Our May 2024 newsletter is now available.

In this edition, our many projects relating to marine spatial planning are featured.

In recent years, we have written several World Bank Group national roadmaps for offshore wind than anyone else. The next to be published will be for Romania, where the Government is already moving ahead implementing our recommendations. We  have also been leading the way in conducting national (and regional) offshore wind spatial planning activities. Most notably, this has been for the Governments of the Philippines and Vietnam, where we have been pioneering the use of an excellent offshore wind-specific sensitivity mapping methodology developed and soon to be published by The World Bank.

Mitsubishi Research Institute in collaboration with BVGA and the Japan Wind Power Association, has published the report Potential Sea Areas for Offshore Wind In Japan: Toward the formation of a virtuous cycle that co-creates the future of offshore wind, and the fishing industry. The report can be downloaded from our website.

We and our subcontractors GDG have also been working with the Irish Department of the Environment, Climate and Communications (DECC) in identifying the Maritime Areas within the south coast Designated Maritime Area Plan (SC-DMAP) recently published.

Also in Ireland, our recent report for Ireland’s Department of the Environment, Climate and Communications identifies a substantial economic opportunity from developing offshore wind has been published.

GreenTech Skillnet, in partnership with Wind Energy Ireland, has launched a new online tool to help promote understanding of the opportunities presented by offshore wind energy. Created by BVGA, the new tool will take users through the development of an offshore wind farm in Ireland and highlight the job opportunities in the sector. Funded by Skillnet Ireland, the tool is online

The All-Energy conference and exhibition takes place on the 15 and16 May at the SEC in Glasgow. At the event, Graham Gow is joining a panel update on the progress made since the publication of the Scottish Onshore Wind Sector deal, for which BVGA was part of the delivery team.  Neil Douglas is joining a panel on the urgent need to transition to a circular economy within the renewables and low carbon heat sectors.

You can read all about these stories and more in the full May 2024 newsletter, and subscribe to future editions here.