UNITED STATES: The American Wind Energy Association (AWEA) has released a video about the impact the 30MW Block Island project is having on local wildlife and communities.
WORLDWIDE: Global turbine installations totalled 52,573MW in 2017 down 3.7% from a year earlier, according to the latest figures from the Global Wind Energy Association (GWEC).
FRANCE: Utility EDF's renewables division benefitted from an increase in power output in 2017, but its operating profit (Ebitda) dropped 12.8% year-on-year.
UNITED STATES: The Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) has given local transmission specialist Anbaric Development Partners permission to develop a shared grid system for Massachusetts' proposed offshore developments.
SPAIN: The cost of winding down offshore manufacturer Adwen will impact Siemens Gamesa Renewable Energy's (SGRE) financial results for "four-to-five years", according to its chief financial officer.
UK: Ørsted has signed a five-year research agreement with the University of Oxford to optimise the design of foundation structures for offshore wind turbines.
NORWAY: Offshore wind divestment contributed to Statkraft's net profit of NOK 5.3 billion (€547 million) for the fourth quarter of 2017, the state energy company said.
CANADA: Wave, tidal, and river current energy association Marine Renewables Canada has decided to include offshore wind power in its mandate.
DENMARK: The generation-cost projections reported in this column rely on estimates of the energy production of the wind turbines over the life of the plant by the developer.
BELGIUM: Kriegers Flak illustrates the international nature of the offshore wind sector. Foundations made in Belgium are towed by a Cyprus-registered vessel to Denmark, where they will be part of a wind farm using German-Spanish turbines and an interconnector with Germany.
GERMANY: In December, aerodyn engineering unveiled a fully instrumented 1:10 scale model of its two-blade downwind SCDnezzy 6.0 floating design at the Nobiskrug shipyard in Germany. Eize de Vries had exclusive access to the preliminary tests.
WORLDWIDE: Compressed air energy storage (CAES) for grid-scale electrical energy has a long but somewhat spasmodic history.
WORLDWIDE: Ease of manufacture plays a growing role in development as blades continue to grow in size.
WORLDWIDE: Consolidating market draws breath before the next big step into 10MW-plus waters.
NETHERLANDS: A 167-metre rotor and power-mode option to hit 9MW are the headline features of the latest upgrade to Siemens Gamesa's direct-drive offshore platform, revealed on 28 November at the WindEurope conference in Amsterdam.
UK: Technicians for offshore services supplier CWind, now part of Global Marine Systems, prepare to service one of the MHI Vestas 3.0MW turbines at E.on's Humber Gateway project off eastern England
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