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Nearshore rule changes a hammer blow to Thor

Nearshore rule changes a hammer blow to Thor

Extra environmental impact assessments could delay about 500MW of near-shore Danish wind projects by two-to-three years, according to industry association Wind Denmark.

'Local knowledge key' in Poland

'Local knowledge key' in Poland

State-controlled utility PGE Group and oil refiner PKN Orlen's understanding of their domestic market will be crucial if they are to be successful in developing their combined 3.7GW of offshore wind farms in the Baltic Sea.

What the US offshore sector could learn from Europe

What the US offshore sector could learn from Europe

Cross-border coordination helped European countries leverage planned transmission infrastructure, achieve resource flexibility and gain economies of scale, a study commissioned by New York state found.

Banks Renewables' legal challenge halts CfD auction

Banks Renewables' legal challenge halts CfD auction

UK developer Banks Group has launched a legal challenge against the UK government, claiming its contract for differences (CfD) support scheme discriminates in favour of offshore wind at the expense of onshore wind.

France takes first steps to 1GW offshore tender

France takes first steps to 1GW offshore tender

France has set in motion a national public debate to help identify an approximately 300km2 area off the coast of Normandy suitable for up to 1GW of offshore wind to be tendered in 2020 with the new permitting process designed to speed up project execution.

Japan identifies 11 offshore wind sites

Japan identifies 11 offshore wind sites

Japanese authorities have identified 11 sites with the potential for offshore wind development.

Equinor and Ørsted win in New York

Equinor and Ørsted win in New York

Equinor and a partnership between the market leader Ørsted and US utility Eversource have been selected as the two preferred bidders for almost 1.7GW of offshore wind in a New York solicitation.

In depth

Rush to beat subsidy end puts the squeeze on supply chains

China might struggle to meet growing offshore demand, while construction and connection bottlenecks could lead to project cancellations in the US.

Community investor schemes gaining ground

In early July, Belgian developer and owner-operator Parkwind launched an initiative to raise up to €20 million from private individuals to support its offshore projects.

Unlocking the potential for offshore wind in Poland's Baltic Sea zone

Poland has huge potential for offshore wind in the Baltic Sea, with 10GW of capacity envisaged by 2040. During an economic congress in mid-May, officials from the country's energy ministry presented ways to develop its renewable-energy sources, with offshore wind highlighted as a key component.

WindEconomics: How the UK reaches net-zero emissions by 2050

The UK government's Committee on Climate Change (CCC) mapped out the way for the country to reach net-zero greenhouse gas emissions by 2050 in a new report.

The hot and cold markets of 2019 so far

As we reach the mid-point of the year, Windpower Monthly takes a look at which markets are on a hot streak, and which are suffering from a freeze in installations.

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