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EU industrial strategy must recognise wind energy as a job creator

Last week, WindEurope was one of the co-signatories of a letter calling for a robust industrial strategy to implement the Green Deal. Europe can only reach climate-neutrality through the sustained growth of wind energy to power the economy. This will be essential to ensure Europe’s long-term security of energy supply and technology leadership. The letter … Continue reading EU industrial strategy must recognise wind energy as a job creator

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EU Energy Commissioner receives Green Deal policy recommendations at emPOWER event

On Tuesday 18 February WindEurope in cooperation with SolarPower Europe, SmartEn and the Renewables Grid Initiative presented four policy recommendations to EU Energy Commissioner Kadri Simson at the emPOWER event. The recommendations focus on how a renewables-based energy system is the keystone to the European Green Deal. The recommendations focus on the goals of the … Continue reading EU Energy Commissioner receives Green Deal policy recommendations at emPOWER event

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Eurostat have just published data on the share of renewables in Europe’s 2018 energy mix

Europe cannot afford to miss its 2020 or any other target in the coming years now that it has committed to becoming climate-neutral by 2050 with the European Green Deal. The European Commission sees renewables and wind energy in particular as a driver to deliver on that ambition. Wind is already 14% of Europe’s electricity, … Continue reading Eurostat have just published data on the share of renewables in Europe’s 2018 energy mix

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The EU’s big goals for offshore wind energy are achievable, between 230 and 450 GW by 2050

The EU Commission’s big goals for offshore wind power – between 230 and 450 GW by 2050 – are achievable provided the right investments in electricity grids and Governments take the right approach to maritime spatial planning. That’s the conclusion of a new WindEurope report ‘Our energy, our future’ released today at Offshore 2019 in … Continue reading The EU’s big goals for offshore wind energy are achievable, between 230 and 450 GW by 2050

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North Sea Ministers extend and intensify cooperation on offshore wind power

Energy Ministers from North Seas countries met today in the Danish city of Esbjerg and agreed to extend and intensify their cooperation on offshore wind energy. Offshore wind turbines is key to deliver Europe’s ambition on decarbonisation. A net-zero emissions economy by 2050 will rely on renewable energy. This will mean a total of 240-450 … Continue reading North Sea Ministers extend and intensify cooperation on offshore wind power

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WindEurope presses economic case for wind energy in EU-Uzbekistan energy cooperation

On 14 December WindEurope took part in the EU-Republic of Uzbekistan energy cooperation meeting in Tashkent. As part of a European Commission delegation to Uzbekistan, WindEurope took part in a meeting hosted by Megan Richards, Director at DG Energy, and Deputy Economy Minister Niyozmatov Bahromzhon. With 85% of the country’s power coming from gas, Uzbekistan … Continue reading WindEurope presses economic case for wind energy in EU-Uzbekistan energy cooperation

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R&I investment and collaboration ‘key to boosting EU leadership in renewables’

High level political negotiations are ongoing at COP24 in Katowice, with countries struggling to reach agreement on the key elements of the Paris Agreement. In particular, the debate now centres on questions about the operational framework (the so-called ‘rulebook’) and level of ambition to be deployed by EU Member States in the effort to combat … Continue reading R&I investment and collaboration ‘key to boosting EU leadership in renewables’

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EU funds project that aims to slash materials cost of wind power by up to 25%

The European Union has awarded a €1.4 million research grant to digital simulation firm Akselos, whose technology is used to optimize the design of offshore wind turbines – an approach that is claimed to greatly lower the cost of wind power through better design. GODESS (Global Optimal DEsign of Support Structures) is a project that … Continue reading EU funds project that aims to slash materials cost of wind power by up to 25%

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European Parliament gives final green light to new EU 32% renewable energy

The European Parliament today gave its final approval for a binding EU-wide renewable energy target of 32% for 2030. The Parliament cast its final vote of adoption on the Renewable Energy Directive and Governance Regulation, two key parts of Europe’s Clean Energy Package that sets the EU legal framework for renewables up to 2030. Today … Continue reading European Parliament gives final green light to new EU 32% renewable energy

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World’s second floating offshore wind farm gets EU finance boost

The European Investment Bank today announced a €60m loan to help fund the world’s second floating offshore wind power plant in Portugal. Windplus – a subsidiary of EDP Renewables, Repsol and Principle Power – are developing the 25 MW floating offshore wind farm 20km off the Portuguese Viana do Castelo coast. The WindFloat project – … Continue reading World’s second floating offshore wind farm gets EU finance boost

