Wind industry activity falls in first quarter

WORLDWIDE: Activity in the wind industry declined by a third in the first quarter of 2014 compared with a year before, according to data from Windpower Intelligence.

Windpower Intelliegence's Project Monthly shows activity declining
Windpower Intelliegence's Project Monthly shows activity declining

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The Project Monthly report from Windpower Monthly's sister site found that overall, milestones reached by developers were lower than the already low base set in 2013.

Even more worryingly, in no region did activity during the quarter exceed the level it hit a year ago. This even includes the Asia Pacific region despite China's announcement of 445 new projects in February.

However, the region did fall less than others, with North America leading the race to the bottom.

But there were positive signs too, with Europe recording a count of turbine purchase agreements that was nearly double that in of a year before, while Asia Pacific saw construction starts up a third on last year.

For more in-depth data and analysis, subscribe to Windpower Intelligence. The service collates milestones recorded by its Intelligence Tracker such as "project announced" or "site acquired".

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