The Polish Wind Energy Investments Act of 20 May 2016 (Journal of Laws of 2016, item 961), which came into force on 15 July 2016, has thwarted both Polish and foreign investors in implementing many wind farm projects that they have been developing for years. Foreign investors can protect their investments by invoking international laws which may make Poland liable for damages.
Offshore Wind Energy
The Nordex Group has confirmed that negotiations are currently being held with Acciona Energia to deliver turbines for a 183-MW wind farm in Chile.
Policy clarity in several global key markets will influence worldwide growth of the wind power market positively and negatively. But overall, the effects balance out over a ten year span with a net upgrade of less than 600 MW, renewable energy consulting company MAKE reported in an update of their Global Wind Power Market Outlook.
The wind turbine manufacturer Senvion has signed definitive agreements to acquire the production facilities for nacelles and infrastructure in Baramati, India, as well as the wind turbine inventory and service business of Kenersys India Private Limited.
The Danish consultancy company Ramboll has acquired the German consultancy specialists BBB Umwelttechnik and CUBE Engineering GmbH to position itself for the expanding onshore wind market.
Specialist for heavy transports Mammoet Wind transported the world’s longest wind turbine blade from Danish Lunderskov to Aalborg over a distance of more than 200 km. The blade was transported from a pilot plant of LM Wind to the Blaest Blade Test Center.
The Denmark-based independent service provider Connected Wind Services A/S (CWS) has been acquired by German utility company EnBW Energie Baden-Württemberg AG. For EnBW this is a step to further expand its renewable energy business.
The global wind and solar company Mainstream Renewable Poweris investing $177.5 million of equity in the pan-African renewable energy generation platform Lekela Power, of which $117.5 will come from other investors such as the private grant making foundation Rockefeller Brothers Fund ($ 10 million), while $60 million will come from Mainstream itself.
The manufacturer Nordex launches two new turbines – one for sites with moderate wind conditions and one for sites with light winds. Both turbines have a 20% higher-rated output than their sister models and therefore can produce an up to 12% higher annual energy yield.