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How is wind energy going to support economic recovery?

Wind energy is well positioned to support Europe’s economic recovery from COVID-19. The EU wants a major expansion of wind energy to deliver the Green Deal. The wind industry has proved resilient this year and is ready to deliver the investments the EU wants – all of which will create jobs and growth. Starting at … Continue reading How is wind energy going to support economic recovery?

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WindEurope elects Andreas Nauen, Siemens Gamesa chief, as new chairman

WindEurope’s Board of Directors has elected Andreas Nauen, CEO of Siemens Gamesa Renewable Energy (SGRE), as the association’s Chair for the next 18 months. Nauen will lead the association together with Nicolas Couderc, EDF Renewables Executive Vice-President, who serves as Vice Chair. Nauen steps in at a critical juncture for the wind industry. Europe wants … Continue reading WindEurope elects Andreas Nauen, Siemens Gamesa chief, as new chairman

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Renewable Hydrogen Coalition will position Europe as world-leader on renewable hydrogen

The new coalition will support and accelerate the uptake of renewable hydrogen solutions in Europe. A new study released at the launch shows that renewable hydrogen in Europe could grow at much faster rate than current strategies suggest. Europe’s top renewable energy organisations are launching the Renewable Hydrogen Coalition today to give voice to businesses … Continue reading Renewable Hydrogen Coalition will position Europe as world-leader on renewable hydrogen

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What happens when wind turbines get old?

WindEurope’s End-of-Life Issues and Strategies Seminar (EoLIS 2020) explored what happens when wind turbines reach the end of their operational life. Industry experts discussed the latest trends and developments in repowering, lifetime extension, decommissioning and recycling. WindEurope presented a new Industry Guidance Document for the dismantling and decommissioning of onshore turbines. 34,000 wind turbines in … Continue reading What happens when wind turbines get old?

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Industry ready to deliver on EU’s plan for 25-fold increase in offshore wind energy

WindEurope welcomes the Offshore Renewable Energy Strategy presented by the European Commission today. The Strategy foresees 300 GW of offshore wind in the EU by 2050. Offshore wind is set to be the number one source of electricity Europe consumes by around 2040. The European wind industry is ready to deliver this. But beefing up … Continue reading Industry ready to deliver on EU’s plan for 25-fold increase in offshore wind energy

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Expansion of onshore wind energy needed for the Green Deal

Europe wants to be climate neutral by 2050. And onshore wind power will play a central role in that. According to the European Commission‘s decarbonisation scenarios it will be a quarter of Europe’s electricity consumption by 2050. That requires a 4-fold increase in the volume of onshore wind capacity between now and then. The European … Continue reading Expansion of onshore wind energy needed for the Green Deal

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Best practice events on Health & Safety (H&S) in wind energy

In September and October, a series of best practice events on Health & Safety (H&S) in wind energy were hosted by WindEurope, Eclareon and The Renewables Consulting Group. The events showcased H&S measures taken in different countries based on the WindHarmony project results, funded by the European Commission. The project explored the potential for harmonisation … Continue reading Best practice events on Health & Safety (H&S) in wind energy

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Partnership to ensure the sustainable development of offshore wind energy

16 November saw the launch of a new Offshore Energy and Nature Coalition.  It’s an new partnership between leading environmental NGOs, transmission system operators and the wind industry.  They are going to work together to ensure Europe delivers its planned expansion of offshore wind while at the same time preserving nature and marine ecosystems. Europe … Continue reading Partnership to ensure the sustainable development of offshore wind energy

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WindTV – Bringing the latest in wind energy to a screen near you!

With this year’s switch to the virtual sphere, WindEurope has put together a new platform for WindEnergy Hamburg on 1-4 December: WindTV. WindTV combines information and entertainment. It’ll give you all the latest market and technological developments. But there will also be fresh and challenging formats, including business news, interviews, explainers and a whole range of other … Continue reading WindTV – Bringing the latest in wind energy to a screen near you!

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How to operate wind power plants under the Clean Energy Package rules?

WindEurope organised a workshop on the implementation of the Clean Energy Package (CEP) market design rules. Members held exchanges with representatives from European Transmission System Operators (TSOs), the German Ministry for Economic Affairs and Energy and the European Commission on new dispatch, redispatch and congestion management rules in place since January 2020. According to the … Continue reading How to operate wind power plants under the Clean Energy Package rules?

