suspension and specialty resins, PVC Compounds, and PVC building products including siding, pipe, fittings and specialty components, windows, fence, deck and film. For more information, visit the company's Web site at www.westlake.com.

LOS GATOS, Kalifornien--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Tigo®, Pionier der intelligenten modularen Flex MLPE-Plattform, gab heute die Markteinführung seiner neuen Kommunikationsarchitektur Mesh bekannt. Diese hochmoderne Wireless-Technologie hat direkte Vorteile für den Kunden. Dazu gehören die Vereinfachung des Solar-Design-Prozesses und der Beschleunigung der Schritte für die Inbetriebnahme. Die komplette Tigo-Lösung basiert auf einer einfachen und dennoch leistungsstarken Datenerfassungstechnologie, die zu den niedrigsten Kosten die unterschiedlichsten privaten und gewerblich genutzten Anlagen abdeckt. Mit Mesh und dem kürzlich angekündigten Tigo Access Point (TAP) entfällt die Notwendigkeit, Hindernisse aufgrund des Daches oder der Ausrichtung zu berücksichtigen. Um mehr über Mesh und TAP zu erfahren, melden Sie sich für das kostenlose Online-Webinar von Tigo „The Future of Solar is Wireless“ am Mittwoch, den 25. Juli 2018 um 10 Uhr PDT an.

Mesh ergänzt das vollständige Tigo-System in Verbindung mit TAP-, Cloud Connect Advanced (CCA)- und UHD-Core TS4- Einheiten. Als Software, die es jedem TS4-Gerät ermöglicht, als Relaisstation für Signale zu fungieren, erweitert Mesh die drahtlose Kommunikationsreichweite auf bis zu 70 m (230 Fuß). Mesh ermöglicht darüber hinaus die Datenerfassung von bis zu 300 TS4-Einheiten (~ 100-kW-Anlagen) mit einem einzelnen TAP oder von bis zu 900 TS4-Einheiten (~ 300-kW-Anlagen) mit einem einzigen CCA. Vor allem unterstützt Mesh mehrere Kommunikationspfade zwischen TS4-Einheiten, um Verluste von Datenpaketen zu minimieren, die Datenintegrität zu verbessern und die Zuverlässigkeit bei hoher Geschwindigkeit zu erhöhen.

Vorteile von Mesh:

  • Hindernisse bei Dach- oder Freiland-Systemen leicht zu überbrücken
  • Größerer Kommunikationsradius
  • Weniger Komponenten/Zubehör notwendig
  • Intelligente Kommunikationspfade, die auf schwierige Layouts reagieren
  • Flexible Architektur für robuste Designs mit unterschiedlicher Platzierung von Zubehör

„Mesh ist die bahnbrechende Kommunikationstechnologie, die die TS4-Plattform und das Kommunikationszubehör von Tigo zur flexibelsten, kostengünstigsten und robustesten Lösung für Solaranlagen auf der ganzen Welt macht“, sagt Maxym Makhota, Vice President Software Development bei Tigo. „Wir freuen uns, diese Software gleichzeitig mit dem neuen TAP einzuführen, damit unsere Kunden effiziente Anlagen mit möglichst geringen Kosten bauen und warten können.“

Mesh muss mit CCA, TAP (oder Legacy-Gateway) und UHD-Core TS4 Einheiten von Tigo eingesetzt werden – integriert (TS4), nachgerüstet/erweitert (TS4-R) oder nachgerüstet für 2 Module (TS4-R-Duo). Alle Produkte werden jetzt über Vertriebshändler und Partner weltweit versandt. Preis- und Lieferinformationen erhalten Sie unter +1 408 402 0802, Direktwahl 1, per E-Mail an This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. oder auf www.tigoenergy.com.

Über Tigo Energy, Inc.

Das Unternehmen Tigo wurde 2007 von einem Team erfahrener Technologen gegründet und hat seinen Hauptsitz im Silicon Valley. Das Tigo-Team kombinierte einen einzigartigen Ansatz auf Systemebene mit Erfahrungen in den Bereichen Halbleitertechnik, Leistungselektronik und Solarenergie, um die erste Generation der „Smart Module Optimizer“-Technologie für die Solarindustrie zu entwickeln. Tigo lässt sich von der Vision leiten, durch integrierte und nachgerüstete Flex-MLPE- und Kommunikationstechnologie die Kosten von Solarstrom zu senken. Durch Partnerschaften mit Tier-1-Herstellern von Modulen und Wechselrichtern ist Tigo in der Lage, sich mit der intelligentesten modularen TS4-Plattform auf seine wichtigste Innovation zu konzentrieren und das breitere Ökosystem besser zu nutzen. Tigo hat Betriebe in den USA sowie in Europa, Lateinamerika, Japan, China, Australien und im Nahen Osten. Besuchen Sie www.tigoenergy.com.

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Mytrah won to set up a 100 MW capacity in the state with a tariff of ₹2.86

GE Renewable Energy Business, LM Wind Power announced today the planned acquisition of the WMC test facilities in Wieringerwerf, Netherlands. The transaction is expected to close within a few weeks' time subject to certain pre-completion conditions.

The facility will provide rotor hub testing for new GE turbines and also continue to offer blade and other testing, digital tools, research and similar services to the wider wind industry in Netherlands and elsewhere.

LM Wind Power plans to expand and develop the facility over time. The 23 current employees comprise highly-qualified experts in composites and rotor blade testing. All will be retained to help grow the business.

