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Market data: Project activity, December 2014
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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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Windicator: Feelgood Factor

WORLDWIDE: The wind industry sees a good start to 2015 with about 336GW of capacity in the bag and strong performances of recent by its leading companies.

Windicator: Year ends in buoyant mood following raised forecasts

WORLDWIDE: The wind turbine industry ended 2014 in a buoyant mood as better-than-expected performance and raised forecasts dominated the third-quarter earnings season.

Windicator: Asia Pacific installed twice as much as Europe in 2014

WORLDWIDE: Windpower Monthly forecasts worldwide wind capacity at the end of 2014 at 337GW. During the last year 33GW was installed -- slightly less than the amount installed in 2013, and significantly less than earlier forecasts that suggested up to 45GW would be added in 2014.

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Windicator: US deals at end of 2014 shows promise for this year

WORLDWIDE: The health of the industry can be gauged by the flow of turbine orders, and our map showing megawatt of orders logged during the last quarter of 2014 (up to 10 December) suggests that prospects for 2015 are good.