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On UN deadline, Government climate pledges, if implemented, would warm world by 2.7˚C

The Climate Action Tracker

The combination of Government climate action plans, if implemented, would bring global warming down to 2.7˚C,  according to an analysis released today by the Climate Action Tracker (CAT).     On the day of the October 1 UN deadline for governments to submit their emission reduction targets, or Intended Nationally Determined Contributions (INDCs) for 2025 and 2030, the …

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Just in time for Paris: Renewables to Replace Fossil Fuels by 2050

New Energy [R]evolution 2015 report released

Berlin, 21 September. A ground-breaking new report from Greenpeace International and the Global Wind Energy Council, the Energy [R]evolution 2015, shows the way towards an energy sector powered by 100% renewable energy. The Energy [R]evolution scenario or something very much like it is required if we are to have a reasonable chance of …

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GWEC congratulates new EWEA CEO Giles Dickson

The European Wind Energy Association has appointed Giles Dickson as its new Chief Executive Officer

GWEC congratulates new EWEA CEO Giles Dickson and looks forward to working closely together. 

Mr. Dickson was Vice President of Global Public Affairs at Alstom before joining EWEA. Prior to this, he was a civil servant in the UK government for over 15 years.

Mr. Dickson comes …

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Government climate action would see warming well beyond 2˚C – analysis

Bonn — 2 September 2015 — The climate targets so far submitted to the UN by governments collectively lead to global emissions far above the levels needed to hold warming to below 2°C, the Climate Action Tracker said today.   The analysis by the consortium of four research organisations was released today in Bonn where Governments are meeting for the …

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Wind energy has saved South Africa R1.8 billion more than it cost for first half of 2015 – and it’s cash positive for Eskom

The South African Wind Energy Association (SAWEA) has welcomed and endorsed a new report by the Council for Scientific and Industrial Research (CSIR) on the (ZAR 1.8 billion) less-than-zero costs of renewable energy to the country.  The CSIR has just released its latest calculations on the increasing savings these technologies are achieving. Collectively wind energy and solar power (photovoltaic) saved …

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Study Finds that the Price of Wind Energy in the United States is at an All-time Low, Averaging under 2.5¢/kWh

Wind energy pricing is at an all-time low, according to a new report released by the U.S. Department of Energy and prepared by Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory (Berkeley Lab). The prices offered by wind projects to utility purchasers averaged under 2.5¢/kWh for projects negotiating contracts in 2014, spurring demand for wind energy.

“Wind energy prices—particularly in the central United States—have hit …

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The 288MW Butendiek offshore wind farm fully operational

The North Sea Butendiek wind farm is in full operation and ready to supply about 370,000 households with renewable energy

The construction works started in March 2014, all foundations, cables and the substation were installed according to schedule and by mid-June, the 80th wind turbine was installed and now brought into operation. This makes Butendiek the fastest built offshore project so far.

“Already …

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Obama’s final clean power plan makes a difference

President Obama announced on Monday the final version of the clean power plan that is to reduce emissions from power plants significantly. While it is an update of the plan already announced in 2014, it still has a significant effect:  

The new plan is more ambitious than the earlier versions. The envisaged reductions increased from 30% to 32% below 2005 …

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VDMA/BWE: The German wind industry takes a breather

The figures for onshore wind in Germany show a downturn in the first six months of this year. Despite this, the trade associations predict a net additional installation for the whole of 2015 of at least 4,000 megawatts, which would make climate goals achievable. The manufacturers are however burdened by a boom and bust market situation, and perch on a …

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Offshore wind industry sets record year for installations in first half of 2015

In the first six months of 2015, the European offshore wind industry installed more new capacity than in any other year on record as several projects reached completion and deployment of larger turbines increased.

Installations in the first half of 2015 touched 2,342.9MW – tripling the grid-connected capacity for the same period last year. As a result, total installed offshore wind …

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