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Offshore wind is a California policy 'Rubik's Cube'

Offshore wind is a California policy 'Rubik's Cube'

UNITED STATES: A new report into deploying large-scale offshore wind off the Californian coast will pose a number of major planning hurdles.

Floating offshore wind a "gilt-edged opportunity"

Floating offshore wind a "gilt-edged opportunity"

UK: The UK, and in particular Scotland, is well placed to benefit from the growth of the floating offshore wind sector, Hugh McNeal, chief executive, of trade body RenewableUK said at the Floating Offshore Wind conference (14 November) in Glasgow.

Galloper first power as UK prepares more zones

Galloper first power as UK prepares more zones

UK: German developer Innogy has produced the first power from its 352.8MW Galloper site in the UK's North Sea, as the seabed landlord, the Crown Estate, launches a consultation to determine new areas for project development.

Northeast US 'well-positioned' for offshore wind

Northeast US 'well-positioned' for offshore wind

UNITED STATES: Between 4GW and 7.7GW of potential capacity could be tapped by 2030 if coastal states between Maine and Maryland committed to offshore wind, a trio of reports have concluded.

Belgium offshore strike price falls to €79/MWh

Belgium offshore strike price falls to €79/MWh

BELGIUM: The government has reached agreement with developers Parkwind and Otary to award a strike price of €79/MWh for its next three offshore projects: Northwester 2 (224MW), Mermaid (300MW) and Seastar (252MW).

UK offshore facing skills shortage

UK offshore facing skills shortage

UK: A report into digitalising the UK's industrial strategy has found the offshore wind sector faces a number of challenges, including a "shortage of skilled engineers".

Policy gaps hinder Indian offshore, report claims

Policy gaps hinder Indian offshore, report claims

INDIA: Gaps in the country's offshore wind policy mean it faces challenges to integrate projects into the national grid, according to a new report by the Fowind consortium.

In depth

WindEconomics: Longer contracts bring lower prices

EUROPE: The zero-subsidy German offshore wind farms discussed in the July issue will be commissioned in 2024, by which time offshore-wind prices are likely to have come down and wholesale electricity prices are likely to have gone up.

Attacks on offshore continue

FRANCE: France's fledgling offshore industry is facing yet more delays as opponents continue to challenge projects. So far, six projects are in the permitting process and a further three are planned in French waters.

Industry optimistic over offshore's future

UK: Confidence was high in London for Europe's biggest offshore event the year. Political opposition is fading as fast as costs are falling, and the industry is looking forward to sustained growth.

UK offshore wind enters the next chapter

UK: Dong Energy's Burbo Bank Extension is the first project to be commissioned after winning support in the UK's initial contracts for difference tender in 2014. David Milborrow looks at the balance sheet for this new round of offshore wind farms.

'Still some milestones ahead'

UK: Bigger turbines and the creation of a local supply chain are raising expectations for the future of offshore wind in the UK. The next step could be looking at export potential.


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