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MINNEAPOLIS--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Westwood Professional Services, Inc. (Westwood) Westwood’s 2018 Board of Directors were announced at the firm’s annual shareholders’ meeting held on April 17, 2018. New member Dan Beckmann, PE, Director, Power Delivery, joins Paul Greenhagen, PS, President/CEO, Kevin Larabee, Vice President, Human Resources, Aaron Tippie, PE, Vice President, Power Division, and re-elected member Jason McCarty, PE, Vice President, Operations.

New board members are nominated and then elected by the shareholders each year. Beckmann joined the firm in 2005 and became a shareholder in 2010. Greenhagen looks forward to working with Beckmann on the board, “Dan is a respected leader and a model for Westwood’s culture across our business units. He will bring forward a very balanced perspective considering business strategy, client opportunities, and our team’s strengths.”

About Westwood Professional Services, Inc. (Westwood)
Westwood is a multi-disciplined national surveying and engineering services provider for commercial and residential development, wind and solar energy, and electric transmission projects. Westwood was established in 1972 in Minneapolis, Minnesota and has grown to serve clients across the nation from multiple U.S. offices. Westwood’s Corporate Fact Sheet.

Awards
In 2017, Westwood received Zweig Group’s Best Firms to Work For and Marketing Excellence awards, ranked on industry top 25 lists, and received recognition for its involvement on award-winning projects nationwide.

MINNEAPOLIS--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Westwood Professional Services, Inc. (Westwood) Westwood’s 2018 Board of Directors were announced at the firm’s annual shareholders’ meeting held on April 17, 2018. New member Dan Beckmann, PE, Director, Power Delivery, joins Paul Greenhagen, PS, President/CEO, Kevin Larabee, Vice President, Human Resources, Aaron Tippie, PE, Vice President, Power Division, and re-elected member Jason McCarty, PE, Vice President, Operations.

New board members are nominated and then elected by the shareholders each year. Beckmann joined the firm in 2005 and became a shareholder in 2010. Greenhagen looks forward to working with Beckmann on the board, “Dan is a respected leader and a model for Westwood’s culture across our business units. He will bring forward a very balanced perspective considering business strategy, client opportunities, and our team’s strengths.”

About Westwood Professional Services, Inc. (Westwood)
Westwood is a multi-disciplined national surveying and engineering services provider for commercial and residential development, wind and solar energy, and electric transmission projects. Westwood was established in 1972 in Minneapolis, Minnesota and has grown to serve clients across the nation from multiple U.S. offices. Westwood’s Corporate Fact Sheet.

Awards
In 2017, Westwood received Zweig Group’s Best Firms to Work For and Marketing Excellence awards, ranked on industry top 25 lists, and received recognition for its involvement on award-winning projects nationwide.

24.04.2018

Cuxhaven, April 24, 2018 - After successful placement of its corporate bond 2018/2023, PNE WIND AG, Peter-Henlein-Straße 2-4, 27472 Cuxhaven, has today fixed the definitive volume at € 50 million. This corresponds to the target volume. The rate was already fixed yesterday, April 23, 2018, at 4.00 % p.a. and thus at the lower end of the range of 4.00% p.a. to 4.75% p.a. The bearer bonds 2018/2023 were offered by way of a public offer in the Federal Republic of Germany and the Grand Duchy of Luxembourg (including an exchange offer with an option to purchase to holders of the bond 2013/2018 running until June 1, 2018 (ISIN DE000A1R0741)). In addition the bonds were offered to institutional investors in the context of a private placement. 

The new bonds 2018/2023 are expected to be included in the open market of the Frankfurt Stock Exchange on May 2, 2018. This issuance is accompanied by IKB Deutsche Industriebank AG and M.M. Warburg & CO (AG & Co.) KGaA. 

About the PNE WIND-Group

The PNE WIND-Group, with its brands PNE WIND and WKN, is one of the leading German wind farm developers. With its approx. 360 employees, the PNE WIND Group has been offering services covering the entire added value chain ranging from the development, planning, realisation, financing, operation, marketing and repowering of wind farms in Germany and abroad from a single source for more than 25 years. Once the completed plants have been handed over to operators, the PNE WIND Group also offers technical and commercial management services, including regular maintenance, for the wind farms. The offshore wind farms at sea are developed up to the point where they are ready to be constructed. Alongside its business activities in the established domestic market in Germany, the PNE WIND Group is present at the international level in order to benefit from the tremendous growth potential of the global wind energy market and it is expanding into dynamic growth markets.

Contacts for enquiries

Rainer Heinsohn
Corporate Communications
Tel: +49 4721 718 453
rainer.heinsohn(at)pnewind.com

Christopher Rodler
Investor Relations
Tel: +49 40 87933 114
christopher.rodler(at)pnewind.com

MANKATO, Minn.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Rolls-Royce recently introduced the next-generation Series 2000 MTU Onsite Energy diesel generator set product line for the North American market (60Hz). With a power output range from 615 kWe to 1250 kWe it expands the company’s high-power range product portfolio and makes it the most inclusive factory line up in the industry. These new diesel generator sets are already available.

The new systems, DS750, DS800, DS1000 and DS1250, offer up to three circuit breakers mounted and wired from the factory, a 74.7dBA sound level, and a 190mph wind rating all in one package, making them more complete, reliable and cost-effective than other products on the market. Additional features of the generator sets include:

  • Higher power density per square foot, achieving 1250 kWe with an MTU 16V2000 engine providing more power from a smaller footprint
  • 190mph steel and aluminium wind-rated enclosures
  • Best-in-class factory sound enclosure for L3

The modular controls cockpit features a brand-new backend concept for mounting and wiring circuit breakers and controls along with a full line of SER circuit breaker solutions. The new generator sets are both IBC and OSHPD certified.

“The new Series 2000 diesel generator sets provide customers the best-in-class reliability and cost-efficiency that they have come to expect from MTU Onsite Energy products,” said Kevin McKinney, senior sales manager at MTU Onsite Energy. “No other OEM offers the quantity of optional accessories, breakers, sound attenuation level and wind rating all in one package, with or without IBC/OSHPD Certification. By providing these options pre-engineered and validated from the factory, we can inherently improve quality, reliability and provide a more cost-effective solution.”

MTU Onsite Energy is part of Rolls-Royce Power Systems, a world-leader in diesel and gas-based power and propulsion systems for a wide variety of applications.

For more information on MTU Onsite Energy, please visit: www.mtuonsiteenergy.com.

