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AUSTRALIA: Impatient with the sluggish pace of the federal government, Australia's states are setting their own targets for renewable energy and initiating tenders. After a long lull, the heavy trucks are on the move again.
UK: After a long gestation period, during which time the expected cost of the project escalated, the UK government has now signed contracts for a new nuclear-power station.
WORLDWIDE: The Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory (Berkeley Lab) in the US has published the results of a global survey of 163 wind energy experts, who were invited to predict how the cost of energy from wind might decline between now and 2050.
INDIA: The energy ministry has shut down the Revised List of Manufacturers and Machines (RLMM) committee in favour of a new system to encourage domestic competition.
RUSSIA: The government and the national Parliament are considering replacing existing oil-fired generation with wind power plants in the coming years, according to government press service.
EUROPE: The European Commission (EC) has put forward a package of measures, including plans to support renewable energy investments, as it continues its clean energy transition.
CHILE: The government is seeking investors to build projects with at least 100MW of installed capacity on almost 80 square kilometres of state land in the north of the country.
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The US wind industry has reacted with commendable calm to the forthcoming presidency of Donald Trump.
I remember talking to people 15 years ago about how wind-industry technology was really starting to converge - on three-bladed, upwind rotors driving high-speed, doubly-fed or full variable-speed generators via three-stage gearboxes, with the occasional outlier in direct-drive or with two-bladed rotors.
The tables were laid, the champagne was on ice, the VIPs had their invitations. But the 28 July contract-signing ceremony and press conference to confirm the go-ahead for the UK's Hinkley Point C nuclear-power plant was cancelled at the last moment.
To the list of Vestas and Mitsubishi Heavy Industries, GE and Alstom, Nordex and Acciona, we can now add Siemens and Gamesa (p10).
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