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AWEA Urges Department of Interior to Advance Offshore Wind Energy Projects

This weekend represents the one-year anniversary of a record-breaking auction for three lease areas offshore wind power the coast of Massachusetts. Rights to develop the three lease areas sold for a combined $405 million, with winning bids coming from Mayflower Wind Energy, Equinor, and Vineyard Wind. “Last year’s auction results erased any doubts that harnessing … Continue reading AWEA Urges Department of Interior to Advance Offshore Wind Energy Projects

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Wind power industry calls for additional 7 GW of wind energy to be installed in Thailand by 2037

The prospects for wind energy are promising in Thailand, which has the technical potential for onshore wind capacity of 13-17 GW. New regulation must be put in place to pave the way for the energy transition in Thailand and address issues that will challenge project development such as clear and ambitious targets, supportive and transparent … Continue reading Wind power industry calls for additional 7 GW of wind energy to be installed in Thailand by 2037

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GWEC and OLADE team-up to drive the wind energy transition in Latin America

The Global Wind Energy Council and OLADE, the Latin American Energy Organisation, have signed a MoU to cooperate on accelerating the development of renewable energy in Latin America by addressing key challenges to the region’s energy transition. GWEC Market Intelligence sees Latin America as one of the regions globally with the highest potential for wind … Continue reading GWEC and OLADE team-up to drive the wind energy transition in Latin America

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Wind energy expansion and birds of prey

As a carbon-free energy source, wind power is a leading climate change solution. And that’s important to countless species threatened by a warming planet. For example, the National Audubon Society finds two-thirds of North American birds are at risk of extinction due to climate change. Wind also helps cut smog-creating air pollution from sulfur dioxides … Continue reading Wind energy expansion and birds of prey

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Wind energy generated 32.7% of electricity in November in Spain

Renewable energy covered 48.6% of electricity demand in November in Spain, wind power generated 32.7%, solar thermal 0.4% and photovoltaic 2.3%. The demand for national electricity in November is estimated at 21,966 GWh, 0.4% lower than that registered in the same month of the previous year. If the effects of the calendar and temperatures are … Continue reading Wind energy generated 32.7% of electricity in November in Spain

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UNDP and IRENA Poised to Support Breakthroughs on Renewables

Solar, wind energy, and hydro power offer affordable path towards clean energy for all – UNDP to help 100 countries strengthen their Nationally-Determined Contributions. Nations around the world should embark on a massive and immediate shift to renewable energy, the United Nations and the International Renewable Energy Agency (IRENA) said today, adding that such a … Continue reading UNDP and IRENA Poised to Support Breakthroughs on Renewables

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The American Wind Energy Association (AWEA) issued a statement regarding Elizabeth Warren’s “Blue New Deal” Plan

“Policies like those proposed in Sen. Elizabeth Warren’s ‘Blue New Deal’ will play an important role in growing offshore wind into the next major homegrown energy source. Offshore wind will create thousands of jobs and a new American supply chain and will revitalize coastal and port communities – all while supplying clean energy to many … Continue reading The American Wind Energy Association (AWEA) issued a statement regarding Elizabeth Warren’s “Blue New Deal” Plan

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Denmark plans to build artificial islands for wind energy

Denmark is pursuing plans to build one or more artificial islands surrounded by offshore wind turbines with a capacity of 10 gigawatts, capable of supplying up to 10 million households, the climate and energy ministry has said. The country, which produced 41% of its energy from wind power in 2018, the highest level in Europe, … Continue reading Denmark plans to build artificial islands for wind energy

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Renewables associations come together to promote development

The Spanish Wind Energy Association (AEE) has joined the commitment to develop renewable energy along with other Spanish associations, and representatives from Argentina, Chile, Colombia, Ecuador, Mexico, Peru, Uruguay. An agreement signed in the framework of the Energy Day of COP25, and with which the Spanish wind sector is identified as a key technology to … Continue reading Renewables associations come together to promote development

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WindEurope at COP25: This is how wind energy can help deliver a climate-neutral economy

On 10 December WindEurope’s Iván Pineda spoke at the EU Energy Day side event of the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (COP25) in Madrid. He spoke on a panel discussion: “Towards an energy system based on 100% renewables.”  Pineda was clear: “The number one objective is to fully decarbonise the power sector – … Continue reading WindEurope at COP25: This is how wind energy can help deliver a climate-neutral economy