About Rolls-Royce Holdings plc

  1. Rolls-Royce pioneers cutting-edge technologies that deliver the cleanest, safest and most competitive solutions to our planet’s vital power needs.
  2. Rolls-Royce Power Systems is headquartered in Friedrichshafen in southern Germany and employs around 10,000 people. The product portfolio includes MTU-brand high-speed engines and propulsion systems for ships, power generation, heavy land, rail and defence vehicles and for the oil and gas industry. Under the MTU Onsite Energy brand, the company markets diesel gensets for emergency, base load and peak load applications as well as cogeneration plants using gas engines for the combined generation of heat and power. Bergen medium-speed engines power ships and power generation applications. L’Orange completes the portfolio with fuel injection systems for large engines.
  3. Rolls-Royce has customers in more than 150 countries, comprising more than 400 airlines and leasing customers, 160 armed forces, 4,000 marine customers including 70 navies, and more than 5,000 power and nuclear customers.
  4. Annual underlying revenue was $21 billion in 2017, around half of which came from the provision of aftermarket services. The firm and announced order book stood at $109.6 billion at the end of December 2017.
  5. In 2017, Rolls-Royce invested $2.8 billion on research and development. We also support a global network of 31 University Technology Centers, which position Rolls-Royce engineers at the forefront of scientific research.
  6. Rolls-Royce employs almost 50,000 people in 50 countries. More than 16,500 of these are engineers.
  7. The Group has a strong commitment to apprentice and graduate recruitment and to further developing employee skills. In 2016 we recruited 274 graduates and 327 apprentices through our worldwide training programs.

*Based on an exchange rate of $1.40.

Blyth, Tuesday 24th April 2018 - GE Renewable Energy and the UK's Offshore Renewable Energy (ORE) Catapult have signed a five-year research and development agreement to test and develop next generation offshore wind technologies.

GE's recently announced Haliade-X 12 MW offshore wind turbine and existing Haliade 150-6MW will undergo advanced test and demonstration programs that accurately replicate real-world operational conditions to enhance performance and reliability. Testing will take place at ORE Catapult's 15MW power train test facility in Blyth, Northumberland.

Research and development activities will include cooling technologies, converters, loading conditions across mechanical and electrical components, grid testing and design validation. This collaboration will drive technology improvements that will also help to develop the UK supply chain and increase access to demonstration opportunities for innovative small businesses.

Welcoming news of the agreement, UK Government Energy & Clean Growth Minister Claire Perry said, "This collaboration is great news and highlights our world-class research and testing facilities. Through our Industrial Strategy, we are making the UK a global leader in renewables, including offshore wind, with more support available than any other country in the world. With 22% of all investment in European wind projects coming to the UK, the offshore wind industry is exceptionally well placed to boost supplies of home grown clean energy whilst growing new jobs and opportunities."

John Lavelle, President & CEO of GE's Offshore Wind business, said "This is an important agreement because it will enable us to prove Haliade-X in a faster way by putting it under controlled and extreme conditions. Traditional testing methods rely on local wind conditions and therefore have limited repeatability for testing. By using ORE Catapult's facilities and expertise, we will be in a better position to adapt our technology in a shortened time, reduce unplanned maintenance, increase availability and power output, while introducing new features to meet customers' demands."

ORE Catapult Chief Executive, Andrew Jamieson said "This five-year collaborative program with GE Renewable Energy is a testament to the Catapult's world class engineering, research and development capabilities across all aspects of wind turbine development and performance.

"By working closely together in areas such as power trains, blades and electrical infrastructure, we look forward to helping GE to both enhance their existing portfolio and bring new products and services to the offshore wind market, while simultaneously generating significant economic growth opportunities in the UK."

In addition to the R&D activities, the agreement also includes a £6 million (US$ 8.5 million) combined investment with Innovate UK and the European Regional Development Fund (ERDF) to install the world's largest and most powerful grid emulation system at the Catapult's National Renewable Energy Centre in Blyth. Supplied by GE Power, Grid Emulation, in conjunction with the Catapult's power train test facilities, will enable the partners, UK companies and researchers to better assess the interaction between the next generation of large scale wind turbines and the electrical distribution network in the most challenging environments.

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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.gerenewableenergy.com.

About ORE Catapult
ORE Catapult was established in 2013 by the UK Government and is one of a network of Catapults set up by Innovate UK in high growth industries. It is the UK's leading innovation centre for offshore renewable energy. Independent and trusted, with a unique combination of world-leading test and demonstration facilities and engineering and research expertise, ORE Catapult convenes the sector and delivers applied research, accelerating technology development, reducing risk and cost and enhancing UK-wide economic growth. Headquartered in Glasgow, it operates the National Renewable Energy Centre in Blyth, Northumberland and the Levenmouth Demonstration Turbine in Fife.
ore.catapult.org.uk

European Regional Development Fund 2014-2020 / Grid Emulation System (GES)
The project allows for an upgrade of research infrastructure by the installation of an electric power converter system. GES provides a platform for electrical power quality research and testing in a controlled environment in Blyth. The project is part-funded by the European Regional Development Fund.

For further information:

ORE Catapult: Charles Thompson, Marketing and Communications Director,
This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it., +44 (0)7715 484706

GE Renewable Energy: Santiago Chacon, Offshore Wind Communications Leader
This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it., +33 (0) 7 79 46 93 46

CHICAGO--(BUSINESS WIRE)--The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has presented Exelon’s energy companies BGE, ComEd, Delmarva Power, PECO and Pepco with the ENERGY STAR Partner of the Year: Sustained Excellence Award. The Sustained Excellence Award is given to companies that demonstrate exceptional leadership for more than three years in the ENERGY STAR program, while committing to superior energy efficiency achievements.

“An essential part of powering a cleaner and brighter future for our customers is giving them the tools to be more efficient energy consumers,” said Exelon CEO Christopher M. Crane. “Our six electric and gas companies do this every day through a suite of programs that help customers save energy and money.”

Through their energy efficiency programs, Exelon’s electric customers saved more than 19.2 million megawatt hours of energy in 2017, enough to power to approximately 1 million average American homes for one year. Customers also avoided almost 8.7 million metric tons of greenhouse gas emissions.

“The 2018 ENERGY STAR Partners of the Year have demonstrated real leadership, showing how American families and businesses can save energy, save money, and reduce air emissions,” said Bill Wehrum, EPA assistant administrator for Air and Radiation.

BGE has been honored by the EPA for its efficiency 14 times, ComEd nine times, Delmarva Power four times, PECO nine times and Pepco five times. Exelon’s Atlantic City Electric is not eligible for this honor because its programs are run in partnership with the state of New Jersey.

About Exelon

Exelon Corporation (NYSE: EXC) is a Fortune 100 energy company with the largest number of utility customers in the U.S. Exelon does business in 48 states, the District of Columbia and Canada and had 2017 revenue of $33.5 billion. Exelon’s six utilities deliver electricity and natural gas to approximately 10 million customers in Delaware, the District of Columbia, Illinois, Maryland, New Jersey and Pennsylvania through its Atlantic City Electric, BGE, ComEd, Delmarva Power, PECO and Pepco subsidiaries. Exelon is one of the largest competitive U.S. power generators, with more than 35,168 megawatts of nuclear, gas, wind, solar and hydroelectric generating capacity comprising one of the nation’s cleanest and lowest-cost power generation fleets. The company’s Constellation business unit provides energy products and services to approximately 2 million residential, public sector and business customers, including more than two-thirds of the Fortune 100. Follow Exelon on Twitter @Exelon.

