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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).
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: More than 40GW of offshore wind farms could be installed in UK waters by 2050, according to the country's grid operator, National Grid.
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: 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.
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.
FRANCE: President Emmanuel Macron has renegotiated tariffs for six offshore wind farms awarded in 2012 and 2014, the French energy minister has confirmed.
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.
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.
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: 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.
WORLDWIDE: Only a few years ago, wind's success was spreading into new regions across the world.