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EUROPE: A study by French electricity company EDF shows that Europe's electricity networks can be operated with 60% renewables.
WORLDWIDE As markets with guaranteed feed-in tariffs are replaced with more volatile auctions systems, how can wind raise its value in the face of falling electricity wholesale prices?
UNITED STATES: For Chris Brown, president of Vestas Americas, the challenge for the US wind sector is to become subsidy-free so that it can succeed after the production tax credit (PTC) is fully phased out.
UK: The offshore industry needs to move away from saying what is needed, and instead show what it can offer, RenewableUK CEO Hugh McNeal has said.
AUSTRALIA: The Victoria government has announced "ambitious" renewable energy targets (RET) in a bid to restore investors' confidence, lost by the federal government's indecision last year.
UK: The Carbon Trust has been awarded £1.5 million (€1.9 million) by the Scottish government to aid companies through the offshore wind accelerator (OWA) programme.
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Wind power took another great leap forward in 2015. Nearly 60GW of new capacity was installed and commissioned worldwide, smashing the previous year's record of close to 50GW.
FRANCE: Jurisdiction around French wind projects has seen a number of improvements and simplifications. But the government must go further still.
WORLDWIDE: The question I posed at end of my last column was: "Will the renewables revolution happen fast enough to save the climate?" Although the COP21 UN climate summit in Paris did not definitively answer the question, the possibility of a positive answer seems much greater now than it did before the event, even after a few weeks of sober reflection.