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Intelligence: How Siemens overtook Vestas to become offshore no.1

Intelligence: How Siemens overtook Vestas to become offshore no.1

WORLDWIDE: It is no secret that Siemens has a convincing lead in the offshore market, largely thanks to its 3.6MW machine, but digging into data from WPO Intelligence reveals just how this happened.

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United States - Emerging from bust cycle once more

UNITED STATES: The US's prospects for 2014 look good. The wind market is back in the growth phase of its rollercoaster response to decades of federal policy uncertainty.

China - Wind has renewed spring in its step

CHINA: In 2013, Li Junfeng, director of the China Renewable Energy Industries Association, described 2012 as being like winter to the country's wind power sector. "But this year we can feel that spring is coming back," he said, adding that the momentum will continue through 2014.

Canada - This could be the best year yet for wind

CANADA: Canada could have its best year ever in 2014 as projects contracted under Ontario's now-defunct feed-in tariff (FIT) programme finally hit their stride.

France - Permitting progress gives room for hope

FRANCE: Installed capacity fell for the fourth year running in 2013 but France's wind power industry believes things might pick up slightly this year. For that to happen, however, a few crucial elements need to fall into place.

Russia & Ukraine - Russia prepares to launch wind sector

RUSSIA: Wind power scarcely exists at all in Russia -- just 14MW across the whole of this huge country -- but there are indications that this could change quite dramatically in the next few years.

Netherlands & Belgium - Low countries look to offshore for future

NETHERLANDS/BELGIUM: The Netherlands added 283MW of new capacity, all of it onshore, during 2013, to bring its total wind capacity to 2,693MW, of which 228MW is offshore.

Middle East & North Africa - Healthy pipeline but piecemeal progress

MIDDLE EAST & NORTH AFRICA: Few megawatts were installed in the region during 2013, but construction got under way for several projects that are due for commissioning this year.

Sub-Saharan Africa - South Africa booms amid new entrants

SUB-SAHARAN FRICA: For another year, Ethiopia was the star performer in Sub-Saharan Africa in terms of new capacity added in 2013, although it will be easily overtaken this year by South Africa's surging market. Progress elsewhere is coming in fits and starts.

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Nordex wins second Lithuanian deal

LITHUANIA: Nordex has received a 45MW order from a Lithuanian-based energy fund for a project in the north-west of the country.

Windicator: Feelgood factor

With four out of the five wind turbine manufacturers tracked by the Windicator posting positive results in H1 2014, the mood remains upbeat.

Windicator: Good year for turbine manufacturers continues

WORLDWIDE: Wind-turbine manufacturers built on their strong first-quarter performance with another set of positive earnings figures for Q2.

Windicator: Moderate global additions so far but final quarter could see surge

WORLDWIDE: Both the Global Wind Energy Council and Navigant Consulting's 'World Market Update, A BTM Wind Report' have projected that world wind capacity will increase by 47GW this year.