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'Final and definitive decision' backs France's first offshore site

'Final and definitive decision' backs France's first offshore site

France's supreme administrative court has approved an operating permit for EDF Renewables and Enbridge's 480MW Saint-Nazaire project, set to become the country's first large-scale offshore wind farm.

Connecticut ups offshore ambition

Connecticut ups offshore ambition

Lawmakers in Connecticut have passed legislation requiring up to 2GW of offshore wind by 2030.

Challenges remain for rapid US offshore buildout

Challenges remain for rapid US offshore buildout

With the deadline looming to start work at the end of 2019 to qualify for tax credits, building a supply chain is the priority for the nascent US offshore wind sector.

Renewables spending 'inadequate for sustainability goals'

Renewables spending 'inadequate for sustainability goals'

Stalled investments in renewable energy are jeopardising sustainable development goals set under the 2015 Paris Agreement, with wind power spending particularly weak.

Germany and India slip in latest EY rankings

Germany and India slip in latest EY rankings

The ongoing permitting issues in Germany and India see two of the leading wind markets fall in the latest renewable energy country attractiveness index (RECAI) from advisory firm EY.

Connecticut sets course for offshore bounty

Connecticut sets course for offshore bounty

In a near-unanimous bipartisan vote, Connecticut's house of representatives has backed legislation requiring procurement of 2GW of offshore wind power over the course of a decade.

Zero-emissions 'possible' in UK with cost reductions

Zero-emissions 'possible' in UK with cost reductions

Rapid cost reductions in technologies such as offshore wind mean the UK can reduce its net greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions to zero by mid-century at no added cost to previous estimates, according to a new report.

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US offshore is making up for its slow start

The surprise bidding war seen in December's Massachusetts auction marked the first stage of a noticeable acceleration in the US offshore industry, which had been gathering pace since the country's maiden project -- the 30MW Block Island off Rhode Island -- was completed in 2016.

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.

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