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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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German Energy Minister, Herr Altmaier, you have less than 2 months

On 1 July you become President of the 27 EU Energy Ministers. 23 of them have a National Energy & Climate Plan for 2030. You do not. If you don’t complete your Plan soon, you will not be a credible President. Your Plan is delayed because the renewables numbers are unclear. You want 65% renewable … Continue reading German Energy Minister, Herr Altmaier, you have less than 2 months

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EU Green Recovery is now needed to restart Europe

31 organisations from Europe’s electricity, heating, cooling, building and transport sectors called on the European Institutions today to stick firm to the European Green Deal objectives. And to restart Europe’s economy after the COVID-19 crisis by placing renewable energy and energy efficiency at the core of the EU Recovery Plan. The EU Heads of State … Continue reading EU Green Recovery is now needed to restart Europe

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The Climate Law is encouraging but the energy transition needs to accelerate to deliver climate neutrality by 2050

Today the European Commission proposed a ‘Climate Law’ enshrining in legislation the goal of achieving climate neutrality by 2050. The proposal is an important step in the right direction. The draft law also explicitly mentions a more ambitious greenhouse gas emissions reduction target of 50 to 55% by 2030 to be proposed by September. And … Continue reading The Climate Law is encouraging but the energy transition needs to accelerate to deliver climate neutrality by 2050

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Wind power is already 15% of Europe’s electricity

The Industrial Strategy to be launched by the European Commission will be a first test. Is this strategy supporting the industries that will deliver the European Green Deal? Wind power is already 15% of Europe’s electricity. It employs over 300,000 people, represents more than €25bn of new investments and exports €8bn of goods and services … Continue reading Wind power is already 15% of Europe’s electricity

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More research & innovation funding needed to deliver climate-neutral Europe

On 27 February WindEurope attended a workshop organised by the Strategic Energy Technologies Plan (SET Plan). At the workshop representatives of national governments and various energy technology sectors gathered to discuss how to improve the understanding of Europe’s investments in energy research & innovation. The SET Plan is the research & innovation pillar of the … Continue reading More research & innovation funding needed to deliver climate-neutral Europe

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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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