eastern European countries such as Poland and Turkey. And
China, like the U.S., is showing signs of reawakening as one of the
bigger infuences on the global industry.
Here’s a look at what industry participants and analysts see
happening over the next 12 months, and how this year’s activity
will signifcantly shape the sector’s long-term future.
Europe: Two Major Markets and Ofshore Emphasis
Expect 2014 to be “a bumpy ride” in Europe with stalled demand
in some markets and countries revisiting policies and subsidies,
explained Jacopo Moccia, head of political affairs at the Europe-
an Wind Energy Association (EWEA). GWEC’s Sawyer projects
“maybe 2 GW” of offshore wind installations in 2014, mainly in
Germany and Europe. Thus the march continues away from stag-
nant southern European markets such as Spain and Italy into the
north. This shift to northern
climates also requires devel-
opers and suppliers to alter
their strategies in markets
with different types of
wind regimes that require
different technologies such
as higher towers, pointed
out Thibault Desclée de
Maredsous, product man-
agement director for Alstom
Wind Business. Small-
er emerging markets such
as Norway, Finland, Tur-
key, and France are likely to
Workers at Iberdrola Renewables’
202-MW Baffin Wind Farm
in Kenedy County, Texas.
Credit: Iberdrola Renewables.