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King coal still reigns in the US

King coal still reigns in the US

UNITED STATES: Renewables in general and wind power in particular are taking a growing share of America's electricity generation, but over two-thirds is still provided by fossil fuels. Coal's share is dropping, but it remains the biggest source by a comfortable margin.

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.

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On Reflection: New generation for France

On Reflection: New generation for France

FRANCE: Legislation currently before the French parliament signals a shift away from a long-standing dependence on nuclear power towards renewable electricity, and a flexible market structure that will stabilise finance and encourage renewables investment.

Viewpoint: Bargain wind pulls in corporate America

UNITED STATES: The US wind market is perpetually at a crossroads. With the persistent cycle of production tax credit (PTC) expiration and uncertain extension, it is challenging to be optimistic for wind in the current US political and legislative climate.

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.

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