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Pioneering state takes on Trump over climate

Pioneering state takes on Trump over climate

UNITED STATES: California has introduced a bill requiring 100% of electricity to be sourced from renewables by 2045, putting the state at loggerheads with the pro-fossil-fuel federal government.

Freak storms trigger summer of discontent

Freak storms trigger summer of discontent

AUSTRALIA: A violent storm last September brought the entire electricity grid in South Australia to its knees. In its wake, an equally savage political storm blew up, with renewables in general, and wind power in particular, blamed for the outages.

Cheap power, brutal competition

Cheap power, brutal competition

UNITED STATES: With low gas prices pushing down wholesale prices, developers are finding utilities are keener to buy wind farms than the power they generate.

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AWEA 2017: States to lead the way offshore

UNITED STATES: Panelists at a session on building offshore partnerships agreed the Trump administration creates uncertainty and that it is states that will lead the way.

Guernsey study backs 30MW site

GUERNSEY: An early study of the potential of offshore wind around the small channel island has backed plans for a "modest" 30MW project.

Wind wins 99% share of Spain auction

SPAIN: Wind projects were allocated 2,979MW of the 3GW allocated in Spain's second renewables auction, with the lion's share going to minor player Forestalia.

Australian system needs modernising, says CEC

AUSTRALIA: The Clean Energy Council (CEC) has called for an update of the country's power system to allow renewables and storage to provide grid security.

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Wind enters the subsidy-free zone

The argument that wind power can only compete with conventional forms of electricity generation by being heavily subsidised looks more threadbare every month.

Wind fears Trump bubble bursting

Could the "Trump effect" on the global economy pose a greater threat to wind power's prospects than his denial of climate change science?

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.

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.

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