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European Commission calls out EU countries on insufficient renewables ambition, lack of policy measures in their National Energy and Climate Plans

The European Commission today released its assessment and recommendations on the EU-28 countries’ National Energy and Climate Plans for 2030. These Plans aim to drive investments into the energy transition and ensure that Europe meets its collective 2030 target of 32% renewable energy. As they stand the Plans will not allow Europe to deliver on … Continue reading European Commission calls out EU countries on insufficient renewables ambition, lack of policy measures in their National Energy and Climate Plans

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Renewables now supply more than a quarter (26%) of global electricity

Renewable energy ( wind energy, PV, concentrated solar power) is increasingly powering the world, but erratic policy making is holding the sector back from its potential contribution to cutting carbon pollution and meeting climate and development targets, according to REN21’s Renewables 2019 Global Status Report (GSR), released today.  The report confirms that for the fourth … Continue reading Renewables now supply more than a quarter (26%) of global electricity

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Wind energy more important than ever to power economic development and achieve climate action goals

On 15 June, the wind industry will celebrate the annual Global Wind Day, showcasing the growth and benefits of wind power in communities worldwide There is now more than 591GW of wind power capacity installed globally in 91 countries, with continued growth predicted as wind power is quickly becoming one of the cheapest energy sources … Continue reading Wind energy more important than ever to power economic development and achieve climate action goals

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IRENA to Present Innovation Pathway to Renewable Energy Growth at G20

The G20 group of countries, whose members represent nearly 80 per cent of global energy consumption and hold 75 per cent of global renewables deployment potential by 2030, are well positioned to lead the global energy transformation. The group has shown a growing commitment to collaborate on climate and energy issues, and to address challenges … Continue reading IRENA to Present Innovation Pathway to Renewable Energy Growth at G20

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Market-driven offshore wind power is key to Europe’s fight against climate change

On 4 June WindEurope CEO Giles Dickson took part in a panel on jobs and exports at the Assises Nationales des Energies Marines Renouvelables, the annual French conference for marine renewable energy. Organised by SER, the French renewable energy association, the event took place in Dunkirk as the European wind industry awaits for the results … Continue reading Market-driven offshore wind power is key to Europe’s fight against climate change

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Wind power remains affordable despite flawed study

he phrase “garbage in, garbage out” explains that analysis based on flawed input assumptions will result in flawed results and conclusions. A recent textbook example of that comes from the American Coalition for Clean Coal Electricity (ACCE) and the special interest group Institute for Energy Research (IER). IER has been down this road before, and … Continue reading Wind power remains affordable despite flawed study

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American Wind Energy Association (AWEA) safety initiatives: Be safe and prepared as temperatures rise

With the calendar flipping to June the dog days of summer will be here before we know it. That means it’s getting hot out there, and wind workers need to take precautions to maintain a safe working environment. According to OSHA, many people are exposed to heat on the job, in both indoor and outdoor … Continue reading American Wind Energy Association (AWEA) safety initiatives: Be safe and prepared as temperatures rise

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Bonn Community Power Declaration

World Wind Energy Association : We, the participants of the 4th International Community Wind Symposium & Community Power Forum, have gathered in Bonn on 28 & 29 May under the theme “Shaping the Energy Transition – Strength through Alliances”. Building on the predecessor events and in particular on the Fukushima Community Power Declaration, the Community … Continue reading Bonn Community Power Declaration

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EU election results: the Parliament has a mandate to deliver on a net-zero carbon economy by 2050

From 23 to 26 May millions of Europeans went to the polls to elect their Members of the European Parliament. At 51% this year’s EU election turnout was the highest since 1999. And it was the first time turnout had gone up in the European elections. Voters increasingly see that Climate and Energy challenges are … Continue reading EU election results: the Parliament has a mandate to deliver on a net-zero carbon economy by 2050

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Solar power, onshore wind energy to fall below cost of fossil fuel for first time

Renewable energy has become an increasingly competitive way to meet new power generation needs. This comprehensive cost study from the International Renewable Energy Agency (IRENA) highlights the latest trends for each of the main renewable power technologies. Released ahead of high-profile United Nations energy and climate discussions, Renewable Power Generation Costs in 2018 draws on the … Continue reading Solar power, onshore wind energy to fall below cost of fossil fuel for first time

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Chinese energy expert calls for accelerated green, low carbon development

