(SeeNews) - Aug 22, 2014 - In the past week, a unit of Italian firm Renexia SpA submitted the provisional winning bid in a 1,450-MW wind lease auction off the coast of Maryland, statistics showed renewables were responsible for all 405 MW of new US power capacity in July and BNEF projected that 1.8 GW of renewable energy plants will go live in Sub-Saharan Africa in 2014.
US Wind Inc, part of renewable energy developer Renexia SpA, has submitted the highest bid in the US’ recent 1,450-MW wind lease auction, the Department of Interior (DOI) said on Tuesday. The firm is ready to pay USD 8.7 million (EUR 6.6m) for the almost 80,000 acres (32,000 ha) of tendered area for commercial offshore wind development in a zone that can accommodate between 850 MW and 1,450 MW of wind power capacity.
US’ WIND PROJECT PIPELINE HITS 35 GW AT END-JUNE
Speaking of wind projects, the Department of Energy (DOE) said in a report on Monday that the US had about 35 GW of wind projects in the development pipeline at the end of June 2014, as compared to 28 GW a year earlier. Of the total, 15 GW of projects were under construction or in site preparation, 10 GW were in development and permitted, while an additional 10 GW were awaiting clearance.
The next day came another report, this time by the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission, that shows that all of the newly-commissioned 405 MW of power capacity in the US last month has come from renewables, mostly wind power.
VESTAS, SIEMENS BAG 660 MW OF WIND TURBINE DEALS
Moving to Europe, this week brought news of two large turbine orders in the offshore segment. Danish wind turbine maker Vestas Wind Systems (CPH:VWS) on Thursday unveiled a deal with state-owned firm Dong Energy to deliver 32 pieces of its V164-8.0 MW turbines for the 258-MW Burbo Bank extension project in UK waters. The order is conditional on a final investment decision for the scheme.
On the same day, German Siemens AG (ETR:SIE) said its energy division will supply the turbines that will make up the 402-MW Dudgeon wind farm again near the UK coast under a roughly USD-829-million order. The contract was awarded by Norwegian utilities Statoil ASA (NYSE:STO) and Statkraft AS.
SUB-SAHARAN AFRICA TO ADD 1.8 GW OF RENEWABLES IN 2014
Keeping the positive note, Bloomberg New Energy Finance (BNEF) said on Thursday it expects Sub-Saharan Africa to put on stream about 1.8 GW of renewable energy plants in 2014, more than it switched on in the past 14 years. The growth will be due to rising demand for electricity and lower costs for wind and solar power in the region.
South Africa alone is seen to install 3.9 GW of fresh renewables capacity in the 2014-2016 period.
SILEX SCRAPS 100-MW CPV SCHEME IN AUSTRALIA
The situation in Australia is not so bright as the review of the country’s Renewable Energy Target (RET) is taking more victims. At the start of the week, local firm Silex Systems Ltd (ASX:SLX) scrapped plans to build a 100-MW concentrated photovoltaic (CPV) farm in Victoria state due to low wholesale power prices and the uncertainty over the RET scheme.
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