UK’s First Offshore Wind Farm Retires

The first ever offshore wind farm built in the UK is to be decommissioned starting next month. Developer E.ON says the Blyth Offshore Wind Farm, which has two 2MW turbines, has generated enough electricity to supply more than 2,000 homes and saved more than 4,500 tonnes of carbon emissions every …

EU Approve Support for French Floating Offshore Wind Farms

The European Commission has given the green light for the French Government’s plans to support four demonstration floating offshore wind farms. They will consist of three to four turbines – installed in the sea on floaters – and will each have a total installed capacity of 24MW. The Groix Belle …

IKEA Buys 25% Stake in German Offshore Wind Farm

Ingka Group, a company which owns most of the IKEA stores, has bought a 25% stake in an offshore wind farm in Germany. It has paid more than €200 million (£174m) for the stake in Veja Mate, which consist of 67 turbines with a total capacity of 402MW. The acquisition …

Offshore Wind ‘Could Provide Half of UK’s Power Demand’

Offshore wind could provide a cost-effective and low carbon route to providing at least half of the UK’s future electricity demand. That’s the verdict made in a new report commissioned by the Offshore Wind Industry Council (OWIC), which claims a long-term government strategy would enable private investment into the sector …

Ukraine to Build Its Largest Ever Wind Farm

Ukraine is to build its largest ever wind farm. The European Bank for Reconstruction and Development (EBRD) has issued a loan of €150 million (£130m) to the country for the construction. Upon completion, the 250MW project will generate enough renewable electricity to power around 100,000 houses, while also reducing carbon …

World’s Largest Wind Turbine to Test Its Wings in Rotterdam

Rotterdam’s skyline will soon feature the world’s largest and most powerful offshore wind turbine. GE Renewable Energy announced on Wednesday it will install the first 12-megawatt Haliade-X prototype in the Dutch city this summer. Although it’s an offshore wind turbine by design, the prototype will be installed onshore to facilitate …

Britain Blown Away by New Wind Energy Record

The strong winds in the UK helped set a new renewable energy generation record last week. According to official figures from National Grid, onshore and offshore wind farms hit a new high of 14.9GW between 6pm and 6.30pm on Wednesday. The previous record was set on 9th November, when wind …