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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 ...

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

11/08/2015 -

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 ...

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 ...

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 ...

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 ...

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 ...

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 ...

South Africa proudly celebrates 7 years of Global Wind Day with 7 amazing wind energy facts

As the world celebrates Global Wind Day 2015, South Africa proudly showcases its wind energy industry with a short film that shares its immense achievements since 2011.

In appreciation of Global Wind Day being in its seventh year, the South African Wind Energy Association (SAWEA) has produced this film which highlights seven amazing facts about wind power in South Africa, along ...

Wind Industry upbeat as government energy response creates another 4-5 year visibility for wind power in SA

16/04/2015 -

In a far-reaching expression of a clean energy vision, the Department of Energy today announced that the procurement of renewable energy will be accelerated and expanded. In announcing the preferred bidders for REIPPPP Round 4, the Minister of Energy, the Honourable Ms Tina Joemat-Petterssen, announced that she intends making a ministerial determination for an additional 6,300 MW of renewable energy ...

Wind Energy, Fundamental Part of New Market Power in Mexico: Pedro Joaquin Coldwell

25/02/2015 -

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During the inauguration of the International Congress Mexico Wind Power 2015 in Mexico City, the Minister of Energy Pedro Joaquín Coldwell emphasized that wind power in Mexico is a fundamental part of the new electricity market to be held in Mexico as a result of the Energy Reform approved by the Congress.

On behalf of President Enrique Peña Nieto, the ...

Global Wind Power Back on Track

Annual market grows by 44%, passes 50 GW for the first time

After a slowdown in 2013, the wind industry set a new record for annual installations in 2014. Globally, 51,477 MW of new wind generating capacity was added in 2014 according to the global wind market statistics released today by the Global Wind Energy Council (GWEC). The record-setting figure represents ...

Wind energy installations outperform gas and coal in 2014

The European wind energy industry installed more new capacity than gas and coal combined in 2014. Across the 28 Member States, the wind industry connected a total of 11,791 MW to the grid with coal and gas adding 3,305 MW and 2,338 MW respectively. Moreover, the coal and gas industries in Europe both retired more capacity than they commissioned in ...

Renewable Power Costs Plummet: Many Sources Now Cheaper than Fossil Fuels Worldwide

Renewable energy now cost advantageous, especially when accounting for the cost of pollution, ill health

Abu Dhabi, U.A.E., 17 January 2015 – The cost of generating power from renewable energy sources has reached parity or dropped below the cost of fossil fuels for many technologies in many parts of the world, the International Renewable Energy Agency (IRENA) revealed in a ...

Price up carbon and make solid pledges on renewables in early 2015, says wind industry

Governments must put a price on carbon emissions and make pledges early next year to move away from fossil fuels and increase the share of renewable energy into the global power mix, according to a signed statement from wind industry players.

Wind energy associations, including those from emerging markets such as Brazil, China, South Africa, India and Mexico have ...

Wind and solar: The Energy Revolution is Happening Now

At least 3.8 billion tons of CO2 emissions reductions per year by 2030 LIMA, 10 December 2014. There is a global revolution underway in the electricity sector, led by wind and solar. The two technologies are transforming the way we produce and consume energy, which is good news for the climate:  wind and solar will prevent the emission of ...

Health Canada’s new study on Wind Turbine and Noise

Noise and infrasound disturbance linked to wind turbines continue to get media coverage in an increasing number of markets and is used widely as an argument against wind power by anti-wind groups to amplify negative messaging. Health Canada released a summary of a new study at the beginning of November which concludes that there is no evidence of a causal ...

Wind Energy Outlook: 2000 gigawatts by 2030

Nearly 20 % of global power from wind

BEIJING, 21 October 2014. The Global Wind Energy Council and Greenpeace International released the 2014 edition of the Global Wind Energy Outlook in Beijing today. The report shows that wind power could reach 2,000 GW by 2030, and supply up to 17-19% of global electricity, creating over 2 million new jobs and reducing ...

Wind Energy Capital Hamburg: Premiere of the Leading International Expo WindEnergy Exceeds Expectations

HAMBURG, Germany, September 26, 2014

(HMG) 26 September 2014. Visitors and exhibitors agree about the highly successful premiere of WindEnergy Hamburg which came to a close on Friday after four exhibition days.

The importance of the fair location was emphasised by Olaf Scholz, Mayor of Hamburg, who noted that "the Metropolitan Region of Hamburg is not ...

WindEnergy Hamburg opened by Vice-Chancellor Gabriel

23/09/2014 -

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Federal Minister Sigmar Gabriel official inaugurated the leading international trade fair Wind Energy Hamburg on Monday evening, a premiere for Hamburg. Wind energy has established itself worldwide, both from an economic and from an energy policy perspective, said the German Vice-Chancellor. This is a great success, and last but not least, a result of a furious development ...

AOSIS Chair Outlines Near-Term Solutions To Climate Change at UN Summit

Island nations poised to suffer early and greater climate impacts convene renowned experts and scientists to define real-world, near-term solutions at United Nations Climate Summit

NEW YORK‚ A new real-world, near-term solution action plan commissioned by the Republic of Nauru, Chair of the Alliance of Small Island States (AOSIS) and written by 30 leading climate and energy experts from ...

Sigmar Gabriel praises the amazing development of the industry at WindEnergy Hamburg

WindEnergy Hamburg was opened on Monday evening by Sigmar Gabriel, Federal Minister for Economic Affairs and Energy, and Vice-Chancellor of Germany. This is the premiere for WindEnergy at the Hamburg Fair site. Wind power has established itself worldwide, both as an economically viable industry and as a major element in energy policy, said Sigmar Gabriel. That is a great success ...

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.  ...

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 ...

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

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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 3C by 2100, even though their agreed warming limit of 2C 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, said ...

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

15 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 EUR700 for energy imports and this is increasing as prices climb and domestic resources deplete. But wind energy replaces imported fuel - saving EUR 5.7 ...

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 EUR32 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 ...