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Featuring latest topics & on the spot reporting from our experts on issues impacting the wind industry and markets across the world.  

 

EWEA calls on new Commissioner-designates to take the reins on Europe’s energy future

The European Wind Energy Association welcomes the announcement of Alenka Bratusek as Vice President- and Commissioner-designate for Energy Union and Miguel Arias Canete as the European Commissioner-designate for Energy and Climate Action.

This team will be responsible for implementing the European Commission President-elect's vision of an energy union in Europe and establishing the region as a global powerhouse for renewable energy.

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GWEC Chairman Dr Klaus Rave’s invitation to WindEnergy Hamburg

Welcome to Hamburg, the Free and Hanseatic City, the traditional harbour city, the new hub for the renewables business, and home of some of the major players in the wind industry. From 23 to 26 September, Hamburg will be your gateway to the world of wind energy during its new international wind energy fair – WindEnergy Hamburg - which may prove ...

GWEC welcomes the French Wind Energy Association on board

GWEC is pleased to welcome the French Wind Energy Association (FEE) as a new member of its influential circle of members promoting wind energy around the globe. The French Wind Energy Association, founded in 1996, currently has more than 180 members which cover 90% of the installed wind capacity in France. FEE represents the entire supply chain, and its mission ...

Policy uncertainty threatens to slow renewable energy momentum

IEA forecast sees renewable power as a cost-competitive option in an increasing number of cases, but facing growing risks to deployment over the medium term

PARIS, 28 August – The expansion of renewable energy will slow over the next five years unless policy uncertainty is diminished, the International Energy Agency (IEA) said today in its third annual Medium-Term Renewable Energy Market ...

Europe’s installed wind capacity will increase 64% by 2020 and bring 100,000 new jobs

- European Union countries to install 75GW of wind energy over next 7 years, an increase of 64% installed wind power capacity, bringing the total to 192.4 GW.

- Up to €124 billion in wind farm investments across the EU expected by 2020, Europe’s installed wind capacity will increase 64% by 2020 and bring ...

Centrum Rozwoju Energetyki joins GWEC

GWEC is pleased to welcome Centrum Rozwoju Energetyki (CRE) on board as a new member of its influential circle of members promoting wind energy around the globe. CRE has been for years one of the leading Polish companies providing construction, design, implementation and management of wind power, PV and biogas projects.

CRE offers engineering and legal advice for wind ...

China Introduces Offshore Wind Feed-In Tariffs

China’s National Energy Administration (NEA) has been working with the National Development and Reform Commission (NDRC) tariff department for months to determine the FIT for offshore wind, and the discussions between the two agencies have now been finalised: the inter-tidal projects will enjoy a tariff of RMB 0.75 (USD 0.12) per kilowatt hour while the nearshore tariff will ...

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 ...

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Survey for GWEC Members

As a GWEC member you are entitled to a number of membership benefits. We have now launched a survey for all GWEC members to give us feedback on some of our key activities and membership benefits.

The aim is to focus our activities even better on issues ...

Wind energy is one of the biggest, fastest, cheapest ways states can meet carbon pollution rule for existing power plants

Washington, D.C.—The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency is expected to release its first-ever proposed rule limiting carbon dioxide pollution from existing power plants on June 2. The good news is wind energy is already helping nearly every state make progress toward whatever reductions the EPA will require and is an affordable and reliable compliance option for further reductions.

A just published AWEA white paper, “The ...

GWEC Board election and new Executive Committee

GWEC Board Meeting and AGM, took place on 7 May at Windpower2014 in Las Vegas and included a Board election and the appointment of a new Executive Committee for the next two years.

Dr. Klaus Rave was re-elected as Chairman for a further two years, and he will be joined on the EXCO by Morten Dyrholm of Vestas, Carlos Gasco of ...

Renewable Energy Provides 6.5 Million Jobs Globally – new study by IRENA

Sector shows significant job growth over 2012, new IRENA review highlights

In 2013, approximately 6.5 million people were already employed in the renewable energy industry worldwide, a new study by the International Renewable Energy Agency (IRENA) reveals. ‘Renewable Energy and Jobs – Annual Review 2014’ underlines the important role that renewables continue to play in employment creation and ...

Webinar: State of Play of the Global Wind Industry and A Five-Year Projection

The Clean Energy Solutions Center, in partnership with Global Wind Energy Council (GWEC), is hosting a no-cost, webinar on the GWEC’s recently released Global Wind Report: Annual Market Update 2013. The webinar will be held on 28 April 2014 at 3:30 p.m. (CEST), 7:30 a.m. (EDT).

Please join us to hear GWEC Secretary General Steve Sawyer present some of the report’s ...

German Renewables Output Helps Cut European Power Prices by 8.4 Pct

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Day-ahead electricity prices in continental Europe recorded a fifth consecutive monthly decline in March as surging German solar and wind output helped chase prices lower in neighboring countries, according to data released by Platts, a leading global energy, petrochemicals and metals information provider.

