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DRAPER, Utah--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Nearly two years after breaking ground, Onset Financial’s campus is complete. Employees will start 2019 in an all-new state-of-the-art 55-thousand square foot office space and campus. The headquarters are nestled along the Wasatch Front in the heart of Draper, Utah with mountain views from every angle.

“We have experienced year-over-year growth since inception,” said Justin Nielsen, Chief Executive Officer. “We have gained more office-space almost every year. But, we hit a point where we knew we needed to build our own campus to accommodate our growth goals.”

Onset commissioned award-winning Zwick Construction for the construction and design of the modern-style board-form tilt-up building.

“Zwick Construction Co. was honored to be trusted by Onset Financial Leadership, aligning our passion, teamwork and integrity, with the professional support of architects, engineers, subcontractors and suppliers in bringing this world-class office building to completion and occupancy,” said Craig Zwick, Chairman, Zwick Construction Co. “The structure and spaces are highly functional and contribute to the dynamic and upward moving Onset Financial! The interior and finishes draw one vertical as the open atrium allows sunlight to penetrate and enhance every detail of stone, walnut and glass.”

To create a true Fintech feel, Onset worked with a design team that included Henriksen Butler, Method Studio and Gould + Architects to carry out a streamlined, high-end interior complete with skylights and floor-to-ceiling windows to allow natural light to flood every square inch of each level.

“A project of this caliber could only be possible through the dedication of our industry’s most creative minds along with Onset employees and leadership,” said Ginger Seaman, Vice President of Business Development, Henriksen Butler. “We are thrilled with the end result and hope it is a powerful tool that will support Onset Financial in continued growth and success.“

“The design committee was tasked with creating a new, cutting edge space to promote employee recruitment and retainage and an environment they could be proud to show off to their customers, yet be inviting and playful enough for their employees,” said Jenn Celestino, Senior Associate, Method Studio.

Onset Financial is set to have its most successful January in company history.

About Onset Financial, Inc. – Founded in 2008, Onset Financial, Inc. is the industry leader in equipment leasing and financing. Onset’s seasoned Management Team has decades of equipment leasing experience and key industry relationships that enable Onset to offer additional flexibility in lease structuring. For more information please call 801-878-0600 or visit www.onsetfinancial.com.

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SAN DIEGO (Jan. 17, 2019) – EDF Renewables North America has closed on a purchase agreement with York Nebraska Wind Partners, LLC, a partnership comprised of Aksamit Resource Management, LLC and York Capital Management for 100-percent of the interests in the 300 megawatt (MW) Milligan 1 Wind Project located in Nebraska.  The Project is currently in development with anticipated operation to commence in late 2020.

The Project, sited in Saline County in southern Nebraska, will sell its generated energy and Renewable Energy Credits (RECs) into the Southwest Power Pool.  Milligan 1 Wind marks the first project for EDF Renewables in Nebraska.

“EDF Renewables is pleased to bring 30 years of expertise in development, construction, and operation to Nebraska,” commented Matthew McCluskey, Senior Director of Development for EDF Renewables.  “Nebraska’s abundant wind resource and supportive regulatory environment combine to create an opportunity for EDF Renewables to bring the benefits of jobs, landowner payments, and state and local tax revenue to the local community.”

The expected electricity generated at full capacity is enough to meet the consumption of up to 115,000 average homes.  This is equivalent to avoiding more than 900,000 metric tons of CO₂ emissions annually1 which represents the greenhouse gas emissions from 190,000 passenger vehicles driven over the course of one year.

EDF Renewables is one of the largest renewable energy developers in North America with 15 gigawatts of wind, solar, storage, projects developed throughout the U.S., Canada, and Mexico.

1 According to US EPA Greenhouse Gas Equivalencies calculations.

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SAN DIEGO--(BUSINESS WIRE)--EDF Renewables North America has closed on a purchase agreement with York Nebraska Wind Partners, LLC, a partnership comprised of Aksamit Resource Management, LLC and York Capital Management for 100-percent of the interests in the 300 megawatt (MW) Milligan 1 Wind Project located in Nebraska. The Project is currently in development with anticipated operation to commence in late 2020.

The Project, sited in Saline County in southern Nebraska, will sell its generated energy and Renewable Energy Credits (RECs) into the Southwest Power Pool. Milligan 1 Wind marks the first project for EDF Renewables in Nebraska.

“EDF Renewables is pleased to bring 30 years of expertise in development, construction, and operation to Nebraska,” commented Matthew McCluskey, Senior Director of Development for EDF Renewables. “Nebraska’s abundant wind resource and supportive regulatory environment combine to create an opportunity for EDF Renewables to bring the benefits of jobs, landowner payments, and state and local tax revenue to the local community.”

The expected electricity generated at full capacity is enough to meet the consumption of up to 115,000 average homes. This is equivalent to avoiding more than 900,000 metric tons of CO₂ emissions annually1 which represents the greenhouse gas emissions from 190,000 passenger vehicles driven over the course of one year.

EDF Renewables is one of the largest renewable energy developers in North America with 15 gigawatts of wind, solar, storage, projects developed throughout the U.S., Canada, and Mexico.

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 15 GW of developed projects and 10 GW under service contracts. EDF Renewables is a subsidiary of EDF Renouvelables, the dedicated renewable energy affiliate of the EDF Group.

For more information visit: www.edf-re.com.

BOSTON--(BUSINESS WIRE)--The Responsible Offshore Development Alliance (RODA) today announced that it has entered into a partnership agreement with Ørsted U.S. Offshore Wind to improve communications between the commercial fishing industry and offshore wind energy developers.

This first-of-its-kind partnership will create an unprecedented opportunity for commercial fishermen to provide direct input to the wind energy industry on matters of significant interest to their businesses. Under this partnership, both industries will remain autonomous but provide a platform to move towards workable solutions. While non-binding in nature, it is RODA and Ørsted’s hope that discussions will prove beneficial to all parties involved.

