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Auction rules threaten to stifle wind innovation

Auction rules threaten to stifle wind innovation

GERMANY: The German government's insistence that renewable-energy projects must deliver all their electricity into the wholesale market to qualify for support risks cutting off some of the more innovative uses of wind power currently under development.

US wind booms into the valley of death

US wind booms into the valley of death

UNITED STATES: An upbeat atmosphere pervaded AWEA Windpower 2016 in New Orleans, but delegates also faced up to some sobering facts about how the industry can meet the challenges of a subsidy-free future in a highly cost-competitive market.

WindEconomics: Risk drives wide variation across EU

WindEconomics: Risk drives wide variation across EU

EUROPE: One of the reasons for variations in estimates of the generation costs of wind is the difference in the cost of capital from country to country, generally termed the interest rate.

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UK leads 2016 offshore investment

EUROPE: Investment in Europe's offshore sector reached €14 billion in the first half of 2016, with the UK contributing most to the total, WindEurope has said.

Calls for UK to review onshore subsidy removal

UK: A group of MPs has called on the government to readdress its decision to end subsidies for onshore wind in the UK, and to reconsider if onshore wind could be included in future subsidy auctions.

Scottish court puts 2.3GW of wind in doubt

UK: A judicial review in to the construction consent for four Scottish offshore projects has repealed the government's approvals following a complaint by the Royal Society for the Protection of Birds (RSPB).

Danish shipowners call for offshore wind tax break

DENMARK: The Danish Shipowners Association has called on the government to extend a tax break to cover offshore wind ships and their workers.

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Viewpoint: Does low cost equate to high value in tenders?

The European energy market is changing. This transition is characterised by a significant expansion of residential power production, increased complexity in balancing demand and supply, and the first developments of renewable-energy sources combined with storage systems at an industrial level.

Wind's newest, biggest player

To the list of Vestas and Mitsubishi Heavy Industries, GE and Alstom, Nordex and Acciona, we can now add Siemens and Gamesa (p10).

Record year paves the way for next step

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.

Putting an image into perspective

A wind turbine that has suffered a catastrophic failure unfortunately makes for an arresting image. A tangled heap of twisted metal and glass-fibre shards surrounded by its own debris on a lonely plain is meat and drink to any picture editor.

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