Windpower Monthly: October 2014

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Canada looks to US for wind growth

Canada looks to US for wind growth

CANADA: As the US seeks to limit carbon emissions, Canada's combination of wind and hydro power could enable it to supply clean electricity to the north-east states. But Canada's fragmented energy markets need to work closer together to take advantage of the opportunity.

Canada moves up to sixth place in global rankings

CANADA: Having installed more than 700MW by September, and expected to more than double that by the end of 2014, Canada has overtaken France and Italy for installed capacity.

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.

Repowering project builds on first-time experience

One of the first to build a sizeable wind farm on his own land, Hermann Albers had gained valuable experience when it came to repowering his project. He talks about the benefits of the new project and the progress that has been made over the past 20 years.

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Analysis

Analysis: What is Siemens doing about onshore wind?

GERMANY: Siemens has grown swiftly to become a dominant force in the offshore wind market but has remained silent about its onshore wind performance and ambitions.

Juncker makes EU energy appointments - updated 11 September

EUROPE: The incoming president of the European Union Jean-Claude Juncker has appointed Spaniard Miquel Arias Canete as climate action and energy commissioner and Slovenian Alenka Bratusek as vice-president for Energy Union.

Analysis: Coal and nuclear on Google AWC offshore line

UNITED STATES: The first leg of the Atlantic Wind Connection (AWC), designed to facilitate a growth in US offshore, could initially transmit electricity generated from coal and nuclear plants.

Analysis: China moves to buy European wind capacity

SPAIN: Gamesa's deal to sell its 28MW Barchin project to Chinese utility China Huadian not only marks the first Spanish project sale in two years, it hints at a possible revival in sales of existing capacity.

Comment

Wind has moved past green agenda

Sigmar Gabriel, Germany's vice-chancellor and minister of energy and economic affairs, spoke passionately at the opening of the WindEnergy fair in Hamburg, the industry's leading technology showcase.

Straight Talking: They have too much to lose to face reality

WORLDWIDE: They say that it gets darkest just before dawn. I just hope that's true. As Gandhi allegedly said, "first they ignore you, then they ridicule you, then they fight you, then you win". We're definitely at stage three.

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On Reflection: Crowd funding could boost UK community wind

UK: Crowd funding is one of the measures being considered by the UK's Department of Energy and Climate Change (Decc) to help resolve the funding issues encountered by many energy projects.

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