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11 April 2019 Authorities, Wind Farm Update

The Estonian government will not issue a building permit to the developer of a 600MW offshore wind farm in the Estonian Baltic Sea, citing national security concerns as the reason for the decision. The 600MW Saaremaa offshore wind farm is being developed by Saare Wind Energy OU. The company proposes to erect 100 turbines in the 6-megawatt class off […]

18 January 2019 Authorities, Business & Finance

The Government of Denmark has signed a Memorandum of Understanding with wind industry majors with the aim of strengthening and continuing the strong collaboration between the global wind energy industry and the Danish government. The MoU, titled ‘Second to none wind energy framework – think Denmark’, was signed by Kristian Jensen, Denmark’s Minister of Finance, Lars Christian Lilleholt, […]

15 January 2019 Authorities, Wind Farm Update

The Bureau of Ocean Energy Management (BOEM) will postpone public meetings on its Draft Environmental Impact Statement for the Vineyard Wind offshore wind project originally scheduled for 15-17 January. The public meetings were scheduled to take place in Hyannis, Nantucket, and Martha’s Vineyard, Massachusetts. The postponement is due to the government shutdown, BOEM said. The […]

7 January 2019 Authorities, Wind Farm Update

The US Bureau of Ocean Energy Management (BOEM) will be postponing public meetings on its Draft Environmental Impact Statement for the Vineyard Wind project, originally scheduled for 8 and 9 January, due to the government shutdown. If the government shutdown continues into the morning of 14 January, the meetings scheduled for 15-17 January will be rescheduled as […]

5 July 2018 Authorities

South Korea’s Ministry of Trade, Industry and Energy (MOTIE) has announced plans for setting up large-scale offshore wind farms as it targets expanding the country’s offshore wind capacity as part of its Renewable Energy 3020 Implementation Plan.

27 March 2018 Authorities, Business & Finance, Environment, Grid Connection

The Dutch government has presented the Offshore Wind Energy Roadmap 2030, setting out plans for the development of additional 7GW of offshore wind capacity in the 2024-2030 period.

21 February 2018 Authorities, Business & Finance, Wind Farm Update

RenewableUK has asked the UK government to review the Renewables Obligation (RO) accreditation deadline for three upcoming floating wind projects in Scotland and proposed a deadline extension from October 2018 to April 2020. Namely, two out of the three projects will miss becoming eligible to receive Renewables Obligation Certificates (ROCs) due to delays that were out of the developers’ control.

27 November 2017 Authorities, Business & Finance, Contracts & Tenders, R&D, Technology

The Dutch government has launched an international campaign entitled Wind & Water Works during an offshore wind energy masterclass organised by the Netherlands for ten guest nations.

15 November 2017 Business & Finance

The Scottish Government and Scottish Enterprise are in discussions with all relevant parties in the BiFab case, with the Government looking to save the company and hundreds of jobs at BiFab facilities in Scotland.

23 October 2017

The Government of Ontario has notified Trillium Power that it will seek a motion to dismiss the company’s litigation efforts on “misfeasance in public office” and “spoliation” on 24 October. This marks another sequel in the legal action story between Trillium Power and the Ontario Government, based on the cancellation of the company’s offshore wind project in 2011.

13 September 2017

The U.S. Bureau of Ocean Energy Management (BOEM) will hold an Intergovernmental Renewable Energy Task Force Meeting on 3 October in Riverhead, New York.

12 September 2017 Authorities, Business & Finance, Contracts & Tenders

On 11 September, a group of economic and energy ministers and senators of five northern German states, together with representatives of the coastal cities and the industry, signed the Cuxhaven Appeal 2.0, calling for an expansion goal of at least 20 gigawatts in the North and Baltic Seas by 2030, and at least 30 gigawatts by 2035.

9 June 2017 Authorities, Business & Finance, Environment

RenewableUK has urged the new UK government and opposition parties to put the development of renewables at the heart of energy policy, so that consumers can benefit from cheaper power.