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Grid Optimisation: a ‘no regret option’ to allow more wind energy

The expansion of wind energy continues despite COVID-19.  And that requires the continued expansion of electricity grids.  It also requires us to optimise and reinforce existing grids.  In a new paper, WindEurope shows how available and proven technologies can optimise Europe’s existing grid infrastructure, and how this can help accommodate higher shares of renewables in … Continue reading Grid Optimisation: a ‘no regret option’ to allow more wind energy

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Wind energy and economic recovery in Europe

October saw the launch of our new report – “Wind energy and economic recovery in Europe”. It shows you can combine European economic recovery with a successful energy transition – specifically, that the expansion of wind energy can help power recovery, creating hundreds of thousands of jobs and supporting communities across Europe. The key messages … Continue reading Wind energy and economic recovery in Europe

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Hybrid renewable power plants make a good business case but need clearer legislation to become more widespread

On 8 October WindEurope spoke in a “Hybrid Power Plants” conference organised by Solar Plaza. The conference focused on hybrid wind/solar and wind/solar/storage power plants and how can help speed up the energy transition. A hybrid renewable power plant combines at least two renewable generation technologies sharing one single connection point to the grid and … Continue reading Hybrid renewable power plants make a good business case but need clearer legislation to become more widespread

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Hybrid offshore wind farms are already being built – the Offshore Energy Strategy should reflect this

On 20 October Energinet, the Danish TSO, and 50Hertz, the German TSO, inaugurated the Kriegers Flak Combined Grid Solution offshore interconnector in the Baltic Sea. This marks the first time an offshore wind farm gets connected to two different countries’ electricity grids. When completed, the electricity generated at the Kriegers Flak wind farm will be … Continue reading Hybrid offshore wind farms are already being built – the Offshore Energy Strategy should reflect this

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Each new wind turbine installed in Europe generates €10m of economic activity

Wind energy is 300,000 jobs in Europe and contributes €37bn to EU GDP every year according to WindEurope’s new report: ‘Wind Energy and economic recovery in Europe – How wind energy will put communities at the heart of the European recovery”. European leadership in wind energy will continue to boost jobs and benefit communities. Delivering the National Energy and Climate Plans is key. If … Continue reading Each new wind turbine installed in Europe generates €10m of economic activity

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New Belgian Government set to reinforce wind energy commitments

Belgium now has a new Government. Prime Minister Alexander de Croo’s administration strongly supports the European Commission’s proposed emission reduction target of at least 55% for 2030 and has hinted at beefing up the country’s climate and energy ambitions. Tinne Van der Straeten from the Greens (Groen) is appointed as the new federal Energy Minister. … Continue reading New Belgian Government set to reinforce wind energy commitments

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How Spain can make the most of the EU Green Deal and Recovery Plan

On 1 October WindEurope CEO Giles Dickson spoke at the annual Congress of the Spanish wind energy Association (AEE).  He described the EU’s ambitions for a green recovery post Covid-19.  He explained how Spain and other Member States can make the most of the new instruments available to advance their energy transition.  National Recovery Plans in … Continue reading How Spain can make the most of the EU Green Deal and Recovery Plan

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Eight Governments pledge to kickstart offshore wind energy in the Baltic Sea

At an Offshore Wind Conference, hosted by the Polish Wind Energy Association (PSEW), high-level representatives of eight Baltic Sea countries and the European Commission signed a joint declaration to accelerate the build-out of new offshore wind capacities in the Baltic Sea. Among the signatories of the Baltic Sea Offshore Wind Declaration are Poland, Germany, Denmark, … Continue reading Eight Governments pledge to kickstart offshore wind energy in the Baltic Sea

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Why we need international collaboration on offshore wind energy infrastructure

On 17 September WindEurope CEO Giles Dickson moderated a panel organised by the UK Mission to the EU with UK Energy Minister Kwasi Kwarteng.  Also taking part were: Christian Stenberg from the Danish Energy & Climate Ministry; Pernille Weiss, Member of the European Parliament; Danielle Lane of Vattenfall; and Martin Cook of National Grid Ventures. … Continue reading Why we need international collaboration on offshore wind energy infrastructure

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European Green Deal Call is launched

European Commission launches €1 billion European Green Deal Call for green and digital transition The European Commission has launched a €1 billioncall forResearch and Innovation (R&I) projects to reduce carbon emissions by 2050. The European Green Deal Call will be part of the Horizon 2020 (H2020) programme. According to the Commission it differs in important … Continue reading European Green Deal Call is launched

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