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SPAIN: Spain's inland revenue suspects regional administration officials of receiving at least €110 million in backhanders from wind developers, including affiliates of utilities Iberdrola and Endesa, in return for project licenses, according to leaked reports.
UK: A Freedom of Information request to the UK government by Windpower Monthly over Green Port Hull negotiations has lifted the lid on difficult talks with Siemens.
ITALY: Enel Green Power (EGP) has begun building another stage of its emerging markets strategy on the African continent.
SOUTH AFRICA: Prospects for South Africa's wind sector are looking brighter. On 16 April, the Department of Energy (DoE) issued a statement promising to "expand procurement of renewable energy", including an initial commitment to more than 9.2GW in the short and medium term.
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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.