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Global offshore wind demand will increase nearly sixfold over the next 10 years

By the end of 2017, offshore wind had only been deployed commercially across seven markets, with UK and Germany accounting for 68% of the grid-connected capacity. However, according to a recent report from Wood Mackenzie Power and Renewables, global offshore wind power demand will increase almost sixfold over the coming 10 years with projects deployed commercially across 18 countries by 2027.

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Demand for renewable electricity surpasses 500 TWh in Europe

“For the first time renewable energy demand in Europe surpasses 500 TWh - or half a billion Guarantees of Origin (GOs),” says Tom Lindberg, Managing Director in ECOHZ, commenting on 2018 statistics from the Association of Issuing Bodies (AIB). The current reported volume is 499 TWh, but this is expected to increase by an additional 10 TWh, when unreported German Q4 figures are included. This will push the expected total demand for renewable electricity documented with Guarantees of Origin close to 510 TWh. This represents a 8% increase from 470 TWh in 2017.

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Success of energy transition depends on distribution grids

New tools and business models for power distribution system operators (DSO) will be critical for the success of the energy transition. The Union of the Electricity Industry (Eurelectric) is calling on EU Member States and Regulators to speed up the development of fit-for-purpose DSOs when implementing the Clean Energy Package. This process will require clarification of a number of legislative provisions that have been left unclear and uncertain.

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Vineyard Wind and conservation groups reach agreement to protect right whales

Vineyard Wind and the Natural Resources Defense Council, the National Wildlife Federation, and Conservation Law Foundation have entered into an unprecedented agreement to protect critically endangered North Atlantic right whales. Under the agreement, Vineyard Wind will institute a variety of protective measures to keep right whales safe while installing and operating turbines at its proposed 84-turbine 800MW offshore wind energy project off the coast of Massachusetts, USA.

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Offshore Wind Accelerator to launch competition to reduce emissions and fuel consumption in offshore vessels

The Carbon Trust’s Offshore Wind Accelerator (OWA) has announced a call to industry to respond to a Request for Information (RFI) to inform the scope of a new industry competition expected to launch next month. This latest competition will aim to accelerate the development and uptake of new technologies with the potential to reduce emissions and fuel consumption in offshore vessels.

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German expansion of offshore wind energy successfully continued in 2018

According to the latest figures published by Deutsche WindGuard, 1,305 offshore wind turbines with a total output of 6,382 MW (megawatts) fed into the grid in 2018. In this period, 136 new turbines with an output of 969 MW were connected to the grid. In addition, 276 MW were fully installed but have not yet fed into the grid. Furthermore, a capacity of 966 MW is currently under construction. The final investment decision has been made for another 112 MW.

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