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UNITED STATES: The US offshore wind industry will be centred around two or three ports on the east coast, predicted Paul Vigeant, managing director of the New Bedford Wind Energy Centre.
CANADA: The Canada Pension Plan Investment Board (CPPIB) and energy infrastructure company Enbridge will form a joint venture (JV) to pursue future European offshore wind projects, the companies announced.
NETHERLANDS: Siemens Gamesa Renewable Energy (SGRE) will refurbish the gearboxes of the 60 Vestas turbines at the 120MW Princess Amalia project in the Netherlands as it extends its service business for multi-brand offshore wind turbines.
UK: French energy conglomerate EDF Group has acquired the 450MW Neart Na Gaoithe offshore wind project in Scotland from Irish developer Mainstream Renewable Power following a competitive bidding process.
GERMANY: Belgian offshore wind developer Parkwind has acquired the 247MW Arcardis Ost 1 offshore wind project in the Baltic Sea, after it secured a licence in last month's offshore wind auction.
TAIWAN: The Ministry of Economic Affairs (MOEA) has allocated grid capacity for ten offshore wind projects, with developers Ørsted and Wpd among the successful applicants.
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.
WORLDWIDE: Only a few years ago, wind's success was spreading into new regions across the world.