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Windpower Data: Developer activity in emerging markets

Windpower Data: Developer activity in emerging markets

WORLDWIDE: Wind energy analysts have long predicted that the emerging markets will pick up the slack as mature markets such as western Europe slow. Windpower Monthly reports on significant progress in the Philippines in June, with projects that have passed planning approval.

Do PPAs still offer the best deal for wind?

Do PPAs still offer the best deal for wind?

WORLDWIDE: Signing a power purchase agreement used to be the best way to secure finance for wind projects across the globe, but in today's uncertain climate their long duration and fixed costs can damage suppliers' credit ratings.

Protecting projects against political risk

Protecting projects against political risk

Insurance: Political and financial risk in places like Crimea, combined with the wind industry making the natural move into emerging markets, has prompted the launch of the first private political-risk insurance policy.

Middle East & North Africa - Healthy pipeline but piecemeal progress

Middle East & North Africa - Healthy pipeline but piecemeal progress

MIDDLE EAST & NORTH AFRICA: Few megawatts were installed in the region during 2013, but construction got under way for several projects that are due for commissioning this year.


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Middle East & North Africa - Political events bring delays but offer hope

NORTHERN AFRICA & MIDDLE EAST: Political and social unrest rocked much of the Middle East and north Africa in 2011, putting projects on hold and raising concerns for future investment. While a few countries did see progress, unrest still haunts much of the region. A lot will now depend on how quickly these countries manage to regain stability and restore confidence.

Sub-Saharan Africa - New players join the world of wind

SUB-SAHARAN AFRICA: The year ahead should be busy in sub-Saharan Africa after significant progress was made in 2011, most notably with project tenders in South Africa, but also installations in Ethiopia and Cape Verde. Projects also made strides ahead in Nigeria, Mauritania and Kenya. In many other countries barriers such as the lack of a regulatory framework and reliable wind data continue to hamper development.

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