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Leaving the competition in its wake

Offshore wind projects are being deployed at an increasing rate, and as the scale of these projects has grown, costs have tumbled. A new study indicates that some new European projects may no longer require support from state subsidy mechanisms to be competitive.

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Broadbent, I.D., Aldersey-Williams, J. Leaving the competition in its wake. Nat Energy 5, 555–556 (2020).

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