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UNITED STATES: The first leg of the Atlantic Wind Connection (AWC), designed to facilitate a growth in US offshore, could initially transmit electricity generated from coal and nuclear plants.
SPAIN: Gamesa's deal to sell its 28MW Barchin project to Chinese utility China Huadian not only marks the first Spanish project sale in two years, it hints at a possible revival in sales of existing capacity.
UNITED STATES: One of the biggest "patent trolls" is moving into American wind technology for the first time. Intellectual Ventures (IV) of Bellevue, Washington has quietly applied for at least five high-quality and widely applicable patents for reducing noise and birds strikes at utility-scale wind projects.
GERMANY: It could take a year for a decision to be made on whether to charge managers at insolvent developer Prokon Regenerative Energien with delayed filing of insolvency and fraud, according to the public prosecution of the German city of Lübeck.
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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.