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Offshore wind spending reaches record high in 2020

Offshore wind spending reaches record high in 2020

A surge of offshore wind farm finance in 2020 set an all time record for the sector, smashing the old benchmark by more than 56%, new findings show

Looking back on 2020 – Part 5: Politicians pledge green post-Covid recovery

Looking back on 2020 – Part 5: Politicians pledge green post-Covid recovery

With the economic case for wind now beyond doubt, businesses and governments lined up to pledge net-zero targets and increased renewable energy deployment – which will have to go hand-in-hand with system integration measures. The final part of Windpower Monthly's review of the year looks at the policies, promises and projects

Europe’s path to rolling out 300GW of offshore wind by 2050

Europe’s path to rolling out 300GW of offshore wind by 2050

With strategies and targets now firmly in place, all it takes is to get the turbines installed, right? Wrong. Windpower Monthly explores what needs to be done to achieve Europe’s ambition in three decades

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Massachusetts governor vetoes higher offshore wind target

A climate bill that would have raised the state’s offshore wind target by an additional 2.4GW has been stymied by the governor on the grounds that cutting emissions by an extra 5% in the next ten years would cost $6 billion

Massachusetts to increase offshore wind target

A new Massachusetts bill would raise its offshore wind target by an additional 2.4GW

Onshore wind operators face hit from grid parity in China

Newly installed wind and solar PV projects stopped receiving subsidies from 1 January 2021, and the change may impact some power producers more than others

Decarbonisation 'needs detailed grid development plans'

Strategies are being drawn up, and investments made in renewable energy deployment. But this level of planning is missing for development of the grid needed to integrate increasing volumes of wind and solar

Hornsea Three granted construction permission after repeated pushbacks

UK government green lights 2.4GW offshore wind farm after Ørsted reduced number of turbines and vows to build nesting schemes to protect birds

in depth

WindEconomics: Gap between US wind and PV narrows

Wind power is now the largest renewable energy source in the US — with more than twice the installed capacity of solar PV. But with solar costs falling rapidly, how long can wind hold on to its lead?

Baltic Insight report: Reaching out across the sea

With nine countries bordering the Baltic Sea, a number of cross-border projects are in the works, from transmission links to co-developing sites

Baltic Insight report: Poland in pole position as offshore prepares to gear up

As Europe looks to offshore wind to help reach its net-zero target, the Baltic Sea is set to see a big increase in construction over the next decade, with new markets entering the field

WindEconomics: More analysis needed on system costs as renewables grow

Comparing recent government studies with work by Imperial College shows need for more detailed work on predicting system costs with increasing amounts of renewables

WindEconomics: Solar PV narrowly beats wind on costs in UK

By 2035, offshore wind will be cheaper than onshore, government predicts