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DUBLIN--(BUSINESS WIRE)--The "Electricity Industry Profiles-Finland" report has been added to ResearchAndMarkets.com's offering.

Finland is a net importer of electricity. Most of its imports originate from Russia, but it plans to build additional nuclear power plants to decrease this dependency. The share of nuclear power in electricity generation will increase when the new Olkiluoto 3 EPR nuclear power plant becomes operational in 2018 (assuming there are no final delays).

In 2015, almost 80% of the electricity generated in Finland was emission-free. Research projects that by 2030, approximately 92% of the electricity generated would be emission free and the share of renewables in electricity generation will reach approximately 56% by 2030.

The Finnish Transmission System Operator, Fingrid, is currently upgrading the grid to allow smooth transmission from the new wind and other renewable energy sources (RES) installations being built in the northern part of the country. Finland does not have its own fossil fuels - coal, oil or natural gas - but does have large reserves of biofuels, peat, and extensive wood resources. These resources will play a vital role in the Finnish energy transition.

Key Topics Covered:

1. Electricity Industry Profiles-Finland

  • Executive Summary-Finland

2. Research Scope and Methodology

  • Research Scope
  • Research Profile
  • Forecasting Methodology

3. Finland

  • Key Findings
  • Drivers
  • Drivers Explained
  • Restraints
  • Restraints Explained
  • Electricity Market Overview
  • Energy Policy
  • Fuel Mix Forecast
  • Installed Capacity Forecast
  • Power Capacity Investment
  • Support Mechanisms and Major Incentives
  • Electricity Generation
  • Electricity Distribution Market
  • Electricity Retail Market
  • Transmission Network

4. Growth Opportunities and Companies to Action

  • Growth Opportunity 1-Vertical Integration
  • Strategic Imperatives for Power and Energy Companies

5. Appendix

Companies Mentioned

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Brazil has climbed one position in the Global Wind Energy Council’s 2017 wind power capacity ranking. Published annually, the list indicates Brazil …

HOUSTON--(BUSINESS WIRE)--The Board of Directors of Westlake Chemical Corporation (NYSE:WLK) declared today a regular dividend distribution of $0.2100 per share. The dividend will be payable on March 13, 2018, to stockholders of record on February 27, 2018.

This is the 54th successive quarterly dividend that Westlake has declared since completing its initial public offering in August 2004.

About Westlake Chemical Corporation

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

CHARLOTTE, N.C.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--JELD-WEN Holding, Inc. (NYSE:JELD) today announced that company will be participating in the following investor conferences:

  • Barclays Industrial Select Conference in Miami, FL on Thursday, February 22, 2018. Brooks Mallard, executive vice president and chief financial officer, and John Linker, senior vice president, corporate development and investor relations, will be participating in a fireside chat discussion at 8:35 a.m. ET. A link to the live audio webcast of the event, along with a replay and additional information, will be available on the investor relations portion of the company’s website at investors.jeld-wen.com.
  • 21st Annual Wells Fargo Real Estate Securities Conference in New York, NY on Wednesday, February 28, 2018. Mark Beck, president and chief executive officer, and John Linker, senior vice president, corporate development and investor relations, will be participating in the conference.

About JELD-WEN

JELD-WEN, founded in 1960, is one of the world’s largest door and window manufacturers, operating over 120 manufacturing facilities in 19 countries located primarily in North America, Europe and Australia. Headquartered in Charlotte, N.C., JELD-WEN designs, produces and distributes an extensive range of interior and exterior doors, wood, vinyl and aluminum windows and related products for use in the new construction and repair and remodeling of residential homes and non-residential buildings. JELD-WEN is a recognized leader in manufacturing energy-efficient products and has been an ENERGY STAR® Partner since 1998. Our products are marketed globally under the JELD-WEN® brand, along with several market-leading regional brands such as Swedoor® and DANA® in Europe and Corinthian®, Stegbar®, and Trend® in Australia. For more information visit www.jeld-wen.com.