The Platts Continental Power Index (CONTI) fell 8.4% in March to €35.06 per megawatt hour (/MWh) compared to ...

Photo competition “Wind in Turkey”

Are you creative with your camera and got love for wind energy? Then Wind in Turkey is the competition you should enter and give yourself a chance to win a fair money prize!

Turkish Wind Energy Association will be happy to see your point of view - whether it’s wind turbines, children with  kites or crazy waves, ...

IPCC calls for major shift to renewables to cut emissions

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Emissions of greenhouse gases grew at a faster rate over the decade from 2000 to 2010 than they did over the previous three decades, reaching the highest levels in human history, despite efforts to limit them, according to the last installment of the latest report from the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change, released Sunday.

This final installment, focused on mitigating climate change, ...

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 ...

Citigroup says the ‘Age of Renewables’ has begun

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Investment banking giant Citigroup has hailed the start of the “age of renewables” in the United States, the world’s biggest electricity market, saying that solar and wind energy are getting competitive with natural gas peaking and baseload plants – even in the US where gas prices are said to be low.

In a major new analysis released this week, Citi ...

CEC Media Release: AMA statement on wind power should reassure communities

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19 March 2014

A public statement on wind farms and health released by the Australian Medical Association (AMA) this week should provide additional peace of mind for communities living in the vicinity of existing or proposed wind power projects, the Clean Energy Council said today. Clean Energy Council Policy Director Russell Marsh said the AMA’s position statement came on top ...

IEA executive director: “We welcome a renewables target for 2030”

The International Energy Agency (IEA) supports an EU renewable energy target for 2030 – this would reduce policy risk and so “bring down costs and put us on the path we want to be on”, stated Maria van der Hoeven, executive director of the IEA today at the European Wind Energy Association’s 2014 annual event in Barcelona.

However, in the absence ...

Water used for EU power production equivalent to annual consumption of Germany

Nuclear, coal and gas plants in Europe use 4.5 billion m³ of water a year, equivalent to that of 82 million EU citizens – the same as the population of Germany – new research shows. Energy production represents 44% of the EU’s total water use: more than any other activity.

Yet wind energy, which uses no water, avoids the use of ...

Wind Power set to boom in Mexico

New Energy Reform to open up market

Mexico City, 28 February 2014 – Mexico WindPower 2014 wrapped up last night on a high note, with delegates anticipating a booming wind market in Mexico as a result of the new Energy reform bill passed last December. The new legislation marks the beginning of the end of Mexico’s 75 ...

Any country can reach high shares of wind, solar power cost-effectively – new IEA study shows

Wind power and solar are crucial to meeting future energy needs while decarbonising the power sector. However, the inherent variability of wind power and solar PV is raising concerns: Can power systems remain reliable and cost-effective while supporting high shares of variable renewable energy? And if so, how? 

A landmark study released today by the International Energy Agency ...

CEOs call on EU Heads of State: “Boost green growth with an ambitious 2030 renewables target”

CEOs from leading European companies today called for a strong 2030 climate and energy framework with an ambitious renewable energy target, including binding national targets.

An ambitious renewable energy target will boost green growth, creating 570,000 more jobs and saving €260 billion in fossil fuel imports compared to a greenhouse gas (GHG) only approach,1 the CEOs from Acciona Energia, Alstom, ...

Germany: Onshore wind power grows as forecast in 2013, but 2014 and 2015 remain highly uncertain

As forecast by the German Wind Energy Association (BWE) and VDMA Power Systems, the market for onshore wind turbines is growing. The statistics published by Deutsche WindGuard on behalf of BWE und VDMA Power Systems based on an up-to-date survey of manufacturers shows stable growth. Nearly 60 percent of the 2,998 megawatts of newly installed capacity was built in central and southern Germany. Wind ...

Global Wind Grows 12.5% in 2013

Annual market down; return to growth in 2014

The Global Wind Energy Council (GWEC) released its 2013 market statistics today, with cumulative global capacity reaching a total of 318,137 MW, an increase of nearly 200,000 MW in the past five years. However, the annual market dropped by almost 10 GW to 35,467 MW, attributable to the precipitous ...

Wind growth slows in 2013 – European statistics release

During 2013, 10,917 MW of new wind energy capacity came on line in the EU-28, a decrease of 8% compared to 2012. There are now 116,774 MW installed the EU, meeting 8% of EU electricity demand, and a further 4,188 MW in the rest of Europe.

The overall EU installation level masks significant volatility across Europe. In a number ...

Record offshore figures conceal slow-down in new projects in Europe

418 offshore turbines came online in 2013 in Europe, making a record 1,567 Megawatts of new capacity. This is one-third more than the capacity installed in 2012.

