Windpower Monthly: JUNE 2016

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Buoyant future for floating foundations

Buoyant future for floating foundations

WORLDWIDE: Dismissed as an "investor's folly" a few years ago, economically viable floating foundations are progressing rapidly, with several pilot projects demonstrating the technology can work.

Bespoke design for complex location

CANADA: In the foothills of the Rocky Mountains, smart siting of different sized turbines will optimise power yields of British Columbia's largest wind farm.

Mapping Brazil's untapped wind potential

BRAZIL: Despite being one of the world's biggest and fastest-growing markets, Brazil has only just begun to exploit its full wind-power promise.

Balancing falling market prices against earnings

WORLDWIDE As markets with guaranteed feed-in tariffs are replaced with more volatile auctions systems, how can wind raise its value in the face of falling electricity wholesale prices?

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Portugal powered by renewables for 4.5 days

PORTUGAL: Electricity consumption was entirely generated by renewables for 107 continuous hours, according to Portuguese environmental non-governmental organisation Zero and renewables industry association Apren.

Italy's repowering potential hits regulatory constraints

ITALY: After years of slow growth, replacing old turbines with higher-capacity new machines is key for the country to reach its 2020 and 2030 wind-energy targets, but there are obstacles.

Analysis: Enercon braced for uncertain future

GERMANY: Turbine manufacturer Enercon could be harder hit than other market players by the German federal government's plans for renewables.

Analysis: SunEdison yieldcos in risky position

UNITED STATES: SunEdison's recent bankruptcy is unlikely to spread to its two yieldcos -- but it has left the subsidiaries in a precarious position.

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Comment: We must work to open energy borders

Last year, Denmark and Spain both set new records for delivery of electricity from renewables.

Upfront: Words on wind by Romax

Gearboxes do not need to be the Achilles heel of wind, says Richard Smith, a principal engineer at Romax Technology.

Upfront: Why super-low generation costs are not the norm

Despite even lower prices being offered, the cost of onshore wind energy generation still lies mainly between the $50-150/MWh range, as reported in our annual review in February.

Backpage: The last word in wind - June 2016

WORLDWIDE: Oil giant's tiny green step; a kids' renewable energy book, and Australian Green Party leader Richard Di Natale on his country's clean energy future.

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