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CEC Media Release: Australian clean energy industry winding up to mark global celebrations

The wind energy sector stands ready to deliver thousands of jobs and billions of dollars in investment to the Australian economy if the Renewable Energy Target is left alone to do its job, the Clean Energy Council said to mark Global Wind Day.

Clean Energy Council Policy Director Russell Marsh said that while China continued to lead the world in the ...

Global Wind Day: Wind power for greater energy independence

Global Wind Day, celebrated on 15 June, provides the public with an opportunity to discover the benefits of wind energy and to learn more about the technology. This year we also put the spotlight on energy dependence. The six biggest fossil fuel importers in the world – the EU, China, the US, Japan, Korea and India - spend ...

CEC Media Release: Changing Renewable Energy Target would damage investment and throw away jobs

Reducing the Renewable Energy Target (RET) as a result of the current review would increase power bills and lead to thousands of lost jobs, the Clean Energy Council argued in its submission this week to the panel reviewing the policy.

Clean Energy Council Deputy Chief Executive Kane Thornton said that if Australia really was open for business as stated by Prime ...

Global Wind Market Rebounds in 2014

The Global Wind Energy Council launched its Global Wind Report – Annual Market Update today, updating the status of the global industry, along with market projections for the years 2014-2018.

GWEC expects installations of at least 47 GW in 2014, a dramatic increase over 2013 levels. The market will be led by China, but with strong recovery in the ...

EU and India join hands to facilitate Offshore Wind

Facilitating India’s transition towards low carbon development by supporting implementation of national policies and programs for offshore wind power

27th January 2014, New Delhi - The Global Wind Energy Council and partners[i] announced today the launch of a four year project to develop a roadmap for offshore wind development in India, with a focus the states of Gujarat and Tamil Nadu.  ...

全球风能日敦促G8 领导停止化石燃料补贴转向支持可再生能源

Global Wind Day urges G8 leaders to stop subsidising fossil fuels and switch to renewables


“当全球领袖们口头承诺应对气候变化的时候,他们实际的做法确是在以110美元/吨的价格对二氧化碳的排放进行补贴,化石燃料的补贴将使我们在保护气候的路上越行越远,”全球风能理事会秘书长Steve Sawyer说。


在全球各个市场的民意调查显示,风电广泛地被民众接受,这也成为传递给政策制定者的一个重要信号。根据Eurobarometer的民意调查,89%的欧洲公民支持风电,而仅有43%和36%的民众支持火电和核电。2012年美国的民意调查显示,71%的美国人希望更多的风电发站, 而在加拿大渥太华78%的民众认为风电是最安全的发电方式。而英国的调查显示,2/3的民众支持风电发展。

全球风能日为公众提供了一个了解风电的机会,也让公众了解到风电是应对目前的全球能源危机的有些解决方案之一。6月15日是第五届全球风能日,全球各地将有上百个庆祝活动在各地展开。今年通过Facebook,Twitter和电子邮件,人们可以告诉G8 领导人停止补贴化石燃料,转而支持可再生能源。 参加全球风能日活动,请点击

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Global Wind Day urges G8 leaders to stop subsidising fossil fuels and switch to renewables

“While world leaders pay lip service to combating climate change, what they are actually doing is subsidizing CO2 emissions to the tune of US$110/tonne. Fossil fuel energy subsidy reform could take us a long way towards protecting the climate”, said Steve Sawyer, Secretary General of the Global Wind Energy Council.

Global Wind Day, celebrated annually on 15 June, enables citizens ...

GWEC Global Wind Report – Annual Market Update released today

17/04/2013 -

Wind power surges to new record

Brussels, 17 April 2013

The Global Wind Energy Council released its Annual Market Update today, with a comprehensive snapshot of the global wind industry at the end of 2012, along with a 5-year forecast out to 2017. Although policy uncertainty in the main OECD markets is a cause for concern, strong markets in China, India and ...

