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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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Windicator: Best quarter for turbine manufacturers in years

Worldwide: The first quarter of 2014 was the most upbeat in recent memory for wind-turbine manufacturers as all five companies that are followed by the Windicator posted impressive results.

Windicator: Promising start to 2014 in some regions

WORLDWIDE: Earnings at major wind-turbine manufacturers have improved markedly, but global installed wind capacity increased by a modest 4% during the period covered by our analysis.

Windicator: Share values up for all but Suzlon

WORLDWIDE: Wind power stocks built on their impressive performance last year with further gains in early 2014 as the industry continued to recover from the damage inflicted during the financial crisis.

Windicator: Wind passes 300GW milestone despite slower growth

WORLDWIDE: World wind capacity increased by 13% in 2013 -- less than in 2012, when it rose by 22%. Additions in megawatts were also down on 2012, from 49.2GW in 2012 to 33.1GW last year.