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SOUTH AFRICA: Political turmoil and the state utility's heel-dragging on renewables development are stifling wind-power growth in one of the world's most promising markets. But the president's promise to force Eskom into action has raised hope of breaking the deadlock.
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
WORLDWIDE: Wind power's competitive position continues to improve despite historically low fossil-fuel prices.
WORLDWIDE: A group of countries most vulnerable to climate change has called on the world's largest economies to end subsidies for fossil fuels as soon as possible.
DENMARK: A report on the shape Denmark's energy policy should take in the next decade must look all the way to 2050, with wind subsidies removed from 2030, the country's energy commission has said.
TURKEY: A 1GW wind tender should be assigned through a new competitive auction to a single consortium, with the winning bidder gaining the right to a 15-year fixed-price power purchase agreement, the energy minister has said.
UNITED STATES: Oklahoma governor Mary Fallin has signed legislation to end the state's $0.005/kWh tax credit for wind.
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