Global Wind Energy: Solid Growth in 2012

12/02/2013 -

China, US vie for market leader position at just over 13 GW of new capacity each

Brussels, 12 February 2013

The Global Wind Energy Council released its 2012 market statistics today, showing continued expansion of the market, with annual market growth of almost 10%, and cumulative capacity growth of about 19%. A record year for US installations and ...

Wind power for 9 million households in Eastern Europe by 2020

05/02/2013 -

Without stable legislation, investments will dry up

Language versions: DE, FR, PL, RU, RO, BG, IT

Brussels, 5 February 2013

Wind power in Central and Eastern Europe will become a significant source of electricity production by 2020 and Turkey’s wind power generation capacity will grow even faster - provided there is a stable legal framework in each country. 

The European Wind Energy Association (EWEA) today ...

EU wind industry faces tough challenge – and politicians should not make it worse

04/03/2013 -

Brussels, 4 February 2013

The wind industry is being hit by the economic crisis and austerity across Europe, and a difficult situation should not be made worse by politicians undermining investor confidence, warned top industry figures today in Vienna.

At the opening of Europe's leading wind energy event - EWEA 2013 - politicians and high level industry representatives also spoke of the ...

Wind energy top source for new generation in 2012; American wind power installed new record of 13,124 MW

4Q numbers show 2012 was best year ever, as industry reached 60,000 MW; Texas, California, Kansas, Oklahoma, Illinois are leaders

WASHINGTON, D.C., January 30, 2013 – The U.S. wind energy industry had its strongest year ever in 2012, the American Wind Energy Association announced today, installing a record 13,124 megawatts (MW) of electric generating capacity, leveraging $25 ...

EU offshore wind energy sector posts solid 2012

Europe installed and grid connected 293 offshore wind turbines in 2012 - more than one per working day. This brings the total to 1,662 turbines, in 55 offshore wind farms in ten European countries.

The 293 turbines installed in 2012 represent 1,165 Megawatts (MW), an increase of 33% compared to 2011 installations of 874 MW. ...

Policy Choices Shape Wind Power Success

New GWEC/IRENA report presents a palette of key success factors for wind power development and discusses lessons from 12 mature wind markets

Abu Dhabi, 15 January 2013.  A new report released today by the International Renewable Energy Agency (IRENA) and Global Wind Energy Council (GWEC) shows a set of conditions that must be fulfilled in order to best harness ...

Wind power to ease India’s energy security with 89 GW by 2020

New India Wind Energy Outlook released

Chennai, 29 November 2012. Wind energy could soon supply 5 GW annually to fight chronic power shortages in the country, according to the India Wind Energy Outlook , prepared by WISE, IWTMA and GWEC. Officially released at the opening of Wind Power India 2012 by the Hon. Minister of New ...

Global Wind Power Market Could Triple by 2020

New Global Wind Energy Outlook released today

Beijing, 14 November. Greenpeace International and the Global Wind Energy Council released their bi-annual report on the future of the wind industry in Beijing today. The fourth edition of the Global Wind Energy Outlook shows that wind power could supply up to 12% of global electricity by 2020, creating 1.4 million new jobs and ...

EU reaches 100 GW wind power milestone

The European Union has passed the milestone of 100 gigawatt (GW) of installed wind power capacity, according to the European Wind Energy Association (EWEA)

27 September 2012. 100 GW of wind power can generate electricity over a year to meet the total consumption of 57 million households, equivalent to the power production of 39 nuclear power plants.

It took the European wind ...

South Australia blown away by wind power this week

South Australia’s blustery conditions this week had one positive: wind power provided more than half of the state’s power on Wednesday, according to the Clean Energy Council.

Clean Energy Council Policy Director Russell Marsh said data from the Australian Energy Market Operator (AEMO) showed that 55 per cent of all the electricity used by South Australians yesterday was generated by the ...

