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Now to 2020: "You have to chew gum and walk at the same time"

Now to 2020: "You have to chew gum and walk at the same time"

UNITED STATES: For Chris Brown, president of Vestas Americas, the challenge for the wind sector in the US is to become subsidy-free so that it can succeed after the production tax credit (PTC) is fully phased out.

Wind Economics: By 2024 offshore will undercut nuclear

Wind Economics: By 2024 offshore will undercut nuclear

UK: Buried within the UK Chancellor of the Exchequer's budget speech on 16 March was good news for offshore wind.

Finding the funds for the low-carbon transition

Finding the funds for the low-carbon transition

WORLDWIDE: Around $485 billion a year will have to be invested to meet the 2040 climate change targets agreed at last year's COP21 summit.

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Australia needs commitment now to reach 2020 target

AUSTRALIA: A report by Australia's Clean Energy Regulator calls for commitment this year for 3GW of renewable energy projects in order for the country to meet its Renewable Energy Target (RET).

EU-US trade pact talks collapse

EUROPE/UNITED STATES: A proposed EU/US trade pact is in doubt after French president Francois Hollande said he would block the deal.

Saudi Arabia launches 9.5GW initiative

SAUDI ARABIA: Saudi Arabia is targeting 9.5GW of wind and solar energy under its "Vision 2030" policy initiative launched in mid-April.

PTC drives busy Q1 in the US

UNITED STATES: Over 15.2GW of US wind capacity was under construction or in advanced stages of development at the end of the first quarter of 2016, according to the American Wind Energy Association (AWEA).

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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.

France still requires legal evolutions to meet targets

France still requires legal evolutions to meet targets

FRANCE: Jurisdiction around French wind projects has seen a number of improvements and simplifications. But the government must go further still.

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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Straight talking: Multilateralism has set the train rolling

WORLDWIDE: The question I posed at end of my last column was: "Will the renewables revolution happen fast enough to save the climate?" Although the COP21 UN climate summit in Paris did not definitively answer the question, the possibility of a positive answer seems much greater now than it did before the event, even after a few weeks of sober reflection.

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