“Partnering with Ørsted is a significant step forward as we look to strengthen our ongoing dialogue between commercial fishermen and offshore wind developers,” said RODA Executive Director Annie Hawkins. “RODA believes that we need to develop solutions for offshore wind energy and commercial fishing to coexist, and today’s announcement will support future sustainability for both industries.”

“We are proud to be the first offshore wind developer to partner with RODA, which is an important part to the future of offshore wind,” said CEO of Ørsted U.S. Offshore Wind and President of Ørsted North America Thomas Brostrøm. “The fishing community must be considered as offshore wind development continues in the U.S. Through this partnership, we will be able to share our concerns in a productive way and develop practical solutions as we all seek to coexist and thrive for a better tomorrow.”

RODA is the only national commercial fishing organization that is purpose-built for interacting with the offshore wind industry to maintain sustainable fisheries. Based from Midcoast Maine to the Outer Banks of North Carolina, it also has the broadest geographic and gear-type range of any East Coast fishing industry membership organization active in offshore wind engagement.

The RODA Board of Directors consists of fishing industry representatives who bring over 200 years of combined operational and management experience, split across the range of federally and state-managed Atlantic fisheries. One of RODA’s primary goals is to ensure that the fishing industry’s input at-large is received, considered, and accommodated to the maximum extent possible in leasing, design, construction, and operations of new offshore developments.

“It is extremely vital that our nation’s fishermen are heard when offshore wind projects are being developed,” said RODA Chairman and Director of Sustainability at Atlantic Capes Fisheries Peter Hughes. “Ørsted has made it clear that they want to be partners with the fishing industry, and we are optimistic that our work with them will set a standard ensuring that fishermen have direct input into wind farm designs and ensuring that their concerns are fully embraced by developers.”

A core component of the partnership will be the creation of a joint industry task force to explore improved approaches to project siting, design, and operations. The two industries have already engaged in extensive communication regarding topics ranging from navigation concerns (including transit lanes and turbine layouts) and other impacts avoidance to identifying a mutual interest in developing transparent strategies for long-term mitigation. This new initiative will provide a more structured process for further collaboration between the two industries.

Ørsted and RODA strongly encourage other offshore wind energy developers and commercial fishermen to join this partnership in order to develop well-informed and enduring approaches to best practices and provide broad representation of the industries.

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About Ørsted

Ørsted delivers clean, renewable energy along the US Eastern Seaboard. Through Ørsted US Offshore Wind, the company operates Block Island Wind Farm, America’s first offshore wind farm, and has a comprehensive geographic coverage with the largest pipeline of development capacity, totaling over 8GW in seven states. It is jointly headquartered in Boston, Massachusetts and Providence, Rhode Island and employs over 100 people.

As the world’s leading developer of offshore wind farms, Ørsted has installed 5.6GW offshore wind capacity in Europe and has a further 3.4GW under construction. It is Ørsted’s ambition to have installed a total offshore wind capacity of 15GW worldwide by 2025. The Ørsted vision is a world that runs entirely on green energy. Ørsted develops, constructs and operates offshore wind farms, bioenergy plants and innovative waste-to-energy solutions and provides smart energy products to its customers. Headquartered in Denmark, Ørsted employs 6,000 people. Ørsted’s shares are listed on Nasdaq Copenhagen (Ørsted). In 2017, the group’s revenue was DKK 59.5 billion (EUR 8.0 billion). For more information on Ørsted, visit https://orsted.com/ or follow us on Facebook, LinkedIn, Instagram and Twitter.

About RODA

The Responsible Offshore Development Alliance (RODA) is a broad membership-based coalition of fishing industry associations and fishing companies with an interest in improving the compatibility of new offshore development with their businesses. It supports science- and evidence-based approaches to ocean resource management, including through the use of robust public-private partnerships and collaborative research. For industry communications, public relations, and media relations, RODA is partnering with Stove Boat Communications, a Washington DC-based public affairs firm with expertise in oceans and fisheries issues. Together, RODA and Stove Boat will foster improved communication, ensure published materials are factual, and make information accessible to fishermen and the public.

LONDON--(BUSINESS WIRE)--SpendEdge, a well-known procurement intelligence solution provider, has announced the completion of their latest business portfolio analysis study for an oil and gas industry client.

New technological advancements and high preference for digitalization are going to evolve oil and gas companies in terms of efficiency and bring new challenges and opportunities for them. They are required to stay up-to-date with the latest oil and gas industry trends and conduct a comprehensive portfolio assessment, management, and restructuring to address the lack of equity appreciation and declining financial results. Moreover, oil and gas companies are also expected to face relentless pressure to improve returns as they are encountering strong headwinds stemming from challenges inherent to the industry and the return of pricing volatility. In such a complex and uncertain environment, it has become crucial for companies in the oil and gas industry to leverage a business portfolio analysis solution.

According to the procurement experts at SpendEdge, “Companies in the oil and gas industry can precisely optimize their portfolio and be in sync with how markets evaluate portfolios in the period of uncertainty with the help of business portfolio analysis."

The Business Problem: The client is a leading multinational company in the oil and gas industry that specializes in natural gas exploration and refining, manufacture of oil-based chemicals, and geothermal energy production. The continued weakness in financial results was making it difficult for the oil and gas industry’s client to balance investments, production, and returns of the company. This even resulted in financial losses for the company and compelled them to leverage SpendEdge’s business portfolio analysis solution to evaluate each of their service categories individually and better financial management. They also wanted to determine the risks in the oil and gas industry and take measures to avoid them before it affects the company’s revenue. Moreover, they needed expert's guidance to gain valuable insights from business portfolio analysis and develop better business strategies.

