Renewables Accounted for 75% of New US Generating Capacity in First Quarter of 2015

Wind, solar, geothermal and hydropower combined provided the new capacity

According to the latest “Energy Infrastructure Update” report from the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission’s (FERC) Office of Energy Projects, wind, solar, geothermal, and hydropower combined provided over 75% -of the 1,229 megawatts (MW) of new U.S. electrical generating capacity placed into service during the first quarter of 2015. The balance was provided by natural gas.

Renewable energy sources now account for 16.92% of total installed operating generating capacity in the U.S.: water – 8.53%, wind – 5.65%, biomass – 1.38%, solar – 1.03%, and geothermal steam – 0.33%. Renewable energy capacity is now greater than that of nuclear (9.11%) and oil (3.92%) combined.

As a global renewable energy solutions provider, Vergnet welcomes the increasing role wind and solar solutions play in generating new capacity in markets like the US. It is increasingly positive to see that round the world each month, renewable energy sources — particularly wind and solar — increase their share of generating capacity while those of coal, oil, and nuclear continue to decline.

Vergnet provides adaptable renewable energy solutions that help to reduce and secure energy costs for people, communities, businesses and economies around the world.

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UN Secretary General calls for more investment in sustainable energy

UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon called on business leaders to expand investment in
low-carbon growth and opportunities to advance sustainable energy and tackle climate change in a statement to The Future of Energy Summit 2015, organised by Bloomberg New Energy Finance.

Ban Ki-Moon highlighted that renewable energy contributes to less than 10% of global energy but incentives can help shift this forward. The statement highlighted that currently one out of five people lives without access to electricity, and nearly 40% of the world’s population rely on wood, coal, charcoal or animal waste to cook and heat their homes, leading to over four million deaths each year, mostly women and children, from the effects of indoor smoke.

As a global renewable energy solutions provider, Vergnet agrees that addressing energy poverty while also reducing greenhouse gas emissions and tackling climate change is a crucial global challenge. As an organisation, Vergnet is committed to sustainable development – generating energy that empowers people, communities, businesses and economies around the world.

Launched by the UN Secretary-General in 2011, the Sustainable Energy for All initiative, a multi-stakeholder partnership, aims to achieve three inter-linked global targets: to ensure universal access to modern energy services, to double the global rate of improvement in energy efficiency and to double the share of renewable energy in the global energy mix, all by 2030.

Vergnet welcomes the fact that the UN and government members have already identified sustainable energy as one of the new generation of sustainable development goals that are expected to be adopted in September.

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Will wind energy ‘boom’ in 2015?

Global wind energy production expected to continue rising

The global wind energy industry has been seeing robust growth, increasing capacity by 16.2% in 2014 from 318,644 MW in 2013 to 369,597 MW, and this trend is expected to continue in 2015.

The Global Wind Energy Council (GWEC) has suggested 2015 could see an annual market growth of 44% and record installations of more than 51 gigawatts of wind energy.

GWEC also highlighted that while Asia continues to lead the market in terms of growth, Europe will continue on track to meet its 2020 targets. They also found that the emerging markets in Latin America will make a difference to global targets, with Brazil leading the charge, but Chile, Uruguay, Peru and Central American markets will be significant.

Beyond 2015, The Global World Energy Outlook shows that wind power could reach 2,000 GW by 2030, and supply up to 17-19% of global electricity, creating over 2 million new jobs and reducing CO2 emissions by more than 3 billion tonnes per year. By 2050, wind power could provide 25-30% of global electricity supply.

As a global renewable energy solutions provider, Vergnet welcomes the report from GWEC that predicts continued growth for wind. Wind, alongside solar and hybrid technology, is helping to reduce and secure energy costs for people, communities, businesses and economies around the world, often in the most challenging, complex environments. While growth is good for the industry, more importantly it is providing clean, affordable energy solutions for nations while also cutting carbon emissions.

