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Turkey starts to remove obstacles to growth

Turkey starts to remove obstacles to growth

TURKEY: Wind power continues to grow rapidly in Turkey despite a slow and cumbersome permitting process.

Wind Economics: Cost of wind continues to fall

Wind Economics: Cost of wind continues to fall

WORLDWIDE: A year ago, we reviewed a short version of the Cost Reduction Potentials of Offshore Wind Power in Germany report by consultants Fichtner and Prognos, which suggested generation costs of EUR 128-142/MWh in Germany, falling to EUR 82-100/MWh by 2023, based on 20-year contracts. A fuller version of report has now been published.

Top 30 People: 14. Steve Sawyer CEO, GWEC

The other big two industry bodies - EWEA and AWEA - may have a higher profile than the Global Wind Energy Council (GWEC), but Sawyer is arguably a bigger industry personality than the newer Thomas Becker or Tom Kiernan.

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Wind has moved past green agenda

Sigmar Gabriel, Germany's vice-chancellor and minister of energy and economic affairs, spoke passionately at the opening of the WindEnergy fair in Hamburg, the industry's leading technology showcase.

On Reflection: Crowd funding could boost UK community wind

On Reflection: Crowd funding could boost UK community wind

UK: Crowd funding is one of the measures being considered by the UK's Department of Energy and Climate Change (Decc) to help resolve the funding issues encountered by many energy projects.

Viewpoint: The high cost of the lowest energy prices

WORLDWIDE: We are living in straitened times. The financial crisis and ensuing austerity programmes have raised the status of cost-saving above that of a means to an end: often it has become a virtuous end in itself.

Straight talking: Another country must take on climate leadership

WORLDWIDE: I was back at UN headquarters in New York in June for the first Sustainable Energy for All Forum (SE4ALL), part of UN secretary-general Ban Ki-moon's initiative to achieve universal access to modern energy and double the efficiency and renewable-energy penetration in the global energy supply, all by 2030.

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