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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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WindEurope elects Philippe Kavafyan, MHI Vestas Offshore Wind CEO, as new chairman

WindEurope’s Board of Directors has elected Philippe Kavafyan, CEO of MHI Vestas Offshore Wind, as the association’s new Chair for an 18-month term. Kavafyan takes over the Chair from Vattenfall’s Gunnar Groebler. The Board also appointed Nicolas Couderc, EDF Renewables Executive Vice-President, as the Association’s new Vice Chair. The coming two years will be crucial … Continue reading WindEurope elects Philippe Kavafyan, MHI Vestas Offshore Wind CEO, as new chairman

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Robust implementation of 2030 National Plans is key to deliver EU targets

The European Commission has presented a first assessment of the final 2030 National Energy & Climate Plans (NECPs) submitted by the 27 EU Member States. The assessment shows the NECPs have some quite good volume commitments for the expansion of renewables. But that they’re still missing a lot of detail on how Governments will deliver those commitments. The NECPs are the framework within which … Continue reading Robust implementation of 2030 National Plans is key to deliver EU targets

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Governments and industry are ready to build hybrid offshore wind energy plants but the EU needs to remove bottlenecks

On 15 September WindEurope participated in an event organised by Dutch-German TSO TenneT on Europe’s Offshore Wind Vision – with Ministers and top officials from Germany, the Netherlands and Denmark and CEOs of many of Europe’s TSOs.   Much of the discussion focused on hybrid offshore wind farm projects – wind farms that have a … Continue reading Governments and industry are ready to build hybrid offshore wind energy plants but the EU needs to remove bottlenecks

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How much wind energy is needed to deliver on the EU’s renewable hydrogen goals?

Direct electrification will be the primary driver for decarbonising the European economy by 2050. Another important element will be renewable hydrogen – it will play a key role in decarbonising hard-to-abate sectors such as heavy-duty transport. This requires a substantial uptake of highly scalable and cost-competitive wind energy, WindEurope argued at the Green Hydrogen Virtual … Continue reading How much wind energy is needed to deliver on the EU’s renewable hydrogen goals?

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Continued expansion of wind energy is critical to jobs

Wind energy is a key technology to Europe’s recovery from COVID-19.  New wind projects are cost-competitive and shovel-ready. And to achieve the Green Deal objective of climate neutrality by 2050, Europe needs five times more wind energy than it has today. In its Recovery Strategy the EU Commission encouraged Member States to invest in green … Continue reading Continued expansion of wind energy is critical to jobs

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Resilient wind energy industry delivers 17% of Europe’s electricity

The new WindEurope publication “The Impact of COVID-19 on Europe’s wind sector” analyses how the ongoing pandemic affected new installations, auction schedules, financing and electricity production in the first half of 2020. While the wind energy industry experienced dis­ruptions in the first semester, wind turbines installation levels were comparable to previous years and financing for … Continue reading Resilient wind energy industry delivers 17% of Europe’s electricity

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Wind energy deployment in Europe

26 European countries have submitted their National Energy and Climate Plans (NECPs) to the EU. WindEurope has analysed what those plans entail for wind energy deployment in Europe. The main hurdle remains permitting – many NECPs do not set out effective solutions to existing permitting bottlenecks. “For the first time, the NECPs offer a long-term … Continue reading Wind energy deployment in Europe

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Working towards a European standard for decommissioning wind turbines

European wind turbines manufacturers and suppliers sell their technologies on different markets across the EU. Harmonising national standards that apply to the decommissioning of wind turbines will be key to ensuring cost- and resource-efficient processes. That’s why WindEurope is intensifying its efforts towards a European standard. This November WindEurope will publish a comprehensive document on … Continue reading Working towards a European standard for decommissioning wind turbines

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The path to a green recovery: European Council has no time to lose

Tomorrow the EU Heads of State and Government meet in Brussels to try and reach agreement on a European recovery plan. The revised proposal combines a €750 billion recovery fund with a seven-year budget amounting to almost €1.1 trillion. WindEurope CEO Giles Dickson said, “This is a crucial European Council. If they can agree the … Continue reading The path to a green recovery: European Council has no time to lose

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European collaboration in offshore wind energy development

Ministerial Meeting of the North Sea Energy Cooperation (NSEC) reinforced the need for a European approach to future offshore wind development. The Ministers of the NSEC countries in a joint declaration agreed on the key role of offshore wind energy in achieving Europe’s climate targets for 2050. They see an increasing need for joint and … Continue reading European collaboration in offshore wind energy development

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Innovation Fund launches first call for proposals

The Innovation Fund’s first call for proposals has been published today. The Innovation Fund is one of the largest EU funding programmes for the demonstration of innovative low-carbon technologies contributing to greenhouse gas (GHG) reduction. The Innovation and Networks Executive Agency (INEA) is responsible for the implementation of the calls and provides extensive information and … Continue reading Innovation Fund launches first call for proposals

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WindEurope supports initiative to adopt grid planning in line with climate neutrality

Together with 40 other organisations including transmission system operators, WindEurope signed a ‘Request to Adapt European Energy Planning Scenarios’ initiated by the Renewable Grids Initiative (RGI). Renewables-based electrification is a key driver for the decarbonisation of Europe. To integrate the rapidly growing shares of wind energy and other renewables, Europe needs to optimise and expand … Continue reading WindEurope supports initiative to adopt grid planning in line with climate neutrality

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A robust wind energy and solar power industry – at the core of the European Green Deal

On 25 June WindEurope and SolarPower Europe joined forces for EU Sustainable Energy Week to host a panel discussion on the need for a coherent industrial strategy for renewables. The session opened with a scene-setting presentation from WindEurope CEO Giles Dickson. Wind is already 15% of the EU’s electricity mix and is a well-established, homegrown … Continue reading A robust wind energy and solar power industry – at the core of the European Green Deal

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