Category Archives: OpEd

Wind energy, Nobody understands what Mexico is doing

Ramón Fiestas, president of the Latin American committee of the Global Wind Energy Council, points out that the changes in energy matters go against the decarbonization of the rest of the world. The changes that Mexico has made in the electricity market are already being echoed in the international arena. Not only among investors, but … Continue reading Wind energy, Nobody understands what Mexico is doing

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After years of false starts, offshore wind energy is poised to take off

About 60 miles east of New York’s Montauk Point, a 128,000-acre expanse of the Atlantic Ocean is expected to produce enough electricity to power around 850,000 homes when it’s populated with wind turbines and connected to the onshore grid in the next few years. Fifteen miles off Atlantic City, New Jersey, another windy swath of … Continue reading After years of false starts, offshore wind energy is poised to take off

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Spain has the opportunity to lead floating offshore wind energy

Approximately two years ago at the Asociación Empresarial Eólica (AEE) we set up the Offshore Wind Working Group, promoted by a small group of companies interested in analyzing the opportunities that were opening up in the Spanish market for wind turbines, since some technologies Floaters were beginning to reach levels of commercial development. Floating offshore … Continue reading Spain has the opportunity to lead floating offshore wind energy

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Africa is only tapping into 0.01% of its wind power potential

In 2020, 821 MW of new wind power capacity was installed in Africa and the Middle East, bringing total capacity in the region to over 7 GW, which helps to avoid 10.7 million tonnes of CO2 emissions annually – equivalent to taking 2.3 million passenger cars off the road.The technical wind energy resource potential on … Continue reading Africa is only tapping into 0.01% of its wind power potential

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Renewables creating a generational opportunity in rural America

Large parts of rural America have been experiencing population decline for over half a century. In fact, 35 percent of rural counties have a combined 6.2 million fewer residents than they did in 1950. There are many reasons for this demographic change, including a lack of economic opportunity for young people, who are often forced … Continue reading Renewables creating a generational opportunity in rural America

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American Clean Power Association Statement on CLEAN Future Act?

The American Clean Power Association (ACP)?today issued the following statement after the U.S. House of Representatives Energy and Commerce Committee introduced the CLEAN Future Act. “We commend the House Energy and Commerce Committee for proposing robust climate legislation. The clean electricity standard represents a meaningful step forward on national energy policy that will help unleash … Continue reading American Clean Power Association Statement on CLEAN Future Act?

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American Clean Power Association Statement on Secretary Granholm’s Confirmation

The American Clean Power Association (ACP) today issued the following statement after the Senate confirmed Jennifer Granholm as U.S. Energy Secretary. “American Clean Power congratulates Secretary Granholm on taking the helm of the Department of Energy. Having worked on energy policy with Secretary Granholm, I know that she is committed to the Biden administration’s interlinked … Continue reading American Clean Power Association Statement on Secretary Granholm’s Confirmation

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China installed half of new global offshore wind energy capacity during 2020 in record year

China leads the world in new annual offshore wind turbines installations for the third year in a row with over 3 GW of new offshore wind farm capacity in 2020.Steady growth in Europe, driven by the Netherlands and Belgium, accounts for majority of the remaining new offshore wind power installations in 2020, along with the … Continue reading China installed half of new global offshore wind energy capacity during 2020 in record year

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Global Renewables Bodies Call on Mexico’s Government to Restore the Country’s Transition to Clean Energy

Today the leading global renewable energy bodies, The Global Wind Energy Council and The Global Solar Council, jointly called upon the government of Mexico to urgently restore the country’s transition away from expensive and polluting fossil fuels, and reset the course to a sustainable future based on competitive, clean renewable energy. A joint statement was … Continue reading Global Renewables Bodies Call on Mexico’s Government to Restore the Country’s Transition to Clean Energy

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Denmark to build energy island: cross-border “hybrid” offshore wind farms are on their way

The Danish Parliament has voted in favour of the construction of an artificial energy island in the North Sea which will serve as an energy hub for offshore wind. The plan is that the island will be connected to multiple countries’ electricity networks. When fully connected, it will help transmit up to 10 GW of offshore … Continue reading Denmark to build energy island: cross-border “hybrid” offshore wind farms are on their way

