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Flanders raises 2020 wind target

Flanders raises 2020 wind target

BELGIUM: Flanders, one of the country's three regions, has increased its 2020 target for wind and solar power by a third, according to energy minister Bart Tommelein.

Renewables policy hampered by cost misconceptions

Renewables policy hampered by cost misconceptions

EUROPE: The development of EU policy to increase the share of renewable sources in the energy mix is being hampered by the mistaken perception that solar and wind energy are more costly than conventional power.

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Australia ends clean energy target plans

Australia ends clean energy target plans

AUSTRALIA: The federal government has dropped the country's clean energy target (CET) in a further blow to the renewables industry after years of indecision.

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Vestas' V120 turbine available in China

CHINA: Danish manufacturer Vestas has launched its new V120-2.0/2.2MW turbine in China.

Invenergy notifies Poland of power deals dispute

POLAND: US firm Invenergy has formally notified the government of its intention to seek international arbitration if a dispute over cancelled power purchase agreements is not resolved within six months.

Onshore wind cleared to compete in UK CfD tenders

UK: Wind projects on remote Scottish islands have been cleared to apply for support in the next contract for difference (CfD) auction to be held in spring 2019.

UK CfD auction announced for spring 2019

UK: The third auction for less established renewable energy sources will be held in spring 2019, the Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy confirmed today.

EU package key to corporate power agreement growth

EUROPE: The number of companies sourcing their power from renewable sources tripled last year, but the law needs to better facilitate businesses striking power deals, WindEurope has argued.

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Viewpoint: Low UK offshore bids come as no surprise

The winning bids revealed for contracts for difference (CfD) to supply offshore wind power in the UK were lower than most of us dared hope for. Are they in line, however, with the bids seen in Denmark, Germany and the Netherlands over the past year?

Bird kill research disputed

FRANCE: Findings from a study about mortality rates at French wind farms have raised important points, but the industry is calling for further discussion and investigation.

Carbon pricing -- useful policy tool or distraction?

EUROPE: Proposals for carbon pricing miss the point when it comes to moving towards increasing use of renewables.

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Viewpoint: Floating technology is key to making offshore global

Offshore wind farms using floating foundations are a hot topic in the industry at the moment, dominating several show agendas and taking up many column inches in the press. Why is a technology that is still in the demonstration stage generating so much excitement?

Wind booms through India

INDIA: A record of 5.4GW of new wind installations in the last financial year seems to put India well on its way to a 60GW target by 2022. Windpower Monthly looks at a fast-growing and rapidly changing market, with the reins increasingly in the hands of new players betting big on wind.

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UK must rethink onshore wind

The UK looks likely to fall short of its European Union (EU) target to generate 15% of its overall energy from renewable sources by 2020.

Offshore needs the big players

For all the optimism and confidence on display in London at the WindEurope/RenewableUK offshore wind conference in June, it is worth keeping in mind that the sector is still very small.

Wind backs words with deeds

This issue falls between two of wind power's biggest events of the year -- the American Wind Energy Association's conference in Anaheim, Los Angeles, and WindEurope's offshore showcase in London.

Viewpoint: 'No-cost' offshore wind -- how did Germany do it?

The most remarkable thing about three of the four winning bids in the recent German offshore-wind auction is that the successful bidders have rejected the safety net of a minimum reference price.

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