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Small Island Developing States: Renewable Ambition in Pursuit of Climate Change Adaptation

Small Island Developing States (SIDS) are amongst the most vulnerable countries in the world when it comes to climate change. At the same time, they are amongst the most ambitious when it comes to climate action. The progress of the energy transition in SIDS was the focus of several events for IRENA during COP25 where … Continue reading Small Island Developing States: Renewable Ambition in Pursuit of Climate Change Adaptation

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Wind energy industry commits to greater gender diversity at industry events

On the occasion of COP25’s Gender Day, 14 wind energy associations representing the industry across the world have committed to uphold best practices for gender diversity at their future industry events. Led by the Women in Wind Global Leadership Program, a joint initiative between the Global Wind Energy Council (GWEC) and the Global Women’s Network … Continue reading Wind energy industry commits to greater gender diversity at industry events

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COP25 Energy Action Day Drives Climate-proofing of Global Energy Systems

“IKEA operates more wind turbines than it does stores” – this comment by Karol Gobczynsk, Head of Climate and Energy of the INGKA Group during the Energy Action Event in Madrid on 7 December typifies the dramatic change in the energy landscape which is currently underway. Just a few short years ago, it was inconceivable … Continue reading COP25 Energy Action Day Drives Climate-proofing of Global Energy Systems

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Unexplored countries with high wind power potential: Russia, Somalia, Oman, Vietnam, Iceland and Kazakhstan

There is a lot of information available about the countries that have the highest installed capacity with wind power and how these countries increase their capacity every year. Think of countries like China, the United States, Germany, India or Spain. Information on countries with installed wind turbines capacity is available to the public, is very … Continue reading Unexplored countries with high wind power potential: Russia, Somalia, Oman, Vietnam, Iceland and Kazakhstan

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Wind energy already serves 6% of the world’s electricity demand

Renewable energy today employs twice as many people as the oil industry (oil and gas). The International Renewable Energy Agency estimates that photovoltaics, wind energy, concentrated solar power and other renewable energy employ more than eleven million people. The energy transition is a revolution. The wind power sector expects to install more electric power in … Continue reading Wind energy already serves 6% of the world’s electricity demand

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COP 25: Renewable Energy Ambition in NDCs Must Double by 2030

Countries are being urged to significantly raise renewable energy ambition and adopt targets to transform the global energy system in the next round of Nationally Determined Contributions (NDCs), according to a new report by the International Renewable Energy Agency (IRENA) that will be released at the UN Climate Change Conference (COP25) in Madrid. The report … Continue reading COP 25: Renewable Energy Ambition in NDCs Must Double by 2030

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WindEurope to IEA Ministers: citizens and businesses want more wind energy

WindEurope’s CEO Giles Dickson took part in the International Energy Agency’s (IEA) biennial Ministerial Meeting in Paris on 5 December. He addressed the Ministers on consumer and citizen engagement. He noted the growing demand for clean energy among household and business consumers. Because of climate change. And because they also see that renewables are now … Continue reading WindEurope to IEA Ministers: citizens and businesses want more wind energy

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OEM leaders from wind, solar and storage come together to discuss what’s next

AWEA’s just-completed Clean Energy Executive Summit is a one-stop shop to gather intel on the latest clean energy trends. At this year’s conference, attendees learned about current projections and industry forecasts, followed by a discussion of leading original equipment manufacturers (OEMs) of wind, solar and storage technologies. These leaders spanned the pan-renewable spectrum and came … Continue reading OEM leaders from wind, solar and storage come together to discuss what’s next

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The renewable energy organizations see the Spanish Energy and Climate Plan ambitious but feasible

The main renewable energy organizations in Spain highlight that the National Integrated Energy and Climate Plan (Pniec) is «ambitious» but «feasible», and that proposals such as reaching 74% of renewable electricity generation in 2030 «could even be exceed». The president of Protermosolar, Luis Crespo, has pointed out that all actors must work «together and efficiently» … Continue reading The renewable energy organizations see the Spanish Energy and Climate Plan ambitious but feasible

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Wind energy, solar energy, oil, coal, natural gas and climate change

The greenhouse gas emissions that cause climate change reached a record in 2019. Scientists’ warnings abound, and much of the world has long denied the effects of nature-causing gas emissions on climate change in the planet. Now, however, there is no way to ignore the protests: the facts and research show that we are close … Continue reading Wind energy, solar energy, oil, coal, natural gas and climate change

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