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SPAIN: In a second international ruling against retroactive cuts in renewables support introduced by the Spanish government in 2013, a Swedish arbitration panel has awarded a Luxembourg-based investment firm €53 million compensation.
DENMARK: The Danish Technical University (DTU) and developer Vattenfall have announced a joint project to investigate the effect offshore wind projects have on nearby sites.
EUROPE: The European Parliament's (EP) energy committee has approved a raft of new measures to modernise the bloc's energy markets.
EUROPE: More strategic investment in electricity grids needs to take place if renewables are to meet 35% of Europe's energy needs, WindEurope has argued.
EUROPE: Increasing renewables' share in the European energy mix to 34% could trigger extra investment and job growth, according to a new report.
GERMANY: The energy regulator has granted contracts for 709MW of wind projects at a weighted average of €46/MWh.
GERMANY: Energy regulator Federal Network Agency (BNA) has opened a 200MW tender for wind and solar power.
INDIA: The winning prices in India's first 2GW federal auction totalled INR 2.44/kWh ($0.038/kWh), in line with the state low tariff record and defying all expectations.
IRELAND: Irish onshore wind generation is enjoying a period of rapid growth but there are big funding and infrastructure challenges ahead, as Mike Tavern, technical director at engineering and environment consultancy Sweco explains.
DENMARK: The generation-cost projections reported in this column rely on estimates of the energy production of the wind turbines over the life of the plant by the developer.
Good news from Spain has been in short supply for several years, but the market is now showing signs of life.
EUROPE: The European wind industry contributed €36bn to the EU's gross domestic product (GDP) in 2016, supports 263,000 jobs and generated €8bn of exports outside of Europe. That's the good news, writes WindEurope CEO Giles Dickson.