A Chinese energy expert on Saturday challenged the global community to accelerate green and low carbon development. Cheng Zhiqiang, deputy secretary general of Global Energy Interconnection Development and Cooperation Organization (GEIDCO), said that sustainable urban development is faced with climate change, environmental pollution, health and poverty challenges. “The root cause of these challenges is the … Continue reading Chinese energy expert calls for accelerated green, low carbon development

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GWEC working with World Bank Group to hold forum on Offshore Wind Power in London

Forum will bring together emerging markets with strong offshore wind energy potential, with representatives from 15 governments expected to attend. World Bank and the International Finance Corporation (IFC) have launched program to fast-track the adoption of offshore wind energy in developing countries. GWEC Market Intelligence expects global offshore wind capacity to grow to 210GW in … Continue reading GWEC working with World Bank Group to hold forum on Offshore Wind Power in London

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Redundant Defense and Interior appropriations language risks delaying U.S. offshore wind power

The American Wind Energy Association (AWEA) issued the following statement in response to recent inclusion of language related to U.S. offshore wind development in the Department of Defense (DoD) and Department of the Interior (DOI) FY 2020 appropriations bills: “The offshore wind industry is committed to compatibility with national security and wind projects are rigorously … Continue reading Redundant Defense and Interior appropriations language risks delaying U.S. offshore wind power

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AWEA statement on Gov. Hogan’s Clean Energy Jobs Act decision

Maryland’s Gov. Larry Hogan today announced that he would allow the Clean Energy and Jobs Act (CEJA) to pass into law. The law will establish a 50 percent by 2030 renewable portfolio standard (RPS) and is the culmination of years of dedicated work from the Maryland State Legislature. CEJA will help deliver affordable, clean energy … Continue reading AWEA statement on Gov. Hogan’s Clean Energy Jobs Act decision

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Germany’s offshore wind energy supply chain under pressure

The German offshore wind energy supply chain is under real pressure. A lack of auctions – the last one was in April 2018 and no more are scheduled until 2021 – and a disappointing perspective for future auction volumes to 2030 means their order books are drying up and it’s unclear when and how they … Continue reading Germany’s offshore wind energy supply chain under pressure

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Is Vietnam the next offshore wind energy hotspot in South East Asia?

We are just over two weeks away from the second edition of GWEC’s Vietnam Wind Power 2019 which will take place in Hanoi from 11-12 June, in partnership with GIZ, the Danish Embassy Hanoi and the Embassy of Ireland. During this two-day event, GWEC is organising its first closed-door Offshore Roundtable in Vietnam, hoping to start some early conversations … Continue reading Is Vietnam the next offshore wind energy hotspot in South East Asia?

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Could Hydro Storage Prime the Pump for Renewables?

A project team from GE Research and GE Energy Consulting, supported by GE Renewable Energy’s hydro teams, has been awarded $1.25 MM in funding from the US Department of Energy (DOE) Water Power Technologies Office to evaluate the long-term benefits and economics of pumped storage hydropower (PSH) to provide flexibility, system stability and reliability services … Continue reading Could Hydro Storage Prime the Pump for Renewables?

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The Spanish wind energy sector plans to double by 2030 the more than 22,500 current employees

The Spanish wind power sector estimates that in 2030 the current employment figure will be doubled, amounting to more than 22,500 professionals, so “we must take advantage of this opportunity for growth” of this industry, said the CEO of the Spanish Wind Energy Association ( AEE), Juan Virgilio Márquez. In the ‘Windtalent’ day organized by … Continue reading The Spanish wind energy sector plans to double by 2030 the more than 22,500 current employees

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The European Parliament is a key enabler of wind energy

It was the Parliament that fought for the 32% EU renewables target for 2030 – the European Commission and the Member States initially only wanted 27%. Last year the Parliament also pushed for more EU finance for renewables and R&D funding. And it secured key improvements to make Europe’s electricity markets ready for more renewables. … Continue reading The European Parliament is a key enabler of wind energy

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Why offshore wind energy is essential to the fight against climate change

16 May marked the opening of European Maritime Day (EMD) 2019 in Lisbon, Portugal. The two-day event is the annual EU meeting point on maritime affairs and blue growth, focusing on entrepreneurship, research, innovation and investment to transform traditional maritime sectors and boost emerging technologies and value chains.  With the eyes of the world focused on the ongoing climate … Continue reading Why offshore wind energy is essential to the fight against climate change

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