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UNITED STATES: California has introduced a bill requiring 100% of electricity to be sourced from renewables by 2045, putting the state at loggerheads with the pro-fossil-fuel federal government.
AUSTRALIA: A violent storm last September brought the entire electricity grid in South Australia to its knees. In its wake, an equally savage political storm blew up, with renewables in general, and wind power in particular, blamed for the outages.
UNITED STATES: With low gas prices pushing down wholesale prices, developers are finding utilities are keener to buy wind farms than the power they generate.
UNITED STATES: Panelists at a session on building offshore partnerships agreed the Trump administration creates uncertainty and that it is states that will lead the way.
GUERNSEY: An early study of the potential of offshore wind around the small channel island has backed plans for a "modest" 30MW project.
SPAIN: Wind projects were allocated 2,979MW of the 3GW allocated in Spain's second renewables auction, with the lion's share going to minor player Forestalia.
AUSTRALIA: The Clean Energy Council (CEC) has called for an update of the country's power system to allow renewables and storage to provide grid security.
Windpower Monthly Events
The argument that wind power can only compete with conventional forms of electricity generation by being heavily subsidised looks more threadbare every month.
Could the "Trump effect" on the global economy pose a greater threat to wind power's prospects than his denial of climate change science?
The omission of coal from our annual review of the costs of different forms of electricity generation was no oversight. While it will continue to play a role in many parts of the world for years to come, the case for creating new coal-fired capacity has fallen apart, on economic and environment grounds.
Last year ended with new low prices in offshore wind auctions regularly being posted. It means offshore wind has joined onshore wind right at the heart of the electricity mix debate.