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America’s Clean Energy Leaders Urge President Biden to Repeal Trump Solar Tariff Proclamation

Seventeen leading renewable energy CEOs are calling on President Biden to rescind the Trump Administration’s October 2020 solar proclamation, which improperly increased tariffs on solar panels and rescinds the exclusion for bifacial solar panels. Led by the Solar Energy Industries Association (SEIA) and supported by the American Clean Power Association, the letter calls attention to … Continue reading America’s Clean Energy Leaders Urge President Biden to Repeal Trump Solar Tariff Proclamation

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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. This economic output will play an essential role in post-pandemic recovery while also … Continue reading U.S. offshore wind power is set to take off within the next decade

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The Texas blackouts: Don’t misplace blame on renewables

Texas is currently experiencing once-in-a-generation cold weather that has caused widespread blackouts across the state. Companies are working as quickly and creatively as possible to restore power to the residents and first responders bearing the burden of this anomaly, hopefully bringing an end to this hardship as soon as possible. In the coming days and … Continue reading The Texas blackouts: Don’t misplace blame on renewables

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The Truth About Texas: Thermal Power Plant Failures are the Blackout Culprits

Texas has suffered this week, but crisis reveals character. Record cold weather brought this state to the brink, but never brought Texas to its knees. Neighbors have come together to help neighbors, and everyone from front line responders to the engineers and experts who manage electricity production have worked around the clock to restore power. … Continue reading The Truth About Texas: Thermal Power Plant Failures are the Blackout Culprits

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EU’s Recovery and Resilience Facility and wind power

The €673bn Recovery & Resilience Facility (RRF) regulation was published on 18 February 2021. It represents an unprecedented EU-level fiscal intervention to revive the European economy in the wake of the COVID-19 pandemic. Crucially, the objective of the RRF is not to return the EU to business-as-usual but to lay the foundations for Europe’s future … Continue reading EU’s Recovery and Resilience Facility and wind power

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EU needs a proactive renewables industrial strategy to reach its climate goals

On 1 February WindEurope CEO Giles Dickson participated in the kick-off meeting of the EU Industrial Forum. The Forum brings together all 27 EU Member States, the EU Commission and other stakeholders to consider how the EU can support its strategic industrial eco-systems.   The EU needs a proactive renewables industrial strategy to reach climate … Continue reading EU needs a proactive renewables industrial strategy to reach its climate goals

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Turkey offers more visibility on wind energy pipeline with new support scheme

YEKDEM (Turkish acronym for “Renewable Energy Resources Support Mechanism”) is Turkey’s main support scheme for onshore wind.  It started in 2011 and was due to end on 31 December 2020.  It was extended to 30 June 2021 to accommodate delays to projects under construction caused by the COVID-19 pandemic. Turkey performed well on wind energy … Continue reading Turkey offers more visibility on wind energy pipeline with new support scheme

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American Clean Power Association Launches Website

The American Clean Power Association (ACP), the new multi-technology renewable energy industry trade group, today unveiled its new website and rolled out the association’s first ever ad campaign showcasing the size and economic punch of the industry and its massive future potential. The new trade association, which began operations on January 1 and formally launched … Continue reading American Clean Power Association Launches Website

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Latest UK seabed leasing risks raising costs of offshore wind energy

Today the Crown Estate announced the results of its Round 4 seabed leasing for offshore wind in the UK. The Offshore Wind Lease Round 4 allocated areas for developing nearly 8 GW of capacity. This is too little new capacity considering the huge ambitions the UK Government has to quadruple its offshore wind to 40 … Continue reading Latest UK seabed leasing risks raising costs of offshore wind energy

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Spanish wind power appeals to establish adequate mechanisms to take care of its industrial value chain

At the first appointment of the wind sector in 2021, the conference ‘La Eólica y sus Mercados’, which the Wind Energy Association (AEE) celebrates today and tomorrow, experts from the sector will analyze renewable auctions, the next regulatory challenges and the market situation , among other outstanding topics. The Spanish wind energy sector considers it … Continue reading Spanish wind power appeals to establish adequate mechanisms to take care of its industrial value chain

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