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U.S. added 2,500 MW of wind energy, 1,200 MW of utility-scale solar, 100 MW of battery storage in first three months of the year

The Clean Power Quarterly Market Report, released today by the American Clean Power Association (ACP), shows that U.S. project developers installed nearly 40 percent more wind power in the first three months of 2021 than in the first three months of 2020, the strongest year ever for clean power. This amount of development also represents … Continue reading U.S. added 2,500 MW of wind energy, 1,200 MW of utility-scale solar, 100 MW of battery storage in first three months of the year

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American Clean Power Association Statement on Renewable Energy Investment Act

The American Clean Power Association (ACP)?issued the following statement after the Renewable Energy Investment Act was introduced in Congress today: “The American Clean Power Association strongly supports the Renewable Energy Investment Act introduced by Representatives Earl Blumenauer (D-OR) and Mike Levin (D-CA).  With the right mix of policies in place, clean energy is poised for tremendous … Continue reading American Clean Power Association Statement on Renewable Energy Investment Act

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IRENA Members to Expand Cross-border Interconnections as Shares of Renewables Grow

According to IRENA’s World Energy Transitions Outlook, to achieve climate goals, global electricity generation must expand three-fold by 2050, making grid flexibility exceptionally important as countries race to reduce emissions. Cross-border interconnection represents one of the key solutions to dealing with the variability of renewable power and grid stability issues. This topic was the focus … Continue reading IRENA Members to Expand Cross-border Interconnections as Shares of Renewables Grow

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Higher targets alone will not make for more wind energy

With its ‘Fit-for-55 Package’ the European Union wants to create the right framework for an emission reduction of 55% by 2030 and set the course for carbon neutrality by 2050. The package will include a higher renewable energy target, but targets alone won’t deliver the wind volume Europe needs. WindEurope outlines the wind industry’s key … Continue reading Higher targets alone will not make for more wind energy

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American Clean Power Association Statement on Vineyard Wind farm Record of Decision

The American Clean Power Association (ACP)?issued the following statement today after the U.S. Bureau of Ocean Energy Management issued a final record of decision for the Vineyard Wind I offshore wind power project: “This is a historic day for clean energy and for our country that has been over a decade in the making. Today … Continue reading American Clean Power Association Statement on Vineyard Wind farm Record of Decision

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American Clean Power Association Supports Offshore Wind energy Integration Into RTOs/ISOs

The American Clean Power Association (ACP)?issued the following statement on today’s Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) actions on offshore wind integration into regional transmission organizations (RTOs) and independent system operators (ISOs): “As states continue to turn to clean, reliable offshore wind to decarbonize the electric system and build a robust economic recovery, ensuring that transmission … Continue reading American Clean Power Association Supports Offshore Wind energy Integration Into RTOs/ISOs

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Debrief: What do all these new climate pledges mean for renewables?

The Leaders Climate Summit promised to be a big moment on the (so far virtual) road to COP26. With global leaders setting out their updated NDCs and climate strategies ahead of the Glasgow-bound conference in November, it’s fair to say that global climate ambition has never been higher. Now that the dust has settled, it … Continue reading Debrief: What do all these new climate pledges mean for renewables?

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Transmission policy would unlock wind energy growth

Building just 22 high-voltage transmission lines that are currently on hold in the U.S. could increase national wind and solar generation by 50 percent and create approximately 1.2 million jobs, according to a new study from Americans for a Clean Energy Grid (ACEG). The report, titled Transmission Projects Ready to Go: Plugging into America’s Untapped … Continue reading Transmission policy would unlock wind energy growth

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Eu approves new German renewables law but sets unhelpful precedent by allowing short-term cuts in auction volumes

Last week the European Commission approved the latest amendments to the German Renewable Energy Act. This means Germany can now publish the results of its last onshore wind auction, and work on the relevant wind farms can start. But the Commission have set an unhelpful precedent by approving a new mechanism in the Act which … Continue reading Eu approves new German renewables law but sets unhelpful precedent by allowing short-term cuts in auction volumes

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The EU’s revised Industrial Strategy: towards a strategic approach to renewables

Today the European Commission published its revised Industrial Strategy. The revised Strategy is an update of its Industrial Strategy of March 2020. It contains several new measures aimed at accelerating the roll-out of wind energy and other renewables. And crucially it acknowledges the strategic importance of renewable energies as a key industry that will make … Continue reading The EU’s revised Industrial Strategy: towards a strategic approach to renewables

