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Low price in national tender prompts states to review tariffs

Low price in national tender prompts states to review tariffs

INDIA: In February, India awarded 1GW of wind-power capacity through its first-ever reverse auction. The lowest final bid price of INR 3.46/kWh ($0.053/kWh) returned by the auctions defied all expectations and rattled the industry, which was used to feed-in-tariffs (FITs) in the INR 4-6/kWh range.

Freak storms trigger summer of discontent

Freak storms trigger summer of discontent

AUSTRALIA: A violent storm last September brought the entire electricity grid in South Australia to its knees. In its wake, an equally savage political storm blew up, with renewables in general, and wind power in particular, blamed for the outages.

Multi-lateral banks boost renewable-energy investment

Multi-lateral banks boost renewable-energy investment

INDIA: In January, two renewable-energy developers in India received total funding of $515 million. About $125 million of this was made as an equity investment in an emerging developer, Hero Future Energies, by the International Finance Corporation (IFC), a member of the World Bank Group.

Europe's repowering drive stuck in bottom gear

Europe's repowering drive stuck in bottom gear

EUROPE: Once seen as a substantial sector for growth, the increasing shift towards competitive tendering and a lack of political goodwill is forcing repowering projects to compete against new build for fewer available contracts across Europe.

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Special Report: Wind Power In India 2012

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Policy changes can help Indian wind sector mature

INDIA: As the third largest economy in Asia, and one of the emerging 'BRIC' economies (alongside Brazil, Russia and China), India has a voracious appetite for electricity: government forecasts suggest a requirement of 1,355TWh by 2016-17.


Plug and play: how wind projects progress under the turnkey model

INDIA: India is now the third largest wind market by annual installations, adding 3GW in 2011 after China (17.6GW) and the US (6.8GW), according to the Global Wind Energy Council. It is also a unique market where developers and turbine manufacturers are often synonymous.

India has the potential to stay at the top

INDIA: At the time of Windpower Monthly's last special report on India, the industry was hoping for a central government stance that would provide incentives to encourage growth and a grid infrastructure that can cope.

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China - Testing times ahead with more balanced growth

CHINA: The Chinese wind-power market faces a tough year as the industry gets to grips with new government requirements. Though growth slowed in 2011, the market still performed very strongly, with over 15GW of newly installed capacity. Industry officials expect the wind industry to continue to lead the world in growth in 2012 as the government counts on the technology to raise the nation's consumption of renewable energy.

Brazil - Project and production activity set to spiral

BRAZIL: Brazil added more than 40% of new capacity in 2011 and investors have the appetite for more in 2012.

Bulgaria - New rules may spark investor exodus

BULGARIA: Prospects for the Bulgarian market are not bright, as legislative changes may make it more difficult for developers to access project financing.

India - Grid and tax rules change as wind sector takes off

INDIA: India's wind sector looks likely to retain its momentum in 2012 and is on track to add 700MW in the first three months. More than 3.02GW was installed in 2011, taking total installed capacity to 16.08GW, according to the Ministry of New and Renewable Energy. The government has a target to double this by 2017.

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Latin America - Legislative delays stall nascent markets

LATIN AMERICA, EXCLUDING BRAZIL: Wind activity outside of Brazil is poised to grow. Mexico should see installed capacity increase this year, but elsewhere, legislative issues are holding up projects.

Middle East & North Africa - Political events bring delays but offer hope

NORTHERN AFRICA & MIDDLE EAST: Political and social unrest rocked much of the Middle East and north Africa in 2011, putting projects on hold and raising concerns for future investment. While a few countries did see progress, unrest still haunts much of the region. A lot will now depend on how quickly these countries manage to regain stability and restore confidence.

South-East Asia - Small steps forward but still a long way to go

SOUTH-EAST ASIA: Some of the region's countries are taking measures to encourage wind-power development, but regulatory and economic uncertainty and poor transmission are holding back progress in the Philippines, which has just a single 33MW wind farm built in 2009.

Sub-Saharan Africa - New players join the world of wind

SUB-SAHARAN AFRICA: The year ahead should be busy in sub-Saharan Africa after significant progress was made in 2011, most notably with project tenders in South Africa, but also installations in Ethiopia and Cape Verde. Projects also made strides ahead in Nigeria, Mauritania and Kenya. In many other countries barriers such as the lack of a regulatory framework and reliable wind data continue to hamper development.