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News & in-depth analysis of wind farms, project development, wind resource assessment, public consultation, site acquisition, permitting, construction, supply-chain contracts, and transport & logistics.

EDF completes Blyth pilot

EDF completes Blyth pilot

UK: Developer-utility EDF Renewables has officially opened the 41.5MW Blyth pilot project, off north-east England.

Vestas wins Norway deal for 4.2MW model - updated

Vestas wins Norway deal for 4.2MW model - updated

NORWAY: The Danish manufacturer has been awarded a 50MW deal by Falck Renewables to supply its new V136-4.2MW turbine to a site in west Norway. It also announced deals in Germany and Ukraine

New Brazilian order for Nordex

New Brazilian order for Nordex

BRAZIL: German manufacturer Nordex has been awarded a turbine supply contract for a 123MW wind project in north-east Brazil.

News and Analysis

Ørsted and Northland win further Taiwan capacity

TAIWAN: Danish developer Ørsted and Canadian firm Northland Power have both secured further Taiwanese offshore wind capacity totalling 1.6GW for an average bid price of TWD 2,456/MWh ($80.94/MWh).

Indian banks find wind a 'safe bet'

INDIA: The Indian wind industry can see the annual market size reaching 8-10GW in the next couple of years but with this scale of growth, resources will be strained. However, the industry is confident it can cope even if permitting problems continue.

Turkey calls 1.2GW offshore tender

TURKEY: The energy minister has opened a tender for 1.2GW of offshore wind capacity, setting a ceiling bidding price of $80/MWh.

Appeal court approves 1.8GW Swedish project

SWEDEN: The Land and Environment Court has approved developer Svevind's 1.8GW third phase of a 4GW-plus cluster in the north of the country.

Triton Knoll onshore cabling work imminent

UK: Construction work is about to start on the cable route for the 860MW Triton Knoll offshore wind farm.

In Depth

France's first offshore turbine

FRANCE: The country's first offshore wind turbine -- a 2MW Vestas unit mounted on Ideol's Floatgen floating platform -- is now in place and undergoing final tests off the coast of Brittany.

Cape Wind: Requiem for a dream

UNITED STATES: Cape Wind was the big, ambitious project that aimed to kickstart offshore wind development in the US, but which foundered in the face of powerful opposition groups. Where did it all go wrong and what others can learn from the developer's experience?

Do we still need met masts?

WORLDWIDE: Remote-sensing devices are cheaper to install and maintain and often gather better data than traditional met masts, but while their use is becoming more widespread offshore, bankability remains an issue, especially in complex terrain.

A handful of major markets drive growth

WORLDWIDE: Only a few years ago, wind's success was spreading into new regions across the world.

Leaving town

BELGIUM: Kriegers Flak illustrates the international nature of the offshore wind sector. Foundations made in Belgium are towed by a Cyprus-registered vessel to Denmark, where they will be part of a wind farm using German-Spanish turbines and an interconnector with Germany.