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Maryland doubles offshore target

Maryland doubles offshore target

Lawmakers in Maryland passed a bill doubling the state's offshore wind target by adding a further 1.2GW of capacity by 2030.

Estonian government blocks permitting for 600MW site

Estonian government blocks permitting for 600MW site

The Estonian government has refused to start the permitting process for a 600MW wind farm in the Baltic Sea due to national security concerns.

Offshore Wind Consultants 'to help guide' US developers

Offshore Wind Consultants 'to help guide' US developers

Offshore Wind Consultants (OWC) has launched an advisory service to help offshore developers in the US and opened an office in Massachusetts.

Bilbao 2019: Over 300GW to be added globally by 2024

Bilbao 2019: Over 300GW to be added globally by 2024

The Global Wind Energy Council predicts more than 300GW of new wind capacity will be added over the next five years as it releases its latest Global Wind Report at the 2019 WindEurope conference and exhibition in Bilbao, Spain.

Bilbao 2019: Brexit not affecting CfD competition

Bilbao 2019: Brexit not affecting CfD competition

Brexit's looming spectre and the ongoing uncertainty it has caused has not deterred potential bidders in the UK's next offshore wind auction, according to government and industry.

Offshore wind and batteries LCOE falling sharply

Offshore wind and batteries LCOE falling sharply

The levelised cost of energy for lithium-ion battery storage and offshore wind fell 35% and 24%, respectively, year-on-year, according to the latest research from BloombergNEF (BNEF).

Commission to scrutinise Butendiek over bird protection claims

Commission to scrutinise Butendiek over bird protection claims

NABU, a German environment association, said "massive environmental damage" is being done by the Butendiek project, located within the national Östliche Deutsche Bucht bird protection area and the Sylter Aussenriff Flora-Fauna Habitat protection area in the North Sea.

In depth

US offshore is making up for its slow start

The surprise bidding war seen in December's Massachusetts auction marked the first stage of a noticeable acceleration in the US offshore industry, which had been gathering pace since the country's maiden project -- the 30MW Block Island off Rhode Island -- was completed in 2016.

Floating pioneers undaunted by challenges

UK: Realism over the challenges that floating offshore faces was balanced by optimism that they will be overcome as experts gathered at the Windpower Monthly forum.

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.