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Europe's offshore wind costs falling steeply

Europe's offshore wind costs falling steeply

The latest report into the offshore wind sector by WindEurope shows the cost of investment required for the region's new wind capacity has been falling sharply since 2015.

Energy costs analysis: Why wind broke into the mainstream in 2018

Energy costs analysis: Why wind broke into the mainstream in 2018

The wind-power industry's hard work to lower the levelised cost of energy paid off in 2018, as report after report confirmed the sector as a mainstream technology that can beat most other generating sources on price.

UK offshore jobs double since first tender

UK offshore jobs double since first tender

Thousands of onshore wind jobs were lost in the UK between 2016 and 2017, while employment in offshore wind has more than doubled since 2015, according to government figures.

Taiwan compromises over tariff cut

Taiwan compromises over tariff cut

Taiwan's ministry of economic affairs (MOEA) has revised the feed-in tariff for offshore wind power deals signed this year, but developers are still concerned about their projects' economic viability.

French energy plan maps out wind development

French energy plan maps out wind development

The French government's newly published energy plan (PPE) confirms a strong trajectory for onshore wind, but brings little comfort to the offshore sector.

Are Portugal's offshore wind projections ambitious or absurd?

Are Portugal's offshore wind projections ambitious or absurd?

The offshore wind investment plan, presented to Portugal's parliament this month, has been met with widespread scepticism.

UK offshore wind 'could beat onshore on cost'

UK offshore wind 'could beat onshore on cost'

Offshore wind could become cheaper than onshore by 2028 if planning 'restrictions' are not removed, according to new analysis.

In depth

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.