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Posted

26/07/2017

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We should be leading the conversation on the future of our industry

Guest post by Rob Grimmond, CEO of Offshore Marine Management



It’s vital that the Government talk to the industry to get a real picture of what is at threat for the renewables industry, especially offshore wind and marine energy, if the movement of people is limited. 

Taking a step forward to ensure a realistic future for renewables in the UK and help to secure a flexible workforce, we a ...

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Posted

30/06/2017

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Ilaria Valtimora

The renewed dynamism of the Australian wind market

Australian Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull has been making life tough for wind developers and investors. He publicly blamed wind farms for a series of blackouts in South Australia in late 2016 and early 2017 in the face of evidence to the contrary.

Despite that high-level hostility, the wind sector in the country has been incredibly active lately, and regional governments and companies have bee ...

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Posted

08/06/2017

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Ilaria Valtimora

Dong Energy launches a new battery system

Much of the talk at the Offshore Wind Energy 2017 conference in London this week has been about Danish utility’s Dong Energy ‘zero-subsidy’ offshore projects, and how the market should adapt to those.

But the company also got people talking yesterday as it launched a battery system, which it is set to integrate into its 90MW Burbo Bank project in Liverpool Bay. It presented this at its ‘Offshor ...

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Posted

06/06/2017

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Richard Heap

OWE 2017: Reflections on the first day

In our newsletter on Monday we highlighted five of the major talking points we expected to see at the Offshore Wind Energy 2017 conference, run by WindEurope and RenewableUK, in London this week. And, at the end of the first day, all have featured heavily. 

Here are our thoughts on what we have heard on these topics so far:

Zero-subsidy developments: These were always going to be a big talki ...

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Posted

31/01/2017

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Ilaria Valtimora

Europe needs commitment to wind

Last year was a record-breaker in terms of offshore wind investment. This shows that Europe has great potential to remain the global leader in this part of the wind sector. 

However, it must deliver on this potential, as there is still uncertainty over volumes and regulation in key European offshore markets after 2020. 

These are the headlines from the annual offshore statistics that WindEur ...

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Posted

27/01/2017

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Ilaria Valtimora

Offshore wind needs long-term plans in Europe

Last year was a record-breaker in terms of offshore wind investment. This shows that Europe has great potential to remain the global leader in this part of the wind sector.

However, it must deliver on this potential, as there is still uncertainty over volumes and regulation in key European offshore markets after 2020.

These are the headlines from the annual offshore statistics that WindEurop ...

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Posted

14/12/2016

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Ilaria Valtimora

Profit-conscious Shell dives in to offshore



Last month Shell chief executive Ben van Beurden told the Energy for Tomorrow conference in Paris that he did not see enough profitability in the renewables industry. We covered this in a Wind Watch at the time, so why are we bringing it up again so soon?

Simply, because Shell seems keener to invest in renewables than his words then suggest. The Dutch utility is leading the consortium that, ...

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Posted

07/12/2016

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Adam Barber

A day at sea: the energy behind the energy

In offshore wind, few things are constant.  However, one thing that is, is that everyone in the industry always – without fail - has an opinion on how the market is shaping up. 

They’ll tell you how you can cut costs, how you can create greater efficiencies, how you can streamline project management or how you can use new and existing kit more effectively to drive future progress.

But just h ...

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Posted

17/11/2016

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Ilaria Valtimora

Strategic shift paved way for Vattenfall’s record-breaking deal



In September, Swedish state-owned utility Vattenfall won contracts to build two offshore wind farms totalling 350MW in Danish waters, at a levelised cost of energy of €64/MWh.

It was a record low price until last week, when it was beaten by a familiar company: itself.

Vattenfall has now won the tender to build the 600MW Kriegers Flak project in the waters off Denmark at €49.90/MWh, which ...

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Posted

08/11/2016

Author

Ilaria Valtimora

Who are the 100 most influential people in wind? Find out now!



Today is the day! Yes, the US people finally get to vote in the presidential election.

And, more importantly, we are publishing our Top 100 Power People. Now in its fifth year, this is our definitive look at the wind industry’s most influential power-brokers.

The two events are not completely unrelated. One of our biggest findings from this year’s Top 100 is that one-third of the top peo ...

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