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Mercedes-Benz deal to buy wind power is first PPA in Germany

Mercedes-Benz will buy wind energy for its German operations through a corporate renewable Power Purchase Agreement (PPA) signed with Norwegian utility Statkraft.   This marks the first corporate renewable PPA deal signed in Germany. Mercedes-Benz will buy 46 MW worth of wind power from six wind farms in Lower Saxony and Bremen. The wind power … Continue reading Mercedes-Benz deal to buy wind power is first PPA in Germany

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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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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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Onshore wind energy performs well in Danish multi-technology auction

Onshore wind power secured 165 MW in this week’s multi-technology auction in Denmark. The auction was open to near-shore wind energy, solar PV and onshore wind. It was oversubscribed with 17 projects amounting to 540 MW competing for a budget of €34 million.   From the 6 winners, the 3 cheapest bidders were onshore wind farm … Continue reading Onshore wind energy performs well in Danish multi-technology auction

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Historic interconnector linking Britain and Belgium: ’a major boost for offshore wind energy in the North Sea’

On 4 December WindEurope CEO Giles Dickson participated in an event celebrating the commissioning of the NEMO interconnection link between Great Britain and Belgium. The event, co-organised by Transmission System Operators Elia (Belgium) and National Grid (UK) marks the inauguration of a project that could revolutionise how Europe sources its energy. The Nemo Link interconnector … Continue reading Historic interconnector linking Britain and Belgium: ’a major boost for offshore wind energy in the North Sea’

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Wind energy ready to step up to Europe’s decarbonisation challenge

The European Commission today called for the bloc to aim for net-zero greenhouse gas emissions by 2050 in its new decarbonisation strategy. The EU’s newly-agreed renewable energy and energy efficiency targets put the bloc on track to cut emissions in 2050 by 60% compared to 1990. But that will still not be enough to meet … Continue reading Wind energy ready to step up to Europe’s decarbonisation challenge

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Competitive prices in Polish onshore wind energy auction

The results of the first Polish onshore wind power auction were announced today. Prices came it at between €37 and €50/MWh according to Poland’s Energy Regulatory Office. 23 developers entered 31 successful bids for around 1 GW of capacity. WindEurope CEO Giles Dickson said: “These prices are extremely competitive. They’re lower than we’ve seen in … Continue reading Competitive prices in Polish onshore wind energy auction

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WindEurope calls for ambitious French National Plan at Narbonne Floating Wind Energy Event

On 15 November WindEurope called for more wind energy ambition in France while participating in an event on the development of floating wind in France’s Occitanie Region (on the Mediterranean). The event took place in Narbonne and was organised by Occitanie, whose Port la Nouvelle recently joined WindEurope’s Ports Platform in Hamburg. The headline speaker … Continue reading WindEurope calls for ambitious French National Plan at Narbonne Floating Wind Energy Event

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Wind energy: Research and innovation needed to provide substitutes for rare materials used in wind turbines

On 14 November WindEurope CEO Giles Dickson spoke at the European Innovation Partnership’s annual conference on “Raw Materials for clean energy-intensive industries of the future.”   European energy-intensive industries are important to the European economy, but now face challenges in making the transition to a low-carbon and circular economy by 2050. The wind power industry … Continue reading Wind energy: Research and innovation needed to provide substitutes for rare materials used in wind turbines

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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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PPAs and National Energy & Climate Plans: high on Italy’s wind energy agenda

On Wednesday 7 November, WindEurope participated in the Key Wind conference in Rimini, Italy, organised by the Italian Wind Energy Association, ANEV. As the only reference wind power show in the Mediterranean basin, the Balkans and the Middle East, the event gathered high-level speakers from the Italian government, associations, businesses, banks and TSOs.   The … Continue reading PPAs and National Energy & Climate Plans: high on Italy’s wind energy agenda

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Poland shifts on wind power ahead of climate meeting

Restrictive legislation introduced by Poland’s right-wing government in 2016 threw a spanner into the works for onshore wind energy, but the easing of some measures now promises to get the sector spinning. The change comes ahead of the COP24 World Climate Conference that opens December 2 in the southern Polish city of Katowice, a coal … Continue reading Poland shifts on wind power ahead of climate meeting

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Germany reaches political agreement on additional onshore wind energy

This week the German government reached a political agreement on an additional 4 GW of onshore wind power by 2021.   The agreement will see Germany auction an additional onshore wind turbines capacity of 1 GW (in 2019), 1.4 GW (in 2020) and 1.6 GW (in 2021) over and above the 2.8 GW pa which … Continue reading Germany reaches political agreement on additional onshore wind energy

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Romania could reap the rewards of wind power

Romania should harness onshore wind to meet growing demand for electricity instead of investing in conventional power – this was the message WindEurope CEO Giles Dickson told the annual meeting of the Romanian Wind Energy Association in Bucharest today. Wind energy provided 12.2% of Romania’s electricity last year. With a more flexible grid and interconnectors … Continue reading Romania could reap the rewards of wind power

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Polish wind energy back in the spotlight after local elections

Wind energy continues breaking new ground in Poland. After a dormant period, things are looking up for the dynamic development of onshore and offshore renewables in the country. This year has already seen a double-first in Poland: last summer, Mercedes Benz announced it would buy electricity generated at the 45 MW Taczalin wind farm to power … Continue reading Polish wind energy back in the spotlight after local elections

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Sweden at the forefront in European PPAs – but offshore wind power needs to improve

On 24 October WindEurope CEO Giles Dickson spoke at the VIND 2018 event organised by Svensk Vindernergi, the Swedish Wind Energy Association in Stockholm. Dickson outlined key highlights from WindEurope’s recently published report Wind Energy In Europe: Outlook To 2022, noting that between 2018 and 2022 there will be installations representing 82.3 GW across Europe. … Continue reading Sweden at the forefront in European PPAs – but offshore wind power needs to improve

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Research and innovation vital to sustain wind energy cost reductions and keep industry in Europe

As the EU negotiates the details of its next flagship research and innovation programme – Horizon Europe – channelling resources to the right places will be critical to decarbonise and continue growing Europe’s economy. The Technology and Innovation Platform ETIPWind has released a series of recommendations on where the EU should focus in Research and … Continue reading Research and innovation vital to sustain wind energy cost reductions and keep industry in Europe

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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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Permitting issues leave latest German onshore wind energy auction under-subscribed

Challenges in the permitting procedure mean the latest German onshore wind auction has come in under-subscribed. The prices – average €62.6/MWh – were also up on the €57/MWh in the last auction in May. The German Federal Network Agency, BNetzA, announced the results of the latest German onshore wind auction today. Only 363 MW of … Continue reading Permitting issues leave latest German onshore wind energy auction under-subscribed

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