LM Wind Power has a growing presence in the Netherlands. It has its global management office at World Trade Center, Schiphol, with 44 employees representing 16 nationalities and a research facility in Heerhugowaard with 40 employees representing 14 nationalities. The company was acquired by GE in April 2017, a world leader in renewable energy and it continues to grow at pace, providing advanced wind turbine blades to customers all over the world.

Aart van der Pal, Chairman of the Board of WMC commented, "The acquisition of the WMC wind turbine blade test facility in Wieringerwerf secures a promising future for the 23 employees and ensures growth and opportunity for this important Dutch facility. We look forward to playing a key role in the future developments of advanced wind turbine rotor blades."

"The new test facilities will further contribute to LM Wind Power's research and development capabilities for the design and manufacture of advanced wind turbine blades and other components," said Duncan Berry CEO, LM Wind Power. "We are delighted to retain the talented existing workforce and supplement LM Wind Power and GE's growing presence in a strategic green industry in the Netherlands. These are valuable, senior, technical jobs and we provide employment to a significant and increasing number of graduates and post graduates from the best Dutch Universities including Delft, Twente, Eindhoven and Amsterdam."

LM Wind Power is the first company in the wind industry to become fully carbon neutral. For more information visit our website at www.lmwindpower.com

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For more information:
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About LM Wind Power
LM Wind Power is a world leading designer and manufacturer of rotor blades for wind turbines, with a global manufacturing footprint that includes blade factories in Brazil, Canada, China, Denmark, India, Poland, Spain, France, Turkey and the United States. The company has produced more than 205,000 blades since 1978, corresponding to more than 93 GW installed capacity and global savings of 189 million tons of CO2 annually. LM Wind Power is a GE Renewable Energy Business. Learn more at www.lmwindpower.com or on twitter @lmwindpower

About GE Renewable Energy
GE Renewable Energy is a $10 billion start-up that brings together one of the broadest product and service portfolios of the renewable energy industry. Combining onshore and offshore wind, hydro and innovative technologies such as concentrated solar power and more recently turbine blades, GE Renewable Energy has installed more than 400+ gigawatts capacity globally to make the world work better and cleaner. With more than 22,000 employees present in more than 55 countries, GE Renewable Energy is backed by the resources of the world's first digital industrial company. Our goal is to demonstrate to the rest of the world that nobody should ever have to choose between affordable, reliable, and sustainable energy. Follow us at www.ge.com/renewableenergy or on twitter @GErenewables

Thursday, June 28th, 2018, Cherbourg, France: GE will recruit about 100 people until the end 2018 for its new LM Wind Power offshore wind turbine blades plant. The company will offer each new employee a training and certification program in the local "Center of Excellence", in preparation for the start of the prototyping phase expected in January 2019.

LM Wind Power will train each new employee, through a four to six-week theoretical and practical program, to wind turbine blades manufacturing. The trainings take place in France and in factories in Spain and Poland, in training centers, on production lines, and during various workshops. The Cherbourg site trains teams of skilled workers through this standardized process, based on experiential learning using the best training material, updated and supported by a technical team of professionals and mentors.

Duncan Berry, President and CEO, LM Wind Power said: "This plant will become a source of employment in the region. One hundred managers, technicians and operators on permanent contracts are to be filled in the year 2018. The recruitments will be pursued in 2019 and during periods of full production, the site should accommodate more than 550 people".

This facility will provide a significant number of highly skilled jobs over the long term, benefiting the economy and the local community. The activity could also create up to 2000 indirect jobs in the region.

The plant starts today by recruiting the management team, and about ten employees have already taken up their duties in the factory. The site has identified candidates for a quarter of the positions to be filled, which leaves around 70 vacancies in 2018. LM Wind Power looks for employees who possess some management skills, to be able to promote these employees as team leaders as new groups of colleagues come in.

The plant will serve all customers in the growing European offshore wind turbine market, and will have the capability to produce the world's longest blade, a 107-meter length blade dedicated to the Haliade-X 12MW. An extension of the plant is starting, in order to ensure the expected production capacity of this blade.

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About LM Wind Power
LM Wind Power is a world leading designer and manufacturer of rotor blades for wind turbines, with a global manufacturing footprint that includes blade factories in Brazil, Canada, China, Denmark, India, Poland, Spain, France, Turkey and the United States. The company has produced more than 205,000 blades since 1978, corresponding to more than 93 GW installed capacity and global savings of 189 million tons of CO2 annually. LM Wind Power is a GE Renewable Energy Business. Learn more at www.lmwindpower.com

About GE Renewable Energy
GE Renewable Energy is a $10 billion start-up that brings together one of the broadest product and service portfolios of the renewable energy industry. Combining onshore and offshore wind, hydro and innovative technologies such as concentrated solar power and more recently turbine blades, GE Renewable Energy has installed more than 400+ gigawatts capacity globally to make the world work better and cleaner. With more than 22,000 employees present in more than 55 countries, GE Renewable Energy is backed by the resources of the world's first digital industrial company. Our goal is to demonstrate to the rest of the world that nobody should ever have to choose between affordable, reliable, and sustainable energy.
Follow us at www.ge.com/renewableenergy or on twitter @GErenewables

Brossard, Canada 27 June 2018 – The Hydropower business of GE Renewable Energy announced during the Hydrovision conference taking place in Charlotte, NC, that it has been chosen by Seattle City Light (SCL), the seventh largest publicly owned utility in the US, to rebuild three generators in the powerhouse of the Boundary Dam. The Boundary Dam is located on the Pend Oreille River in Northeastern Washington State and supplies up to 30 percent of SCL's annual energy needs.