Blyth, Tuesday 24th April 2018 - GE Renewable Energy and the UK's Offshore Renewable Energy (ORE) Catapult have signed a five-year research and development agreement to test and develop next generation offshore wind technologies.

GE's recently announced Haliade-X 12 MW offshore wind turbine and existing Haliade 150-6MW will undergo advanced test and demonstration programs that accurately replicate real-world operational conditions to enhance performance and reliability. Testing will take place at ORE Catapult's 15MW power train test facility in Blyth, Northumberland.

Research and development activities will include cooling technologies, converters, loading conditions across mechanical and electrical components, grid testing and design validation. This collaboration will drive technology improvements that will also help to develop the UK supply chain and increase access to demonstration opportunities for innovative small businesses.

Welcoming news of the agreement, UK Government Energy & Clean Growth Minister Claire Perry said, "This collaboration is great news and highlights our world-class research and testing facilities. Through our Industrial Strategy, we are making the UK a global leader in renewables, including offshore wind, with more support available than any other country in the world. With 22% of all investment in European wind projects coming to the UK, the offshore wind industry is exceptionally well placed to boost supplies of home grown clean energy whilst growing new jobs and opportunities."

John Lavelle, President & CEO of GE's Offshore Wind business, said "This is an important agreement because it will enable us to prove Haliade-X in a faster way by putting it under controlled and extreme conditions. Traditional testing methods rely on local wind conditions and therefore have limited repeatability for testing. By using ORE Catapult's facilities and expertise, we will be in a better position to adapt our technology in a shortened time, reduce unplanned maintenance, increase availability and power output, while introducing new features to meet customers' demands."

ORE Catapult Chief Executive, Andrew Jamieson said "This five-year collaborative program with GE Renewable Energy is a testament to the Catapult's world class engineering, research and development capabilities across all aspects of wind turbine development and performance.

"By working closely together in areas such as power trains, blades and electrical infrastructure, we look forward to helping GE to both enhance their existing portfolio and bring new products and services to the offshore wind market, while simultaneously generating significant economic growth opportunities in the UK."

In addition to the R&D activities, the agreement also includes a £6 million (US$ 8.5 million) combined investment with Innovate UK and the European Regional Development Fund (ERDF) to install the world's largest and most powerful grid emulation system at the Catapult's National Renewable Energy Centre in Blyth. Supplied by GE Power, Grid Emulation, in conjunction with the Catapult's power train test facilities, will enable the partners, UK companies and researchers to better assess the interaction between the next generation of large scale wind turbines and the electrical distribution network in the most challenging environments.

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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.gerenewableenergy.com.

About ORE Catapult
ORE Catapult was established in 2013 by the UK Government and is one of a network of Catapults set up by Innovate UK in high growth industries. It is the UK's leading innovation centre for offshore renewable energy. Independent and trusted, with a unique combination of world-leading test and demonstration facilities and engineering and research expertise, ORE Catapult convenes the sector and delivers applied research, accelerating technology development, reducing risk and cost and enhancing UK-wide economic growth. Headquartered in Glasgow, it operates the National Renewable Energy Centre in Blyth, Northumberland and the Levenmouth Demonstration Turbine in Fife.
ore.catapult.org.uk

European Regional Development Fund 2014-2020 / Grid Emulation System (GES)
The project allows for an upgrade of research infrastructure by the installation of an electric power converter system. GES provides a platform for electrical power quality research and testing in a controlled environment in Blyth. The project is part-funded by the European Regional Development Fund.

For further information:

ORE Catapult: Charles Thompson, Marketing and Communications Director,
This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it., +44 (0)7715 484706

GE Renewable Energy: Santiago Chacon, Offshore Wind Communications Leader
This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it., +33 (0) 7 79 46 93 46

PAKISTAN, Karachi, April 19, 2018: GE Renewable Energy [GE: NYSE] and Hawa Energy (Pvt.) Ltd today inaugurated the 50 MW wind farm, Hawa Power Project, in the Gharo-Keti Bandar Wind Corridor in Jhimpir, Sindh – a highly anticipated launch that seeks to further drive the growth of renewable energy in Pakistan. The project is installed with 29, 1.7-103 wind turbines, with implementation of the project undertaken by Power China, as the engineering, procurement and construction (EPC) contractor.  

The 50 MW project is the fourth in Pakistan to feature GE's advanced wind turbines. In addition to the provision of wind turbines, GE will also provide 10 years of operations and maintenance services as part of the contract, making it a one-stop shop for Hawa Power Project. This agreement will encompass technical experience, data-driven insights and industry-leading trouble-shooting practices, smart maintenance and repairs while prioritizing lifecycle costs and guaranteed availability.

Dr. Manar Al Moneef, General Manager of GE Renewable Energy in the Middle East, North Africa and Turkey, said: “GE has a rich heritage of more than six decades of collaboration and partnership in Pakistan, cementing its position as a committed solutions provider to the energy sector. The commissioning of this fourth wind farm and its provision of an additional 50 MW of renewable energy, which serves to create critical capacity that didn’t previously exist, and meet the low-cost and reliable electricity needs of thousands of citizens, is a proud moment for us.”

GE’s 1.7-100/103 wind turbine offers a 47 percent increase in swept area when compared to GE’s 1.6-82.5 turbine, resulting in a 24 percent increase in Annual Energy Production (AEP) at 7.5 m/s. This increase in blade swept area allows greater energy capture and improved project economics for wind developers. GE has been providing advanced wind turbines for the development of wind power plants in the Jhimpir corridor in Thatta district, adding more power to the national grid.

Farman Lodhi, Chief Executive Officer, Hawa Energy, said: “This partnership is built on numerous critical factors, including the exceptional reliability provided as well as the commitment to deliver by GE. All 29 turbines are now online, feeding power into the national grid and can meet the needs of more than 20,000 households. I look forward to seeing this project bridging a part of the power supply-demand gap in the country.”

GE Renewable Energy is one of the world's leading wind turbine suppliers, with more than 35,000 wind turbines installed globally. GE is focused on supporting Pakistan’s socio-economic growth, with technologies that generate more than 1/3 of the country’s electricity.

Sarim Sheikh, President & CEO of GE Pakistan, Iran & Afghanistan, said: “GE is committed to supporting local developers in Pakistan to build additional wind power capacity in the country. This project is a significant step toward an increase power generation from alternative sources of energy, a supply which is abundant in Sindh. It is a moment of pride for me to see our presence in Pakistan grow from strength-to-strength, especially given the profound impact these types of projects have on local communities.”

