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Goodbye gas and hello coal

Just two short years ago our annual comparison of power generation costs, published each year in the January issue of Windpower Monthly, boasted that wind had only gas left to beat. Gas prices have since risen so fast that this year's analysis of how wind prices stack up against those of coal gas and nuclear reveals that onshore wind power is comfortably within the range of gas fired generation. Coal, at its most economic, remains cheaper than wind, but on windy sites in terrain that is easy to develop, new wind stations are giving coal a tough target to beat.

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