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News & in-depth analysis of wind power and renewable energy markets, power purchase agreements, transmission networks, energy storage, substations, supply interruption and transmission failures.

General Motors signs 200MW power off-take deal

General Motors signs 200MW power off-take deal

UNITED STATES: General Motors (GM) is buying 200MW of output from two wind projects to power its manufacturing facilities in Ohio and Indiana.

Karnataka tariff change upsets investors

Karnataka tariff change upsets investors

INDIA: The Karnataka state electricity regulator has reduced the feed-in-tariff for wind from INR 4.50/kWh ($0.07kWh) to INR 3.73/kWh ($0.058/kWh) putting roughly 600MW of projects in jeopardy.

Invenergy and EDF sign power deals with Kleenex-owner

Invenergy and EDF sign power deals with Kleenex-owner

UNITED STATES: Invenergy and EDF Renewable Energy have signed virtual power purchase agreements (PPAs) for 245MW with the corporation behind Andrex, Huggies and Kleenex.

News and Analysis

Brewer Anheuser-Busch signs power deal with Enel

UNITED STATES: The renewables arm of Italy's biggest utility company Enel will provide drinks conglomerate Anheuser-Busch with 51% of the power generated from its 298MW Thunder Ranch project in Oklahoma.

Windlab's hybrid project secures power deal

AUSTRALIA: The 60.5MW hybrid renewable project being developed by Windlab in north Queensland has secured a ten-year power purchase agreement with state-owned power company CS Energy.

China unlikely to 'bounce back' before 2020

CHINA: New research from FTI Intelligence, part of FTI Consulting, has predicted installation levels are unlikely to recover to 2015 level of 30GW before 2020.

Brazil cancels 308MW of PPAs

BRAZIL: Brazil's federal power regulator Aneel has held a "disengagement auction", cancelling the purchase agreements of approximately 308MW of wind projects.

Tennet's North Sea power transfer jumps 50%

NETHERLANDS/GERMANY: Transmission system operator (TSO) Tennet transferred approximately 7.77TWh of wind energy in the North Sea in the first six months of the year.

In depth

How the UK aims to avoid the EV grid crash

UK: Managing the charging of electric cars as a flexible load will reduce stress on the electricity grid and could encourage more investment in renewable energy generation.

Viewpoint: Wind should learn from solar PV on storage

WORLDWIDE: Battery-storage technology has very high public visibility at present for several reasons.

Cheap power, brutal competition

UNITED STATES: With low gas prices pushing down wholesale prices, developers are finding utilities are keener to buy wind farms than the power they generate.

Lithium boom puts spotlight on Chile

CHILE: As growing interest in electric cars and energy-storage drives up global demand for lithium, companies with concessions to exploit Chile's vast resources could find themselves in an enviable position if the government loosens restrictions.

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