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Now to 2020: "You have to chew gum and walk at the same time"

Now to 2020: "You have to chew gum and walk at the same time"

UNITED STATES: For Chris Brown, president of Vestas Americas, the challenge for the wind sector in the US is to become subsidy-free so that it can succeed after the production tax credit (PTC) is fully phased out.

Service industry adapts to bigger turbines

Service industry adapts to bigger turbines

UNITED STATES: The face of America's wind farms changed radically 15 years ago as a new generation of multi-megawatt turbines from a smaller pool of manufacturers came online. Keeping these machines in top condition is the main focus of the US's growing O&M sector.

Steel in the water

Steel in the water

UNITED STATES: Some predict that the US will have installed 1GW offshore by 2020, but even that will be slower than the industry had hoped, a familiar story for offshore developers.

"It's going to be an exciting five years"

"It's going to be an exciting five years"

UNITED STATES: Unprecedented certainty from the five-year PTC extension and the prospects of the Clean Power Plan have given a boost to the US wind sector, but there are technology and transmission hurdles to overcome to support the sector beyond the next five years.


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United States - Bumper 2012 expected to precede mass downturn

UNITED STATES: Fasten your seat belts -- it will be a bumpy ride. The domestic US wind market has entered a period of unprecedented boom as turbine makers and developers scramble to beat market uncertainty due to the possible expiration in December of the country's most significant financial incentive.

Canada - Construction surge may lead to finance bottleneck

CANADA: Canada is on the cusp of a surge in project construction that will not only more than double its total installed capacity over the next few years, but also significantly increase its profile in the broader wind-energy marketplace.

Latin America - Legislative delays stall nascent markets

LATIN AMERICA, EXCLUDING BRAZIL: Wind activity outside of Brazil is poised to grow. Mexico should see installed capacity increase this year, but elsewhere, legislative issues are holding up projects.