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WindEconomics: Links to reach 60% renewables in Europe

WindEconomics: Links to reach 60% renewables in Europe

EUROPE: A study by French electricity company EDF shows that Europe's electricity networks can be operated with 60% renewables.

Balancing falling market prices against earnings

Balancing falling market prices against earnings

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?

"You have to chew gum and walk at the same time"

"You have to chew gum and walk at the same time"

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.

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UK wind faces up to future outside EU

UK: The future of wind power in the UK was thrown into further doubt after the country voted to leave the European Union in a referendum on 23 June.

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We need to show what we offer - McNeal

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.

Victoria sets 'ambitious' targets

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.

Scotland injects £1.5m into OWA

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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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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France still requires legal evolutions to meet targets

France still requires legal evolutions to meet targets

FRANCE: Jurisdiction around French wind projects has seen a number of improvements and simplifications. But the government must go further still.

Straight talking: Multilateralism has set the train rolling

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.

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