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Policy and market setup stall growth potential in Alberta

Policy and market setup stall growth potential in Alberta

CANADA: With its growing electricity demand, good resources and ageing coal-plant fleet, Alberta is ideally placed to become Canada's next big wind market. But a lack of long-term contracts and political support means developers and investors are holding off

Curtailment solutions boost confidence in China

Curtailment solutions boost confidence in China

CHINA: As China continues to outstrip the rest of the world in the growth rate of its wind capacity, high investment in infrastructure to address curtailment problems is supporting wind developers' ambitious growth plans. Offshore, things are looking less rosy.

Canada looks to US for wind growth

Canada looks to US for wind growth

CANADA: As the US seeks to limit carbon emissions, Canada's combination of wind and hydro power could enable it to supply clean electricity to the north-east states. But Canada's fragmented energy markets need to work closer together to take advantage of the opportunity.

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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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