ORANGE, Conn.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--AVANGRID, Inc. (NYSE:AGR) today announced that Avangrid Renewables Holdings, Inc., a wholly-owned subsidiary of AVANGRID, has entered into a definitive agreement to sell Enstor Gas, LLC, which operates AVANGRID’s gas storage business, to Amphora Gas Storage USA, LLC, an affiliate of ArcLight Capital Partners, LLC.

Enstor Gas owns and operates natural gas storage facilities in the Gulf Coast and Southwest regions of the United States with a total storage capacity of 88.5 Bcf and a net working gas storage capacity of 67.5 Bcf. Amphora Gas Storage USA is an affiliate of ArcLight Capital Partners, a Boston-based private equity firm focused on energy infrastructure investments.

"We are pleased to have reached this agreement to sell the Enstor gas storage business to Amphora," said Jim Torgerson, chief executive officer of AVANGRID. "The sale of this business to Amphora is consistent with the results of our strategic review of the Enstor gas storage businesses."

The transaction, which is subject to the satisfaction of customary closing conditions, is expected to be completed during the second quarter of 2018.

"On a more personal level, it’s been a privilege working with the Enstor Gas team. I want to thank them all for their hard work and years of service as part of the AVANGRID group," said Torgerson. "I'm extremely proud of what this dedicated group of professionals has accomplished."

This transaction does not include AVANGRID’s Enstor gas trading business, which AVANGRID has agreed to sell to a subsidiary of Castleton Commodities International, LLC in a transaction that is expected to close in March 2018.

Forward Looking Statements: This press release contains a number of forward-looking statements. Forward-looking statements may be identified by the use of forward-looking terms such as “may,” “will,” “should,” “can,” “expects,” “future,” “would,” “could,” “predicts,” “believes,” “anticipates,” “intends,” “plans,” “estimates,” “projects,” “assumes,” “guides,” “targets,” “forecasts,” “is confident that” and “seeks” or the negative of such terms or other variations on such terms or comparable terminology. Such forward-looking statements include, but are not limited to, statements about our plans, objectives and intentions, outlooks or expectations for earnings, revenues, expenses or other future financial or business performance, strategies or expectations, or the impact of legal or regulatory matters on business, results of operations or financial condition of the business and other statements that are not historical facts. Such statements are based upon the current beliefs and expectations of our management and are subject to significant risks and uncertainties that could cause actual outcomes and results to differ materially. Important factors that could cause actual results to differ materially from those indicated by such forward-looking statements include, without limitation: our future financial performance, anticipated liquidity and capital expenditures; actions or inactions of local, state or federal regulatory agencies; success in retaining or recruiting, our officers, key employees or directors; changes in levels or timing of capital expenditures; adverse developments in general market, business, economic, labor, regulatory and political conditions; fluctuations in weather patterns; technological developments; the impact of any cyber-breaches, grid disturbances, acts of war or terrorism or natural disasters; the impact of any change to applicable laws and regulations affecting operations, including those relating to environmental and climate change, taxes, price controls, regulatory approvals and permitting; and other presently unknown or unforeseen factors.

Additional risks and uncertainties are set forth under the “Risk Factors” in our Annual Report on Form 10-K for the year ended December 31, 2016 and our Quarterly Report on Form 10-Q for the nine months ended September 30, 2017, which are on file with the Securities and Exchange Commission. Should one or more of these risks or uncertainties materialize, or should any of the underlying assumptions prove incorrect, actual results may vary in material respects from those expressed or implied by these forward-looking statements. You should not place undue reliance on these forward-looking statements. We do not undertake any obligation to update or revise any forward-looking statements to reflect events or circumstances after the date of this press release, whether as a result of new information, future events or otherwise, except as may be required under applicable securities laws.

About AVANGRID: AVANGRID, Inc. (NYSE: AGR) is a diversified energy and utility company with more than $32 billion in assets and operations in 27 states. The company owns regulated utilities and electricity generation assets through two primary lines of business, Avangrid Networks and Avangrid Renewables. Avangrid Networks is comprised of eight electric and natural gas utilities, serving approximately 3.2 million customers in New York and New England. Avangrid Renewables operates approximately 7.1 gigawatts of owned and controlled renewable generation capacity, primarily through wind and solar, in 21 states across the United States. AVANGRID employs approximately 6,600 people. For more information, visit www.avangrid.com.

