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The latest news and in-depth analysis of wind energy storage, the development of "green" hydrogen, hybridisation, renewable energy markets, power purchase agreements, transmission networks, interconnectivity, substations, supply interruption, and transmission failures. 

Amprion advances plans for German wind transmission corridors

Transmission system operator Amprion and technology firm Hitachi Energy have concluded a strategic agreement for the preferential delivery of four converter stations to be used for Germany’s direct-current Korridor B project.

Mammoth German SuedLink underground line starts construction

After an extensive planning and approval phase, construction work has started on SuedLink, an underground cable connection to transport wind power from north Germany to Bavaria and Baden-Württemberg in the south.

Con Edison breaks ground on 1.5GW NY offshore wind gateway

Con Edison has broken ground on the Brooklyn Clean Energy Hub, a transmission substation that will strengthen New York’s power grid and serve as a gateway for 1.5GW of offshore wind power.

News and Analysis

Hellenic secures cable contracts for three European projects

Hellenic Cables, the Greece-based cables segment of Belgium’s Cenergy Holdings, has won contracts to supply export and inter-array cable systems to three European offshore wind projects located in Polish, French and German waters.

RWE and Tennet agree OranjeWind offshore wind farm connection

Network operator Tennet and energy company RWE have signed agreements for an offshore grid connection for the OranjeWind offshore wind farm to be built 53 kilometres off the coast in the Dutch North Sea.

Report urges policy reform to deliver US transmission projects that connect wind and solar

Only less than half of the shovel-ready high-voltage transmission projects in the US are likely to start construction as planned unless policy reforms are introduced, warns research from consultancy Grid Strategies.

Massachusetts approves ending of ‘unviable’ offshore wind PPA

Regulators in Massachusetts have approved the ending of the power purchase agreement (PPA) between US utility Eversource and Avangrid’s Commonwealth Wind – in the same week they announced the rules for the state’s next offshore wind solicitation.

Industry hails call to slash UK grid build times to meet wind demand

UK grid connections should be delivered within seven years – half the current timescale – to ensure new wind farms do not lie idle, according to an independent report by the country’s electricity networks commissioner Nick Winser.

In depth

Opinion: Meshed grids will unlock the full potential of offshore wind

Ambitious pledges to increase offshore wind capacity from the G7 nations along with targets set by European signatories to the Ostend Declaration create an urgent need to evolve the energy grids which are essential deliver this vision.

Offshore wind auctions – why price is no longer king

With falling subsidy needs, governments and auction authorities need non-price factors to support long-term climate ambitions, prevent inferior wind farms and safeguard national reputations.

How the turmoil in energy markets has changed perspectives on renewables

With European electricity prices peaking at $400/MWh in 2022, the move towards renewables gained added urgency. Even with higher commodity and supply chain costs hitting turbine makers, wind power is cheaper than gas.

We're undaunted by grid capacity challenges for ScotWind

Since the exhilarating announcement of the new ScotWind projects in January last year, many in our industry have raised concerns about the grid’s capacity to cope with an additional 27GW of renewable energy installed over the next ten years.