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Will president's pledge unlock PPA jam?

Will president's pledge unlock PPA jam?

SOUTH AFRICA: Political turmoil and the state utility's heel-dragging on renewables development are stifling wind-power growth in one of the world's most promising markets. But the president's promise to force Eskom into action has raised hope of breaking the deadlock.

Strong growth pushes wind close to 500GW

Strong growth pushes wind close to 500GW

WORLDWIDE: Wind power's record growth in 2015 proved a predictably hard act to follow, but 2016 was the industry's second best year in terms of new installations worldwide. Windpower Monthly drills down on the numbers to highlight the countries and regions where wind is winning

Wind costs heading in the right direction

Wind costs heading in the right direction

WORLDWIDE: Wind power's competitive position continues to improve despite historically low fossil-fuel prices.

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'End fossil fuel subsidies by 2020' say world's most vulnerable

WORLDWIDE: A group of countries most vulnerable to climate change has called on the world's largest economies to end subsidies for fossil fuels as soon as possible.

Denmark's policy must look to 2050 says new report

DENMARK: A report on the shape Denmark's energy policy should take in the next decade must look all the way to 2050, with wind subsidies removed from 2030, the country's energy commission has said.

Turkey tenders 1GW in new auction system

TURKEY: A 1GW wind tender should be assigned through a new competitive auction to a single consortium, with the winning bidder gaining the right to a 15-year fixed-price power purchase agreement, the energy minister has said.

Oklahoma to cut tax credit four years early

UNITED STATES: Oklahoma governor Mary Fallin has signed legislation to end the state's $0.005/kWh tax credit for wind.

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Wind fears Trump bubble bursting

Could the "Trump effect" on the global economy pose a greater threat to wind power's prospects than his denial of climate change science?

Don't mourn the death of old king coal

The omission of coal from our annual review of the costs of different forms of electricity generation was no oversight. While it will continue to play a role in many parts of the world for years to come, the case for creating new coal-fired capacity has fallen apart, on economic and environment grounds.

Viewpoint: Broader language needed to explore social costs

Last year ended with new low prices in offshore wind auctions regularly being posted. It means offshore wind has joined onshore wind right at the heart of the electricity mix debate.

Wind faces up to post-truth age

The US wind industry has reacted with commendable calm to the forthcoming presidency of Donald Trump.

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