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Only visibility and volume can deliver cost cuts

Only visibility and volume can deliver cost cuts

FRANCE: France claims to have learned from the first two offshore tender rounds and has changed the system for the next one.

WindEconomics: Offshore industry aims for €80/MWh by 2025

WindEconomics: Offshore industry aims for €80/MWh by 2025

WORLDWIDE: The European Union's transport, telecommunications and energy council met on 6 June to discuss a range of energy issues.

WindEconomics: Risk drives wide variation across EU

WindEconomics: Risk drives wide variation across EU

EUROPE: One of the reasons for variations in estimates of the generation costs of wind is the difference in the cost of capital from country to country, generally termed the interest rate.

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France's competitive dialogue takes shape

FRANCE: The government has issued a decree allowing the use of "competitive dialogue" when tendering offshore wind power projects.

Wind wins again in Chile

CHILE: Developers are set to invest more than $2 billion in new wind farms in Chile over the five years after winning new contracts in the country's largest ever power tender.

Senvion acquires Kenersys assets

INDIA: German manufacturer Senvion is continuing its expansion into new markets with the acquisition of the Indian factory and product portfolio of German firm Kenersys.

PNE Wind considers challenge to offshore law

GERMANY: PNE Wind is gearing up for a legal battle over potentially unconstitutional aspects of Germany's new Offshore Wind Energy Act.

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Viewpoint: Does low cost equate to high value in tenders?

The European energy market is changing. This transition is characterised by a significant expansion of residential power production, increased complexity in balancing demand and supply, and the first developments of renewable-energy sources combined with storage systems at an industrial level.

Wind's newest, biggest player

To the list of Vestas and Mitsubishi Heavy Industries, GE and Alstom, Nordex and Acciona, we can now add Siemens and Gamesa (p10).

Record year paves the way for next step

Wind power took another great leap forward in 2015. Nearly 60GW of new capacity was installed and commissioned worldwide, smashing the previous year's record of close to 50GW.

Putting an image into perspective

A wind turbine that has suffered a catastrophic failure unfortunately makes for an arresting image. A tangled heap of twisted metal and glass-fibre shards surrounded by its own debris on a lonely plain is meat and drink to any picture editor.

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