US contractor bags 250MW Illinois wind build

US contractor Infrastructure and Energy Alternatives (IEA) has secured a deal to build the up to 250MW Blooming Grove wind farm in Illinois.

The project, which is located in McLean County, is being developed by Invenergy and will comprise 94 turbines from an unnamed supplier.

Work on the wind farm has been underway since September and is expected to be completed in late 2020.

The scope of IEA’s work includes construction of roads, foundations and installation of turbines.

White Construction, a division of IEA that performs the construction of heavy civil infrastructure projects, secured the contract.

IEA chief executive JP Roehm said the Illinois project is an excellent example of the size and scope of wind farm developments completed, underway or planned across much of the US.

“Momentum in wind energy is substantial across more than a dozen states and in several regions of the country, providing IEA both strong demand and geographic diversity,” Roehm said. “We expect activity to remain robust in 2020 and beyond.”

IEA has assembled more than 7200 wind turbines across North America.

PTC Extension Update

From Tom Kiernan, AWEA CEO:

PTC Extension Update

December 19, 2019

Earlier this afternoon the Senate passed a spending and tax bill that will extend the current production tax credit (PTC) for wind for an additional year and raise the value of the PTC from 1 cent/kWh to 1.5 cents/kWh. The legislation was passed by the House yesterday and the President is expected to sign it into law shortly. This was a hard-fought victory for us and the result of sustained member company and AWEA advocacy on Capitol Hill about the value of the PTC to drive economic growth and reduce greenhouse gas emissions.

Below is some additional information about the bill:

  • The 1.5 cents/kWh PTC (60% of the original PTC value, indexed for inflation) or 18% ITC in lieu of the PTC is available for projects that commence construction in 2020. Further exploration of IRS guidance may be needed, but our current interpretation is the following:
    • If construction of a facility begins in 2019, then only a 40% credit (1 cent/kWh) should be allowed, and the continuity safe harbor should apply so long as the facility is placed in service by 2023.
    • If construction of a facility begins in 2020, then a 60% credit (1.5 cents/kWh) should be allowed, and the continuity safe harbor should apply so long as the facility is placed in service by 2024.
  • No solar ITC extension
  • No storage ITC
  • No direct pay or transferability provision
  • No electric vehicle credit extension
  • PTC for closed-loop biomass, open-loop biomass, geothermal, landfill gas, municipal solid waste, hydropower, and marine and hydrokinetic energy extended through 2020, with a retroactive extension from January 1, 2018
  • Biodiesel credit extended at full value from 1/1/18 through 2022
  • Credit extensions for fuel cell motor vehicles, alternative fuel refueling property, and 2-wheeled plug-in EVs through 2020

Mayflower to deliver second Massachusetts offshore wind farm

The north-east US state of Massachusetts has chosen Mayflower Wind to develop an 804MW offshore wind farm, following bid submissions filed in August.

The project, located more than 20 miles south of Nantucket, is expected to start operations in 2025, according to the developer.

Having presented the state with several bid options for the project with progressive levels of investment, Massachusetts chose Mayflower’s low-cost energy proposal which achieves long-term prices below the original price cap of $84.23 (€75.47) per megawatt hour.

The wind farm will enable a $3.7bn electricity rate reduction over the term of the contract, according to Mayflower.

The wind farm, during its lifecycle will create up 10,000 jobs in Massachusetts, including both offshore jobs and onshore opportunities, said the developer.

Mayflower Wind president John Hartnett said: “Mayflower Wind is proud to have been selected to provide low cost renewable energy to Massachusetts.

“Development of the Mayflower Wind project will contribute to the building of an offshore supply chain on the south coast and across the Commonwealth, helping to launch a new clean, safe and innovative sector of our economy. We look forward to working with all of our stakeholders to ensure a safe and successful project.”

Mayflower Wind also has provided the same competitive pricing solution to Connecticut under its current procurement process for offshore wind, matching the objective of securing low cost renewable energy articulated in the State’s energy plan.

Business Network for Offshore Wind chief executive Liz Burdock said: “This is evidence that the US offshore wind industry is becoming a mainstream clean energy source for US coastal states, and the opportunity for the US-based supply chain is only going to grow.

