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WindEurope welcomes Commission’s €2 billion commitment to research and innovation projects

WindEurope welcomes the European Commission’s commitment to invest €2 billion in clean energy research and innovation over the 2018-2020 period. In a communication Accelerating Clean Energy Innovation, the Commission has identified four priority areas for investment including clean energy R&I, electrification of transport, decarbonisation of the building stock and integration of renewables. The wind industry … Continue reading WindEurope welcomes Commission’s €2 billion commitment to research and innovation projects

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WindEurope calls on EU Member states and Parliament to go beyond ambition of the European Commission on the Clean Energy Package

WindEurope calls on the European Parliament and EU Member states to use the Winter Package as a base to build greater ambition on renewables and market design toward 2030. Giles Dickson, CEO of WindEurope, said: “We welcome the Commission’s package on renewables and market design. But there is still a lot of work to do … Continue reading WindEurope calls on EU Member states and Parliament to go beyond ambition of the European Commission on the Clean Energy Package

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Wind energy can play key role in heating, cooling and transport

Renewable energy accounts for 18% of primary energy consumption in the heating and cooling sector, WindEurope CEO Giles Dickson told the Hydrogen and Fuel Cells Joint Undertaking today. Dickson addressed delegates of the Fuel Cell and Hydrogen Stakeholder Forum in Brussels. He highlighted that the transport and heating sectors will represent over 25% of energy … Continue reading Wind energy can play key role in heating, cooling and transport

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WindEurope gathered 90 wind energy experts to discuss wind turbine sound

WindEurope gathered 90 wind energy experts for a two-day workshop in Gdansk, Poland, to discuss the latest developments on wind turbine sound. The 3rd edition workshop addressed the characteristics of sound from wind turbines, its impact on humans and how this applies to low frequency and infrasound. Presentations addressed practical and operational issues such as … Continue reading WindEurope gathered 90 wind energy experts to discuss wind turbine sound

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WindEurope CEO underscores need for strong governance on EU’s 2030 package

When diplomats arrived in Marrakech for the next round of UN climate talks, they knew the conference would get off to a good start. Only a few days before the opening ceremony of COP22, the Paris Agreement formally entered into force. It gave diplomats renewed impetus as they began critical discussions on how to implement … Continue reading WindEurope CEO underscores need for strong governance on EU’s 2030 package

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WindEurope hosts workshop with military and defence experts

Defence experts attended a workshop at WindEurope’s offices this week to discuss how wind farms and military aviation can coexist and operate side by side. Currently, airports, radars and military training zones are limiting the buildout of wind farms in at least seven European countries. The workshop highlighted that early dialogue and collaboration remain vital … Continue reading WindEurope hosts workshop with military and defence experts

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WindEurope highlights merits of auctions in reducing offshore wind energy costs

WindEurope CEO Giles Dickson addressed the annual conference of the Swedish Wind Energy Association (Svensk Windenergi) in Stockholm this week. Sweden is expected to add around 500MW to its 6GW installed base of onshore wind this year. However, new investments are thin on the ground. The country’s joint certificate scheme with Norway, which is used … Continue reading WindEurope highlights merits of auctions in reducing offshore wind energy costs

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Big business hungry for more wind energy

The WindEurope Summit conference session on corporate renewable power purchase agreements in Europe explored the changing models in the energy business. Finance experts and non-industrial investors from Google, ING and BT exchanged views on the potential of corporate renewable PPAs, electricity procurement and the challenges that come with such transactions. Europe today has over 1.2 … Continue reading Big business hungry for more wind energy

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Extension of the European Funds for Strategic Investments

On the occasion of his state of the Energy Union address in Strasbourg today, European Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker proposed to double the duration of the European Fund for Strategic Investments (EFSI) and double its financial capacity. WindEurope CEO Giles Dickson welcomes this announcement: “Well done to the Commission for launching the next chapter of … Continue reading Extension of the European Funds for Strategic Investments

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WindEurope CEO says oil and gas sector future in offshore wind power

WindEurope CEO Giles Dickson today spoke at the annual Offshore Northern Seas (ONS) event in Stavanger, a major gathering of the offshore oil and gas sector. He set out where offshore wind stands today in Europe and the outlook for the industry. He described how the oil and gas sectors were benefitting significantly from its … Continue reading WindEurope CEO says oil and gas sector future in offshore wind power

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Brexit: what will it mean for wind energy?

