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FRANCE: New environment minister, Nicolas Hulot, has indicated that France might have to close around 17 nuclear reactors in order to meet its commitment to reduce its share of electricity generation to 50% in 2025, down from around 75% today.
EUROPE: Germany and France have agreed to hold joint renewable energy auctions and to trial the integration of renewables into decentralised grids in a cross-border project.
AUSTRALIA: Political leaders have backed a joint effort to reform Australia's energy market, following recommendations by chief scientist Alan Finkel in May.
SAUDI ARABIA: The government has launched a pre-qualification round for 400MW of wind energy at Dumat al Jandal, in the northern Al Jouf region.
UK: In its 2017 Future Energy Scenarios (FES) report, the UK's transmission operator, National Grid, predicts offshore wind could be subsidy free in the UK before 2040.
EUROPE: A group of European renewable energy trade bodies have signed a joint statement calling for the continued use of priority dispatch, following a report by an MEP.
CANADA: The 23 producers that entered the Saskatchewan tender have been whittled down to eight, as the procedure moves into the requests for proposals (RFP) stage.
TURKEY: Power transmission system operator Teias has issued 710MW in preliminary licences for wind farms in 11 regions, kicking off of a 3GW licensing round initially expected for 2016.
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.
UK: Confidence was high in London for Europe's biggest offshore event the year. Political opposition is fading as fast as costs are falling, and the industry is looking forward to sustained growth.
UNITED STATES: Following Donald Trump's announcement that he was taking America out of the Paris climate agreement, US states, cities and companies have lined up to pledge their continued support for it, while analysts disagree on what the country's exit actually means.
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.
UK: Bigger turbines and the creation of a local supply chain are raising expectations for the future of offshore wind in the UK. The next step could be looking at export potential.
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.
The argument that wind power can only compete with conventional forms of electricity generation by being heavily subsidised looks more threadbare every month.
Could the "Trump effect" on the global economy pose a greater threat to wind power's prospects than his denial of climate change science?
The omission of coal from our annual review of the costs of different forms of electricity generation was no oversight. While it will continue to play a role in many parts of the world for years to come, the case for creating new coal-fired capacity has fallen apart, on economic and environment grounds.