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Burbo Bank completes frequency control tests

Burbo Bank completes frequency control tests

UK: Dong Energy's 90MW Burbo Bank has successfully completed tests that demonstrate its ability to provide frequency response to support the national grid network.

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Dong sheds light on weather monitoring with radar station

Dong sheds light on weather monitoring with radar station

UK: Dong Energy has installed two radar weather stations on England's east coast to map atmospheric data in three dimensions, in a programme the developer claimed is the first of its kind.

UK approves controversial nuclear site

UK approves controversial nuclear site

UK: The government has given its approval to the £18 billion (€21 billion) 3.2GW Hinkley Point C nuclear power plant in the UK, following a review of the project.

E.on wins energy storage deal

E.on wins energy storage deal

UK: German utility E.on has won a contract from system operator National Grid to supply a 10MW battery system in the UK to stablise renewable power entering the grid.

RES to shrink UK operations

RES to shrink UK operations

UK: RES Group will cut its onshore wind workforce in response to "changing market conditions" in the UK, following the closure of support systems to the sector.

Flow battery shipped to Scottish island

Flow battery shipped to Scottish island

UK: British energy storage firm Redt is shipping its flow battery system to the remote island of Gigha off Scotland's west coast, following successful testing on the mainland, in Cumbernauld.

Statkraft looks to full offshore divestment

Statkraft looks to full offshore divestment

NORWAY: Nine months after announcing it would stop investing in offshore wind, Statkraft has agreed with partner Statoil to divest its interest in three UK offshore projects.


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Analysis: Major deals set challenge for top offshore supplier status

EUROPE: The battle between Siemens and MHI-Vestas (MV) for supremacy in the offshore market is intensifying as both firms took preferred supplier status with major orders.

UK post-election onshore fears

UK: Amber Rudd has been named the new secretary of state for energy and climate change following the election victory for the Conservative Party. However, the result could set back to development of onshore wind in England.

Analysis: UK government memos reveal tense Siemens talks over Hull

UK: A Freedom of Information request to the UK government by Windpower Monthly over Green Port Hull negotiations has lifted the lid on difficult talks with Siemens.

Analysis: Enercon pressures Siemens over wind tech IP case

UK: In 18 months, August 2016 to be exact, Enercon's European "storm control" patent will expire. But that has not stopped the company from heading for a UK court hearing in June to press a charge of alleged infringement by Siemens and its customers.

Analysis: Price-coupling fails to pass wind benefits to UK

EUROPE: Strong winds in Germany on 16 February 2014 led to plummeting wholesale electricity spot market prices on the German/French spot electricity exchange, giving just EUR 14.5-17.9/MWh for the German region and EUR 20.0-20.7/MWh for France.

UK government positivity boosts offshore

UK: The UK government has revealed plans to boost subsidies to offshore wind while cutting support for onshore wind and solar.

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