In an important development for offshore wind across the pond, license extension requests were recently granted for operators of UK offshore wind farms. The extensions will lengthen leases to 50 years from 22-year or 40-year leases. The additional time will allow wind farm operators to invest in replacing aging turbines and update technology. This development comes on the heels of Scotland’s passage of a Renewable Action Plan to obtain 20% of total energy needs from renewable sources by 2020. Read more in World Gas Intelligence. [Subscription required]