This makes a new total of 6,562 MW of offshore wind power - enough to provide 0.7% of the EU's electricity.

However a closer look at what happened reveals a slow-down during the year: two-thirds ...

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.  ...

The global renewable energy share can exceed 30% by 2030 at no extra cost – IRENA report

The global renewable energy share can reach and exceed 30 per cent by 2030 at no extra cost, the International Renewable Energy Agency (IRENA) says in a report, “REmap 2030,” that was published today. The study maps out a pathway for doubling the share of renewable energy in the global energy mix based on the technologies that are available today. ...

GWEC is recruiting

28/11/2013 -

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GWEC offers a dynamic international working environment and the opportunity to meet and work with highly experienced people in the renewable energy sector.

GWEC currently has two vacancies :  a) Project Manager and b) Project Finance Officer to ensure the smooth running of the GWEC Indo-European Offshore Wind Project.

This project will look to facilitate India’s transition towards low carbon development by supporting the ...

Vestas launches Wind for Prosperity in collaboration with Masdar

Unique business innovation to bring affordable electricity to energy-poor, wind-rich rural communities

“Many of the world’s most underserved citizens rely primarily on diesel generators for what power they have, which is expensive and polluting.  Wind for Prosperity uses Vestas’ unique weather data processing capabilities to identify energy-poor but wind-rich areas where Vestas’ wind hybrid solutions can power social and ...

Wind power: Bridging the Gap a Clean and Cost-Effective for Raising pre 2020 Ambitions

18/11/2013 -

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Climate Change COP19

COP 18 at Doha resulted in a package of decisions, referred to as the amendments to the Kyoto Protocol to establish its second commitment period, At the same time, a number of important issues requiring further consideration were referred back to the Convention’s two subsidiary bodies (SBI and SBSTA).

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Mexico WindPower 2014 will run on 100% wind energy

Mexico WindPower 2014, taking place in Mexico City on 26-27 February, will cover 100% of its power consumption by wind energy and be labeled by WindMade. The event represents the most anticipated gathering of key players from within the wind power industry to discuss latest trends and business solutions in the Mexican wind market.

The WindMade label enables businesses and event ...

Are global CO2 emissions still rising?

Actual global emissions of carbon dioxide (CO2) reached a new record of 34.5 billion tonnes in 2012. Yet, the increase in global CO2 emissions in that year slowed down to 1.1% (or 1.4%, not accounting the extra day in the leap year), which was less than half the average annual increase of 2.9% over the last decade. This development signals a ...

Floating turbine up in Japan

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Japan’s Ministry of the Environment (MOE) has switched on a 2MW Hitachi floating turbine off the city of Goto in Nagasaki prefecture.

Environment Minister Nobuteru Ishihara said the launch marks a “new era in the use of renewable energy”. He also said that Japan aims to commercialise floating offshore wind as quickly as possible.

The new 2MW turbine, which is mounted on ...

Mainstream 360MW wind wins in SA

29/10/2013 -

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Ireland’s Mainstream Renewable Power (MRP) emerged as a big winner in the latest tender round of South Africa’s renewable energy programme after revealing it has secured 360MW of wind capacity.

MRP has been successful with three wind farms, according to a statement from the developer, which led a consortium bidding in the third round.

They are: The 140MW Khobab Wind Farm, the ...

Vestas expands Act on Facts campaign to include Sweden; UK and Ireland will follow in November

“Wind energy projects are being put at risk by an increasingly organized and influential anti-wind movement.  The Act on Facts campaign is designed to counter factually flawed arguments and misinformation and to tip the balance back in wind energy’s favour,” say Morten Albæk, Vestas Group Senior Vice President globally responsible for marketing, communications and public affairs.

Today at the VIND 2013 ...

Wind power to supply up to 18% of world’s electricity by 2050

IEA's New Wind Energy Roadmap launched at China Wind Power in Beijing

Wind power could generate up to 18% of world's electricity by 2050, compared with 2.6% today, the new report IEA Technology Roadmap: Wind energy - 2013 Edition finds. The nearly 300 gigawatts of current wind power worldwide will increase eight- to ten-fold according to the roadmap's vision, ...

Join us at China Wind Power next week in Beijing!

Still time to register for what is the industry's biggest global event of the year, starting next Wednesday 16th October. An event organised by the industry, for the industry.

Visit GWEC on stand BW16 and grab a cup of fresh Nespresso coffee with our team!

We’ve got an interesting programme lined up with the ...

Human influence on climate clear, IPCC report says

STOCKHOLM, 27 September - Human influence on the climate system is clear. This is evident in most regions of the globe, a new assessment by the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) concludes. It is extremely likely that human influence has been the dominant cause of the observed warming since the mid-20th century. The evidence for this has grown, thanks ...

