Category Archives: OpEd

Trump Ripped by Bird Expert for Claiming Wind turbines Kill ‘All the Birds’

President Trump‘s claim wind energy “kills all the birds” is a bunch of hot air … according to one of the country’s largest bird conservation orgs. which says Trump’s the real danger. Trump raised eyebrows, and drew a laugh from Joe Biden, during Thursday’s debate, when he declared wind power kills birds. Kevin Fahey, the … Continue reading Trump Ripped by Bird Expert for Claiming Wind turbines Kill ‘All the Birds’

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Setting the record straight on wind energy after the final 2020 Presidential Debate

Last night was the final Presidential Debate in the 2020 election, and notably climate change for the first time was announced as an official topic prior to the event. That led to an illuminating discussion about renewable energy, and unfortunately, a series of incorrect statements about wind energy from President Trump. At this point, it’s … Continue reading Setting the record straight on wind energy after the final 2020 Presidential Debate

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Members Reinforce IRENA’s Position at the Heart of Geopolitics of Energy Transformation

“We may never see oil demand return to 2019 levels,” said Dr. Thijs De Graaf, lead author of ‘A New World’ – an influential report published two years ago by the IRENA-convened Global Commission on the Geopolitics of the Energy Transformation, and participant at the second meeting of IRENA Collaborative Framework on the geopolitics of … Continue reading Members Reinforce IRENA’s Position at the Heart of Geopolitics of Energy Transformation

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Wind energy and solar power remain the country’s most affordable sources of new electricity

For energy wonks, Lazard’s Levelized Cost of Energy Analysis 14.0 is always one of the year’s most anticipated reports. It’s the gold-standard when comparing the cost of different power generation technologies on an objective, equitable basis. No surprise, Lazard finds that wind and solar continue to be the lowest-cost sources of new power generation across … Continue reading Wind energy and solar power remain the country’s most affordable sources of new electricity

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October Safety Campaign: Realizing the importance of dynamic stretching

We’re half-way through AWEA’s annual October safety campaign, “Stand Tall.” This year we’re focusing on sprains and strains from working in the?nacelle. Soft tissue injuries– sprains and strains– may be sudden (acute) or long-standing (chronic). The symptoms of a sprain or strain may include pain?, swelling?, stiffness?, and reduced efficiency of function. Dynamic stretching is … Continue reading October Safety Campaign: Realizing the importance of dynamic stretching

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American Wind Energy Association Statement on Ocean-Based Climate Solutions Act

The American Wind Energy Association (AWEA) today issued the following statement after leaders in the U.S. House of Representatives introduced the Ocean-Based Climate Solutions Act, which includes national targets for offshore wind development:  “On behalf of the American Wind Energy Association (AWEA), our thanks go to House Natural Resources Committee Chairman Grijalva; Water, Oceans, & Wildlife Subcommittee … Continue reading American Wind Energy Association Statement on Ocean-Based Climate Solutions Act

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AWEA Comment on FERC Carbon Pricing Policy Statement

The American Wind Energy Association (AWEA) today issued the following comment after the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) put out a policy statement on state-determined carbon pricing in wholesale markets. “AWEA applauds FERC for issuing a bipartisan policy statement related to its timely and pivotal recent technical conference on carbon pricing in organized markets. An overwhelming … Continue reading AWEA Comment on FERC Carbon Pricing Policy Statement

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Pakistan: Bridging the energy gap with wind power

A yawning gap in the supply and demand for electricity has led Pakistan to set an ambitious goal: to generate 30% of its power from modern renewable sources by 2030. Zephyr Power, an Independent Power Producer, embarked on that journey and entrusted its first 50-MW wind project at Gharo to Siemens Gamesa. This debut has … Continue reading Pakistan: Bridging the energy gap with wind power

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Taiwan’s offshore wind energy ambitions are within reach and will power a green recovery

The Global Wind Energy Council (GWEC) and the European Chamber of Commerce Taiwan (ECCT) are bringing together Taiwan’s policymakers, offshore wind leaders, investors and other stakeholders over the next three days to power the growth of Taiwan’s burgeoning offshore wind market at the Global Offshore Wind Summit – Taiwan Virtual 2020. At this official Taiwan … Continue reading Taiwan’s offshore wind energy ambitions are within reach and will power a green recovery

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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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Offshore Wind Energy: Building the future

U.S. offshore wind power is set to take off within the next decade. America’s shores possess world-class wind resources that represent a once-in-a-generation economic opportunity. AWEA’s U.S. Offshore Wind Power Economic Impact Assessment finds offshore wind will attract $57 billion investment into the U.S. economy and deliver up to 83,000 well-paying U.S. jobs by 2030. … Continue reading Offshore Wind Energy: Building the future

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Energy agencies’ analysis concludes extreme, climate-related heat wave and a lack of planning were the primary causes of California’s August power outages

The American Wind Energy Association of California (AWEA-California) released this statement today on behalf of Director Danielle Osborn Mills, following the release by the CAISO, CPUC, and CEC of their preliminary root cause analysis of the August 14th and August 15th rolling blackouts: “The root cause analysis provides a thorough overview of the causes of the … Continue reading Energy agencies’ analysis concludes extreme, climate-related heat wave and a lack of planning were the primary causes of California’s August power outages

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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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Tim Hayes receives AWEA’s 2020 Andrew Linehan Award for Environmental Excellence

Tim Hayes, Environmental Director for Duke Energy Renewables, received the Andrew Linehan Award for Environmental Excellence at the AWEA’s annual Wind Project Siting and Environmental Compliance Conference, held virtually on September 30 – October 2, 2020. The Linehan Awards was established in 2010 in honor of Andy Linehan after he passed away after a long … Continue reading Tim Hayes receives AWEA’s 2020 Andrew Linehan Award for Environmental Excellence

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October Safety Campaign: Stand Tall

The calendar flips to October today, and that means it’s time for AWEA’s annual safety campaign. This year the theme is “Stand Tall,” with a focus on sprains and strains from working in the nacelle. According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS), most-common non-fatal workplace injuries in 2019 were sprains, strains, and tears (approximately 35 incidents … Continue reading October Safety Campaign: Stand Tall

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American Wind Energy Association Launches Sixth Annual Safety Campaign

The American Wind Energy Association (AWEA) today kicks off the U.S. wind industry’s annual safety campaign. Stand Tall, this year’s October campaign, will focus on sprains and strains. With a record 120,000 Americans employed in bringing affordable, clean wind energy to communities across the country, workplace safety is more important than ever. AWEA’s safety data … Continue reading American Wind Energy Association Launches Sixth Annual Safety Campaign

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Wind energy, one of the most valuable sectors as a lever for recovery

The Asociación Empresarial Eólica (AEE) has inaugurated the V Spanish Wind Congress, the reference event for the wind sector, which during two days of conferences brings together leaders of the energy sector, politicians, different institutions and associations to analyze the future of the wind sector and renewable. The Minister for the Ecological Transition and the … Continue reading Wind energy, one of the most valuable sectors as a lever for recovery

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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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GWEC, Greenpeace and REN21 announce winner of “REvolutionaries” clean energy award in Africa

The Global Wind Energy Council (GWEC), joined by Greenpeace and REN21, has announced the winner of the first edition of the “Revolutionaries: The Steve Sawyer Memorial Award,” which honours late GWEC CEO Steve Sawyer’s work scaling up renewable energy around the world.Wangari Muchiri, a renewable energy engineer and planning expert based in Kenya, will receive … Continue reading GWEC, Greenpeace and REN21 announce winner of “REvolutionaries” clean energy award in Africa

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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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