May 17, 2020

WTF China? New Wind Power Regulations Support Industry Ol..

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China's new regulations will see the formation of a wind power oligopoly
China isnt communist, it is a bastardized hybrid of socialism and capitalism gone rogue, and new regulations in Chinas wind power industry only add to t...

China isn’t communist, it is a bastardized hybrid of socialism and capitalism gone rogue, and new regulations in China’s wind power industry only add to the argument. Chinese businessmen practice capitalism at its finest in their dealings with the world economy, and now, those businessmen’s close relationship with their government have created a new set of regulations on the wind power industry that will create a Chinese wind power oligopoly.

The new regulations are as follows:

  • Unit generating capacity must be 2.5 MW or above and manufacturers must have an annual generating capacity of more than 1 GW and provide complete support facilities.
  • Manufacturers must have more than five years experience
  • Manufacturers must have a minimum installed generating capacity of .5 GW before any expansion.

China’s wind power industry is composed of roughly 80 wind power manufacturers. These manufacturers are divided into three classes. Class I includes the top equipment designers, such as Sinovel, Goldwind, and Dongfang Electric Corporation. Class II includes leading manufacturers, such as XEMC Windpower and Shanghai Electric Group. Class III includes all the small and medium-sized wind power companies.


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Of these smaller class III companies, Ma Xuelu, deputy director of Chinese Wind Energy, claims that only ten of them at most will be capable of meeting the new regulations. The foreseeable outcome of the new regulations will be the forcing out or acquisition of most Class III wind power manufacturers by the larger companies.

This is an oligopoly at its finest: a few powerful corporations dominating the market and ensuring that there is no room for competition. In fact, it has been noted by several of the dominating wind power companies in China that it is a main goal of the 2011 fiscal year to expand. What better way than to cozy up with the government to force out or acquire the competition through new regulations?

It seems so very odd that a country that is supposed to be communist is acting more like an out of control hypercapitalistic kleptocracy than anything else—simply put, the government and business sector in China are working hand in hand to ensure a few corporations make out very very well. While this business/government bond may seem like the root of communism, it is and only is if its intentions are for the betterment of the people of that nation, and the last time I checked, the majority of Chinese workers labor extensive hours for minimal compensation, while Chinese heads of business are living the same lavish lifestyles of their counterparts in capitalist countries. Plus, if you placed a Chinese wind power company like Sinovel next to an American wind power company and had to discern which one was the communist… you’d be left scratching your head, because both operate on capitalistic principles!!! In fact, Sinovel was privately owned up until it issued limited public shares in 2010.

It seems this guise of communism is just an excuse to keep Chinese labor wages down and work hours up as to have an unfair advantage over capitalist nations still trying to have some semblance of “care” for its laborers (although that too is currently up for debate). These new wind power regulations are the most blatant act of corporate cronyism I’ve seen in the renewable energy sector, and I sure am glad I’m not working for a wind power start-up in China right now!

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Jun 14, 2021

W3 Energy signs technical operations contract with Luxcara

Dominic Ellis
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W3 Energy and Luxcara sign technical operations contract ahead of Global Wind Day tomorrow and new study showing Poland leading Europe's growth

W3 Energy has signed a contract with Luxcara for onsite technical operations management for the Önusberget wind farm, which is Europe's largest single onshore wind farm. 

The wind farm, located outside of Piteå in northern Sweden, plans to have 137 wind turbines on full installation, with an expected capacity of more than 750 MW.

W3 Energy will be responsible for onsite technical operations management and local accounting services as well as operation and maintenance of the electrical infrastructure and transformer stations.

"This contract strengthens our position as a key player in onsite technical operations management. The Önusberget wind farm is the largest single-site wind power project in Europe and we are proud that Luxcara gives us the trust to support with the operational management of their investment", says W3 Energy's COO André Sjöström.

"The contract with Luxcara is extremely important to us and means that we take a firm grip on our home region. This contract allows us to continue to grow and we plan to continue to recruit in Piteå, Umeå, and Skellefteå."

The new contract with Luxcara means that W3 Energy manages approximately 15% of the renewable energy produced in Sweden and lays the foundation for continuing to build growth in other regions.

"Luxcara is an internationally respected asset manager in renewable energy, with high-quality investment criteria and a strong focus on diversity and sustainability. We share their view on sustainability, with a strong focus on environmental as well as social and ethical aspects", stated W3 Energy's CEO Pär Dunder.

Its past engagement with W3 combined with their track record from other large projects and their local experience were decisive factors for choosing W3 Energy, according to Philip Sander, Managing Director of Luxcara.

Global Wind Day will be held tomorrow (June 15), to promote wind's potential to reshape our energy systems, decarbonise economies and boost jobs and economic growth.

Onshore wind is now the cheapest form of new power generation in most of Europe, and offshore wind is not far behind with costs having fallen over 60% in three years, according to WindEurope.

Adrian Timbus, ETIPWind Chairman, said: “Wind energy can help electrify 75% of Europe’s energy demand and thereby deliver climate neutrality by 2050. But we must prioritise the development of the necessary technologies: next generation onshore and offshore turbines, electrification solutions for transport and for industry, and electrolysers for renewable hydrogen.”

Poland leads Europe's wind growth

Poland saw Europe's biggest increase in wind turbine energy production between 2000 and 2018, according to a Save on Energy study, and produced the fourteenth highest percentage of electricity by wind power overall in 2018. 

Czechia has seen second highest percentage increase in electricity production generated by wind power. Despite having the second lowest proportion of electricity generated by wind power in 2018, the country previously produced the lowest percentage overall in 2000, so it has still seen a significant increase in wind turbine energy production over the years.

France has the third largest increase in wind turbine energy production throughout the period studied, with electricity production generated by wind power increasing from 0.009% in 2000, to 4.9% in 2018, while neighbouring Belgium experienced the fourth highest increase in wind energy production, with almost 10% of electricity produced being generated by wind power in 2018, compared to 0.02% in 2000.

Although Ukraine boasted the lowest percentage of electricity produced by wind turbines in 2018 (0.7%), the country had the fifth largest percentage increase since 2000, since only 0.003% of electricity production was generated by wind turbines.

By comparison, Denmark, Luxembourg and Spain each ranked as having the lowest percentage increases when it came to the percentage of electricity production generated by wind turbines between 2000 and 2018, and they lag considerably behind other European nations.

The EU wants wind to account for 50% of the continent's electricity by 2050. The Romanian Wind Energy Association recently launched a Code of Good Practice for renewable energy.

Top 10 countries in Europe for wind growth

1. Poland
2. Czechia
3. France
4. Belgium
5. Ukraine
6. Turkey
7. Norway
8. Austria
9. UK
10. Finland 

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