The project includes refurbishment of powerhouse generators 51, 52, and 54 (3 x 145 MVA) as well as engineering and site work. The project will improve the nameplate output of the generators from 166 MVA (generators 51 and 53) and 170 MVA (generator 52) to 190 MVA, reducing power loses and enhancing grid stability. This rehabilitation will allow safe and reliable operation for the next 40 years. The project will be managed by GE Renewable Energy's teams based in Denver, CO and Brossard, Canada. Onsite work on the generators covered in this project is set to begin in July, 2019 and is scheduled to be completed by May, 2022. The GE Renewable Energy teams are already familiar with the plant for which they had previously been called to refurbish generator 53.

"Seattle City Light is pleased with the outcome of this solicitation and looks forward to a strong relationship with GE as we continue to enhance our renewable energy portfolio for our customers," said Seattle City Light Power Supply Officer Mike Haynes.

GE Renewable Energy was also selected earlier this year by the Eugene Water & Electric Board, a public utility serving the Eugene, Oregon area, to rehabilitate two 50 MW turbine-generator units on the Carmen Smith Hydroelectric Project. The work on the first unit is expected to be completed by the end of 2020 and second unit will be completed by the end of 2021.

Pierre Marx, General Manager for GE Renewable Energy's Hydro business in North America, said, "We appreciate the confidence that Seattle City Light & Eugene Water & Electric Board have shown in GE Renewable Energy. Our teams in Brossard, Canada and Denver, Colorado, are working closely with our customers to deliver the best outcomes to them. It is more important than ever to keep the US hydro fleet operating at full capacity given its critical role in maintaining stable and efficient electric service while enabling the addition of other renewable power sources like wind and solar."

According to the Department of Energy's Hydropower Vision report U.S. hydropower could grow from its current 101 gigawatts (GW) to nearly 150 GW of combined electricity generating and storage capacity by 2050. The DOE report notes that existing hydropower facilities have high value within the U.S. energy sector, providing low-cost, low-carbon, renewable energy as well as flexible grid support services.

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About GE Renewable Energy
GE Renewable Energy is a $10 billion start-up that brings together one of the broadest product and service portfolios of the renewable energy industry. Combining onshore and offshore wind, hydro and innovative technologies such as concentrated solar power and more recently turbine blades, GE Renewable Energy has installed more than 400+ gigawatt capacity globally to make the world work better and cleaner. With more than 22,000 employees present in more than 55 countries, GE Renewable Energy is backed by the resources of the world's first digital industrial company. Our goal is to demonstrate to the rest of the world that nobody should ever have to choose between affordable, reliable, and sustainable energy.
Follow us @GErenewables and www.ge.com/renewableenergy

Jean-Bernard Lévy, the EDF Group Chairman and Chief Executive Officer, Bruno Bensasson, the Group Executive Vice-President in charge of Renewable Energies and Simone Rossi, EDF Energy Chief Executive Officer officially opened two ground breaking projects in the United Kingdom: the Blyth off-shore wind farm and the West Burton B battery storage facility.

SAN DIEGO (June 20, 2018) – EDF Renewables announced today the signing of Purchase and Sale Agreements (PSA) by which PGGM Infrastructure Fund will acquire a 50% ownership interest in the following projects: Red Pine Wind, Rock Falls Wind, Switch Station 1 Solar and Switch Station 2 Solar. Total capacity of the portfolio of projects is 588 megawatts (MW). Completion of the transaction is subject to regulatory approval and customary conditions precedent.

EDF Renewables will remain involved in the projects as a co-owner providing management services and provider of operations and maintenance services.

Raphael Declercq, executive vice president of strategy for EDF Renewables commented, “This portfolio of wind and solar projects provides an attractive investment opportunity in the US renewable energy sector, well suited for a large pension fund. We are pleased to forge a new business relationship with PGGM and expect to follow with another transaction. We are confident that our expertise as a developer and operator complements PGGM’s renewable energy investment strategy.”

Erik van de Brake, head of infrastructure at PGGM commented, “This transaction enables PGGM to work closely with EDF Renewables, known for its great expertise in developing and operating renewable energy projects. The addition of this portfolio to our investments in renewable energy is part of PGGM’s push to build up a EUR 20 bn. impact investment portfolio across all asset classes for our client PFZW, the Dutch pension fund for the healthcare sector. With the impact investment portfolio PFZW aims to make a positive impact on climate, water scarcity, food security and healthcare.’’

EDF Renewables is one of the largest renewable energy developers in North America with 10 gigawatts of wind, solar, storage, biomass and biogas projects developed throughout the U.S., Canada, and Mexico.

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Get ready– American Wind Week 2018 (August 5-11) is less than a month away!

From barbeques to wind farm tours, a dozen events and counting spanning more than 10 states are in the works. And they all have at least one thing in common—they’ll be celebrating American wind leadership.

What kinds of events can we expect to see this American Wind Week?

In New Mexico, Pattern Energy and AWEA will host an advocacy training on August 10 at Mesalands Community College. Attendees will learn pro tips on how to meet with their elected officials, share their opinions in their newspapers and much more. Mesalands trains the next generation of American wind techs, one of the country’s two fastest growing jobs along with solar installer, according to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics.

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What else is going on during American Wind Week?

A camp in North Dakota will teach kids how to fly drones, a growing wind O&M tool. Members of Congress and state lawmakers are visiting the men and women in their districts who have rewarding wind careers, there will be opportunities to learn about wind at county fairs, and so much more. Keep track of everything going on by following #AmericanWindWeek on social media.

Last year, wind became America’s largest source of renewable energy capacity. And with world-class wind resources and innovative technology, this all-American energy source will continue growing its lead while creating jobs in farm, factory and port towns across all 50 states.

