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

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

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

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

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

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DENVER--(BUSINESS WIRE)--The Alerian Energy Infrastructure ETF (Exchange-Traded Fund) (NYSE: ENFR) declared its second quarter distribution on June 20, 2018 in the amount of $0.19209. The dividend is payable on June 28, 2018 to shareholders of record on June 22, 2018.

ENFR Distribution:

  • Ex-Date: Thursday, June 21, 2018
  • Record Date: Friday, June 22, 2018
  • Payable Date: Thursday, June 28, 2018

Additional Fund Information can be found at www.alpsfunds.com/ENFR.

Important Disclosures

An investor should consider the investment objectives, risks, charges, and expenses carefully before investing. To obtain a prospectus that contains this and other information call 866-675-2639. Read the prospectus carefully before you invest.

There are risks involved with investing in ETFs including the loss of money. Additional information regarding the risks of this investment is available in the prospectus.

The Alerian Energy Infrastructure ETF Shares are not individually redeemable. Investors buy and sell shares of the Alerian Energy Infrastructure ETF on a secondary market. Only market makers or “authorized participants” may trade directly with the Fund, typically in blocks of 50,000 shares.

The Fund’s concentration in securities of MLPs involves risks that differ from investments in common stock, including risks related to: (1) limited control and rights to vote on matters affecting the MLP; (2) potential conflicts of interest between the MLP and its general partner; (3) cash flow; (4) dilution; and (5) the general partner’s limited call right. Actual results, performance or events may also be affected by, without limitation, (1) general economic conditions, (2) performance of financial markets, (3) interest rate levels, (4) changes in laws and regulations and (5) changes in the policies of governments and/or regulatory authorities. An investor’s shares, when sold, may be worth more or less than their original cost. MLPs may have additional expenses, as some MLPs pay incentive distribution fees to their general partners. Infrastructure companies are subject to risks specific to the industry they serve including, but not limited to commodity price fluctuations; reduced volumes of energy commodities available for transporting, processing, storing or distributing; changes in the economy or regulatory environment; and extreme weather. The Fund invests primarily in energy infrastructure companies which may be adversely affected by changes in worldwide energy prices, exploration, production spending, government regulation, changes in exchange rates and depletion of natural resources.

The Fund may be subject to risks relating to its investment in Canadian securities. Because the Fund will invest in securities denominated in foreign currencies and the income received by the Fund will generally be in foreign currency, changes in currency exchange rates may negatively impact the Fund’s return.

ALPS Portfolio Solutions Distributor, Inc. is the Distributor of the Fund.

About SS&C Technologies

SS&C is a global provider of investment and financial software-enabled services and software for the global financial services and healthcare industries. Founded in 1986, SS&C is headquartered in Windsor, Connecticut, and has offices around the world. Some 13,000 financial services and healthcare organizations, from the world's largest institutions to local firms, manage and account for their investments using SS&C's products and services.

About ALPS

ALPS, which was acquired by SS&C in April 2018, provides customized asset servicing and asset gathering solutions to the financial services community through an entrepreneurial culture based on the commitment to “Do Things Right.” Founded in 1985, ALPS continues to actively promote all of its various business segments, from asset servicing through ALPS Fund Services, Inc. to asset gathering through ALPS Distributors, Inc. and ALPS Advisors, Inc. Headquartered in Denver, with offices in Boston, New York, Seattle, and Toronto, ALPS, a wholly-owned subsidiary of DST Systems, Inc., today represents more than 400 employees, over 200 clients, and an executive team that has been in place for more than 18 years. For more information about ALPS and its services, visit www.alpsinc.com. Information about ALPS products is available at www.alpsfunds.com.

BOSTON, Massachusetts--(BUSINESS WIRE)--www.quadient.com: Quadient, ehemals GMC Software, gab heute bekannt, dass das 2018 Aspire Leaderboard für Kundenkommunikation Quadient zum Top-Leader im Markt für Kundenkommunikationsmanagement (Customer Communications Management, CCM), Omni-Channel Orchestration und Overall CCM gewählt hat. Aspire Customer Communications Services evaluierte unabhängig die aktuellen Angebote und Strategien von 17 Anbietern, um das Aspire Leaderboard mit dem Ziel zu schaffen, CCM als eigenständiges Segment innerhalb des breiteren Customer Experience (CX)-Marktes zu fördern.

Als Neopost-Unternehmen mit mehr als 350 Vollzeit-Entwicklern für CCM und CX setzt Quadient auf Innovation. Es ist das einzige Unternehmen, das Datenqualitätsfunktionen und Kundenkommunikation in einem umfassenden Portfolio mit flexiblen Implementierungsoptionen zusammenführt, einschließlich On-Premise-, Hybrid- und Cloud-Lösungen für eine Vielzahl von Benutzern und Geschäftsanforderungen. Durch die Zusammenarbeit mit Quadient und die Verwendung der Lösung Quadient Inspire haben Unternehmen die Möglichkeit, große Mengen an Kundendaten zu nutzen und zu validieren, um jede personalisierte Kommunikation schnell über die gesamte Kundenreise hinweg zu liefern. Das Ergebnis ist die Fähigkeit, das Geschäftswachstum in einem Markt voranzutreiben, der durch Kundennähe, schnell wechselnde Technologien und komplexe Vorschriften geprägt ist.

