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SAN DIEGO and FERGUS FALLS, Minn., July 18, 2019:  EDF Renewables North America and Otter Tail Power Company, a subsidiary of Otter Tail Corporation (Nasdaq Global Select Market: OTTR), announced on July 16 the closing of the Asset Purchase Agreement first announced in November 2016.  Pursuant to a turnkey Engineering, Procurement, and Construction (EPC) Agreement, also entered into in November 2016, EDF Renewables will proceed to construct the 150-megawatt (MW) Merricourt Wind Project with completion anticipated in 2020.

Located near Merricourt, approximately 15 miles south of Edgeley, North Dakota, in McIntosh and Dickey Counties, the Project is expected to create 150+ construction jobs and 10 long-term, full-time positions as well as inject millions of dollars in economic benefits to the local area. Upon commercial operation in 2020, the Project will generate enough energy to power approximately 65,000 homes.1

“EDF Renewables is pleased to partner with Otter Tail Power Company to deliver competitively-priced, clean energy to its customers through the Merricourt Wind Project,” said Sohinaz Sotoudeh, Director, Power Marketing at EDF Renewables.  “North Dakota’s abundant wind resource and supportive regulatory environment combine to create an opportunity for an economic boost to the local economy through new construction and operations jobs, expanded tax base, and recurring, long-term income for participating landowners.”

“We project that by 2021 our customers will receive approximately 30 percent of their energy from renewable resources we own or secure through power purchase agreements,” said Otter Tail Power Company President Tim Rogelstad. “The Merricourt Wind Farm will be the largest capital project in our company’s history.”

EDF Renewables is one of the largest renewable energy developers in North America with 16 gigawatts of wind, solar, and storage projects developed throughout the U.S., Canada, and Mexico.

1 According to U.S. Energy Information Administration (EIA) 2017 Residential Electricity Sales and U.S. Census Data

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CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Apex Clean Energy today announced that its proposed sale of the Isabella Wind I and II projects to DTE Energy, Michigan’s leading producer of renewable energy, has been conditionally* approved by the Michigan Public Service Commission (MPSC). The two projects, totaling 385 MW and located in mid-Michigan’s Isabella County, will be the largest clean energy projects in the state as well as the largest renewable energy projects in DTE’s portfolio when they begin commercial operations in 2020. Apex will start construction on the projects later this year, and DTE will assume ownership and operation upon substantial completion, which is slated for the fourth quarter of 2020.

“The commitment and support of local residents and the leadership of Isabella County are the key drivers in making the Isabella Wind projects a reality,” said Mark Goodwin, Apex Clean Energy president and CEO. “In turn, these projects will support and strengthen the region while accelerating Michigan’s transition to a clean energy economy. Apex is proud to partner with DTE to deliver the many benefits of clean energy to its customers in the Great Lakes State.”

DTE will use the Isabella Wind projects to meet the renewable energy needs of large commercial and industrial customers who have enrolled in MIGreenPower, the company’s voluntary renewable energy program. Ford, General Motors, and the University of Michigan were the first large customers to join the program after it was approved by the MPSC in January 2019.

“Adding Isabella I and Isabella II to DTE’s generation portfolio will help us accelerate Michigan’s transition to cleaner energy and reduce carbon emissions at least 80% by 2040,” said Irene Dimitry, vice president of business planning and development for DTE Energy. “We are excited to now have MPSC approval to move forward with this purchase and look forward to bringing these projects online late next year.”

The Isabella Wind projects will be powered by 136 wind turbines supplied by GE Renewable Energy, a leading global wind turbine manufacturer.

“We are proud to be part of the Isabella Wind projects,” said Vikas Anand, CEO for GE Renewable Energy’s Onshore Wind Americas. “GE is excited to work with Apex and DTE on this exciting endeavor and bring its GE 2.82-127 wind turbine to Michigan for the first time with these projects.”

The Isabella Wind projects will generate approximately $30 million in tax revenue for the local community, $100 million in landowner payments over the lifetime of the project, more than 300 jobs during construction, up to 20 long-term operations and maintenance positions, and enough clean energy to power the equivalent of 86,000 average U.S. homes. The projects will also displace nearly 700,000 tons of carbon dioxide annually, according to the EPA’s AVERT tool.

* From the Commission: “Since the Commission made changes to DTE’s renewable energy plan, the company has 14 days to indicate whether it supports the changes. If the company does not agree, the Commission’s approval of parts of the plan are voided and DTE must file a revised renewable energy plan by Nov. 1.”

About Apex Clean Energy

Apex Clean Energy develops, constructs, and operates utility-scale wind and solar power facilities across North America. Our mission-driven team of more than 200 renewable energy experts uses a data-focused approach and an unrivaled portfolio of projects to create solutions for the world’s most innovative and forward-thinking customers. For more information on how Apex is leading the transition to a clean energy future, visit apexcleanenergy.com or follow us on Facebook, Twitter, and LinkedIn.

About DTE Energy

DTE Energy (NYSE: DTE) is a Detroit-based diversified energy company involved in the development and management of energy-related businesses and services nationwide. Its operating units include an electric company serving 2.2 million customers in Southeast Michigan and a natural gas company serving 1.3 million customers in Michigan. The DTE portfolio includes energy businesses focused on power and industrial projects, renewable natural gas, natural gas pipelines, gathering and storage, and energy marketing and trading. As an environmental leader, DTE will reduce carbon dioxide and methane emissions by more than 80% by 2040 to produce cleaner energy while keeping it safe, reliable and affordable. DTE is committed to serving with its energy through volunteerism, education and employment initiatives, philanthropy and economic progress. Information about DTE is available at dteenergy.com, empoweringmichigan.com, twitter.com/dte_energy and facebook.com.

About GE Renewable Energy

GE Renewable Energy is a $15 billion business which combines one of the broadest portfolios in the renewable energy industry to provide end-to-end solutions for our customers demanding reliable and affordable green power. Combining onshore and offshore wind, blades, hydro, storage, utility-scale solar, and grid solutions as well as hybrid renewables and digital services offerings, GE Renewable Energy has installed more than 400+ gigawatts of clean renewable energy and equipped more than 90 percent of utilities worldwide with its grid solutions. With nearly 40,000 employees present in more than 80 countries, GE Renewable Energy creates value for customers seeking to power the world with affordable, reliable and sustainable green electrons. Follow us at www.ge.com/renewableenergy, on www.linkedin.com/company/gerenewableenergy, or on www.twitter.com/GErenewables.

ORLANDO, Fla.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Siemens Gamesa Renewable Energy (SGRE) has conditionally received a record order for 1,714 MW from Ørsted and Eversource. Encompassing three offshore wind power projects, the signed conditional contract is the largest U.S. offshore wind power order to date. It encompasses the supply, delivery and installation of SG 8.0-167 DD wind turbines including service agreements in federal waters off the northeastern coast of the U.S. All deliveries are subject to Ørsted and Eversource’s final investment decision.

The 704-MW Revolution Wind offshore project is Siemens Gamesa’s largest offshore wind project in the U.S. and will be located 15 miles off the coast of Rhode Island. The project will utilize SG 8.0-167 DD wind turbines and is expected to be online by the end of 2023. Once operational, Revolution Wind will deliver power to Rhode Island and Connecticut.

Siemens Gamesa has also been conditionally awarded the contract to deliver offshore wind turbines totalling 880 MW for the Sunrise Wind project. Ørsted and Eversource were awarded this capacity by New York State today. SG 8.0-167 DD offshore wind turbines will be utilized at the project in federal waters about 30 miles off Montauk Point in New York. A service agreement is included. The Sunrise Wind project is expected to be operational in 2024.

Additionally, SGRE was conditionally awarded the contract to deliver SG 8.0-167 DD offshore wind turbines for the 130-MW South Fork offshore wind power project. Located 35 miles off Long Island, NY, it is expected to be operational by the end of 2022 and will deliver power to the Long Island Power Authority.

“An order of this size is a testament to the confidence which Ørsted and Eversource place in Siemens Gamesa. Delivering clean energy for generations to come – now on a large-scale basis in the U.S. offshore market – is a goal we are proud to share with Ørsted and Eversource. We are committed to doing so safely and with a strong focus on reducing the Levelized Cost of Energy from offshore wind in this rapidly developing market,” said Andreas Nauen, CEO of the Siemens Gamesa Offshore Business Unit.

