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The Covid-19 pandemic has caused an economic slowdown of China’s wind power industry. According to a recent report by GlobalData, the renewable energy sector could see a reduction of 2GW in installations in 2020.
Residents of this northeastern Japan prefecture have been struggling with poor television service of late, with residents of the city of Katagami under particular difficulty when it comes to getting reception on the box. The disruption is believed to have blown in from an unexpected source: wind farms. So far, firms in charge of local wind power facilities have received over 1,700 enquiries about the issue, and work to try and reduce the disruptions has been expedited. But there are claims the problem will spread if offshore wind farms earmarked for development across the prefecture go ahead as planned.
Those behind the Mountmellick Wind Turbine Impact Group, as well as individuals living in the Dernacart, Upper Forest, Lower Forest and Mountmellick areas, took the unusual step of appealing to the landowners to ‘reconsider your decision to provide access to land for the erection of industrial wind turbines in our community’.
The China Three Gorges group has reduced its stake in the shareholder structure of the EDP – Energias de Portugal group to 21.47% with the sale of a block of shares of 1.8%, according to a market statement.
Investors in the Jhimpir Wind Corridor are alarmed as their projects have now suffered an unprecedented shutdown of six consecutive days since the federal government halted all offtake from their wind farms. “We had been seeing depressed offtake for almost two months now,” a leading investor in the project who did not wish to be identified by name tells Dawn. He says they saw between zero and 10MW evacuated on certain days over the last few months.
Some officials said most renewable power-purchase agreements (PPAs) do not have a clause of international arbitration. “So these countries will need to find the regulations wherein they can hold the government responsible,” said an official.
Landowners who signed lease agreements with Energix, the company behind the project, say they weren’t made aware of the potential implications of having a turbine on their plot. They say they were tempted by hefty sums into signing what they describe as draconian leases that, coupled with a boycott on the company imposed by influential religious leaders, has prompted many to want to withdraw.
The Defense Ministry delayed the project for many years on the grounds that the turbines would disrupt the radar facilities the army operates on the Golan. The ministry finally gave approval more than three years ago, but conditional on a technical solution being found.
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.
“At present, we are considering a method of removal because the maintenance cost is too high,” the government source said Friday. The turbine is one of three on a floating wind farm 20 km off the coast of Naraha.
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.
Revenue fell to Rs 1,277.49 crore versus Rs 2,581.99 crore.
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.
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.
Under the old subsidy system, all projects qualified to receive a fixed rate for their power. The new one is designed to give the government more control of the capacity built and the cost of each new contract. ...According to the ratings agency India Ratings and Research, there could be a substantial dip in wind capacity additions in the current financial year ending March 31.
Yet even with double the wind capacity, China still produces less electricity from turbines when compared with the U.S. That’s because it’s installing lower-quality machines using less reliable breezes and doing so more quickly than the distribution grid can take in the flows.
Renowned biodiversity expert Dr. Rohan Pethiyagoda has questioned a poorly researched Initial Environment Examination Report (IEER) saying it poses a threat to the Vankalai Sanctuary near Mannar. ...He also says that the IEER provides almost no evidence that the unique natural heritage offered by the Vankalai Sanctuary will be preserved as a result of the project, especially with regard to bird life with the proposed transmission line. “This is a matter of urgent national importance and there needs to be a public debate on this plan."
Grid connectivity is not streamlined, so problems arise due to inconsistent supply from the windmills. Local industries blame them for disruptions in power supply, eventually resulting in damage to expensive equipment. While one can argue in favor of the little electricity these windmills produce, it remains to be seen how much loss has been incurred from their use of farm land, installation, and connectivity costs—and, of course, the costs of frequent disruptions from rain.
KEPCO initially projected that its investment in the wind power plants would generate a stable return of 6 percent to 7 percent per annum as the power plants had a 20-year long contract with the local electricity firms. However, the pre-feasibility study done by Korea Development Institute (KDI) on the request from the Korea’s Ministry of Strategy and Finance found that the investment would yield a mere 2 percent annual return.
"The main cause of idling turbines is an overcapacity in China's power generation," said Lin Boqiang, director of the China Center for Energy Economics Research at Xiamen University. "China's power supply currently surpasses its demand by 20 to 25 percent. All the electricity producers in the country are going through a tough time, and wind power developers are not an exception."