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NETHERLANDS: Swedish developer Vattenfall has confirmed it placed a bid for the Hollandse Kust (south) wind project being offered by the government without subsidy.
NORWAY: The government's energy minister Terje Søviknes has called for the deployment of offshore wind "as soon as possible".
UNITED STATES: Principle Power has signed a memorandum of understanding with a local government agency in the north of California to develop an offshore wind project.
GERMANY: Research and development institute Fraunhofer Iwes has launched a three-year study into the effect of rain erosion on wind turbine blades.
FRANCE: Two companies, developing a floating wind project backed by the Environment and Energy Management Agency (Ademe) have filed permit applications to build, operate and connect their pilot site to the grid.
TAIWAN: Siemens Gamesa Renewable Energy (SGRE) has opened a new office in Taipei and signed a memorandum of understanding (MoU) with the Taiwan International Ports to help launch the country's offshore sector.
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.