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US added 8,598 MW in 2015, the third largest amount ever installed in a year and a 77% increase over 2014

AWEA highlighted the industry’s sustained growth in releasing its U.S. Wind Industry Fourth Quarter 2015 Market Report. The strong market activity is expected to continue, with a bipartisan vote by Congress late last year for a multi-year extension of the Production Tax Credit (PTC), supplying the industry with much-needed policy certainty. As 2016 began, an additional 9,400 MW were under …

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The Spanish wind power sector installs zero megawatts in 2015, an unknown situation since the 80´s

In the last four years, Spain has installed 1,932 MW, which makes it the less wind power friendly political term in four and compromises Spain’s compliance with the European 2020 targets
The only possibility is to launch new auctions as soon as possible and correct certain aspects of the Energy Reform to restore legal certainty
To avoid the mistakes of the first …

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Germany adds 3.5 GW onshore wind, bringing the total new installations to over 5.8 GW in 2015

With a net increase of 3,535.8 megawatts, 2015 was the second strongest year for onshore wind energy expansion in Germany. But the draft Renewable Energy Sources Act (EEG) 2016 does away with binding expansion targets, and will manage wind energy expansion on land by means of annually variable tendering quantities. This means uncertainty for manufacturers and operators. VDMA Power Systems …

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Offshore wind energy in Germany: Record achieved due to catch-up effects

Offshore wind energy in Germany: Figures 2015

Offshore wind turbines with a total capacity of 2,282.4 megawatts went online in 2015.

This demonstrates the capability of the German offshore wind industry and meets the expectations expressed at the beginning of 2015. This will however initially remain a unique record, as it is based on the catch-up effects of grid …

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GWEC CEO Steve Sawyer: The very ambitious goals in the text now need to be matched with deeds

Paris represents a 15 trillion USD opportunity for the clean energy industry, ushering in the biggest transformation of the global economy since the industrial revolution.

The very ambitious goals in the text now need to be matched with deeds. The agreement itself doesn’t change anything overnight, but it establishes a solid framework and a ‘floor’ upon which we must build.

Thousands of …

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GWEC CEO Steve Sawyer: “The global wind industry is ready to play our part in the rapid transformation of our global energy system which will be required to protect our climate for our children and theirs”

“The historic Paris Agreement expresses the collective will of the governments of the world to finally get serious about climate change. It is a triumph of multilateralism and global cooperation at a time when generosity and solidarity are in short supply. Although the actions pledged fall woefully short of what is required to achieve the goal of keeping global mean …

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Renewable energy still facing challenges in 17 countries in South and Eastern Europe, the Caucasus and Central Asia

Despite comprising over 300 million inhabitants and representing 4.9% of the world’s GDP 17 UNECE countries in South and Eastern Europe, the Caucasus and Central Asia represented only 0.5% or USD 0.9 billion of global renewable energy investment in 2014. Attracting investment represents a major challenge in these countries, despite numerous support schemes and policies for renewable energy.   These …

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Ambitious UN climate deal could be investment opportunity for European wind industry

National climate pledges in emerging markets and an ambitious deal in Paris could spark an export boom for the European wind industry.

China, India, Morocco, Brazil and Turkey are just a few of the countries that have made post-2020 national pledges on the deployment of wind energy in the coming years. In all 54 countries have identified wind as a key …

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Webinar: Are we deploying renewables fast enough to stay below 2 degrees of global warming?

26 November, 16:00-17:30 GST/ 12:00-13:30 GMT/ 13:00-14:30 CET

This webinar will present facts and opinions on renewable energy technologies and their climate change mitigation potential. The aim is to provide the general public with a better understanding of renewable energy’s role as a large-scale climate change mitigation solution and to evaluate the options and levels of renewable energy deployment required …

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Wind energy can overtake coal and gas as Europe’s largest power source by 2030

Paris, 17 November 2015. Wind energy will be the largest source of power supply in the EU by 2030 if governments apply the right level of ambition in their climate and energy policies, according to EWEA’s latest report.

Wind power can exceed gas, coal and other forms of energy by the end of the next decade if European member states follow the ambitious end …

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