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Secondary finance driving offshore investments

Secondary finance driving offshore investments

WORLDWIDE: Investments in offshore wind reached a record high in 2017, while spending on onshore wind fell by nearly 15%, according to the International Energy Agency (IEA).

Offshore decommissioning could cost UK £3.6bn

Offshore decommissioning could cost UK £3.6bn

UK: Decommissioning 37 offshore wind farms in various stages of development in UK waters could cost the government between £1.28 billion (€1.44 billion) and £3.64 billion (€4.12 billion), a new report has revealed.

UK offshore could reach 40GW with centralised focus

UK offshore could reach 40GW with centralised focus

UK: More than 40GW of offshore wind farms could be installed in UK waters by 2050, according to the country's grid operator, National Grid.

Thinner suction bucket concept awarded grant

Thinner suction bucket concept awarded grant

DENMARK: A consortium comprising Siemens Gamesa, Fred Olsen Windcarrier and Aalborg University claims its industrialised suction bucket design is capable of reducing the thickness of the steel plate used in the previous foundation design.

Denmark agrees "ambitious" energy deal

Denmark agrees "ambitious" energy deal

DENMARK: Three new offshore wind projects, totalling 2.4GW, and a share of DKK 4.2 billion (€564 million) to support onshore wind form part of a new energy agreement supported by all of Denmark's major parties.

OPINION: Offshore plan falling on deaf ears

OPINION: Offshore plan falling on deaf ears

The optics, as they say in political circles, were not good. The UK's offshore wind industry leaders gathered at Manchester for the sector's annual conference, confident that its ambitious growth plans would be supported by an address from the government's energy and clean growth minister.

French offshore tariffs reduced

French offshore tariffs reduced

FRANCE: President Emmanuel Macron has renegotiated tariffs for six offshore wind farms awarded in 2012 and 2014, the French energy minister has confirmed.

In depth

New agreement keeps France's offshore wind hopes alive

FRANCE: The offshore wind sector breathed a sigh of relief when president Emmanuel Macron announced late last month the government has reached agreement on new, lower tariffs for the six offshore projects awarded in 2012 and 2014, thus saving them from cancellation.

'We will see renewables compete on levelised cost of energy'

UNITED STATES: Demand for clean energy, digitalisation and moving away from centralised grid systems will be the growing trends in the US power market over the next five years, according to Lars Andersen, new North American president of K2 Management.

Offshore wind more valuable than onshore in some areas

UNITED STATES: In densely populated regions such as the north-east, the proximity to major cities adds value to offshore wind projects, according to a new report.

Turkey plans to enter offshore with 1GW tender

TURKEY: Turkish energy minister Berat Albayrak unveiled plans in late February for a 1GW offshore wind project, with a tender set to be held later this year.

A handful of major markets drive growth

WORLDWIDE: Only a few years ago, wind's success was spreading into new regions across the world.