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IHA Statement on UN Climate Conference and COVID-19 In a statement, IHA Chief Executive Eddie Rich, said, "Given the present global health and economic situation, the organizers of COP26 have made the right decision to postpone this year's conference.

Bladt confirms Kaskasi double date Bladt Industries has confirmed two contracts with Innogy for foundations and the offshore substation for the 342MW Kaskasi offshore wind farm in the German North Sea.

Irish, Welsh marine energy opens demo call A University College Cork-led initiative has launched a tender looking to boost cross-border wave and tidal energy projects between Wales and Ireland. The Selkie project, which is calling for two pilot demonstrations, is funded by the European Regional Development Fund through the Ireland Wales Cooperation programme.

Toyota motors into renewables Toyota Green Energy, which also includes Toyota Tsusho Corporation as a partner, will obtain and manage clean power sources in Japan for the Toyota Group. The new company is planned to be set up by July and based at Nagoya City in Aichi Prefecture. Operations will start once the required approvals have been obtained, Toyota said.

French engineers form Chinese floating team French engineering company Dolfines is teaming up with Chinese offshore equipment outfit CIMC Raffles to work on floating offshore wind development in Europe and Asia. The duo have signed a memorandum of understanding to cooperate on the commercial development of their activities.

Minnesota renewable energy output grows as pollution from electric generation declines - Nearly half of Minnesota's power came from zero-carbon sources. Meanwhile, coal's contribution slipped from 38% in 2018 to 32% in 2019. - Renewables accounted for 84% of new electricity generation capacity added since 2010, totaling 3.4 gigawatts. - Over the last decade, Minnesota has boosted "energy productivity" by 22%.

Innogy commits to 342MW Kaskasi Innogy has given the go-ahead to its third German offshore wind farm having taken a final investment decision for the construction of the 342MW Kaskasi project in the North Sea. The company said that all the contracts have been signed for major components for the project, which will be located 35km north of the island of Heligoland.

NextEnergy fund completes 100MW NY solar spree Community PV projects expected online within 18 months and will provide revenue stream for 25 years.

COVID-19: SSEN to continue critical construction It added that the Scottish government's definition of where work can continue include elements of Critical National Infrastructure.

Envision Solar announces upgraded EV ARC The EV ARC is already used by over 100 US municipalities. The upgraded version features a reengineered S-curved column with electronic components and energy storage elevated to the underside of the sun-tracking solar canopy. The new design is flood-proof to 9.5 feet and provides extra space to park on the cambered ballast pad.

BayWa flush for 250MW Texas wind build Amadeus is already under construction and is expected to be placed in service in the fourth quarter of 2020. BayWa RE said it has utilised 5% safe harbour equipment to qualify the project for 100% production tax credits. The project features GE hardware that will be spread across about 10,000 hectares of federal, state and privately held lands.

Deutsche WindGuard watches over EnBW offshore quartet Contract to carry out annual inspections at the Baltic 1 and 2, Hohe See and Albatros projects.

COVID-19: Orsted postpones capital markets day The company said that it is "highly uncertain whether the circumstances will allow for the planned event in London, and we will, for now, concentrate our efforts on safeguarding the health and well-being of our employees and their families and maintaining continuity in our business operations".

Spain sets sights on 22GW of new wind by 2030 Madrid has submitted its National Energy and Climate Plan to the EU and wants renewables to account for 42% of the country's energy mix and generate 74% of its electricity by the start of the next decade. Part of the plans will see yearly additions of 2.2GW in new wind capcity.

ADE opens entries Decentralised Energy Awards 2020 ADE is focusing on its four key sectors - heat, power, flexibility and efficiency - recognising proven and aspirational projects from across the sector, whereas the award categories previously focused on end-users - industrial, commercial, communities and domestic, with a separate innovation award.

Nordex orders soar to 1.6GW in Q1 German turbine outfit Nordex secured 1600MW of new orders in the first quarter of 2020 - increasing its volume of firm orders some 59% above last year, when the company closed out the quarter adding just over 1GW.

Goodbye renewable energy. Hello cheap oil The double whammy of Covid-19 smashing world economies and public budgets is also likely to harm the prospects of renewable energy. The economic downturn is dampening the demand for power as millions of people stay at home and heavy industry operates at minimum capacity.

France Moves to Support Renewables During Pandemic Renewable energy advocates have warned of industry slowdowns due to the coronavirus pandemic, and decried the lack of support for solar, wind, and other technologies in the recent aid package passed by Congress. It's a different story in some foreign countries where the federal government has thrown its support behind renewable energy.

"Future-proofing": Renewable energy startup sees a 40% spike in sales, as consumers panic-buy solar power For some, this is the final straw. "Recently we've seen bushfires and floods, and now this," Hayes says.

Spotlight on the Fastest Growing Renewables: Wind Power The total amount of new renewable energy sources added to global capacity in 2018 reached 178GW, which is broadly similar to the year previous.

Ignacio Galán: "We will speed up investments as soon as possible to contribute to economic activity and promote employment" During his address, Ignacio Galán announced that, in view of the current situation, "as soon as possible we will speed up our investments in order to contribute to economic activity and prevent people's jobs from being lost.

COVID-19 Is The Catalyst We Need To Push Renewable Energy Forward The coronavirus has devastated business as usual. Perhaps now is the time to think about what business should look like in the future instead of the past?

Curious Timing! New Offshore Renewable Energy Research Offshore wind is already a maturing industry, so one might wonder why new research is needed. Fair enough. For one thing, if you dig a little deeper into the offshore wind area you'll come upon floating wind turbines. That sector has been picking up steam recently, but so far no one-size-fits-all solution has bubbled up to the surface.

Renewable Energy Gets Major Boost in New York State Budget Thanks to the leadership of Governor Cuomo and lawmakers-even in the midst of the ongoing health crisis-renewable energy is getting a critical boost as part of New York State's Fiscal Year '21 Budget.

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