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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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New date: WindEnergy Hamburg to take place from 1 – 4 December 2020

WindEnergy Hamburg, the global on & offshore wind event, has been postponed to 1-4 December 2020 in response to the coronavirus pandemic and its global impact on major events and international travelling. “Unfortunately, it is currently difficult to predict the future development of COVID-19 and its consequences for large-scale international events planned for September 2020. … Continue reading New date: WindEnergy Hamburg to take place from 1 – 4 December 2020

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A majority of EU countries support green recovery plans for Europe

In the midst of the COVID-19 crisis, a clear majority of voices across Europe is calling out for an accelerated energy transition towards renewable energy sources. Different initiatives are asking European leaders to put the Green Deal at the heart of Europe’s economic response to the pandemic. Malta, Slovakia, Slovenia and Ireland recently joined 13 … Continue reading A majority of EU countries support green recovery plans for Europe

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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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How can corporates minimise risks and maximise opportunities when entering renewable PPAs?

There are many variables at work in PPAs, and it’s easy to get lost in all the information out there. The new report from the RE-Source Platform, Risk Mitigation for corporate renewable PPAs, is designed for maximum clarity: one by one, we break down the various risks for corporates entering PPAs – and outline the … Continue reading How can corporates minimise risks and maximise opportunities when entering renewable PPAs?

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EU Climate Law: Europe must chart a path to a 100% renewables future

With the EU Climate Law, the European Commission proposes to enshrine in legislation the goal of achieving climate neutrality by 2050. The European Commission kick-started this process in November 2018 with its “Clean Planet for all” communication. But even the most ambitious decarbonisation scenarios set out in this communication are not based on 100% renewables. … Continue reading EU Climate Law: Europe must chart a path to a 100% renewables future

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The German wind energy market has fallen to just around 1 GW of new installations in 2019

The German wind power market has fallen to just around 1 GW of new wind farm installations in 2019, from an average of 4 GW a year not long ago. The German Government has correctly identified permitting issues as the main problem. In September 2019 Minister Altmaier presented an 18-point working plan to improve the … Continue reading The German wind energy market has fallen to just around 1 GW of new installations in 2019

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We need a more strategic approach to wind energy

Today the European Commission presented its European Industrial Strategy which aims to boost the competitiveness of European industry as it embarks on the twin green and digital transitions. The document is clear on the need for the EU to adopt a more strategic approach to the renewable energy industries in the context of “a substantial … Continue reading We need a more strategic approach to wind energy

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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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Offshore wind power and the shipping sector can reinforce each other to reach the Green Deal targets

Wind energy currently makes up 15% of Europe’s energy mix. The majority of this is onshore wind farm plants. Offshore wind turbines is just 2% at the moment. But it’s growing rapidly thanks to decreasing costs and improving technology. So offshore wind power will be a major player in the future. But collaboration with the … Continue reading Offshore wind power and the shipping sector can reinforce each other to reach the Green Deal targets

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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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Europe installs a record 3.6 GW of offshore wind energy in 2019

Europe installed 3.6 GW of new offshore wind power capacity in 2019, according to statistics released today by WindEurope. This is a new record in annual installations. 10 new offshore wind farms came online across 5 countries. The UK accounted for nearly half of the new capacity with 1.7 GW. Then came Germany (1.1 GW), … Continue reading Europe installs a record 3.6 GW of offshore wind energy in 2019

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Wind energy and the EU’s Innovation Fund

On 5 February WindEurope participated in a workshop event on the Innovation Fund. The event was organised by EASE, the association for energy storage, and featured presentations from the European Commission explaining how the Innovation Fund works. The Innovation Fund is one of the funding instruments supporting the European Commission’s strategic vision for a climate neutral … Continue reading Wind energy and the EU’s Innovation Fund

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Brexit and wind energy

The United Kingdom has officially left the EU. It has now entered a ‘transition period’, during which the UK and the EU will negotiate the terms of their future relationship. The transition period will last until the end of 2020. During the transition period, the UK will no longer be represented in the EU’s decision-making … Continue reading Brexit and wind energy

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Wind energy powering the transition to 5G

Renewable energy and telecoms. Two sectors set to grow dramatically over the coming years. There is a great opportunity for both to work together to deliver the energy transition. As we digitalise more of our lives, the telecom sector’s large power demand will continue to grow. 5G is set to be up to 100 times … Continue reading Wind energy powering the transition to 5G

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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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2020s promise to be both challenging and game-changing for wind energy

We will begin the new decade with 27 new National Energy and Climate Plans – which EU Governments need to submit to Brussels by the end of this month. These Plans will define the shape and size of the wind markets you operate in for the next 10 years and will act as investment brochures … Continue reading 2020s promise to be both challenging and game-changing for wind energy

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WindEurope at COP25: This is how wind energy can help deliver a climate-neutral economy

On 10 December WindEurope’s Iván Pineda spoke at the EU Energy Day side event of the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (COP25) in Madrid. He spoke on a panel discussion: “Towards an energy system based on 100% renewables.”  Pineda was clear: “The number one objective is to fully decarbonise the power sector – … Continue reading WindEurope at COP25: This is how wind energy can help deliver a climate-neutral economy

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