„Die umfangreiche Kundenkommunikationssuite von Quadient und sein Engagement für seine Vision haben dazu beigetragen, seine starke Position im Aspire Leaderboard 2018 zu sichern“, sagte Kaspar Roos, CEO und Gründer von Aspire. „Besonders beeindruckt waren wir von Quadients Scaler- und Omni-Channel-Koordinationslösungen, die ihren Kunden durch Cloud-Enablement und intelligente Automatisierung helfen, Geschäftssilos zu überwinden.

„Wir sind sehr stolz darauf, die Spitzenposition im Aspire Leaderboard für Kundenkommunikationsmanagement 2018 einzunehmen“, sagte Tamir Sigal, CMO, Quadient. „Unser Ziel als Unternehmen war es immer, Innovationen und Fortschritte auf den CCM-Markt zu bringen, die es unseren Kunden ermöglichen, ein unvergleichliches Kundenerlebnis zu bieten. Unser Ranking im Aspire Leaderboard ist eine Anerkennung und Bestätigung dafür, dass Quadient die Bedürfnisse des Marktes versteht und diese in Produkte und Dienstleistungen umsetzt, die sie erfüllen“.

Das 2018 Aspire Leaderboard kann hier aufgerufen werden. Die Profilseite von Quadient kann hier aufgerufen werden.

Aspire-Haftungsausschluss

Das Aspire Leaderboard™ ist von Aspire Customer Communications Services Ltd. urheberrechtlich geschützt und basiert auf den Erkenntnissen und Meinungen der Aspire-Beratungsorganisation. Aspire unterstützt keine Anbieter, Produkte oder Dienstleistungen, die im Aspire Leaderboard enthalten sind.

Über Aspire

Aspire Customer Communications Services ist ein Boutique-Beratungsunternehmen, das sich auf die Branchen Customer Communications Management (CCM) und Digital Customer Experience (DCX) spezialisiert hat. Aspire arbeitet mit seiner profunden Marktexpertise und globalen Erkenntnissen mit Technologieanbietern, Dienstleistern, Unternehmen und Investoren zusammen, um ihnen zu helfen, ihre CCM-Ziele zu erreichen. Weitere Informationen darüber, wie Aspire Unternehmen hilft, die Komplexität der Kundenkommunikationswelt zu meistern, finden Sie unter http://www.aspireccs.com.

Über Quadient, vormals GMC Software

Quadient unterstützt Unternehmen bei aussagekräftigen Interaktionen mit aktuellen und zukünftigen Kunden. Quadient ist ein Unternehmen von Neopost Digital und ermöglicht Unternehmen mit seinem Technologie-Portfolio durch zeitnahe, optimierte, kontextuelle, hoch individualisierte und akkurate Kommunikation über das gesamte Spektrum von Kanälen hinweg ein verbessertes Kundenerlebnis zu entwickeln. Unsere Lösungen vereinen und aktivieren die gesamte Organisation im Namen des Kundenerlebnis durch eine verbesserte Zusammenarbeit und die Einsicht in die Kundenreise. Quadient unterstützt weltweit eine Vielzahl von Kunden und Partner in Finanzdienstleistungs-, Versicherungs- und Dienstleistungsbetrieben in ihrem Bestreben, ein hochwertiges Kundenerlebnis über mobile, digitale, soziale Medien und Drucktechnologien zu erreichen.

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BOSTON--(BUSINESS WIRE)--NEC Energy Solutions (NEC) announced today that they have completed and commissioned the largest energy storage system in Europe for Germany-based EnspireME, a joint venture between Eneco, a Netherlands-based renewable energy company and Mitsubishi Corporation. The 48 MW energy storage system located in Jardelund, Germany has over 50 MWh of storage capacity and will generate revenue from the primary reserve market by providing reactive power to stabilize the transmission grid.

Transmission system operators (TSOs) in Europe are required to secure a certain number of capacity reserves to prepare for sudden power loss or an extensive blackout. The storage capacity from the system will be sold to the German electricity market through weekly common auctions where European grid operators purchase the reserve capacity they require in the primary reserve control market to guarantee the 50 Hz (Hertz) frequency on the grid. The energy storage system can also take over the role of primary reserve provider and become a more sustainable alternative to coal and gas fired plants.

In addition, Eneco and Mitsubishi Corporation will investigate connecting the battery to local wind farms, providing further value for wind farm owners by storing excess electricity generated during periods of curtailment.

“We have been very impressed with the NEC team who have worked tirelessly to get this project up and running in about 8 months to the point of operations,” said Hugo Buis, Eneco’s director of Eneco Generation & Storage.

NEC provided turnkey engineering, procurement and construction (EPC) services which included its GSS® end-to-end grid storage solution and its AEROS® proprietary energy storage controls software. The 70m x 12m building houses approximately 10,000 lithium-ion battery modules that are enough to store power for about 5,300 German households for 24 hours.

