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Market Status: Mixed bag in south-east Europe but good news for Greece at last

Market Status: Mixed bag in south-east Europe but good news for Greece at last

EUROPE Former eastern bloc countries that looked promising a few years ago have lost momentum as governments lost their taste for renewable energy in the wake of the financial crisis, although there are some encouraging signs from Serbia and Macedonia.

Market Status: Middle East & North Africa - Some encouraging signs despite unrest

Market Status: Middle East & North Africa - Some encouraging signs despite unrest

Despite widespread political unrest, the region saw 346MW installed in 2014, against 257MW the previous year. While some markets have ground to a halt there are encouraging signs in others, notably in Egypt and Morocco.

Market Status: Overview - The year wind bounced back

Market Status: Overview - The year wind bounced back

GLOBAL Windpower Monthly predicted an upswing in wind power's fortunes during 2014 in its annual global market status report last April. But the bounce-back has been higher than we envisaged.

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An opportunity not to be missed

The present fall in the price of oil seems, so far, not to have prompted a backlash against "costly" renewable energy.

On reflection: Why Australia should not give up on renewables

On reflection: Why Australia should not give up on renewables

As the government battles to reduce the current renewables policy, the Australian wind industry is experiencing lost jobs and dwindling economic opportunities. Yet, there is a clear economic case for continuing renewables support.

Straight talking: The big four obstacles to tackle before December

WORLWIDE: Returning from the United Nations COP 20 Climate Change Conference in Lima, Peru, last December, I was struck by how much has changed in the past 25-plus years, and how much has remained the same.

Wind offers security over volatility

Every year our economics correspondent, David Milborrow, gathers together all the most recent global energy data, analyses and forecasts, crunches the numbers and concludes where wind-power generation costs stand against different forms of energy generation, including thermal, nuclear and other renewables.

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