Are incompetent corporate strategies taking a toll on your investment plans and affecting the revenue system of your company. Talk to our experts and know how our business portfolio analysis solution can be employed to determine the risks in the oil and gas industry and enhance business revenues.

The Solution Offered: Experts at SpendEdge analyzed the company’s short and long-term investment goals against various investment possibilities and recommended an efficient business plan with the help of a business portfolio analysis solution. The solution offered also provided them with vital insights to figure out service sections that prove productive for the business and optimize their marketing expenditure accordingly. They were also able to figure out the risks and vulnerabilities in the oil and gas industry and strategize ways to scale their growth among the oil and gas companies. Moreover, the business portfolio analysis solution enabled them to ensure cost-effective production levels and predict major shifts in technology and price fluctuations that were likely to occur.

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SpendEdge’s business portfolio analysis approach helped the client to:

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DUNSFOLD, England--(BUSINESS WIRE)--AFC Energy (AIM:AFC), the industrial fuel cell power company, today announced the successful deployment of CH2ARGETM, the world’s first electric vehicle charger based on hydrogen fuel-cell technology. The breakthrough by the UK-based energy technology company could enable 100% clean electricity for future EV charging.

The demonstration of AFC Energy’s CH2ARGE system took place at Dunsfold Aerodrome, home to the BBC Top Gear test track, and saw a BMW i8 as the first ever car to be recharged with power generated by a hydrogen fuel cell. The innovation takes place after 10 years of fuel cell research development at the AFC Energy laboratories.

AFC Energy is preparing for the commercialisation of fuel cell-based EV Charge solutions to meet the growing demand for environmentally friendly power in the EV market. Traditional charging causes pollution with electricity from fossil fuels, but AFC Energy’s CH2ARGE can be 100% emissions free.

The EV market is set to grow rapidly and the UK government has stated that 50% of new car sales will be EVs by 2030 which will see nine million EVs on the road. By 2040, 100% of new car sales are planned to be EVs leading to the entirety of the UK’s fleet of 36 million cars becoming EVs. To recharge the fleet of EVs, the UK National Grid estimates show this will require generation to be increased by 8GW, while calculations by AFC Energy show that if one in 10 of the EVs is being recharged simultaneously the UK’s future fleet of 36 million cars would have a peak demand surge of 25.7 GW based on an average EV battery of 57 kWh. This maximum peak demand equates to approximately half the UK current generational requirement and is the equivalent of 7.9 new nuclear power stations or 17,100 wind turbines. Popular venues such as sports centres, stadiums and supermarkets will also have to scale up EV recharging solutions; a scenario where 25% of vehicles are EVs and half plug in to charge while at the venue would require 11.5MW of electricity generation. Extensive investment in new power stations and upgrade of the distribution network would be required unless these demands are met through localised power generation.

AFC Energy is working to provide a solution to the potential future challenges caused by EV charging and its CH2ARGE system could potentially deliver locally-generated electricity through thousands of installations that generate 100% clean electricity. In contrast, the provision of power through central generation would require massive investment in new generating capacity and a re-architecting of the distribution network.

“By 2030, it is estimated that there could be nine million electric vehicles on the roads of Britain, up from 90,000 today,” said Adam Bond, Chief Executive Officer at AFC Energy. “For this transition, we need charging stations to be embedded throughout the country, as well as seeking innovative solutions to overcome the severe limitations of centrally generated electricity. By developing and demonstrating the effectiveness of our hydrogen fuel cell in the application of EV charging, AFC Energy has shown it is ready to lead the way not only in solving the challenges of increased demand for electricity, but also doing so in a truly zero emissions approach.”

CH2ARGE includes AFC Energy’s small-scale fuel cell connected to an inverter similar to those used by other major automotive companies at their Electric Vehicle research centres. The inverter transfers energy created by the fuel cell to a charger. The system is supported by a 48V battery pack to assist with peak power demands. The solution can also be tailored for both on and off grid applications and scale up as required.

The demonstration CH2ARGE system was sized to provide sufficient power to charge two EVs concurrently at recharging levels 1,2 or 3. The system’s inverters are controlled via AFC Energy’s fuel cell control system which ensures the safe and precise control of the complete setup. Being integrated into AFC Energy’s control system means that product solutions can be implemented with Smart Charging capabilities.

AFC Energy is looking to enter into discussions with potential OEM partners and suppliers for the production of its CH2ARGE scalable EV Charge systems for commercial deployment.

About AFC Energy

AFC Energy plc is commercialising an alkaline fuel cell system, to provide clean electricity for on and off grid applications. The technology, pioneered over the past ten years in the UK, is in the process of being deployed in industrial gas plants for grid generation, as an alternative to diesel generators for localised power, and as the power source for local electricity needs.

  • Wind

SAN DIEGO (Jan. 17, 2019) – EDF Renewables North America has closed on a purchase agreement with York Nebraska Wind Partners, LLC, a partnership comprised of Aksamit Resource Management, LLC and York Capital Management for 100-percent of the interests in the 300 megawatt (MW) Milligan 1 Wind Project located in Nebraska.  The Project is currently in development with anticipated operation to commence in late 2020.

The Project, sited in Saline County in southern Nebraska, will sell its generated energy and Renewable Energy Credits (RECs) into the Southwest Power Pool.  Milligan 1 Wind marks the first project for EDF Renewables in Nebraska.

“EDF Renewables is pleased to bring 30 years of expertise in development, construction, and operation to Nebraska,” commented Matthew McCluskey, Senior Director of Development for EDF Renewables.  “Nebraska’s abundant wind resource and supportive regulatory environment combine to create an opportunity for EDF Renewables to bring the benefits of jobs, landowner payments, and state and local tax revenue to the local community.”

