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Proposals launched for new offshore wind in Scotland’s seas

Crown Estate Scotland has unveiled proposals to lease seabed to encourage a new generation of offshore wind projects in Scotland’s waters. The paper, published, outlines the draft process and asks those interested to feed back to help shape the final approach.

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Local impact of wind energy at heart of new industry push for renewables ambition

WindEurope has launched a new ‘Local Impact, Global Leadership’ toolkit that maps out the local economic benefits of wind energy. With the future of renewables in Europe at stake in Clean Energy Package negotiations, now is a critical time to show policy-makers the local economic benefits of wind energy to make the case for more renewables ambition.

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NREL releases update to wind energy dataset

National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL) is making available more data that can help determine where to install wind turbines. The data from NREL enables anyone considering building a wind plant, or even erecting a single turbine, to understand how strong breezes tend to blow across a particular area and how energy from the wind can be integrated into the electrical grid.

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Renewable energy jobs reach 10.3 million worldwide in 2017

The renewable energy industry created more than 500,000 new jobs globally in 2017, a 5.3 per cent increase from 2016, according to the latest figures released by the International Renewable Energy Agency (IRENA). According to the fifth edition of Renewable Energy and Jobs – Annual Review the total number of people employed in the sector (including large hydropower) now stands at 10.3 million globally, surpassing the 10 million figure for the first time.

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News standard to reduce uncertainty for all wind farm stakeholders

A new global wind farm Technical Specification is accepted for development by the International Electrotechnical Commission (IEC). An all-new global wind farm Technical Specification has been accepted for development by the International Electrotechnical Commission (IEC). The new Technical Specification will be designated IEC TS 61400-28, Through life management and life extension of wind farms.

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US wind energy customers signed over 3,500MW in power purchase agreements in Q1 2018

Demand drives US wind power development to new heights in first quarter of 2018 according to the U.S. Wind Industry First Quarter 2018 Market Report released by the American Wind Energy Association (AWEA). Wind energy customers signed over 3,500MW in long-term contracts called power purchase agreements (PPAs) in the first quarter. That’s the highest volume of PPA announcements in any quarter since AWEA began tracking them in 2013.

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