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Siemens to cut 1,700 jobs in energy operations: report

Siemens' energy business said last December it planned to cut almost 1,100 jobs in Germany as the engineering giant trims costs to make energy operations more profitable. The energy unit makes gas and wind turbines ...It said earlier this month it would shut the last of its solar energy businesses after it failed to find a buyer.
29 Jun 2013

Senator Whelan joins protest

There was "palpable anger and incredulity" amongst the crowd of between 1,000 and 2,000 protesters who travelled to Dublin Castle last Friday June 21 to voice their opposition to the 2,000 gigantic wind turbines planned for the midlands. The marchers, young and old, included community groups from around Laois, as well as Senator John Whelan.
27 Jun 2013

Dong sells off Danish onshore projects

Dong made clear its intention to sell onshore assets to fund offshore development in a new strategy and financial action plan published in February. ..."Our competences and capital will be deployed in offshore wind where we have a strong and differentiated competitive platform."
25 Jun 2013

Siemens will shut solar unit on $1 billion loss in two years

The company paid $418 million to acquire Beit Shemesh, Israel-based Solel Solar Systems in 2009 as Loescher sought to replicate Siemens' successful expansion into wind-power and win more revenue from its so-called green portfolio. The division was put up for sale in October as prices for solar technology offerings declined because of a supply glut and weak demand.
17 Jun 2013

Council's wind turbine to be removed

"It was considered that the repair costs and ongoing maintenance issues meant that it was no longer viable and sustainable to keep the turbine. "However, the council remains committed to sustainable technology, and continues to look at options for the future."
13 Jun 2013

Tim Yeo stands down from Commons committee chair

Tim Yeo - the Tory MP facing claims he used his position to help business clients - has announced he is to stand down as chairman of an influential Commons committee while he faces investigation into claims. The former minister said he would be advising members on the Energy and Climate Change Committee that he should temporarily stand aside while the Parliamentary Standards Commissioner carried out his inquiry.
10 Jun 2013

Minister throws out plans for giant wind farm in Highlands

Dunbeath Wind Energy wanted to build 17 turbines near Dunbeath, a Caithness coastal village, only for ministers to reject the proposal due to the impact on the countryside. Energy Secretary Fergus Ewing found that the project, between Berriedale Water and Dunbeath Water, would have adversely affected the landscape.
7 Jun 2013

Tackling organised crime in a bid to secure investor confidence in wind

The DIA's aggressiveness in clamping down on organised crime is widely lauded but investor confidence is far from being restored. An industry insider who has observed investment funds shying away from Italy believes the country risk is just too high when the political instability and the reduced incentive schemes announced in 2012 are added in. ...The mafia allegations and potential for random asset seizures hasn't helped - companies wanting to sell their wind farms in Sicily aren't finding buyers.
6 Jun 2013

£1.5 million paid to shut down new Scottish wind farm

EDF Energy was handed £1.45 million between April 29 and May 15 to shut down turbines on the Fallago Rig wind farm, which is on land owned by the Duke of Roxburghe in Scottish Borders. The "constraint payments", which ultimately come from electricity bills, are given to wind farm companies to compensate them for not producing power during periods of high generation and low demand.
24 May 2013

Urgent call to tear down school-based turbines

HEAD teachers are being asked to venture out into hurricane-force conditions to switch off wind turbines in school playgrounds. That is one of the claims of far north anti-wind farm protesters who have heavily criticised Highland Council's safety review of school-based turbines.
24 May 2013

Take cover against an ill wind

Wind turbines might offer good returns for farmers - but not if they are vulnerable to extremes of the weather they need to operate. Gale force winds can blow debris or grit into gears or even cause entire turbine masts to collapse.
23 May 2013

Gamesa cuts 394 jobs in Spain

The company said it was closing two plants - Albacete in Castilla-La Mancha and Tudela in Navarre - and restructuring a third at As Somozas, Galicia. The cuts affect 6% of the total workforce.
21 May 2013
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