Latest IPCC findings a clarion call for global community to accelerate efforts to combat climate change and steer humanity out of danger zone

Bonn, 27 September – UNFCCC Executive Secretary Christiana Figueres, the UN’s top climate change official, said the findings of the latest IPCC report on climate change are a clarion call for the global community to accelerate efforts to combat climate change and steer humanity out of the danger zone.

On Friday, the UN Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) released the ...

Energy Bet Puts Wind at Property Firm’s Back

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In 2006, a decade and a half after taking over for his father at the helm of one of Sweden's biggest property firms, Hans Wallenstam bet billions of Swedish kronor that a clutch of wind farms scattered across the Scandinavian nation eventually could save the company money and lure high-dollar property seekers eager to consume "green" energy.

The ...

Major bird charity plans wind turbine at HQ

Wind power critics argue that turbines kill birds. So why is the U.K.'s largest bird charity planning a turbine?

Whenever a new wind turbine project is announced, it's common for critics to pipe up and complain about the risk of bird kills. 

That strategy may fall a little flat with a planning application being submitted in ...

Steve Sawyer: What the frack?

23/09/2013 -

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The Global Call for Climate Action

Steve Sawyer from the Global Wind Energy Council looks at the arguments against shale gas and fracking.

The cornerstone of what the IEA has recently dubbed ‘The Golden Age of Gas’ is the exploitation of methane in tight formations through hydraulic fracturing, commonly known as hydro-fracking or just ‘fracking’. Through pumping millions of liters of water ...

Japan’s offshore wind development speeding off

A lot is happening on the offshore wind power front in Japan. In June Japan unveiled its first commercial floating turbine in Asia and the 2-megawatt turbine off the coast of Fukushima will start operation on 7 October. The first project phase, which included the setting of the Hitachi downwind-type turbine with a rotor diameter of 80 meters on a ...

No Adverse Health Effect from Wind Turbines – new Finnish study confirms

VTT Technical Research Centre of Finland has published a new study with a conclusion that wind turbines do not cause any adverse health effects. The study consisted of a review of nearly 50 scientific research articles conducted in Europe, USA, Australia and New Zealand over the past 10 years.

Due to the increased number of wind power projects in Finland, a ...

Offshore Wind Energy Forum, 14 October 2013 in Daegu, Korea

GWEC Chairman Dr. Klaus Rave will be chairing the side event at the 22nd World Energy Congress on 14 October 2013 in Daegu, Korea

The programme includes:  

A Case Study on offshore wind energy development in the UK and in Korea 

UK Offshore achievement and future plans - Mr. James Baell Hurdles to offshore wind development in Korea and lessons learnt from ...

“The body of evidence is overwhelming”: Prominent climate scientists issue stark statement

Two weeks prior to the launch of the first section of the latest IPCC’s report on climate change, twelve members of the newly established Earth League – a global initiative of prominent climate scientists – have jointly published a stark statement.

“The body of evidence indicating that our civilisation has already caused significant global warming is overwhelming,” the scientists ...

Wind turbine infra sound less than a heart-beat – new research confirms

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An acoustic engineering group has rejected claims that the frequencies created by wind turbines can have adverse health issues, saying the infrasound generated is often less than a person’s heart-beat.

Findings by the Association of Australian Acoustical Consultants (AAAC) stated that the current levels of infrasound emitted by wind turbines created are in line with natural levels.

According to the AAAC, ...

Sawyer sees Brazil staying-power

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Recharge News   Most of the international turbine manufacturers that have moved into Brazil’s wind market in recent years will try to stay the course and comply with new local- content rules, says Steve Sawyer. 

“I think they will all try to make it work, even if the amount tendered is closer to 2GW or 2.5GW per year,” says the Global Wind Energy ...

August broke records for wind power in Australia

August broke records for wind power across the country with South Australia, Victoria, Tasmania and New South Wales all hitting new highs for the month, the Clean Energy Council said today.

Clean Energy Council Policy Director Russell Marsh said South Australia's wind farms provided the equivalent of just under 40 per cent of the state’s power for the whole period.

“South Australia’s ...

Direct from Rio: GWEC at Brazil Windpower 2013

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GWEC confia em fabricantes

A maioria dos fabricantes estrangeiros de turbinas que se instalou no mercado eólico brasileiro nos último anos vão tentar seguir à risca as regras de conteúdo local existentes, diz o secretário-geral do Global Wind Energy Council (GWEC), Steve Sawyer.

“Eu acho que eles vão fazer de tudo para dar certo, mesmo se o montante de energia leiloada ...

Floating Offshore Wind Platforms: The Next Wave

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GWEC Secretary General Steve Sawyer talks about Floating Offshore Turbines in the latest Energy Focus magazine

“A number of companies and governments are very excited about the possibility of large scale deployment of floating offshore wind turbines, and they do have many attractive features. In addition to those mentioned above, these types of platforms could justify the build out of ...

