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View from Inside July August 2007

China to Become a Major Wind Turbine Exporter?

ImageDespite accelerating project development activity, the long-term future of the Chinese wind market is not yet guaranteed by decisive and sustainable policies. As new companies pile into the wind turbine generator (WTG) manufacturing industry, excess supply from China could mean a paradigm shift towards cheaper WTGs and shorter order backlogs globally within the next few years for megawatt-class wind turbines.

By Sebastian Meyer, Director, Research & Advisory Azure-International,?China

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View from Inside April May 2007

Utilities Seeking Reliable Systems

ImageLast year, global new installations of wind turbines rose by around 33% to some 15,200MW. According to experts, the global market for wind turbines will grow by an annual average of around 13% between now and 2011. The heightened international interest in wind power systems is being spurred by the rising prices of fossil sources of energy. In addition, more and more countries are setting binding goals for extensions to renewable energies, with wind energy one of the least expensive options.

By Thomas Richterich, CEO of Nordex AG
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View from Inside March 2007

Offshore wind energy: the step ahead

ImageIn his recent State of Union address, US President George W. Bush stressed the importance of renewable technologies to the energy supply of his country. The future of a safe, CO2-free energy supply is currently one of the most debated topics in European politics as well.

By Matthias Schubert, Chief Technology Officer, REpower Systems AG
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View from Inside January/February 2007

The UK scene is set for a future of wind energy

ImageThe second half of 2006 saw a reinvigorated impetus for wind energy in the UK. Wind energy is on track to become a significant contributor to the UK’s response to climate change and energy security. A wide range of developments in the latter half of last year will, it is to be hoped, turn this into a reality.

By Emily Peters, Associate, SJ Berwin LLP

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View from Inside October 2006

UK Wind – A Powerful Force

ImageThe UK wind industry is poised on the brink of a major expansion that will see it become the chief contributor to UK targets on renewables. Research from the British Wind Energy Association (BWEA) shows that a combined capacity of 25GW could be in place by 2020, meeting the needs of two-thirds of all UK homes and delivering major economic benefits to the UK of more than £16 billion.

By Maria McCaffery, Chief Executive Officer, British Wind Energy Association
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View from Inside September 2006

Wind energy – Polish progress and plans 

ImageFollowing a general amendment of its Energy Law, which enables producers of renewable energy to receive income for both the electricity itself and from selling certificates of origin (a type of ‘green certificate’), Poland has entered a path towards development of renewable energy sources. Wind power must play a key role in this process. No other source is capable of ensuring fulfillment of Poland’s commitment to reach a 9% share of energy from renewable sources in the total produced energy balance. This commitment means that at least 400MW of new installed power should be commissioned in Poland every year. Alas, 2006 will not see such a success (only approximately 150MW will be commissioned); however, the following years should bring actual expansion of the sector (development progress of projects I am aware of guarantees achieving the level of 400MW per annum in 2007).

By Jaroslaw Mroczek, President of Polish Wind Energy Association
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