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WindEurope’s 5 priorities for the incoming European Commission

European citizens have succeeded in putting climate change onto the political agenda in a way never seen before. As Ursula von der Leyen’s European Commission takes shape, it will be looking to deliver an ambitious climate strategy that works for all Europeans. Here’s how they can do it. First, they should focus on both ambition … Continue reading WindEurope’s 5 priorities for the incoming European Commission

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Time now running out for a large share of Europe’s installed wind energy capacity

There is a major challenge confronting European wind energy – and it is a challenge the industry and policy-makers must face before it is too late. Back in 2000, wind power accounted for only 12 GW of power in Europe. Since then, the industry has spent years growing, maturing, and becoming one of the great … Continue reading Time now running out for a large share of Europe’s installed wind energy capacity

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Europe has space for enough wind turbines to power the entire world

Europe has enough space to create millions of wind turbines that could power the entire world until 2050, according to a new scientific analysis.  An international team of researchers say there is 4.9 million square kilometres of land – 46 per cent of Europe’s total land – that would be suitable for wind turbines, according to the paper published in Energy … Continue reading Europe has space for enough wind turbines to power the entire world

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Europe installs 4.9 GW of new wind energy capacity in first half of 2019

The combined installations of new onshore and offshore wind capacity is up on the same period last year (4.5 GW), but onshore installations were down due to serious issues in Germany. Europe installed 2.9 GW of onshore wind in the first half of the year. This is down on the 3.3 GW installed in the … Continue reading Europe installs 4.9 GW of new wind energy capacity in first half of 2019

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5 ways the Commission can strengthen wind energy projects

On 3 July WindEurope hosted a workshop with industry and the European Commission on the recently created Innovation Fund.   The Fund is the successor of the NER300 programme. It will run from 2021 to 2030. It is endowed with at least 450 million allowances. This could amount to around €10 billion, depending on the … Continue reading 5 ways the Commission can strengthen wind energy projects

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Resource assessment experts gather to reduce uncertainty in wind projects

On 27-28 June, WindEurope hosted the 5th edition of its Resource Assessment technology workshop. This year, the workshop focused on using better models and validation tools to reduce uncertainty when estimating how much wind there is at a given site. Proper wind resource assessment is a cornerstone of every wind project, especially as the environment for wind … Continue reading Resource assessment experts gather to reduce uncertainty in wind projects

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How will Europe’s offshore wind energy supply chain meet growing demand?

On 24 June, WindEurope hosted its first Offshore Supply Chain Workshop. Over 60 experts gathered at the WindEurope office in Brussels to discuss the main obstacles to the rapid and optimal development of the industry in Europe. Offshore wind power will be a key factor in the decarbonisation of the EU economy and energy system … Continue reading How will Europe’s offshore wind energy supply chain meet growing demand?

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Vattenfall and GE Renewable Energy to cooperate on deployment for largest offshore wind turbine in Europe

“As a leader of the wind energy industry, we are constantly striving for top notch technology. The cooperation with GE Renewable Energy enables us to remain one step ahead in wind turbine technology developments. The size and performance of Haliade-X 12MW will support us to further improve the competitiveness of offshore wind energy production. Due … Continue reading Vattenfall and GE Renewable Energy to cooperate on deployment for largest offshore wind turbine in Europe

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300,000-strong wind energy community mobilises for European Elections

WindEurope today launched a campaign to mobilise the 300,000 people who work in wind power throughout Europe to go and vote in the upcoming European Elections. The European Parliament is a key enabler of renewable energy. It was the European Parliament that fought for the 32% EU renewables target for 2030 – the European Commission and … Continue reading 300,000-strong wind energy community mobilises for European Elections

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King Felipe VI of Spain: wind energy is transforming Spain and Europe

His Majesty King Felipe VI of Spain made an official visit to the 2019 WindEurope annual event in Bilbao today and delivered the keynote speech at the official inauguration. The King’s speech focused on the economic benefits that come with addressing the challenge of climate change, which he described as “very alarming”. The King identified … Continue reading King Felipe VI of Spain: wind energy is transforming Spain and Europe

