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Windicator: Asia leads forecasts for 55GW total additions this year

Windicator: Asia leads forecasts for 55GW total additions this year

WORLDWIDE: Global wind-power capacity has increased from January to mid-June by just under 19GW, or around 5%, to 387GW.

Politics block German offshore wind link

Politics block German offshore wind link

GERMANY: Germany's offshore wind sector has struggled to get its marine grid connections in place to hook up to the onshore network.

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When free trade takes on democracy

When free trade takes on democracy

WORLDWIDE: Two years ago Swedish utility Vattenfall filed a claim against the German government for a reported €4.7 billion in compensation for the loss of potential profits from its two nuclear facilities in the country.

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On Reflection: The unseen ticking bomb and how to defuse it

On Reflection: The unseen ticking bomb and how to defuse it

WORLDWIDE: The wind industry lives dangerously when it builds factories in markets supposedly protected by trade barriers. The propensity of such markets to explode is well known. We must campaign to eliminate all environmental tariffs and local content requirements.

Viewpoint: Auctions -- The myth of market forces

WORLDWIDE: The renewable-energy industry's attitude towards auctions has gradually shifted from outright resistance to grudging acceptance.

Straight talking: Time for polluters to go without subsidies, too

WORLDWIDE: After spending the best part of the past 20 years defending renewable energy in general - and wind in particular - from being dismissed out of hand as too expensive or unaffordable, I think it's safe to say that we're past that conversation in many, if not most, countries. That's not everywhere, of course, and not for offshore - yet.

Same direction, different speed

WORLDWIDE: The different speeds at which business, governments and the public set a course towards a low-carbon future inevitably lead to clashes and collisions.

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