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Japanese parliament passes offshore bill

Japanese parliament passes offshore bill

JAPAN: Parliament has approved a bill paving the way for development rights in potential offshore wind zones to be auctioned as early as spring 2019, according to the Japanese Wind Power Association (JWPA).

Denmark's North Sea adventure 'on hold', says trade body

Denmark's North Sea adventure 'on hold', says trade body

DENMARK: The government has reserved vast areas of Danish waters for the potential development of offshore wind projects, but the industry association said the move would damage the state's objective of becoming the 'silicon valley' for offshore wind.

Floating leaders call for regular tenders

Floating leaders call for regular tenders

FRANCE: Six floating wind firms have combined to call on the government to support the technology and make France the world leader.

UK offshore capped at €63/MWh for next auction

UK offshore capped at €63/MWh for next auction

UK: A draft budget of £60 million (€67.4 million) has been allocated to the UK's next contracts for difference (CfD) auction, which will include offshore wind projects and onshore sites on remote islands.

Germany's renewables act revision flatters to deceive

Germany's renewables act revision flatters to deceive

GERMANY: A lack of offshore tenders in Germany's revised renewable energy act could lead to no new capacity being built in 2020 and 2021, the German offshore wind agency has warned.

Updated: Japanese offshore bill reintroduced

Updated: Japanese offshore bill reintroduced

JAPAN: The cabinet has again approved a bill for the promotion of offshore wind after it was not passed before the end of this summer's parliamentary session.

Ireland 'missing out' on offshore wind benefits

Ireland 'missing out' on offshore wind benefits

IRELAND: Offshore wind is the only technology with the scale and deployment capability to help Ireland meet its future energy demand and EU renewable targets, according to a new report.

In depth

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.

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.

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