“We’re thrilled to once again partner with Siemens Gamesa on some of our most important projects as we work collectively to put the best foot forward in growing the North American market,” said Thomas Brostrøm, CEO of Ørsted U.S. Offshore Wind and President of Ørsted North America. “We believe our supply chain partners are a big part of the success of these bids, as state policymakers understand the value of the reliable and experienced collaboration between our companies. Along with Eversource, we look forward to partnering with Siemens Gamesa on these projects.”

“The South Fork and Sunrise Wind projects are critical to establish the New York and North American markets as new growth leaders, and Siemens Gamesa will be a big part of making both a reality in the coming years,” said Lee Olivier, Executive Vice President of Enterprise Energy Strategy at Eversource. “Ørsted and Siemens Gamesa share Eversource’s clean energy vision for the Northeast and we’re excited to get started.”

“Siemens Gamesa has long been the global market leader in offshore wind with 12.5 GW installed. This major order signals that we are well positioned to maintain this leadership role in the budding U.S. market,” says Steve Dayney, Head of Offshore North America at Siemens Gamesa Renewable Energy. “We have always believed in the potential of this market, and with the partnership of Orsted and Eversource, we are excited to bring 1.7 GW of clean, reliable offshore wind electricity to American communities in the northeast.”

The SG 8.0-167 DD wind turbine has a rated capacity of 8.0 megawatts (MW), and a rotor with a 167-meter diameter. It has a swept area of 21,900 m2, and uses the SGRE B81 blades, each measuring 81.4 meters. By 2020, more than 1,000 SGRE Direct Drive offshore wind turbines will be installed globally.

The U.S. variant of the SG 8.0-167 DD is designed for IEC class S, considering tropical storm conditions (T-Class for the Rotor Nacelle Assembly). The T-class type certification for the Rotor Nacelle Assembly will be achieved by December 2020, where the product will be certified to handle extreme wind speeds in hurricane conditions in accordance with IEC 61400-1 edition 4. Furthermore, electrical systems and components will be adapted to 60Hz operation.

About Siemens Gamesa Renewable Energy Offshore

As of December 2018, SGRE has over 3,100 offshore wind turbines in operation globally with a combined capacity of more than 12.5 GW. The company’s experiences reach back as far as 1991, when it established the world’s first offshore wind power plant. Through a strong focus on safety and innovation, SGRE constantly strives to reduce the Levelized Cost of Energy from offshore wind power.

About Siemens Gamesa Renewable Energy

Siemens Gamesa is a global leader in the wind power industry, with a strong presence in all facets of the business: offshore, onshore and services. The company’s advanced digital capabilities enable it to offer one of the broadest product portfolios in the sector as well as industry-leading service solutions, helping to make clean energy more affordable and reliable. With more than 90 GW installed worldwide, Siemens Gamesa manufactures, installs and maintains wind turbines, both onshore and offshore. The company’s orders backlog stands at €23.6 billion. The company is headquartered in Spain and listed on the Spanish stock exchange (trading on the Ibex-35 index).

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NEW YORK--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Equinor’s 816 megawatt winning bid confirms the company’s role as a major contributor in meeting New York State’s clean energy and climate goals, including its goal of 9,000 megawatts of offshore wind by 2035. The state’s project selections resulting from its inaugural offshore wind solicitation represent the largest commitment to offshore wind in the U.S. This selection also represents an important milestone for Equinor’s ambition of building an offshore wind core area on the U.S. East Coast.

The project is expected to be developed with 60-80 wind turbines, with an installed capacity of more than 10 MW each. Total investments will be approximately $3 billion, and the project will be able to power over 500,000 homes in New York, with an expected start up in late 2024.

“Being selected in this highly competitive field of bidders shows the confidence that New York leadership has in Equinor’s capabilities of developing large offshore energy projects, delivering affordable renewable energy while also providing significant economic benefits locally. We are now looking forward to working with our partners throughout New York State to bring this project forward,” Christer af Geijerstam, President of Equinor Wind US, said.

Two years after Equinor secured an attractive 80,000-acre lease area in the New York Bight for Empire Wind, after a strong competition with other bidders, the company has been selected to negotiate a long-term contract with the New York State Energy Research and Development Authority (NYSERDA) for offshore wind renewable energy certificates (ORECs). The award remains subject to the execution of the OREC purchase and sale agreement, which Equinor looks forward to finalizing together with NYSERDA.

“We are proud to have been awarded this major wind project offshore New York. Empire Wind represents a breakthrough for Equinor’s global offshore wind ambitions and is an important step in our development as a broad energy company. We have demonstrated that we can be successful in fierce competition, with our first wind project outside of Europe. The project will be the biggest wind farm under contract in our portfolio so far. We are looking forward to developing Empire Wind together with local authorities, local communities and the U.S. industry,” Pål Eitrheim, executive vice president for Equinor New Energy Solutions, said.

Equinor’s Empire Wind project will help bring renewable energy to New York City while spurring statewide economic development opportunities. The project is expected to create approximately 800 local jobs during construction and operation, including through the creation of locally manufactured turbine foundations in New York’s Capital Region. More broadly, Equinor is committed to developing the nation’s first offshore wind supply chain to support the construction, installation and operation of offshore wind projects. Equinor will also invest over $60 million in port upgrades in New York that will support future offshore wind projects and further strengthen the state’s position as the U.S. hub for offshore wind. Further, Equinor will commit at least $4.5M to community benefits and workforce development, which will further the goals of New York’s National Offshore Wind Training Institute and Community and Workforce Benefits Fund.

Alicia Barton, NYSERDA President and CEO said, “Today, Governor Cuomo solidified New York’s clean energy and climate leadership status with the single greatest commitment to offshore wind by a state in U.S. history. The development of Empire Wind will bring significant economic and environmental benefits to New York, help affirm our position as the offshore wind hub of the Northeast and propel us even closer to achieving the Governor’s ambitious climate and energy goals.”

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  • The Empire Wind site extends 15-30 miles southeast of Long Island, spans 80,000 acres, and covers water depths between 65 and 131 feet.
  • Each turbine is expected to have an installed capacity of at least 10 megawatts, meaning that the 816 megawatt project will have between 60-80 wind turbines powering over 500.000 homes.
  • Empire Wind is expected to have significant infrastructure and supply chain opportunities at the Port of Coeymans in the Capital Region and South Brooklyn.
  • Equinor will also enter negotiations with New York State contractors and trade labor organizations on a Project Labor Agreement to cover construction activities for the Empire Wind project and is committed to paying prevailing wages.
  • Project development is expected to begin as early as spring 2021, with construction expected in 2022 and commercial operation beginning in December of 2024.
  • A typical offshore wind project of this size represents a total investment of approximately $3 billion.

About Equinor

Equinor is developing into a broad energy company, building a material position in renewable energy. Equinor now powers more than one million European homes with renewable offshore wind from four projects in the United Kingdom and Germany. Equinor commissioned the world’s first floating offshore wind farm in 2017 off the coast of Scotland. In the US, Equinor recently acquired a 128,000-acre lease area in federal waters off Massachusetts. Equinor is also developing offshore wind in Poland, as well as solar energy in Brazil and Argentina.

NEW YORK--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Today Governor Andrew M. Cuomo announced the state has selected Sunrise Wind, a joint venture between Ørsted and Eversource, to negotiate an Offshore Wind Renewable Energy Certificate (OREC) agreement for an 880 megawatt (MW) offshore wind farm. This project along with the state’s other offshore wind project selected represents the largest commitment to offshore wind in the U.S.

Sunrise Wind will support Governor Andrew M. Cuomo’s bold and ambitious climate and clean energy goals which he signed into law today. The project is expected to support approximately 800 jobs through the project’s development, construction and operation and will supply more than half a million New York homes with offshore wind power. Sunrise Wind will also enter negotiations with New York State contractors and trade labor organizations on a Project Labor Agreement to cover construction activities for the Sunrise Wind project, and is committed to paying prevailing wages.

