Windpower Monthly: May 2016

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Finding the funds for the low-carbon transition

Finding the funds for the low-carbon transition

WORLDWIDE: Around $485 billion a year will have to be invested to meet the 2040 climate change targets agreed at last year's COP21 summit.

"It's going to be an exciting five years"

UNITED STATES: Unprecedented certainty from the five-year PTC extension and the prospects of the Clean Power Plan have given a boost to the US wind sector, but there are technology and transmission hurdles to overcome to support the sector beyond the next five years.

EXCLUSIVE: Vestas tests four-rotor concept turbine

DENMARK: Future technologies will be given a jolt of fresh thinking as Vestas prepares for a year of testing and validating a 900kW multi-rotor concept turbine, which is being installed near Roskilde, Denmark, this week.


Service industry adapts to bigger turbines

UNITED STATES: The face of America's wind farms changed radically 15 years ago as a new generation of multi-megawatt turbines from a smaller pool of manufacturers came online. Keeping these machines in top condition is the main focus of the US's growing O&M sector.

Wind Economics: By 2024 offshore will undercut nuclear

UK: Buried within the UK Chancellor of the Exchequer's budget speech on 16 March was good news for offshore wind.

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Analysis: Wind to play swing-producer role in Germany

GERMANY: The German government revealed details in its draft renewable energy act 2016, relegating onshore wind to a supporting role, dependent on developments by all other renewables.

Analysis: Mixed signals from Mexican auction

MEXICO: Mexico's first ever power auction packed many surprises for the wind industry, both positive and negative.

Analysis: Argentina targets 10GW of renewables

ARGENTINA: Argentina could be on the brink of a wind energy boom capable of transforming the struggling electricity market.

Analysis: France reviews varied floating tender bids

FRANCE: Five developers have submitted eight projects in response to the French government's request for proposals to build pilot floating projects.


Money Talks: New markets require a customised approach

With more than 58GW of newly installed capacity in 2015, according to Windpower Monthly, the worldwide wind market is continuing its boom.

Confidence grows for US wind future

LEADER: Chris Brown, president of Vestas Americas, gave short shrift to the argument that the phasing-out of the US's production tax credit (PTC) would mean technological development playing second fiddle to getting steel into the ground over the next few years.

Viewpoint: Non-utility offtake deals need new risk modelling

UNITED STATES: Offtake agreements with non-utility buyers are the new engine driving the US wind power market.

Backpage: The last word in wind - May

WORLDWIDE: Wind gets the Scandi-noir treatment; plus Leonardo diCaprio on climate change; and Australian energy, academia and A$3.3 million.

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