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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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UK's renewable budget needs reform, says watchdog

UK: The UK government's levy control framework (LCF) has been poorly managed and needs reform, according to the National Audit Office (NAO).

GWEC envisages 5.8TW of wind by 2050

WORLDWIDE: In its most optimistic outlook to date, the Global Wind Energy Council (GWEC) pictures over 5.8TW of wind power installed worldwide.

Call for UK action to reach climate targets

UK: The UK needs to act immediately if it is to reach its targets on emission reductions, the Committee on Climate Change (CCC) has warned.

BEIS extends non-delivery provisions on CfDs

UK: Successful bidders for contracts for difference (CfDs) will face more restrictions in future if they fail to deliver their projects, the energy department announced

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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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