The Government of Pakistan has tasked the Alternative Energy Development Board (AEDB) to ensure 5 percent of total national power generation capacity to be generated through renewable energy technologies by the year 2030, following the U.S. Agency for International Development and the National Renewable Energy Laboratory estimates that Pakistan has over 132 gigawatts (GW) of wind energy capacity.

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Note to Editors

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 @GErenewables and www.gerenewableenergy.com

For more information, please contact:

GE Renewable Energy – Onshore Wind

Becky Norton

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Office: +1 518 385 4258

Mobile: +1 518 522 8832

Shafia Naseer Communications Manager - GE Pakistan & Iran                                                                            

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  • Corporate

SAN DIEGO (April 12, 2018) : Effective today, more than 20 international subsidiaries of EDF Energies Nouvelles will operate under the brand EDF Renewables.  In North America specifically, EDF Renewable Energy, EDF Renewable Services, EDF EN Canada, EDF EN Mexico and groSolar will transition to the new visual identity in their respective geographic and business areas of expertise.  The decision to unify under a consistent mark worldwide supports the international expansion of renewable energies by the EDF Group and reinforces a common commitment to clean power across all entities.

EDF Renewables North America is building on its core areas of expertise in utility-scale development, distributed energy, and services by organizing the business around three primary lines: Grid-Scale Power, Distributed Solutions, and Asset Optimization.

Grid-Scale Power focuses on origination, development, construction, and financing of onshore and offshore wind, solar photovoltaic, and energy storage projects.  Ryan Pfaff, EVP of Development commented, “Since 2002, EDF Renewables has brought more than 10 GW of wind, solar, and energy storage projects to market across North America.  The Grid-Scale Power team leverages this diverse experience, along with a robust pipeline to provide clients with customized solutions that address their renewable energy challenges and add value to their operations.”

Distributed Solutions represents the Company’s expanded service offerings in solar, solar+storage, EV charging stations, and energy management systems.  The business line merges the groSolar subsidiary, acquired in 2016, with the Distributed Electricity and Storage group to strengthen both offerings and shared expertise.  Jamie Resor, CEO Distributed Solutions stated, “In the coming months, the Distributed Solutions team will be energizing distributed solar projects in multiple states from California to Massachusetts.  Our fully integrated renewables platform provides clients with local and innovative solutions that reduce energy costs and deliver green power, on both sides of the meter.”  Distributed Solutions has developed and/or constructed more than 350 MW of projects across the US and Canada over the past two decades.

Asset Optimization aligns Operations & Maintenance with Asset Management to leverage technical skills and operational expertise, with commercial and financial experience, in order to deliver the best value to asset owners.  Larry Barr, EVP of Operations & Maintenance added, “Closer collaboration between O&M and Asset Management will allow us to collectively extract additional value from our generating assets through development of service solutions.  Once proven, these solutions to maximize productivity can then be quickly deployed to third-party customers. The new structure will enhance our unique advantage as an owner-operator to bring an owner’s perspective to external customers.”

To learn more about EDFR’s operating units, visit www.edf-re.com.

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  • Operations & Maintenance

SAN DIEGO, (December 12, 2017) – EDF Renewables (EDF Renewables) announced today that it has begun full operations and maintenance services for Chile’s second largest solar park – the 146 megawatt peak (MWp) Bolero Solar PV plant located in the Atacama Desert in the region of Antofagasta which has the highest level of irradiation in the world.

“We are excited to announce this expansion of O&M business into South America,” said Dalen Copeland, Vice President of Business Development for EDF Renewables. “We are confident our extensive experience and resources, operating 13 gigawatts (GW) worldwide alongside the EDF Energies Nouvelles Group, will ensure the long-term performance of this project.”

The Bolero facility, jointly owned by EDF EN Chile and Marubeni, sells the energy produced onto the Chilean spot market. The plant incorporates a single axis tracking system by Exosun and NEXTracker with the solar panels sourced from Jinko and Canadian Solar Inc.

EDF Renewables has been present in Chile since 2015, offering full O&M Services, such as pre-COD services & commissioning support, and backup services contracts to over 100 MW of additional projects. The Company provided pre-COD services to the Bolero Project and as of November 2017, have taken on full O&M services with six onsite staff.

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  • Solar

APEX, Nev. December 11, 2017 —Switch Station 1 and Switch Station 2 solar power plants, with a combined generation capacity of 179 MWac, were formally recognized today as fully commissioned and in commercial operation at a celebration attended by government officials, project owners and the energy offtaker.

U.S. Senator Harry Reid, U.S Bureau of Land Management Nevada Director, John Ruhs, Clark County Commissioner Chairman Steve Sisolak, Nevada State Energy Office Director Angela Dykema and other federal, state and local leaders joined executives from Switch, EDF Renewables, NV Energy, J.P. Morgan and First Solar, Inc. (Nasdaq: FSLR) to ceremonially “throw the switch” marking the delivery of solar power to Switch data centers in Las Vegas and Reno. The Switch Station 1 and Switch Station 2 projects are helping Switch meet its commitment to power its facilities with 100 percent clean energy.

Power generated by the plants, owned by EDF Renewables (EDF RE), will be provided to Switch through Power Purchase Agreements with subsidiaries of NV Energy, Inc. (Nevada Power Company
d/b/a NV Energy and Sierra Pacific Power Company d/b/a NV Energy).

“Less than a decade ago, Nevada’s solar energy landscape was nonexistent, but this commissioning helps fulfill the vision I had to make our state the leader in renewable energy development,” said U.S. Senator Harry Reid. “A technology giant like Switch committing to using 100% renewable energy is truly visionary and grows our clean energy economy by creating hundreds of good-paying labor construction jobs here.”

“Technology is revolutionizing the way renewable, clean energy is produced, delivered and consumed and we are proud to be leaders in driving that change,” said Switch Executive Vice President of Strategy Adam Kramer. “Switch Station 1 and Switch Station 2 reflect our company’s bedrock value of ensuring the data that runs our planet does not ruin our planet by building new, local, renewable energy resources.”

Located in Clark County, Nevada the Switch Station solar projects are the first-ever utility-scale solar power plants to be built in one of the Bureau of Land Management’s Solar Energy Zones. First Solar, the nation’s largest developer of utility-scale solar projects, acquired the land to construct the facility through a lease auction in 2014. EDF Renewables, a leading U.S. independent power producer, acquired the Switch Station projects from First Solar to complement its existing portfolio of renewable energy projects in the United States, Canada and Mexico.

“I am proud to participate in the dedication of Switch Station 1 and Switch Station 2 solar projects. This is another great example of the Federal Government and private industry collaborating on improving our nation’s energy independence and infrastructure under the auspices of multiple use of our shared public lands,” said John Ruhs, BLM Nevada State Director.

