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How Europe's wind drought and heat wave hit owners and operators

How Europe's wind drought and heat wave hit owners and operators

The summer heat wave that swept across Europe caused record-breaking temperatures, wildfires and, according to some analyses, an increased death toll.

How MHI Vestas closed the gap on SGRE

How MHI Vestas closed the gap on SGRE

WORLDWIDE: Siemens Gamesa Renewable Energy (SGRE) is not going to lose its grip as offshore market leader any time soon, but MHI Vestas is beginning to loosen the chokehold.

Government offers 700MW subsidy-free

Government offers 700MW subsidy-free

NETHERLANDS: The Dutch government is again offering the rights to build and operate 700MW in the North Sea without subsidy.

Offshore zone enlarged after criticism

Offshore zone enlarged after criticism

BELGIUM: The area available for new offshore wind power projects in Belgium's proposed Marine Spatial Plan will be increased by 25%, North Sea minister Philippe de Backer has announced.

Denmark's North Sea adventure 'on hold', says trade body

Denmark's North Sea adventure 'on hold', says trade body

DENMARK: The government has reserved vast areas of Danish waters for the potential development of offshore wind projects, but the industry association said the move would damage the state's objective of becoming the 'silicon valley' for offshore wind.

Updated: Moray East reaches financial close

Updated: Moray East reaches financial close

UK: The 950MW Moray East project off the coast of Scotland has reached financial close, its developers have announced.

in depth

Move over, London

UK: London Array has more than twice the number of turbines, but ├śrsted's Walney Extension project in the Irish Sea is now, officially, offshore wind's largest operating project at 659MW.

Back to the future

UK: In bringing the UK's generation fleet into the 21st century with its latest offshore wind farm, sometimes you have to go back 4,000 years. This is what ScottishPower Renewables has done at the East Anglia One project, uncovering a rare neolithic trackway and animal skulls in the process.

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.

The new benchmark

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.

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