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Increase in EU climate policy support

Increase in EU climate policy support

EUROPE: A majority of citizens support the European Union's policies to tackle climate change, an opinion poll has found.

Germany's third onshore auction launched

Germany's third onshore auction launched

GERMANY: A third and final German auction round of 2017 has been launched to source up to 1GW of capacity, but future auction rounds face a rule change to combat the dominance of citizen projects.

Market-economy instrument required for older turbines

Market-economy instrument required for older turbines

GERMANY: A new mechanism is needed to encourage ageing turbines nearing the end of their existing support to stay online, BWE president Herman Albers has argued.

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Auction transition 'generally beneficial' as Make lowers outlook

WORLDWIDE: The move to auction mechanisms in the global wind industry has caused Make Consulting to downgrade their outlook for the sector to 2026 by 6GW.

Four new members join RE100

WORLDWIDE: Membership of the RE100 has reached the new high of 106 companies, following the addition of Estee Lauder, Kellogg, DBS Bank and Clif Bar & Company ahead of Climate Week (18-24 September) in New York City.

Germany must reach 5GW a year

GERMANY: The new government will have to substantially raise onshore and offshore wind energy caps after the federal elections on 24 September 2017, industry leaders have said at the Husum Wind 2017 event.

Group calls for German offshore expansion

GERMANY: Trade unionists, regional energy and economic ministers and industry leaders have called for the country to increase its offshore capacity to at least 20GW by 2030.

UK offshore falls to £57.50 in latest CfD round

UK: Dong Energy and EDPR with Engie have secured Contract for Difference (CfD) deals at £57.50/MWh (€64.10/MWh) in the second auction round, as Innogy's Triton Knoll site also wins support.

in depth

Bird kill research disputed

FRANCE: Findings from a study about mortality rates at French wind farms have raised important points, but the industry is calling for further discussion and investigation.

UK must rethink onshore wind

The UK looks likely to fall short of its European Union (EU) target to generate 15% of its overall energy from renewable sources by 2020.

Carbon pricing -- useful policy tool or distraction?

EUROPE: Proposals for carbon pricing miss the point when it comes to moving towards increasing use of renewables.

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Viewpoint: Floating technology is key to making offshore global

Offshore wind farms using floating foundations are a hot topic in the industry at the moment, dominating several show agendas and taking up many column inches in the press. Why is a technology that is still in the demonstration stage generating so much excitement?

Wind booms through India

INDIA: A record of 5.4GW of new wind installations in the last financial year seems to put India well on its way to a 60GW target by 2022. Windpower Monthly looks at a fast-growing and rapidly changing market, with the reins increasingly in the hands of new players betting big on wind.

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Offshore needs the big players

For all the optimism and confidence on display in London at the WindEurope/RenewableUK offshore wind conference in June, it is worth keeping in mind that the sector is still very small.

Wind backs words with deeds

This issue falls between two of wind power's biggest events of the year -- the American Wind Energy Association's conference in Anaheim, Los Angeles, and WindEurope's offshore showcase in London.

Viewpoint: 'No-cost' offshore wind -- how did Germany do it?

The most remarkable thing about three of the four winning bids in the recent German offshore-wind auction is that the successful bidders have rejected the safety net of a minimum reference price.

Wind enters the subsidy-free zone

The argument that wind power can only compete with conventional forms of electricity generation by being heavily subsidised looks more threadbare every month.

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