American wind provides 5.5 per cent of the nation’s electricity

American wind power added jobs over 9 times faster than the overall economy amid robust growth for another year, according to the American Wind Energy Association (AWEA), which released its 2016 US Wind Industry Annual Market Report. Installing over 8,000MW of new wind power for a second straight year, the US industry invested over US$ 14 billion in 2016 in new wind farms built in rural America, and now supports 102,500 jobs.

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Most competitive onshore wind projects could proceed without subsidy

A study has found that the UK Government could deliver 1GW of new onshore wind capacity at no additional cost to consumers over and above the long-term wholesale price of power. However, delivery is dependent on mature renewables being able to bid in auctions for long-term contracts for clean electricity, such as those offered to offshore wind and the new nuclear facility at Hinkley Point.

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Cost of renewables fell in 2016

The world added record levels of renewable energy capacity in 2016, even as investment in clean energy fell, the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP) reported. The report, Global Trends in Renewable Energy Investment 2017, found that wind, solar, biomass and waste-to-energy, geothermal, small hydro and marine sources added 138.5GW to global power capacity in 2016, up from 127.5GW added the year before.

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Alberta launches REP Round 1

Alberta Electricity System Operator (AESO) is now accepting Expressions of Interest for Renewable Electricity Program (REP) Round 1 until April 21, 2017. The REP is intended to encourage the development of 5,000MW of renewable electricity generation capacity connected to the Alberta grid between now and 2030.

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Record capacity addition of wind power in India

India added over 5,400MW of wind energy capacity in fiscal year 2016-17, surpassing its own target of 4,000MW.

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Strong offshore wind sector worth billions to UK economy

A new report, The Economic Value of Offshore Wind: Benefits to the UK of Supporting the Industry, published by the Offshore Renewable Energy (ORE) Catapult highlights the huge economic benefits of a strong UK offshore wind industry, which could be worth as much as GBP 2.9 billion to the UK economy by 2030.

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