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Lower capacity utilisation hits wind turbine manufacturers

According to data compiled by the Indian Wind Turbine Manufacturers Association, the country has the ability to produce equipment for adding 10,000 MW of wind power generation capacity every year. Comparably, 1,700 MW of wind power generation capacity was added in 2017-2018 and just 1,520 MW of capacity was added in 2018-2019.
11 Apr 2019

Save the Great Indian Bustard from wind power projects

In a bid to save the Great Indian Bustard (GIB), currently on the brink of extinction, Indian government’s Ministry of New and Renewable Energy (MNRE) has asked wind power developers to identify the bird’s critical habitats in Rajasthan and Gujarat and take risk mitigation measures against bird hits, one of the causes of the reducing population of the bird.
12 Mar 2019

Draft offshore wind energy rules put 30,000 megawatt wind power goal in limbo

The lease of an offshore wind power project can be cancelled if it is found to be “causing environmental damage to both flora and fauna beneath the sea and posing threat to human life and property while carrying out the activities under water and operation of the wind energy turbines during validity of the lease.” The draft rules also contemplate powers to the Centre to order closure of a wind farm pending an inquiry within a reasonable period if it finds “operation of the wind turbines is causing damage to environment or damage to property or pollution.”
23 Feb 2019

Ministry cuts wind farm feed-in tariff

The Ministry of Economic Affairs yesterday cut the preliminary feed-in tariff for offshore wind energy developers over the next 20 years by 12.7 percent due to falling installation costs, dealing a blow to developers that were expecting it to remain the same.
30 Nov 2018

Wind farms are the 'new apex predators': Blades kill off 75% of buzzards, hawks and kites that live nearby, study shows

Study coauthor Professor Maria Thaker said: 'We have known from many studies that wind farms affect birds and bats. 'They kill them and disrupt their movement. But we took that one step further and discovered that it affects lizards too. 'Every time a top predator is removed or added, unexpected effects trickle through the ecosystem.
5 Nov 2018

Wind farm 'predator' effect hits ecosystems: study

In new research, an international team of scientists studied the effects of wind turbine use in the Western Ghats, a UNESCO-listed range of mountains and forest spanning India's west coast region and a global "hotspot" of biodiversity. They found that predatory raptor birds were four times rarer in areas of plateau where wind turbines were present, a disruption that cascaded down the food chain and radically altered the density and behaviour of the birds' prey.
5 Nov 2018

Wind farm premiums to be 30% higher: insurers

Due to concerns about earthquakes, typhoons and other natural disasters in Taiwan, European insurers estimate that insurance premiums for Taiwanese wind farms will be at least 30 percent higher than those for European offshore wind farms, Lin said. In addition, government-imposed local content requirements in Taiwan would also prompt European insurance companies to raise their risk assessment for local wind farms and thus the premium, as they do not consider the local supply chain mature.
22 Oct 2018

Poor windmill output hurts Fukushima region recovery

In a blow to a region hit hard by the Fukushima nuclear disaster, offshore floating wind turbines being operated on a trial basis here are producing much less electricity than initially anticipated. The disappointing output so far is casting a shadow over the government-backed project.
29 Jul 2018

China's Sinovel convicted in U.S. of trade-secret theft

Chinese wind turbine maker Sinovel Wind Group Co was convicted on Wednesday of U.S. charges that it stole trade secrets from AMSC, causing the Massachusetts-based company to lose more than $800 million. A federal jury in Madison, Wisconsin, found Sinovel, once AMSC’s largest customer, guilty on all charges it faced, including conspiracy, trade-secret theft and wire fraud, the U.S. Justice Department said.
25 Jan 2018

Clean power is facing a major curtailment problem in China

 Much of the country’s renewable energy supply is currently subject to double-digit rates of curtailment. This curtailment has been going on for quite some time, leaving many of China’s clean power systems seeing little use. It has also highlighted longstanding problems with the country’s aging energy infrastructure.
22 Nov 2017

Mixed outcomes as state farmland is given over to energy projects

Around 0.09 per cent of ALRO land – or about 3,695 rai (591 hectares) of a total 41 million rai – has already been used for these undertakings as per NCPO order 31/2560. The order has been criticised by land activists, academics and farmers who see it as an attempt to seize land preserved for landless farmers in order to top up the wealth of energy and mining conglomerates.
8 Oct 2017

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