The expected electricity generated at full capacity is enough to meet the consumption of up to 115,000 average homes.  This is equivalent to avoiding more than 900,000 metric tons of CO₂ emissions annually1 which represents the greenhouse gas emissions from 190,000 passenger vehicles driven over the course of one year.

EDF Renewables is one of the largest renewable energy developers in North America with 15 gigawatts of wind, solar, storage, projects developed throughout the U.S., Canada, and Mexico.

1 According to US EPA Greenhouse Gas Equivalencies calculations.

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Rotterdam, January 16th 2019 – GE Renewable Energy and Future Wind (a Joint Venture between Pondera Development and SIF Holding Netherlands) announced today that they have signed an agreement to install the first Haliade-X 12 MW wind turbine prototype in Maasvlakte-Rotterdam (NL) during summer 2019. The deal includes five years of testing and a 15-year full service Operation and Maintenance agreement.

This Haliade-X 12 MW prototype will be installed onshore to facilitate access for testing. During the initial period of operations, it will allow GE Renewable Energy to collect data needed to obtain a Type Certificate, a key step in commercializing the product in 2021.

Allard Castelein, CEO of the Port of Rotterdam said "We are proud that GE Renewable Energy and SIF are using our port as a test location to develop the most powerful offshore wind turbine in the world. It confirms the port's reputation and validates our focus on being an attractive partner for the offshore wind industry as it drives the energy transition."

Alderman Bonte, responsible for Rotterdam's Energy Transition, said "In our fight against climate change we need a massive expansion of the number of windfarms at sea. We are delighted that GE has selected the Port of Rotterdam as the test location for the Haliade-X 12 MW, which is the largest wind turbine in the world and can therefore help us accelerate the clean energy transition."

John Lavelle, VP & CEO of Offshore Wind at GE Renewable Energy said "As we rapidly progress on assembling the Haliade-X prototype, this announcement is a critical step forward for GE and our customers. The port of Rotterdam has been a real partner and provides all the necessary conditions to test the Haliade-X in the most drastic weather conditions".

Fred van Beers, CEO of Sif Holding Netherlands mentioned "we are very pleased to install the Haliade-X 12 MW on the Sif site in Rotterdam, supporting Sif's ambition to remain at the forefront of developments in the offshore wind industry. The project also fits Sif's ambition to become entirely CO2 neutral as the Haliade-X 12 MW will supply carbon-free energy to the electricity grid.

Activities in Rotterdam to prepare the site for future installation have just begun. The nacelle of the Haliade-X 12MW prototype will be assembled in Saint-Nazaire (France), while the three 107 meter-long LM Wind Power blades will be manufactured in Cherbourg (France), and the tower sections will be produced in Seville (Spain). All components will be shipped to Rotterdam, where pre-assembly work and installation will take place.

This prototype in Rotterdam is part of the $400 (€320) million investment in the Haliade-X development announced by GE Renewable Energy in March 2018 to help reduce offshore wind's cost of energy in order to make it a more competitive source of clean, renewable energy.

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About GE Renewable Energy
GE Renewable Energy is a $10 billion business with an innovative spirit and entrepreneurial mindset, bringing together one of the broadest energy products and digital services portfolios in the renewable energy industry. Combining onshore and offshore wind, blades, hydro and innovative technologies such as hybrid systems and concentrated solar power, 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 80 countries, GE Renewable Energy is working on new ways to power the world's biggest economies and most remote communities.
Follow us @GERenewables and www.ge.com/renewableenergy
For further information: Santiago Chacon, Offshore Wind Communications Leader
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About Pondera
Pondera Consult is a well-known Dutch renewable energy consultant. Pondera is involved in the development of almost all current and future offshore windfarms in the Dutch North Sea. Besides offshore wind projects Pondera develops onshore wind, energy storage and solar projects for numerous clients. Pondera has been actively involved in a pipeline of more than 10 GW renewable energy projects, of which 1 GW is installed to date. In some cases, through a specific Pondera Development entity, we are involved in co-developing renewable energy projects.
For further information: Ester Bierens, Marketing and Communications Officer
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About Sif Holding N.V.
Sif is a leading manufacturer of large steel tubulars, which are used as foundation components mainly for the offshore wind market. The Company manufactures customized tubular components for offshore foundations, predominantly in the greater North Sea region. Sif combines a highly automated and flexible production facility with technology leadership in rolling and welding of heavy steel plates, which is based on over 70 years of experience and innovative in-house developed techniques and processes. Sif primarily produces monopiles, transition pieces and piles that are used to anchor jacket foundations in the seabed for offshore wind turbines. It furthermore produces components for offshore steel structures as jacket legs, piles, pin piles, and pile sleeves.
For further information: Diederik de Bruin, Project Manager Future Wind This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. (+31) 6 24 28 41 04

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SAN DIEGO  – EDF Renewables North America announced today that the 80 megawatt (MW) Copenhagen Wind Project (Project) is fully operational and delivering electricity.  Consisting of 40 wind turbines manufactured by Vestas Wind Systems A/S, the Project benefits from a 15-year Power Purchase Agreement with Narragansett Electric Company, a wholly-owned subsidiary of National Grid.

Located in Lewis and Jefferson counties in upstate New York, Copenhagen Wind supported approximately 200 jobs during the construction phase and invested $15 million in supplies, equipment, utilities and fuel sourced from local businesses. In addition to the annual $700,000 property taxes to be paid locally, the project has entered a $430,000 Host Community Agreement with the Town of Denmark as well as another $60,000 Cultural Mitigation Agreement.

“We are pleased to join the ranks of leaders in New York wind and support the State’s renewable energy target of 50 percent renewables by 2030.  Through Copenhagen Wind, which was developed under a model of true local partnership, we also cemented a long-term relationship with National Grid to supply affordable, reliable wind power to its Rhode Island customers,” commented Jacob Susman, Vice President, Head of Origination at EDF Renewables.  “The Project is yet another great example of how wind power provides an economic boost not just in the Wind Belt, but also on the coasts, through the creation of local jobs, tax revenue, and recurring landowner lease payments.”