“As the largest battery energy storage system in Europe, this is truly a landmark project and one that our entire NEC team is extremely proud of,” said Steve Fludder chief executive officer of NEC Energy Solutions. “This investment in energy storage will generate revenue for Eneco and Mitsubishi Corporation in the primary reserve market and also demonstrate the economic benefits of pairing energy storage with renewables, first proven with solar and now with the abundant wind generators in the Jardelund region.”

About NEC Energy Solutions

NEC Energy Solutions designs, manufactures, and integrates smart energy storage solutions for the electric grid and applications with critical power needs. Its megawatt-scale energy storage and control systems provide greater stability to the grid while maximizing renewable generation, while in telecom, datacenter, and other industrial applications, its high performance lithium-ion battery systems provide better value than traditional lead-acid batteries in tough, critical power applications. Learn more at www.neces.com.

About Eneco Group

Eneco Group is a group of companies operating in the field of sustainable energy and innovation. Together with our customers, partners and our employees we strive to achieve our mission: ‘Everyone’s sustainable energy’. Eneco Group invests in wind and solar farms, biomass plants and green district heating with the aim to increase the share of sustainable energy. Furthermore, we develop innovative products and services that enable our customers to be in charge of how they generate, store, use or share energy. Eneco Group is headquartered in Rotterdam, The Netherlands and operates in the Netherlands, Belgium, the UK, Germany and France. www.enecogroup.com

About Mitsubishi Corporation

Mitsubishi Corporation (MC) is a global integrated business enterprise that develops and operates businesses across virtually every industry, including industrial finance, energy, metals, machinery, chemicals, and daily living essentials. MC’s current activities have expanded far beyond its traditional trading operations to include investments and business management in diverse fields including natural resources development, manufacturing of industrial goods, retail, new energy, infrastructure, finance and new technology-related businesses.

With over 200 offices and subsidiaries in some 90 countries worldwide and a network of approximately 1,200 group companies, MC employs a multinational workforce of over 68,000 people. www.mitsubishicorp.com

NEC is a registered trademark of NEC Corporation. All Rights Reserved. Other product or service marks mentioned herein are the trademarks of their respective owners.

©2018 NEC Corporation

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

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

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

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

PROJECT       CAPACITY       LOCATION       TECHNOLOGY
Red Pine Wind       200 MW       Lincoln County, Minnesota       Vestas
Rock Falls Wind       154 MW       Grant & Kay Counties, Oklahoma       Siemens
Switch Station 1 & 2 Solar       234 MW       Clark County, Nevada       First Solar
                 

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

About EDF Renewables:

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

About PGGM:

PGGM is a cooperative Dutch pension fund service provider. Institutional clients are offered: asset management, pension fund management, policy advice and management support. On December 31, 2017 PGGM had EUR 218 billion in assets under management and was administrating pensions of 3 million participants. Around 725,000 workers in the Dutch healthcare are connected to PGGM&CO, our members organization. Either alone or together with strategic partners, PGGM develops future solutions by linking together pension, care, housing and work.
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GE welcomes the confirmation of the three Eolien Maritime Français offshore windfarms paving the way for a buoyant offshore wind industry, which carries considerable potential for economic growth, job creation and high-tech innovation in France. These three offshore windfarms, located in Fécamp, Courseulles et Saint-Nazaire will lead to new job creation in France required to build and deliver GE’s Haliade 150-6MW wind turbines.

GE, which in March announced the development of the Haliade-X, the world’s biggest and most powerful wind turbine. The development will take place across GE Renewable Energy’s site in Nantes, Saint-Nazaire and Cherbourg and will continue to play an active role in shaping and growing a world class French offshore wind industry.

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GE accueille avec satisfaction la confirmation des 3 parcs éoliens en mer du consortium Eolien Maritime Français qui favorise les conditions de développement de la filière éolienne en mer, porteuse d'opportunités de croissance économique, de création d'emplois et d'innovation technologique considérables en France. Les trois parcs éoliens en mer de Fécamp, Courseulles et Saint-Nazaire permettront la création sur le territoire des emplois nécessaires à la production des éoliennes GE Haliade 150-6MW.

GE, qui a notamment annoncé en mars le développement, depuis la France avec ses sites de Nantes, Saint-Nazaire et Cherbourg, de la plus puissante éolienne au monde, l'Haliade-X, continuera à prendre toute sa part dans la structuration d'une filière industrielle d'excellence française dans l'éolien en mer.

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

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

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

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

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

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GE welcomes the confirmation of the three Eolien Maritime Français offshore windfarms paving the way for a buoyant offshore wind industry, which carries considerable potential for economic growth, job creation and high-tech innovation in France. These three offshore windfarms, located in Fécamp, Courseulles et Saint-Nazaire will lead to new job creation in France required to build and deliver GE’s Haliade 150-6MW wind turbines.

GE, which in March announced the development of the Haliade-X, the world’s biggest and most powerful wind turbine. The development will take place across GE Renewable Energy’s site in Nantes, Saint-Nazaire and Cherbourg and will continue to play an active role in shaping and growing a world class French offshore wind industry.

