While 2013 was a difficult one for the industry in much of the world, things look much brighter for 2014. Activity has picked up dramatically in the US market, there are signs of renewed political support for renewables in Europe, China and India are starting to grow again and a number of emerging markets are positively booming – I have a particularly keen eye on new markets in sub-Saharan Africa; as well as a couple of potentially large but difficult markets in Saudi Arabia and Russia.
For GWEC, 2014 marks the start of our four year EU-funded project to devise a roadmap for offshore wind in India, with our partners at WISE, CSTEP, DNV-GL and the Guajarat Power Corporation. Working closely with the Indian government we hope to bring the lessons from the European offshore wind experience to India as they embark on their National Wind Energy Mission, to be launched mid-year.
Our conference/exhibition season starts with Mexico Windpower in February, followed by Brazil Windpower in August, WindEnergy Hamburg in Septermber, China Windpower in October, and Windaba in November. We hope to see you at some or all of these events which are organised by the industry and for the benefit of the industry. We’ll also be participating in many other industry events – see www.gwec.net/events/event-calendar/
We also have a busy publication schedule, with our Annual Market Update coming out in April, and our bi-annual Global Wind Energy Outlook in October, as well as several other publications associated with our India Offshore project.
Finally, we’ll be keeping our ears open for any signs of life from the international climate change process. It’s less than two years now until the big summit in Paris at the end of 2015 where the new treaty is supposed to be agreed. Let’s hope that the climate regime starts to support the development of renewable energy again, for our sake, our children’s and the planet’s.
All the best for 2014,
GWEC Secretary General