EDF Renewables Asset Optimization will perform asset management services to increase project operational performance as well as balance-of-plant, and 24/7/365 remote monitoring and diagnostics from our San Diego-based Operations Control Center (OCC) to increase equipment availability and reduce downtime.

The expected electricity generated at full capacity is enough to meet the consumption of up to 35,000 average homes.  This is equivalent to avoiding more than 177,000 metric tons of CO₂ emissions annually1 which represents the greenhouse gas emissions from 37,500 passenger vehicles driven over the course of one year.

EDF Renewables is one of the largest renewable energy developers in North America with 15 gigawatts of wind, solar, storage, projects developed throughout the U.S., Canada, and Mexico.

1 According to US EPA Greenhouse Gas Equivalencies calculations.

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SAN DIEGO (Jan. 7, 2019) – EDF Renewables North America has signed a multi-year agreement with Phoenix Wind Repower, LLC, a portfolio investment of a fund managed by the Infrastructure and Power strategy at Ares Management Corporation (NYSE: ARES), to provide operations and maintenance (O&M) services for three wind projects located in Texas.  With this agreement, EDF Renewables’ Asset Optimization portfolio has reached over 2,300 megawatts (MW) in Texas encompassing 15 projects and six turbine manufacturers.

Under the terms of the agreement, EDF Renewables will provide Asset Management, Balance of Plant (BOP) Management, Remote Monitoring, and NERC Compliance Services for the wind projects. Trinity Hills (225 MW), Sherbino Mesa II (145 MW), and Silver Star (60 MW) projects currently operate with Clipper C96-2.5 machines and will be repowered with Vestas V110-2.2 technology by 2020.

“We appreciate the opportunity to be trusted to help the three Texas wind projects deliver the highest value,” said Dalen Copeland, Vice President, O&M Business Development for EDF Renewables Asset Optimization. “This agreement demonstrates how we keep project owner’s success in mind by leveraging deep experience and a flexible suite of services into smarter decisions and increased performance.”

EDF Renewables is an industry leader, providing asset optimization services to more than 13 gigawatts (GW) of wind and solar projects globally. With more than 30 years of experience and over 450 experts employed in North America, EDF Renewables offers the same innovative solutions to our customers that maximize the performance of our owned projects.

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Enel, through its US renewable company Enel Green Power North America, Inc., has started operations of the 320 MW Rattlesnake Creek wind farm, its first wind facility in the US state of Nebraska, and the Diamond Vista wind farm of around 300 MW in Kansas.

EDF Renewables, Canada today announced the signing of a 20-year Renewable Electricity Support Agreement with the Alberta Electricity System Operator for the renewable attributes related to the 201.6 megawatt Cypress Wind Project.

GWEC: Taiwan has a unique opportunity to be a leader in offshore wind and benefit from the investment boom in competitive clean power technology.

 

However, it must avoid the proposed move to alter Feed-in-Tariffs (FiT) in order to protect planned investments and the economic benefits that will result from these.

  • GWEC releases new data showing impact of retrospective changes to Feed-in-Tariffs (FiT) in other markets and the costly consequences that could face Taiwan
  • The offshore wind industry could bring some NT$880bn of inward investment into Taiwan by 2025 and create some 20,000 jobs
  • Proposed reduction in FiT of 12.7% and unexpected changes to FiT structure put offshore wind target of 5.5GW at risk and undermine investment climate for Taiwan’s economy
  • Taiwan needs to build critical mass in offshore wind and create local supply chain in order to achieve European price levels
  • Government must seek consensus on changes to FiT levels and rethink damaging and unexpected changes to contract structures in order to avoid companies cancelling their planned investments

Brussels, 17 January 2019

The Global Wind Energy Council (GWEC) has called on the government of Taiwan to rethink proposed changes to the Feed-in-Tariff (FiT) for offshore wind projects to avoid the costly lessons made by other markets that pursued a similar approach.

GWEC has released new data (see GWEC’s information pack attached to this press release for full analysis and appendix below for highlights) with supporting examples from the French and German offshore markets that shows the impact of changes similar to those currently being considered by Taiwan. For example, in France, a retrospective reduction to the FiT of 30% contributed to a stalling of projects that had been contracted through auctions and a current installed capacity of just 2MW. None of the production and assembly hubs that were planned have been inaugurated and job-creation expectations have not been met.

Ben Backwell, CEO of GWEC, said, “Taiwan has done an extraordinary job of establishing one of the world’s most exciting new offshore wind markets in a very short period of time. The competitive prices achieved in European tenders in recent years, where it is now lower than gas and nuclear, have sparked global interest in the industry, and Taiwan is well placed to benefit from that. We are on the cusp of something very exciting happening in Taiwan – bringing an influx of foreign investment, local job creation and the creation of clean competitive power generation capacity. However, Taiwan must stick to its plans and allow the industry to establish itself, or there is real risk of developers and investors exiting the market.”

He adds: “Despite recent developments, it’s not too late. There is still time to choose a way forward based on consensus and informed by the experience of other markets in the past so that Taiwan can avoid making the same errors and instead reap the benefit of a booming offshore wind industry.”

The proposed changes to FiTs are of two types. Firstly, a much steeper than expected reduction of 12.7% in tariffs which will sharply reduce project revenues.

And secondly, two unexpected structural changes; a limit of 3600 annual full load hours; and removal of the so-called “ladder tariff”. The cap on load hours constitutes, in GWEC’s view, a perverse disincentive for the efficient growth of Taiwan’s industry, as developers will not be rewarded for using the most efficient turbine models. And the removal of the ladder tariff closes off an effective way of helping developers attract project finance at the most competitive possible costs.