About ArcLight: ArcLight is one of the leading private equity firms focused on energy infrastructure investments. Founded in 2001, the firm helped pioneer an asset-based private equity approach to investing in the dynamic energy sector. ArcLight has invested over $19 billion in over 100 transactions since inception. Based in Boston, the firm's investment team employs a hands-on value creation strategy that utilizes its in-house technical, operational, and commercial specialists as well as the firm's 850-person asset management affiliate. More information about ArcLight, and a complete list of ArcLight's portfolio companies, can be found at www.arclightcapital.com.

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Clean Technica

The global wind energy industry enjoyed another strong year in 2017, installing a total of 52,573 megawatts worth of new wind capacity, increasing the global cumulative installed capacity up to 539,581 megawatts (MW), as “dramatic price drops” exemplify the current state of play around the world. 

The Global Wind Energy Council (GWEC) published its annual market statistics on Wednesday, revealing yet another strong year for the global wind energy industry, but a year still well down on 2015 and continuing a recent downward trend. China “only” installed 19.5 gigawatts (GW) in 2017, down from the 23 GW it installed in 2017 and the 30.5 GW it installed in 2016. US wind installations were around the 7 GW mark, followed by Germany with 6.5 GW.

Over 800 MW in four U.S. projects connected to grid

Schenectady, NY – February 7, 2018 – GE Renewable Energy (NYSE: GE) today announced it secured commitments for 2.9 gigawatts (GW) of its variably rated 2.2 MW to 2.5 MW onshore wind turbine with a 127-meter rotor in North America. Some of the largest commitments are for projects with Invenergy, Lincoln Clean Energy, and Avangrid Renewables.

Featuring the best-in-class capacity factor, the 2 MW-127 demonstrates the next step in turbine technology and efficiency. It also brings a significant improvement in Annual Energy Production (AEP) within the 2 MW range, reducing the cost of energy for customers with medium to low wind speed sites.

Pete McCabe, President & CEO of GE's Onshore Wind Business said, "We're delighted by the positive response from our customers to the GE 2 MW-127 and look forward to improving their project economics as we install this leading technology at wind farms across North America."

The 2 MW-127 builds on GE's 2 MW platform that has over 5.5 GW installed and operating today. It features the same proven performance and reliability with an even greater capacity factor while also increasing the AEP of GE's product offerings.

Today, GE's 2 MW platform wind turbines come digitally-equipped and ready to utilize GE's Predix core applications including its Asset Performance Management (APM), Cybersecurity, and Business Optimization (BO) solutions. The digital suite of apps enables improved business outcomes, including the lifecycle extension of the customers' wind farms and the improvement of overall farm economics through data driven insights and actions.

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About GE Renewable Energy
GE Renewable Energy is a $10 billion start-up that brings together one of the broadest product and service portfolios of the renewable energy industry. Combining onshore and offshore wind, hydro and innovative technologies such as concentrated solar power and more recently turbine blades, GE Renewable Energy has installed more than 400+ gigawatts capacity globally to make the world work better and cleaner. With more than 22,000 employees present in more than 55 countries, GE Renewable Energy is backed by the resources of the world's first digital industrial company. Our goal is to demonstrate to the rest of the world that nobody should ever have to choose between affordable, reliable, and sustainable energy.
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- Business Management of over 4,000 MW Installed Capacity

São Paulo, February 5 – GE Renewable Energy (NYSE: GE) today announced it has signed an agreement with ENGIE to supply 144 of its 2.5-116 turbines for the Umburanas Wind Farm Complex in upstate Bahia, Brazil. This 360MW wind installment will add to the 326.7MW under commissioning by GE Renewable Energy at the neighboring Campo Largo I wind farm, also owned by ENGIE.

