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DENMARK: The Danish Wind Industry Association (DWIA) believes it can source double the capacity of wind power at a lower price per kWh as the government's DKK 1.3 billion proposal (€175 million).
UNITED STATES: Fifty conservation groups, elected officials, and local businesses have written to the Governor of North Carolina, urging him to ramp up efforts to capture the state's "immense" offshore wind resources.
EUROPE: Decarbonising the electricity supply will require deploying 230GW of offshore wind capacity in the North Seas by 2045, consultant Ecofys estimated.
UK: The Scottish government has injected another £1.5 million (€1.66 million) into the Carbon Trust's offshore wind accelerator (OWA) programme.
POLAND: Polish renewable energy companies have warned of a likely wave of bankruptcies in the sector resulting from a recent revamp of the national renewable energy law.
UK: The rate of growth in renewable energy sector jobs has been slashed by more than two thirds over two years, coinciding with a rollback in government policies and funding since 2015 and Brexit uncertainty.
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.
SPAIN: Saudi Arabian firm Alfanar, an affiliate of Spain's Capital Energy, was the main winner in wind with a 700MW allocation from the latest renewable power auction.
EUROPE: Proposals for carbon pricing miss the point when it comes to moving towards increasing use of renewables.1 comment
INDIA: A record of 5.4GW of new wind installations in the last financial year seems to put India well on its way to a 60GW target by 2022. Windpower Monthly looks at a fast-growing and rapidly changing market, with the reins increasingly in the hands of new players betting big on wind.
Offshore wind farms using floating foundations are a hot topic in the industry at the moment, dominating several show agendas and taking up many column inches in the press. Why is a technology that is still in the demonstration stage generating so much excitement?
The UK looks likely to fall short of its European Union (EU) target to generate 15% of its overall energy from renewable sources by 2020.
UNITED STATES: Following Donald Trump's announcement that he was taking America out of the Paris climate agreement, US states, cities and companies have lined up to pledge their continued support for it, while analysts disagree on what the country's exit actually means.
For all the optimism and confidence on display in London at the WindEurope/RenewableUK offshore wind conference in June, it is worth keeping in mind that the sector is still very small.
This issue falls between two of wind power's biggest events of the year -- the American Wind Energy Association's conference in Anaheim, Los Angeles, and WindEurope's offshore showcase in London.
The most remarkable thing about three of the four winning bids in the recent German offshore-wind auction is that the successful bidders have rejected the safety net of a minimum reference price.
The argument that wind power can only compete with conventional forms of electricity generation by being heavily subsidised looks more threadbare every month.