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The European Commission has selected a consortium led by eclareon, The Renewables Consulting Group (RCG) and WindEurope to explore health, safety, and environment (HSE) best practice in the wind power sector. The “wind harmony” study will examine the alignment of HSE standards from construction, through operation and maintenance, to decommissioning, covering both onshore and offshore […]
The European Commission has approved three schemes to support electricity production from wind and solar power in Denmark in 2018 and 2019.
European Commission's Directorate-General for Energy is seeking technical support to examine the potential for harmonisation and alignment of health and safety standards for onshore and offshore wind farms.
The European Commission has approved certificates scheme for renewable electricity implemented in Flanders, Belgium, saying that the scheme is in line with EU State aid rules.
The European Commission has approved the acquisition of joint control over the Portuguese WindPlus consortium by Chiyoda Generating Europe (CGE), Diamond Generating Europe Limited (DGE), EDP Renewables, Trustwind and Repsol NE.
The European Commission has approved the sale of the UK Green Investment Bank's (GIB) offshore wind farm portfolio to Macquarie Group Limited of Australia and Universities Superannuation Scheme Limited (USSL) of the UK.
The European Commission (EC) is reviewing the acquisition of LM Wind Power by GE to determine whether GE filed misleading information regarding its offshore wind technology plans during the review of the acquisition.
The European Commission has approved unconditionally the acquisition of LM Wind Power of Denmark, by General Electric Company (GE) of the US after concluding that the proposed acquisition would not result in a significant reduction in competition in the EU's Single Market.
The European Commission has approved, under the EU Merger Regulation, the proposed acquisition of joint control over Formosa 1 International Investment of Taiwan by DONG Energy, Australia's Macquarie and Swancor Holding of Taiwan.
The European Commission has cleared unconditionally under the EU Merger Regulation the proposed acquisition of ABB's high voltage cable business and power cable accessories business by nkt after concluding that the merged entity would continue to face effective competition in Europe.
The European Commission has published a call for proposals to implement the first phase of the Blueprint for sectorial cooperation on skills throughout the maritime technology industries, including offshore wind.
The European Commission has approved, under the EU Merger Regulation, the proposed acquisition of joint control over Norther NV by Diamond Offshore Wind Holdings II BV of the Netherlands, Eneco Wind Belgium NV and Elnu NV, a subsidiary of Elicio NV, all of Belgium. The Commission concluded that the proposed acquisition would raise no competition […]
European Commission Vice President for Energy Union Maros Sefcovic met with 11 chief technical officers (CTOs) from the wind industry at the beginning of this month at the WindEurope Summit 2016 in Hamburg. CTOs from ABB, Iberdrola, Vestas, DONG Energy and Siemens presented Sefcovic with a new study on research and innovation (R&I) – known as the […]
The European Commission has granted investment aid for the construction of the Offshore Terminal Bremerhaven (OTB) which will be used for shipping wind turbines to offshore wind farms. The new offshore terminal will be built south of Bremerhaven, in a bend of the River Weser, as a heavy-cargo, assembly and transhipment facility for the wind […]
The European Commission has approved under the EU Merger Regulation the acquisition of VolkerWessels Offshore by Boskalis. The EC concluded that the proposed acquisition would raise no competition concerns, because it would not significantly change the market structure. The operation was examined under the simplified merger review procedure. VolkerWessels Offshore comprises three businesses, namely Stemat Holding […]
Since the Extraordinary General meeting held on 19 December 2014 which approved the acquisition by General Electric of Alstom's Energy businesses, both companies have been working with regulators around the world to secure competition and regulatory authorisations. Approvals have already been granted in 15 countries. The European Commission has been looking at the impact of […]
The European Commission's Energy Union proposal to establish post-2020 legislation for renewables is a clear signal to investors that Europe is open for business on zero-carbon energy, said the chief executive officer of the European Wind Energy Association. The Vice President for Energy Union Maros Sefcovic plans to put forward a Renewable Energy Package as soon […]
Europe’s largest industrial alliance for interconnection, the Friends of the Supergrid (FOSG) welcomed the newly appointed European Commission (EC) 2014-19 following its approval by the European Parliament in Strasbourg on October 22, 2014. Speaking in Brussels, FOSG Chairman, Pierre Bernard said: “We are confident that, under President Juncker’s leadership, and the steering of Messrs. Maroš Šefcovic […]
The European Commission has concluded that a UK scheme called "Contracts for Difference" that promotes the generation of electricity from renewable sources is in line with EU state aid rules. In separate investigations, the Commission has also found that public support worth GBP 9.7 billion (around € 12.3 billion) to five offshore wind farms is […]
The European Commission has announced that it has approved the acquisition of joint control over DONG Energy A/S of Denmark by the Kingdom of Denmark and The Goldman Sachs Group, Inc. of the US, under the EU Merger Regulation. Related news DONG is currently controlled by the Danish State. Denmark is currently active inter alia […]
Marine renewable energy has enormous potential, however, due care should be taken that possible environmental impacts are brought to a minimum to address public and other stakeholders' concerns for such projects. To be able to propose technical mitigation measures, a clear understanding is needed of the likely environmental impacts of noise (during both installation and […]
The European Commission has released a Renewable energy progress report yesterday. The purpose of this progress report is to assess Member States' progress in the promotion and use of renewable energy towards the 2020 targets. In addition, it contains sections on the sustainability scheme for biofuels and bioliquids consumed in the EU and on the […]
The European Commission has concluded that public funding of 3 billion GBP (around €3.7 billion) granted by the United Kingdom (UK) for the creation of a bank investing in environmentally friendly projects, is in line with EU state aid rules. The Green Investment Bank (GIB) will invest only in projects that could not obtain sufficient […]
To make it through the crisis, Europe needs the contribution of all sectors of its economy. In a Communication on 'Blue Growth' adopted today, the European Commission presents promising indications for economic growth and employment prospects in the marine and maritime economy to help Europe's economic recovery. These economic sectors provide jobs for 5.4 million […]
The European Commission is opening a public consultation on "Marine Knowledge 2020: from seabed mapping to ocean forecasting", reported Utility Week. Namely, the EU Commission wants to make private marine data public. For example, seabed surveys used by companies to obtain licenses for offshore wind development could be used publicly. The Commission thinks that the […]
The European Commission has today taken action to shore-up the EU’s Emission Trading System (ETS) by proposing to delay the auctioning of carbon allowances. Delaying allowances is needed to prevent further falls in the carbon price. The move must now be agreed by Member States and the European Parliament. “The European Commission has finally taken […]