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WPD and EA Technology launch project to open up substation data

WPD and EA Technology launch project to open up substation data

UK: Local utility Western Power Distribution (WPD) is working on a project to access data from substations in a bid to help prepare low-voltage networks for more distributed generation and electric vehicle (EV) charging.

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Floating offshore wind a "gilt-edged opportunity"

Floating offshore wind a "gilt-edged opportunity"

UK: The UK, and in particular Scotland, is well placed to benefit from the growth of the floating offshore wind sector, Hugh McNeal, chief executive, of trade body RenewableUK said at the Floating Offshore Wind conference (14 November) in Glasgow.

E.on secures first UK third-party service contract

E.on secures first UK third-party service contract

UK: E.on has won its first third-party operations and maintenance (O&M) contract for the 28.6MW Drone Hill wind farm in southeast Scotland.

ORE Catapult to lead blade technology research collaboration

ORE Catapult to lead blade technology research collaboration

UK: ORE Catapult is leading a research project to improve blade technology in an effort to reduce the levelised cost of energy (LCOE) for offshore wind.

MHI Vestas to open blade painting and logistics facility

MHI Vestas to open blade painting and logistics facility

UK: MHI Vestas will turn a former oil-fired power plant into a painting and logistics facility for its 80-metre V164 turbine blades.

Supreme Court rejects wildlife charity's 2.3GW appeal

Supreme Court rejects wildlife charity's 2.3GW appeal

UNITED KINGDOM: The Supreme Court has given the go-ahead to nearly 2.3GW of projects off the east coast of Scotland after rejecting a bird conservation group's appeal.

Galloper first power as UK prepares more zones

Galloper first power as UK prepares more zones

UK: German developer Innogy has produced the first power from its 352.8MW Galloper site in the UK's North Sea, as the seabed landlord, the Crown Estate, launches a consultation to determine new areas for project development.


Analysis

Policies and rise of storage stopping co-location

EUROPE: Co-locating ground-mounted solar projects at wind farms looks like the perfect match.

Analysis: Major deals set challenge for top offshore supplier status

EUROPE: The battle between Siemens and MHI-Vestas (MV) for supremacy in the offshore market is intensifying as both firms took preferred supplier status with major orders.

UK post-election onshore fears

UK: Amber Rudd has been named the new secretary of state for energy and climate change following the election victory for the Conservative Party. However, the result could set back to development of onshore wind in England.

Analysis: UK government memos reveal tense Siemens talks over Hull

UK: A Freedom of Information request to the UK government by Windpower Monthly over Green Port Hull negotiations has lifted the lid on difficult talks with Siemens.

Analysis: Enercon pressures Siemens over wind tech IP case

UK: In 18 months, August 2016 to be exact, Enercon's European "storm control" patent will expire. But that has not stopped the company from heading for a UK court hearing in June to press a charge of alleged infringement by Siemens and its customers.

Analysis: Price-coupling fails to pass wind benefits to UK

EUROPE: Strong winds in Germany on 16 February 2014 led to plummeting wholesale electricity spot market prices on the German/French spot electricity exchange, giving just EUR 14.5-17.9/MWh for the German region and EUR 20.0-20.7/MWh for France.