Vikas Anand, General Manager, GE’s Onshore Wind Business, Americas said “Together, these two wind farms represent our largest volume of turbines in a single cluster in Brazil. It’s a great honor to be working with ENGIE and to continue to grow the wind capacity together and increase the wind energy footprint in Brazil. This newly announced project also demonstrates our continued commitment to Brazil’s Wind industry.”

GE Renewable Energy will also be providing 10 years of Operations and Maintenance at the Umburanas Wind Farm.

ENGIE’s potential in the region of Umburanas and Sento Sé exceeds 1,300 MW. The 326.7 MW Campo Largo 1 site is currently under construction and will begin commercial operations in January 2019. It will create enough energy to power a population of up to 600,000 inhabitants. The newly announced 360MW Umburanas project has also begun construction, and the first turbines are set to be delivered in 2018.

Eduardo Sattamini, president for ENGIE Brasil Energia said “We have selected GE Renewable Energy to supply turbines for both projects and we trust GE’s commitment to implement the projects according to the agreed business plan, therefore reinforcing the partnership between the two companies”.

GE’s 2.5-116 turbine for Umburanas will feature 90-meter-tall towers. This machine provides efficiency gains to the wind farm by maximizing energy production, reducing infrastructure spending and making for an even more competitive wind levelized cost of electricity (LCOE). The turbine’s energy production is increased by as much as 32% at 8.5 m/s, compared to GE’s 1.7MW.

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About ENGIE
ENGIE is committed to sustainable growth in order to take on the major challenges of the energy revolution towards a world more decarbonized, decentralized and digitalized. The Group aims to become the leader of this new energy world by focusing on three key initiatives for the future: low carbon generation, in particular from natural gas and renewable energy, energy infrastructure and efficient solutions adapted to all its customers (individuals, businesses, territories, etc.). Customer satisfaction, innovation and digital solutions are the guiding principles of ENGIE’s development. ENGIE is active in about 70 countries, employs 150,000 people worldwide and achieved revenues of €66.6 billion in 2016. The Group is listed on the Paris and Brussels stock exchanges (ENGI) and is represented in the main financial indices (CAC 40, BEL 20, DJ Euro Stoxx 50, Euronext 100, FTSE Eurotop 100, MSCI Europe) and non-financial indices (DJSI World, DJSI Europe e Euronext Vigeo Eiris - World120, Eurozone 120, Europe 120, France 20, CAC 40 Governance).

About ENGIE Brasil
In Brazil, ENGIE is the largest private producer of power, operating an installed capacity of 11,059 MW in 31 power plants and accounting for roughly 6% of the country’s capacity. The Group has 90% of its installed capacity in Brazil coming from clean, renewable sources and with low emissions of greenhouse gases, a position reinforced by the construction of new wind farms in the Northeast and by one of the largest hydropower plants in Brazil, Jirau (3,750 MW), located on the Madeira river and inaugurated in December 2016. The Group is also present in the solar distributed generation market and offers services related to power, engineering and integration of systems working on the development of telecommunications and security systems, public lighting and urban mobility for smart cities, infrastructures and the oil & gas industry. With 2,100 employees, ENGIE had a turnover of around BRL 6 billion in the country in 2016.

About GE Renewable Energy
GE Renewable Energy is a 10 billion dollar start-up that brings together one of the broadest product and service portfolios of the renewable energy industry. Combining onshore and offshore wind, hydro and innovative technologies such as concentrated solar power, GE Renewable Energy has installed more than 400GW capacity globally to make the world work better and cleaner. With more than 22,000 employees present in more than 55 countries, GE Renewable Energy is backed by the resources of the world’s first digital industrial company.
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  • Salitrillos, Enel’s first plant in Tamaulipas, will be able to generate around 400 GWh each year 
  • The investment in the construction of the facility amounts to approx. 120 million US dollars 

  • All 60 transition pieces installed
  • Transformer station will be delivered from France in spring

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."

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Courtesy The World Bank

WIND POWER CONTINUES TO SET RECORDS

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

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

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

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

Courtesy GE Renewable Energy

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

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

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

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

Courtesy ENERCON

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

 

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Re-Powering – A growthopportunity

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

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

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