Clear signal of long-term political commitment into decarbonising our energy system is needed

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Alternative Energy's first issue features interview with Steve Sawyer

Alternative Energy (AE): Could you, please, tell about the objectives of the Global Wind Energy Council? Which goals have been successfully achieved? 

Steve Sawyer, Secretary General, Global Wind Energy Council: GWEC is the global wind industry trade association, providing representation for the entire wind energy sector at the international level. Our mission is ...

Rapid growth but still below full potential

23/08/2013 -

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Wind Power Monthly, Latin America Special

Wind power now exceeds a healthy looking 5 GW of installed capacity in Latin America doubling its tally over the past 18 months as the preferred renewable energy choice for investment. 

Brazil and Mexico are maintaining their market leadership with annual installed capacity accounting for more than 50% and 25% respectively of the region's total output. ...

Record levels of power from wind in Australia

The equivalent of just under half of South Australia’s power was produced by its wind farms across last week as both it and Victoria smashed previous records for wind power during the blustery conditions.

Clean Energy Council Policy Director Russell Marsh said SA’s wind farms produced the equivalent of 48 per cent of the state’s power needs over the week beginning ...

9 GW or more offshore wind in Germany by 2023 – new study

Consistent offshore wind development allows for substantial cost reductions

Berlin, 22 August 2013. A new study of Prognos AG and The Fichtner Group arrives atthe conclusion that the cost of electricity from offshore wind power can be reduced byabout one third if offshore wind power is consistently developed over the next ten years.“The identified cost reduction potentials are based on ...

President Toomas Hendrik Ilves opened a new wind farm in Estonia

18 new 2.5 MW turbines were erected on the Pakri peninsula supplying power to 50,000 average Estonian households

 “The Paldiski wind farm is a good example of successful cooperation between two energy producers, the synergy has led to one of Estonia’s biggest wind farms,” said chairman of AS Nelja Energia’s management board, Martin Kruus. Based on Nordic and Estonian capital, Nelja ...

Our latest article on Big ambitions ahead for Asian offshore wind

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Offshore WIND

Today just over 6 GW of offshore wind generation capacity is installed worldwide, with an equal amount in development or under construction. While the top offshore wind markets are still found in Europe, representing more than 90% of the current installed capacity, a number of Asian countries including China, Japan, Korea, Taiwan and India, have ambitious plans, some of ...

OPINION by Jeremy Leggett

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In my quarter of a century of warning about the climate change threat and advocating the renewable-energy solution, I have never seen anything worry the fossil-fuel incumbency the way the carbon bubble debate has this year.

As a consequence, I expect to see a major diversion of investment from fossil fuels to clean energy before long. Let me explain that uplifting ...

Ukraine adds 18.32 MW of new wind power in first half of 2013

Ukraine added 18.32 MW of new wind power capacity during the first six months of 2013. At the end of June the total wind capacity reached 315.76 MW, out of which 290.76 MW were connected to the national electricity grid, according to the Ukrainian Wind Energy Association (UWEA). In addition, several other wind energy projects are under construction on a ...

GWEC Senior Policy Advisor Shruti Shukla in Climate Change THE NEW ECOCNOMY

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Climate Change THE NEW ECONOMY

“Industry projections show that with the right policy support, by the end of this decade we will see 750 GW of wind power capacity, reducing CO2 emissions by up to 1.1 billion tonnes per annum by that time. This is equivalent to 17- 33% of the current emission reduction pledges on the table in the UNFCCC ...

Japan unveils first commercial scale floating turbine in Asia

A floating wind turbine off the coast of Fukushima Prefecture has been completed at a Mitsui Engineering & Shipbuilding Co. shipyard in Chiba Prefecture. The turbine is the first one completed as part of an experimental two stage project commissioned by the Ministry for Economy, Trade and Industry. Ten private-sector companies and the University of Tokyo are involved in the project.

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Renewables to surpass gas by 2016 in global power mix

“For the first time ever, the IEA’s medium term projections for the growth of wind energy are more or less in line with our own”, said Steve Sawyer, GWEC Secretary General, speaking from the Asia Clean Energy Forum in Manila.

“This excellent snapshot of the global renewables market and shows that a renewable energy future is not only possible, ...

WindMade launches Product Label and calls on consumers to ‘Show You Care’

Today, the WindMade organization launches the first global consumer label for products made with wind energy. This label, which has been eagerly awaited by market participants and consumers alike, completes the WindMade label portfolio. 

On the occasion of the label launch, WindMade is calling on consumers to show their support for wind power by participating in the ‘Show You Care’ campaign. ...

WindMade product label out!

We’ve done it! Finally, after many months of deliberations with technical experts, environmental NGOs and potential user companies, and after various round of corporate and public consultations, we’re proud to present the WindMade Product Label!

This is exciting news for WindMade. From now on, progressive brands can apply to use the WindMade label directly on their products. This will give them ...

