Global regions

News and in-depth analysis of wind power, wind farms and wind industry companies and policy around the world.

North America

First-quarter US wind record as momentum builds

Projects carried over from final months of 2020 help first quarter set new record levels for commissioning as project pipelines also swell

Floating wind pilot could power Canadian oil and gas drilling

Saitec secures a government grant for a feasibility study into using floating offshore wind to power oil and gas drilling in Canada

Vineyard set to become first large US offshore wind farm

Government grants final go-ahead after lengthy federal review and public consultation on the project’s environmental impact

Opinion: Hurdles ahead, but US will get there on offshore wind

With a president prepared to put resources and talent into offshore wind, the US is ready to get serious about creating its own industry

South America

Vestas exceeds 5GW of Brazilian orders for V150 turbines

Since launching the platform in 2017, Vestas has secured more than 14GW of orders globally for the V150-4.2MW

French firm buys Spanish renewables developer for €5bn

Vinci's acquisition of ACS Group's 22GW pipeline will boost the French infrastructure giant's role in the renewables sector

Engie gets green light for 260MW Peruvian project

Engie’s planned Punta Lomitas project in Peru would have a capacity equal to nearly two-thirds of the country’s existing wind power fleet

Wind power boom in the Americas defies pandemic

North and Latin America installed almost 22GW of new capacity last year – a 62% increase on 2019 - despite the impact of the Covid-19 pandemic, GWEC data show

Middle East & Africa

Lekela plans battery storage at wind farm in Senegal

DNV contracted to assess feasibility of 40MW battery energy storage system at West Africa's first utility-scale wind farm

South Africa launches 1.6GW onshore wind tender

Energy minister launches a bidding window for 1.6GW wind and 1GW solar capacity, and announces that the two technologies are among preferred bidders in a separate round for dispatchable power

Africa missing out on ‘incredible’ wind resource potential - GWEC

Africa and the Middle East’s cumulative wind capacity reached more than 7GW by the end of 2020. However, the region is not fulfilling its potential, GWEC warns

Enel teams up with Qatar fund for African renewables development

Enel Green Power and the Qatar Investment Authority have agreed to form a new joint venture to develop wind and solar PV projects in sub-Saharan Africa

Europe

ERG targets 1GW wind power growth by 2025

Italian energy developer lays out five-year plan to become a pure renewables player and eyes green hydrogen and energy storage

EDPR blames Texas freeze for 39% drop in profits

EDPR reports decreases in revenue, earnings and net profit in the first quarter, with extreme weather and blackouts in Texas to blame

Plans for 1GW-plus offshore wind farm with 20MW turbines

Norwegian developer unveils plans for a giant offshore wind farm that would use both fixed-bottom foundations and floating platforms

Swedish mega-project reaches financial close

Three-lender consortium lends €300 million to 372MW Björnberget wind farm in northern Sweden. The project is due online in 2022

Asia Pacific

Taiwan ups offshore wind goal with plans to auction 15GW

The Taiwanese government releases plans to auction 15GW of new offshore wind capacity due online between 2026 and 2035

GE and Toshiba to manufacture Haliade-X in Japan

The two technology giants team up to produce and commercialise the 12-14MW Haliade-X as Japan’s offshore wind sector prepares for launch

Siemens Gamesa in line for full 1GW-plus Hai Long off Taiwan

Northland Power and Yushan Energy name Siemens Gamesa as preferred supplier for its 1,044MW Hai Long offshore wind cluster

GE’s Haliade-X cleared for markets in typhoon zones

DNV’s certification verifies that the Haliade-X offshore wind turbine can operate safely and efficiently under extreme wind conditions