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CfD access would make onshore competitive

CfD access would make onshore competitive

UK: A new report commissioned by ScottishPower Renewables suggests onshore wind in the UK could compete with gas if it was given access to the contracts for difference (CfD) support mechanism.

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Path cleared for Scottish offshore projects

Path cleared for Scottish offshore projects

UK: A court in Scotland has refused the Royal Society for the Protection of Birds' request to challenge a decision backing 2.3GW of offshore wind capacity.

JDR Cables acquired by Polish wire producer

JDR Cables acquired by Polish wire producer

UK: Polish firm Tele-Fonika Kable (TFKable) has acquired British subsea cable manufacturer JDR Cables.

Government support for offshore research

Government support for offshore research

UK: Dong Energy and Siemens-Gamesa Renewable Energy are linking up with British academic research centres to advance technological progress and cut the costs of offshore wind-generated electricity.

National Grid sees subsidy-free offshore wind by 2040

National Grid sees subsidy-free offshore wind by 2040

UK: In its 2017 Future Energy Scenarios (FES) report, the UK's transmission operator, National Grid, predicts offshore wind could be subsidy free in the UK before 2040.

EDF acquires 600MW UK portfolio

EDF acquires 600MW UK portfolio

UK: The UK arm of French developer EDF has acquired 11 wind projects in Scotland from local firm Partnerships for Renewables.

Blyth foundations begin float-out

Blyth foundations begin float-out

UK: EDF Renewable Energy has started floating the five gravity-base foundations out to its 41.5MW Blyth demonstration project site off north-east England.


Analysis

Policies and rise of storage stopping co-location

EUROPE: Co-locating ground-mounted solar projects at wind farms looks like the perfect match.

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.