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Norway’s Equinor (formerly Statoil) has contracted RPS engineers and scientists from Australia and the US to develop a long-term meteorological and oceanographic (metocean) measurement program for a potential wind farm development off the east coast of the US.
A new regulatory framework is necessary to support offshore wind investors in developing wind farms and infrastructure ready for future meshed grids, according to WindEurope CEO Giles Dickson.
Offshore wind showed strong signs of progress with 23% generation growth in 2017, but it needs to accelerate even faster to be in line with SDS target, according to the International Energy Agency (IEA).
The 2017 Contracts for Difference (CfD) will cost UK consumers significantly more relative to the additional capacity secured due to the changes in the auction design which allowed small fuelled-technology projects to raise the strike price of larger projects, National Audit Office (NAO) has found.
World’s leading offshore wind developer Ørsted will join the June auction in Taiwan to seek more capacity for constructing large-scale Greater Changhua offshore wind farms.
Parkwind has acquired full ownership of KNK Wind, the project company behind the 247MW Arcadis Ost 1 offshore wind farm in the Baltic Sea that won the concession rights at the latest offshore wind tender in Germany.
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.
With no floating offshore wind projects in the pipeline between 2021 and 2025, there is a window of opportunity for early movers willing to unlock new expanses of offshore wind energy, according to WindEurope CEO Giles Dickson.
Taiwan’s Ministry of Economic Affairs has awarded Ørsted the right to connect 900MW offshore wind capacity to Taiwan’s power grid.
Swindon-based Sofia Offshore Wind Farm Limited has made an application to the UK Gas and Electricity Markets Authority for an electricity generation licence.
Ørsted has submitted bids in the second competitive offshore wind tender in Germany opened earlier this month, with the results expected within weeks, the company revealed in its financial report for the first quarter of 2018.
Danish offshore wind developer Ørsted reported DKK 3 billion (EUR 402.7 million) net profit in the first quarter of 2018, a 150% spike compared to the same period last year, largely due to a strong performance of operating wind farms in the UK.
The Global Wind Energy Council (GWEC) has released its Global Wind Report: Annual Market Update, showing a maturing industry successfully competing in the marketplace, even against heavily subsidized traditional power generation technologies.
The UK government should establish a new 60 percent UK content target for British offshore wind projects, according to former UK Energy Minister Michael Fallon.
The US Bureau of Ocean Energy Management (BOEM) will hold a public seminar on 26 April in Sterling, Virginia, regarding the recently-announced proposed lease sale for a 390,000ha offshore wind energy area in Massachusetts.
US Department of Interior has announced the proposed lease sale for two additional areas offshore Massachusetts for commercial wind energy leasing, totalling nearly 390,000 acres.
Mitsubishi Corporation has entered into an agreement with EDP Renewables to acquire 33.4% of shares in Moray Offshore Windfarm (East) Limited (MOWEL) through its wholly owned UK-based subsidiary Diamond Generating Europe Limited (DGE).
Turkish government will hold the country’s first offshore wind tender this year, with the tender details set to be disclosed in the spring, Turkey’s Energy Minister Berat Albayrak announced on 22 February, according to Anadolu Agency (AA) and Daily Sabah. Turkey’s first offshore wind farm will be installed in the Aegean Sea, Daily Sabah writes.
The fast-growing offshore wind supply chain in the East of England is on the cusp of a long steady rush of contracts, said Martin Dronfield, the new chair of the East of England Supply Chain Offshore Wind Special Interest Group (SIG).
Six projects worth EUR 7.5 billion reached Final Investment Decision (FID) last year – a 60% decrease from 2016 and the first decrease in investments since 2012 – according to WindEurope, which states that the transition to auctions has resulted in a lull in FIDs and that the auctions of the last two years are expected to lead to new project FIDs in 2018.
Nine developers looking to build offshore wind farms in Taiwan have qualified for offshore environmental permits. These developers, offering 10.5GW of offshore wind capacity in total, will now compete for 5.5GW of offshore wind contracts, 3.5GW to be selected for the feed-in-tariff (FIT) and the rest to be awarded at an auction in May.
Germany’s Federal Network Agency (Bundesnetzagentur) has announced the terms of the second competitive tender for grid connection and offshore wind farm compensation.
Offshore wind is an efficient and realistic way for Ireland to take the big strides the country needs to hit its renewable energy targets and avoid EU fines for failing to do so, said Managing Director of SSE Ireland, Stephen Wheeler.
The Offshore WIND editorial staff brings the most read news in 2017 chosen by you, our readers. From new technologies in the offshore wind industry to the development of subsidy-free bids, 2017 has shown us that the sector is developing faster than anyone had anticipated.