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UK oil and gas body eyeing renewables links

UK oil and gas body eyeing renewables links

The UK's Oil and Gas Authority (OGA) is exploring the potential for forging closer links with offshore renewable developers.

Ørsted signs UK corporate power deal

Ørsted signs UK corporate power deal

Offshore wind developer Ørsted and water utility Northumbrian Water have signed a corporate power purchase agreement at the Danish firm's 573MW Race Bank project in the North Sea.

Europe's offshore wind costs falling steeply

Europe's offshore wind costs falling steeply

The latest report into the offshore wind sector by WindEurope shows the cost of investment required for the region's new wind capacity has been falling sharply since 2015.

North Sea rock storage solution proposed

North Sea rock storage solution proposed

Renewable energy generated by offshore wind turbines could be stored as compressed air in porous rock formations in the North Sea, according to new research.

New York ups offshore plans to 9GW

New York ups offshore plans to 9GW

Plans to nearly quadruple the state's offshore wind target to 9GW by 2035 have been unveiled by New York governor Andrew Cuomo.

German offshore production growth slows

German offshore production growth slows

Offshore wind farms in the German North Sea produced nearly 5% more in 2018 than in the previous year, data released by transmission system operator (TSO) Tennet reveals.

Windpower Monthly's highlights of 2018 -- part 2

Windpower Monthly's highlights of 2018 -- part 2

Auctions were the dominant theme in the second half of the year. Wind took a beating from solar PV in technology-neutral tenders, while low prices and permitting delays led to several onshore rounds in Germany and France being undersubscribed. Manufacturers were feeling the pressure too, with big names reporting falling revenues despite growing order books.

In Depth

Offshore wind more valuable than onshore in some areas

UNITED STATES: In densely populated regions such as the north-east, the proximity to major cities adds value to offshore wind projects, according to a new report.

Simplifying and lightening offshore turbines with compressed air energy storage

WORLDWIDE: Well-proven equipment and machinery can be deployed for the fast development of CAES-equipped wind turbines.

STX offers modular offshore substations

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.

Analysis: Siemens' radical substation plan

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.

Cabling standards hold key to cutting costs

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