We still need your help to make American Wind Week stretch from coast to coast– invite an elected official to visit your wind farm or factory, host an open house or promote wind energy at a public event.

Events can be planned anywhere the wind blows in this 50 state industry, but big wind states like Texas, Iowa and Nebraska shouldn’t go without a Wind Week event. If you’re interested in organizing an event in one in these states or others, you can join the movement by emailing AWEA at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.. We have a lot to celebrate this August 5-11, so let’s make sure we tell the whole story!

Here’s a look back at American Wind Week 2017, which serves as a preview of what’s to come in just a few short weeks.

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PES asked Steve Sawyer, Secretary General at GWEC for his outlook on the future of the wind industry markets. Will prices continue to fall or have they reached their lowest point? Where is the market increasing? Where is it slowing down? Read on and find out…

The global wind power market remained above 50 GW in 2017, with Europe, India and the offshore sector all having record years. Chinese installations were down – 19.66 GW – but the rest of the world made up for most of that. Total installations in 2017 were 52,492 MW, bringing the global total to 539,123 MW. The annual market was in fact down 3.8% on 2016’s 54,642 MW; and the cumulative total is up 11% over 2016’s year-end total of 487,219 MW.

The offshore segment had a record year with 4,331 MW of installations, an 87% increase on the 2016 market, bringing total global installations to 18,814 MW, and representing a 30% increase in cumulative capacity globally. Offshore was about 8.4% of the 2017 annual market, and represents about 3.5% of cumulative installed capacity, but it’s growing quickly.

Total new investment in clean energy rose to US$ 333.5bn (€296.8bn1) in 2017, up 3% over 2016, but still lower than the record investment of USD 348.5bn (EUR 324.6bn) in 2015. According to BNEF, China alone accounted for 40% of total investment with US$ 133bn (EUR 118.7bn); and the Asia Pacific region as a whole invested US$ 187 billion, over 57% of the total. Total investment in wind amounted to 107 billion US$.2

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Responsibility, technical skills, dedication to the mission, the desire to serve a greater good, and the ability to work as a team– these are all traits found in abundance among America’s veterans. The men and women who served our country have brought these qualities to wind energy jobs across the country, and they’re a huge reason why U.S. wind power has grown so successfully in recent years. In fact, America’s veterans find wind jobs at a rate 72 percent higher than the average U.S. industry.

Now, a new bill could help even more veterans bring their valuable skills to rewarding careers in wind.

U.S. Senators Tammy Duckworth (D-IL), Lindsey Graham (R-SC) and Michael Bennet (D-CO) recently introduced the Energy Jobs for Our Heroes Act of 2018. Their bill would help veterans get the necessary training to enter renewable careers once they finish serving.

“I’m very excited to be a part of this effort to do two great things for our country: help veterans find jobs and boost the clean energy economy,” said Sen. Graham.

“Our bill will provide servicemembers and Veterans with the training they need to work in some of our nation’s fastest-growing industries, while also helping clean energy companies – which already employ Veterans at high rates across the country – find highly-skilled and dedicated workers as they experience exponential growth and provide more of our nation’s energy supply,” said Sen. Duckworth.

“I used to do something amazing when I was in the Coast Guard, and I missed doing that,” said Casey Whitt, Product Specialist at Power Climber Wind. “Taking this job, I started out doing electronic repairs on the service lifts and queuing those and fixing them, and then I moved into the travel aspect. I regained everything that I lost from the Coast Guard.”

You can ask your Senators to create more opportunities like the ones in the video below by clicking here.

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Despite a rocky transition from the old incentives to the new competitive tendering process, the Indian wind sector is entering a major new growth phase, and is well on its way to meeting the target of 60 GW by 2022, perhaps well ahead of time. The government is also moving ahead quickly to develop the offshore segment, setting aggressive targets and plans for the first offshore wind projects off the coast of Gujarat.

Our second edition of Windergy India will take place in New Delhi from 13-15 February 2019 in collaboration with the Indian Wind Turbine Manufacturers Association (IWTMA). The two-day conference will feature a range of sessions and networking opportunities where attendees can discuss and hear about the most recent policy, market and technology updates. The three-day business exhibition will offer the possibility for companies from across the entire supply chain to display or present their latest developments and services.

More information will be available soon on the Windergy India website. If your company is, or has ambitions to be, a key player in the Indian wind market, you should consider being a high level sponsor of the event, or book a booth in the exhibition. GWEC members will have access to discounts for exhibition space. For further information, please contact Carolyn Gill at [email protected].


Given the Renewable Energy Industry’s potential and willingness to contribute to national socio-economic development, the industry is taking proactive measures to ensure coordinated efforts result in greater local benefit.

Speaking at a recent energy forum, Energy Minister, Jeff Radebe, signalled government’s intention that the socio-economic and enterprise development spend of the Renewable Energy Independent Power Producer Procurement Programme’s (REI4P) should be managed in a more coordinated way.

“The Wind industry welcomes this approach and has begun a proactive process to develop a vision for the achievement of increased socio-economic transformation as well as improved co-operation and collaboration on Economic Development spend,” explained Brenda Martin, CEO of the South African Wind Energy Association (SAWEA).

SAWEA’s recent ‘From Co-operation to Collaboration Roundtable’, convened to coincide with Global Wind Day, was organised by the Association’s ‘Wind for Communities’ working group.  

The roundtable explored how Economic Development practitioners could increase provincial collaboration, the differences between co-operation and collaboration, and when neither were appropriate or necessary.

By bringing together practitioners that are actively engaged in post-construction Economic Development strategic planning and implementation, the event was able to focus directly on opportunities for greater collaboration, for the benefit of beneficiary communities.

