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EU needs a proactive renewables industrial strategy to reach its climate goals

On 1 February WindEurope CEO Giles Dickson participated in the kick-off meeting of the EU Industrial Forum. The Forum brings together all 27 EU Member States, the EU Commission and other stakeholders to consider how the EU can support its strategic industrial eco-systems.   The EU needs a proactive renewables industrial strategy to reach climate … Continue reading EU needs a proactive renewables industrial strategy to reach its climate goals

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Latest UK seabed leasing risks raising costs of offshore wind energy

Today the Crown Estate announced the results of its Round 4 seabed leasing for offshore wind in the UK. The Offshore Wind Lease Round 4 allocated areas for developing nearly 8 GW of capacity. This is too little new capacity considering the huge ambitions the UK Government has to quadruple its offshore wind to 40 … Continue reading Latest UK seabed leasing risks raising costs of offshore wind energy

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Europe invests a record €26bn in offshore wind energy in 2020

Despite COVID constraints, Europe confirmed a record amount of €26.3bn of investments in new offshore wind farms in 2020. This will finance 7.1 GW of new offshore wind which will be built in the coming years. Last year Europe built 2.9 GW of new offshore wind. Europe now has 25 GW of offshore wind capacity. … Continue reading Europe invests a record €26bn in offshore wind energy in 2020

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Guarantees of Origin are key to a cost-effective wind energy transition

On 12 January, WindEurope CEO Giles Dickson spoke at the “ENR Enterprise” conference on Power Purchase Agreements (PPAs) and Guarantees of Origin (GOs) in France. GOs are used to trace green electricity in the power system. They are essential for PPAs as they prove the link between renewable energy producers and consumers – and give … Continue reading Guarantees of Origin are key to a cost-effective wind energy transition

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EU recovery budget enters into force

On 1 January 2021 the EU’s €1.8trn recovery budget entered into force.  In addition to the EU’s seven-year budget for 2021-27 the package includes an unprecedented €750bn recovery fund, Next Generation EU. The centrepiece of Next Generation EU is the €673bn Recovery & Resilience Facility (RRF).  The RRF is a mix of grants and loans … Continue reading EU recovery budget enters into force

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Global demand for corporate renewable electricity sourcing continues to grow despite COVID-19 pandemic

Corporate renewable electricity sourcing in Europe has shown continuous growth despite the COVID-19 pandemic, demonstrating the resilience and potential of Europe’s renewable energy sector. In November 2020, the cumulative contracted volume of corporate renewable power purchase agreements (PPAs) in Europe reached the 11 GW mark, up from just 2.2 GW by the end of 2016 … Continue reading Global demand for corporate renewable electricity sourcing continues to grow despite COVID-19 pandemic

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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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