Renewable power purchase agreements (PPAs) made by corporates in Europe totalled 8GW in 2019, up from 5.5GW in 2018. That is a headline conclusion of the latest research and advice paper from the RE-Source Platform, a consortium consisting of The Climate Group’s RE100 initiative and its member corporates; WindEurope, SolarPower Europe; CDP and the World Business Council for Sustainable Development (WBCSD). According to the report, wind accounted for 85% of the off-site PPA deals made in 2019 by value. Investment in such deals was particularly pronounced in Sweden, Norway and here in the UK.
Edie 1st April 2020 read more »
Over the last five years, the UK and France have missed out on over 1.8GW of capacity due to using out-dated technology. Using figures from Windpower Intelligence, our research arm, Windpower Monthly compared the project data of onshore wind sites in the UK, France, Germany, Denmark and Sweden between 2015 and 2019. Data was taken from projects with two or more turbines and using machines greater than 1MW. Some projects were discounted as the required information was inaccessible. That data set showed that the weighted average of turbine capacity across the five countries has grown from 2.68MW to 3.3MW in the five years. However countries like France and the UK – which claim to be leaders in the field but have both suffered from crippling and non-sensical political involvement – have lagged behind in the technology stakes and thereby missed out on critical capacity. The clearest indication that these markets are falling behind in using the latest and most efficient technology is shown by the average rotor sized used over the last five years.
Wind Power Monthly 31st March 2020 read more »