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25 January 2019 2019 08:05 AM GMT

Wind: China Maintains Emerging Markets Top Spot Following 19.7GW Build Boom

Wind industry intelligence service A Word About Wind has launched its Emerging Markets Attractiveness Index report for 2018, which provides insight and analysis into the most attractive emerging markets for wind companies. The index, now in its second year, ranks the top 30 emerging markets that investors should consider when investing in wind in Europe, Africa, Asia and Latin America. The list considers factors including political and economic stability for investors, alongside the growth of electricity demand and potential for wind growth, in order to rank the countries by overall potential.

As with last year’s report, China tops the list and the ongoing trade war with the US shows no sign of slowing China’s formidable growth. The country saw 19.7 GW of new wind farms built last year, the largest capacity globally, and government support led to a record $132.6bn of renewables investment in 2017. Meanwhile, strong growth forecasts and a shift from feed-in tariffs to competitive auctions look set to draw in more foreign investment.

Looking beyond China, investors aiming to make a move into emerging markets have a growing range of options. For example, offshore wind has started to take off worldwide. New entry Taiwan leapt into fifth place thanks to its welcoming policies, while Turkey and Poland may also offer offshore opportunities for canny investors.

Richard Heap, Editor-in-Chief at A Word About Wind, said: “Emerging markets can be very lucrative for investors, offering high returns in exchange for the increased risks. This year, we’ve grown our list to include ten more countries, which reflects the increasingly-global outlook of wind despite protectionist policies in some parts of the world.” “However, in the face of increased attractions in other markets, last year’s key players are still clinging onto many of the top spots. India, Chile and Mexico continue to provide welcoming markets for investors, and the emergence of the eastern European states will be fascinating to watch.”

Political and economic uncertainty is often an impediment to development. This is reflected in the positions of several African and Middle Eastern countries, which miss out on the top spots due to the resulting investment instability – despite high scores in overall economic growth. For example, while Ethiopia scores highest on the list for economic growth, it is held back by the World Bank’s unfavourable assessment of the ease of doing business in the country, the lowest of all thirty countries assessed.

Adam Barber, Managing Director of the Tamarindo Group, of which A Word About Wind is a constituent company, added: “This report allows investors to take a systematic look at emerging markets, as they consider exploring new territories in the wake of subsidy drops and increased competition within traditional markets.” “We have seen growing interest from our members in new markets. This report helps them to ensure success by making them aware of the risk and reward that each country offers for wind energy companies.”

The report also contains a corporate M&A databank, commentary on the significance of recent developments in the wind industry, and key deals data from Q3 2018.

Founded in 2012, A Word About Wind is a rapidly-expanding membership organisation that provides intelligence, insight and connections to senior industry decision-makers.
Its community of over 2,500 individuals comprises and represents some of the very best finance houses, banks, venture capitalists, and private equity investors in the world. Through our programme of reports and impartial industry analysis, together with a growing programme of exclusive members-only networking initiatives and events, we influence, educate and inform the people that drive and shape the global wind industry.

January 30th 2019
Corporate Sourcing of Renewables Growing, Taking Place in 75 Countries

Companies in 75 countries actively sourced 465 terawatt hours (TWh) of renewable energy in 2017, an amount close to the overall electricity demand of France, according to the report from the International Renewable Energy Agency (IRENA). With the continued decline in the costs of renewables, the report suggests, corporate demand will continue to increase as companies seek to reduce electricity bills, hedge against future price spikes and address sustainability concerns.

January 25th 2019
Wind: China Maintains Emerging Markets Top Spot Following 19.7GW Build Boom

Wind industry intelligence service A Word About Wind has launched its Emerging Markets Attractiveness Index report for 2018, which provides insight and analysis into the most attractive emerging markets for wind companies. The index, now in its second year, ranks the top 30 emerging markets that investors should consider when investing in wind in Europe, Africa, Asia and Latin America. The list considers factors including political and economic stability for investors, alongside the growth of electricity demand and potential for wind growth, in order to rank the countries by overall potential. As with last year’s report, China tops the list and the ongoing trade war with the US shows no sign of slowing China’s formidable growth.

January 25th 2019
Arsenal Unveil Battery Storage System: First Of Its Kind At A UK Football Club

Arsenal Football Club has unveiled a battery storage system (BSS) to store enough energy to run the 60,000 seater Emirates Stadium from kick-off to full time. It follows a unique collaboration with Pivot Power to install a 2MW/2.5MWh lithium ion BSS, with funds managed by Downing LLP. The project, the first of its kind in the UK, will also save club money as it works to support low-carbon plans. The BSS allows Arsenal to avoid peak power prices, buying electricity when it is cheap and storing it for use when prices are high. Typically, energy can cost three times more at peak times than overnight. The installation maintains Arsenal as the leader in sustainability in sport following its commitment to clean energy with Octopus Energy in 2016.

November 16th 2018
India: Improved Monsoon Winds Help Power Producers in 2018 

After a prolonged period of decline, wind speeds in India during the 2018 monsoon season were significantly higher than normal; and up to 20% higher than long-term averages in some regions. These higher wind speeds benefit wind farm production; welcome news for wind energy operators and investors, who have faced several years of lower-than-normal wind energy production during the monsoon period. These increased wind speeds can thus counter recent patterns of decline contributing to an increase in investor confidence with a data-driven approach.

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