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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.

Analysis: NPS looks to Asia for expansion

Analysis: NPS looks to Asia for expansion

UNITED STATES: Northern Power Systems (NPS) is discussing strategic relationships for both its turbines with "several" potential Asian partners, said the firm's president and CEO, Troy Patton. Of the suitors, Japanese and South Korean tie-ups look especially promising, he said.

Analysis: Qualified approval for Obama's aim to maintain states' renewables mandates

Analysis: Qualified approval for Obama's aim to maintain states' renewables mandates

UNITED STATES: The Obama administration's bid to cut power plant emissions in the US aims to provide an impetus for states to preserve and expand their renewable energy mandates, even though critics say its proposed new greenhouse gas rules could have done more to accelerate the deployment of zero-emissions technologies such as wind.

Analysis: NRG buys into world's biggest project

Analysis: NRG buys into world's biggest project

UNITED STATES: NRG Yield's purchase of 947MW of the vast Alta wind project in California may have kicked off a significant new trend. It is the first major third-party acquisition in the US by a renewable-energy "yieldco", a financing concept that is relatively new to wind energy.


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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.