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The EU asks to speed up offshore wind power

Europe’s dependence on Russia for natural gas and oil, in the Ukraine crisis, demonstrates the need to boost offshore wind power. The process of energy transition in which the planet is immersed reveals often contradictory situations. The EU asks that these offshore wind farms as the only way to ensure goodbye to fossil fuels, say … Continue reading The EU asks to speed up offshore wind power

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EU sets tariffs on Chinese steel wind towers

The European Union will impose tariffs on imports of steel towers used for wind turbines from China on Friday after an investigation found they were being sold at artificially low prices. The European Commission, which conducted the inquiry, hasset duties ranging from 7.2% to 19.2%, with a rate of 14.4% applying to a subsidiary of … Continue reading EU sets tariffs on Chinese steel wind towers

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The EU needs to take ambitious action to reach its renewable hydrogen targets

On 29 September the first ever Renewable Hydrogen Summit took place online.  As well as discussing the future of renewable hydrogen in Europe, the Renewable Hydrogen Coalition also appointed Ignacio Galán, Iberdrola’s CEO as its new chair and Nils Aldag Sunfire’s CEO, as Vice-chair. The European Commission has set new targets for renewable hydrogen in … Continue reading The EU needs to take ambitious action to reach its renewable hydrogen targets

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Europe must get its State aid rules right to have any chance of delivering climate neutrality

The European Commission is revising its 2014 State aid guidelines for environment and energy. These guidelines define what national Government can and cannot do to support climate and energy projects, notably in wind energy. The first draft of the post-2021 rules promotes a technology-neutral approach to allocating public support – based on CO2 abatement potential. … Continue reading Europe must get its State aid rules right to have any chance of delivering climate neutrality

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The EU Commission wants 30 GW a year of new wind power up to 2030

The European Commission has tabled the Fit-for-55 package, a series of legislative proposals to deliver the EU’s increased climate target of 55% emissions reduction by 2030. The package includes a higher renewables target and new rules to support the expansion of renewables. It further strengthens the Emissions Trading System to drive the electrification of the … Continue reading The EU Commission wants 30 GW a year of new wind power up to 2030

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The EU’s revised Industrial Strategy: towards a strategic approach to renewables

Today the European Commission published its revised Industrial Strategy. The revised Strategy is an update of its Industrial Strategy of March 2020. It contains several new measures aimed at accelerating the roll-out of wind energy and other renewables. And crucially it acknowledges the strategic importance of renewable energies as a key industry that will make … Continue reading The EU’s revised Industrial Strategy: towards a strategic approach to renewables

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EU needs a proactive renewables industrial strategy to reach its climate goals

On 1 February WindEurope CEO Giles Dickson participated in the kick-off meeting of the EU Industrial Forum. The Forum brings together all 27 EU Member States, the EU Commission and other stakeholders to consider how the EU can support its strategic industrial eco-systems.   The EU needs a proactive renewables industrial strategy to reach climate … Continue reading EU needs a proactive renewables industrial strategy to reach its climate goals

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EU Member States increase 2030 climate target to 55 %

Statkraft, Europe’s largest provider of renewable energy, highly welcomes the EU leaders’ endorsement of a binding 2030 target to reduce net greenhouse gas emissions by at least 55 % against 1990 levels. “I am very happy that the European Council has agreed to increase the EU 2030 climate target to 55 % emission reduction. This … Continue reading EU Member States increase 2030 climate target to 55 %

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Coherent policies are key to a competitive EU wind energy supply chain delivering the Green Deal

Today the EU is home to a world-leading wind energy supply chain. More than 248 factories across Europe produce the components we put in our turbines and 5 of the top 10 leading wind turbine manufacturers are EU-based. This translates into €37bn to EU GDP, over €8bn in goods and services exports every year and … Continue reading Coherent policies are key to a competitive EU wind energy supply chain delivering the Green Deal

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EU research project PROMOTioN presents final project results

Technologies for a meshed HVDC offshore wind energy transmission grid in Europe are ready for use – political will and action at all stakeholder levels is needed now. As coordinator of the EU-funded Horizon 2020 project “Progress On Meshed Offshore HVDC Transmission Networks” (PROMOTioN), DNV GL has played a pivotal role in bringing all the … Continue reading EU research project PROMOTioN presents final project results