On 23 June, the UK voted to leave the European Union. The decision rocked global markets, sent the pound tumbling and plunged Europe’s economic and political future into a wave of uncertainty. As the dust settles, the WindEurope Summit looks at what a UK outside the EU will mean for the deployment of wind energy … Continue reading Brexit: what will it mean for wind energy?

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Wind energy in Iran: 4th Iranian Wind Power Congress

Iran unveiled plans for its first tender for utility-scale renewable energy projects last week. This announcement happened just before the 4th Iranian Wind Power Congress. WindEurope CEO Giles Dickson gave the keynote speech at the Energy Ministry in front of 500 people and pointed to the tremendous potential of one of the largest wind power … Continue reading Wind energy in Iran: 4th Iranian Wind Power Congress

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Germany EEG reform a mixed bag for wind energy

Germany’s parliament approved a plan to reform the country’s renewable energy law by ending feed-in tariffs in favour of competitive auctions and putting clear volumes on wind energy deployment.   Lawmakers have agreed to cap the annual auctions for onshore wind at 2.8GW and offer fluctuating tenders for offshore wind in order to control renewables … Continue reading Germany EEG reform a mixed bag for wind energy

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Brexit: what it might mean for the wind energy industry

The full impact and implications of the UK referendum, and what it means for the wind industry short and long term, are impossible to assess properly at this stage. But there are some points we can make with a degree of clarity today.   First, the UK wind market retains a number of strong fundamentals. … Continue reading Brexit: what it might mean for the wind energy industry

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The Energy Infrastructure Forum establishes a new School for Energy Infrastructure

WindEurope attends the second edition of the Energy Infrastructure Forum, which is being hosted in Copenhagen this week. The Forum was established as part of the Energy Union package to advance the development of European energy infrastructure, which is essential to building a secure and sustainable Energy Union. More than 200 high-level representatives of the … Continue reading The Energy Infrastructure Forum establishes a new School for Energy Infrastructure

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The European Parliament votes for ‘at least’ 30% target for renewables in Europe

Members of the European Parliament (MEPs) voted in favour of increasing the European Union’s target for renewables to ‘at least’ 30% by 2030. Europe current has a target of at least 27%, which was agreed by European leaders in October 2014. The parliamentary vote, which has no direct legislative impact, sends a clear message to … Continue reading The European Parliament votes for ‘at least’ 30% target for renewables in Europe

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Happy Global Wind Day!

Today, marks the ninth edition of Global Wind Day, a movement created to bring individuals, communities and organisations together to celebrate wind energy and the positive difference it can make in the world.   In 2015, wind power alone met 42% of electricity demand in Denmark, 20% in Spain, 13% in Germany and 11% in … Continue reading Happy Global Wind Day!

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WindEurope goes all in at Sustainable Energy Week

With legislative proposals on market design and renewables expected for the end of the year, WindEurope is taking its proposals to policymakers and the public at the EU Sustainable Energy Week (13-17 June). On Tuesday, WindEurope will host a panel where industry representatives calling for flexible power markets (the paper industry, Statoil and the demand … Continue reading WindEurope goes all in at Sustainable Energy Week

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Offshore wind energy can reduce costs to below €80/MWh by 2025

Energy Ministers from 9 countries signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) and Work Programme to enhance their cooperation on renewable energy, particularly offshore wind. The Ministers of Germany, Netherlands, Luxembourg, Norway, Sweden, France, Denmark, Ireland and Belgium signed the agreement, which aims to reduce the costs and accelerate the deployment of wind power at sea. … Continue reading Offshore wind energy can reduce costs to below €80/MWh by 2025

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Wind energy industry calls on European Commission to scrutinise new Polish wind energy law

The wind energy industry is calling on the European Commission to look closely at Poland’s proposed law to restrict the siting of wind farms. Under the new legislation, which was passed by Poland’s lower house last week, wind farms would have to be built a minimum distance from residential areas of at least 10 times … Continue reading Wind energy industry calls on European Commission to scrutinise new Polish wind energy law

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