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Publisher's Note October 2014

Big potential for US offshore industry and China back on track

The AWEA Offshore WINDPOWER 2014 Conference & Exhibition, which will run from 7 till 8 October in Atlantic City, New Jersey, is the largest offshore wind energy event in North America. Although no offshore wind farm has yet been installed in the USA, the future for the offshore industry looks promising. The US Energy Department has recently announced a new report, Offshore Wind Market and Economic Analysis, showing steady progress for the US offshore wind energy industry over the past year. The report highlights 14 projects in advanced stages of development, together representing nearly 4,900MW of potential offshore wind energy capacity for the USA. The report also finds that globally, developers continue to build offshore wind projects further from shore in increasingly deeper waters, while increased turbine sizes and hub heights enable higher efficiency and output from turbines. Worldwide, the average capital cost for offshore wind projects completed in 2013 fell 3.7% per kilowatt-hour from 2012, with an additional decrease expected in 2014. Total project installation costs have fallen 6% since 2011.

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Publisher's Note September 2014

A preview of the global on- and offshore expo

WindEnergy Hamburg, a new international fair for the wind industry, will be held in Germany’s second biggest city this autumn. From 23 to 26 September, the Hamburg Fair site will be the meeting point for energy industry experts from all parts of the world. WindEnergy Hamburg will give this global industry the ideal platform for dialogue and presentation of its recent innovations, new technologies and services. It covers the whole of the supply chain, both onshore and offshore. More than 1,000 exhibitors from all over the world are expected at the fair, presenting their products in 65,000 m² of exhibition space.

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Publisher's Note July August 2014

Global wind market rebounds in 2014

The Global Wind Energy Council (GWEC) has launched its Global Wind Report – Annual Market Update, which looks at the status of the global industry, along with market projections for the years 2014 to 2018. GWEC expects installations of at least 47GW in 2014, a dramatic increase over 2013 levels.

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Publisher's Note June 2014

New vision previewed in Las Vegas for the US wind industry

Energised by a US government projection that American wind power can more than double within six years, nearly 8,000 attendees were to be found at North America’s largest wind energy trade show in Las Vegas, which was held from 5 till 8 May. Although it was not as busy in the aisles as it used to be, the people were more optimistic about the industry in general than at last year’s show.

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Publisher's Note April May 2014

EWEA 2014: Optimistic vibe, new turbines and focus on bringing down CoE

The EWEA 2014 Annual Event was held from 10 to 13 March in Barcelona and attracted over 8,000 participants from 84 countries. Although at present the Spanish wind energy market is not flourishing as much as it has done in the past, because of the cancelling of all subsidies by the government, this year’s event was busier than the last couple of years and it seems that the optimism is back as well. During the last few years people talked mostly about the recession and were not so optimistic about the industry in general. For many companies last year’s theme was about retrofitting of ‘older’ turbines, while this year many manufacturers introduced new or upgraded turbines at the show. Of course retrofitting continues to be important as this extends the lifetime of turbines and increases the annual energy production, thus increasing the overall energy production and lowering the cost of energy (CoE).

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Publisher's Note March 2014

Small-wind power market to grow extensively

The small-wind power market is expected to increase hugely, from 609 million in 2012 to 3 billion by 2020. The global small-wind turbine cumulative installed capacity is also expected to witness a significant increase, from 728.3MW in 2012 to 4,644.7MW by 2020. China, the USA and the UK contributed to more than 80% of the global small-wind power installed capacity in 2012, with 266MW, 216MW and 118MW respectively. Although the future for small-wind looks promising, the market could face some obstacles in the form of the economic slowdown, along with zoning and permitting challenges. Further hindrance could be caused by low public awareness, lack of net-metering programmes and certification issues.

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Publisher's Note January February 2014

What Will the Future Bring for the Offshore Industry?

Offshore 2013, which was organised by the European Wind Energy Association (EWEA), took place between 19 and 21 November 2013 in Frankfurt, Germany. This event provided the latest information, predicted trends, showcased new innovations and connected key industry and political people.

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