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UK: An offshore wind industry forum believes the UK should have 30GW deployed or contracted off the coast of the UK by 2030.
NETHERLANDS: Developer Vattenfall has been granted the licence to build the 700MW Hollandse Kust Zuid offshore wind project in the latest Dutch offshore tender round, without subsidy.
FRANCE: A draft amendment tabled in parliament on 9 March which could have allowed the government to renegotiate tariffs for 3GW of offshore wind projects awarded in 2012 and 2014, or even cancel them all together, has been rejected.
UNITED STATES: The up-to 1.6GW Bay State Wind project has been fast-tracked by the federal government, becoming the first offshore wind project to do so.
JAPAN: The government will decide on a basic plan to promote offshore wind, including the location of designated construction zones.
WORLDWIDE: Global turbine installations totalled 52,573MW in 2017 down 3.7% from a year earlier, according to the latest figures from the Global Wind Energy Association (GWEC).
CANADA: Wave, tidal, and river current energy association Marine Renewables Canada has decided to include offshore wind power in its mandate.
WORLDWIDE: Only a few years ago, wind's success was spreading into new regions across the world.
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.
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.
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: 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.