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COVID-19 will slow the global shift to renewable energy, but can't stop it The renewable energy industry, which until recently was projected to enjoy rapid growth, has run into stiff headwinds as a result of three era-defining events: the COVID-19 pandemic, the resulting global financial contraction and a collapse in oil prices.

COVID-19: Germany 'must not forget climate protection' Trade body calls for a continued focus on clean energy goals during the coronavirus pandemic.

Huisman to give lift to Japanese jack-up Dutch outfit Huisman has signed a contract with PaxOcean Engineering for the delivery of a 1600-tonne leg encircling crane for a jack-up being built for work in Japanese offshore wind market. The crane will be installed on a vessel ordered by Penta-Ocean Construction and will be capable of installing turbines up to 12MW and various foundations.

Trelleborg shields Hornsea 2 array wires Trelleborg has won a contract from Orsted to provide four integrated cable protection systems for the 1400MW Hornsea 2 offshore wind farm off the east coast of England. The NjordGuard CPS will be used to protect the project's array cables from fatigue, over-bending and abrasion, at the entry point to the monopile foundations.

EU urged to support 'critical' wind component output National governments have done well to recognise the critical role of the wind industry in ensuring a continued supply of electricity to Europe, but they must also support the 'critical' continued production of wind parts in factories, the Belgium-headquartered association said.

Fontavis and OX2 Successfully Completed Orrberget Wind Farm "With the completion of another wind farm in Sweden with OX2, Fontavis again demonstrates its competence and ability to generate attractive deals and successfully implement them with the right partners," says Thomas Vogt, director at Fontavis. "We are pleased that we were able to implement another project with Fontavis.

COVID-19: Vestas closes two factories in Spain This means that all activities have stopped at the generators factory in Viveiro and blade plant in Daimiel, accept for a small amount of operations that "either cannot stop or need to run to prepare the factories for a fast ramp up after 9 April", the company said.

German Renewable Energy Law Celebrates 20 Years First, in the grid, power from regenerative sources is given priority over conventional power. Second, the feed-in tariffs determined by the government for the supply of renewable energies establishes investment security for the market actors.

Vattenfall pulls out of 700MW Dutch offshore wind tender EXCLUSIVE: Swedish developer cites COVID-19 uncertainty for decision to abandon race for Hollandse Kust North.

"Undisputed success" or "inefficient"? Germany's landmark renewable energy law at 20 Twenty years after Germany's landmark renewable energy law first went into effect, both boosters and critics are weighing in on the law's impact.

50Hertz celebrates solar record German transmission system operator 50Hertz successfully integrated a record 8500MW of solar electricity into the grid in a single morning on 23 March. The company said that lots of sun and an almost cloud-free sky were the reasons for the record volume.

Vestas nets China deals totalling 301MW Deliveries are expected to begin in the third quarter of 2020, with commissioning planned for the same quarter.

. Vestas also secured a 99MW order for two projects in Jiangsu Province. Both projects will feature a mixed site configuration consisting of V155-3.3MW and V110-2.2MW turbines.

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COVID-19: PNE may push projects back to 2021 PNE chief executive Markus Lesser said: "At present, we assume that there may be shifts in our operating business as regards the sale of project rights and project implementation from 2020 to 2021 and from 2021 to 2022 due to the current developments concerning the spread of the COVID-19 virus.

Vestas secures its fourth intertidal wind farm project in Vietnam The Ben Tre V1-3 wind project will be located in Ba Tri District of Ben Tre Province in the Mekong Delta region of Vietnam.

California lab explores fibre optic offshore sensors The Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory has secured funding from the California Energy Commission to carry out research into the use of fibre optic cables as sensors in the offshore wind sector. Finance totalling $2m has been provided for the project, which will be in collaboration with UC Berkeley.

Orbital secures second Orkney test berth Securing a second berth at EMEC provides a route for the company to deliver a 4MW floating farm at EMEC's Fall of Warness tidal energy test site, off Orkney's northern island of Eday. Estimated installation for the second turbine is 2022.

Hydrogen economy offers promising path to decarbonisation says BNEF Hydrogen Economy Outlook, a new and independent global study from research firm BloombergNEF, finds that clean hydrogen could be deployed in the decades to come to cut up to 34 percent of global greenhouse gas emissions from fossil fuels and industry - at a manageable cost.

Midsummer sells first production line under the Rusnano framework agreement The order is the first under the framework agreement Midsummer signed with Rusnano Group in September 2019. The normal order value for this type of production line stretches from $3.5 million to $5 million. The current order value is within this range.

Brave Tern preps for Yunlin job Fred Olsen Windcarrier jack-up Brave Tern has arrived in the port of Esbjerg to start mobilising for work on the 640MW Yunlin offshore wind farm off the coast of Taiwan. Brave Tern arrived at the port in Denmark after completing a charter with Prysmian Group, Windcarrier said.

Slow start for $500m John Laing renewables sale It's a tough time to be kicking off a new sale process. The sale of a portfolio of renewable assets owned by John Laing has been kicked into the second half of the year. Offshore bidders can't kick tyres, listed equity values are swinging around wildly and lending banks are busy tending to existing clients, rather than lining up to fund new deals.

233 - The Monching Visits: Pililla Wind Farm Who would have thought that structures originally built for renewable energy would become tourist attractions themselves? Mention wind farms in the Philippines, and most probably - the one in Bangui, Ilocos Norte would definitely come to mind. Thankfully, people need not go up north to see renewable energy windmills.

Stimulus Package Lacks Relief For Renewable Energy The Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security Act is expected to be enacted as early as March 27, 2020. The CARES Act provisions are intended to provide individuals and companies with liquidity as the world battles the COVID-19 pandemic.

Renewable energy: SECI says UP discoms' force majeure claim not valid Uttar Pradesh Power Corporation, in a letter to the SECI on March 27, had claimed that discoms are facing a "drastic reduction in collections due to three-week lockdown". A force majeure means extraordinary events or circumstance beyond human control.

Celebrating 100: A Spotlight On 6 Leaders Of 100% Renewable Cities - Episode 100 Of Local Energy Rules Podcast This week marks a milestone for the Local Energy Rules podcast: 100 episodes. Although the times are grim and uncertain, we hope you take refuge in these visions of a cleaner, more equitable future. For our 100th episode of the Local Energy Rules podcast, we compiled a highlight reel from the Voices of 100% series.

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