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Global EnergyIssues, Potentials, and Policy Implications$
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Paul Ekins, Mike Bradshaw, and Jim Watson

Print publication date: 2015

Print ISBN-13: 9780198719526

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: September 2015

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198719526.001.0001

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Global wind power developments and prospects

Global wind power developments and prospects

(p.404) 20 Global wind power developments and prospects
Global Energy

Will McDowall

Andrew ZP Smith

Oxford University Press

Since the turn of the twenty-first century, wind power has gone from the periphery to the mainstream of energy technologies. As wind energy matures, the challenges facing the industry are changing. Cost reduction remains important, but the focus of innovation is on the offshore sector, and on the challenges posed by integrating wind into power grids at higher levels of penetration. This chapter explores the development of wind energy from both a technical and policy perspective. The chapter starts with an overview of historical deployment and future potential, and then follows with discussion of technical developments in wind energy, devoting particular attention to the issues of grid integration and offshore wind development. Subsequent sections examine the major areas of policy relevant to the wind sector and the issues associated with public acceptance.

Keywords:   wind power, offshore wind, renewable energy policy, energy innovation, green industrial policy

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