5 January 2017 Authorities, Business & Finance, Wind Farm Update

U.S. offshore wind developer Fishermen’s Energy has lost government funding for its 24MW Atlantic City Wind Farm project off the coast of New Jersey after missing a deadline to secure a power offtake agreement. ”The planned Atlantic City Wind Farm sponsored by Fishermen’s Energy is one of three active advanced offshore wind demonstration projects the Department of […]

17 August 2016 Authorities, Business & Finance, Environment, R&D, Wind Farm Update

The UK’s Royal Society for the Protection of Birds (RSPB) has expressed its concern over the Secretary of State’s decision to approve DONG Energy’s Hornsea Project Two offshore wind farm, saying that it ”will lead to the unnecessary death of hundreds of globally important seabirds.” The charity believes that a growing offshore wind industry is critical if the […]

12 August 2016 Authorities, Business & Finance, Operations & Maintenance, R&D

Lord Haskins, Chair of the Humber Local Enterprise Partnership, has urged the UK government to show its commitment to development of offshore wind industry in the Humber estuary in response to DONG Energy’s decision not to build a GBP 450 million offshore wind hub at the Able Marine Energy Park (AMEP). Lord Haskins asked the government ”to significantly increase its commitment to offshore […]

8 August 2016 Authorities

The UK Government’s consultation on whether to modify renewable energy subsidy regulations to allow the support to projects due to start between 2020 and 2026 closes today.  Although the UK Government has recently cut support for onshore wind and solar, it has indicated it will provide further support for offshore wind and potentially other “less established” […]

5 July 2016 Authorities, Wind Farm Update

Hollandse Kust Zuid (South) and Hollandse Kust Noord (North) offshore wind zones, totalling 2.1GW of potential offshore wind capacity, have been selected for the construction of offshore wind farms by the Dutch government in an effort to reach the goal of 16% of renewable energy in the country’s energy mix by 2023. Hollandse Kust Zuid, covering […]

26 April 2016

Royal Dutch Shell, the oil and gas company and one of the owners of the Egmond aan Zee offshore wind farm, has given the Dutch government something to think about ahead of the general election in 2017, asking the country’s leaders to boost offshore wind ambitions. Shell emphasised the importance of developing the large-scale offshore wind potential in […]

3 March 2016 Authorities, Business & Finance

The UK government has today launched the UK Green Investment Bank plc (GIB) sale process to move the bank into the private sector. The transaction will involve both the sale of existing shares owned by the government and also the commitment of additional capital for GIB by new investors. The GIB sale process will involve […]

27 January 2016 Grid Connection

Government leaders of five German states, the national wind industry representatives, and metal and electrical workers’ associations have released the “Wismar Appeal”, calling for further expansion of wind energy, both onshore and offshore, and changes to the reform of the Renewable Energy Act (EEG). As part of the federal government’s reform considerations to the law for the […]

13 January 2016 Authorities

Scottish Renewables is calling for a new target of generating the equivalent of 50% of Scotland’s total electricity, heat and transport demand from renewables by 2030, as part of its manifesto launched today ahead of Scottish Parliament election scheduled for May 2016. The document sets out steps Scotland’s next Government should take to maximise the economic and environmental benefits of renewable energy. Scottish […]

21 December 2015 Authorities

The UK Parliament’s Environmental Audit Committee (EAC) has warned the Government that its proposed privatisation of the Green Investment Bank (GIB) must not go ahead unless Ministers can ensure that the Bank’s guiding green objectives are protected and strengthened. GIB invests on a commercial basis primarily in areas such as non-domestic energy efficiency, waste, and […]

26 November 2015 Authorities, Business & Finance, Operations & Maintenance, R&D

The Fifth Carbon Budget published today by the UK’s Committee on Climate Change goes against the government’s recent statement to only support the deployment of future offshore wind projects if they further reduce costs by an unspecified amount, Jenny Hogan, Director of Policy at Scottish Renewables, said. ”The Committee clearly argues that it is UK deployment of offshore wind that […]

24 November 2015 Authorities

Scotland’s Energy Minister Fergus Ewing has accused UK Government of failing to meet its objectives and jeopardising energy security. While attending the International Tidal Energy Summit in London, Ewing described UK energy policy as “inconsistent, incoherent and ineffectual”. Ewing said: “Last week the UK Government made a ‘dash for gas’ to replace the UK’s ageing nuclear and […]

8 October 2015

The Foreign Secretary’s Special Representative for Climate Change, Professor Sir David King, has highlighted the importance of renewable energy, saying it is “key to tackling the huge risk posed by climate change”. He described the renewables sector as “a leading industry” and “a big part of the British economy which will continue to grow”. In […]