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American Wind Energy Association Statement on IRS Safe Harbor Guidance

The American Wind Energy Association (AWEA) today issued the following statement after the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) provided one additional year of safe harbor flexibility for wind projects that began construction in 2016 and 2017, in order to help address the significant short-term challenges associated with COVID-19. “We applaud the Administration for taking this critical … Continue reading American Wind Energy Association Statement on IRS Safe Harbor Guidance

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COVID-19 Intensifies the Urgency to Expand Sustainable Energy Solutions Worldwide

To meet the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) targets by 2030, countries must safeguard the gains already attained and accelerate efforts to achieve affordable, reliable, sustainable and modern energy for all. Despite accelerated progress over the past decade, the world will fall short of ensuring universal access to affordable, reliable, sustainable, and modern energy by 2030 … Continue reading COVID-19 Intensifies the Urgency to Expand Sustainable Energy Solutions Worldwide

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EU Recovery Strategy to boost renewable energies and green technologies

Today the European Commission tabled its long-awaited “Recovery Strategy”. It’s two elements, a new EU Budget for 2021-27 and a new Recovery Fund, amount to €1.85tn of total investment. The Strategy clearly enshrines the green transition as the main driver of economic recovery and as key to Europe’s future growth and prosperity. Within that the … Continue reading EU Recovery Strategy to boost renewable energies and green technologies

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Outgoing AWEA board chair Rob Caldwell reflects on a 40-year energy career

After 40 years in the power generation business, Rob Caldwell has seen a lot of change—technologies improve, customer preferences evolve, and policy drivers adapt to reflect the will of the people. As his tenure as AWEA Board Chair comes to a close and he nears retirement as President of Duke Energy Renewables, I had a … Continue reading Outgoing AWEA board chair Rob Caldwell reflects on a 40-year energy career

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The Spanish Wind Energy Association joins the manifesto for a sustainable economic recovery

3549/5000in More than 1,300 personalities from politics, businessmen, unions, NGOs, scientists and civil society have signed a manifesto showing their support for a recovery plan for the Spanish economy that is sustainable. The Spanish Wind Energy Association (AEE) has joined this initiative. “We support a recovery towards a more sustainable and robust economy, and demand … Continue reading The Spanish Wind Energy Association joins the manifesto for a sustainable economic recovery

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Strategies for the recycling of wind turbine blades

WindEurope, the European Chemical Industry Council (Cefic) and the European Composites Industry Association (EuCIA) present their recommendations for the recycling of wind turbine blades in their new report ‘Accelerating Wind Turbine Blade Circularity’. Today around 85 to 90% of wind turbines’ total mass can be recycled. But turbine blades represent a specific challenge. Made from … Continue reading Strategies for the recycling of wind turbine blades

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Iberdrola: “If we accelerate clean energy provision we could create 300,000 jobs immediately”

In an interview with national newspaper El País External link, opens in new window. on Sunday 24 May as part of its Jobs and the Crisis series, Iberdrola group chairman Ignacio Galán explained that “we will emerge from this crisis greener or not at all”, an opinion shared by all European Union and United Nations … Continue reading Iberdrola: “If we accelerate clean energy provision we could create 300,000 jobs immediately”

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Spain rolls out ambitious new climate legislation

Spain’s new Climate Change and Energy Transition Bill, reinforces the country‘s commitment to the Paris Climate Agreement and promotes green growth as a pillar of its COVID-19 recovery plans. It raises climate targets, boosts e-mobility, and makes cities greener. And it forces the investors to divest from fossil fuels. In line with EU ambitions, Spain … Continue reading Spain rolls out ambitious new climate legislation

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Renewable hydrogen is key to unlocking the complete decarbonisation of European industries

Today eight industry leading companies, SolarPower Europe and WindEurope have launched “Choose Renewable Hydrogen”, a joint initiative highlighting the crucial role of renewables to ensure a sound economic recovery, aligned with the European Green Deal. Signatories called on the European Commission to make the right choices for Europe’s upcoming energy system integration and hydrogen strategy, … Continue reading Renewable hydrogen is key to unlocking the complete decarbonisation of European industries

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EU Biodiversity Strategy goes hand in hand with energy transition

