EUROPE: Most port infrastructure is currently inadequate to support quayside operations in the floating offshore wind industry, according to new research.
UNITED STATES: Prices for wind power purchase agreements (PPAs) in the US are at record lows, driven by higher capacity factors, declining installed costs, record-low interest rates and the production tax credit.
GERMANY: All eyes in the wind power business are turning towards Hamburg as preparation conclude for the 2018 exhibition and conference. We take a look at the topics up for discussion on each day, from auction design and repowering to digitalisation and hybrid projects.
SPAIN: The electricity sector is to undergo urgent reforms to enable a larger penetration of renewable energies which will, in turn, ensure a lower price for consumers and greater energy efficiency, Spain's ecological transition minister Teresa Ribera announced.
NEW ZEALAND: Renewable energy sources generated 85% of total electricity production in the second quarter, its highest share of the mix since 1981, according to government data.
UK: Partners SSE and Fluor have requested permission to use 120 turbines at their Seagreen Alpha and Bravo sites in the Outer Firth of Forth, having originally planned to use 150.
UNITED STATES: US construction firms Chet Morrison and iSIMS have unveiled a new jacket foundation design that uses less steel than the traditional substructure.
CANADA: Ontario's government has introduced legislation to repeal the state's Green Energy Act (GEA), the key policy behind the state's feed-in tariff for wind power projects.
DENMARK/JAPAN: MHI Vestas has had trademarks approved for the words 'V174-9.0MW' and 'V174-9.1MW' in the European Union.
UNITED STATES: Xcel Energy has completed construction of its two-phase 600MW Rush Creek project in Colorado.
PORTUGAL: K2 Management has acquired Cruz Atcheson, a Lisbon-based engineering consultancy that specialises in floating offshore wind, wave and tidal power.
UNITED STATES: If Virginia was to back development of offshore wind, it could become the tipping point in investment by developers, a new report by BVG Associates has concluded.
There are many good reasons to celebrate the recent strong market development of offshore wind in the Asia-Pacific region (APAC). Most forecasters expect APAC to take the volume lead for annual installed offshore wind capacity from 2025.
Ten years after the collapse of Lehman Brothers sparked the great financial crisis, and you will be hard-pressed to find an economist who doesn't think that it could happen again, soon.
WORLDWIDE: Governments the world over try to maximise the economic gain of wind-farm developments in their countries. While much local economic benefit will arise from activities that need to be carried out on site, such as operation and maintenance, often governments seek more.
WORLDWIDE: This could be a pivotal year for wind energy. As gas prices rise, and the fuel-saving value of wind becomes greater than its cost, subsidies will no longer be needed. This will encourage more development, which will result in lower turbine and project costs, creating a virtuous circle.
UK: London Array has more than twice the number of turbines, but Ørsted's Walney Extension project in the Irish Sea is now, officially, offshore wind's largest operating project at 659MW.
DENMARK: When Philippe Kavafyan took over from Jens Tommerup as MHI Vestas CEO earlier this year, his predecessor told him to 'learn to say no'. Windpower Monthly spoke to the former Adwen chairman about how he is picking his battles and where he plans to take the firm over the next four years.
UNITED STATES: Having joined the company as an intern, MidAmerican CEO Adam Wright combines in-depth experience of the business with the competitiveness of a former professional NFL player as the utility works to deliver on its 100% renewable energy promise.