“Today’s announcement secures New York’s role as a leader in the North American energy transformation,” said Thomas Brostrøm, CEO of Ørsted U.S. Offshore Wind and President of Ørsted North America. “Sunrise Wind will ensure that the state and its residents not only benefit from clean, renewable power, but that they reap the rewards of being an early player in a growing industry.”

In addition to powering homes and businesses across New York, Sunrise Wind will bring strong investment to Suffolk County, Long Island. Ørsted and Eversource have committed to investing $10 million to create a National Workforce Training Center in partnership with Suffolk County Community College and leading labor unions. This investment will further the goals of New York’s National Offshore Wind Training Institute and Community and Workforce Benefits Fund. The two companies have also announced a plan to construct a new Operation and Maintenance (O&M) Hub in the greater Port Jefferson area, which would include dockage for a 250-foot service operation vessel, with a warehouse and office facility to be located in the vicinity. Construction and operation of the O&M Hub is expected to create over 100 new fulltime jobs in the state.

“Sunrise Wind will bring renewable energy and new economic development to New York,” said Lee Olivier, Executive Vice President of Enterprise Energy Strategy at Eversource. “We look forward to partnering with New York State as a clean energy leader in the Northeast as well as with the local communities and businesses on Long Island and throughout the state.”

The project owners have also entered into a Memorandum of Understanding with New York’s preeminent transmission developers, Con Edison Transmission and the New York Power Authority, who will support the development of the transmission facilities needed to deliver the offshore wind energy to the electric transmission grid.

“Under Governor Cuomo’s aggressive clean energy vision, we, at NYPA, are committed to doing our part via public-private partnerships to expedite the development of offshore wind in New York State,” said Gil C. Quiniones, NYPA president and CEO. “As the nation’s largest public power utility, NYPA brings its vast experience in owning and operating more than 1,400 circuit-miles of transmission lines across the state to this exciting new wind project. We look forward to working with Ørsted, Eversource and Con Edison to connect the clean energy produced offshore to the State’s onshore electricity grid. We are pleased to stand at the forefront with our partners in bringing zero carbon energy to our shores and our state.”

“Offshore wind will be an instrumental part of our region’s renewable energy future, and Con Edison is fully committed to proposing efficient ways to build the upgraded transmission system needed to meet the state’s offshore wind goals,” said Joseph Oates, Chairman, President and CEO of Con Edison Transmission.

Alicia Barton, NYSERDA President and CEO, said, “Today, New York made the single largest commitment to offshore wind by a state in U.S. history to grow our clean energy economy, combat climate change and achieve economy-wide carbon neutrality. Ørsted and Eversource Energy’s Sunrise Wind project will bring tremendous economic development and job creation opportunities to New York, further solidifying our national leadership on pressing environmental and energy issues in support of Governor Cuomo’s nation-leading policies.”

The offshore wind turbines for Sunrise Wind will be supplied by Siemens Gamesa who have signed a conditional contract to cover Ørsted and Eversource’s Northeast project portfolio totaling approx.1.7GW. The projects Sunrise Wind (880MW into New York), Revolution Wind (704MW into Rhode Island and Connecticut) and South Fork Wind Farm (130MW into Long Island, New York) will be covered under this supply agreement.

Sunrise Wind will be developed 30 miles east of Montauk Point, Long Island, adjacent to Eversource and Ørsted’s South Fork Wind Farm and Revolution Wind projects. Subject to contract signing and Ørsted and Eversource’s final investment decisions, the wind farm is expected to be operational in 2024.

About Sunrise Wind

Sunrise Wind is a proposed New York State offshore wind project, to be located over 30 miles east of Long Island’s Montauk Point.Carefully planned to help achieve Governor Andrew M. Cuomo’s nation-leading offshore wind and renewable energy goals, and to do so with the highest possible levels of public support, the Sunrise Wind project will be virtually unnoticeable to Long Island residents and beach goers, and will have the potential capacity to power more than half a million homes.

Sunrise Wind represents a partnership between Eversource and Ørsted, which combines Eversource’s more than 100 year presence in the Northeast, industry-leading financial strength, and regional transmission development expertise with Ørsted’s world class offshore wind development capability having built the world’s first, the world’s largest, and the U.S.’s first offshore wind farms. Sunrise Wind is also exclusively joining with Con Edison Transmission and the New York Power Authority (NYPA) to offer New York an opportunity to develop hundreds of megawatts of 100 percent renewable energy.

About Ørsted

The Ørsted vision is a world that runs entirely on green energy. Ørsted develops, constructs and operates offshore and onshore wind farms, bioenergy plants and innovative waste-to-energy solutions and provides smart energy products to its customers. Headquartered in Denmark, Ørsted employs 6,080 people. Ørsted’s shares are listed on Nasdaq Copenhagen (Orsted). In 2018, the group’s revenue was DKK 76.9 billion (EUR 10.7 billion). For more information on Ørsted, visit orsted.com or follow us on Facebook, LinkedIn, Instagram and Twitter.

About Eversource

Eversource (NYSE: ES) transmits and delivers electricity and natural gas and supplies water to approximately 4 million customers in Connecticut, Massachusetts and New Hampshire. Recognized as the top U.S. utility for its energy efficiency programs by the sustainability advocacy organization Ceres, Eversource harnesses the commitment of its more than 8,000 employees across three states to build a single, united company around the mission of safely delivering reliable energy and water with superior customer service. For more information, please visit the company’s website (www.eversource.com) and follow along on Twitter (@EversourceCorp) and Facebook (facebook.com/EversourceEnergy). For more information on water services, visit www.aquarionwater.com.

About NYPA

NYPA is the largest state public power organization in the nation, operating 16 generating facilities and more than 1,400 circuit-miles of transmission lines. NYPA owns and operates approximately one-third of New York’s high-voltage power lines. These lines transmit power from NYPA’s three large hydroelectric generation facilities and independent wind power generation facilities, connecting nearly 7,000 megawatts of renewable energy to New York State’s power grid. This includes connecting more than 6,300 megawatts of hydroelectric power and about 700 megawatts, or more than a third, of current New York State‑generated wind energy to the grid. More than 70 percent of the electricity NYPA produces is clean renewable hydropower. NYPA uses no tax money or state credit. It finances its operations through the sale of bonds and revenues earned in large part through sales of electricity. For more information, visit www.nypa.gov and follow us on Twitter @NYPAenergy, Facebook, Instagram, Tumblr and LinkedIn.

About Con Edison

Con Edison is a subsidiary of Consolidated Edison, Inc. [NYSE: ED], one of the nation’s largest investor-owned energy companies, with approximately $12 billion in annual revenues and $54 billion in assets. The utility delivers electricity, natural gas and steam to 3.5 million customers in New York City and Westchester County, N.Y. For financial, operations and customer service information, visit conEd.com.

WASHINGTON, D.C.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--For the 5th consecutive year, WGL joined with Clean Air Partners, a DC-based air quality advocacy group, for Clean Air Partners’ annual #BreatheEasy campaign and concert ticket contest. Designed to generate public awareness about the impact of taking simple but critical steps in everyday life to improve air quality, the program encouraged DC-area residents to share their plans to promote cleaner air. The campaign included a concert ticket giveaway with winners attending Jennifer Lopez’s “It’s My Party” show at Capital One Arena in Washington, D.C. on Wednesday, July 17.

As part of the partnership, the concert was made greenhouse-gas emission neutral through 131 carbon offsets donated by WGL Energy Services (WGL Energy) that counterbalanced emissions from the event generated by transportation, land-filled waste, hotel stays, and energy used to operate concession stands. The WGL Energy donated carbon offsets are equivalent to avoiding the consumption of more than 14,000 gallons of gasoline, taking more than 27 cars off the road for one year, or the planting of more than 2,100 tree seedlings that grow for ten years.

Participants in the contest were required to submit their activity to save energy, lower energy use and support a clean air environment. Promoted through social media, local media outlets, and communications from Clean Air Partners and WGL, there were nearly 1,200 entries from those who pledged to take action for cleaner air. The fortunate ticket winners were among the nearly 23,300 fans to experience Jennifer Lopez’s live entertainment performance.