“It also underscores that states’ energy procurement policies, like those of Massachusetts, are vital for the nation’s transition to a clean energy economy.”

According to Burdock the selection of Mayflower Wind, which is a joint venture between oil and gas giant Shell and Portuguese utility EDP Renewables, demonstrates the “rush to fuel supply diversification”.

She added, “This team will bring regulatory expertise and use a supply chain that will expand across America.”

Vineyard Wind, which is developing the 800MW Vineyard Wind 1 project off the coast of Massachusetts, also submitted a bid under the state’s latest offshore wind solicitation.

Chief executive Lars Pedersen said, “While today’s decision is disappointing, we remain fully committed to delivering the first large-scale offshore wind farm in the United States to Massachusetts, and will continue to grow our company in the Commonwealth.

“Congratulations to Mayflower Wind on their winning bid, we look forward to working with them and other developers to engage with stakeholders across the region.

“We commend the Baker-Polito Administration and the Massachusetts Legislature for their continued commitment to renewable energy and plans to pursue another 1600MW of offshore wind for Massachusetts in the coming years.”

Next, Mayflower Wind and the state will negotiate long-term power contracts by mid-December, and for long-term contracts to be submitted to the Massachusetts Department of Public Utilities for approval in January 2020.

Siemens Gamesa scoops 232MW in Nebraska

EDF Renewables has awarded Siemens Gamesa an order to supply 66 turbines for the 232MW Milligan wind project, in Nebraska, US. The project in Milligan County is expected to come online at the end of 2020. Siemens Gamesa will supply 30 of its 4.5-145 and 36 of the 2.7-129 model. The contract also includes a service and maintenance agreement. The order marks 1GW of the 4.5-145 model sold worldwide by Siemens Gamesa. Siemens Gamesa chief executive for onshore Americas Jose Antonio Miranda said: “EDF Renewables is a very strong partner for us and we are glad to be working with them on a number of projects like Milligan and the recently announced Coyote and Oso Grande wind projects.” The Milligan project marks the third order for EDF Renewables North America to […] click to read more


The US has launched an initiative to develop a set of standards for the offshore wind sector.

The three-year project is a collaboration between the Department of Energy, the National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL), Bureau of Ocean Energy Management (BOEM), Bureau of Safety and Environmental Enforcement, Business Network for Offshore Wind and the American Wind Energy Association (AWEA).

An Offshore Wind Technical Advisory Panel comprising industry stakeholders has been formed and will guide the scope of activities for a group of new technical sub-working groups, which will develop the standards.

The proposed sub-groups cover the updating of the AWEA’s 2012 offshore compliance recommended practices, floating offshore turbines, geotechnical data requirements and met-ocean requirements for US waters.

The standards, which will be recognized by the American National Standards Institute, will allow BOEM to “adopt better requirements that reflect the latest industry best practices”.

NREL principal engineer and chairman of the Offshore Wind Standards working group Walt Musial said: “These standards and guidelines will form the basis for BOEM to establish transparent compliance requirements that will help industry in turn provide safe and reliable offshore wind facilities that serve the US electric supply.”

Vestas wins 168 MW order in Mexico

News release from Vestas Mediterranean
Madrid, 26 September 2019

Vestas has secured a 168 MW order for a wind park in Mexico. The order derives from a corporate power purchase agreement (PPA) and includes the supply and installation of 42 wind turbines of the 4 MW platform with V150 rotors. The order also includes an Active Output Management 5000 (AOM 5000) service agreement for the operation and maintenance of the wind park over the next five years.

The 73-metre long blades of the Vestas 150m rotors will be locally manufactured in the TPI Composites factory in Matamoros, which provides Vestas with blades for the increasing number of V136 and V150 orders that the company is receiving in Mexico and Latin America. The turbine towers will also be produced by local suppliers.

“This order showcases how Vestas’ technology can meet the increasing demand of private Mexican companies for clean, reliable and competitive energy”, says Agustín Sánchez-Tembleque, General Manager of Vestas México.

Vestas pioneered the Mexican wind energy market when it installed the first commercial wind turbine in 1994. Since then, Vestas has accumulated over 2,3 GW of installed capacity or under construction in the country.