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RES Americas -- Aiming for a transition

RES Americas -- Aiming for a transition

UNITED STATES: Susan Reilly, head of one of the US's top renewable-energy firms, talks to Windpower Monthly about the need for carbon reduction and a clear energy policy, and why RES Americas is more focused on onshore construction and transmission lines than entering the US offshore sector.

Wind prepares to conquer new heights

Wind prepares to conquer new heights

LATIN AMERICA: South America is widely regarded as the most promising of emerging wind-power markets, but for the countries on the continent's western flank there remains a formidable obstacle: the Andes, the longest mountain range in the world.

Latin America surges from potential to power

Latin America surges from potential to power

LATIN AMERICA: Favourable wind resources and government policy have driven exponential expansion in the Latin American wind market. Predictions that by 2020 capacity will have grown fivefold are making the region a safe haven for beleaguered US and European manufacturers.

Brazilian production bases set to lead expansion

Brazilian production bases set to lead expansion

LATIN AMERICA: We detail the most up-to-date data for Latin America's installed and upcoming wind power capacity, country by country. Measured against our map of turbine production facilities shows a need for more factories or improvement in transport infrastructures.


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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.