GWEC at Offshore Wind China 2013 conference in Shanghai

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"China needs to speed up substantially to meet the 2015 target," said Steve Sawyer, secretary general of the Global Wind Energy Council.

SHANGHAI Electric Group aims to grab a 30 percent market share in China's offshore wind market, a sector set to boom in coming years after a slow start.

 "Our aim is to be No.1 in China's offshore ...

IEA calls for urgent climate action

Steve Sawyer on IEA’s new report which was released earlier this morning:

“Once again, the IEA has taken the lead on climate change among international institutions, releasing a new report today calling for urgent action to preserve our ability to remain on track to meet the global target to keep global mean temperature rise to less than 2°C. Equally ...

Hundreds of events around the world for Global Wind Day

From Norway to Uruguay, Israel to India, hundreds of activities will allow people around the world to discover the power of wind energy on Global Wind Day, 15 June.

From concerts in Croatia to boat trips in Japan, a video contest in Georgia and a comic workshop in Argentina, activities are many and varied, but all will be a chance to ...

New Renewables Club launched

On the invitation of the German Environment Minister Peter Altmaier, high-level representatives from 10 countries have gathered in Berlin to establish the Renewables Club on June 1st, 2013. Their common goal is to scale up the deployment of renewable energy worldwide.

Founding members of this pro-renewable alliance are the People’s Republic of China, the Kingdom of Denmark, the French Republic, the ...

GWEC Secretary General Steve Sawyer interview with Cleantech Investor

“The problem with local content requirements for us is that we are faced with two conflicting imperatives: one, to deliver the largest quantity of carbon-free electrons at the lowest possible price; and two, to create local jobs and industries. We are constantly being accused of ‘living on subsidies’, even though renewable energy subsidies pale in comparison to the ...

China’s emissions cap proposal – a transformative step in the fight against climate change?

China is proposing to set a cap on greenhouse gas emissions as early as 2016. National carbon tax proposal is part of a new package of environmental protection taxes and would also include taxes to encourage conservation of coal and water. 

China's centralised decision-making could deliver a national market-based climate policy ahead of United Sates, where divided government and anti-tax sentiment, ...

Steve Sawyer: No Debate

More than 97% of  articles published in the peer reviewed literature supported the notion that human activity is causing climate change

The notion in the media (and hence, in public opinion) that there is a ‘scientific debate’ about whether or not human activity is changing the climate reminds me of an old campaign poster from Canada: “14% of Canadians ...

WindMade launches public consultation on product label

WindMade, the first global consumer label for companies using wind energy, launched the proposed WindMade Standard for Products and Services, setting out the technical requirements for the label to be used on individual products.

This draft will now enter a one-month public consultation period. The introduction of the WindMade Product Label has been eagerly awaited by market participants, ...

Steve Sawyer backs Economist’s editorial from yesterday:

Either governments are not serious about climate change or fossil-fuel firms are overvalued

“Sometimes I despair about ever making any progress on the climate issue. But when a formerly skeptical and very hard-nosed publication like the Economist comes up with an editorial like this, it seems we may have some hope after all. Many have been making ...

GWEC Global Wind Report – Annual Market Update released today

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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 ...

Launch of the Global Wind Report

MEDIA INVITATION: Press conference

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Passage room, Résidence Palace - International Press Centre, Rue de la Loi 155 C, Brussels

Current state of play of global wind industry and a five-year projection for the future

Where is the global industry headed? What are the prospects up to 2017? The EU needs to more than double its installed wind power ...

Steve Sawyer @ Radio New Zealand National

Globally, subsidies should be evened out and made completely transparent

Steve Sawyer interviewed by Eric Frykburg

At a Wind Energy Conference in Wellington, New Zealand, Steve Sawyer, Secretary General of GWEC, says governments tell people not to emit greenhouse gases such as carbon dioxide (CO2), but the subsidies they pay to fossil fuels such as oil more than cancel this out. These ...

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The Korean government has set an ambitious target of 2.5 GW over the next nine years for offshore wind power development

The government is aiming to set up a private-public partnership (PPP) to install about 500 turbines off the country’s West coast. Under the PPP, 100 MW of wind projects should be operational by 2013, a further 900 MW by 2016 and the final 1.5 GW by 2016. In addition, local governments are promoting another 4.5 GW of offshore wind projects ...

Japan to maintain feed-in tariff for wind at current level

Japan implemented a new feed-in tariff (FIT) system in July 2012. The FIT prices are re-estimated annually by the Ministry for Economy, Trade and Industry and METI’s cost estimation committee held its 3rd meeting on Tuesday this week defining new purchasing prices for the 2013 fiscal year. While the price for wind power remains unchanged, the price paid for solar ...