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GE accueille avec satisfaction la confirmation des 3 parcs éoliens en mer du consortium Eolien Maritime Français qui favorise les conditions de développement de la filière éolienne en mer, porteuse d'opportunités de croissance économique, de création d'emplois et d'innovation technologique considérables en France. Les trois parcs éoliens en mer de Fécamp, Courseulles et Saint-Nazaire permettront la création sur le territoire des emplois nécessaires à la production des éoliennes GE Haliade 150-6MW.

GE, qui a notamment annoncé en mars le développement, depuis la France avec ses sites de Nantes, Saint-Nazaire et Cherbourg, de la plus puissante éolienne au monde, l'Haliade-X, continuera à prendre toute sa part dans la structuration d'une filière industrielle d'excellence française dans l'éolien en mer.

SAN DIEGO and CEDAR RAPIDS, Iowa (June 13, 2018)EDF Renewables and Alliant Energy’s Iowa energy company, today announced the signing of contracts by which EDF Renewables will develop and construct up to 200 megawatts (MW) of the Golden Plains Wind Project.

Golden Plains Wind Project is located in Winnebago and Kossuth counties in the north central portion of Iowa. The Project is expected to create 150+ construction jobs as well as inject millions of dollars in economic benefits to the local area. The project will be completed by early 2020 and is expected to produce enough clean energy to power 87,000 average homes a year.

“We are pleased to partner with Alliant Energy to deliver competitively-priced, clean energy to its customers through the Golden Plains Wind Project,” said Kate O’Hair, vice president development, North Region at EDF Renewables. “The Project will also provide an economic boost to the Iowa economy, through new construction and operations jobs, expanded tax base, and recurring, long-term income for participating landowners.”

Golden Plains wind farm is part of Alliant Energy’s plan to add 1,000 MW of new wind generation to Iowa by the end of 2020.

“Wind energy is a win for Iowans,” said Doug Kopp, president of Alliant Energy’s Iowa energy company. “The benefits of this project help customers through reductions in emissions and fuel cost. It gives landowners lease payments to help on the farm and it helps communities through increased local tax revenue for schools and community services.”

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  1. Last 4 years have been path-breaking in India’s renewable energy landscape.
  1. Renewable power installed capacity has already reached over 70 GW. Over 40 GW renewable power capacity is under construction/tendered.

SAINT-MATHIEU-DE-RIOUX, Quebec–Régie intermunicipale de l’énergie du Bas-Saint-Laurent (RIÉBSL), the Régie Intermunicipale de l’Energie Gaspésie-Îles-de-la-Madeleine (RIÉGÎM) and EDF Renewables, together with around 170 guests, celebrated the inauguration of the Nicolas-Riou Wind Project today. The Project, with a capacity of 224.25 megawatts (MW), illustrates the importance of collaboration and support of local communities in the development and implementation of renewable energy projects.

Located in the Bas-Saint-Laurent, on the public and private lands of TNO Boisbouscache and the municipalities of Sainte-Françoise, Saint-Mathieu-de-Rioux, Saint-Médard (RCM of Basques) and Saint-Eugène-de-Ladrière (RCM of Rimouski-Neigette), the Nicolas-Riou Wind Project represents an investment of nearly CAD 500 million.

The wind farm, owned 50-percent by EDF Renewables, 33-percent by RIÉBSL, and 17-percent by RIÉGÎM, is comprised of 65 Vestas V117 wind turbines with a capacity of 3.45 MW each. The construction phase began in June 2016 and involved more than 400 workers at its peak. Since the commissioning in January 2018, the Project employs ten full-time operations and maintenance personnel.

Present at the inauguration, Mr. Jean D’Amour, Minister Delegate for Maritime Affairs, Minister responsible for the Bas-Saint-Laurent region and Member for Rivière-du-Loup – Témiscouata, took the opportunity to highlight the contribution of the workers and various stakeholders in the project. “I am very happy with the completion of this wind farm in Lower Laurentian territory. This project is certainly a major environmental project, but also represents a significant contribution to the economic development of municipalities and RCMs in the Bas-Saint-Laurent region.”

“Pride is the word that sums up the last nine years of commitment to build Canada’s largest community wind farm. This is a very nice private-public achievement resulting from the pooling of the skills of both partners,” said Michel Lagacé, President of RIÉBSL. “It is estimated that 50% of the hours worked resulted from Bas-St-Lauren contractors, half of whom are based in one of the two RCMs that host the Project. During the 18 months of construction, the Nicolas-Riou wind farm generated direct benefits of approximately $31 million in wages and purchases of services and materials in the Bas-Saint-Laurent region, of which more than half was in the RCMs of Basques and Rimouski-Neigette.”

According to Simon Deschênes, President of RIÉGÎM, “In addition to the profits distributed to public shareholders (forecast of $8 million annually over the next 25 years), annual contributions of $1.1 million will also be paid to the two RCMs during the life of the project. These are considerable sums that can be used at the discretion of communities, particularly as levers for development projects.”