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Key steps Member States can take to aid Europe’s long-term climate commitments

On 19 October WindEurope CEO Giles Dickson participated to the 18th Inter-Parliamentary Meeting on Renewable Energy and Energy Efficiency organised by the European Forum for Renewable Energy (EUFORES) in Vienna. In a panel discussion dedicated to the Clean Energy Package, Dickson presented the key provisions that will help the renewable electricity sector to contribute to … Continue reading Key steps Member States can take to aid Europe’s long-term climate commitments

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EU supports breakthrough wind energy technology in Portugal with EUR 60 million

EU supports breakthrough wind energy technology in Portugal with EUR 60 million loan granted by the EIB under InnovFin to Windplus Portuguese company Windplus will receive a EUR 60 million loan under the InnovFin Energy Demonstration Project programme to install a floating wind farm off the coast of Portugal. Windplus is a subsidiary of EDP … Continue reading EU supports breakthrough wind energy technology in Portugal with EUR 60 million

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EU countries give green light to 32% renewable energy target for 2030

European countries gave their endorsement today to a binding EU-wide renewable energy target of 32% for 2030. They confirmed a deal on the Renewable Energy Directive, which negotiators from the Council and European Parliament reached on 14 June. According to the deal, 32% of Europe’s final energy consumption will need to come from renewables by … Continue reading EU countries give green light to 32% renewable energy target for 2030

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European institutions strike overnight deal on 32% binding renewable energy target

Negotiators from the European Parliament and Member States agreed to increase the EU renewable energy target for 2030 to 32% with a possibility for upward revision in 2023.   This is a significant improvement over the target of at least 27% the European Commission tabled in November 2016. Dramatic progress in recent years on the … Continue reading European institutions strike overnight deal on 32% binding renewable energy target

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A lot to still play for as Clean Energy Package reaches crunch time

As negotiations on the EU’s Clean Energy Package reach crunch time, a lot is still up in the air for wind energy. With a critical Energy Council meeting on June 11 and a final meeting on June 13, where a deal is due to be struck on the Renewable Energy Directive, a key part of … Continue reading A lot to still play for as Clean Energy Package reaches crunch time

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Pressure rises for EU to raise green target to 35%

The European Union is considering whether to adopt a more ambitious renewables target than the current 27% after pressure from green groups. The EU agreed in 2015 that 27% of its energy should come from renewable sources by 2030, but since that time, the cost of renewable technologies has fallen and the scientific basis for … Continue reading Pressure rises for EU to raise green target to 35%

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WindEurope CEO urges EU Member States to unleash the potential for floating offshore wind

Europe’s leadership in offshore wind energy, and in facilitating the energy transition, can only be maintained by expanding the renewable energy focus to include floating offshore wind. But this requires stronger commitments from policymakers throughout Europe. With no floating offshore wind projects in the pipeline between 2021 and 2025, there is a window of opportunity … Continue reading WindEurope CEO urges EU Member States to unleash the potential for floating offshore wind

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WindEurope engages EU policy leaders during Clean Energy Package negotiations in Bulgaria

This week saw a number of important events in Bulgaria around the ongoing policy negotiations on the EU energy transition. Bulgaria currently holds the Presidency of the EU Council and is presiding over the ongoing Clean Energy Package negotiations. Clean Energy Package negotiations The Clean Energy Package is a major talking point all over Europe. … Continue reading WindEurope engages EU policy leaders during Clean Energy Package negotiations in Bulgaria

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WindEurope CEO addresses the economic benefits of deploying wind energy at EU Industry Day

On 23 February WindEurope CEO Giles Dickson spoke at the Clean Energy Industrial Forum (CEIF) session chaired by Director General for Energy Dominique Ristori in the context of the EU Industry Day. Giles Dickson stressed: “The wind industry supports 263,000 jobs in Europe and contributes €36bn to EU GDP including €8bn exports. Many communities benefit … Continue reading WindEurope CEO addresses the economic benefits of deploying wind energy at EU Industry Day

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EU doubling renewables by 2030 positive for economy

The European Union (EU) can increase the share of renewable energy in its energy mix to 34 per cent by 2030 – double the share in 2016 – with a net positive economic impact, finds a report by the International Renewable Energy Agency (IRENA), launched in Brussels. Presenting the findings during a launch event, ‘Renewable … Continue reading EU doubling renewables by 2030 positive for economy

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