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Europe installed 3.6GW of new offshore wind capacity in 2019, which is a new record in annual installations, according to WindEurope.
Poland’s transmission system operator (TSO) Polskie Sieci Elektroenergetyczne (PSE) has launched a survey to determine how much generation capacity is currently in the country’s pipeline with proposed offshore wind projects, and what their status is, to support further phases of planning the grid development.
The Taiwanese government’s award of grid connection capacity to a total of over 3.8GW of offshore wind projects on 30 April will have a positive impact on other offshore wind markets in Asia, according to a partner at the law firm Hogan Lovells.
International law firm, Berwin Leighton Paisner (BLP) has advised Macquarie Capital on the introduction of EnBW Energie Baden-Württenberg AG (EnBW) to its partnership with Swancor Renewable to jointly develop three offshore wind projects in Taiwan.
The Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) has granted Anbaric Development Partners (ADP) the rights to solicit customers and sell transmission rights to a 2GW–2.4GW offshore wind transmission system in southern New England called the Massachusetts Ocean Grid. ADP will offer its offshore grid to developers that currently hold federal offshore wind leases as well as to those that are yet to obtain them.
The Environmental Protection Administration (EPA) in Taiwan has approved the Environmental Impact Assessments (EIAs) of three offshore wind projects proposed to be built off Changhua County by Macquarie Capital and Swancor Renewable, according to local media.
Europe added close to 3.2GW of offshore wind capacity last year, taking the total installed and grid-connected capacity from 12.6GW in 2016 to 15.8GW at the end of 2017 and thus marking a 25% increase in just one year. Including sites with partial grid connection, there are now 92 offshore wind farms in eleven European countries and 4,149 grid-connected wind turbines, WindEurope reports in its annual offshore wind statistics.
Transmission system operator TenneT has laid out its ideas for supporting the possible further expansion of offshore wind energy in the Dutch North Sea.