08 March 2018

A New Competitive Landscape Is Taking Shape: Bigger, Better and Stronger

Danish manufacturer Vestas held the title as the world’s largest supplier of wind turbines in 2017, according to preliminary findings from FTI Intelligence. The preliminary figures also show that the top five turbine OEMs, Vestas, Siemens Gamesa, Goldwind, GE and Enercon, dominated new wind installations in 2017, accounting for 62 percent of all installations, almost

16 October 2017

Chinese Solar Market Is Growing More Aggressively Than Wind

China installed more than 30 GW solar PV in the first seven months in 2017 which was triggered by the second Feed-in Tariff (FiT) reduction announced at the end of 2016. The solar industry believes 2017 will be a record year and that new installations will pass 40 GW. However, in this Spark – Energy

22 September 2017

Long Shadows Over Solar

The U.S. solar industry is holding its collective breath as it awaits the outcome of a section 201 trade petition, filed in April, by bankrupt manufacturer Suniva. While Suniva is requesting trade barriers and punitive tariffs on imported solar cells and modules, downstream participants in solar stand to lose in terms of jobs, investment activity,

31 August 2017

Near-term Domestic Challenges Driving Chinese OEMs to Internationalize

2017 is the second year of declining installations after a record year in 2015. Will this trend continue? When will the Chinese wind market bounce back? What are the strategies of Chinese turbine OEMs facing the current market downturn at home? In this Spark – Energy Insight Near-term Domestic Challenges Driving Chinese OEMs to Internationalize,

21 February 2017

Vestas Returns to No. 1 Spot in Global Wind Turbine Supplier Ranking in 2016

  Danish manufacturer Vestas recaptured the title as the world’s largest supplier of wind turbines in 2016, according to preliminary findings from FTI Intelligence. This achievement was in large part due to increased installations in the U.S. market, where it overtook U.S. manufacturer GE as the No. 1 supplier. According to the findings, GE and Enercon rose to

14 November 2016

UK Policy Should Promote Learning to Reveal Lifetime Technology Costs

The UK must build at least 20 GW of new electricity generation capacity by 2020. This is equivalent to replacing 30 percent of current power plants. In this Spark – Energy Insight UK Policy Should Promote Learning to Reveal Lifetime Technology Costs, FTI Intelligence explains the options available to meet carbon emissions targets in addition

19 September 2016

The Impacts of U.S. Nuclear Retirements Under the EPA’s Clean Power Plan

Nuclear energy is an important source of carbon-free electric power generation in the U.S. The EPA’s Clean Power Plan (CPP) sets aggressive carbon reduction targets for the electric power sector but fails to recognize the economic, regulatory and political challenges that face the nuclear industry. In this Spark – Energy Insight The Impacts of U.S.

16 September 2016

Repowering of Wind Assets: Opportunities and Challenges

As interest in wind energy continues to grow strongly in both existing and new markets, significant volumes of capacity are starting to reach the end of their designed life spans. In this Spark – Energy Insight Repowering of Wind Assets: Opportunities and Challenges, FTI Intelligence considers what options operators have in respect of these older

21 July 2016

EEG 2017 – Shaking Up the EU’s Largest Wind Power Market

The EEG, Germany’s Renewable Energy Sources Act, has played a fundamental role in making Germany Europe’s largest wind market. To tap more of Germany’s renewable potential while having the cost limited at the economically necessary level, Bundestag, the German parliament, has just approved the EEG reform that will come into effect in January 2017. In

02 June 2016

Brexit’s Impacts on the UK’s Energy Market

Leaving the EU suggests three clear options with the best one staying within the Internal Energy Market (IEM). However, this may be dependent on accepting other options on immigration policy politically unpalatable to the Brexit camp. Whatever happens, a potentially damaging period of uncertainty looks inevitable. Ahead of the referendum on the 23rd of June,

16 March 2016

The US Utility War Against Net Metering

Net metering has been a key driver in the adoption of residential and commercial PV, however, changes to net metering programs are being considered all across the US, and there will be wins, losses and new fees. These will potentially significantly impact the deployment of residential solar in the US. Announcements in key states California,

25 February 2016

EU Energy Security – Reboot 2.0

Taking its first step towards the delivery of the Energy Union, on 16 February, the European Commission presented its Energy Security Package. With the aim of bolstering security of supply, the package sets out a wide range of measures to strengthen the European Union’s resilience to gas supply disruptions and takes yet another small step

30 November 2015

The Future of UK Wind After the Government’s Energy Policy “Reset”

The Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change delivered a speech aimed at “re-setting” UK energy policy. The rhetoric favored more thermal gas generation and new nuclear capacity, shifting away from support for renewable energy. However, there was also a commitment to completely phase out coal fired generation by 2025. In this Spark –

17 August 2015

UK Government Opens the Door to Retroactive Tariff Cuts

The UK renewable sector has been hit with rapid changes to renewable subsidy regimes since the Conservatives won a strong election victory. The Department of Energy and Climate Change (DECC) has stated that there will be no retroactive changes to tariffs for any technologies, however the removal of Levy exemption certificates and grandfathering rights for

06 August 2015

Rush to Capitalize on Higher FiTs Puts Chinese Grid Further Under Strain

Based on the Chinese Wind Energy Association (CWEA) installation figures for 1H 2015, China saw a 40.8 percent growth compared to the same period in 2014. According to the CWEA, the key driver for the growth is the change in onshore Feed-in tariffs (FiT) announced by the National Development and Reform Commission (NDRC) in January

30 July 2015

China’s “Belt and Road” Initiative to Boost Chinese Wind Turbine Exports

The “Belt and Road” initiative refers to the Silk Road economic belt and the 21st century maritime Silk Road. This initiative shows the political will to support Chinese companies doing business abroad. For the Chinese wind industry, the initiative is a real benefit in solving one of the major challenges facing the domestic market: excess