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Vergnet will be attending All-Energy Exhibition and Conference in Glasgow

Reflecting continued growth in the UK

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Vergnet will be exhibiting the All-Energy Exhibition and Conference in Glasgow from 6-7th May 2015, reflecting our continued growth in the UK.

Vergnet is a global leader in the distributed wind energy industry and manufacturer of medium scale wind turbines, with a 25 year track record of working with developers and over 900 wind turbines installed worldwide.

In the UK, Vergnet works with partners and developers to provide market-leading wind turbines for medium wind energy projects. We have so far installed medium scale wind turbines to date on farms in in Cornwall, Leicester, Lincolnshire, Northamptonshire, Northumberland, Nottinghamshire, Suffolk, East Lothian, the Scottish Borders and Northern Ireland.

Vergnet’s medium scale wind turbines (GEV MP) are used for wind energy projects from 200 to 500kW.

Vergnet’s UK spokesperson, Diana Popa commented: “We are delighted to be attending the All-Energy 2015 Exhibition and Conference and are excited to announce plans to further our commitment to providing energy solutions in the UK.

“The last five years have seen major growth for small and medium wind projects in the UK, with recent figures from RenewableUK showing medium wind capacity rising 60% year-on-year to 69.78MW. With the UK’s prolific wind resource and the Feed In Tariff (FiT) remaining as an attractive incentive, offering a strong IRR (Internal Rate of Return), we expect 2015 to be an equally strong year and we look forward to delivering upon our commitment to this market.”

Vergnet will be in attendance at the All-Energy Exhibition and Conference in Glasgow SECC from 6-7th May at stand J50.

The event brings together over 6,000 people from around the world including developers, engineers, farmers and CEOs and covers topics such as wind, solar, wave and tidal to renewable heat and offshore maintenance.

The opening plenary session will be chaired by Keith Anderson, Chief Corporate Officer, ScottishPower and will include representatives from Glasgow City Council and the Scottish Government.


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Vergnet attending Renewables and Mining Summit and Exhibition in Chile

Wind and Solar Solutions Playing Increasing Role in Reducing Energy Costs for Mining Industry

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Vergnet will be attending the Renewables and Mining Summit and Exhibition in Santiago, Chile from 6-7th May 2015.

Vergnet provides innovation, reliable and affordable solutions in the area of wind, solar PV, hybrid solutions and customised solar applications and has a proven track record in delivering high performance, reliable and affordable renewable solutions for the mining industry.

Vergnet mining projects completed in recent years include successful wind energy schemes for a zinc mine El Toqui, Chile, South America with Seawind and a National Mining and Industrial Company (SNIM) iron mine in Nouadhibou, Mauritania, West Africa.

Marc Rivard, Sales Director, Vergnet said: “We are delighted to be exhibiting at the Renewable and Mining Summit in Santiago this year. With energy generally accounting for 20-40% of operating costs, reducing electricity expenditure is a now a major operational and strategic goal for the mining industry with renewables playing an increasingly significant role.”

“Vergnet provides clean energy to power mines in Chile, and other global locations which are often isolated from the national electricity grids. Our wind and solar technology is perfectly adapted for remote regions and are easy to transport, install and maintain. We provide scalable renewable energy solutions from small or medium mining operations, to larger developments, allowing us to deliver the right solution for each mine.”

Mining case studies that Vergnet will be profiling at the exhibition include:

Zinc mine El Toqui, Chile, South America: Vergnet’s first wind farm in South America and comprising 6 GEV MP wind turbines, the clean renewable energy produced at El Toqui powers a zinc mine. Like many mining locations, it is isolated from the national electricity grid and is reliant on Vergnet wind technology to help control energy costs. Vergnet GEV MP turbines have been in operation at El Toqui since 2010.

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Vergnet wind turbines at zinc mine El Toqui, Chile, South America

SNIM Iron Mine, Nouadhibou, Mauritania, West Africa: working with SNIM, Africa’s second-largest producer of iron ore, Vergnet developed the Nouadhibou wind farm consisting of 16 GEV MP wind turbines. Commissioned in 2011, the wind farm is connected to SNIM’s thermal power plant and automatically adapts to grid and load configurations with annual fuel savings of 4,800 tons.









