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France repowering clarified, offshore simplified

France repowering clarified, offshore simplified

FRANCE: The French government has passed a law designed to speed up the deployment of offshore wind power projects and issued guidelines to bring clarity for repowering onshore facilities.

Dominion launches 3GW clean energy scheme in Virginia

Dominion launches 3GW clean energy scheme in Virginia

UNITED STATES: Utility Dominion Energy has launched a grid modernisation programme to integrate 3GW of new wind and solar projects.

Ireland approves auction switch

Ireland approves auction switch

IRELAND: The government has approved a new Renewable Energy Support Scheme (RESS), which will introduce power auctions from 2019 in a bid to reach the EU's new 2030 targets.

Japanese offshore bill faces delay

Japanese offshore bill faces delay

JAPAN: A decision on the country's new law for offshore wind has been delayed because it was not passed before the end of the most recent parliamentary session.

UK sets out CfD auction plan from 2019

UK sets out CfD auction plan from 2019

UK: The government will hold its next contracts for difference (CfD) auction in May 2019 and further biennial tenders through the 2020s, it has announced.

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.

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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.