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EUROPE: A tipping point has been passed where increasing the level of renewable energy in the European Union (EU) beyond targets contained in current proposals could reduce CO2 emissions from electricity generation by 55% by 2030 while cutting overall costs.
UNITED STATES: The levelised cost of energy (LCOE) for onshore wind is down more than 6% from last year, new analysis shows.
WORLDWIDE: Policy transitions and competition from other renewables will challenge onshore markets, but innovation and cost reductions in the offshore sector will more than offset the lowered onshore outlook, according to Make Consulting.
GERMANY: Reduced wind speeds meant power produced by onshore wind farms dropped 6.5% last year, despite an increase in capacity, new figures show.
SPAIN: Spanish wind industry association AEE believes the country can reach 40GW by 2030, supplying roughly 30% of its electricity needs.
MEXICO: Wind projects took almost 45% of the successful clean energy capacity in Mexico's latest power auction, with solar taking the remaining 55%, as prices fell to an average of $20.57/MWh.
UNITED STATES: A new report into deploying large-scale offshore wind off the Californian coast will pose a number of major planning hurdles.
INDIA: Wind power installations between April and September 2017, the first half of India's financial year, dropped by more than 50% compared with last year.
ARGENTINA: The country may be a latecomer to the Latin American wind boom, but ambitious targets and radical economic reforms mean this is the perfect time to grab a slice of the pie.
WORLDWIDE: Who are the people making the big waves in wind energy? The staff and senior contributors of Windpower Monthly make their pick of the key movers and shakers from the last year.
The winning bids revealed for contracts for difference (CfD) to supply offshore wind power in the UK were lower than most of us dared hope for. Are they in line, however, with the bids seen in Denmark, Germany and the Netherlands over the past year?
FRANCE: Findings from a study about mortality rates at French wind farms have raised important points, but the industry is calling for further discussion and investigation.
Offshore wind farms using floating foundations are a hot topic in the industry at the moment, dominating several show agendas and taking up many column inches in the press. Why is a technology that is still in the demonstration stage generating so much excitement?
The UK looks likely to fall short of its European Union (EU) target to generate 15% of its overall energy from renewable sources by 2020.
For all the optimism and confidence on display in London at the WindEurope/RenewableUK offshore wind conference in June, it is worth keeping in mind that the sector is still very small.
This issue falls between two of wind power's biggest events of the year -- the American Wind Energy Association's conference in Anaheim, Los Angeles, and WindEurope's offshore showcase in London.
The most remarkable thing about three of the four winning bids in the recent German offshore-wind auction is that the successful bidders have rejected the safety net of a minimum reference price.