“The strong partnership formed with RIEBSL and RIEGÎM demonstrates EDF Renewables commitment to working collaboratively with local communities and stakeholders and the success that results from pairing project development experience with local expectations, skills and talents,” said Cory Basil, Vice President Development for EDF Renewables Canada. “We are thankful for the vision, the dedication and commitment of our partners and are very proud to share in this celebration today to recognize the completion of Nicolas-Riou – a project that will bring significant economic benefits to the RCMs during its operation today and for many years to come.”

Nicolas-Riou is one of eight wind projects awarded to EDF Renewables in the context of Hydro-Québec Distribution’s 2008, 2010 and 2013 tenders. It is also the company’s fifth project held in partnership with RCMs or Aboriginal communities. The other four are La Mitis (24.6 MW), Le Granit (24.6 MW), Rivière-du-Moulin (350 MW) and Lac Alfred (300 MW). To date, EDF Renewables has commissioned 1,600 MW of wind and solar projects in Canada.

ABOUT EDF RENEWABLES:

EDF Renewables (EDFR) is a subsidiary of EDF Energies Nouvelles, the EDF group’s entity specialized in renewable energy. Present in more than 20 countries under the name EDF Renewables and EDF Renouvelables, the Company develops, builds and operates clean energy power plants by employing an integrated approach to project development covering all aspects from conception to commissioning through to generation and long-term operations. The Company delivers grid-scale power: wind (onshore and offshore), solar photovoltaic, and storage projects; distributed solutions: solar, solar+storage, EV charging and energy management; and asset optimization: technical, operational, and commercial skills to maximize performance of generating projects. In Canada, EDF Renewables has 1,600 MW of wind and solar power facilities in service or under construction and 4,200 MW under development. For more information visit: www.edf-re.ca

ABOUT THE INTERMUNICIPAL ENERGY BOARD OF BAS-SAINT-LAURENT (RIÉBSL) AND THE RÉGIE INTERMUNICIPALE DE L’ÉNERGIE GASPESIE-ÎLES-DE-LA-MADELEINE (RIEGÎM):

RIÉBSL is a partnership between the eight RCMs of Bas-Saint-Laurent and the Malécite de Viger First Nation (PNMV). Its role is to negotiate and conclude one or more alliances with private and / or municipal partners to establish, acquire, finance and operate one or more wind farms for the benefit of the Lower Laurentian communities.

The Régie Intermunicipale de l’Energie Gaspésie-Îles-de-la-Madeleine groups together the five RCMs of this administrative region as well as the agglomeration of Îles-de-la-Madeleine.

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Paris, France – June 1st, 2018 – The first GE Renewable Energy offshore wind turbine nacelle to be tested in the UK under a recent research & development agreement has been delivered to the Offshore Renewable Energy Catapult's world-leading 15 MW drive train test facility in Blyth, Northumberland.

The Haliade 150-6MW nacelle, containing the direct drive offshore wind turbine's Permanent Magnet Generator, will undergo advanced test and demonstration programs that accurately replicate real-world operational conditions to further enhance performance and reliability.

The nacelle was shipped from GE Renewable Energy's factory in Saint-Nazaire, France, on board the vessel Happy Sky. Following the approximate 12-month test program on the Haliade 150-6MW, GE's next generation Haliade-X 12 MW nacelle will be also delivered to Blyth for accelerated indoor testing and validation, while a full prototype unit will be installed at a yet-to-be determined site in 2019.

John Lavelle, Vice President & CEO of GE's Offshore Wind business, said "We decided to take our Haliade 150-6MW to ORE Catapult's site to be tested under rough and extreme conditions in a short period of time, that will allow us to collect data to be used on our recently announced Haliade-X 12 MW offshore wind turbine. We will utilize the data and learnings to enhance availability and power output, while introducing new features to meet customers' demands."

Commenting on the arrival of the Haliade-150, ORE Catapult Test & Validation director Tony Quinn said, "GE's Haliade programs will be the first to use the Catapult's 15 MW drive train test facility, and the investment in this technology is paramount to bringing such world leading research and development programs to the UK, supporting a strong local supply chain and innovation to service the offshore wind industry's ambitious growth plans."

The arrival of the Haliade 150-6MW nacelle marks the beginning of GE's offshore wind research and development activities in the UK, in close collaboration with ORE Catapult.

GE's Haliade 150-6MW offshore wind turbine is capable of generating sufficient electricity to power 5000 homes, and since December 2016 is successfully powering America's first offshore wind farm in Block Island (Rhode Island), while 66 units are currently being installed at Merkur's offshore wind farm in Germany.

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About GE Renewable Energy
GE Renewable Energy is a $10 billion start-up that brings together one of the broadest product and service portfolios of the renewable energy industry. Combining onshore and offshore wind, hydro and innovative technologies such as concentrated solar power and more recently turbine blades, GE Renewable Energy has installed more than 400+ gigawatt capacity globally to make the world work better and cleaner. With more than 22,000 employees present in more than 55 countries, GE Renewable Energy is backed by the resources of the world's first digital industrial company. Our goal is to demonstrate to the rest of the world that nobody should ever have to choose between affordable, reliable, and sustainable energy.
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The Global Wind Energy Council (GWEC), the trade association representing the global wind sector, has appointed Ben Backwell as its new Chief Executive Officer (CEO). He replaces Steve Sawyer, who joined GWEC as its first Secretary General in 2007. Sawyer will continue his work with GWEC as its Senior Policy Advisor. 

