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Vattenfall posts "mixed bag" of results

Vattenfall posts "mixed bag" of results

SWEDEN: State-backed utility Vattenfall said results in the first half of 2018 were on par with the same period in 2017, as renewables "continued to grow in importance" for the company's earnings.

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GE turbine sales down in 'challenging' market

GE turbine sales down in 'challenging' market

US: GE remains optimistic of a continuing "strong global demand for onshore wind" despite a "challenging price dynamic" cutting its renewables profit by half.

Australia prepares to ditch coal... eventually

Australia prepares to ditch coal... eventually

AUSTRALIA: A new report by the Australian energy market operator (AEMO) has set out what the country will need to do in order to shift to a low-carbon grid system, following the phase-out of thermal generation over the next two decades.

Enercon subsidiary probes factory fatality

Enercon subsidiary probes factory fatality

GERMANY: A 28-year-old man was killed at MTA Metalltechnologie's factory in Lower Saxony on Monday.

SSE's profits fall due to lower winds

SSE's profits fall due to lower winds

UK: Utility SSE partly blamed low output from its renewable energy projects for its expected £80 million (€89.5 million) profit shortfall.

Supreme court overrules Grain Belt rejection

Supreme court overrules Grain Belt rejection

UNITED STATES: The Missouri supreme court has ruled state regulators wrongly rejected a development permit for the Grain Belt Express high voltage transmission line.

Seastar and Mermaid merge to form 487MW site

Seastar and Mermaid merge to form 487MW site

BELGIUM: Two of Belgium's remaining offshore projects, Mermaid and Seastar, have been merged into a 487.2MW project known as Seamade.

Statkraft plans wind expansion

Statkraft plans wind expansion

NORWAY: State-owned energy company Statkraft plans to ramp up wind and solar development as part of an updated business strategy, the group stated in its second quarter financial report.

Asia Pacific excluding China to add 12.1GW annually by 2022

Asia Pacific excluding China to add 12.1GW annually by 2022

ASIA-PACIFIC: Additional annual wind power capacity in Asia Pacific excluding China (APEC) could reach 12.1GW by 2022, according to a new report -- more than double the 5.5GW added in 2017.

Monobuckets set for Deutsche Bucht pilot

Monobuckets set for Deutsche Bucht pilot

GERMANY: Northland Power has given the go-ahead to install two monobucket turbine foundations at the 252MW Deutsche Bucht offshore wind project.

Fortum's wind unit losses fall

Fortum's wind unit losses fall

FINLAND: Developer Fortum has reported operating loss of €25 million in the first half of 2018 from its "other operations" business segment, which includes wind development.



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Indian banks find wind a 'safe bet'

Indian banks find wind a 'safe bet'

INDIA: The Indian wind industry can see the annual market size reaching 8-10GW in the next couple of years but with this scale of growth, resources will be strained. However, the industry is confident it can cope even if permitting problems continue.

Vessels go supersize

Vessels go supersize

WORLDWIDE: The latest fossil-fuel player to move into renewables is the owner of one of the world's largest crane vessels, capable of lifting 14,000 tonnes. As offshore wind turbines grow bigger and move into deeper water, could Saipem's oil and gas background give it an advantage over established players?

Germany entangled in onshore auction dilemma

Germany entangled in onshore auction dilemma

GERMANY: Slow permitting and undersubscribed auctions is raising concerns in Europe's largest wind market.

Floating offshore takes to the skies

Floating offshore takes to the skies

NETHERLANDS: Airborne wind energy systems (AWES) are seeing growing wind industry interest, but it remains an emerging technology set against conventional wind power's track record, production volumes and readiness for market.

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Opinion

OPINION: Making the most of the offshore wind boom

With the pace of offshore deployment increasing, the supply chain needs to keep pace. Here, vessel supplier Seajack's crewing manager, Ian Robertson, sets out the three major challenges facing the sector.

OPINION: Offshore plan falling on deaf ears

The optics, as they say in political circles, were not good. The UK's offshore wind industry leaders gathered at Manchester for the sector's annual conference, confident that their ambitious growth plans would be supported by an address from the government's energy and clean growth minister.

OPINION: CfD access is only the first step for UK onshore wind

Allowing onshore wind power in the UK access to existing support schemes would certainly be a step in the right direction. But enabling the deployment of the latest technology is key to ensuring that the support is minimal and the sector grows.

OPINION: US coal, nuclear subsidy plans go against the grain

The latest move by the US administration to prop up coal and nuclear capacity is at odds with the momentum of the industry, as well as with Trump rhetoric.