“WGL is committed to promoting clean air for the DC-area and supporting all we can do to foster environmental health,” said John O’Brien, Executive Vice President at Washington Gas. “We’re proud to stand with the Clean Air Partners team year-after-year because they share our ongoing passion for investing in the future of the region. This year’s blockbuster concert was another huge draw to engage our neighbors, friends and families to take part in an exciting campaign and unite for cleaner air and smarter energy use for many years to come.”

WGL and Clean Air Partners have collaborated for 25 years to help bring better air quality to the DC-area community. They launched the #BreatheEasy campaign and concert ticket contest 5 years ago as a fun initiative to increase engagement and broaden the program’s reach. Previous concerts include Chicago and Earth, Wind and Fire at Jiffy Lube Live, Bruce Springsteen at Nationals Stadium, Bruno Mars show at Capital One Arena, as well as last year’s Beyoncé and Jay-Z show at Fed Ex Field.

“We applaud all residents and businesses who rally for better air quality and lower pollution levels by pledging to use basic but essential steps that make a tremendous impact,” said Jennifer Desimone, Clean Air Partners Managing Director. “We thank WGL for being a dedicated partner throughout our annual campaign to educate the community about best practices to improve the environment. Congratulations to this year’s concert ticket winners and for everyone who made #Breatheasy a success.”

To learn more about Clean Air Partners, please visit www.cleanairpartners.net.

About WGL

The WGL family of companies − Washington Gas, WGL Energy, WGL Midstream and Hampshire Gas − are now indirect, wholly-owned subsidiaries of AltaGas Ltd. WGL is headquartered in Washington, D.C., and is a leading source for clean, efficient and diverse energy solutions. With activities and assets across the U.S., WGL provides options for natural gas, electricity, green power and energy services, including generation, storage, transportation, distribution, supply and efficiency. Our calling as a company is to make energy surprisingly easy for our employees, our community and all our customers. Whether you are a homeowner or renter, small business or multinational corporation, state and local or federal agency, WGL is here to provide Energy Answers. Ask Us. For more information, visit us at wgl.com and @wglanswers.

About WGL Energy Carbon Offsets

Carbon offsets are an affordable and innovative way to counterbalance emissions resulting from everyday activities such as travel and energy use. Carbon Offsets from WGL Energy specifically are Green-e® Climate certified and derived from verified carbon reduction projects in the waste management sector, which capture and destroy methane from regional landfills. WGL Energy invests a portion of the proceeds into the Carbon Reduction Fund, managed by the Chesapeake Bay Foundation and used to develop new projects, such as tree plantings, to improve air and water quality in the region and reduce greenhouse gas emissions.

About Clean Air Partners

Clean Air Partners is a public-private partnership educating the greater metropolitan Baltimore-Washington region about health risks associated with poor air quality and the impacts everyday actions have on the environment. Since 1997, Clean Air Partners has been dedicated to empowering individuals and organizations to take simple actions to reduce air pollution, protect public health, and improve air quality. For more information, visit www.cleanairpartners.net.

Notice to proceed issued to commence construction

SAN DIEGO and FERGUS FALLS, Minn., July 18, 2019:  EDF Renewables North America and Otter Tail Power Company, a subsidiary of Otter Tail Corporation (Nasdaq Global Select Market: OTTR), announced on July 16 the closing of the Asset Purchase Agreement first announced in November 2016.  Pursuant to a turnkey Engineering, Procurement, and Construction (EPC) Agreement, also entered into in November 2016, EDF Renewables will proceed to construct the 150-megawatt (MW) Merricourt Wind Project with completion anticipated in 2020.

Located near Merricourt, approximately 15 miles south of Edgeley, North Dakota, in McIntosh and Dickey Counties, the Project is expected to create 150+ construction jobs and 10 long-term, full-time positions as well as inject millions of dollars in economic benefits to the local area. Upon commercial operation in 2020, the Project will generate enough energy to power approximately 65,000 homes.1

“EDF Renewables is pleased to partner with Otter Tail Power Company to deliver competitively-priced, clean energy to its customers through the Merricourt Wind Project,” said Sohinaz Sotoudeh, Director, Power Marketing at EDF Renewables.  “North Dakota’s abundant wind resource and supportive regulatory environment combine to create an opportunity for an economic boost to the local economy through new construction and operations jobs, expanded tax base, and recurring, long-term income for participating landowners.”

“We project that by 2021 our customers will receive approximately 30 percent of their energy from renewable resources we own or secure through power purchase agreements,” said Otter Tail Power Company President Tim Rogelstad. “The Merricourt Wind Farm will be the largest capital project in our company’s history.”

EDF Renewables is one of the largest renewable energy developers in North America with 16 gigawatts of wind, solar, and storage projects developed throughout the U.S., Canada, and Mexico.

1 According to U.S. Energy Information Administration (EIA) 2017 Residential Electricity Sales and U.S. Census Data

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  • GE Renewable Energy has been selected to supply 49 of its 3 MW platform onshore wind turbines for five wind farms in Turkey
  • With a total capacity of 158 MW, the project will provide renewable energy to the region, powering the equivalent of 183,000 homes
  • The 147 blades will be manufactured at GE’s LM Wind Power factory in Bergama, Izmir, Turkey

Istanbul, Turkey, July 17th, 2019 - GE Renewable Energy announces today that it has been selected by Türkeler and RT Enerji to supply equipment for the five Kirazli, Meryem, Sile, Pamukova and Mahmut Sevket onshore wind farms. Forty-nine of GE’s 3 MW onshore wind turbines will be installed in Izmir, Bilecik, Sakarya and Istanbul Turkey. With a total capacity of 158 MW, the project will provide renewable energy to the region, powering the equivalent of 183,000 homes. The scope also includes a 10-year servicing agreement.

RT Enerji and Türkerler said: “GE, RT Enerji and Türkerler have built a strong relationship, and we are very happy to be working together again. We have been heavily engaged in helping Turkey work toward its sustainable energy targets, and this wind farms are yet another step in the right direction. Turkey is ranked among the richest countries in the world in terms of the renewable energy resources -- also called the clean energy. As GE, RT Enerji and Türkerler, we invest in clean energy, meaning nature. We are pleased and proud of this investment in order to meet the energy needs of future generations and to minimize the damage to the environment”.

As a part of the agreement, LM Wind Power will produce the 147 blades for the wind turbines at the Bergama site, Izmir, Turkey, where GE has more than 450 employees. The site, which began operations in July 2017, became the fifteenth LM Wind Power factory and the first opened after the company became a GE Renewable Energy business. The site aims to help meet the requirements of the rapidly-growing Turkish wind industry. Towers and generators will also be produced in the country.

Manar al-Moneef, GE Renewable Energy’s Onshore Wind regional leader for MENAT, says: “GE has been one of the early investors in Turkey and continue commitment to create jobs and contribute to the development of high technology in the energy industry. We are delighted to be partnering with Türkerler and RT Enerji again and working on this exciting project. GE’s high-tech 3 MW platform turbines are well suited to Turkey’s wind speeds and landscape. And, with a more than 1.200 MW installed base in the country, GE is proud to be bringing additional renewable, sustainable energy to the region. We look forward to additional opportunities to work with Türkerler and RT Enerji in the future.”

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About GE Renewable Energy
GE Renewable Energy is a $15 billion business which combines one of the broadest portfolios in the renewable energy industry to provide end-to-end solutions for our customers demanding reliable and affordable green power. Combining onshore and offshore wind, blades, hydro, storage, utility-scale solar, and grid solutions as well as hybrid renewables and digital services offerings, GE Renewable Energy has installed more than 400+ gigawatts of clean renewable energy and equipped more than 90 percent of utilities worldwide with its grid solutions. With nearly 40,000 employees present in more than 80 countries, GE Renewable Energy creates value for customers seeking to power the world with affordable, reliable and sustainable green electrons.
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  • GE Renewable Energy will open a new offshore wind factory and operation and development center in Guangdong province
  • The new factory will help GE Renewable Energy to serve the rapidly growing offshore wind demand in the region and China
  • The new operation and development center will perform R&D activities and become GE’s regional Offshore Wind Sales and Project Management main office

Beijing, July 12th 2019 – GE Renewable Energy has announced that it will open a new offshore wind factory at Jieyang’s Offshore Wind cluster in the Chinese province of Guangdong and will establish a new Operation and Development Center in the city of Guangzhou.

