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"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.

Finding the funds for the low-carbon transition

Finding the funds for the low-carbon transition

WORLDWIDE: Around $485 billion a year will have to be invested to meet the 2040 climate change targets agreed at last year's COP21 summit.

Steel in the water

Steel in the water

UNITED STATES: Some predict that the US will have installed 1GW offshore by 2020, but even that will be slower than the industry had hoped, a familiar story for offshore developers.

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Windfloat and VOWTAP dropped from DOE plan

UNITED STATES: Two projects have been dropped from the Department of Energy (DOE)'s offshore demonstration programme, to be replaced by Aqua Ventus and Icebreaker.

Italy's repowering potential runs into regulatory constraints

ITALY: After years of slow growth, replacing old turbines with higher-capacity new machines is key for the country to reach its 2020 and 2030 wind-energy targets, but there are obstacles.

AWEA responds to Trump wind comments

UNITED STATES: The American Wind Energy Assocation (AWEA) has hit back at Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump following the billionaire's speech on energy in North Dakota.

US agency considers extending bird permits

UNITED STATES: The Fish and Wildlife Service (FWS) plans to keep zero limit on golden eagle strike as report suggests population is declining. But 'incidental' permits may be extended to 30 years.

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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.

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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