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Siemens opens UK blade site

Siemens opens UK blade site

UK: In less than two years, and two months ahead of schedule, Siemens has produced its first blades from the new Green Port Hull site in northeast England.

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Poor governance blamed for energy budget overspend

Poor governance blamed for energy budget overspend

UK: Poor governance, a lack of transparency, and a tendency to "group think" was at the heart of the former UK energy department's (Decc) failure to correctly forecast pressure on the levy control framework (LCF) and prevent overspend.

EEW wins Hornsea Project One contract

EEW wins Hornsea Project One contract

GERMANY: Foundations specialist EEW SPC has been awarded the contract to supply 116 monopiles to Dong Energy's 1.2GW Hornsea Project One site, off England's east coast.

First power from Burbo Bank Extension

First power from Burbo Bank Extension

UK: Generation has started from the 258MW Burbo Bank Extension project in the Irish Sea, as turbine installation continues.

GBSL sees grid-balancing opportunities for storage projects

GBSL sees grid-balancing opportunities for storage projects

UK: Energy storage developer Grid Battery Storage Limited (GBSL) is developing several projects in Britain.

New UK CfD round budget set

New UK CfD round budget set

UK: The UK's energy department has announced £290 million (€326 million) will be available to less established technologies in the next Contracts for Difference (CfD) auction.

GIB independent trustees nominated as sale nears

GIB independent trustees nominated as sale nears

UK: Five independent trustees have been nominated to protect the green status of the Green Investment Bank (GIB) as its sale to an undisclosed private bidder nears completion.


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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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