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The UK is the global leader in offshore wind, approximately 6GW of capacity installed at the end if 2017. With over 20GW still in the pipeline or under construction, it is set to remain a major player in the sector. 

Onshore wind however, has struggled of late. With the early closure of access to subsidies and stringent planning restrictions affecting the investment attractiveness. The UK's onshore capacity, as of the end of 2017, stood at 11.5GW. 

An uncertainty surrounding the outcome of Brexit negotiations also lingers. 

UK News

Ørsted developing its first commercial battery storage system

Ørsted developing its first commercial battery storage system

UK: Ørsted will build its first large-scale storage system, a 20MW battery project near Liverpool in the north-west of England.

Turbine installation completed at Walney Extension

Turbine installation completed at Walney Extension

UK: The final turbines have been installed at the world's largest offshore wind farm, developer Ørsted has announced.

GE to trial 12MW turbine at UK centre

GE to trial 12MW turbine at UK centre

UK: GE Renewable Energy will test its 12MW Haliade-X turbine at the Offshore Renewable Energy (ORE) Catapult's test centre in Blyth, northeast England, as part of a five-year deal.

UK content should be increased, ex-minister claims

UK content should be increased, ex-minister claims

UK: The government should increase the UK's local content target from 50% by 2020 to 60%, a former energy minister has recommended.

Seabirds avoid offshore turbines more than expected

Seabirds avoid offshore turbines more than expected

UK: Seabirds are less likely to collide with offshore wind turbines than previously thought, according to a new study.

UK In-Depth

Comparing offshore output for 2017

Comparing offshore output for 2017

GERMANY/UK: Offshore wind generation is rising as capacity grows, but how did individual sites perform during 2017? Windpower Monthly looks at key German and UK offshore projects.

Wind Economics: UK consumers miss out on big savings

Wind Economics: UK consumers miss out on big savings

UK/UNITED STATES: No new onshore wind projects have been given contracts in the UK since a change of government in 2015. The few still being built were awarded contracts beforehand.

WindEconomics: UK continues trend of falling costs

WindEconomics: UK continues trend of falling costs

UK: The UK government's Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy (BEIS) published its contracts for difference (CfD) second allocation round results on 11 September.

Viewpoint: Low UK offshore bids come as no surprise

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?

Buckling up for the ladder climb

Buckling up for the ladder climb

UK: Technicians for offshore services supplier CWind, now part of Global Marine Systems, prepare to service one of the MHI Vestas 3.0MW turbines at E.on's Humber Gateway project off eastern England

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