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Sweden and Norway agree end to electricity certificate scheme

Sweden and Norway agree end to electricity certificate scheme

The possibility of an extension to the two countries' shared electricity system creates uncertainty, wind industry groups claim

Wind sector calls for more ambition as German cabinet approves energy reform

Wind sector calls for more ambition as German cabinet approves energy reform

Germany's federal cabinet has approved reform to help renewables provide 65% of the country's electricity by 2030

'Questions remain' over China’s carbon neutrality pledge

'Questions remain' over China’s carbon neutrality pledge

Chinese premier Xi Jinping told the UN General Assembly that the world's top emitter plans to reduce its carbon emissions from 2030 and reach carbon neutrality by 2060

News and analysis

MHI Vestas’ Kavafyan named new WindEurope chair

WindEurope's new chairman says wind power has a role to play in addressing the coronavirus and economic crises and in ensuring a fair transition to a sustainable energy system

Poland looks to renewables and nuclear to wean itself off coal

Poland plans to invest heavily in offshore wind power, solar PV and nuclear energy as it accelerates plans to reduce its dependence on coal

Icebreaker freshwater project thrown a lifeline over night-time shutdown

US wind project granted a stay of execution following “valid objections” to a shutdown decision that could have made the Lake Erie wind project financially unfeasible

Show us the policies: Wind industry reacts to new EC emission targets

Wind is 'ready to deliver' but Europe's 2030 emission reduction targets cannot be delivered without policy fixes

Ireland ‘to miss’ 2030 climate and clean energy target

Slow permitting procedures likely to prevent Ireland from sourcing 70% of electricity from renewable sources by 2030, wind power industry body IWEA warns

in depth

Editor's view: a summer marred by losses

Wind power in Europe was not looking particularly healthy even before the pandemic struck.

Snapshot: UK places less importance on climate crisis than other European countries

This mural of Swedish climate change activist Greta Thunberg being engulfed by melting ice looms over a supermarket car park in Bristol, in the south-west of England.

WindEconomics: How lower specific ratings translate into cheaper power

In the early days of the wind industry, most turbine manufacturers aimed to squeeze as much energy as possible from the air stream.

WindEconomics: Renewables could assist economic post-pandemic recovery

In June it was a little uncertain how the wind industry would be affected by the global pandemic, as its competitive position had been eroded by falling gas and oil prices. More recently, however, there have been hopeful signs, not least the publication of the Sustainable Recovery report by the International Energy Agency (IEA).

WindEconomics: How will wind fare after the Covid-19 pandemic?

With lockdowns reducing demand for electricity and sending oil and gas prices tumbling, Windpower Monthly's economics editor David Milborrow takes a look at the future of wind power after the coronavirus pandemic.