Vergnet wind turbines at SNIM Iron Mine, Nouadhibou, Mauritania, West Africa

Vergnet will also be showcasing its HYBRID WIZARD™ technology at the event. The patented hybrid solution is the first to maximize renewable energy penetration, in the form of wind or photovoltaic solar, for existing diesel systems in real time. A software-based solution, Hybrid Wizard guarantees cheaper electricity and security of supply for remote mining locations. Mining operators benefit from less fuel consumption, a lower cost per kWh and short payback time.

The 4th Renewables and Mining Summit & Exhibition will showcase the latest renewables-mining projects from Chile and brings together global renewable energy solutions providers like Vergnet with project finance experts to discuss solutions that directly address the energy challenges affecting the competitiveness and growth of the sector. The Honorable Máximo Pacheco Matte, Energy Minister of Chile, is keynote speaker at the event taking place at the Marriott Hotel in Santiago.

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US DOE Report Charts Path to 35% Wind Penetration by 2050

A new U.S Department of Energy report analysing the nation’s wind energy industry defines an ambitious but ‘plausible’ roadmap to securing 35% wind penetration by 2050.

The highly anticipated report, ‘Wind Vision: A New Era for Wind Power in the United States’, released earlier this month, builds on the promises of the Obama Climate Action Plan to become the leader in clean energy and energy efficiency, and charts the path to achieving a robust wind energy future.

The USA currently stands as a global leader in wind energy, powering 16 million homes and supporting 50,000 jobs, but the DOE believes that the industry has even more to offer. It argues that if this roadmap is followed, a target of 35% by 2050 is ‘plausible’ in terms of grid reliability and cost, as well as the industry’s ability to scale up.

With continued cost reductions via technology developments and further investment in energy systems, the report projects that wind power will be directly competitive with conventional energy technologies within the next decade. It outlines that wind power could supply the nation with 10% of its energy by 2020 and 20% by 2030.

By 2050, it predicts that wind power could displace more than 12.3 gigatonnes of greenhouse gas emissions and reduce cumulative electric spending expenditure by $149 billion, as well as support 600,000 jobs.

The substantial economic and social benefits of investing long-term in a renewable energy future are evident but the DOE warns these can only be gained through continuing policy support, technological advancements, cost reductions and siting and transmission development. Advancing wind’s position in the energy marketplace through implementing the report’s recommended nine-step action plan is needed to realise the benefits of a robust wind energy future.

With all 50 states set to utilise wind energy by 2050, the outlook is promising and, following the recent Islanded Grid Wind Power Conference in Alaska and installation of turbines at New York State Thruway Authority, Vergnet are proud to support the achievement of this ambitious goal by continuing to deliver wind energy solutions within the USA.


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Vergnet Wind Turbines Withstand Cyclone Pam In Vanuatu

Last Friday, the Vanuatu archipelago, which is made up of 80 islands and has a population of 270,000 people, was hit by Cyclone Pam, a category 5 storm with gusts exceeding 320 km/h.

Although, little is known as yet about the full scope of destruction and resulting needs of the island nation, Vergnet found no damage to our thirteen wind turbines installed in the area. The GEV MP medium-power wind turbine that is used on Vanuatu was specifically designed by Vergnet to withstand hurricanes by lowering its blades to the ground.

We have been installing projects in extreme weather conditions since 1992 and now have over 900 wind turbines installed around the world. Vergnet wind turbines are specifically designed for distributed generation in markets such as Europe and the USA, as well as in  isolated areas in Australia and Africa through to hurricane areas including Japan, the Caribbean and New Caledonia.

The 13 wind turbines, which were designed to suit challenging and climatic – conditions, like those in Vauntau, are ready to be reconnected once the electrical infrastructure has been re-established.

