Windpower Monthly: May 2016
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.
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.3 comments
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.
UK: Buried within the UK Chancellor of the Exchequer's budget speech on 16 March was good news for offshore wind.
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.
MEXICO: Mexico's first ever power auction packed many surprises for the wind industry, both positive and negative.
ARGENTINA: Argentina could be on the brink of a wind energy boom capable of transforming the struggling electricity market.
FRANCE: Five developers have submitted eight projects in response to the French government's request for proposals to build pilot floating projects.
United Kingdom MHI Vestas committed to UK following CfD update
With more than 58GW of newly installed capacity in 2015, according to Windpower Monthly, the worldwide wind market is continuing its boom.
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.
UNITED STATES: Offtake agreements with non-utility buyers are the new engine driving the US wind power market.
WORLDWIDE: Wind gets the Scandi-noir treatment; plus Leonardo diCaprio on climate change; and Australian energy, academia and A$3.3 million.