Governments are endangering European jobs and growth

EWEA's Special statement on the European energy uncertainty crisis

The financial and economic crisis has provoked a wave of uncertainty across the European Union since 2010, with national Governments making damaging retroactive changes to policies and regulations for wind energy. This political uncertainty is deterring financiers and investors and has already caused job losses and negative financial result announcements.

The ...

Wind power in India getting back on track

Generation Based Incentive reintroduced for wind in India

“We are happy that wind energy sector has been recognized as a significant contributor to the power scenario of the country in the Budget 2013 proposals announced by the Union Finance Minister, Mr.P. Chidambaram”, said Mr. Ramesh Kymal, Chairman, Indian Wind Turbine Manufacturers’ Association (IWTMA).  

“The re-introduction of Generation Based ...

Wind power has consistently competed successfully with all other forms of generation in recent auctions in Brazil

Steve Sawyer on wind development in Latin America, Inter-American Dialogue’s Latin America Advisor:

“If methane and carbon dioxide emissions were priced in any meaningful way rather than heavily subsidized, then 'non-conventional' oil and gas would be far from cheap and renewables could easily compete in more markets. Even in that heavily subsidized nvironment, however, the position of ...

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 ...

Blowing hot and cold

19/12/2012 -

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Ethical Corporation Magazine

More commitment to wind power could mean hitting global emission targets. But it’s looking unlikely.

Unless market correction such as efficient carbon pricing and removal of fossil fuel subsidies are made now, the current opportunity to contain global warming will be missed, according to IEA projections.

However, governments continue to back the wrong horse. Subsidies to fossil fuels are now ...

Waiting for a Miracle

07/12/2012 -

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COP18 Climate Change THE NEW ECONOMY

For most of the last two decades, frustrated climate campaigners have been saying that “the climate is changing faster than the pace of the climate negotiations”, or words to that effect. While we all hoped that that was not really true and that it would spur governments into action, it is ...

Consumer Demand For Climate Solutions Leads To Expansion Of WindMade Label

WindMade welcomes more renewables 

Supported by UN Global Compact, WWF, GWEC and Vestas, WindMade announces development of new renewable energy label to recognize a wide variety of renewable energy sources

Doha, 4 December 2012. The WindMade organisation announced today the development of a new consumer label for companies and products made using renewable energy. This will be backed by the ...

GWEC Chairman Dr Klaus Rave was awarded for his life-long work for renewable energy

GWEC Chairman Dr Klaus Rave was awarded for his Life-long work for the promotion of renewable energy at the German Renewables 2012 conference in Hamburg on 22 November.

The decision of the jury was based on Rave’s “decades of outstanding professional and volunteer work to make renewable energy as a mainstream energy source in the German and European energy supplies.”

Dr ...

Hon. Minister of New and Renewable Energy Farooq Abdullah at the launch of India Wind Energy Outlook

At Wind Power India on 28 November 2012 in Chennai

Farooq Abdullah, Minister for New and Renewable Energy, Steve Sawyer, GWEC Secretary General and Ramesh Kymal, Chairperson of Indian Wind Turbine Manufacturers Association at the release of India Wind Energy Outlook 2012, at the inaugural session of Wind Power India 2012, in Chennai on Wednesday. (©The Hindu ...

MEDIA INVITATION: Release of the India Wind Energy Outlook 2012

Press Conference

28 November 2012, 3:00pm at Wind Power India, Chennai Trade Centre

What are the projections for wind power development in India up to 2030? What are the key drivers, challenges and bottlenecks in the Indian market? What’s the role for offshore wind in India?

The Indian Wind Energy Outlook provides an in-depth analyses of the current status ...

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 ...

Media Invitation: Release of the Global Wind Energy Outlook 2012

Press Conference

14 November 2012, 10:00-11:30 at Kempiski Hotel, Room: Kaifeng, Beijing (50, Liangmaqiao Road, Chaoyang District, 100125 Beijing)

How will the wind industry look in 2020, 2030 and beyond? How much of the global electricity demand will it cover? How much CO² will be saved by wind power? How many people will be ...

Green light in South Africa

The REIPPP will be extended into a rolling procurement programme with an additional allocation of 1,470 MW for onshore wind by 2020

South African Department of Energy has announced that the South African Treasury has signed off on the PPAs for the first round wind projects (630 MW). Following several delays, the government ...

The growth of wind power is taking place against the backdrop of debate

29/10/2012 -

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Steve Sawyer in the Economist Global Energy Conversation

Due to both technology improvements and market forces, wind equipment costs have come down significantly in the past few years. This is making wind farms cost-competitive and allowing them to compete for market share against subsidised incumbents. Offshore wind is, in development terms, where onshore wind was 15 years ago – as it ...

Ten, five years ago everybody said renewables are just too expensive..that is just no longer true

GWEC at Windaba, Cape Town

“Ten, five years ago everybody said renewables are just too expensive. . . Every situation is different but on the whole, as a general statement, that is just no longer true. And that not only goes for wind but it also goes for solar [photovoltaic] and we have to combat that at ...

