Windpower Monthly: MAY 2017
AUSTRALIA: A violent storm last September brought the entire electricity grid in South Australia to its knees. In its wake, an equally savage political storm blew up, with renewables in general, and wind power in particular, blamed for the outages.
UK: Is this the greenest car yet? Sara Verbruggen gets behind the wheel of a Toyota Mirai, fuelled by hydrogen generated totally from wind power.
GERMANY: The first auction for offshore wind in Germany also produced the first €0/MWh bids, enabled by long lead times developers hope will bring the bigger turbines they need to deliver.
BELGIUM: Belgian consumers could pay up to twice as much as they should for power generated from the forthcoming Norther and Rentel offshore facilities. The industry begs to differ.
INDIA: In February, India awarded 1GW of wind-power capacity through its first-ever reverse auction. The lowest final bid price of INR 3.46/kWh ($0.053/kWh) returned by the auctions defied all expectations and rattled the industry, which was used to feed-in-tariffs (FITs) in the INR 4-6/kWh range.
GERMANY: Electricity trading for same-day delivery has made big progress in recent years, benefiting not only the trading of wind energy, but also the whole electricity system.
United Kingdom Macquarie acquires GIB for £2.3bn
United States Canadian wind sees opportunities in north-east US
United States Update - Trump starts roll-back on climate change policy
The argument that wind power can only compete with conventional forms of electricity generation by being heavily subsidised looks more threadbare every month.
WORLDWIDE: Battery-storage technology has very high public visibility at present for several reasons.
WORLDWIDE: Will UK vote prompt wind rethink?; US energy figures and facts; and Australian health investigation fizzles out.