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Wind energy now provides 14% of Europe’s electricity

Wind power provided 14% of the EU’s electricity last year, up from 12% in 2017, according to statistics released today by WindEurope. Wind power capacity rose in Europe by 11.3 GW in 2018: 8.6 GW onshore wind turbines and 2.65 GW offshore wind farm.   Continued growth in capacity and the use of more powerful … Continue reading Wind energy now provides 14% of Europe’s electricity

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Wind Energy and the Electrification of Europe’s Energy System

On 22 January WindEurope CEO Giles Dickson spoke at an event organised by ENTSO-E (the association of European Transmission System Operators) to mark the launch of the PowerFacts Europe report. With the right policies it is technically and economically possible to increase the share of electricity in energy from 24% today to 62% in 2050, … Continue reading Wind Energy and the Electrification of Europe’s Energy System

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European Commission: wind energy on course to be the cornerstone of Europe’s energy mix

Commission’s recent decarbonisation strategy puts wind power centre stage in Europe’s future, echoing several major publications by energy analysts.   There is now a widespread consensus: wind energy is to become the largest source of power generation in Europe. The 173 GW of installed wind energy in the EU now satisfies 12% of the total … Continue reading European Commission: wind energy on course to be the cornerstone of Europe’s energy mix

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Collaboration with the chemicals sector set to improve wind turbines circularity

On 4 December WindEurope and the European Chemical Industry Council (Cefic) joined forces to host a workshop in Brussels. The workshop aimed to assess how the chemicals industry can support the wind power industry to ensure that the lifecycle of wind turbines is as environmentally sound as possible.   In the transition towards an EU carbon-neutral economy, … Continue reading Collaboration with the chemicals sector set to improve wind turbines circularity

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European Parliament misses opportunity to strengthen support for wind power research & innovation

On Wednesday 21 November the Industry, Research & Energy (ITRE) committee of the European Parliament concluded its report on the European Commission’s proposal for Horizon Europe, the next EU framework programme on research and innovation. In its report the ITRE Committee repeats its claim for a stronger research budget of €120 billion Euro compared to … Continue reading European Parliament misses opportunity to strengthen support for wind power research & innovation

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Wind energy set to become EU’s largest power source well before 2030

Wind power is set overtake coal, nuclear and gas to become the EU’s largest power source well before 2030. This is according to the International Energy Agency’s (IEA) 2018 World Energy Outlook released today. According to the IEA’s projections, wind energy will become the EU’s largest power source in 2027, overtaking coal, nuclear and then … Continue reading Wind energy set to become EU’s largest power source well before 2030

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Europe adds 4.5 GW of wind energy in first half of 2018

There was 3.3 GW of onshore wind, driven by Germany (1.6 GW), France (605 MW) and Denmark (202 MW).   The 1.1 GW of offshore wind was mainly in the UK (911 MW), Belgium (175 MW) and Denmark (28 MW). Germany is set to install new offshore wind in the second half of the year. … Continue reading Europe adds 4.5 GW of wind energy in first half of 2018

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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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Offshore wind energy in Europe grew 25% in 2017

2017 was a record year for offshore wind in Europe according to statistics released today by WindEurope. Europe installed 3.1 GW of new offshore wind, taking total capacity to 15.8 GW, an increase of 25% in just one year.   13 new offshore wind farms were completed, including the world’s first floating offshore wind farm, … Continue reading Offshore wind energy in Europe grew 25% in 2017

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Wind energy on track to become Europe’s number one electricity source

Wind energy is set to become the leading source of electricity in the EU soon after 2030. This is according to the latest report from the International Energy Agency (IEA), ‘World Energy Outlook (WEO) 2017,’ released today. The IEA attributes this to the rapidly falling costs of renewables. They predict continued strong growth in both … Continue reading Wind energy on track to become Europe’s number one electricity source

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