Category Archives: GWEC in press

EKF and KfW IPEX-Bank team for second Uruguayan wind farm

Trade & Export Finance

KfW IPEX-Bank, the international export and project financier, has collaborated with Danish export credit agency Eksport Kredit Fonden (EKF) to provide senior-debt financing for the 50 megawatt (MW) Florida II wind farm project in Uruguay. It represents the second time the pair has teamed up to finance a wind farm in the country, following the non-recourse financing …

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Pioneer wind farm ‘breaks water’ off Rhode Island coast

USA Today

Plans for offshore wind farms have fallen flat for years in the U.S. But a Rhode Island-based company is about to begin installation of what promises to be the first such venture in the nation. Deepwater Wind expects delivery this week of foundations that will support five wind turbines off Block Island, a small tourist destination 12 miles …

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Surprising Countries Where Solar and Wind Are Booming

National GeographicAcross the globe, renewable energy is expanding faster than fossil fuels. It’s even taking off in countries that may surprise you.“Once again in 2014, renewables made up nearly half of the net power capacity added worldwide,” says Achim Steiner, executive director of the United Nations Environment Programme. After a two-year dip, they’re attracting more investment. Hydropower generates the largest …

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Windicator: Asia leads forecasts for 55GW total additions this year

Windpower Monthly

Global wind-power capacity has increased from January to mid-June by just under 19GW, or around 5%, to 387GW.

Projections for the whole year — from the Global Wind Energy Council (GWEC) and from Make Consulting — both suggest around 55GW will be installed. That is around 10% more than the capacity installed in 2014, and reflects good progress in a …

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Why has wind been so slow to take off in Japan?

Recharge news

By mid-July, the Ministry of Economy, Trade and Industry (METI) will have approved Japan’s new energy targets. Don’t expect too many surprises.

A recent draft was pretty predictable. Renewables — excluding hydropower — are to account for 22-24% of the mix by 2030, compared with 20-22% for nuclear, 26% for coal and 27% for natural gas. 

Equally predictable was the …

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Offshore Renewables: The Future is Now

MarineLink.com

While the recent swoon in world oil and gas prices has predictably cooled a number of offshore renewable projects, there is a palpable change regarding the way in which the world views renewable energy. Renewable energy projects, at one time merely serving as window dressing, are slowly weaving their way into the mainstream energy mix, with European countries, namely the …

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Ideol, Hitachi ink floating foundation deal for Japanese sea

SeeNews

June 17 (SeeNews) – Ideol and Japanese group Hitachi Zosen Corp (TYO:7004) have signed a deal for the design of a concrete and a steel version suitable for Japanese conditions of the French startup’s patented floating foundations.

In March the two companies entered into a cooperation agreement to design, engineer and build floating offshore wind turbines in Japan, using Ideol’s patented …

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The ideal future power generation mix – wind perspective

Power Engineering International

Power Engineering International spoke to Steve Sawyer of the Global Wind Energy Council this week as part of our ongoing series, ‘The Ideal Future Power Generation Mix’.Questions posed to Steve during this Google Hangout include whether he thinks investment should be entirely focused on wind energy, or should there be an incremental transition prioritising renewables but ensuring the …

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ANALYSIS: Why Brazil still looks at renewables with caution

Recharge news

Why doesn’t Brazil trust renewables? The answer came from a leading federal government energy planner talking to Recharge after speaking at a renewables conference in the northeast.

The official rebuffed criticisms of Brazil’s lack of clear targets for renewable energy; the country, he said, needs stable baseline supply, which “intermittent sources” such as wind cannot guarantee.

As it draws up its …

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Global businesses turning to wind power – Canada passes important milestone

Environmental Expert

As the global climate crisis deepens, and political attention to climate increases in the run up to the Paris Climate summit in December, Global Wind Day celebrates the fact that more and more companies are turning to clean, reliable and cost-effective wind energy to power their businesses.

Global Wind Day is a worldwide event that occurs annually on 15 June. …

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