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News & in-depth analysis of wind power and renewable energy policy, legislation & regulation, pricing, tariffs & incentives, permitting and environmental issues.

Slow progress in French planning laws

Slow progress in French planning laws

Legal challenges to onshore wind projects in France should move faster through the courts thanks to two measures enacted on 1 December.

Taiwanese offshore policy criticised

Taiwanese offshore policy criticised

Taiwan's ministry of economic affairs (MOEA) did not award contracts properly in its offshore wind auctions earlier this year, according to a government watchdog.

Calls for 'level playing field' in US energy storage

Calls for 'level playing field' in US energy storage

A number of wind power developers and industry associations have urged US political leaders to pass a bill making energy storage projects eligible to receive investment tax credits (ITCs).

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Success for clean energy advocates in US elections

Climbing a wind turbine was a key image of Michelle Lujan Grisham's successful campaign for election of governor in New Mexico in the US midterm elections

US and Denmark report falling coal use

New data from the Energy Information Administration in the US has predicted the lowest use of coal in the energy mix since 1979, while in Denmark, coal's share of end-use fell 25% in 2017.

Mexican tender suspension 'understandable'

Assuming no further unwelcome changes are to follow, the suspension of Mexico's fourth clean energy auction is unlikely to dent investors confidence, according to a senior analyst.

Mexico suspends ongoing clean energy tender

MEXICO: The new government has suspended an ongoing clean energy auction without saying when results will be announced or when contracts may be awarded.

Wildlife fund set up by US industry

UNITED STATES: The American Wind Wildlife Institute (AWWI) has launched a new fund to support new ways to mitigate the impact the industry has on the natural environment.

in depth

Growth slowing at crucial time

Traditionally there is a flurry of activity towards the end of the calendar year, particularly in the US, as developers race to meet various tax relief and support deadlines for new wind projects.

WindEconomics: Renewables lead the way in Germany

GERMANY: An authoritative report from the German Fraunhofer Institute confirms that wind and solar are now cheaper than all other electricity-generating technologies. In Germany, the most productive solar plants are slightly cheaper than the most productive wind farms.

Star-studded climate conference comes up short

UNITED STATES: The great and the good convened in San Francisco to discuss ways and means of combating climate change at a conference that was long on ambition and aspiration but short on practical answers.

Wind's most influential and interesting people of 2018

WORLDWIDE: Windpower Monthly's annual review of the industry's movers and shakers finds plenty of analysts showing what needs to be done, but few policymakers making it happen.

Analysis: UK keeps a tight rein on offshore expansion

UK: Draft plans for the UK's next contracts for difference (CfD) budget for offshore wind may show a reduced ambition but there are still positive signals.

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