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DONG Energy installing 8MW turbines in UK

From Power Engineering International

An offshore windfarm that is the first in the world to commercially deploy 8 MW turbines is now operational in the UK.

Dong Energy’s 258 MW Burbo Bank Extension, located 7 km off the UK’s west coast, features 32 MHI Vestas V164-8.0 MW turbines.

The turbines stand 195 metres tall, with 80-metre blades weighing 35 tonnes each and a swept area of 21,124 square metres. According to Dong, one rotation can power a home for 29 hours.

“Just one of these wind turbines produces more energy than the whole of Vindeby, the world’s first offshore windfarm constructed by Dong Energy 25 years ago in Denmark,” the company said. The 4.95 MW, 11-turbine Vindeby windfarm came online in 1991 and is now being decommissioned.

Burbo Bank Extension is a joint venture between Dong, which holds a 50 per cent stake in the project; investment fund PKA (25 per cent), and KIRKBI A/S, the parent company of the Lego Group (25 per cent).

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Trump’s politics unlikely to halt US offshore wind growth

Since last November’s presidential election, most of the news headlines surrounding the energy industry have had to do with President Donald Trump’s stated preference for oil and gas exploration off the US coastline and the resurrection of the coal industry.

That has injected worry on the part of those who favor a national move toward renewable energy sources, including offshore wind. Indeed, many states have passed legislation or stated goals that would require they meet renewable energy objectives, which outwardly would seem to place them at odds with the Trump energy agenda.

However, market realities — sharp declines in the cost of offshore wind in Europe, tens of thousand of new clean-energy jobs, and the move toward renewables by US energy producers — may prove to be powerful change agents within the Trump administration.

The federal Bureau of Ocean Management continues to hold lease auctions for tracts of ocean water targeted for potential wind farms along the East Coast from North Carolina to New England. That could include another 400,000 acres south of Martha’s Vineyard following unsolicited applications by two international energy giants, Statoil and PNE Wind. Already, three developers — Deepwater Wind (builder of a recently operational demonstration project off Block Island), DONG Energy (partnered with Eversource) and Vineyard Wind (which recently sold a 50-percent stake to Avangrid Renewables) — are expected to bid on the sale of 1,600 MW of power to Massachusetts utilities.

 

Some of the turbine blades at the Siemens blade manufacturing center in Hull, England, where offshore wind is powering economic growth.

In addition, Energy Secretary Rick Perry, long a friend of the oil and gas industry while he was Texas governor, also promoted clean energy policies there.

in his nearly 15 years as governor, Texas wind power generation climbed from just over 100 megawatts to 11,000 megawatts by the time he left office, according to the Washington Times. Today, Texas gets nearly 14 percent of its power from onshore wind.

Further, a just-released, highly detailed study by the National Renewable Energy Laboratory, which is part of Perry’s Energy Department, recently assessed the economic potential of some 7,000 potential sites for offshore wind in the US.

Not surprisingly, it found that the economic potential for the Northeast — especially Massachusetts, Rhode Island and Maine — is the highest in the nation due to the close proximity of dependable offshore winds and the existing high price structure of energy generation and transmission from New England’s energy suppliers.

The report is anything but easy reading, but you will come away knowing that the US has the potential to harvest huge quantities of offshore wind in an environment of ever-lowering costs achieved by anticipated technological gains and an established supply chain.

And here in New Bedford, we will be right at the center of a new, clean-energy industry that the Trump administration ought to love — if only for the 34,000 jobs it is expected to create over the next 30 years.

2016 saw 18 billion Euros invested in offshore wind

By reNEWS

A record €18.2bn was invested in new offshore wind farms in Europe last year, out of total wind farm investments of €43bn, according to data released by WindEurope.

WindEurope’s ‘Financing and Investment Trends 2016’ report showed wind farm investments were up 22% in 2016 from €35bn in 2015.

The €43bn covers the construction of new wind farms, refinancing, project acquisitions and public market fundraising, WindEurope said.

However, the report indicated that onshore investment dropped by 5% to €9.4bn, the first decrease in five years.

The UK was the biggest market in 2016 with €12.7bn raised for new onshore and offshore projects, Germany came second with €5.3bn.

The high level of total wind investments was driven by several initial public offerings, including Dong Energy, Innogy and Senvion, which accounted for €5.2bn.

WindEurope said that investment levels are expected to fall in 2017 because they have been “inflated in the last two years by projects squeezing through the gate before countries transition to auction-based remuneration mechanisms”.

WindEurope chief executive Giles Dickson said: “Wind was the largest recipient of power sector investments in 2016.

“The competitiveness of our industry and reduced risk perceptions have brought in major financial players who are looking to diversify their portfolios.”

But, he added, that the growth is uneven, with 80% of new investments coming from just four countries – Belgium, Germany, Norway and the UK.

“Fourteen EU member states did not announce any new wind energy investments in 2016,” said Dickson.

“Many countries struggle to manage the transition to auctions. Only seven EU member states have clear policies for renewables beyond 2020 – the unclear policy outlook in the rest makes investors and project developers go elsewhere,” he said.