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Windicator: Feelgood Factor

Windicator: Feelgood Factor

WORLDWIDE: The wind industry sees a good start to 2015 with about 336GW of capacity in the bag and strong performances of recent by its leading companies.

Wind Economics: Wind beats cheaper sources on potential

Wind Economics: Wind beats cheaper sources on potential

EUROPE: To facilitate an informed debate on the functioning of EU energy markets the European Commission has commissioned a study to quantify the extent of public interventions in these markets in all 28 member states.

Presidential support escalates wind boom in Chile

Presidential support escalates wind boom in Chile

CHILE: When Michelle Bachelet took office as president of Chile in 2014 she promised to place energy at the top of Chile's political agenda and to prise open a space for renewables.

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Political indecision is one safe prediction

This time last year, I wondered whether 2014 would lift the industry out of the doldrums that 2013 inflicted upon it. On the surface, it would appear that it has. Installations are up, the job cuts and factory closures have stopped, Europe is holding firm and the emerging markets are ticking along nicely.

Viewpoint: Wind's new EU future must play to its strengths

EUROPE: If wind energy has a spiritual home, it is in Europe. From Scottish engineer James Blyth's experiments with converting wind into electrical energy in the 1880s to the first steps towards electricity markets that are sustainable in the long term, Europe has led the way.

Straight Talking: Climate change is back on public and political agenda

WORLDWIDE: After the collapse of the last big climate summit of world leaders in Copenhagen in 2009, for many if not most people the climate issue was over, or at least the hope of serious action by governments was over.

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Grid is key to selling wind's benefits

The US and China may be the biggest generators of wind power, but they are also the two worst polluters. It is this fact that has enabled other countries resisting the drive towards renewables to argue that there is no point in reducing their carbon emissions.

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