News & in-depth analysis of offshore wind power and renewable energy markets, power purchase agreements, transmission networks, grids, energy storage, substations, supply interruption and transmission failures.
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.
UK: Swedish developer Vattenfall will deploy high-voltage direct current (HVDC) cables at its Norfolk Vanguard and Norfolk Boreas projects, the company has announced.
UNITED STATES: The Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) has given local transmission specialist Anbaric Development Partners permission to develop a shared grid system for Massachusetts' proposed offshore developments.
EUROPE: Four major transmission lines across Europe that will aid the integration of renewables have received over €650 million in European Union support funding.
UK: Italian energy cable systems company Prysmian Group will connect the Kincardine floating offshore wind farm to the Scottish mainland.
GERMANY: The expansion plan for offshore wind energy over the coming years is not matching exactly with grid connection plans.
UK: United Arab Emirates-based renewables investor Masdar has signed a collaboration agreement with developer Statoil for the Batwind storage project, connected to the partners' Hywind floating array off Scotland.
FRANCE: Maritime construction group STX France has launched a new modular design for offshore substations it said could cut energy costs by reducing delivery times, capital expenditure and operational costs.
GERMANY: Siemens announced new significant potential for cost saving in grid technology for offshore wind at the EWEA Offshore conference and exhibition in Copenhagen last week.
The offshore wind sector is under significant pressure to reduce costs. One of the sectors where large savings could be made is the offshore electricity transmission network. We assess the contribution the German offshore network plan will make
Legal uncertainty has played as big a role as technical and financial challenges in holding back the development of offshore wind energy in Germany. We take a close look at the new rules on grid connection liability
With federal elections due in September, Germany's conservative/liberal coalition government has been adopting a wavering approach to renewables policy. Recent proposals to cut the cost of green energy growth have raised fears they will stall renewables expansion