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Wind Economics: Downward trend in wind prices continues

Wind Economics: Downward trend in wind prices continues

WORLDWIDE: A report from the International Renewable Energy Agency (Irena) published in January confirms that onshore wind-generation costs are competitive with those of the fossil-fuel sources. The latter are in the $45-140/MWh range, wind comes in at an average $55/MWh.

Darkening clouds gather over UK industry

Darkening clouds gather over UK industry

UK: The UK's wind industry is bracing itself for more stormy weather as it tackles a volatile political environment with a general election looming, a new and unproven subsidy scheme, and a planning system that has been heavily criticised.

Outperformance could spur greater commitment in South Africa

Outperformance could spur greater commitment in South Africa

SOUTH AFRICA: South African wind farms are producing over 30% more power than initially estimated in 2010, according to national utility and grid operator Eskom.

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An opportunity not to be missed

The present fall in the price of oil seems, so far, not to have prompted a backlash against "costly" renewable energy.

On reflection: Why Australia should not give up on renewables

On reflection: Why Australia should not give up on renewables

As the government battles to reduce the current renewables policy, the Australian wind industry is experiencing lost jobs and dwindling economic opportunities. Yet, there is a clear economic case for continuing renewables support.

Straight talking: The big four obstacles to tackle before December

WORLWIDE: Returning from the United Nations COP 20 Climate Change Conference in Lima, Peru, last December, I was struck by how much has changed in the past 25-plus years, and how much has remained the same.

Wind offers security over volatility

Every year our economics correspondent, David Milborrow, gathers together all the most recent global energy data, analyses and forecasts, crunches the numbers and concludes where wind-power generation costs stand against different forms of energy generation, including thermal, nuclear and other renewables.

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