Windpower Monthly: March 2017

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Europe's repowering drive stuck in bottom gear

Europe's repowering drive stuck in bottom gear

EUROPE: Once seen as a substantial sector for growth, the increasing shift towards competitive tendering and a lack of political goodwill is forcing repowering projects to compete against new build for fewer available contracts across Europe.

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Strong growth pushes wind close to 500GW

WORLDWIDE: Wind power's record growth in 2015 proved a predictably hard act to follow, but 2016 was the industry's second best year in terms of new installations worldwide. Windpower Monthly drills down on the numbers to highlight the countries and regions where wind is winning

Industrial artwork

UK: Declared the UK city of culture for 2017, Hull in eastern England kicked-off celebrations with the installation of a 75-metre, locally built Siemens rotor blade in the city centre.

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Analysis

Investors fear 'Trump effect' on global wind energy costs

UNITED STATES: As the US wind industry races to complete projects before the PTC expires, concerns are growing over looming tax reforms and the threat of border tariffs.

India could be coal-free by 2050

INDIA: India may not need new coal beyond 2024, a new report by Indian think-tank the Energy and Resources Institute (TERI) suggested.

France plans 3GW onshore tender

FRANCE: The government will launch a tender in the coming weeks for 3GW of onshore wind power to be allocated in a rolling programme over the next three years.

Multi-lateral banks boost renewable-energy investment

INDIA: In January, two renewable-energy developers in India received total funding of $515 million. About $125 million of this was made as an equity investment in an emerging developer, Hero Future Energies, by the International Finance Corporation (IFC), a member of the World Bank Group.

Comment

Wind fears Trump bubble bursting

Could the "Trump effect" on the global economy pose a greater threat to wind power's prospects than his denial of climate change science?

Viewpoint: The benefits of partial repowering

Clarification by the US government of tax credits for partial repowering in 2016 has inspired many in the wind industry to take a closer look at repowering options for their projects.

Backpage: The last word in wind -- March 2017

WORLDWIDE: Investors shun UK nuclear power; scaling challenge for flexible blades; indigenous art at Australian wind farm; plus US figures and facts.

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