Taken together, the proposed changes could reduce project revenues by approximately 20% and so make the projects non-investable, thwarting growth in the sector.

GWEC is committed to facilitating dialogue between the government and the wind industry and providing research and evidence, in order to help all parties to find a solution that allows planned investment to go forward and maximise the benefit for the Taiwan’s economy and society.

The offshore wind target of 5.5GW by 2025 will bring some NT$880bn inward investment. Numerous agreements have been signed with Taiwanese supply chain companies and it is estimated 20,000 local jobs will be created.

Taiwan is an early focus for GWEC’s Global Offshore Wind Task Force since it is a crucial element of the emerging Asian market. GWEC brings unique insight on establishing wind markets, drawing on many years of experience around the world and adapting industry development to local circumstances.

Appendix

The offshore experience in other markets – learnings for successful offshore development in Taiwan:

France (retrospective changes to FiT):

  • In 2012, the French government launched a tender for 2 GW of offshore wind, and another for 1 GW in 2014, with associated investments expected of about €11 billion and expected job creation at assembly hubs of 13,000.
  • When the majority of hurdles (fishing rights, protected areas and court cases) for the development of the first French offshore projects were cleared, the government then came back and wanted to lower the awarded support levels by some 30%.
  • The result has been that no projects have proceeded, no jobs were created, and no offshore capacity has been installed.
  • A new tender scheduled for June 2018 has been delayed indefinitely.

Germany (the ‘Ladder tariff’):

  • As in other markets operating a feed-in tariff, Taiwan’s framework included the option of a so-called ‘ladder tariff’, where the developer has the option of taking a higher feed in tariff for the first years of the project, and a much lower one later.
  • The advantages of this system are: one, an earlier repayment of debt, lowering overall financing costs; and two, higher revenues earlier on in the project when investments in infrastructure, the local supply train and training are at their highest.
  • The example of Germany is probably the most comparable, and the two schemes are laid out in a supporting graph within the information pack.
  • In Germany, in the initial phase of the offshore market, 90% of developers chose the accelerated model, largely for the reasons stated above which added flexibility and better financing options for developers.

Europe (comparing full-load hours)

  • Another proposed change to the FIT regime is that a cap of 3600 full-load hours for which a project can receive the feed-in tariff.
  • While projects in Europe generally run at around 3800 full-load hours, this includes many projects built 5-10 years ago with smaller, less efficient machines. Full-load hours estimated for the Taiwan market are closer to 4000 hours a year, as a result of plans to use the latest, largest and most efficient turbines on the market.
  • This cap will act as a perverse incentive, i.e., developers will not be interested in using the state-of-the-art machines, and this will be reflected in the quality and sophistication of the local supply chain developed around it.

 

About GWEC

GWEC is a member-based organisation that represents the entire wind sector. The members of GWEC represent over 1,500 companies, organizations and institutions in more than 80 countries, including manufacturers, developers, component suppliers, research institutes, national and regional wind and renewables associations, electricity providers, finance and insurance companies.

GWEC and the ECCT will host the Global Offshore Wind Summit – Taiwan on 24-25 April. The event will bring together high-level representatives of government, local and international investors and the wind industry in Taipei.

 

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How are utilities changing their electric generating mixes? Find out in the IRP Database

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As the old saying goes, there’s nothing permanent except change. This certainly holds true for the U.S. energy landscape. It is constantly evolving and renewable energy cost declines, technology advancements, and impending power plant retirements are driving the transition.

How can we stay up-to-date on these changes? And more importantly, what role will wind energy play in the future energy mix? One effective method is tracking electric utilities’ integrated resource plans (IRP), and the AWEA Utility IRP Database is here to help keep you in-the-know about important changes.

AWEA members can download the Utility IRP Database today for details on IRPs filed in the U.S. since the beginning of 2015. Key database items include:

  • Planned wind capacity additions
  • Planned solar capacity additions
  • Other planned renewable energy additions
  • Planned natural gas additions
  • Total planned capacity additions
  • Planned coal retirements
  • Capital cost assumptions for wind, solar and natural gas
  • Levelized cost of energy (LCOE) assumptions for wind, solar and natural gas
  • Wind capacity factor assumptions

The database helps users understand which electric utilities across the country are actively planning to add renewable energy, and wind energy specifically, to their generation portfolios over the next 10 to 20 years. Users can also compare cost and performance assumptions across electric utilities, serving as an aid in IRP proceedings.

Electric utilities across the nation are planning changes to their generation portfolios through their IRP processes and are making significant infrastructure investments as a result. IRPs outline electric utilities’ resource needs to meet expected electricity demand over a long-term planning horizon. Currently, 33 states require utilities to file IRPs for review by state public utility commissions (PUC). IRP requirements vary by state, but they generally address resource needs over a 10- to 20-year planning horizon, with updates made every two to three years.

With over 3,300 utilities across the country serving hundreds of millions of customers, IRPs are critical for delivering reliable, low-cost electricity to consumers. And utilities continue to be a leading customer of wind power, owning or contracting three-quarters of the total wind capacity installed today. Therefore, it’s critical to ensure the fair valuation and treatment of wind power and its many benefits in IRP proceedings.

Utilities like wind power because it contributes to a diverse resource mix, acting as an anchor component for many IRPs. Speaking on the evolution of Minnesota IRPs over time, PUC Chair Nancy Lange said, “Wind is currently the most cost-effective resource … The technology performance continues to improve while the costs continue to decline.” Some of the many ways wind power directly benefits utilities include:

  • Low cost: Wind’s costs have fallen by more than two-thirds since 2009, making it the lowest-cost source of new electric generating capacity in many parts of the country.
  • Price hedge: Wind energy has zero fuel costs, providing an effective hedge against both short- and long-term energy market volatility.
  • Reliability: Xcel Energy, the main utility in Colorado, has at times satisfied over 66 percent of its demand for electricity with wind. Four states now generate over 30 percent of their electricity using wind.
  • Environmental Benefits: Wind power produces no carbon or air pollution and reduces water consumption.

