Windpower Monthly: APRIL 2014

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China booms while the US sleeps

WORLDWIDE: No one in the global wind power industry will be surprised by the slump in new capacity installed during 2013. The year was always going to reflect the worst effects of the US's switchback approach to its main policy incentive, the production tax credit; 2012's boom led inevitably to 2013's bust.

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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.

Germany - Policy revision casts shadow over growth

GERMANY: As the German government prepares a major revision of the Renewable Energy Act, wind developers are hurrying to complete all permitted projects before the end of the year to capture the higher support payments currently provided.

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.

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Analysis: Optimism as industry skirts political issues at EWEA 2014

EUROPE: The mood at the European Wind Energy Association (EWEA) wind energy conference and exhibition in Barcelona on 10-13 March 2014 was upbeat, despite the current dismal plight of the Spanish wind sector.

Siemens to build EUR 190m UK blade plant

UK: Siemens has committed itself to spending £160 million (EUR 190 million) developing a wind turbine manufacturing plant at Hull, northeast England.

Analysis: Turkish law change endangers 22 projects

TURKEY: Turkey's energy market regulator has said wind project licences to investors wanting to enter the wind energy market will be recalled unless project construction begins by May 2014.

Analysis: First Wind project avoids storage after $30m fire

UNITED STATES: Electricity storage is seen by some as an important requirement for the development of wind power, but it is is still a largely experimental field. This was highlighted by the $30million battery fire that closed First Wind's 30MW Kahuku project in 2012 in Hawaii. Although the project reopened in February, the cause of the fire is still unknown.

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Global market passes 300GW

Last year's figures for new installations, painstakingly researched by our correspondents for Windpower Monthly's annual market status report, confirm that growth in wind power has slowed.

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