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UNITED STATES: New York state governor Andrew Cuomo has published a roadmap to develop 1.5GW of storage capacity by 2025, including a recommendation of $350 million in incentives.
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.
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.
WORLDWIDE: Cost reductions in wind, solar and battery storage will enable the two technologies to provide half of the world's electricity by 2050, according to a new report.
UK: The rapidly expanding offshore wind market in Taiwan has attracted a lot of attention in the last 12 months, with new MHI Vestas CEO Phillipe Kavafyan describing the island state as "the Denmark of Southeast Asia".
INDIA: DNV GL is exhibiting the results of a four-year study into the potential for offshore wind in India at the Global Offshore Wind 2018 conference in Manchester, England today.
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.
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.
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.
GERMANY: The Fraunhofer Institute in Germany has released a comprehensive report comparing the generation costs for PV and wind with those of the fossil-fuel generation technologies.