Five days left until the offshore wind industry comes together in London at Offshore Wind Energy 2017. From 6 to 8 June, the world’s largest offshore wind energy gathering will focus on how we can secure volumes that power our future. The theme of the conference is “all aboard”, and if you have not done so already, I would urge you to register here so you can take part.
Offshore Wind Energy 2017 marks the start of an eventful month. On 15 June, our industry celebrates Global Wind Day and the world’s first 500 GW of installed wind capacity. Numerous events will let the public discover the power of wind and remind governments of the need to increase the level of policy ambition. On Global Wind Day, we will also announce the winners of this year’s photo competition in the three categories: wind and nature, wind works and wind at sea. 262 photographers from 53 countries submitted more than 700 pictures.
The third week of June sees the European Sustainable Energy Week in Brussels (19-25 June), and I would like to draw your attention to three sessions co-organised by WindEurope. On 20 June there is an ETIPWind event from 14:30-16:30. On 21 June the IDEAS industry platform, of which we are a member, runs an event on flexible energy markets. And also on 21 June MEPs and CEOs will debate how Europe should support renewables post-2020 to further the energy transition. The nature of public financial support for renewables is a big policy issue right now following the recent auction results in the Netherlands, Denmark, Spain and Germany.
On 29 June, we hold our Annual General Assembly and first ever WindEurope Open Day in Brussels. This video gives you a glimpse of what you can expect from the Open Day. It’s a great chance to find out more about the Association and how we can support what you do. I encourage you to register here. The Open Day will also include a visit to the European Parliament in the afternoon, followed by our summer reception in the evening.
I look forward to seeing you. All aboard!
– Giles Dickson