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FRANCE: Energy minister Nicolas Hulot announced the launch of a 200MW tender pitting onshore wind against solar PV.
UK: The business and energy parliamentary committee has launched an inquiry into the role of sector deals within the UK's industrial strategy for offshore wind and construction.
WORLDWIDE: A mix of flexible storage solutions will be needed to stabilise grids and prevent outages as the power system becomes more variable, according to a new research paper.
UK: Siemens Gamesa Renewable Energy's (SGRE) blade factory at the Green Port Hull facility in the northeast UK has directly created 1,063 jobs and supported a further 1,282 in the local supply chain, according to a new economic impact study.
GERMANY: Energy regulator BNA has triggered a rescue measure and set a maximum price bid of €63/MWh for onshore wind auctions in 2018.
ARGENTINA: Eight wind farms with an installed capacity of almost 666MW were awarded power purchase agreements (PPA) in the second round of auctions to supply renewable power to regulated clients.
WORLDWIDE: The oil and gas giants are showing some appetite for renewables, with offshore wind looking the most likely beneficiary. But their investments in clean energy still remain minuscule in comparison with their fossil-fuel interests.
Offshore wind costs continue to fall dramatically. At £74.75 (€84.90) for Triton Knoll and £57.50 (€65.31) for Hornsea 2 and Moray Firth, the winning contract prices in the latest UK contract for difference auction are equivalent to a levelised cost of energy (LCOE) of about €77/MWh and €62/MWh.
With a few exceptions -- the conversion of Dong Energy (Danish oil and natural gas) to offshore-wind developer Ørsted being the prime example -- oil and gas majors for the most part have been keener on defending their patch than diversifying into renewables.
WORLDWIDE: Who are the people making the big waves in wind energy? The staff and senior contributors of Windpower Monthly make their pick of the key movers and shakers from the last year.
The winning bids revealed for contracts for difference (CfD) to supply offshore wind power in the UK were lower than most of us dared hope for. Are they in line, however, with the bids seen in Denmark, Germany and the Netherlands over the past year?
Offshore wind farms using floating foundations are a hot topic in the industry at the moment, dominating several show agendas and taking up many column inches in the press. Why is a technology that is still in the demonstration stage generating so much excitement?
The UK looks likely to fall short of its European Union (EU) target to generate 15% of its overall energy from renewable sources by 2020.
For all the optimism and confidence on display in London at the WindEurope/RenewableUK offshore wind conference in June, it is worth keeping in mind that the sector is still very small.