“The project represents another clear demonstration of EDF RE’s ambition in the solar business and also our first opportunity in Nevada, a state with world-class solar resources,” said Cliff Graham, Vice President, U.S. Development for EDF Renewables. “EDF RE is positioned to invest $3 billion between now and 2020 in renewable projects across the country; we anticipate to deliver on our projection and bring more jobs, tax dollars and investment to Nevada.”

“Between 2005 and 2015, Nevada tripled its in-state renewable energy production and reduced carbon emissions in the electricity sector by 44 percent,” said Dave Ulozas, NV Energy Senior Vice President of Renewable Resources. “These two important Switch Station projects are two of 16 solar resources that are currently meeting the needs of our customers and companies here in Nevada, and NV Energy has more planned for the future.”

Following an expedited permitting process, construction of the project took approximately 12 months, creating about 550,000 workhours, and had a total construction workforce of 1,300. Combined, the power plants cover about 1,797 acres and are comprised of 1,980,840 solar panels, the equivalent of 275 football fields, and 5,450,056 feet of cable, equaling 1,032 miles or the distance from Las Vegas to Seattle. The 179 MW of power generates enough clean solar energy to meet the consumption of 46,000 homes, displacing approximately 265,000 metric tons of carbon dioxide (CO2) annually, equal to taking about 52,000 cars off the road.

“The Switch Station solar projects are a great example of how our commitment to renewable energy has helped to stimulate economic growth in the County. The solar projects created hundreds of construction jobs and economic benefits, and the use of our abundant natural resources are fueling long-term, high-tech job creation centers such as Switch,” said Steve Sisolak, Chairman of the Clark County Commission.

“This project confirms that solar energy is now available and priced competitively with other energy sources that rely on carbon-based fuels,” said Kathryn Arbeit, Vice President of Project Development Americas for First Solar. “Our photovoltaic technology is setting the standard for affordable, clean, renewable energy. By continuously innovating, we are driving down the cost of solar electricity and providing a solution that addresses energy security and water scarcity. We are thrilled to continue working with our partners to deliver on our joint commitment to build a more sustainable energy future.”

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  • Storage

SAN DIEGO (December 5, 2017) – EDF Renewables (EDF RE) today announced they were awarded a contract to provide Pacific Gas and Electric Company (PG&E) (NYSE: PGE) with 40 megawatt hours (MWh) of battery storage capacity.  Under the contract, EDF RE will build, own and operate a portfolio of behind-the-meter (BTM) battery storage projects for commercial and industrial customers within the PG&E service territory.

The contract will allow EDF RE to assist selected PG&E customers to lower their utility bills by reducing demand charges, maximizing consumption during off-peak hours, and collecting revenue from wholesale market participation. Each project will optimize the host customer’s energy usage and operating costs by utilizing EDF’s proprietary PEGASE Energy Management System (EMS) to strategically operate the batteries.

Martin Wyspianski, PG&E Senior Director for Energy Portfolio Procurement and Policy, is pleased with the progress PG&E has made toward meeting California’s renewable energy and storage goals. He remarked, “As our clean energy portfolio grows, so does the importance of storage technology. These contracts and the storage capacity they represent will help us better integrate our growing renewable generation sources, and bring increased reliability to the grid.  They are an important milestone in our progress toward a clean energy future.”

Raphael Declercq, Vice President of Portfolio Strategy at EDF RE commented, “We are thrilled to be the sole awardee in the behind-the-meter category.  This contract will enable EDF RE to demonstrate its capabilities in the California storage market.  The depth of resources and experience within the EDF Group positions us well to meet our customer’s expectations.  Worldwide, EDF has installed 824 MWh of battery storage; this experience will benefit both PG&E and the host customers we have started to sign up.”

As utilities across North America consider how to meet future electricity demands by providing highly reliable energy at the lowest cost to the ratepayer, distributed generation and storage solutions are becoming an economical and attractive approach.  Battery storage, in particular, is playing a progressively important role for California as investor-owned utilities work to achieve the state’s ambitious goal to procure 1,325 MW of storage by 2020.

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The Clean Energy Alliance, a Minnesota-based advocacy group, is out with a new video that seeks to spread false information about the cost and impact of wind energy in the state. Relying on a flawed report from the Center of the American Experiment (CAE), the Alliance attempts to convince Minnesotans that wind energy is expensive, cannot be reliably and cheaply integrated, and doesn’t help reduce carbon emissions in the state.

These claims are simply false.

Wind is not only supplying cheap electricity for Minnesota, it is also serving as an economic engine—supporting jobs and businesses across the state and in rural communities. And it is doing all of this while providing Minnesota with a clean source of energy. To understand where the Alliance gets it wrong and to help set the record straight, let’s address each claim in order.

MYTH #1: Wind is causing Minnesota’s electricity prices to increase

It is true that Minnesota’s electricity prices have increased relative to national averages. Today, the average price of electricity in Minnesota is on-par with the national price. However, it was 20% cheaper than the national average back in 2001. But it is incorrect to attribute that  increase to wind power.

In reality, a whole host of factors contribute to changes in electricity prices. First, national electricity prices have remained relatively flat over the past two decades, thanks in part to investments in new natural gas-fired and renewable generating plants.

In comparison, Minnesota utilities had to invest in a variety of grid upgrades over the past 20 years, including spending on new natural-gas fired power plants, upgrades to existing plants to meet air quality regulations, transmission and distribution infrastructure, and renewable generation.

Minnesota utilities also had to invest in new power generation in the first decade in the 21st century to serve growing electricity demand, where in-state growth in electricity demand outpaced the national average.

Most importantly, the cost of wind power has been trending down, not up. Since 2009 the cost of wind energy has decreased 67%, and in strong wind resource states like Minnesota it is the cheapest source of new electricity generation available. Recent announcements from utilities like Xcel Energy and Ottertail Power highlight the ability of wind to provide cost savings to customers.

MYTH #2: Minnesota is not lowering its CO2 emissions

CAE claims that the addition of renewable power sources like wind and solar have had no impact on CO2 emissions in the state. To the contrary, adding wind power has contributed to lower emissions. Minnesota’s power section CO2 emissions peaked back in 2003. In that year, Minnesota power plants emitted 36.4 million metric tons of CO2. In the fifteen years since, Minnesota’s power sector emissions have fallen to 27 million metric tons, a 25% decline. During that same time period, 85% of the state’s wind power capacity was built.

And new wind power continues to help lower emissions in the Viking state. In 2016 alone, wind turbines generated over 15% of the state’s electricity and helped to avoid 5.5 million metric tons of CO2 emissions.

CAE points out that CO2 emissions in 2009 and 2014 are nearly identical, and as such, are a clear indicator that wind is contributing to lower emissions. The truth is that 2014 was an anomaly, with coal power generation spiking 19% and causing the increase in emissions. Without the 9.7 terawatt-hours of wind generation that year, CO2 emissions would have been much higher.