“We are delighted to have Ben join us as GWEC’s new CEO,” says Morten Dyrholm, GWEC Chairman and Group Senior Vice President of Marketing, Communications & Public Affairs for Vestas Wind Systems. “He will bring solid industry knowledge, commercial acumen and communication and public affairs expertise to the role.” 

He adds, “We are extremely grateful to Steve Sawyer, who has played a big part in the success of GWEC and the global wind sector over the past 11+ years. We are pleased that we will continue to be able to count on Steve’s knowledge and network in his new role as Senior Policy Advisor.” 

Ben Backwell joins GWEC from global advisory company FTI Consulting, where he was a Managing Director in its Clean Energy Practice. Backwell is a leading strategist in the renewable energy industry and has advised many of the leading technology companies, utilities, developers and IPPs and financial institutions active in the sector. He is a former journalist and analyst who has covered energy policy and markets in a number of geographies including Europe, the US and Latin America. He is the author of Wind Power, the struggle for control of a new global industry,” (Routledge 2015, New Edition 2017) which has been described as the “definitive” story of the global wind industry. 

“The wind industry has seen phenomenal growth over the last 10 years, and is well placed to cement its position as one of the world’s leading energy sources, providing clean, cost-effective power for the digital age” says Backwell. 

“However, the wind sector will need to negotiate a series of market, regulatory, political and technological challenges over the coming period. Within this context, GWEC will need to play a central role in helping the sector and the organisation’s members to achieve their objectives.” 

He adds: “During the period of Steve’s tenure, global wind installations grew from 74GW to 539GW. I want to work with Steve and GWEC’s members to ensure that the next decade sees even greater growth.” 

About Ben Backwell

 
 
 

Ben Backwell is a leading commentator and strategist in the renewable energy sector. He worked as a journalist and analyst for 20 years, covering energy policy, markets and large energy companies in Europe, the US, Venezuela, Brazil, Argentina and other countries. He helped design the SolutionWind campaign for the European Wind Energy Association (now WindEurope) ahead of COP21 in 2015, before joining FTI Consulting as a Managing Director.

At FTI, Ben has advised leading renewable energy companies on strategy, financial and corporate communications and government affairs, including work on a number of major M&A transactions. He has taken part in the work of a number of industry initiatives and organizations, including the board of GWEC. Ben is the author of two books on the wind industry as well as a number of reports and white papers on power markets and policy frameworks. He holds an MSc in Political Science from the Institute of Latin American Studies, University of London. For full biography.  


  • The eighth edition of Mexico WindPower 2019 will take place 20-21 March 2019 in Centro Citibanamex, Mexico City
  • This is a strategic change requested by industry players

June 2018, Mexico City The eight edition of Mexico WindPower will take place from 20-21 March 2019 in Centro Citibanamex in Mexico City.

Held eight consecutive years, Mexico WindPower is the congress and exhibition specializing in wind energy. It is organized by the Mexican Wind Energy Association (AMDEE for its initials in Spanish) and the Global Wind Energy Council (GWEC), along with E. J. Krause Tarsus de México, and focuses on the industry’s latest innovations and solutions in Mexico.

The event has secured its position as the leading business meeting for the global wind industry through the consolidation of its specialized technical program and gathering more than 2,800 professionals from 27 countries, including government officials and authorities from the energy sector.

AMDEE president Leopoldo Rodríguez said: “The date change is beneficial for national and international exhibitors who highly value this annual meeting, which showcases the progress, challenges and opportunities we face as an industry.”

In no more than five years, Mexico’s installed wind energy capacity is expected to triple, from today’s 12,000 MW. From 2017 to 2031, Mexico will need 56,000 MW of newly installed energy capacity, and a quarter of this is expected to come from wind energy.

Currently, Mexico has more than 50,000 MW of wind energy potential, and 17,000 MW of this needs to be captured to reach the goal of generating 35% of electricity from clean technology sources by 2024.

“This is why our country is key in the energy transition we are experiencing, there are more than 200 companies participating by obtaining their electricity from wind power. Hence Mexico WindPower 2019 has become the technological platform for the national wind sector.”

www.mexicowindpower.com.mx

About E.J. Krause Tarsus de México:

E.J. Krause Tarsus de Mexico develops international business forums, and since 1991 has produced the leading annual exhibitions and conferences in strategic industries in Mexico, such as plastics, manufacturing, environmental solutions, water, energy and hydrocarbons, smart mobility, styling, industrial forestry, and food and beverages. E.J. Krause Tarsus de Mexico is distinguished as being the sole organizer with the longest experience in the Mexican market. The company produces world-class events that showcase trends, innovations and global and local outlooks in each industry.  Tarsus Group is currently one of the most important organizers worldwide.