Governments set world on more than 3°C warming, still playing with numbers

– Climate Action Tracker

Bangkok-- 4 September 2012—Governments are still set to send global temperatures above 3°C by 2100, even though their agreed warming limit of 2°C is still technically possible, scientists said today.

In releasing their latest update at the Bangkok UN climate talks, the Climate Action Tracker (CAT), a joint project of Climate Analytics, Ecofys and the Pik Potsdam Institute, ...

Brazilian wind market prospects bright

Rio de Janeiro, 30 August 2012. The Brazilian wind market continues to power ahead, having emerged over the last few years as one of the leading growth markets for the wind industry globally. At the opening of the Brazil Windpower 2012 conference and exhibition, delegates heard from senior government officials and industry leaders about the short and medium term prospects ...

Spanish government’s consideration of discriminatory tax on wind energy threatens the wind industry

1 August, 2012

The Spanish wind industry is fighting for its life. Just a few months ago, the government let the support scheme for the industry lapse, citing the economic crisis and falling electricity demand. Now, the government is contemplating a discriminatory tax on wind energy, much higher than for other forms of generation, further feeding the myth that the renewables sector ...

Wind energy is one of the safest sources of electricity confirms new study by Health Canada on wind turbine sound and human health

 1 August, 2012

In response to a proposed national study by Health Canada on wind turbine sound and human health, the American, Australian, Canadian, European, Global and United Kingdom wind energy industry associations point to seventeen reviews of independent research and evidence that all conclude wind is not harmful to human health. According to the wind energy industry associations, wind energy ...

Global Wind Day – Governments Need to Act in Rio for a Sustainable Energy Future

 14 June, 2012

UN supports Global Wind Day on 15 JuneFriday 15 June is Global Wind Day, when thousands will experience the power of wind energy at more than 200 events in at least 40 countries around the world. Global Wind Day is building pressure on world leaders gathering next week for the Rio +20 Summit to commit to doubling the ...

REN21 Global Status Report 2012 released today

 11 June, 2012

Steve Sawyer, Secretary General of the Global Wind Energy Council, and a founder member of REN21: “Since 2005, the REN 21 Global Status report has been the definitive source for information on renewable energy globally. Wind power continues to lead all other renewables in new additions, but it is gratifying to see our sister technologies making excellent progress ...

I love wind energy because! Check out the new Global Wind Day video

 5 June, 2012

Discover the power of wind

Global Wind Day is a day for discovering the power of wind energy and the possibilities it holds to change our world. Hundreds of thousands of people are involved in the production of energy from the wind, but for many people, wind energy is a mystery. Global Wind Day is the day when you ...

Renewable energy, better car efficiency can save the Arctic from oil drilling

5 June, 2012

Berlin, June 5, 2012. A major expansion of renewable energy and more energy efficient vehicles can end the world’s dependence on fossil fuels and save the fragile Arctic from the destruction of oil exploration, according to a new comprehensive energy roadmap launched today by Greenpeace, the European Renewable Energy Council (EREC) and the Global Wind Energy Council (GWEC).

The ...

EU leaders: invest in wind energy for growth

 21 May, 2012

European leaders meeting on 23 May to discuss how to achieve growth despite massive budgetary challenges must turn to wind energy for immediate job-creating and economic benefits.

Every EU citizen is paying more than €700 for energy imports and this is increasing as prices climb and domestic resources deplete. But wind energy replaces imported fuel - saving €5.7 billion ...

Dr Klaus Rave re-elected as Chairman of GWEC

4  May, 2012

Dr Klaus Rave was unanimously re-elected for a two year term as GWEC Chairman at the latest Board meeting which took place in Copenhagen. Dr Rave has been Chairman since 2010.

The GWEC Board also elected a new Executive Committee to support the work of the Chairman, Secretary General Steve Sawyer and the GWEC staff. The ExCo members are ...

