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When it comes to emerging offshore wind markets, Taiwan, India and the U.S. have been in the spotlight over the last few years and especially in 2018. Nevertheless, a few new areas made the offshore wind map over the last year, beyond those already well known and ready for takeoff. Offshore wind is not only expanding as new markets emerge globally, but also as the countries with existing offshore wind farms and those under development already eye earmarking further areas where offshore wind turbines could be installed.
The US Bureau of Offshore Energy Management (BOEM) has resumed the auction for commercial wind energy leasing offshore Massachusetts.
Three commercial wind leases offshore Massachusetts have brought in a total of USD 285 million in bids in the first 24 auction rounds, sending a strong signal that developers are committed to the US offshore wind market.
The US Bureau of Offshore Energy Management (BOEM) is holding an auction for commercial wind energy leasing offshore Massachusetts this Thursday, 13 December.
Crown Estate Scotland has published an update on proposals for new offshore wind leasing in Scotland’s waters which could start in April 2019 at the earliest.
The Crown Estate has detailed the criteria it would assess at the Pre-Qualification (PQQ) and Invitation to Tender (ITT) stages of the proposed Round 4 offshore wind leasing tender in the UK.
The Crown Estate has provided further details on plans for a new offshore wind seabed leasing round in the UK, including proposed locations to be offered for new seabed rights, and a likely increase in capacity from 6GW to 7GW.
The Crown Estate has invited registration for a second market engagement event for a potential new offshore wind leasing round in the UK on Monday 26 November 2018.
The UK offshore wind leasing Round 4 could be launched in the early part of 2019, maintaining a pipeline of projects through to the late 2020s and beyond, according to The Crown Estate, the UK seabed manager.
The Crown Estate has completed its initial assessment of offshore wind extension applications in UK waters, confirming that the eight proposed projects, representing up to 3.4GW of potential new capacity, have satisfied the application criteria.