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COP25: Global emissions continue to climb

COP25: Global emissions continue to climb

Research by the Global Carbon Project shows that the increase in emissions for 2019 will likely be considerably slower than the previous two years, but that the world is still a long way off the rapid cuts to emissions required to keep global temperature rise below 1.5°C.

Macron vows to accelerate France's offshore ambitions

Macron vows to accelerate France's offshore ambitions

France has committed to tendering up to two offshore wind projects annually and to ease the permitting hurdles facing the industry, the president has said.

Shift to auctions leaves Irish wind vulnerable to mid-term slump

Shift to auctions leaves Irish wind vulnerable to mid-term slump

The Irish government has approved a new renewables auction scheme but the wind industry trade body has warned of a gap in installations.

News and analysis

Renewables laws must be better implemented to address Indian crisis

Amid undersubscribed federal tenders, increased risk and financial pressures for generators and manufacturers, the problems in India's wind market are mounting.

SGRE ramps up production, but investors seek more clarity

Siemens Gamesa Renewable Energy (SGRE) has completed construction of Turkey's first nacelle factory and is set to ramp up production until it reaches full capacity of about 100 nacelles, or 500MW, a year.

Enercon cuts back, seeing 'no chance' of German recovery

Country's leading OEM cuts 3,000 jobs and will cease domestic blade manufacturing as it tries to reposition itself in tough global market.

WindEurope Offshore 2019: 'Work with China' to boost innovation

Europe's offshore wind industry, academia and research bodies all need to widen their horizons and collaborate with the Chinese to boost innovation in the sector and face up to the huge challenge of cutting carbon emissions.

WindEurope Offshore 2019: 450GW target needs grid action

Deploying up to 450GW in European waters by 2050 is possible with sufficient investments made in electricity grids and maritime spatial planning, according to a report released at the WindEurope Offshore 2019 conference in Copenhagen.

in depth

WindEconomics: Extending lifetimes lowers nuclear costs

Despite steady increases in the cost of nuclear energy, as reported in last month's edition, the International Energy Agency (IEA) argues that "nuclear power can play an important role in clean energy transitions".

WindEconomics: Nuclear escalates as wind prices keep falling

Nuclear power is too expensive. That is the implicit conclusion of the UK government, which has issued a consultation document on possible ways of reducing the electricity price.

Faces of protests on the streets of London

Undeterred by a police-enforced ban and more than 1,800 arrests, Extinction Rebellion's climate -change protests in the streets and squares of London continue.

WindEconomics: US costs fall as turbine ratings increase

The latest report from the Lawrence Berkeley National laboratory (LBNL) in the US chronicles the continuing development of wind energy, accompanied by steady falls in costs of both projects and energy.

Milestones on the road to 10GW

As the UK becomes the first country in the world to reach 10GW of offshore wind, Windpower Monthly looks back at the most significant steps over the past 20 years.