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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).
UK: The first Siemens Gamesa turbine has been installed at the Beatrice offshore wind project in Scotland.
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.
UNITED STATES: New York state will hold a solicitation for 800MW of offshore wind capacity in the fourth quarter of 2018.
WORLDWIDE: Increased competition could prompt development of offshore turbines with capacities beyond 15MW and rotors of up-to 250 metres, according to new research.
UK: Foundation specialist EEW will provide 165 monopiles for the near-1.4GW Hornsea Two project situated 89 kilometres off England's east coast.
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.
UK: A new offshore wind project and a new benchmark set. MHI Vestas has installed the first turbine at Vattenfall's European Offshore Wind Deployment Centre (EOWDC), with a capacity of 8.8MW -- the highest-rated turbine installed in the water to date.
UNITED STATES: Cape Wind was the big, ambitious project that aimed to kickstart offshore wind development in the US, but which foundered in the face of powerful opposition groups. Where did it all go wrong and what others can learn from the developer's experience?
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.
WORLDWIDE: Remote-sensing devices are cheaper to install and maintain and often gather better data than traditional met masts, but while their use is becoming more widespread offshore, bankability remains an issue, especially in complex terrain.