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Wind costs heading in the right direction

Wind costs heading in the right direction

WORLDWIDE: Wind power's competitive position continues to improve despite historically low fossil-fuel prices.

Back on the road again

Back on the road again

AUSTRALIA: Impatient with the sluggish pace of the federal government, Australia's states are setting their own targets for renewable energy and initiating tenders. After a long lull, the heavy trucks are on the move again.

WindEconomics: New nuclear station contract finalised

WindEconomics: New nuclear station contract finalised

UK: After a long gestation period, during which time the expected cost of the project escalated, the UK government has now signed contracts for a new nuclear-power station.

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Russia cuts tender's wind power capacity

RUSSIA: Wind power developers and global majors operating in the country have criticised the decision of the government to cut the volume of wind power generation for tender.

Trade bodies call for Danish onshore extension

DENMARK: Three organisations in Denmark have called on the government to replace the current onshore wind support system with a new tender-based structure.

Renewable producers face repaying €140m

PORTUGAL: Renewables producers will have to repay any financial support received in addition to the feed-in tariff to the national electricity system, according to a decree published by the industry ministry.

France launches 750MW Dunkirk tender

FRANCE: The French government has launched the tender for a 250-750MW offshore wind project off Dunkirk, northern France.

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Viewpoint: Broader language needed to explore social costs

Last year ended with new low prices in offshore wind auctions regularly being posted. It means offshore wind has joined onshore wind right at the heart of the electricity mix debate.

Don't mourn the death of old king coal

The omission of coal from our annual review of the costs of different forms of electricity generation was no oversight. While it will continue to play a role in many parts of the world for years to come, the case for creating new coal-fired capacity has fallen apart, on economic and environment grounds.

Wind faces up to post-truth age

The US wind industry has reacted with commendable calm to the forthcoming presidency of Donald Trump.

Viewpoint: Bigger turbines on land as offshore grows in reach

I remember talking to people 15 years ago about how wind-industry technology was really starting to converge - on three-bladed, upwind rotors driving high-speed, doubly-fed or full variable-speed generators via three-stage gearboxes, with the occasional outlier in direct-drive or with two-bladed rotors.

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