Wind power is one of the best ways to address climate change, media misreports research on local temperatures

3 May, 2012

On 29 April some media sources published reports on new research into wind farms, claiming that wind farms can cause local temperature increases. The news, based on a study carried out on large wind farms in Texas, has been falsely linked to global climate change. The wording is misleading in this context and conflates small-scale, local impacts on ...

GWEC’s Global Wind Report launched today – Emerging Markets Drive Global Wind Power Growth

16 April, 2012

Copenhagen, 17 April 2012. The global wind industry will install more than 46 GW of new wind energy capacity in 2012, according to a five-year industry forecast published today by the Global Wind Energy Council (GWEC) at the EWEA 2012 Conference at Bella Center in Copenhagen. By the end of 2016, total global wind power capacity will be ...

EWEA Green Growth report: Wind energy sector growing over twice as fast as EU economy

 13 April, 2012

The wind energy industry increased its contribution to the EU’s gross domestic product (GDP) by 33% between 2007 and 2010. In 2010, the industry’s growth was twice that of the EU’s GDP overall, with the sector contributing €32 billion to an EU economy in slowdown.

Key figures from ‘Green Growth’ report released today by the European Wind Energy Association ...

Launch of GWEC’s Annual Market Update – 17 April 2012

6 April, 2012

Press conference on 17 April 2012, 13:00-14:00 at EWEA 2012,

Press conference Room, Bella Center, Copenhagen

A buffet lunch will be served.


Key points presented by GWEC Secretary General Steve Sawyer followed by Q&A with leading experts from China, US, Japan, India, Brazil and South Africa.

GWEC’s new annual report on the status of the global wind industry provides you with a ...

RenewableUK has launched the UK Wind Energy Charter

6 April, 2012

Energy Secretary Ed Davey welcomes Charter and commitments of industry to jobs and investment

RenewableUK, the trade and professional body for the UK wind and marine renewables industries, has today launched the UK Wind Energy Charter. The Charter sets out three principles that the wind energy industry will apply in order to ensure that the UK maintains its position ...

World Water Day 2012-Save water with wind power

21 March, 2012

 The power sector is the one of the world's biggest consumers of water, but one source - wind power - uses very little water to produce electricity. All fossil fuels and nuclear need significant quantities of water to pump crude oil out of the ground, remove pollutants from power plant exhausts, flush residues after fossil fuels are burned ...

Interview with EWEA CEO Christian Kjaer on Blowing away nuclear power

16 March, 2012

It has been evident for years that Europe needs an energy system that can cut dependence on fossil fuels, bring down future energy costs, and fight climate change. But the Fukushima accident in Japan one year ago underscored the need for an energy source that will fill the gap left by declining nuclear power. Many ask: is ...

Transforming Japan’s Energy System–Declaration from REvision 2012: “Toward a New Energy Paradigm after 3/11”

 16 March, 2012

Experts, visionaries, and authorities from Japan and around the world gathered for two days to discuss priorities for a transformation of Japan’s energy system. The high-level conference marked the one-year anniversary of the Fukushima disaster and comes at a time when Japanese policy-makers are confronting a very different vision of Japan’s energy future.

The conference was sponsored by the ...

Release of global wind statistics: Wind Energy Powers Ahead Despite Economic Turmoil

21% Increase in Global Installed Capacity

7 February, 2012

Brussels, 7 February 2012. The Global Wind Energy Council annual market statistics published today show that the wind industry installed just over 41,000 MW of new clean, reliable wind power in 2011, bringing the total installed capacity globally to more than 238,000 MW at the end of last year. ...

International photo competition launched – Global Wind Day 2012

20 January, 2012 

A chance to show wind energy as it has never been seen before Winner to get €1,000 Amazon voucher and winning photo to become part of professional photography archive; five runners up get €250 Winning photos to be announced by Global Wind Day, 15 June 2012

A wind energy photo competition, open to all, was launched today. In the run-up to ...