“Increased collaboration, together with a stronger culture of knowledge-sharing among practitioners can result in more effective implementation while cutting down on duplication and resulting in more visible collective results, to the greater benefit of local communities” said Martin.

The 5th bid window (BW5), which will be launched later this year, is also expected to include increased requirements for participation by women- and youth-owned businesses, an important facet of achieving socio-economic transformation.

A total of twelve wind and solar power plants were represented at the roundtable, which was organised on the basis that Economic Development practitioners make a critical contribution through the local economic development spend associated with 20-year power purchase agreements (PPAs) of IPPs.  

Kouga Wind Farm’s ED manager Trevor Arosi said, “There is a high concentration of wind farms in the Eastern Cape, so I appreciated the opportunity to participate in a discussion aimed at increasing consolidation of strategies to ensure the most efficient use of resources and the most impactful outcome for the local beneficiary communities.”

Whilst is was agreed that much more can be achieved through accountable strategic partnership initiatives that reduce duplication while harnessing opportunities for value-add, an appreciation for local contextual difference, and the importance of discerning when collaboration is not appropriate was also acknowledged.

The 20-year PPA allows for a long-term development outlook, which can result in inter-generational benefit that is advanced by improved practitioner knowledge-sharing, transparency and accountability.

As an Industry Association operating within a developing economy, SAWEA’s role includes facilitation of enhanced developmental policy implementation. “The roundtable on June 15th, was an important first milestone on what promises to be a rich journey of improved co-operation and collaboration between ED practitioners – focused on achieving greater local community benefit,” concluded Martin.

NOTE:

SAWEA’s six working groups, each focus on selected priority themes for the industry and were established in order to ensure that member expertise is directly applied in SAWEA’s work to influence policy development, technical solutions, socio-economic development knowledge production and operational excellence.


AWS Truepower was acquired by global safety science company UL in 2016. DEWI was acquired by UL in 2012.  Both companies are now officially changing their brand names to reflect their new identity.

“Our company and our brand have been evolving since our founding 35 years ago through acquisitions, new products and service lines, a unique culture, and the expertise of our employees,” states Michael Brower in a recent press statement. “We are starting this next chapter in our evolution by adopting the UL brand, logo, and identity.”

What will change:

  •       Our email addresses. Our emails will change to [email protected] However, previous email addresses will still reach us for a transition period
  •       Our logo.  We will use the internationally recognized logo of UL, along with the wordmark “Renewables” on our materials, website, and at conferences.
  •       Our website. We will have a fresh new look with the UL brand, but will continue to produce industry-leading content in our Knowledge Center that has become our hallmark.
  •       Our social media. We will be retiring our existing accounts and rebuilding our social media presence at the following sites: Linked In, Facebook, and Twitter.  Please take the time to follow our new sites so you don’t miss anything, like our upcoming webinar on cybersecurity in renewables.
  •       Our reach. Under UL we have been able to build a truly global, international team of renewable energy experts in every region of the world with expertise in everything from renewable project development to energy storage, to certification, and the list keeps growing.

What will not change:

  •       Current agreements. All existing contracts and agreements will remain in place.

Together with the entire Product Development team, the Senvion Patent Department is constantly looking for innovative approaches that will make Senvion and the wind industry better, cheaper or more adaptable in the future. In this case, the Senvion colleagues have jointly managed to find a patent solution for sound emissions from the turbines in the truest sense of the word. The “Hamburger Wirtschaft” magazine has taken a close look at the innovation:

Senvion has developed an innovative procedure for reducing the operating noise of wind turbines. The innovation and patent center has selected it as ‘Patent of the Month.’

Wherever wind turbines are installed, one topic generally arises sooner or later: are the turbines too loud?

It is a fact that roughly one third of German gross electricity consumption is currently covered by renewable energy sources. In 2016, wind energy usage in particular was further expanded in Germany. According to the register of installations of the German Bundesnetzagentur for Electricity, Gas, Telecommunications, Post and Railway, new onshore wind turbines with a total power of 4,402 megawatts were commissioned. This represents a 10 percent increase on the previous year. One of the manufacturers of wind turbines is Senvion GmbH (up to 2014: REpower Systems), which has its German headquarters in Hamburg.

Less and less space is available for wind farms. To achieve more power, old turbines are being replaced with new ones and increasingly wind farms are being built closer to residential areas or nature reserves. “The importance of noise protection has increased,” says Ulrike Keltsch, head of the patent department at Senvion. In addition to residents, animals can also be disturbed by the operating noises.

In summer 2015, Senvion's Development department applied for a patent for a procedure that can reduce the sound volume of the wind turbines in operation. The noise emissions of wind turbine generators include broadband noises that form a masking noise. However, narrowband noises may also be audible under certain circumstances; for example they can be caused by a generator or a gearbox of the wind turbine. The invention consists of a noise emission control device for a wind turbine that reduces any noises that may arise by surrounding them with the broadband noises that are more pleasant for humans and animals. This is achieved by means of an active noise source that emits a masking noise in at least one spatial direction in a frequency band around the individual sound frequency.

“This control device is not yet available,” says Keltsch. “Our turbines are quiet enough for the existing wind farm sites.” Senvion's engineers frequently develop their inventions preventatively, looking to the future. However, since the requirements regarding generating volume are in-creasing, the turbines themselves will also increase in size , and Keltsch believes that it is perfectly possible that the invention will come into use. If a customer wants a noise reduction measure, for a new construction or a retrofit, prototypes of the control device would then be in-stalled and tested in an existing wind farm, Keltsch states. “We would probably have to perform two to three correction cycles before the invention is implemented perfectly,” says Keltsch. Then Senvion would talk to the suppliers, clarify the supply chain, order the necessary individual parts, and finally manufacture the product in a small production run. The invention could then be tested in practice, and be ready for operation within four to twelve weeks.

