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  • A number of Middle East and North Africa (MENA) nations are supporting wind power development as power demand grows and governments look to diversify away from hydrocarbon economies.Related Content: Suppliers use global desert data to spur Middle East growthImage: Image Caption: The Gulf of Suez records relatively high wind speeds and Egypt is looking to build 2 GW of wind power through its feed in tariff program. (Image credit: Nemar74).Channels: Emerging Markets

  • Spanish wind tender hits record-low price of 43 euros/MWh Spain has allocated 3 GW of new onshore wind power capacity at a price of 43 euros per MWh ($48.2/MWh), the lowest price ever recorded for a wind tender in Europe. Spain's auction price on May 17 was particularly low as the tender came after a three-year market standstill triggered by the Spanish government's retroactive cuts to feed in tariffs in 2013.Related Content: Trump's Clean Power...

  • After a significant drop in wind power costs in recent years, wind farm operators are now examining new ways to profit from technological advancements and ensure sustainable income streams in a highly competitive market.Related Content: US tax incentives, turbine gains boost demand for mid-life repoweringE.ON eyes wind costs below 30 euros/MWh through closer ties with suppliersOperators move to revenue-based maintenance contracts in post-tariff eraImage: Image Caption: (Image credit: Ozturk)Channels: ConstructionOperations & MaintenanceTurbine Supply Chain

  • Advances in battery technology, operational algorithms and data analytics are improving the business case for unmanned aerial vehicle (drone) inspections of wind turbines. Drones are becoming more autonomous, potentially creating significant cost savings while improving employee safety.Related Content: Oil majors' offshore wind buy-ins set to accelerate opex reductionsDutch offshore consortium win signals industry-wide efficiency gainsFully automated drones could double wind turbine inspection ratesImage: Image Caption: Drone inspections are set to cut labor costs...

  • US first-quarter wind installations at highest level since 2009 U.S. developers installed 2 GW of utility-scale wind capacity in the first quarter of 2017, representing the highest first-quarter deployment rate since 2009, the American Wind Energy Association (AWEA) said May 2. New installed capacity was higher than in the entire January-September period of last year, AWEA noted. The U.S. installed 8.7 GW of utility-scale wind generation in 2016, accounting for 60% of...

  • Disruptive data technologies are set to raise the competitiveness of U.S. wind power in the coming years and new growth areas will include repowering, offshore wind and energy storage, leading global turbine suppliers said at the Wind O&M Dallas conference on April 11. The cost of wind power has fallen dramatically in recent years on improved technology and increased competition in the operation and maintenance (O&M) market.