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Straight talking: Wind offers much to a world that is short of water

Windpower Monthly

WORLDWIDE: My enduring image from the deadly European heatwave in the summer of 2003 was the picture of bedraggled French firefighters spraying what looked like a pathetically thin stream of water on top of the containment dome of a nuclear power plant in an attempt to keep the reactor cool.

The water levels in the Loire river had sunk …

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Emerging markets climb up the top wind markets chart

SeeNews Renewables

Emerging markets are undeniably today’s hot spot when considering wind power projects and there are clear indications that developing economies will soon dominate the chart with top markets to invest in.

It is important to remember that renewable energy development in emerging markets follows a path very different from the one set by the centralised grids of the industrialised world.

Renewables growth …

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Australia’s War on Wind Energy is Shortsighted and Ideological, says Global Industry Group

Desmog

Australia’s Prime Minister Tony Abbott isn’t much of a fan of wind power.

In an interview with Alan Jones, the country’s most popular radio shock jock, Abbott said he thought wind farms were “visually awful” and they “make a lot of noise.”

You know, like coal mines?

But the Abbott Government’s opposition to wind farms goes much further than dissing them for their looks.

Abbott’s Treasurer Joe Hockey, …

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Italy installs 317 MW of wind, PV in H1 2015

See News

Italy installed 190.1 MW of wind farms and 127.4 MW of solar photovoltaic (PV) capacity in the first half (H1) of 2015, Italian renewable energy association ANIE Rinnovabili said Monday.

Solar installations revived in May and June after weaker activity in January-April, ANIE noted. The combined capacity of newly installed small solar system, of between 3 kW and 6 kW, …

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Meanwhile In The Future: We Have Changed The Climate With Wind Turbines

Gizmodo

According to the Center for Climate and Energy Solutions, about 2.3 per cent of America’s power is generated by wind. But wind power is becoming wildly popular all over the world. What would happen if a company put up so many wind turbines that they actually changed the climate on Earth? That’s the subject of this week’s podcast.

Wind …

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EKF and KfW IPEX-Bank team for second Uruguayan wind farm

Trade & Export Finance

KfW IPEX-Bank, the international export and project financier, has collaborated with Danish export credit agency Eksport Kredit Fonden (EKF) to provide senior-debt financing for the 50 megawatt (MW) Florida II wind farm project in Uruguay. It represents the second time the pair has teamed up to finance a wind farm in the country, following the non-recourse financing …

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Pioneer wind farm ‘breaks water’ off Rhode Island coast

USA Today

Plans for offshore wind farms have fallen flat for years in the U.S. But a Rhode Island-based company is about to begin installation of what promises to be the first such venture in the nation. Deepwater Wind expects delivery this week of foundations that will support five wind turbines off Block Island, a small tourist destination 12 miles …

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Surprising Countries Where Solar and Wind Are Booming

National GeographicAcross the globe, renewable energy is expanding faster than fossil fuels. It’s even taking off in countries that may surprise you.“Once again in 2014, renewables made up nearly half of the net power capacity added worldwide,” says Achim Steiner, executive director of the United Nations Environment Programme. After a two-year dip, they’re attracting more investment. Hydropower generates the largest …

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Windicator: Asia leads forecasts for 55GW total additions this year

Windpower Monthly

Global wind-power capacity has increased from January to mid-June by just under 19GW, or around 5%, to 387GW.

Projections for the whole year — from the Global Wind Energy Council (GWEC) and from Make Consulting — both suggest around 55GW will be installed. That is around 10% more than the capacity installed in 2014, and reflects good progress in a …

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Why has wind been so slow to take off in Japan?

Recharge news

By mid-July, the Ministry of Economy, Trade and Industry (METI) will have approved Japan’s new energy targets. Don’t expect too many surprises.

A recent draft was pretty predictable. Renewables — excluding hydropower — are to account for 22-24% of the mix by 2030, compared with 20-22% for nuclear, 26% for coal and 27% for natural gas. 

Equally predictable was the …

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