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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.
UNITED STATES: Ørsted (formerly Dong Energy) and New England utility Eversource have signed a letter of intent with NEC Energy Solutions (NEC ES) to develop a storage component for the Bay State Wind project.
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: Danish offshore wind developer Ørsted has contracted an unexploded ordnance management (UXO) expert to carry out surveys for offshore wind farms in two budding markets.
TAIWAN: Offshore wind developer Ørsted (formerly Dong Energy) is prepared to invest $13 billion in four Taiwanese projects, totalling 2.4GW.
BELGIUM: Siemens Gamesa Renewable Energy is set to be the turbine supplier for the 266MW Mermaid and 246MW Seastar offshore wind projects.
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.
WORLDWIDE: Only a few years ago, wind's success was spreading into new regions across the world.
BELGIUM: Kriegers Flak illustrates the international nature of the offshore wind sector. Foundations made in Belgium are towed by a Cyprus-registered vessel to Denmark, where they will be part of a wind farm using German-Spanish turbines and an interconnector with Germany.
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.