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King coal still reigns in the US

King coal still reigns in the US

UNITED STATES: Renewables in general and wind power in particular are taking a growing share of America's electricity generation, but over two-thirds is still provided by fossil fuels. Coal's share is dropping, but it remains the biggest source by a comfortable margin.

Market Status: Austria - Reserve capacity rule slows development

Market Status: Austria - Reserve capacity rule slows development

Austria: Around 390MW of new capacity is due to be installed in land-locked Austria in 2015, slightly less than the 411MW commissioned in 2014, but a clear improvement on the 296MW of 2012 and 308MW of 2013. Austria's total wind fleet now stands at 2,095MW.

Market Status: France - Proposed law could reverse current high

Market Status: France - Proposed law could reverse current high

FRANCE Last year saw an increase in installations for the first time in three years thanks to simplification of France's permitting system in 2013.

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On Reflection: New generation for France

On Reflection: New generation for France

FRANCE: Legislation currently before the French parliament signals a shift away from a long-standing dependence on nuclear power towards renewable electricity, and a flexible market structure that will stabilise finance and encourage renewables investment.

Viewpoint: Bargain wind pulls in corporate America

UNITED STATES: The US wind market is perpetually at a crossroads. With the persistent cycle of production tax credit (PTC) expiration and uncertain extension, it is challenging to be optimistic for wind in the current US political and legislative climate.

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.

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