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Renewables' share in Asia to remain 'marginal'

Renewables' share in Asia to remain 'marginal'

Non-hydropower renewable capacity in Asia is set to grow more than 140% in the next decade, according to new analysis, but coal will remain the backbone of power systems across the continent.

Europe hailed for leadership in integration

Europe hailed for leadership in integration

The International Renewable Energy Agency (Irena) has hailed the EU as a role model for renewable energy in a report looking at ways to integrate wind and solar into power systems.

Japanese 2018 installations up 60%

Japanese 2018 installations up 60%

Japan installed 261MW last year, up 61% year on year on 2017's additions, but lengthy environmental impact assessments (EIAs) continue to hinder development, according to the country's wind power association (JWPA).

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'Worst year for installations' in EU since 2011

New wind capacity in Europe totalled 11.68GW in 2018, down 32% from the record 17.1GW in 2017, new figures from WindEurope showed.

Eskom warned against contract renegotiations

Debt-ravaged state utility Eskom is considering renegotiating contracts with companies successful in South Africa's first two renewable energy tenders, according to reports.

'Federal politics has failed energy consumers'

The Clean Energy Council has issued a policy directive ahead of the federal elections in May, calling for the next government to commit to a 50% renewable energy target by 2030.

Cost-competitiveness to 'underpin Canadian wind growth'

The key drivers of Canada's wind capacity lie in grid decarbonisation, electrification, and corporate procurement, according to the country's wind energy association, CanWEA.

Russia's mooted flat-rate support 'will increase risk and costs'

A Russian government proposal to support wind power development from 2025 through a flat-rate tariff that will reduce annually has met with industry criticism.

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Challenges lay ahead for Taiwan

The recent negotiations between the industry and Taiwan's government on a Feed-In Tariff goes to show just how far the market has yet to go to become a major offshore wind player, writes Alastair Dutton, chairman of GWEC's Global Offshore Wind Task Force.

Energy costs analysis: Why wind broke into the mainstream in 2018

The wind-power industry's hard work to lower the levelised cost of energy paid off in 2018, as report after report confirmed the sector as a mainstream technology that can beat most other generating sources on price.

Vestas rewrites the rules for onshore technology

The headline figures -- nameplate capacity of 5.6MW and rotor diameter of up to 162 metres -- are striking enough, but the key features of Vestas' new EnVentus onshore platform are its medium-speed geared drivetrain and the company's commitment to modular turbine architecture.

The 7 best performing wind markets in 2018

We take a look at which markets performed the best in 2018 by how much the installed capacity grew over the 12 months.

Shell's entrance could transform the US offshore industry

Last month's blockbuster Bureau of Ocean Energy Management (BOEM) triple auction in Massachusetts had significant implications for the wider US offshore wind industry, Liz Burdock of the Business Network for Offshore Wind writes.

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