Download the Utility IRP Database today! The last database update occurred on January 10, 2019. Future database updates will occur on a quarterly basis.

GWEC at IRENA Coalition for Action meeting in Abu Dhabi

This week saw Ben Backwell, CEO of GWEC attend the latest IRENA Coalition for Action strategy meeting. Ben is joining the Steering Committee and will be working with organisations across the energy system to advance the uptake of renewables, discuss industry trends and share knowledge alongside best practice. 

The meeting explored the future priorities and work programme for the group going into 2019. A key part of the meeting was to discuss the future of renewables and how the group can ensure private sector investment in renewables in emerging markets.
Ben spoke on behalf of GWEC on how wind can be deployed in emerging countries and across the world. 

  • Find out more about the IRENA Coalition for Action here.

  • Find out more about the IRENA General Assembly here. 

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2018 may be in the rearview mirror, but let’s take a moment to reflect on another year of incredible progress for American wind power.

Wind energy made huge strides across the U.S., from the shores of Massachusetts all the way out to California and dozens of places in between. And that’s good news for families and businesses, because it means access to more affordable, reliable, clean electricity is on the way.

As we look back, here are some of the high points that stood out to us:

The wind development pipeline hits an all-time high

Here’s a remarkable fact: There has never been more wind power under construction in the U.S. than right now, which means America’s 105,000 wind workers and 500 wind-related factories are as busy as ever.

Just under 38,000 megawatts (MW) of new wind projects are under construction or advanced development. That means in just the next few years, the U.S. is poised to add as much new wind as all the wind currently installed in Texas, Oklahoma and Iowa combined, the country’s top three wind states.

Much of this activity is centered in a diverse group of seven states on track to double the amount of wind within their borders: Arkansas, Nebraska, New Mexico, South Dakota, Wyoming, Maryland and Massachusetts. Arkansas also represents a newcomer to the wind club—when an under-construction project there comes online it will become the 42nd state with a utility-scale wind project.

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Costs continue falling while technology keeps advancing

Wind energy is a perfect example of American ingenuity taking a nascent technology, improving it, and bringing it to market viability. Since 2009, the cost of wind has fallen by 69 percent, largely due to technological advances and improved domestic manufacturing. In fact, in many parts of the country wind is now the cheapest source of new electric generating capacity.

2018 saw the first 4 MW land-based turbine orders in the U.S., which are powerful enough to provide electricity for 1,400 homes. That’s almost twice as many homes as the average wind turbine installed in 2017. As technology continues improving, and turbines reach stronger, steadier winds, electricity output will continue increasing and wind will become economically viable in even more parts of the country.

States commit to more renewable energy

States big and small decided they want more renewable energy in 2018. Connecticut, Massachusetts, California, New Jersey, and the District of Columbia all passed legislation increasing their Renewable Portfolio Standards (RPS). On election day, Nevada voters also passed a ballot initiative to amend the state constitution to include a 50 percent RPS, which now must be approved by the legislature.

Companies continue powering more of their operations using wind

We don’t have the final numbers just yet (you’ll need to wait for the release of the Fourth Quarter Market Report later this month), but we already know 2018 was a record year for corporate and other non-utility customers buying wind power. In just the first nine months of 2018, non-utility wind customers signed contracts for more wind power capacity than any other year, for a total of 2,904 MW.

Over the last several years, non-utility customers including major consumer brands, cities and universities have become a major source of demand for wind power. Wind’s low cost and stable prices offer affordable electricity and facilitate long-term planning, making it a highly attractive power source.

“For us, that’s kind of a gate,” said Apple CEO Tim Cook, explaining why his company built new data centers in Iowa. “If we couldn’t [power them with wind], we would not be here.”

AWEA data show that corporate and other non-utility customers have contracted for more than 10,000 MW of wind capacity through power purchase agreements (PPAs) to date—more than the entire installed capacity of Oklahoma, America’s second largest wind state.

We also saw an uptick in innovation in 2018, from the increased adoption of the Volume Firming Agreements to more companies teaming up to procure renewable energy and the continued expansion of green tariffs from electric utilities. These innovations are making it easier for more companies and other non-utility buyers to enter the wind energy market.

Wind power’s low and stable prices continued to drive strong demand from corporate and other non-utility customers, including a diverse mix of repeat customer and first-time buyers in 2018 including Smucker’s, Boston University, and Royal Caribbean Cruise Lines.

Interest in offshore wind hits an all-time high

In mid-December, the U.S. Bureau of Ocean Energy Management (BOEM) held an auction to develop three wind energy areas off the coast of Massachusetts. No one expected the results.

The winning bids for each of the three lease areas reached $135 million—shattering the previous high of $42 million, set in 2016. This is yet more proof that companies see enormous business potential in developing offshore wind projects. That’s great news for communities up and down the East Coast, as offshore wind development will create new jobs, a new domestic supply chain, and port revitalization.

RTOs set new wind production records

It shouldn’t come as a surprise that wind power is an increasingly integral part of the U.S. power grid. All you have to do is look at the records wind is setting across the country.

Consider ERCOT, the primary grid for Texas and the largest wind energy market. In 2018, wind generation set multiple records. First, on December 14, ERCOT recorded the highest instantaneous output from wind – 19,168 MW. Just two months earlier Texas’ grid saw 54 percent of total electricity generation come from wind turbines.