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Robust implementation of 2030 National Plans is key to deliver EU targets

The European Commission has presented a first assessment of the final 2030 National Energy & Climate Plans (NECPs) submitted by the 27 EU Member States. The assessment shows the NECPs have some quite good volume commitments for the expansion of renewables. But that they’re still missing a lot of detail on how Governments will deliver those commitments. The NECPs are the framework within which … Continue reading Robust implementation of 2030 National Plans is key to deliver EU targets

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“We welcome the European Union’s climate ambition to continue to move firmly towards climate neutrality”

Iberdrola chairman, Ignacio Galán, has valued the European Commission review regarding the emission reduction targets (from 40 % to 55 %) for 2030. Galán welcomed “the European Union’s climate ambition to continue to move firmly towards climate neutrality”, and said “this new ambition still represents a unique opportunity for Spain that we have to take … Continue reading “We welcome the European Union’s climate ambition to continue to move firmly towards climate neutrality”

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How much wind energy is needed to deliver on the EU’s renewable hydrogen goals?

Direct electrification will be the primary driver for decarbonising the European economy by 2050. Another important element will be renewable hydrogen – it will play a key role in decarbonising hard-to-abate sectors such as heavy-duty transport. This requires a substantial uptake of highly scalable and cost-competitive wind energy, WindEurope argued at the Green Hydrogen Virtual … Continue reading How much wind energy is needed to deliver on the EU’s renewable hydrogen goals?

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Working towards a European standard for decommissioning wind turbines

European wind turbines manufacturers and suppliers sell their technologies on different markets across the EU. Harmonising national standards that apply to the decommissioning of wind turbines will be key to ensuring cost- and resource-efficient processes. That’s why WindEurope is intensifying its efforts towards a European standard. This November WindEurope will publish a comprehensive document on … Continue reading Working towards a European standard for decommissioning wind turbines

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The path to a green recovery: European Council has no time to lose

Tomorrow the EU Heads of State and Government meet in Brussels to try and reach agreement on a European recovery plan. The revised proposal combines a €750 billion recovery fund with a seven-year budget amounting to almost €1.1 trillion. WindEurope CEO Giles Dickson said, “This is a crucial European Council. If they can agree the … Continue reading The path to a green recovery: European Council has no time to lose

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The German EU Presidency wants to strengthen offshore wind energy

Germany has taken over the rotating EU Council Presidency from Croatia. As part of the trio presidency, Germany will hold the position until 1 January 2021 before passing it on to Portugal. In the rather short time frame, the German Presidency aims to develop and adopt several important energy policies – with a strong focus … Continue reading The German EU Presidency wants to strengthen offshore wind energy

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A robust wind energy and solar power industry – at the core of the European Green Deal

On 25 June WindEurope and SolarPower Europe joined forces for EU Sustainable Energy Week to host a panel discussion on the need for a coherent industrial strategy for renewables. The session opened with a scene-setting presentation from WindEurope CEO Giles Dickson. Wind is already 15% of the EU’s electricity mix and is a well-established, homegrown … Continue reading A robust wind energy and solar power industry – at the core of the European Green Deal

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EU Recovery Strategy to boost renewable energies and green technologies

Today the European Commission tabled its long-awaited “Recovery Strategy”. It’s two elements, a new EU Budget for 2021-27 and a new Recovery Fund, amount to €1.85tn of total investment. The Strategy clearly enshrines the green transition as the main driver of economic recovery and as key to Europe’s future growth and prosperity. Within that the … Continue reading EU Recovery Strategy to boost renewable energies and green technologies

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Broad alliance of European countries calls for an EU industrial policy for renewables

In a letter to EU Commissioner for Internal Market Thierry Breton and EU Commissioner for Energy Kadri Simson, ministers from Lithuania, Poland, Greece, Spain, Latvia, Estonia, Austria and Luxemburg call for an EU industrial policy to expand renewables supply chains in Europe. “When Ministers from Poland, Greece, Spain, Austria, the Benelux and all 3 Baltic States say they … Continue reading Broad alliance of European countries calls for an EU industrial policy for renewables

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