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The cabinet of German Chancellor Olaf Scholz (right) approved the levy on "excessive profits' last week (pic credit: Florian Gärtner/Getty Images)

German wind sector braces for ‘excess proceeds’ levy

The German wind industry is concerned that Berlin’s plans to implement a levy on “excess proceeds” of renewable energy generators from tomorrow (1 December) will harm investment in the country, and argues some aspects of it might be illegal.

GE's Haliade-X offshore wind turbine in the Port of Rotterdam

UK judge rules Siemens Gamesa patent ‘invalid’ in GE case

GE Renewable Energy has been cleared to continue installing its Haliade-X offshore wind turbines in UK waters after a UK judge ruled that a Siemens Gamesa patent is invalid.

Mainstream Renewable Power was involved in the early development of the 1.3GW Hornsea Two project off the east coast of England (pic credit: Ørsted)

Mainstream joins hunt for Celtic Sea floating wind

Ireland-based Mainstream Renewable Power is teaming up with Canadian partners to set its sights on the UK’s upcoming tender for the Celtic Sea, joining a host of offshore wind firms targeting floating development off the south-west coast of England and Wales.

Former UK prime ministers Liz Truss and Boris Johnson have backed a move to ease restrictions on onshore wind development (pic credit: Henry Nicholls/Getty Images)

Former PMs back move to lift UK onshore wind ‘ban’

Former UK prime ministers Liz Truss and Boris Johnson have backed a move to allow onshore wind development in England where the local community allows it.

The EU Energy Council is set to formally adopt the regulation on permitting in mid-December (pic credit: artJazz/Getty Images)

EU extends scope of plan to fast-track wind repowering

EU member states have agreed to accelerate permitting for wind farm repowering, with the shorter deadlines also applicable to ongoing applications, and not just new requests – as was the case in an earlier draft.

Spain has 28.8GW of operational wind power capacity, according to Windpower Intelligence, the research and data division of Windpower Monthly (pic credit: AEE)

Spain’s 3.3GW renewables tender ‘fails amid cost pressures’

Spain awarded power deals to just 45MW of onshore wind capacity in its latest 3.3GW renewables tender, with the country’s wind energy association AEE blaming a low price cap in place despite inflation and the rising price of raw materials and transportation.