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Latvia has a lot of wind energy potential – it’s time to start using it

On 29 April WindEurope CEO Giles Dickson spoke at “WindWorks. Powering Latvia’s energy future” organised by the Latvian Wind Energy Association (LWEA), the Danish Embassy in Latvia and business technology platform BiSMART. Other speakers included the President of Latvia Egils Levits, EU Energy Commissioner Kadri Simson, Danish Energy Minister Dan Jørgensen and Latvian Minister for … Continue reading Latvia has a lot of wind energy potential – it’s time to start using it

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China is taking wind energy seriously

China was the first country in the world to harness the power of wind. The first windmills were believed to be used as early as 200 B.C. during the Qin Dynasty, using wind power to grind grain and irrigate and drain water for agriculture. Travelers and merchants are believed by historians to have spread this … Continue reading China is taking wind energy seriously

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American Clean Power Association Supports SEIA Solar Supply Chain Traceability Protocol

The American Clean Power Association (ACP)?today issued the following statement in support of the Solar Energy Industries Association’s (SEIA) Solar Supply Chain Traceability Protocol. “The American Clean Power Association and the Solar Energy Industries Association (SEIA) stand shoulder to shoulder united in our commitment to the Solar Supply Chain Traceability Protocol. This is an important initiative driven … Continue reading American Clean Power Association Supports SEIA Solar Supply Chain Traceability Protocol

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Green electricity for green vehicles – RWE signs long-term contract with VW and Luxcara

10-year Power Purchase Agreement (PPA) with annual volume of up to 170 gigawatt hours  Green electricity to flow from Luxcara’s German solar farm to VW starting in 2022  VW and RWE in talks about further purchase agreements  RWE Supply & Trading will source electricity from Germany’s largest independent solar park from 2022 onwards and supply … Continue reading Green electricity for green vehicles – RWE signs long-term contract with VW and Luxcara

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Wind energy can power 3.3 million new jobs worldwide over next five years

Wind power will continue to deliver record growth of new installations over the next five years, and make crucial contributions to economic recovery around the world. A new analysis by the Global Wind Energy Council (GWEC) shows that wind can power 3.3 million jobs over the next five years in a dynamic supply chain across … Continue reading Wind energy can power 3.3 million new jobs worldwide over next five years

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Five ACP members listed among the world’s 100 most influential companies

The hard work of ACP’s member companies is literally changing the world as we combat the climate crisis and build a 21st century clean energy economy. Their projects are shifting the ways we power our lives and deploying the technologies of the future. And people are taking notice—five ACP members were just featured on the … Continue reading Five ACP members listed among the world’s 100 most influential companies

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The clean energy transition is already happening—the proof is all around us

Here’s a myth that needs to be put to bed—we’re just starting the clean energy transition. In reality, clean energy arrived years ago and power sources like wind and solar are supplying affordable, reliable, clean electricity to millions of U.S. homes and businesses. Clean energy isn’t a niche product or novelty; it’s a major American … Continue reading The clean energy transition is already happening—the proof is all around us

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Biden’s climate summit could mark a new beginning

On Earth Day, the world’s political leaders gathered at US President Joe Biden’s climate summit. If the world’s three largest economic blocs agree on the importance of carbon pricing, the summit will send a strong signal across the world. Opinion piece by Statkraft CEO, Christian Rynning-Tønnesen The period leading up to the UN Climate Change … Continue reading Biden’s climate summit could mark a new beginning

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Romanian coal miners skill centre to fully take off

It is crucial to take coal regions along in the European energy transition – we need a just transition. In practice this means that new jobs need to be created for fossil fuel workers – and they need to be trained to fill these jobs. This is the only way for coal regions to go … Continue reading Romanian coal miners skill centre to fully take off

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The best red states jobs plan in a generation

Fifty-one years ago, Americans marked the first Earth Day – led by a Republican Congressman serving as its pioneering co-chairman.  It was truly a bipartisan day for the country. Months later, a Republican President, Richard Nixon signed into existence the Environmental Protection Agency and heralded the passage of the Clean Water, Clean Air and Endangered … Continue reading The best red states jobs plan in a generation

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