The new GE offshore wind factory in Jieyang will help to meet Chinese growing demand for offshore wind energy and will serve domestic and regional projects. Site construction is expected to begin at the end of this year, completed in 2021 and will start assembly production in the second half of 2021. GE’s offshore wind factory will be part of a dedicated offshore wind industrial park in Jieyang, which aims to develop an offshore wind cluster with a marshaling harbor and industry-related suppliers, to serve local and regional projects.

GE’s new Operation and Development Center in Guangzhou will perform research and development activities focused on regional needs. The site will also support customers throughout optimizing project costs, training, data management and operation and maintenance services. This new Center will be the regional Sales and Project Management office for GE Renewable Energy’s Offshore Wind business.

John Lavelle, CEO of Offshore Wind at GE Renewable Energy, said “China is poised to become one of the largest offshore wind markets in the world, and according to Guangdong’s Offshore Development Master Plan, 66 GW will come from the Guangdong region alone towards 2030. The cutting-edge technology of our Haliade-X 12 MW, the world’s most powerful offshore wind turbine, will bring value to our customers in the region. Our new factory in Jieyang and the Operation & Development Center in Guangzhou will put us in a better position to meet our customer’s demands in this fast-growing industry, while contributing to meet China’s growing offshore wind ambitions.”

Rachel Duan, president & CEO, Global Growth Markets, said at this signing: “As one of China’s strategic offshore wind development centers and a key growth region for GE in China, Guangdong is an ideal place to develop our offshore wind business. The agreements we signed today represent not only GE’s continued investment in China but also a significant milestone as we accelerate GE’s growth strategies in the market through the three pillars of “localization, partnership and digital”. GE’s investments in Guangdong will bring together advanced manufacturing, operations and development, services and digital applications, together with relevant suppliers, to form an offshore wind business ecosystem that closely and effectively serves the needs of customers in China and the rest of Asia, while pushing forward China’s clean energy ambitions.”

GE’s new offshore wind factory in China will serve regional projects, while the Saint-Nazaire assembly site in France, currently manufacturing the Haliade-X 12 MW prototype, will continue to serve all other international projects. Together, they will help GE Renewable Energy meet the growing demand for global offshore wind energy, by supplying Haliade-X 12 MW. Nantes offices in France will continue to operate as GE’s global offshore wind headquarter.

The Haliade-X 12 MW is a multi-million-dollar investment that will contribute to reducing the cost of offshore wind energy by making it more competitive. One Haliade-X 12 MW turbine can generate up to 67 GWh* of gross annual energy production, providing enough clean energy to power 16,000* European households and save up to 42 million metric tons of CO2, which is the equivalent of the emissions generated by 9,000 vehicles** in one year.

* Based on wind conditions on a typical German North Sea site.

** According to EPA Greenhouse gas equivalencies calculator

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About GE Renewable Energy
GE Renewable Energy is a $15 billion business which combines one of the broadest portfolios in the renewable energy industry to provide end-to-end solutions for our customers demanding reliable and affordable green power. Combining onshore and offshore wind, blades, hydro, storage, utility-scale solar, and grid solutions as well as hybrid renewables and digital services offerings, GE Renewable Energy has installed more than 400+ gigawatts of clean renewable energy and equipped more than 90 percent of utilities worldwide with its grid solutions. With nearly 40,000 employees present in more than 80 countries, GE Renewable Energy creates value for customers seeking to power the world with affordable, reliable and sustainable green electrons.

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Paris, July 11, 2019 – GE Renewable Energy announced today that it will provide 81 onshore wind turbines to power the 220 MW Potegowo Wind Project in Slupsk County, Northern Poland. This is the first project between GE Renewable Energy and Potegowo Mashav Sp Z OO. With a current installed base of 580 MW in Poland, GE Renewable Energy will increase its installed base to 800 MW in the country, once the project is commissioned.

81 of GE's 2MW onshore wind turbines will power the wind farm, which is divided in four sub-projects: Biecino, with five units already in the process of being installed; Karzcino and Wrzescie, with 13 units; Gluszynko, with 20 unit; and Malechowo, with 43 units.

All turbines will be manufactured at GE Renewable Energy's site in Salzbergen, Germany. GE will also provide a five-year Full Service Agreement (FSA) offering data-driven insights, expert recommendations, and advanced field services.

Peter Wells, Onshore Wind CEO for Europe and SSA at GE Renewable Energy said, "we are proud to announce our first project with Potegowo Mashav Sp Z OO and reiterate our commitment to bring sustainable green electrons to the Polish grid. Poland's wind industry is vibrant and will continue to thrive, as the upcoming auctions offer promising opportunities to continue supporting the country's National Energy and Climate Plan (NECP) on its path towards decarbonization."

Tomer Eizenberg, CEO of Mashav Energia said, "we are thrilled to have the opportunity to build one of the largest wind farms in Poland, which would not have been possible without our partners at GE Renewable Energy. This is a significant milestone in our wind farm investment program, having won the Polish government tender in November 2018 for the supply of 220 MW of wind generated energy to the Polish electricity network".

The project is backed by the European Bank of Reconstruction and Development (EBRD) and is the first renewables investment in Poland in the past three years. The Potegowo wind farm is expected to help save 480,000 tons of carbon dioxide (CO2) emissions per year.

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About GE Renewable Energy
GE Renewable Energy is a $15 billion business which combines one of the broadest portfolios in the renewable energy industry to provide end-to-end solutions for our customers demanding reliable and affordable green power. Combining onshore and offshore wind, blades, hydro, storage, utility-scale solar, and grid solutions as well as hybrid renewables and digital services offerings, GE Renewable Energy has installed more than 400+ gigawatts of clean renewable energy and equipped more than 90 percent of utilities worldwide with its grid solutions. With nearly 40,000 employees present in more than 80 countries, GE Renewable Energy creates value for customers seeking to power the world with affordable, reliable and sustainable green electrons.
Follow us at www.ge.com/renewableenergy, on www.linkedin.com/company/gerenewableenergy, or on www.twitter.com/GErenewables

About Mashav Energia
Mashav Energia is a joint venture between CERAC- a group of highly experienced, dedicated local energy professionals, Israel Infrastructure Fund II (IIF II) - international project finance and debt structure specialists, CME and Helios Fund (Helios III) - renewable energy investment specialists, pooling their knowledge base, extensive experience in project financing, last mile preparation and project management to build a top tier independent wind energy company in Poland mashavenergia.com

Istanbul, Turkey, July 10th, 2019 - GE Renewable Energy announced today that it has been selected by Borusan EnBW Enerji to provide 27 Cypress units for the 138 MW Saros project in Turkey, enough to power the equivalent of 190,000 homes in the country. Borusan will operate the Cypress turbines at 5.X MW, with a rotor diameter of 158m.

This marks the first order in Turkey for GE's Cypress platform, the company's largest onshore wind turbine in the field, and one of GE's largest wind farms in Turkey. GE's scope of work will also include 10 years services agreements.

The Cypress' revolutionary two-pieces blade will be produced by GE's wind turbine blade manufacturer, LM Wind Power at its site in Bergama, Izmir, Turkey. The company recently decided to invest another $30 million by the end of 2019 to expand its facility and recruit 300 new employees. Towers for the wind turbines will also be produced in Turkey.

Mehmet Acarla, General Manager Borusan EnBW Enerji, said: "We are determined to realize our vision of harnessing the renewable energy resources of our country and becoming the industry leader in wind energy. Our Saros WPP project is an expression of this commitment. Saros WPP, which we will be investing a total of 190 million USD, will have an installed capacity of 138 MW and an annual production of 530 GWh. The energy demand of 190,000 households will be met and 297,000 tons of carbon emissions will be prevented. We are happy and proud to bring such a facility to our country."