MYTH #3: Wind is unreliable and requires expensive backup power

The truth is that Minnesota relies on a diversified power system that leverages the strengths of different technologies to reliably deliver consumers the electricity they need. Grid operators are the experts here and they’ve found that they can reliably and efficiently handle large amount of wind energy on their systems. Wind patterns change slowly over time, which allows grid operators to anticipate different levels of wind power generation and adjust the system efficiently to accommodate those changes.

“Ten years ago we thought hitting even a 25 percent wind-penetration level would be extremely challenging, and any more than that would pose serious threats to reliability,” said Bruce Rew, vice president of operations for the Southwest Power Pool’s (SPP), a grid manager across 14 Midwestern states. “Now we have the ability to reliably manage greater than 50 percent. It’s not even our ceiling.”

What is typically expensive is the abrupt loss of a large conventional generator. To mitigate that risk, grid operators must keep fast-acting backup resources “spinning” 24/7 to ensure customers continue to have electricity.

Today, four states—Iowa, Kansas, South Dakota, and Oklahoma—generate more than 30% of their electricity from wind turbines. MidAmerican Energy expects to be 90% wind-powered in the near future, and in Colorado, Xcel Energy runs on 20% renewables. SPP gets over 20% of its electricity from wind year round, and has been over 60% wind-powered at times. The examples continue, but the conclusion is clear—large amounts of wind energy can be reliably integrated in power systems.

MYTH #4: Nobody in Minnesota is looking out for consumers

The Alliance would like you to think that ‘Big Wind’ has duped legislators and consumers into adding an unneeded and expensive power source to the grid, and that there is no one to represent the interest of the consumer. This could not be further from the truth—there is an entire body setup to protect electricity customers: the Public Utility Commission.

The PUC’s mission is to ‘create and maintain a regulatory environment that ensures a safe, adequate and efficient utility services at fair, reasonable rates.” In 2017, the Minnesota PUC adhered to this mission by approving Xcel Energy’s plan to add 1,550 megawatts (MW) of new wind power in the upper Midwest. According to Xcel, the projects will save customers billions on fuel costs while also delivering millions annually in land lease payments and tax revenues, not to mention job creation.

When announcing the projects Xcel CEO Ben Fowke said, “We’re investing in wind because of the tremendous economic value it brings to our customers. Wind energy is saving our customers billions of dollars in fuel savings.”

Moreover, the utility is also working to reduce carbon emissions. The new wind projects are expected to reduce the utility’s carbon emissions by more than 60% in coming decades. And other utilities in the region are doing the same. Otter Tail Power considers wind a ‘low-cost resource’ and is investing in a 150 MW wind farm.

Conclusion

The Clean Energy Alliance and the Center of the American Experience cherry-picked data to trick Minnesotans into believing that wind energy is expensive, unreliable, and environmentally unhelpful. In reality, wind energy is the cheapest form of energy in the upper Midwest, it is being reliably integrated in the region and across the U.S., and it is a significant contributor to carbon emissions avoidance. In short, wind is a good deal for Minnesotans.

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Belgium intends to double its wind development zone in the North Sea as part of a plan to boost its offshore wind capacity to 4 GW in the next decade.

Philippe De Backer, secretary of state for combating social fraud, privacy and the North Sea, said on Friday, as cited by national broadcaster VRT, that a new 221-sq-km (85-sq-mile) area will be made available after 2020, adding to the country’s existing 225-sq-km zone off the coast of Zeebrugge. The new zone will be between 35 km and 40 km into the sea and will not be disturbing the view from the coastline.

The expansion will allow the country to install wind turbines with enough capacity to replace some nuclear power capacity, supporting Belgium’s strategy for growing renewables and phasing out nuclear power by 2025.

April 23, 2018

Offer Number: Blx1824
Offer Date: April 23, 2018
Type of Post: Permanent
Workplace: Ontario, Chatham/Windsor
Starting Date: As soon as possible

YOUR CHALLENGE

Reporting to the site supervisor, the candidate will be responsible for the monitoring, maintenance and troubleshooting of the wind turbines:

  • Perform regular and unscheduled preventive maintenance of wind turbines;
  • In the event of a breakdown, promptly respond and quickly provide a solution (If required to climb wind turbines, he/she must not respond alone for safety reasons);
  • Monitor performance of wind turbines;
  • Perform diagnosis and repairs on wind turbines;
  • Be proactive in regards to wind turbine maintenance to prevent equipment failure or degradation;
  • Perform related duties as required;
  • Perform BOP maintenance and overseeing the wind farm maintenance.

YOUR QUALIFICATIONS

  • Technical degree or diploma in wind turbine maintenance or industrial maintenance or electrical engineering;
  • 3 to 5 years of relevant experience;
  • Good knowledge of the electrical energy environment and hydraulic engineering;
  • Good physical condition, without fear of heights and/or confined space, and precision skills;
  • Demonstrate a good sense of innovation and ability to multi-task;
  • Excellent capacity for thorough analysis;
  • Good organizational skills and autonomy;
  • Good collaboration and communication skills;
  • Good knowledge of Microsoft Office suite software.

The candidate must be available and willing to travel occasionally, and participate in regular on-call rotation for evenings, weekends and holidays.

OUR OFFER

  • A growing company in the renewable energy sector;
  • A retirement plan with employer contributions;
  • A flexible benefit insurance plan (life, medical, dental).

Please send your resume before May 14, 2018 to the following address: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.. And if you would like to know more, visit us online on the Web, Facebook and LinkedIn.

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Here at AWEA, we are proud to be called the authoritative source for information on the U.S. wind industry. We focus on providing accurate and timely information, both to our membership and to the general public.

Our latest announcement is a continuation of this commitment.

We’ve partnered with the Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory (LBNL) and the U.S. Geological Survey (USGS) on the new and interactive U.S. Wind Turbine Database (USWTDB). The database and map provide public information on U.S. wind turbine locations and characteristics. Users can search and sort the U.S. wind turbine fleet using filters and colors to scan turbines across the country for unique qualities.

The full dataset can be downloaded with a few clicks; users can also incorporate the USWTB Viewer into their own website. The database includes wind turbine locations and characteristics, including make and model, total height, hub height, rotor diameter, year of installation, and rated capacity to produce electricity.

To create the map, LBNL combined a subset of AWEA’s utility-scale wind turbine and project data with data from the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA), along with other data sources held by LBNL. The locations of all wind turbines were visually verified within 10 meters using high-resolution imagery.

The USWTDB is the result of a multi-year collaboration between AWEA, LBNL and USGS. The final product helps both the public and federal agencies to better see and understand wind power’s rapid growth as part of the U.S. electricity mix.

Ben Hoen, LBNL research scientist and the project’s lead, confirms that the USWTDB “enables an unprecedented view of the U.S. turbine fleet.”

As mentioned above, the USWTDB only includes a percentage of the full dataset AWEA provides to its membership through WindIQ, our downloadable database of online, under construction, and advanced development wind projects and wind-related factories, with interactive web mapping features. Over 50 data points are provided at both the project and turbine level, with advanced interactive mapping services, including filtered search capabilities, summary maps, and political boundaries.

