Category Archives: GWEC in press

Straight Talking: They have too much to lose to face reality

WORLDWIDE: They say that it gets darkest just before dawn. I just hope that’s true. As Gandhi allegedly said, “first they ignore you, then they ridicule you, then they fight you, then you win”. We’re definitely at stage three.

As we stand peering over the brink of the climate-change abyss, we are at the same time witnessing a renewable-energy revolution, …

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WindEnergy Hamburg opened by Vice-Chancellor Gabriel

Hamburg News

Federal Minister Sigmar Gabriel official inaugurated the leading international trade fair Wind Energy Hamburg on Monday evening, a premiere for Hamburg. “Wind energy has established itself worldwide, both from an economic and from an energy policy perspective,” said the German Vice-Chancellor. “This is a great success, and last but not least, a result of a furious development …

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GWEC chief hails German progress

Recharge News

Germany’s  Energiewende — the transition away from nuclear and fossil fuels — is far in advance of anything undertaken by other industrialised nations, says Steve Sawyer.

The Global Wind Energy Council secretary-general tells Recharge that every country should be playing close attention to the Energiewende “because I hope eventually we will all get to a future which is dominated by …

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New book charts wind’s ‘wild ride’

Recharge News

A major new book on the wind sector charts its growth from its earliest days in the 1970s to the huge global industry it has become – as well as addressing key questions about its future.

In Wind Power: The Struggle for Control of a New Industry author Ben Backwell  – editor in chief of Recharge and one of the renewable energy sector’s leading  journalists  – …

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Wind Energy Pilot Project on TN Coast

The New Indian Express

CHENNAI: Planning to tap offshore wind energy, the Centre has  identified Tamil Nadu and Gujarat coasts to launch two pilot projects through a joint venture company.  Sites for the proposed projects would be selected by the Global Wind Energy Council (GWEC), according to Alok Shrivastava, Joint Secretary of Ministry of New and Renewable Energy (MNRE).

The move comes …

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India advances offshore ambitions

Recharge News

India will finalise sites for its first offshore wind farms by the end of the year, a senior government official told media in the country in what appears to be an acceleration of its ambitions in the sector.

The Indian government is already in talks with state authorities over two pilot projects totalling 100MW off the coasts of Tamil Nadu …

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A Clean Energy Future Is Technically Feasible, But Is It Politically Possible?

Huffington Post

If we assume that human civilization will continue for at least another 1000 years, then we will eventually arrive at a 100 percent renewable energy system. Whatever you believe about the existing reserves and undiscovered sources of fossil fuels and other combustible or radioactive minerals, they will eventually be exhausted or too expensive to extract.

Policymakers often act as if …

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Brazil Windpower 2014: operations and maintenance are key focus as installations reach 5GW

Windpower Monthly

The issues now for wind power in Brazil are enviable, said Steve Sawyer, secretary general of the Global Wind Energy Council. With over 140 wind projects due to start this year, the supply chain is under pressure to deliver, there will be pushback from incumbent generation suppliers who see their share being taken away, and with hydro sources in …

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European wind leadership at risk

Recharge News

Europe has been the technology and market leader in the wind industry for more than 30 years.

Enlightened leadership in Denmark, Germany, Spain and at European level, bolstered by strong public support for action on climate change and local economic development, has ensured that the continent with arguably the fewest wind resources has led the world.

Strong local markets supported technology …

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Met Office alert for Germany


The UK’s Met Office is now offering its renewable energy services in Germany to help the nation deliver on its offshore wind ambitions.

The BIS agency said it “hopes to provide a solution to some of the challenges faced in the German market place, including construction methods, high capital expenditure, operational costs and future feed …

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