Manar Al-Moneef, President & CEO, Onshore Wind, Middle East, North Africa & Turkey, said: "Borusan EnBW Enerji is one of the biggest investors in wind energy in Turkey, and we are thrilled to be working together and help our customer reach its renewable energy goals. GE is very proud to bring additional wind energy and to invest in localization and job creation to contribute to the development of renewable industry in Turkey. Our goal is to help our customers drive energy costs down every day, and our Cypress platform is ideally suited to make the best use of the country's wind speed and landscape."

Cypress enables significant Annual Energy Production improvements, increased efficiency in serviceability, improved logistics and siting potential, and ultimately more value for customers. The two-piece blade design enables blades to be manufactured at even longer lengths and improving logistics to drive costs down and offer more siting options, in locations that were previously inaccessible.

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About GE Renewable Energy
GE Renewable Energy is a $15 billion business which combines one of the broadest portfolios in the renewable energy industry to provide end-to-end solutions for our customers demanding reliable and affordable green power. Combining onshore and offshore wind, blades, hydro, storage, utility-scale solar, and grid solutions as well as hybrid renewables and digital services offerings, GE Renewable Energy has installed more than 400+ gigawatts of clean renewable energy and equipped more than 90 percent of utilities worldwide with its grid solutions. With nearly 40,000 employees present in more than 80 countries, GE Renewable Energy creates value for customers seeking to power the world with affordable, reliable and sustainable green electrons.
Follow us at www.ge.com/renewableenergy, on www.linkedin.com/company/gerenewableenergy, or on www.twitter.com/GErenewables

About Borusan EnBW Enerji
Borusan EnBW Enerji has continued its activities in the energy sector since 2007 with the objective of effective use of Turkey's renewable energy sources and their proper development. Borusan EnBW Enerji was founded in 2009 through partnership with EnBW Energie Baden Württemberg AG, one of the largest energy companies in Germany. Borusan EnBW Energy, which attaches importance and priority to renewable energy sources strategically and has been aiming at energy production with low resource consumption since its establishment, focuses on quality in the power plants using the most advanced technologies and generates environmentally friendly energy. Borusan EnBW Enerji has 495 MW installed power together with 11 power plants in various cities throughout Turkey and its entire energy generation portfolio consists of renewable energy-based power plants.
You can reach detailed information about Borusan EnBW Energy at www.borusanenbwenerji.com

Cherbourg, le 3 juillet 2019 : GE Renewable Energy a annoncé aujourd'hui son intention de recruter plus de 200 employés supplémentaires cette année sur le site de fabrication de pales d'éoliennes de sa filiale LM Wind Power à Cherbourg. Soixante personnes ont d’ores et déjà été recrutées depuis le début de l’année et viennent tout juste de commencer une formation intensive au « Centre d’excellence » de l’usine.

Ouvert en avril 2018, le site de Cherbourg est la première usine de fabrication de pales d’éoliennes en France. A fin 2018, le site comptait déjà 120 employés, dont 34% de femmes.

La phase de prototypage y a débuté en Janvier 2019 afin de produire cinq pales de 107 mètres, les plus grandes jamais construites.  Celles-ci sont destinées à la nouvelle éolienne offshore de GE, l’Haliade-X de 12 MW, dont les premières nacelles sont en cours de production dans l’usine GE de Saint-Nazaire. Deux pales seront expédiées sur des sites de tests et trois autres seront assemblées sur le prototype de l’Haliade-X à Rotterdam. L'augmentation des effectifs de production permettra de préparer la phase de production commerciale des pales.

Erwan Le Floch, Directeur de l’usine, a déclaré « Une majeure partie des employés de notre site aujourd'hui est originaire de NormandieNous sommes fiers de pouvoir participer au développement social et économique de la région et nous sommes heureux de créer davantage d'emplois localement cette année. »

L’usine est principalement à la recherche d’opérateurs de production, des postes qui sont accessibles à tous types de profils et de compétences, car chaque nouvel employé sera formé à la fabrication de pales d’éoliennes dans le cadre du programme de formation proposé au sein de l’usine. Chaque nouvel employé recevra une formation théorique et pratique de six semaines, ce qui leur apportera une expertise technique et qualifiante. Les nouveaux arrivants seront également encadrés par des experts venant des sites mondiaux de la société. Le site recherche également des superviseurs de production, des contrôleurs qualité, des techniciens en logistique et en maintenance, ainsi que des postes d’alternance.

 « Alors que l’usine monte en puissance, ce projet suscite un grand enthousiasme, et nous avons assisté à un remarquable travail d’équipe, entre les employés à Cherbourg et les experts venus du monde entier pour former le personnel de Cherbourg et partager leur savoir-faire. », explique Erwan Le Floch. « Les équipes sont ravies d’avoir participé à la production de la première pale au monde de plus de 100 mètres. Nous accueillons de nouvelles personnes d'horizons différents et en même temps, nous construisons une nouvelle pale d'une taille jamais atteinte auparavant. »

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À propos de GE Renewable Energy 
GE Renewable Energy combine l’une des gammes de technologies de production d'énergie renouvelable les plus complètes et diversifiées et l’une des plus larges capacités « tout-en-un » de l'industrie. Notre portefeuille de produits actuel comprend des solutions de production d'énergie éolienne à terre et en mer, d’énergie hydroélectrique ainsi que d'autres énergies renouvelables, depuis les composants individuels aux centrales clés en main, avec des services allant de la conception au développement, de la fourniture de turbines et composants à la construction de centrales électriques ainsi que de l'exploitation à la maintenance. GE Renewable Energy dispose aujourd’hui d’une capacité installée de plus de 400 GW à travers le monde. GE Renewable Energy, dont le siège est implanté en France, compte plus de 40,000 employés dans 80 pays, dont plus de 1500 en France.

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À propos de LM Wind Power

LM Wind Power est un leader mondial dans la conception et la fabrication de pales pour éoliennes, avec des usines de fabrication au Brésil, au Canada, en Chine, au Danemark, en Inde, en Pologne, en Espagne, en Turquie, en France et aux États-Unis. La société a produit plus de 195 000 pales depuis 1978, ce qui correspond à plus de 84 GW de capacité installée, et à des économies globales de plus de 166 millions de tonnes de CO2 par an. LM Wind Power est une entreprise appartenant à GE Renewable Energy.

www.lmwindpower.com

Women in Wind Q&A: Sarah Barber (Switzerland) 

 

The Women in Wind Global Leadership Program sat down with Sarah, one of this year’s Mentors, to chat about her pathway into renewable energy and the key issues facing women in the wind sector.

Sarah currently leads the Wind Energy Research Programme at the University of Applied Sciences Rapperswil in Switzerland, where she is responsible for projects on high-fidelity wind modelling, smart measurement systems, wind farm acceptance, microgrids, environmentally-friendly blade materials and eLearning. She has been active in the research and development of wind turbines in Switzerland and Germany for more than 12 years, including as a researcher at ETH Zurich, a wind energy expert at BKW Energie AG, CTO at Agile Wind Power AG and Group Manager of the Center for Load Measurements at Fraunhofer Institute for Wind Energy. She holds a M.Eng. degree in Aerospace Engineering from Cambridge University (UK) and MIT (USA) as well as a PhD in Aerodynamics from the University of Sheffield (UK). Sarah has participated actively in a range of mentoring programmes, including SwissTec Ladies, FeelScience (University of Stuttgart) and TALENTA (Fraunhofer). She is also a qualified Business Coach (Trigon).

How did you first become interested in renewable energy and joining the clean energy transition?

I studied engineering because I wanted to apply technology to help people. I did my PhD on the aerodynamics of soccer balls, which was really interesting and great fun, but something was missing. I didn’t feel like I was really helping people or contributing to making the world a better place.

At this time, a friend was working for a wind energy company and became very passionate about the topic. I realized that wind energy would be a perfect way to combine my relevant skills in fluid dynamics with my desire to help improve the world.

Tell us about your expertise and passion in the sector. For you, what is the next “space to watch” in renewable energy?

I have been working passionately in applied R&D and teaching in the area of wind energy in Switzerland and Germany since my post-doctorate position at ETH Zurich 12 years ago. The business area has professionalized immensely over this time period, and the main focus now lies on reducing electricity costs through innovations such as advanced wind farm control strategies, Internet of Things (IoT) solutions and high-fidelity flow simulations in complex terrain.

