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India Lays Foundation for National Wind Energy Mission

Clean Technica

India’s ongoing National Solar Mission has reaped very encouraging results. The country saw about 2,500 MW capacity being added in just four to five years with hundreds of megawatts set to be commissioned over the next few months. Now, the government is set to launch a similar national mission for wind energy.

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Wind energy beats nuclear, CCS for global warming mitigation

Clean Technica

There’s an enduring myth related to wind energy and nuclear energy that needs to be put to bed. That myth is that only nuclear can be scaled to sufficient capacity to reduce the impacts of global warming, and that wind energy is much less scalable so it should be ignored.

Most recently, this appeared as a broad generalization …

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Question of the Week: can you promote wind to the people?

Windpower Monthly

Following from Global Wind Day, organised by the Global Wind Energy Council (GWEC) and the European Wind Energy Association (EWEA), Windpower Monthly asks if there is more the industry could be doing to promote the sector to the wider public.

We spoke to Greenpeace chief scientist Dr Doug Parr, Vestas chief marketing officer Morten Albaek and Richard Bowen, …

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Global Wind Day 2014 — Iran signs up

Windpower Monthly

Iran is the latest country to join Global Wind Day to promote wind energy to the public.

Global Wind Day, organised by the Gloabel Wind Energy Council (GWEC) and the European Wind Energy Association (EWEA), takes place on 15 June every year to promote wind energy to the public.

The event has expanded in the six years it has …

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How often do wind turbines catch fire? And does it matter?

The Carbon Brief

Wind turbines are essentially small buckets of lubricating oil on top of a large metal stick, with rotating wings attached. Add a strike of lightning, a short circuit or a mechanical fault and they occasionally set alight. While that might make a good photo, no one’s sure how big a problem it is. A new report tries to work it out.

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China Three Years Late on Installing Offshore Wind Farms

Bloomberg

China is three years behind schedule on a plan that would make it the world’s biggest market for offshore wind, a setback for the $15 billion industry that’s seeking to produce affordable electricity from the one of nature’s most reliable energy sources.

China set out an ambitious plan in 2011 to build 5,000 megawatts of offshore wind turbines in four years, …

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IL&FS Energy joins Indian first ever offshore wind project for energy

Steel Guru

IL&FS Energy Development Company Limited has joined India’s first ever offshore wind project consortium for developing the country’s strategy for offshore wind energy and proposing a suitable regulatory policy framework. IL&FS, which is one of India’s leading infrastructure development companies, signed a MoU with the FOWIND consortium, which is being funded by the EU and led by Global …

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Windicator: Promising start to 2014 in some regions

Windpower Monthly

Earnings at major wind-turbine manufacturers have improved markedly, but global installed wind capacity increased by a modest 4% during the period covered by our analysis.

The cut-off dates vary by country, but the average period covered is probably about four months, taking the relevant date to late April/May.

The 4% increase suggests that the yearly growth rate …

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Snowflakes Help Study Wind Turbine Airflow

Daily Fusion

Scientists at the University of Minnesota (UMN) used snowflakes from a winter snowstorm to study the airflow patterns around large wind turbines. This measurement technique could prove valuable to improving wind energy efficiency.

The Global Wind Energy Council expects wind installations of at least 47 GW in 2014, a dramatic increase over 2013 levels. However, this number could be even …

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Wind energy powering ahead

IOL SciTech 

Cape Town – South Africa’s new wind power industry is booming, courtesy of government support through its renewable energy procurement programme.

And while communities living alongside wind farms stand to benefit hugely, getting the right mechanisms in place to ensure that mandatory benefits accrue to affected communities is the “Holy Grail” of the burgeoning industry.

This was the word from the …

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