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Oil majors' offshore wind buy-ins set to accelerate opex reductions

Mar 29, 2017

The growing involvement of Oil and gas groups in offshore wind projects will generate significant cost savings in installation logistics and along the full operational lifespan,...

Demand for 700-mile US wind power line exceeds five times capacity

Mar 14, 2017

The 4 GW Plains and Eastern line from Oklahoma to Tennessee is set to unlock $7 billion of wind power investments and has received 22 GW of demand from generators and industrial...

UK offshore auction prices could hit 80 pounds/MWh as capex plummets

Mar 14, 2017

Lower capital costs and installation efficiencies are driving down offshore wind prices but the UK's higher development and transmission costs will keep this April's auction...

E.ON eyes wind costs below 30 euros/MWh through closer ties with suppliers

Mar 1, 2017

The German utility has deployed a range of “Hands-on” supplier-operator partnerships to improve windfarm operations and greater knowledge-sharing between partners will generate further...

Statoil’s US offshore wind entrance hinges on New York offtake support

Mar 1, 2017

Statoil’s record offshore wind lease bid gives it access to the high-load New York market for its first U.S. project but a power purchase agreement will require state support due to...

Turbine surface innovators look to erase 2% output losses

Feb 13, 2017

New data has revealed the impact of leading-edge erosion on energy production and advanced protection packages now offer long term performance gains and optimized maintenance windows,...

Dutch offshore consortium win signals industry-wide efficiency gains

Feb 13, 2017

The Blauwind II consortium bid a record Dutch price of 54.5 euros/MWh ($58.0/MWh) to win the Borssele 3&4 offshore wind tender, demonstrating how installation learnings and wider...

OEMs forecast to secure 50% of growing wind O&M market

Feb 1, 2017

Original Equipment Manufacturers are fending off competition in wind power operations and maintenance through a combination of longer service agreements, tailored offerings and...

Operators move to revenue-based maintenance contracts in post-tariff era

Jan 16, 2017

Europe's wind operators are turning to market-responsive contracts and data analytics to maximize wholesale market gains and cut costs as feed in tariffs give way to competitive...

Advanced turbine control, yaw adjustments offer yield gains of up to 8%

Jan 15, 2017

A data-led performance optimization plan can boost average wind generation by between 3% and 8% and some sites can achieve further gains through forestry restructuring, Aaron Culver,...

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