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First turbine installed at Beatrice

First turbine installed at Beatrice

UK: The first Siemens Gamesa turbine has been installed at the Beatrice offshore wind project in Scotland.

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Offshore decommissioning could cost UK £3.6bn

Offshore decommissioning could cost UK £3.6bn

UK: Decommissioning 37 offshore wind farms in various stages of development in UK waters could cost the government between £1.28 billion (€1.44 billion) and £3.64 billion (€4.12 billion), a new report has revealed.

Service rivals carve up MPI Offshore

Service rivals carve up MPI Offshore

UK: Van Oord and Jan De Nul have acquired MPI Offshore staff and a number of its vessels.

UK offshore could reach 40GW with centralised focus

UK offshore could reach 40GW with centralised focus

UK: More than 40GW of offshore wind farms could be installed in UK waters by 2050, according to the country's grid operator, National Grid.

EEW secures Hornsea Two monopile contract

EEW secures Hornsea Two monopile contract

UK: Foundation specialist EEW will provide 165 monopiles for the near-1.4GW Hornsea Two project situated 89 kilometres off England's east coast.

UK infrastructure report urges onshore support

UK infrastructure report urges onshore support

UK: Onshore wind should be readmitted back into the contract for difference (CfD) auction scheme from the early 2020s, a new report looking at UK infrastructure has argued.

Combined wind assessment approach backed

Combined wind assessment approach backed

UK: Using both met masts and remote sensing technology to measure project resources could reduce uncertainty, a consultancy has urged, instead of opting for a single-technology approach.


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.