Windpower Monthly: APRIL 2015

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Market Status: Overview - The year wind bounced back

Market Status: Overview - The year wind bounced back

GLOBAL Windpower Monthly predicted an upswing in wind power's fortunes during 2014 in its annual global market status report last April. But the bounce-back has been higher than we envisaged.

Market Status: Global Overview map - Growth gets back on track

GLOBAL Wind energy can celebrate record growth. Asia Pacific remained the undisputed leader for new additions in 2014 thanks to China, but the Americas and Europe also saw stronger growth, led by the US, Brazil and Germany.

Windicator: Global growth in Q1

GLOBAL Windpower Monthly's quarterly update of industry performance and global installed capacity, giving finalised figures for end 2014 installations and first quarter estimates.

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Analysis: A complicated future for Alstom Wind

FRANCE: GE will include its onshore wind activities in a global renewable energy business group headquartered in Paris, assuming the merger with Alstom goes ahead.

Analysis: Vattenfall's new wind division opens for business

SWEDEN: Last year, Vattenfall announced it was restructuring its business. The changes, taking effect next month, include the the introduction of a wind division covering onshore and offshore.

Analysis: Siemens' radical substation plan

GERMANY: Siemens announced new significant potential for cost saving in grid technology for offshore wind at the EWEA Offshore conference and exhibition in Copenhagen last week.

Analysis: China renews overseas push

CHINA: The most capacity was installed in 2014 after a difficult 2013. The country's developers also seem to have resumed plans to push beyond home borders.


Comment: Common sense on standards

WORLDWIDE: Estimating the annual growth of wind-energy installations is a complex business, inevitably producing some variation in results.

Straight talking: The unpredictable business of predicting growth

GLOBAL Once a year, I engage in the business of prognostication in the form of the Global Wind Energy Council's five-year forecast, for the period from 2015-2019.

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