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Power Engineering International Newscast

17/04/2014

This week’s Newscast stories lead with the RWE AGM – primarily the speech made by chief executive Peter Terium in Essen, Germany.

RWE chief outlines strategy of survival

16/04/2014

The CEO of RWE, Mr Peter Terium provided a blunt analysis of the difficulties his company is facing in 2014 at its AGM at the Grugahalle in Essen, Germany on Wednesday morning.

Siemens to lead major grid connection project

15/04/2014

Siemens has been chosen to lead a consortium responsible for constructing and installing an offshore wind connection in the North Sea, off the German coast.

Spain’s Acciona awarded two wind projects in Mexico

14/04/2014

Acciona Energy of Spain has been awarded the contracts for the engineering, construction and start-up of two wind farms in Mexico, with a total installed capacity of 252 MW.

UN advocates tripling of renewables and nuclear energy

14/04/2014

A report from the United Nations Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) has warned that the world needs to drastically change its energy policy in order to avoid dangerous levels of global warming.

Alstom signs Haliade wind turbine deal

10/04/2014

Alstom has signed a deal with French manufacturing firm BFG France for the supply of composite structures to make the nacelle casings for its Haliade 150-6MW wind turbine.

European Commission passes state aid guidelines

09/04/2014

The European Commission has adopted new rules on public support for projects in the energy sector.

Merkel government approves energy reform law

08/04/2014

Reform of Germany’s renewable energy sector is to take place after Angela Merkel’s government passed legislation on the subject.

Energy body warning on unviable German power plants

07/04/2014

The German energy industry association, BDEW, says that 43 per cent or 32 of the power plants planned for construction in Germany may never come to fruition, due to lack of economic viability.

RWE starts work on 67 MW wind farm

04/04/2014

RWE has started building its biggest onshore German wind farm.

Merkel changes her mind on wind subsidies

03/04/2014

German Chancellor Angela Merkel has decided to ease cuts in offshore wind subsidies in an attempt to gain support from regional governments for her energy policy.

Doubling interconnectors could save UK $1.66bn a year

02/04/2014

A report published by the UK National Grid makes a compelling case for the UK to focus its attention on investing in more interconnection with neighbouring countries.

Alstom sells thermal power equipment unit for $1bn

02/04/2014

Alstom has agreed to sell its steam auxiliary components unit to investment firm Triton for about $1bn as it continues to rationalise its business

China turns to tidal power

02/04/2014

Beijing is turning its attention to tidal power, with one of its projects set to eclipse anything the world has seen in the sector so far.

Wind turbine blades to be painted tartan

01/04/2014

A community-run wind farm in Scotland plans to paint its turbine blades tartan if the Scottish referendum on independence results in a ‘Yes’ vote.

Dong and RWE part-sell UK offshore wind assets

31/03/2014

The UK’s Green Investment Bank has been involved in significant transactions involving offshore wind power projects today (Monday).

Renova to build large-scale wind farm in Brazil

28/03/2014

Renova Energia, a Brazilian renewable energy developer, and local generation and transmission company Cemig GT have agreed to jointly build a 676.2 MW wind farm.

Norwegian government concerned about $2.8bn power link profitability

28/03/2014

Norway has expressed its concerns about going ahead with a $2.8bn subsea cabling project as it believes the link between it and Germany may prove to be unprofitable.

Siemens to deliver 51 MW wind power order to Japan

28/03/2014

Eurus Energy Holdings Corporation has selected Siemens to provide direct drive wind turbines for what will be Japan’s third largest wind farm.

Aneel allows commercial start-up delay for wind farms

25/03/2014

Aneel, Brazil’s electricity regulator, has given permission to Omega Energia Renovavel to postpone the commercial operation of three wind farms, representing a total installed capacity of 118 MW.