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Wind gains strength in water shortages

Wind gains strength in water shortages

WORLDWIDE: One of wind energy's most overlooked benefits is that it requires virtually no water to produce electricity. In an increasingly water-constrained world, this quality will only grow in importance.

Wind Economics: Costs of managing variability are low

Wind Economics: Costs of managing variability are low

WORLDWIDE: The American Wind Energy Association (AWEA) produced a briefing that asserts that wind's integration costs are lower than those for other energy sources.

Test site selection signals progress in Japan

Test site selection signals progress in Japan

JAPAN: Japan looks set to increase pressure on electric power companies to put more sustainable energy on the grid, at the same time as expanding its offshore energy capabilities into ever more ambitious hybrid technologies, following the government's selection of four test sites for wind and ocean-based power.

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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.

Local sourcing - handle with care

One would think the industry would be happy about a country with a 20GW pipeline. However, it's nearly impossible to cover the Brazilian market without mentioning its restrictive local-content requirements.

Shifting the focus to the long term

"We are the leading solution to climate change, and we save consumers money." This message CEO Tom Kiernan delivered at the American Wind Energy Association (AWEA) annual conference in May was unambiguously positive, backed up by a rising tide of public endorsement of wind power.

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