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Onshore projects to compete in UK renewables auction for first time

Onshore projects to compete in UK renewables auction for first time

UK: Island wind projects will be able to apply for support in the next contract for difference (CfD) auction to be held in spring 2019.

UK CfD auction announced for spring 2019

UK CfD auction announced for spring 2019

UK: The third auction for less established renewable energy sources will be held in spring 2019, the Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy confirmed today.

China retains top spot in renewable energy market attractiveness ratings

China retains top spot in renewable energy market attractiveness ratings

WORLDWIDE: New targets to defer or cancel 106GW of coal-fired capacity, substantial improvement in wind curtailment rates, and a potential ban on internal combustion engine sales, make China the most attractive country for investment in renewable energy, according to new analysis published today.

Jamaica study receives US funding

Jamaica study receives US funding

JAMAICA: The Petroleum Corporation of Jamaica (PCJ) has secured funding from the US Trade and Development Agency (USTDA) to complete a feasibility study for an offshore wind project off the Jamaican coast.

Appeals launched over stranded offshore projects

Appeals launched over stranded offshore projects

GERMANY: Developers Wpd and PNE Wind are in the federal constitutional court claiming against two aspects of German offshore wind legislation.

New York asks for more offshore sites

New York asks for more offshore sites

UNITED STATES: The New York state government has submitted a request to the Bureau of Ocean Energy Management to open up more areas off the coast for up to 3.2GW of offshore wind developments.

Trade body backs Baltic Sea cooperation

Trade body backs Baltic Sea cooperation

ESTONIA: Regional trade body WindEurope has signed a joint declaration with the wind association in Estonia, calling on the government to promote offshore wind in the Baltic Sea.

In depth

WindEconomics: Longer contracts bring lower prices

EUROPE: The zero-subsidy German offshore wind farms discussed in the July issue will be commissioned in 2024, by which time offshore-wind prices are likely to have come down and wholesale electricity prices are likely to have gone up.

Attacks on offshore continue

FRANCE: France's fledgling offshore industry is facing yet more delays as opponents continue to challenge projects. So far, six projects are in the permitting process and a further three are planned in French waters.

Industry optimistic over offshore's future

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 offshore wind enters the next chapter

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.

'Still some milestones ahead'

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.


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