But ERCOT is not alone. SPP set records for both real-time wind output and instantaneous wind penetration – 16,382 MW and 64 percent, the record for wind penetration across all markets. CAISO, MISO, PJM, and ISO-NE all also set records for real-time wind output in 2018.

The record setting performance didn’t end in 2018. Already this year MISO and PJM have experienced record wind output. On January 8th, wind produced 16,282 MW at one point in time in MISO. The next day, wind delivered 7,889 MW, serving 9.24 percent of real-time demand in America’s largest electricity market.

Yesterday, MISO reached a new wind peak surpassing the previous peak by 685 MW. pic.twitter.com/QBUTgbflYT

— Midcontinent ISO (@miso_energy) January 9, 2019

With a record number of wind projects under construction and a mounting development pipeline, wind will continue to set records across the country in the years ahead.

January 9, 2019

Who we are:

CanWEA, the Canadian Wind Energy Association, is the voice of Canada’s wind energy industry, actively promoting the responsible and sustainable growth of wind energy. A national non-profit association, CanWEA is Canada’s leading source of information on wind energy’s social, economic, health and environmental benefits for Canadian communities and provincial economies. Established in 1984, CanWEA represents the wind energy community — organizations and individuals who are directly involved in the development and application of wind energy technology, products and services.

Who we are looking for:

CanWEA has an exciting opportunity for a highly motivated, creative and enthusiastic individual to join our dynamic team as our Director of Business Development. The Director of Business Development is responsible for building, managing and executing effective business strategies to secure the revenue required to enable CanWEA to deliver its core membership services; develop, evaluate and pilot new revenue generation initiatives; and develop and oversee the strategic direction of CanWEA’s events and membership program.

This is a senior role located in Ottawa and reports to the CanWEA President.

All interested candidates please e-mail your CV and a one-page cover letter to: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.. Please note, our application deadline is January 24th, 2019.


Key Accountabilities

Strategy and Leadership:

  • Work as part of CanWEA’s senior leadership team on issues related to the organization’s future development and the establishment of its annual strategic objectives and budget;
  • Participate in CanWEA’s quarterly Board of Directors meetings and provide updates and strategic advice on issues relating to membership, events, sales and new initiatives;
  • Lead direct reports and provide ongoing professional mentoring, assist in their expansion of learning, provide them with the tools to help build their knowledge, skills, and growth capacity; and serve as a knowledgeable resource for new and current staff;
  • Manage the overall operational / budgetary / financial activities of the department;
  • Plan and allocate resources to effectively staff and accomplish the work to meet departmental productivity and quality goals;
  • Make business decisions that are financially responsible, accountable, justifiable, and defensible in accordance with organization policies and procedures; and
  • Ensure the Business Development team works in a collaborative manner with others in CanWEA to support the achievement of optimal organizational outcomes.

Sales and New Revenue Generation:

  • Accountable for all sales activity for the association
  • Develop strategies and business plans to secure revenue to fund core membership services and support the achievement of CanWEA’s strategic objectives;
  • Build and strengthen relationships with top members;
  • Continually evaluate services and identify gaps to improve or launch new services to members;
  • Generate, evaluate and pitch new revenue generation ideas to the CanWEA Board of Directors;
  • Pilot new initiatives and assess feasibility to continue with effort; and
  • Participate in discussions about any “special asks” of CanWEA members to ensure they do not represent a threat to CanWEA core membership services and funding.

Membership Program:

  • Lead strategic direction and provide oversight for CanWEA’s membership program;
  • Ensure annual membership renewal campaign is executed effectively and efficiently, striving to secure all renewals by second quarter of the calendar year;
  • Monitor the effectiveness and impact of members communications and make recommendations and adjustments as required;
  • Develop and implement membership initiatives; bring forward analysis and recommendation on evolving membership needs based on trends, patterns, member satisfaction measures in an effort to maximize member satisfaction;
  • Collect and analyze all membership related data used for evaluating membership as well as historical and future planning purpose; and
  • Put in place infrastructure, systems and processes to support efficient membership program activities.

Events:

  • Lead strategic direction and provide oversight for all activities related to CanWEA events;
  • Determine pricing on event registration, exhibition and sponsorship based on market research and competitive analysis;
  • Lead marketing efforts to effectively promote events to member base and prospect list; and
  • Evaluate profitability of events annually and provide recommendations for adjustments, evolution or termination.

Please note other duties may be assigned as needed to meet the evolving needs of the Association and its mandate.

What you will need to be successful:

Experience and skills:

  • 5-7 years of experience working in sales or business development in the private sector and / or a membership based non-profit organization;
  • Demonstrated knowledge of client interaction, customer service and membership based programs that drive revenue opportunities;
  • At least 3 years of supervisory experience, including: managing, mentoring, and developing staff;
  • Understanding of membership life cycle – including recruitment/acquisition and retention, reinstatements, membership reporting and budgeting – would be an asset;
  • Good general knowledge of the renewable energy industry is an asset;
  • Effective track record of strategic planning while applying operations experience;
  • Superior communication skills including oral, listening and written, including the ability to compose summary reports;
  • Superb analytical skills and ability to think things through, anticipate solutions and next steps, and see the bigger picture, while offering fresh ideas;
  • Proficiency with Microsoft Office applications; familiarity working with online tools; and an openness to embracing new technology; and
  • Demonstrated ability to prioritize and to complete a high volume of work and meet deadlines with excellent organizational skills and attention to detail.

Education:

  • A bachelor’s degree in business, marketing, or a related field; having a master’s degree is a plus but not required.

Language:

  • Fluency in English (written and spoken) is required; and
  • Bilingual in English and French (written and spoken) would be a strong asset.

Travel Needs:

  • This role requires travel on a somewhat regular basis (10-15% of time); travel consists of quarterly CanWEA Board meetings within Canada and regional travel to support CanWEA and industry events roughly 4-6 times per year.

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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