Vergnet’s technical team are currently on site helping to restore the national electrical grid and telecommunications network, which has been designated a priority task by the United Nations.   The engineering team are working closely with Telecoms Without Borders, a non-governmental organisation, to restore this as rapidly as possible.

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Vergnet attends Islanded Grid Wind Power Conference, Anchorage, Alaska

Last week, a delegation from Vergnet joined fellow global leaders, researchers, operators, manufacturers, military and government officials at the Islanded Grid Wind Power Conference in Anchorage, Alaska.

The conference, which gathered experts from across the globe, focused on the development and maximisation of remote and island grid wind power systems in Alaska.

Alaska, a state which is regarded as leading the way in remote wind-diesel hybrid systems, has its own energy challenges to overcome. These include isolated grids, specifically remote communities, as well as the often severe artic climate.

The conference focused on technical topics such as energy storage and control systems for integrating wind power into electrical grids; the human capacity needs for operating and maintaining systems in remote areas; financing and the diesel side of the equation in maximising performance.

With a 25 year track record of working in insular locations, cold climates and in designing and implementing hybrid solutions since 1992, Vergnet was perfectly positioned to discuss Alaska’s energy future and to help the state in examining ways to optimise and improve its remote energy systems.

With wind and solar plants in isolated areas such as the Bahamas, Samoa, Australia and New Caledonia and several turbines installed worldwide in cold climates, including key projects in New York State, Russia and Lithuania, the Vergnet team were well placed to advise on the challenges of working in cold and remote locations.

The team were also able to draw on expertise in hybrid energy systems. Vergnet’s Hybrid Wizard, which was specifically designed for extreme weather conditions, is the latest Vergnet innovative control system, aimed at maximising renewable energy penetration on isolated grids, all while guaranteeing the security of grid.

The conference was organised by the Islanded Grid Resource Center (IGRC), which was created by the Renewable Energy Alaska Project (REAP) and the Island Institute in Maine, to act as a knowledge centre to connect those using and working on remote grids throughout the United States and beyond.

Vergnet were proud to be part of this thought-leadership conference and looks forward to developing solutions for rural communities throughout Alaska in the future.



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UK Wind Power Market Surges Forward

Renewable UK reports that a total of 2,237 small and medium wind turbines were installed in the UK last year, pushing the region forward as a global leader in wind power production.

Following the record-breaking wind power statistics reached in the UK last month, the report from Renewable UK emphasised the strong positive growth of the market. According to the report, the installation of 2,237 new turbines in 2014 helped contribute to a saving of 168,257 tonnes of carbon dioxide and provided 3,500 jobs across the UK.

The total number of turbines in the UK has now reached 27,819. This significant figure demonstrates the real potential of the UK wind energy market and its increasingly positive impact on the country’s economy.

At Vergnet, our medium wind energy turbines continue to play a part in the expanding UK market. Within a short five year period, we have installed a total of 28 turbines on farms throughout the UK and opened up a dedicated full O&M Service.

Vergnet’s outlook in the UK for 2015 is positive as we continue to increase our presence throughout, with many local projects in the pipeline and plans to officially open a new subsidiary in Spring.

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Wind Energy Makes Impression Worldwide

According to recent statistics released by the Global Wind Energy Council (GWEC), 51,477 MW of wind generated capacity was installed in 2014.The record-breaking global figure was a 44% increase on the previous year.

In light of these figures, the total cumulative global wind installations currently stand at 369,553 MW.

The statistics highlight the steady growth of some of the leading markets and indicate strong figures from Europe’s wind resources, with Germany and the UK powering out on top. The report recognised the potential growth and opportunities around the world and showed a positive outlook for future wind capacity.

As a global leader in medium wind energy, Vergnet welcomes these encouraging statistics. As partner of choice for developers worldwide, with over 900 wind turbines installed in established and growing markets, we are committed to further growth for the industry and to championing and expanding the use of renewables worldwide.

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