Today over half of Americans (58%) say they are “somewhat” or “very worried” about global warming

New report 'Americans’ Global Warming Beliefs & Attitudes' released by the Yale University

Americans’ belief in the reality of global warming has increased by 13 percentage points over the past two and a half years, from 57 percent in January 2010 to 70 percent in September 2012. At the same time, the number of Americans who say ...

New wind energy projects are expected to add almost 1,200 MW of clean energy by the close of 2012 in Canada

Clean wind energy grows by nearly 20% in Canada in 2012; Industry injects over $2.5 billion, creates 10,500 jobs

CanWEA expects new wind energy projects to add almost 1,200 MW of clean energy by the close of 2012. This will mark the second consecutive year with well over 1,000 MW of newly installed capacity, maintaining Canada's position ...

China Wind Energy Outlook now available in English

Retrospectively, the China Wind Energy Outlook 2012 estimates that in 2011 71.5 billion kilowatt hours were generated by wind in China, making up 1.5% of the national total electricity output and reducing CO2 emissions by about 70 million tons.

The China Wind Energy Outlook 2012 is the fourth edition in the series, following the 2007, 2008 and 2010 editions jointly ...

A Step Forward for Renewables Development in Russia

First review of the Russian wind energy market was recently published by RAWI

Russia has huge potential for developing renewable energy. However, until now, nothing much has happened, primarily due to the vast reserves of conventional energy resources, such as gas, coal and oil – in addition to lack of political interest and of legislative framework to support renewable ...

GWEC at IEA’s “From Mediterranean Plans to Renewable Energy Power Plants” workshop in Rome

IEA-organised workshop explores speeding renewables deployment in the Mediterranean

The International Energy Agency organised a workshop on 3 October in Rome that explored the vast potential for renewable energy in the Mediterranean region, in particular solar and wind technologies, and how countries can harness it.

About 100 people attended “From Mediterranean Plans to Renewable Energy Power Plants”. The workshop was ...

Bloomberg U.S. operations awarded WindMade label

Bloomberg is the first news organization in the world to receive the WindMade certification label for its U.S. operations.

WindMade is a global consumer label for companies that use wind energy and other renewables, backed by UN Global Compact and conservation group WWF. It requires participating companies to obtain at least 25% of their electricity from wind power. Bloomberg's U.S. operations, ...

Indian Minister for New and Renewable Energy, Dr. Farooq Abdullah, is scheduled to speak at Wind Power India 2012 on 30 November.

Minister Abdullah will discuss the importance of the wind industry in India, highlight the rapid growth in 2011 and 2012, and give insight into policies that will help continue this growth. 

Register today to attend the largest wind power conference in India!

More information at http://www.windpowerindia.in

Direct from HUSUM WindEnergy

GWEC at Husum

 

“30,000+ people jammed into 8 huge tents plus various Congress buildings where more than 1200 exhibitors at the bi-ennial Husum wind energy fair on Schleswieg-Holstein’s North Sea coast.  Unlike most conference venues, most of the surrounding scenery consists of farms, cows, horses, donkeys sheep and 1300 wind turbines of various sizes ...

China’s wind power to see steady growth

China's newly-installed wind power capacity will see growth of 15 to 18 gigawatts this year, after the country became the world's leading wind power producer in 2009.  

China Wind Energy Outlook, jointly released by the Chinese Renewable Energy Industries Association, the Global Wind Energy Council and Greenpeace, forecast that China's wind power sector will maintain the steady growth momentum seen last ...

China Wind Energy Development Update 2012

Overview

In 2011, China led the global wind power market again, by adding 17.63 GW of new wind capacity, equivalent to 43% of the global annual market. While the US showed slow recovery from the downturn in 2010 by adding 6.8 GW, China cemented its place as the world’s leading wind market with a total installed capacity of 62,364.2 MW.

At the ...

Global Offshore: Current Status and Future Prospects

Twenty-one years have passed since the world’s first offshore wind farm, Vindeby (5MW), was built in Denmark. Today, 4,620 MW[1] of offshore wind power has been installed globally, representing about 2% of total installed wind power capacity. More than 90% of it is installed off northern Europe, in the North, Baltic and Irish Seas, and the English Channel. Most of ...

MEDIA INVITATION: The Way Forward for the Brazilian Wind Market

Press Conference

The Way Forward for the Brazilian Wind Market

 30 August 2012, 12:30 Espaço SulAmerica, Sala de Imprensa

Brazil’s wind power industry has grown dramatically over the past few years. Does the current system of energy auctions meet the needs of the market? What are the key obstacles? How can we overcome them, and what needs to be done to ensure ...

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

The Spanish wind industry is fighting for its life

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 ...

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

Joint statement by global wind industry 

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 ...