AWEA will continue to maintain and update WindIQ to provide this valuable product to members. In fact, WindIQ will continue to serve as the most timely and authoritative wind industry database. With WindIQ, AWEA members have access to this data and information before anyone else.

Last year, we also made a subset of that information available through a public interactive map, allowing anyone to easily view the location of every utility-scale wind project and wind-related manufacturing facility in the United States, visualizing the growth of America’s largest source of renewable energy capacity over time.

We also continue to provide rigorous analysis through market reports like the newly released 2017 U.S. Wind Industry Annual Market Report. The WindIQ Dashboard, a new Tableau data visualization product, provides market insights on everything from turbine manufacturer market share to individual wind project performance.

Take time to explore the USWTDB today. We know that wind power is providing economic benefits to all states, creating jobs and building wind farms in rural communities each year. This map provides a new public resource to better understand the positive, growing benefits of wind.

April 20, 2018

Become a member of the Canadian Wind Energy Association (CanWEA) team that is working to make Canada a global leader in the responsible and sustainable development of wind energy. CanWEA has an immediate opportunity for an experienced (and ideally) bi-lingual Communications Advisor that reports to the Director of Communications and Media.

Working collaboratively with the broader CanWEA team and an extended team of professional service providers, the primary focus of the Communications Advisor position is to be an integral part of a small but impactful team of professional communicators focused on growing CanWEA’s profile, credibility and engagement with electricity grid-influencers across Canada and advancing the social acceptability of the renewable energy development needed to support the transition to a low carbon economy. This is a hands-on corporate communications role that requires enthusiasm for and skills in a broad range of communications activities: from drawing up communications plans to bringing products through the entire production process; from planning outreach campaigns to measuring performance; from maintaining a presence on our existing social media channels to staying current on new developments; from developing key media messages to identifying journalists for the media lists; from oversight of the website to oversight of translation services.

If you are a self-starter, a problem solver, a life-long learner, an optimist and you expect your work to make a difference within the organization and the broader community, this may be the role for you.

Please provide by email your resume, cover letter and work samples (or links to work samples) that demonstrate the knowledge, skills and experience required for this role. Please include why this role is of interest to you and what makes you ideally suited.

To learn more about CanWEA and our mandate, please review our website at www.canwea.ca.

Interested candidates should forward their resume in confidence to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.. We thank all candidates who apply, however, only those selected for an interview will be contacted.

APPLICATION DEADLINE: May 11, 2018

Job Profile

CanWEA’s Communications Advisor is responsible for:

  • Developing and implementing communications and media relations plans to support outreach efforts through CanWEA’s programs, advocacy, events and partnerships
  • Planning, implementing and measuring traditional and social media content and engagement activities that align with CanWEA’s digital and content strategies
  • Maintaining and enhancing CanWEA’s websites and social media platforms
  • Project managing and facilitating the design and production of CanWEA’s branded external communications and policy advocacy products and materials (e.g. document design, social postcards, infographics, brand guide, image bank, digital and printed libraries, etc.), supporting other functional teams at CanWEA where required
  • Maintaining and coordinating relationships with key CanWEA members, service providers, media, partners and allies with the goal of building and enhancing CanWEA’s brand, value and image

This role works independently but is interdependent on the other departments and functions within CanWEA and works closely with a team of external service providers.

Key Accountabilities

Communications:

  • Develop, implement or facilitate communications plans, production schedules, agency briefs and editorial plans for outreach efforts, products, events and partnerships
  • Provide advice and lead, or facilitate with the CanWEA team and service providers, the writing, editing, production and dissemination of CanWEA’s print and digital advocacy content (e.g. blogs, ads, magazine editorials, advocacy kits, fact sheets, newsletters, market briefs, web content, social postcards, infographics, etc.)
  • Working with the CanWEA team, manage CanWEA’s annual editorial and blog calendar and ensure content carrying CanWEA’s key messages is developed, published, promoted and measured
  • Writing and editing of content and key messaging
  • Work collaboratively with CanWEA’s event marketing team to inform the communications and media planning for CanWEA events and event marketing
  • Working collaboratively with the service provider, facilitate the maintenance and enhancement of the CanWEA website and website functionality, SEO, user interface, navigation and analytics (English and French)
  • Manage all requests for translation, serve as the liaison between the CanWEA team and the translators
  • Maintain and update CanWEA’s brand guide and branded corporate templates
  • Maintain up-to-date access to sharable collateral in the sharing gallery and the member website

Traditional and Social Media:

  • For media inquiries, serve as a point of introduction, work collaboratively with CanWEA spokespeople to manage responses in a prompt and professional manner, and manage collaborative on-going relationships with traditional media
  • Develop and implement traditional and social media plans and activities that support CanWEA’s projects, programs, events and partnerships and align with CanWEA’s engagement and community management strategies
  • Assume primary responsibility for CanWEA’s presence on social media platforms and serve as an internal champion / trainer in digital media
  • Implement and refine CanWEA’s digital strategy to maintain and expand CanWEA’s impressions, reach and engagement among target audiences
  • Maintain and update national and regional media contact lists and CanWEA’s media release protocols
  • Lead CanWEA’s traditional and social media monitoring program (e.g. daily media monitoring, social media monitoring, google analytics, inhouse dashboards, etc.) and provide regular reporting and analytics that can inform decision-making
  • Collaborate with service providers to troubleshoot, update and evolve CanWEA’s online platforms

Friends of Wind/Alliance Building

  • Develop communications and media plans and content and provide support for the Friends of Wind program and initiatives
  • Coordinate resources and communications with Friends of Wind and strategic partners and allies
  • Maintain the Friends of Wind profiles on the CanWEA website and identify opportunities to increase engagement with Friends of Wind and strategic partners and allies

Support of CanWEA’s Strategic Priorities:

  • Collaborate with internal teams and provide professional communications advice to ensure that communications activities are in-line with CanWEA’s strategic priorities (Policy, Business Development, Events, HR):
    • Participate in group meetings when necessary
    • Build awareness of project and work plan needs from a communications perspective
    • Provide communications advice, support or access to service providers as appropriate
    • Liaise with CanWEA’s Event Manager and Policy Directors to support program content development and facilitate media coverage for CanWEA events and the annual CanWEA Conference and Exhibition
  • Develop templates and processes to capture corporate knowledge, document external communications protocols, and streamline the delivery of services
  • Stay current with emerging technologies, trends, and best-practices in the areas of communications (traditional and digital), public affairs, media relations, and measurement/analytics

Guiding Principles

Participate in Our Ways of Working:

  • Responsive: Respond to client needs and priorities; provide value through recognizing current and future needs and then delivering solutions to optimize opportunities and minimize risk; thereby, generate significant client satisfaction, positive long-term relationships and organization success.
  • Ethics and Integrity: Demonstrate honesty, reliability and high professional standards and be seen as responsible, trustworthy and exhibit integrity and commitment to the organization vision, mission and values, HR principles and Code of Conduct.  Address those who exhibit behaviour not in the best interests of the organization. Demonstrate high principles and encourage same standards in others.
  • Passionate: Demonstrate energy, enthusiasm and commitment to CanWEA and belief in the industry.  Is achievement motivated and sets challenging goals to achieve/deliver superior results. Concern for action, surpass standards of excellence and strives to continually deliver value to the business.  Create direction and purpose for others while infectious in instilling energy, inspiration, enthusiasm and commitment in others and persevere and remain positive even when setbacks occur.
  • Dynamic: Proactive and willing to take initiative and risks; make quick and tough decisions; commit to a course of action and be held accountable for its outcome.  Ability to generate creative and innovative ideas and solutions; see trends before others, integrate concepts in ways not thought of by others and capitalize on organizational strengths not considered by others.  Adapt quickly to changing needs and priorities/ circumstances and maintain effectiveness when experiencing major changes to work environment or conditions affecting the organization (economic, political, cultural, technology, energy and environmental factors etc.).
  • Collaborative: Demonstrate desire and ability to work cooperatively with others as a team; collaborate and respect others views, interact with diplomacy and sensitivity with the goal of building rapport. Enable and support a sense of team spirit, encouraging an environment of open communication and sharing of information.  Focus and concern on team objectives and performance with the same intensity as one’s own.
  • Inclusive: Make decisions considering all views, opinions, priorities and mandates of members and external stakeholders while upholding the CanWEA vision, mission and values.

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

Role Requirements

Location:

Education:

  • University degree in a relevant area of study

Language:

  • Fluency in English (written and spoken) is required
  • The ability to work effectively French (written and spoken), particularly in social media, is an important consideration in this competition

Travel Needs:

  • This role requires travel on an infrequent basis (0-5% of time); travel consists of national travel within Canada

Knowledge, Experience & Skills:

  • 3 -5+ years (minimum) experience in corporate communications
  • Knowledge of and/or interest in the energy sector and/or energy and environment policy and/or sustainability policy or advocacy
    • General knowledge of the wind industry is an asset
  • Experience in the following areas of corporate communications – key message development, audience identification, editorial planning, copy writing, editing and proof-reading
    • Knowledge of brand or reputation management and content strategy are assets
  • Experience with social media planning, posting and measurement – capable in LinkedIn, Twitter, Facebook, YouTube, Sprout
  • Experience with traditional media planning and media relations
    • Experience building media lists and releasing and pitching news releases is an asset
  • Experience with production for printing versus on-line and the graphic design process
  • IT skills – expert with PC/Microsoft Office, Adobe Pro
    • Familiarity with Word Press, Basecamp, InDesign, Photoshop, Google Analytics, Cision, video editing
  • Ability to project manage and prioritize multiple competing deadlines
  • Enjoys a challenge and has the confidence to make decisions

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AWEA released its 2017 Annual Market report today, and it’s full of new data and positive industry trends observed over the past year. There’s a lot of good news to share, and the full report is definitely worth a read, but here are a few key takeaways you need to know:

More families and businesses than ever are powered by wind

Iowa, Kansas, South Dakota and Oklahoma have all achieved a significant milestone: they all now generate at least 30 percent of their electricity using wind power. That offers clear proof that wind can reliably satisfy a large portion of electricity demand. Overall, 14 states generate at least 10 percent of their electricity using wind, including Texas, the country’s largest energy consumer and producer. The U.S. now has enough installed wind capacity to power the equivalent of 27 million American homes.

A new entrant moves up the wind leaderboard

Texas continues to have far and away the most installed wind capacity, followed by Oklahoma and Iowa. But a new state is quickly moving up the wind rankings: New Mexico. In 2017, New Mexico had the highest rate of new wind growth, and it now has enough installed capacity to power the equivalent of over half a million homes. The state also has several significant projects under construction or in advanced development, so New Mexico could quickly find itself becoming a wind powerhouse.And that brings new opportunities to the state. For example, recently Facebook decided to expand a New Mexico data center specifically because it could power the facility using wind energy. Speaking of brands buying wind…

Fortune 500’s, cities and universities keep buying wind

Now a firmly established trend, non-utility wind deals continued at a healthy rate. In 2017 alone, these buyers signed 23 contracts for wind energy. Notable deals include agreements by GM, Anheuser-Busch, Amazon, Google and General Mills, among others.

Wind keeps bringing new opportunities to farming and factory towns

In 2017 alone, farmers and ranchers were paid $267 million in lease payments for hosting turbines. That’s income they can count on during times of drought or fluctuating commodity prices. Even better, that number will only continue to grow as America’s large wind development pipeline starts coming online. Here’s a look at what that can mean for farming towns:

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Better technology means more wind energy

Wind technology has continued to progress at an impressive rate, and results from wind farms built over the last several years show the impact of those advances. Wind projects that came online between 2014 and 2016 have averaged capacity factors over 40 percent, a figure that nears some conventional power plants. Because new technology lets these projects reach stronger, steadier winds, they generate more electricity at a lower cost. It’s a big reason why wind is now 67 percent cheaper than it was in 2009, and it has also allowed wind to expand into new states like North Carolina, and soon, Arkansas.

Wind sets records in regional electricity markets

Each and every one of the seven Regional Transmission Organizations (RTO) and Independent System Operators (ISO) set a new wind generation record in 2017. ERCOT, the grid operator for most of Texas, set the record for most wind power generation at a single point in time as wind turbines delivered 16,141 megawatts (MW) on March 31, 2017. To the North, the Southwest Power Pool (SPP) saw wind meet 56 percent of electricity demand for a period on December 4, 2017 – a record for any organized market.

These increasingly high wind output and penetration rates demonstrate the ability of system operators to efficiently integrate wind power onto the grid and reliably deliver electricity. In fact, during all of 2017, SPP saw wind deliver 23 percent of all electricity generated in the market—another record-setting achievement.

Our Annual Market report is full of other useful information, so make sure to dive in and get all of the details here. You can also review the top facts and trends in the Executive Summary.

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.

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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.

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In top market position was the UK with 1,680MW installed, followed by Germany with 1,247MW and China with 1,161MW.

WindEurope’s annual onshore and offshore wind statistics show offshore wind represented 20% of the annual EU installations, with 3,154MW of new capacity connected to the grid in 2017. This was double than 2016 and a slight increase compared to 2015, which was an exceptional year due to the resolving of grid connection delays in Germany.

Installed capacity growth

WindEurope’s annual onshore and offshore wind statistics show offshore wind in Europe saw a record 3,148MW of net additional installed capacity in 2017. This corresponds to 560 new offshore wind turbines across 17 wind farms.