The next “space to watch” is the integration of renewable energies with storage technologies for grid stability, as well as sector coupling solutions such as power-to-gas.

What sort of challenges  did you encounter in entering the sector? Can you tell us about an achievement wherein you overcame such a challenge?

The main challenge for me so far has been the lack of acceptance of wind energy in Switzerland, and the resulting lack of companies, jobs, teaching, motivation, innovation and R&D.

I am currently attempting to overcome this challenge by setting up a new wind energy research program at the university at which I work and by founding the Swiss Wind Energy R&D Network, which aims to bring universities and companies together and bundle resources to improve innovation.

 

 GWEC, in partnership with the World Bank Group, held the first intergovernmental forum for emerging markets with strong offshore wind potential in London this week. The forum brought together governments, commercial developers, development partners and wind energy experts from developing countries in order to realise the offshore wind potential in emerging markets.

The delegation included representatives from 12 governments, including: Algeria, Argentina,  Brazil, Costa Rica, India, Indonesia, Morocco, Poland, Sri Lanka, South Africa, Turkey and Vietnam. These countries already represent nearly a fifth of forecasted onshore installation capacity up to 2023 and the activity in the UK was focused on sharing the commercial, regulatory and planning learnings that will encourage the development of their offshore wind pipelines too.

The arrival of the delegation during Renewable UK’s Global Offshore Wind Summit in London is testament to the success story of offshore wind industry in the UK, whose experience can help other countries with potential to attract investment, create jobs and ensure their communities are benefitting from cost-effective clean energy.

 

The delegation started off the week with a seminar supported by the Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy in the UK. GWEC brought in experts from both the industry and UK’s government to discuss a wide-range of topics such as regulatory frameworks the UK used to boost their offshore industry, innovative technology developments, case studies of auctions and tenders, as well as how to plan to develop offshore wind farms.

During Day 2 of the tour, the delegation attended RenewableUK’s Global Offshore Wind 2019, one of the largest offshore wind events in Europe. Here, they had the opportunity to put the learnings from the first day in practice with a workshop to better understand the opportunities and challenges for offshore wind in each of these high potential markets. The delegates then had the opportunity to network with leaders in the offshore wind industry during an exclusive networking session at the event.

The last half of the week consisted of a study tour to North East England to experience first-hand the benefits that a thriving offshore wind industry can bring in terms of supply chain investment, jobs and of course, clean energy.

North East England has been at the forefront of the offshore wind industry since its inception and is recognised as a key strategic location to service the European and Global market. In addition to being home to the UK’s first offshore wind farm, off the coast of Blyth, Northumberland, it has developed an extremely innovative and successful integrated supply chain, which is technologically driven and experienced in delivering large scale projects across the sector, supporting several thousand jobs in the region.

During the visit, the delegation visited key locations and companies including the Port of Blyth where they will tour facilities operated by DeepOcean, Global Marine, Royal IHC and Port Training Services. 

They also were shown the innovation taking place at the Offshore Renewable Energy (ORE) Catapult, which is located at the port, which is developing next generation technologies for the sector in partnership with supply chain companies.

In the south of the region the delegation visited JDR, Offshore Structures Britain, RelyOnNutec and Van Oord / MPI Offshore as well as attending Hartlepool College where they will hear presentations from PD Ports and the Tees Valley Combined Authority.

 

This week marked an important step forward in our partnership with the World Bank Group to help support the development of the next-generation of leading countries in offshore wind. Markets like the UK, Europe and China have already made significant strides in building offshore capacity but the real potential for offshore remains untapped. Offshore wind provides scalable, zero-emissions power in relatively short time frames and costs continue to come down, making it a highly attractive source of generation for an increasing amount of countries.”

GWEC’s landmark partnership with the World Bank Group’s Energy Sector Management Assistance Program (ESMAP) and the International Finance Corporation (IFC) on efforts to accelerate the uptake of offshore wind in emerging markets was announced earlier this year. The program is taking place in cooperation with the GWEC and its Global Offshore Wind Task Force, which brings together leading offshore wind developers, equipment manufacturers and service providers to support emerging markets in creating a regulatory and business environment conducive to offshore wind market growth.

About GWEC’s Global Offshore Wind Task Force

The GWEC Global Offshore Wind Task Force was established in September 2018 and is chaired by Alastair Dutton, who previously worked for the UK Crown Estate, BEIS and BP. Its  purpose is to advise governments on regulatory frameworks and tendering systems for offshore wind; measure and highlight the economic and social benefits of offshore wind and the deployment of local supply chains; foster technological innovation and the testing of new turbines, installation techniques and operations and maintenance (O&M) strategies, including promoting the benefits of digitalisation; spread best practices and transfer knowledge from Europe and other established markets to new and developing markets; and, create appropriate forums to promote the growth of the global offshore wind industry, from seminars and technical workshops to conferences and exhibitions. Henrik Stiesdal, the former Siemens Windpower CTO and the “father” of the offshore wind energy industry, acts as GWEC Ambassador for the Global Offshore Wind Task Force.

About GWEC

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

For more information visit: https://gwec.net

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About the World Bank Group

The World Bank Group is one of the world’s largest sources of funding and knowledge for developing countries. It comprises five closely associated institutions: the International Bank for Reconstruction and Development (IBRD) and the International Development Association (IDA), which together form the World Bank; the International Finance Corporation (IFC); the Multilateral Investment Guarantee Agency (MIGA); and the International Centre for Settlement of Investment Disputes (ICSID). Each institution plays a distinct role in the mission to fight poverty and improve living standards for people in the developing world. For more information, please visit www.worldbank.org, www.miga.org, and www.ifc.org.

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GWEC brings key stakeholders in Japan’s offshore wind market to the UK as part of Global Offshore Summit 2019

 From the 24-28 June, GWEC hosted a large delegation of more than 40 members of the Japan Wind Power Association (JWPA) and the Ports & Harbors Association of Japan (PHAJ). JWPA members own and operate about 85% of wind farms in Japan; following the Japanese offshore promotion law that came into effect in April 2019, they are now looking ahead to both fixed and floating offshore wind projects. With more than 29,750 km of coastline – the seventh longest coastline in the world – Japan is an increasingly promising market for offshore wind in the Asia-Pacific.

The Japanese delegation was one of three major trade delegations at GOW, in addition to groups from China and Taiwan. JWPA members were invited to present at the Global Markets Theatre, including Shigeru Yasu, Chairman of Japan Renewable Energy Corporation, on offshore wind power in Japan, as well as Naoaki Eguchi, Partner at Baker McKenzie in Tokyo, on the new offshore wind promotion law in Japan. PHAJ senior researcher Eiji Nishizaki also participated in a panel session on promising global markets for offshore wind, moderated by GWEC CEO Ben Backwell.

 

A panel session, jointly organised by GWEC and the UK Department for International Trade (DIT), gave prominent sector leaders the opportunity to share their insights on upscaling Japan’s offshore wind sector to the delegation. Chaired by GWEC Global Offshore Wind Ambassador Henrik Stiesdal, the panel included Chris Willow, Floating Wind Growth Manager at Innogy, Rhodri James, Leading Business Developer at Equinor UK, Cian Conroy, Senior Manager at Principle Power, Samuel Leupold, Chairman of Wind Energy at Green Investment Group, and Bruce Valpy, Managing Director at consultancy BVG Associates.

GWEC also organised a programme of tours and local supply chain visits relevant to the UK offshore wind sector. The delegation took a fleet of boats out to view Burbo Bank offshore wind farm, developed by Orsted. The group was fortunate to have calm waters, which allowed them to view the first commercially deployed offshore 8MW turbines at close range. Afterwards, the Liverpool City Region Combined Authority hosted the delegation for presentations by Mark Knowles, Head of Low Carbon Economy at the Liverpool Local Enterprise Partnership, Emma Toulson, Lead Stakeholder Adviser at Orsted, Stephen Bolton, CEO of Bibby Marine Services, and Chris Almond, Business Development Manager at Bibby HydroMap.

