GERMANY: Developer-utility EnBW has launched a research project to support the development of a high-altitude kite wind power system.
UNITED STATES: EDF Renewables has sold a 50% stake in a 588MW US renewables portfolio to Dutch pension fund PGGM.
SWEDEN: The Land and Environment Court has approved developer Svevind's 1.8GW third phase of a 4GW-plus cluster in the north of the country.
UK: Construction work is about to start on the cable route for the 860MW Triton Knoll offshore wind farm.
FRANCE: Canadian developer Boralex has acquired the outstanding shares of an investment firm with a 163MW operational portfolio.
FRANCE: President Emmanuel Macron has renegotiated tariffs for six offshore wind farms awarded in 2012 and 2014 to €150/MWh, the French energy minister has confirmed.
UK: Greater clarity is needed on pipeline volumes if further cost reductions of offshore wind are to be achieved, industry representatives have said.
UK: Trade association RenewableUK is leading the campaign to persuade the government to target 30GW of offshore wind by 2030.
GERMANY: The cost of stabilising the German grid reached a new high of €1.4 billion in 2017 as wind supplied record levels of power, regulator the Bundesnetzagentur (BNA) has announced.
WORLDWIDE: Analysts at Make Consulting have upgraded their ten-year outlook, now forecasting average annual capacity additions of more than 67GW between 2018 and 2027.
Australia Vestas secures debut Panama order
Netherlands Prysmian to supply Borssele III & IV cables
United States Vestas wins new Xcel order
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: Slow permitting and undersubscribed auctions is raising concerns in Europe's largest wind market.
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.
UNITED STATES: A recently released database of American wind turbines provides evidence that lifetimes of 20 years or more can easily be realised, with the oldest machines having been commissioned 37 years ago in 1981.
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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.
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.
One of the most common challenges faced by wind-farm portfolio owners in today's market is that of asset diversity. Diversity takes many forms within a portfolio -- asset age, wind-farm size, turbine technology, IT systems, service provision model, wind climate and location among them.
The fact that France's first operating offshore wind turbine is a floater perhaps tells us more about the lack of progress in the country's fixed-bottom foundation sector than the speed of development in floating platforms.