For more information, please visit: https://www.ejkrausetarsus.mx/

Contacts:

E.J. Krause Tarsus de México

Mónica Avilés Unda

Public Relations Manager

monica.aviles@ejkrausetarsus.mx

Tel. (55) 10871650 ext. 1151

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From niche technology, wind energy is now a global success story. The wind industry provides 260,000 quality high-skilled jobs in Europe. On a global scale, that figure is now 1.15 million.

Today is Global Wind Day, an opportunity for citizens around the world to learn more about and show their support for wind power.  It’s also an opportunity for companies to showcase their technologies and contributions to local economic development and job creation at a more grass roots level.

The wind supply chain is benefitting regions across the globe, including economically less-advantaged ones. Citizens are benefitting from shared ownership of wind farms. Wind farms are also contributing to local economic activity through the taxes they pay to local governments – covering up to 25% of municipal revenues.

The wind industry has brought jobs and investment to many regions, including ones that have depended on traditional industries. Shipbuilding areas in e.g. northern Spain and northern Poland now produce towers, foundations, cranes and the jack-up vessels that install offshore turbines. Oil and gas-driven economies are benefitting too – New Mexico has invested €2.4bn in wind and the sector supports 4,000 jobs. In the US as a whole, wind turbine technician is one of the country’s two fastest growing jobs. In Canada it’s the same story. Alberta is investing €5.4bn of investment in new wind energy projects in the province. These are expected to generate €2.4bn in local spending and 15,000 job years of employment by 2030.

Wind energy is providing the world with clean, affordable power. After a record year of wind installations in 2017, Europe has an installed capacity of 169 GW.   Wind now provides 12% of Europe’s electricity and 44% in Denmark and 22% in Germany.  Globally there is now 539 GW of wind energy installed. Four US states get more than 30% of their electricity from wind, as does Uruguay and the state of South Australia.

WindEurope CEO Giles Dickson said: “Onshore wind is now the cheapest form of new power generation in most of Europe, and offshore wind is not far behind with costs having fallen over 60% in three years. It’s now getting easier and cheaper to integrate wind power into the energy system. As a local resource, wind also means much less money spent on fossil fuel imports. And of course it means less CO2 and cleaner air. From a niche technology, wind energy is now an industrial success story. It’s 260,000 high-skilled jobs in Europe. It’s a €36bn contribution to EU GDP and €8bn worth of European exports. And wind is making an impact also on a more local level. Whether it’s providing local jobs and investment in the supply chain or wind farms contributing taxes to local municipalities, wind energy is having a positive impact in communities across Europe”.

GWEC Secretary General Steve Sawyer said: “Wind power not only provides clean, emission free power, local industry and employment, and attracts both domestic and international investment, it is an industrial lifeline for rural communities around the globe.

“From west Texas to northeast Brazil; from the Cape region of South Africa to coastal Morocco; from Xinjian, Gansu and Inner Mongolia in China to Iowa, Kansas and South Dakota in the US; and across the southern half of India, wind power creates local jobs that give the younger generation an opportunity for good jobs near to home, rather than migrating off to the big city, wherever it may be. The value of building vibrant rural economies cannot be measured only in numbers, but through the social cohesion and strengthened communities they bring in a world sorely lacking in both.”

This year WindEurope and GWEC launched a global photo competition to capture the power of wind in the run up to Global Wind Day.  Click here to see the winners for all three categories (local impact, boosting economies and visionary wind).

Note to Editors

Global Wind Day is a worldwide event that occurs annually on 15 June. It is a day for discovering wind energy, its power and the possibilities it holds to reshape our energy systems, decarbonise our economies and boost jobs and growth.

Global Wind Day is a coordinated action between WindEurope and the Global Wind Energy Council (GWEC) and the national associations to introduce the general public to wind energy through a series of activities. In the run-up to 15 June, hundreds of public events will be held all over the world from family outings and wind farm visits to seminars with experts and leading industry figures.

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The Global Wind Energy Council (GWEC) opened its first ever wind power conference in Vietnam today, gathering leading national and international industry players to discuss the development of the sector with government. Vietnam has some of the richest wind resources in Southeast Asia; however, Vietnam’s wind market is still in the early stages with a total capacity of only 197MW. GWEC and its partners also issued an industry statement today focusing on recommendations to address some of the key barriers to unlocking Vietnam’s rich wind energy potential.


Join Elbia Gannoum, CEO of ABEEolica (Brazilian Wind Association), and Steve Sawyer, Secretary General of Global Wind Energy Council, for our ‘Doing Business In … Brazil’ webcast on Thursday 21 June at 15h CEST.

Brazil is ranked 8th globally in terms of installed wind capacity. Over 2 GW of wind energy was added in 2017, across 79 new wind farms. This brought the total at the end of 2017 to 12.77 GW of installed capacity across 508 wind farms, or 8.1% of the nation’s energy grid. As of June 2018, Brazil has more than 520 wind farms and more than 13 GW of installed wind capacity.

The A-4 and A-6 Auctions which were held in December 2017 contracted a total of 1.45 GW of wind energy, representing an investment of more than US$ 2.5 billion. US$ 3.57 billion were invested in wind power in 2017 in Brazil which represented 58% of the total invested in all renewable sources.