Today the European Commission presented the EU Biodiversity Strategy. The strategy aims to restore the loss of biodiversity and ecosystems and to mitigate negative environmental effects of climate change. It acknowledges the importance of renewable energies in achieving these goals. The EU biodiversity strategy proposes legally binding EU nature restoration targets and requirements for national … Continue reading EU Biodiversity Strategy goes hand in hand with energy transition

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#AmericanWindWeek 2020: Wind Energy Builds the Future

August is fast approaching, and that means it’s time to start planning for #AmericanWindWeek 2020, happening August 9-15. And to get your creative juices flowing, we’re happy to announce this year’s theme: Wind Builds the Future. There are so many ways wind is building a better, cleaner future for all Americans: The wind workforce is … Continue reading #AmericanWindWeek 2020: Wind Energy Builds the Future

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German government drops the idea of wind energy distance rule

Germany’s governing coalition of Christian Democrats (CDU/CSU) and Social Democrats (SPD) yesterday agreed to drop the idea of nationwide 1000m distance rule for wind turbines.  Instead the German States can now set their own rules up to a maximum distance of 1000m.  This ends long discussions and paves the way for Germany to define its new … Continue reading German government drops the idea of wind energy distance rule

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Mexico against common sense and against wind energy

The President of Mexico AMLO lacks all common sense, he is an old school populist, like Trump, Bolsonaro and similar characters, left or right, and in addition to having denied the coronavirus for months, he is an defender of oil and an enemy from wind power and solar energy. History will put you in the … Continue reading Mexico against common sense and against wind energy

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Q1 2020 Wind Energy Auctions Database

As part of GWEC Market Intelligence’s services, the database on global wind auctions is an important tool for the industry to stay up-to-date on all the latest developments and business opportunities around the world. While the industry has been impacted by the COVID-19 crisis and auctions have been delayed or postponed in a few countries, … Continue reading Q1 2020 Wind Energy Auctions Database

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Global wind energy industry issues statement on green recovery

On 6 May, GWEC along with signatories representing all the major wind industry corporates and associations across the world have released a statement highlighting wind power’s role in the global economic recovery following the COVID-19 crisis and laying out the key policy actions that must be put into motion in order to realise a sustainable … Continue reading Global wind energy industry issues statement on green recovery

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IRENA and ESCAP Step up Joint Efforts to Support Asia-Pacific’s Crisis Response

The two organisations will seek to bolster provision of low-cost, sustainable energy to prepare health systems for vaccine delivery and rebuild economies. The United Nations Economic and Social Commission for Asia and the Pacific (ESCAP) and the International Renewable Energy Agency (IRENA) will work together to improve access to sustainable energy, bolstering the Asia-Pacific region’s … Continue reading IRENA and ESCAP Step up Joint Efforts to Support Asia-Pacific’s Crisis Response

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Broad alliance of European countries calls for an EU industrial policy for renewables

In a letter to EU Commissioner for Internal Market Thierry Breton and EU Commissioner for Energy Kadri Simson, ministers from Lithuania, Poland, Greece, Spain, Latvia, Estonia, Austria and Luxemburg call for an EU industrial policy to expand renewables supply chains in Europe. “When Ministers from Poland, Greece, Spain, Austria, the Benelux and all 3 Baltic States say they … Continue reading Broad alliance of European countries calls for an EU industrial policy for renewables

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The President of Mexico AMLO against wind energy

On May 3, Cenace published the “Agreement to guarantee the efficiency, Quality, Reliability, Continuity and security of the National Electric System, on the occasion of the recognition of the epidemic of disease due to the SARS-CoV2 virus (COVID-19)” , in which it established that they will apply actions and strategies to strengthen the reliability of … Continue reading The President of Mexico AMLO against wind energy

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Wind Power will be a key building block for Economic Recovery

Major players in the wind sector have published a statement that highlights how wind energy is a key building block for economic recovery from the impact of COVID-19. Wind energy is one of the fastest growing industries in the world, and could create nearly 4 million direct and indirect jobs as well as between $207bn … Continue reading Wind Power will be a key building block for Economic Recovery

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Wind energy companies in Spain continue to collaborate in the fight against COVID-19

Since the health crisis started by COVID-19 in the world, there have been many companies in the wind energy sector in Spain that are collaborating in the donation of products, as well as the provision of services to fight this pandemic. Below, we summarize some actions that several of the members of the Wind Business … Continue reading Wind energy companies in Spain continue to collaborate in the fight against COVID-19

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