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Wind surpasses hydro generation in Australia

Wind surpasses hydro generation in Australia

Wind power has become Australia’s primary source of renewable energy after it produced more electricity in 2019 than hydro capacity for the first time.

Vestas suspends 2020 guidance

Vestas suspends 2020 guidance

Vestas has suspended its financial guidance for 2020 due to the “poor visibility” caused by the coronavirus (Covid-19) pandemic.

Renewables account for 72% of 2019's new energy additions

Renewables account for 72% of 2019's new energy additions

The growth of renewable energy is insufficient to meet global climate targets, according to the International Renewable Energy Association (Irena).

News and analysis

Covid-19 weekly updates: 30 March-3 April

With coronavirus (Covid-19) dominating headlines, Windpower Monthly has set up a live blog to bring you the latest on how the pandemic is impacting the sector. Here are five key developments from the last week.

Prices hit new low in French onshore

France’s fifth onshore wind tender was oversubscribed, with the regulator awarding more capacity than initially planned due to prices falling to a record low.

Fishing and offshore industries no closer to finding solutions

The rift between some major commercial fishing interests and the nascent US offshore-wind sector remains as wide as ever, according to public comments submitted in response to a US Coast Guard (USCG) port-access study.

UK and France missing out as turbine tech lags behind

Over the last five years, the UK and France have missed out on over 1.8GW of capacity due to using out-dated technology.

Global wind fleet set for 112% growth by 2029

Global wind capacity will more than double in the ten-year period between the end of 2019 and the end of 2029, according to new analysis.

in depth

Steady outlook for wind sector after record year in Greece

As the country recovers from its economic crisis and the accompanying lull in renewables installations, new investors are entering the market and developers are making use of the latest turbine technology.

WindEconomics: Wind share could rise to 35% of global electricity production by 2050

While there is a consensus that the costs of onshore and offshore wind energy will continue to fall, there is, unsurprisingly, some variation in the projections.

Details needed over UK's onshore wind reprieve

The UK government’s effective ban on the development of onshore wind was impossible to reconcile with a target of net-zero emissions by 2050.

China and US lead rise in global growth

The wind industry had a better year than in 2018, but the slowing Chinese economy and permitting problems in major markets are affecting growth. Windpower Monthly does some number crunching.

Spain is ready for new dawn

With a pro-renewables coalition government in place and the promise of more, better regulated auctions to come, hopes for a long-term revival in this former European stronghold are high.