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CHINA: Local engineering firm Huadian Heavy Industries (HHI) has won the contract to install foundations at a 300MW offshore wind project in Bohai Bay, north-east China.
UNITED STATES: A new report into deploying large-scale offshore wind off the Californian coast will pose a number of major planning hurdles.
UNITED KINGDOM: The Supreme Court has given the go-ahead to nearly 2.3GW of projects off the east coast of Scotland after rejecting a bird conservation group's appeal.
UK: German developer Innogy has produced the first power from its 352.8MW Galloper site in the UK's North Sea, as the seabed landlord, the Crown Estate, launches a consultation to determine new areas for project development.
JAPAN: Construction company Toda has announced the issue of a JPY 10 billion, five-year green bond, with 100 % of the funds raised used to finance development of a floating offshore windfarm near the Goto Islands off southern Japan.
UNITED STATES: Two bird charities have criticised the environmental impact assessment submitted for LeedCo's 20.7MW Icebreaker offshore project in Lake Erie, Ohio.
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.
UK: Bigger turbines and the creation of a local supply chain are raising expectations for the future of offshore wind in the UK. The next step could be looking at export potential.
WORLDWIDE: Are the negative effects of offshore wind farm construction on the marine environment balanced by the positive effects of boosting marine biodiversity once the foundations are in place? It is all a question of scale.
DENMARK: A busy day for Europe's offshore wind industry at Esbjerg Port in Denmark, with no fewer than seven jack-up vessels in harbour, loading up with turbine towers, nacelles, blades and rotor hubs.
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