 

The delegation also travelled by coach and ferry to the Isle of Wight, where they toured the MHI Vestas blade manufacturing facility and enjoyed a presentation on the evolution of offshore turbine blades. They also spent a half-day at HR Wallingford near Oxford, with the opportunity to tour a modelling hall and a ship simulator demonstration centre, and to hear presentations on fixed bottom offshore wind services, metocean modelling and floating structure modelling. Finally, the delegation heard presentations on cost reduction solutions and joint industry programmes from Steve Wyatt, Research and Innovation Director at ORE Catapult, and from a number of Carbon Trust principals including David Aitken, Associate Director of Innovation, Faizi Freemantle, Associate of Offshore Wind, Dan Kyle Spearman, Manager of Offshore Wind Accelerator, and Liam Leahy, Offshore Manager.

Over the course of a week, the Japanese delegation travelled more than 1,300 km around the UK by coach, ferry and fishing boat, seeing first-hand the technological breakthroughs and transformations brought to the UK by offshore wind. The lessons learned – in collaboration, competition, scale and ambition – may serve to accelerate the growth of Japan’s offshore wind sector in years to come.

GWEC launches newest Policy Pulse on Argentina on its Market Intelligence Platform

The Global Wind Energy Council (GWEC) has launched a Policy Pulse report on Argentina, which provides qualitative analysis of the political and macroeconomic headwinds steering the wind sector and the measures needed to unlock greater wind power potential.

Argentina is a promising market with some of the best wind resources in the world. Wind energy has enjoyed a strong three years, establishing itself as one of the country’s main energy sources despite macroeconomic challenges. This report discusses:

  • The current grid bottlenecks and future pipeline of renewable energy;
  • The upcoming RenovAr 4 auction and usage of the MATER framework for corporate PPAs and self-supply; and,
  • Risk perceptions vis-à-vis Argentina’s macroeconomic volatility and the upcoming elections in October 2019.

Our forecasting sets out the latest polling data regarding presidential candidates, and the various scenarios for renewable energy under an incumbent or new administration. GWEC believes that even if a new administration is elected, it is likely to be pro-renewables and pro-wind, given the capacity of renewables to attract international investment.

Access this Policy Pulse along with other global data and insights on the wind industry exclusively on GWEC’s Market Intelligence Platform

If you are interested in learning more about Argentina’s emerging wind market, join us the 4-5 September in Buenos Aires for Argentina Wind Power. Organized by GWEC, Camara Eolica Argentina and Grup La Nacion, this official industry event will feature two days of high-level conference, exhibition, and networking opportunities to take Argentina’s wind energy market to the next level. Find out more about the event here. [link]

About the Policy Pulse series

The report on Argentina follows a Q2 2019 Policy Pulse on Taiwan, which focused on renewable energy policy and the upcoming Taiwanese elections in January 2020. Policy Pulse reports take a deep dive into the political and macroeconomic context of the wind sector, providing vital insights into energy policy direction and regulatory pressure points. Each report provides a must-read overview of the wind sector over the course of 15-20 pages, featuring up-to-date infographics, market forecasts and bullet-point summaries. Upcoming reports in 2019 will cover the markets in Brazil and Vietnam.

Policy Pulse and other reports are available in the Members Area, which provides in-depth market intelligence to GWEC’s members and their employees. Other available materials in the Members Area include statistics and market data, growth forecasts and market outlooks, country profiles and insights from GWEC’s Task Forces and Committees.

These Market Intelligence products are available exclusively for GWEC Members or subscribers to our Market Intelligence. If you are not yet a GWEC Member but are interested in learning more about our Market Intelligence services and other membership benefits, contact Deny Tenenblat at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

15 July , 2019

Vietnam Wind Power 2019 – Government and Industry Gather to Discuss Wind Development in Vietnam

The Global Wind Energy Council (GWEC) hosted its annual Vietnam Wind Power Conference on the 11-12 June in Hanoi for the second time running, gathering major international wind companies, energy authorities, financial institutions and regulators to discuss the potential for wind energy in Vietnam and the impact of renewables in the region. Vietnam Wind Power 2019 is the official industry event taking place in partnership with GIZ, the Danish Embassy Hanoi and the Embassy of Ireland.

With over 400 delegates attending the two days of roundtables, workshops, meetings, and conference, this event showed that Vietnam is ready to become a leader of wind energy in the region.

 

The first event on 11 June was a full-day workshop focused on addressing the burning issues facing the financing of wind projects and is specifically targeted at international and local finance institutions, development banks and government officials. The workshop was well attended with over 250 conference delegates, with speakers from international and domestic banks, international development institutions and financial advisories. These discussions were focused on some of the crucial topics in the country such as thebankability of PPAs,  mitigation strategies of project investment risks, as well as on new sources of finance for wind projects in the region.

Running in parallel to this workshop was a high-level Offshore Roundtable. The offshore roundtable is the first attempt by the wind industry to have a close door stakeholder consultation with the government and gathered representatives from the MOIT, EVN, Ministry of Natural Resources and Environment, as well as DOIT representatives from 7 provinces that have offshore potential. The discussion were centered around  current challenges for offshore development in Vietnam, policy needs particular to the offshore sector, as well as the future aspirations from both the industry and the government. GWEC is developing awhite paper on offshore sector in Vietnam as a result of this roundtable, which will be released in the near future after further input from relevant stakeholders.

 

The full-day conference on 12 June featured a range of plenary and parallel sessions including regulatory, market, policy, technology updates, offshore as well as other pressing issues relating to the development of a sustainable wind and renewables industry. We were delighted to have Mr. Do Duc Quan, Deputy General Director of Electricity and Renewable Energy Agency (EREA), MOIT to share the government’s future plan on renewables development in Vietnam as well as Mr Nguyen Huu, Director of Power System Department, Electricity Regulatory Authority of Vietnam (ERAV) to share the grid planning and the DPPA plan.

Overall, Vietnam Wind Power 2019 was a huge success and highlighted the ambition of both the industry and government to tap into the huge wind energy potential that Vietnam has to offer. Don’t forget to mark your calendars for Vietnam Wind Power 2020 and join us again next year from 10-11 June 2020 in Hanoi for the next edition of this official industry event!

15 July , 2019

Market to Watch: South East Asia

In GWEC Market Intelligence’s latest report, Market Update on South East Asia – Insights on Vietnam, the region’s potential for wind power is put into the spotlight, with Vietnam emerging from the pack as one of the countries with the highest potential. Launched in Hanoi at Vietnam Wind Power 2019,the report provides insights on how Vietnam can be a wind power leader in the region with over 327MW of onshore and offshore wind capacity already installed, and an additional 1GW forecasted to be installed by 2021.

 

GWEC Market Intelligence believes South East Asia has all the fundamentals in place to become the next big wind power market. With a rising population, growing GDP, ever-increasing power demand and concerns over energy security, wind power is helping to meet the region’s growing energy demand in a way that is low carbon, cost efficient and bringing local economic benefits. In the report,  a five-year market forecast for South East Asia shows that the onshore market will grow annually at a  13.5% rate on average over the period of 2019-2023, whereas the offshore market will grow at a 22% rate over the same period.

The new report shows that Vietnam is the country with one of the highest potentials in the region for both onshore and offshore wind.. The country’s 3,000km coastline has some of the best resources for both onshore and offshore wind, and it is the only country in the region that has developed offshore wind, with 99MW already installed.

 

Changes in local policies is giving the industry renewed momentum and creating significant opportunities for the wind energy market to grow in Vietnam and the South East Asia region as a whole. With a favourable Feed-in-Tariff and ambitious renewable energy targets up to 2030, it is clear that the government is ready to make the shift to clean energy.

The report is exclusively available for GWEC members and as part of GWEC’s new Market Intelligence platform. The final report includes more than 30 tables and figures charting the market outlook for the South East Asia region up until 2030. This report is the first edition of Market Updates of GWEC Market Intelligence, with the next Market Update to be released in fall shifting focus to Latin America.

If you are a GWEC Member, access the report here.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Courtesy Senvion

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Courtesy Senvion

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

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

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

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

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

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

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


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

Courtesy Senvion

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Courtesy The World Bank

WIND POWER CONTINUES TO SET RECORDS

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

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

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

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

Courtesy GE Renewable Energy

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

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

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

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

Courtesy ENERCON

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

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