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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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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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Japan’s 7MW floating offshore turbine will be anchored today 20km off the coast of Fukushima

It will start operation in the course of 2015 and will be joined by Hitachi’s 5MW turbine in 2016. The Fukushima floating wind consortium aims to expand the project to 100 MW in the near future. See broadcast on

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Zero wind power megawatts installed in Spain in the first half of 2015

Madrid, 27th July 2015. The worst predictions have come true: Spain does not attractinvestment in new wind power capacity. In the first half of 2015, not a single megawatthas been installed in the country, leaving the total at 22,986 MW. This makes it harderto comply with the draft of the Government´s Energy Plan, which expects about 5,000MW and 7 billion …

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Urgenda wins the case for better Dutch climate policies

The Hague, 24 June 2015 – Urgenda and nine hundred co-plaintiffs were victorious in the climate case today, forcing the Dutch government to adopt more stringent climate policies. The district court of The Hague has granted the plaintiffs’ claims, and the government is now required to take more effective climate action to reduce the Netherlands’ considerable share in …

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Pre-feasibility Reports for Gujarat and Tamil Nadu

FOWIND developed the pre-feasibility reports for offshore wind development in Gujarat and Tamil Nadu (India). The reports identify key offshore areas where detailed wind resource assessment should take place off the coast of Gujarat and Tamil Nadu. These reports will form the basis for future offshore wind feasibility investigations, while at the same time supporting companies and government institutions in …

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Renewable Energy’s Record Year Helps Uncouple Growth of Global Economy and CO2 Emissions

Record installations for wind and solar PV in 2014; Renewable energy targets created in 20 more countries, new total: 164; Renewables account for over 60% of net additions to world’s power capacity; Policy-makers more attentive to green energy heating / cooling; Developing world investments on par with developed world, total $301 billion

Renewable energy targets and other support policies, now in place …

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