Courtesy Senvion

There is a growing trend in the international wind industry: The technological evolution of wind turbines is moving towards machines with larger rotors to better capture wind at low wind sites. France is fully participating in this movement. At the Lussac-Les-Églises wind farm Senvion completed the installation of six 3.0M122 wind turbines with rotor diameters of 122 meters, as large as the diameter of the famous Ferris wheel “London Eye”.

The wind farm, developed by Quadran Groupe Direct Energie, is located in the French department of Haute Vienne. Guirec Dufour, Construction Director at Quadran states: "Lussac-Les-Églises is a low wind site and the wind turbine 3.0M122, capturing the most energy, allows us to optimize the yield of our project. However the challenge was the transportation of the blades to the site. The Blade Lifter solution, proposed by Senvion, made this project possible.”

Each blade is measured at 60 meters and weighs 15 tons. The blades were transported over a distance of 200 kilometers, from the port of La Rochelle to Poitiers, where a transshipment area was used to equip the Blade Lifter. From there the transport went on the challenging route to Lussac-Les-Églises.

Florian Dufresne, Senvion Europe South West Logistics Coordinator explains: "The only possible route for the convoy was to cross the village of Lussac-Les-Églises. However, the total length of the semi-trailer carrying the blade, is 66 meters. With such a ground length, it is impossible to turn in the many tight corners of the village. Facing this challenge, we opted for an innovative solution: The Blade Lifter. By lifting the blade to a 30 degrees angle, the ground length could be reduced to 17 meters, which allowed the safe passage of the convoy."

Technically, the Blade Lifter can lift the blade to 50 degree angles for the passage of even longer blades. The residents of the town were impressed by the technical prowess of this equipment. Guirec Dufour adds: “Thanks to a close collaboration between the Quadran and Senvion teams, the particularities related to the use of the Blade Lifter - transshipment location, moving telecommunications and power lines, pruning - were efficiently managed. This good collaboration limited the impact of the oversized transportation on the village residents and made the commissioning of the wind farm possible without any delay.”

Installing a 122-meter rotor at 89 meters height was also a challenge. The excellent coordination of the teams, a precise planning, while integrating the environment constraints and the uncertainties of the weather conditions, were essential to successfully install the six wind turbines with such a large dimension. Samson Lecluyse, Senvion Europe South-West Project Manager states: "The construction of the Lussac-Les-Eglises wind farm was an exciting project. The complexity for this wind farm lies in the environment with high wooded obstacles, which is close to the lifting zones. Due to the very large dimension of the components, the Senvion team had to prepare the ground with a maximum of rigor and precision so that the project is realized within the deadlines defined in the planning."

The Senvion team is proud to have met all the delivery and installation challenges of this project. The Lussac-Les-Églises wind farm, with a total capacity of 15 megawatts (MW) was commissioned beginning of November 2017. It will produce enough electricity to power nearly 15,000 people (including heating) in France.

Senvion is now ready to meet other challenges, including the transport of wind turbines with even longer blades: the newly announced Senvion turbine 3.7M144 EBC has blades over 70 meters long!

Courtesy Senvion

At the Ria Blades production plant, rotor blades with a length of 74 meters are now manufactured. A completely new production process was designed for this purpose. In line with the continuous improvement approach of the production processes, an efficient robot was developed in cross-functional collaboration.

One of the most photographed monuments in Portugal is located in Lisbon at the mouth of the river Tejo in the Atlantic. The "Padrão dos Descobrimentos", a 56 meter high sailing vessel made of stone and concrete, is dedicated to sailors and explorers. The monumental mosaic of a compass is adorned on the ground in front of the monument. Wind has always been a mainstay of development in the coastal state at the south-west corner of Europe. The wind, which the Portuguese explorers capitalized on more than half a thousand years ago, is now also used by Senvion.

250 kilometers north of Padrão dos Descobrimentos, in the industrial region of Aveiro, Senvion can be found in the town of Vagos. Here, Ria Blades is located on an area of 83,000 square meters where currently 1300 colleagues are employed.

Francisco Mira, Process Engineer at Ria Blades, stands in the plant's largest manufacturing facility: "To make rotor blades of this enormous size, we had to greatly expand the site and completely redesign the manufacturing process. The concept then arose with the cooperation of different departments - production, maintenance and HSE (Health, Safety & Environment). But the close collaboration with our suppliers and partners was also essential. This was a real team effort and I am proud that we have worked hand in hand to find the best solution in the end."

At the center of the manufacturing process are two semi-automated processes. On the one hand, the stacking of the fiberglass layers of some rotor blade components. So far this process has been carried out manually in a time-consuming manner, since the positioning of the different layers required the highest precision. In Portugal, RodPack technology is used which has much better material properties than conventional glass fibers and opens up new production possibilities. Thus, in the new process, each fiberglass layer is precisely set in the right place effortlessly by the equipment. Francisco Mira explains, "RodPack was the reason why we completely changed this process." The result is that there are considerably fewer shifts and working hours needed to complete the rotor blade.

The second process is now almost completely taken over by an equipment that sands the rotor blades before painting. While the rotor blades were previously sanded with a 35 kilogram sanding machine, which had to be operated by two people, 90 percent of this work is now done by robots, which are monitored by a colleague.

