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Back on the road again

Back on the road again

AUSTRALIA: Impatient with the sluggish pace of the federal government, Australia's states are setting their own targets for renewable energy and initiating tenders. After a long lull, the heavy trucks are on the move again.

WindEconomics: New nuclear station contract finalised

WindEconomics: New nuclear station contract finalised

UK: After a long gestation period, during which time the expected cost of the project escalated, the UK government has now signed contracts for a new nuclear-power station.

WindEconomics: Onshore costs to fall 24% by 2030

WindEconomics: Onshore costs to fall 24% by 2030

WORLDWIDE: The Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory (Berkeley Lab) in the US has published the results of a global survey of 163 wind energy experts, who were invited to predict how the cost of energy from wind might decline between now and 2050.

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India revises approval norms of new wind turbine models

INDIA: The energy ministry has shut down the Revised List of Manufacturers and Machines (RLMM) committee in favour of a new system to encourage domestic competition.

Plans for wind to replace oil generation in Russia

RUSSIA: The government and the national Parliament are considering replacing existing oil-fired generation with wind power plants in the coming years, according to government press service.

'Clean energy for all' pledge from EC

EUROPE: The European Commission (EC) has put forward a package of measures, including plans to support renewable energy investments, as it continues its clean energy transition.

Chile launches tender for 400MW site

CHILE: The government is seeking investors to build projects with at least 100MW of installed capacity on almost 80 square kilometres of state land in the north of the country.

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Wind faces up to post-truth age

The US wind industry has reacted with commendable calm to the forthcoming presidency of Donald Trump.

Viewpoint: Bigger turbines on land as offshore grows in reach

I remember talking to people 15 years ago about how wind-industry technology was really starting to converge - on three-bladed, upwind rotors driving high-speed, doubly-fed or full variable-speed generators via three-stage gearboxes, with the occasional outlier in direct-drive or with two-bladed rotors.

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).

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