2017 was a good year for wind energy in Brazil, not only because of new facilities and increased generation, but also because of the resumption of the auctions. Since the industry had faced two years without an auction, there was a significant idle capacity in the industry. So the contracts signed in December were essential to ensuring the survival of the entire supply chain, which is critical given that 80% of the chain is supplied domestically, creating additional jobs and income for Brazil.

During this webcast, Steve Sawyer, Secretary General, Global Wind Energy Council, will provide an update on the global wind markets. Elbia Gannoum, CEO of the Brazilian Wind Energy Association, ABEEolica, will provide an overview of the status of the Brazilian market and will talk about what challenges lay ahead for the wind sector.

The audience will hear about:

  • challenges in demand
  • what to expect from the next auctions
  • the financing landscape and prices

 
About the speakers

Steve Sawyer
Secretary General , GWEC (Global Wind Energy Council).

Steve Sawyer, Secretary-General of GWEC, has worked in the energy and environment field since 1978, with a particular focus on climate change and renewable energy since 1988. He spent many years working for Greenpeace International, representing the organization at intergovernmental and industry fora primarily on energy and climate issues. At GWEC he is focused on working with intergovernmental organisations such as the UNFCCC, IPCC, IRENA, IEA, IFC and ADB to ensure that wind power takes its rightful place in the energy options for the future; and with opening up new markets for the industry worldwide.

Elbia Gannoum
CEO of ABEEólica (Brazilian Wind Energy Association)

Economist, PhD – With an academic background, Elbia is specialized in Regulation and Electricity Markets, having written her Master and Doctoral Thesis on this subject, and has published over thirty articles about the electricity sector. She has been working in the energy sector for more than 15 years. She has been the Executive President of ABEEÓLICA since September 2011.

She started her career as Advisor at ANEEL (2000), and worked in the Ministry of Finance (2001-2002), Ministry of Mines and Energy (2003-2006). She was a Member of the Board of CCEE – Câmara de Comercialização de Energia Elétrica (Electrical Energy Chamber of Commerce) from June 2006 to April 2011.

In 2014, Elbia was elected by Recharge’s Renewable Thought Leaders Club, as one of the most influential professionals in the global scenario of renewable energy.

Register here for the webcast.


7 June, Hanoi – The Global Wind Energy Council (GWEC) opened its first ever wind power conference in Vietnam today, gathering leading national and international industry players to discuss the development of the sector with government. Vietnam has some of the richest wind resources in Southeast Asia; however, Vietnam’s wind market is still in the early stages with a total capacity of only 197MW. GWEC and its partners also issued an industry statement today focusing on recommendations to address some of the key barriers to unlocking Vietnam’s rich wind energy potential.

“We’re here to help Vietnam realise the many benefits from developing its wind power sector: clean, affordable power for economic development; enhanced energy security; and the creation of leading edge technology and jobs”, said Steve Sawyer, GWEC Secretary General.

The socio-economic benefits of wind power development are gaining prominence as a key driver for developing the sector in a growing number of countries. Apart from the direct economic benefits, jobs and industrial development, wind energy has an important role to play in cutting air pollution and reducing greenhouse gas emissions.   

Wind power is one of the fastest growing industries in the world. In 2017 alone $107 billion were invested in wind power globally, and the industry now employs more than 1.15 million people worldwide. Wind power is the technology of choice for utilities in an increasing number of markets, as it is very often the least-cost option for new power capacity in a rapidly increasing number of markets. In 2017, unsubsidised new renewable power was cheaper than fossil fuels in over 30 countries, and by 2025 that will be the case in most countries around the world. Wind power has become a major driver for a sustainable energy future.

While Vietnam has a solid national energy policy and realistic targets, work still needs to be done to improve the effectiveness and transparency of the market rules as well as the procurement process. GWEC is confident that working with government on some regulatory issues, the wind power sector in Vietnam can take-off, providing major economic and environmental benefits, as well as making Vietnam an attractive investment destination for international institutions and investors.

The event is organised in partnership with the Ministry of Industry and Trade (MoIT), the Embassy of Denmark, the Embassy of Germany and Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit (GIZ) GmbH.

NOTES TO THE EDITOR

About GWEC

The Global Wind Energy Council (GWEC) is the global trade association representing the wind industry. GWEC works at the highest international political level to create a better policy environment for wind power. GWEC’s mission is to ensure that wind power establishes itself as the answer to today’s energy challenges, providing substantial environmental and economic benefits. For more information: www.gwec.net  

For more information, please contact:

Lauha Fried

Communications Director, GWEC

[email protected]

Tel. +32 477 364251

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Courtesy Senvion

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Courtesy Senvion

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

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

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

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

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

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

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


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

Courtesy Senvion

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Courtesy The World Bank

WIND POWER CONTINUES TO SET RECORDS

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

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

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

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

Courtesy GE Renewable Energy

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

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

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

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

Courtesy ENERCON

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

 

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Re-Powering – A growthopportunity

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

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

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

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

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