"Both processes, the semi-automatic fiberglass lay-up and the sanding process are thus much faster, more efficient and physically less strenuous. What is clear with Mira, however, is that "humans are responsible for decisions and will remain indispensable. A machine remains a machine.


Originally, Francisco Mira comes from the automotive industry. Since 2015 he has been with Ria Blades. "A lot of things in the organization and the way of thinking reminds me of my previous work: precision, flexibility, lean production concepts or high quality requirements. But we are trying to absorb the experience from very different branches of industry and make it usable for us. In particular, it is decisive for us to have the ability to think 'out of the box'. This is the only way to revolutionize the manufacturing process."

Courtesy Senvion

AMSTERDAM, November 28, 2017 -- The World Bank and the Technical University of Denmark (DTU) today launched new Global Wind Atlas, a free web-based tool to help policymakers and investors identify promising areas for wind power generation, virtually anywhere in the world. 

The Global Wind Atlas is expected to help governments save millions of dollars by avoiding the need for early-stage, national-level wind mapping. It will also provide commercial developers with an easily accessible platform to compare resource potential between areas in one region or across countries.

The new tool is based on the latest modeling technologies, which combine wind climate data with high-resolution terrain information—factors that can influence the wind, such as hills or valleys—and provides wind climate data at a 1km scale. This yields more reliable information on wind potential. The tool also provides access to high-resolution global and regional maps and geographic information system (GIS) data, enabling users to print poster maps and utilize the data in other applications.

The Global Wind Atlas was unveiled at an event at the Wind Europe Conference in Amsterdam, following the successful launch of the Global Solar Atlas earlier in the year.

Solar and wind are proving to be the cleanest, least-cost options for power generation in many countries. These tools will help governments assess their resource potential and understand how solar and wind can fit into their energy mix. An example of how good data can help boost renewable energy is Vietnam where solar maps from the Global Solar Atlas laid the groundwork for the installation of five solar measurement stations across the country.

“There is great scope in many countries for the clean, low-cost power that wind provides, but they have been hampered by a lack of good data,” said Riccardo Puliti, Senior Director and Head of the World Bank’s Energy & Extractives Global Practice. “By providing high quality resource data at such a detailed level for free, we hope to mobilize more private investment for accelerating the scale-up of technologies like wind to meet urgent energy needs.”

The work was funded by the Energy Sector Management Assistance Program(ESMAP), a multi-donor trust fund administered by the World Bank, in close partnership with DTU Wind Energy.

“The partnership between DTU Wind Energy and the World Bank allows us to reach a broader audience, especially in developing countries while remaining at the forefront of wind energy research. We are excited by the scientific advances that the new Global Wind Atlas incorporates, and look forward to seeing how this data can enable countries to advance wind projects,” said Peter Hauge Madsen, Head of DTU Wind Energy.

While the data powering the Global Wind Atlas is the most recent and most accurate currently available, it is not fully validated in many developing countries due to the lack of ground-based measurement data from high precision meteorology masts and LiDARs. ESMAP has funded a series of World Bank projects over the last four years to help fill this gap, with wind measurement campaigns under implementation in Bangladesh, Ethiopia, Nepal, Malawi, Maldives, Pakistan, Papua New Guinea, and Zambia. All measurement data is published via https://energydata.info, a World Bank Group data sharing platform.

Courtesy The World Bank

WIND POWER CONTINUES TO SET RECORDS

On May 16, 2017, the state of California set a new record—that day, it generated 42% of its electricity from wind and solar, and peaked at 72% that afternoon. In addition to this wind power record, wind farms by themselves accounted for 18% of the state’s needs. But renewable energy’s popularity doesn’t just extend to California. According to the Global Wind Energy Council, the total generating capacity of wind farms around the world is now greater than all of the world’s nuclear power plants combined.

So what’s driving this growth? One answer is innovation. The “levelized cost of electricity” (LCOE)—a key number that measures electricity’s costs—has fallen 58% over the past six years. Additionally, the use of  wind turbine management software—like GE’s Predix—has let operators run their wind farms more efficiently, lowering maintenance costs and saving money. In fact, GE estimates that by deploying its Digital Wind Farm solutions and wind turbine software, the wind industry could save as much as $10 billion a year. One thing’s for sure: with 30,000 GE wind turbines deployed across the globe and capable of generating more than 57 GW of electricity, wind energy isn’t going anywhere.

Learn more about GE’s wind power software and Digital Wind Farms by contacting us today.

Read the full story at https://www.ge.com/reports/wind-blows-innovation-dropping-costs-drive-renewables-growth/

Courtesy GE Renewable Energy

ENERCON is developing two new types of converter for its 3 megawatt platform (EP3). E-126 EP3 and E-138 EP3 are designed for sites with moderate and low winds respectively, and are scheduled to go into production in late 2018 and late 2019. As well as promising much improved performance and efficiency, the two new converters will benefit from optimised processes for production, transport and logistics, and installation. ENERCON will be introducing the two converter types for the first time at the Brazil Windpower event in Rio de Janeiro (29 to 31 August).

The machines are ENERCON’s response to new challenges facing converter technology in the important 3 MW segment. “We are increasing overall performance significantly”, says Arno Hildebrand, Director of System Engineering at ENERCON’s research and development arm, WRD. The greater efficiency will come mainly from an increase in swept area and in nominal power. The E-126 EP3 will have a rotor diameter of 127 metres and a nominal power of 3.5 MW, and is being designed for sites with moderate wind conditions in Class IIA (IEC). The E-138 EP3 will also have a nominal power of 3.5 MW, but with a rotor diameter of 138 metres it is intended for use at low-wind sites in Class IIIA (IEC).

