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Only visibility and volume can deliver cost cuts

Only visibility and volume can deliver cost cuts

FRANCE: France claims to have learned from the first two offshore tender rounds and has changed the system for the next one.

WindEconomics: Offshore industry aims for €80/MWh by 2025

WindEconomics: Offshore industry aims for €80/MWh by 2025

WORLDWIDE: The European Union's transport, telecommunications and energy council met on 6 June to discuss a range of energy issues.

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.

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Hamburg 2016: Energy transition is "no walk in the park"

GERMANY: Europe is no longer the number one in renewable energies said WindEurope CEO Giles Dickson in Hamburg, reflecting a soberly thoughtful atmosphere that pervaded the exhibition and conference.

Ontario scraps 600MW of new wind

CANADA: Ontario's government is scrapping its plan to buy another 930MW of renewable energy, including 600MW of wind power, as it grapples with mounting concern over rising power bills in the province.

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Hamburg 2016: Expectations of the event

GERMANY: Windpower TV, in association with Sentient Science, asks delegates at the WindEurope members reception what they are expecting to get out of this week's event

Hamburg 2016: Economics driving change says Krogsgaard

GERMANY: Economics has taken over from policy to drive change in the renewables sector, according to Nordex CEO Lars Bondo Krogsgaard.

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Wind speeds nuclear fall-out

The tables were laid, the champagne was on ice, the VIPs had their invitations. But the 28 July contract-signing ceremony and press conference to confirm the go-ahead for the UK's Hinkley Point C nuclear-power plant was cancelled at the last moment.

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).

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.

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.

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