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Japan High tech…Interest in Japan's wind and other renewables was evident, with live updates on 2015 bookings

Land of the rising sun sees glimpse of dawn for wind

JAPAN: No longer judged ineffective, policy support for offshore projects in Japan will see the country slowly embrace renewables.

China booms while the US sleeps

WORLDWIDE: No one in the global wind power industry will be surprised by the slump in new capacity installed during 2013. The year was always going to reflect the worst effects of the US's switchback approach to its main policy incentive, the production tax credit; 2012's boom led inevitably to 2013's bust.

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Israel Steady increase… Tunisia added another 54MW of Gamesa turbines to the Bizerte project in 2013, bringing the country's total capacity to 209MW

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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Global market passes 300GW

Last year's figures for new installations, painstakingly researched by our correspondents for Windpower Monthly's annual market status report, confirm that growth in wind power has slowed.

Survival despite policy dithering

If there is one word that dominates when talking about market conditions for wind power across the world it is "uncertainty".

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On Reflection: German wind market is lost in transition

GERMANY: According to the new German coalition government, the revised Renewable Energy Act -- known as EEG 2.0 -- will be in force by 1 August. Nobody knows what exactly will be included, or how it will affect the wind industry in the long term.

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Viewpoint: Regional policies can decide wind's future

AUSTRALIA: Australian wind energy has been on a roll for much of the time since the introduction of the Renewable Energy Target (RET) in 2001.

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