“At sites with moderate wind speeds of 8.0 m/s at hub height, the yield of the new E-126 EP3 will therefore be more than 13 percent higher than that of our existing E-115 model”, says Hildebrand. Annual energy yields of more than 14.5 million kilowatt hours (kWh) are forecast for a typical Wind Class IIA site with speeds of 8.0 m/s at a hub height of 135 metres. As for the E-138 EP3 – a completely new type of converter, and the first low-wind turbine to feature in ENERCON’s EP3 portfolio – the developers calculate that, at a typical low-wind site with average speeds of 7.0 m/s at a hub height of 131 metres, annual energy yields in excess of 13.2 million kWh can be achieved.

Not only that, but the two converter types will be consistently streamlined for efficiency. Every single process – from production to transport and logistics, installation and commissioning – will be optimised. The E-126 EP3 and E-138 EP3 will be available with a choice of hybrid or tubular steel towers with hub heights of between 81 and 160 metres. Installation of the E-126 EP3 prototype is scheduled for as early as the third quarter of 2018; it will enter series production later that year. ENERCON plans to erect the E-138 EP3 prototype in the fourth quarter of 2018, then introduce a few pre-series machines in 2019 before full production begins towards the end of 2019.

Courtesy ENERCON

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In Conversation with, Mr. Narayan Kumar, Development Director, Acciona Wind Power India

 

1.What is current installed capacity of your company and how has been your journey so far?

ACCIONA is one of the foremost Spanish business corporations with a global footprint. We are leaders in development and management of infrastructure, renewable energy, water and services.

ACCIONA's has been in India for close to a decade, with primary presence in renewable energy. ACCIONA was the first Spanish company to install and operate a wind farm in India. We have operating wind farms with a capacity of around 175 MW.

2.What is your current order book position and what are the projects that you are currently bidding for?

Acciona India is an Independent Power Producer. Unlike Original Equipment Manufacturers (OEMs), we don’t maintain an order book. We are focused on development of both solar and wind energy investments in India.  Currently we are evaluating opportunities at both the national level as well as in different states to participate in auctions for both PV and wind space.

3.What is the impact of Reverse bidding on the wind energy sector?

Wind energy sector in India is at cross roads because of introduction of reverse bidding since February 2017. It would have been ideal if the industry had been provided with a 12-15 month period for transition from feed-in-tariffs to competitive based reverse bidding. Now that the reverse bidding has been introduced, this has created a sense of uncertainty in the industry and is bound to affect capacity addition for 15-18 months. We need to evaluate the sustainability of tariffs of around INR 3.40 – Rs 3.50 / kWh.

It’s interesting to see how future bids will play out since we are reading reports about one of the winning bidders from the Feb 2017 auction already backing out from its commitments. We have also witnessed the same trend in the PV space as well. There is perhaps the need for the industry to think through their bid strategy and evaluate pricing on rational, sustainable, long-term basis.

4.What are your growth plans for the next couple of years?

Acciona India has aggressive plans to increase our footprint in both wind and PV. It would be difficult to share specific numbers at this time. We are evaluating several greenfield as well as brownfield growth opportunities. We are long-term investors and are guided by the sustainability of returns. 

5.Would you like to add anything else about wind sector?

When India’s first ever auction of wind projects worth 1 GW capacity early this year threw up record low tariffs, none of realised that it would become a flashpoint for the resentment of power distribution companies (discoms) against generators in the days ahead. But that is exactly what we are seeing today.

Discoms have stopped signing power purchase agreements (PPAs) with wind power generators, leaving a big question mark hanging over the future of 3 GW of assets underconstruction. If the logjam is not broken soon, the government’s renewable power capacity addition could get off track, compromising effortsto rein in emissions and fight climate change.

Discoms believe that they were paying very high tariffs to IPPs and are reneging on their signed commitments. Discoms’ refusal to sign PPAs has forced the Centre to intervene and asked for signed commitments to be honoured. Such blatant change of tack has serious repercussions on the country’s renewable energy programme as well as India’s perception with global investors. The Ministry of New and Renewable Energy (MNRE) has already cautioned discoms that if PPAs are not signed, there would be no further wind capacity addition either in 2017-18or 2018-19.

Even if wind auctionsrestart at this stage as is widely envisaged, the projects would be commissioned only over the next 15 to 18 months.In such a case there would be no wind capacity addition in 2017-18 and a major part of 2018-19. This would mean that most atates would not be able to meet their non-solar RPO obligations.

This would also throw a spanner in the plans of OEMs who have made large investments in capacity as well as inventory. They will go through a difficult phase on this account, though this is expected to be temporary.

Re-Powering – A growthopportunity

Repowering is something which needs to be absolutely encouraged. Vintage turbines occupy some of the best wind sites across India. Policies or guidelines may require changes as we have not made a big headway into repowering.

Again it’s perhaps premature to comment as there are issues like existing substation capacity, current PPAs, disposal of old turbines and current owners of land who are reluctant to give up their land etc.

Power being a concurrent subject; it’s possible to have a state repowering policy. The bottom line is, repowering can bring in about a capacity addition on an estimate of 1 GW every year for the next 2-3 years. This can possibly increase if grid connectivity and substation capacity can be augmented.

The World Bank and the Technical University of Denmark today launched new Global Wind Atlas, a free web-based tool to help policymakers and investors identify promising areas for wind power generation, virtually anywhere in the world.

The Global Wind Atlas is expected to help governments save millions of dollars by avoiding the need for early-stage, national-level wind mapping. It will also provide commercial developers with an easily accessible platform to compare resource potential between areas in one region or across countries.