Category Archives: GWEC in press

Snowflakes Help Study Wind Turbine Airflow

Daily Fusion

Scientists at the University of Minnesota (UMN) used snowflakes from a winter snowstorm to study the airflow patterns around large wind turbines. This measurement technique could prove valuable to improving wind energy efficiency.

The Global Wind Energy Council expects wind installations of at least 47 GW in 2014, a dramatic increase over 2013 levels. However, this number could be even …

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Wind energy powering ahead

IOL SciTech 

Cape Town – South Africa’s new wind power industry is booming, courtesy of government support through its renewable energy procurement programme.

And while communities living alongside wind farms stand to benefit hugely, getting the right mechanisms in place to ensure that mandatory benefits accrue to affected communities is the “Holy Grail” of the burgeoning industry.

This was the word from the …

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Global Wind Day Celebrates Wind Energy as Major Player Worldwide

It may not rank in popularity with the World Cup but a growing interest in Global Wind Day (June 15) continues to underscore the significant contribution that the emissions-free electricity-generating technology is making to mitigate the worst excesses of burning fossil fuels.

No longer considered an alternative energy source, the wind power sector is now present in more than 80 nations and had generated …

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China Introduces Offshore Wind Feed-In Tariffs

China’s National Energy Administration (NEA) has been working with the National Development and Reform Commission (NDRC) tariff department for months to determine the FIT for offshore wind, and the discussions between the two agencies have now been finalised: the inter-tidal projects will enjoy a tariff of RMB 0.75 (USD 0.12) per kilowatt hour while the nearshore tariff will …

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Question of the week: What are the next big emerging markets? Steve Sawyer GWEC CEO replies

Wind Power Monthly

Last month, Senvion CEO Andreas Nauen said the “exotic” markets of America, India and Korea will drive growth in the offshore industry, but what will be the new emerging markets of the onshore industry?

Besides China, global growth in the wind industry is now being driven by Brazil, Mexico and South Africa. But what’s next?

Needless to say, most of …

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Wind industry issues ‘open invitation’ to view turbines

The Irish Times

The wind energy industry is to hold a series of open days for the public this weekend to counter what they believe is damaging perceptions of wind turbines.

The annual Global Wind Day takes place on Sunday, and this year it will be marked by 13 wind farms across both parts of the island opening up to the public.

A …

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With Developing World’s Policy Support, Global Renewable Energy Generation Capacity Jumps to Record Level


Now 95 emerging economies nurture renewable energy growth through supportive policies, up six-fold from just 15 countries in 2005; 

Renewable electricity capacity achieves new record level, jumps 8.3% in 2013, accounts for more than 56% of net additions to global power capacity; renewables meet almost one-fifth of world final energy consumption. 

The number of emerging economy nations with policies in place to …

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Canada Installs Record Wind Power Capacity in 2013

Daily Fusion

2013 was a record year for wind energy development in Canada with new installed capacity from 23 wind energy projects totaling nearly 1,600 MW, ranking 5th globally for new installed capacity.

Canada finished 2013 with 7,802.72 MW of total installed capacity—supplying approximately 3 per cent of Canada’s electricity demand with enough power to meet the needs of over 2 million …

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Wind sector wants Govt’s helping hand

The Hindu Business Line

Much will depend on the outcome of the national elections to be held in May 2014 in India, wrote the authors of the Global Wind Energy Council’s Market Forecast 2014-2018 report a few months back. That about sums up the mood of the wind industry in India.

After suffering for two years after the withdrawal of two key …

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Straight talking: The terrible cost tomorrow of not doing enough today

Wind Power Monthly

If we assume that the course of human civilisation will continue for at least another 1,000 years, then we will eventually arrive at a 100% renewable-energy future.

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.

Energy policymakers and planners …

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