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UK training college will address skills shortfall

UK training college will address skills shortfall

UK: The precise location has yet to be chosen and details of the courses that will be offered remain sketchy, but the UK's first national college for wind energy is scheduled to open its doors to students in autumn 2016.

Outperformance could spur greater commitment in South Africa

Outperformance could spur greater commitment in South Africa

SOUTH AFRICA: South African wind farms are producing over 30% more power than initially estimated in 2010, according to national utility and grid operator Eskom.

Remote mines add wind

Remote mines add wind

WORLDWIDE: More mining companies are recognising the benefits of using wind power in remote locations to cut diesel fuel bills and ensure secure supply.

Presidential support escalates wind boom in Chile

Presidential support escalates wind boom in Chile

CHILE: When Michelle Bachelet took office as president of Chile in 2014 she promised to place energy at the top of Chile's political agenda and to prise open a space for renewables.

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Baltic States - Region's only bright spot could fade after 2012

BALTIC STATES: Wind energy development in Latvia and Lithuania remains sluggish, while Estonia is making slow but steady progress.

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.

Czech Republic - Investment bombshell hits suffering sector

CZECH REPUBLIC: Investment in wind and other renewables in the Czech Republic suffered a major blow at the start of the year when parliament's upper house approved a draft law that undermines the renewables support mechanism included in all existing contracts between plant operators and the Czech grid companies. The law is now awaiting approval by the lower house to become final.

Hungary - Progress on hold as wind awaits new tender

HUNGARY: Hungary is unlikely to see a single new turbine turning this year, as investors wait for the details of a planned incentive system to be revealed and a new tender for additional wind capacity to be launched.

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.

Poland - Industry prepares to fight 'destructive' draft rules

POLAND: This year may prove to be the toughest yet in the Polish wind sector's ten-year history. The industry was shocked by draft legislation on renewable energy issued by the government in December that removes the guaranteed price for wind-generated electricity and cuts by 25% the number of green certificates available for onshore wind farms above 200kW. The new rules apply to both existing and future wind farms.

Romania - Booming market aims to treble in two years

ROMANIA: Romania's wind-energy sector is expected to post another impressive performance in 2012. According to the Romanian Wind Energy Association (RWEA), some 850MW in new capacity could be operating by the end of the year, bringing the country's total to more than 1.8GW.

South-East Europe - Croatia advances while neighbours struggle

SOUTH EAST EUROPE: Wind developers in the area share problems such as shortage of capital, complex permitting procedures and legislative obstacles. In Serbia, poor spatial planning is a major hurdle for location permits, while in Croatia the five-step permitting process is a cause of concern for prospective investors. Bosnia & Herzegovina, Montenegro and Serbia could see the first installed capacity come online in 2012.

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.

Ukraine - Local requirements may stifle huge ambition

UKRAINE: The Ukrainian wind industry is entering 2012 with ambitious plans for further development. However, the country's image abroad, widespread corruption and restrictive legislation may dampen investors' enthusiasm.