Category Archives: OpEd

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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Cross-border energy markets are a reality

On Tuesday 14 May On Tuesday 14 May WindEurope CEO Giles Dickson spoke on a panel on European energy markets at the European Economic Forum in Katowice, Poland. Dickson told attendees that cross-border coupling of energy markets is not a future goal: it’s a present reality. There is already an integrated European market for energy … Continue reading Cross-border energy markets are a reality

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Acciona, a pioneer in the hybridization of solar panels with wind power towers

The company has installed flexible organic photovoltaic modules in a wind turbine tower in the Breña Wind Farm (Albacete) to cover the consumption of the wind turbines auxiliary systems. The project will allow the testing of organic PV panels and their application to optimize the efficiency of wind energy. The Energy Division of ACCIONA has … Continue reading Acciona, a pioneer in the hybridization of solar panels with wind power towers

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New report: Strengthening America’s “Electric Highway” will fast-track U.S. economic growth

The United States urgently needs a 21st Century update of its aging power grid and the solution, well-planned transmission investment, will more than pay for itself according to a new report released today by the American Wind Energy Association (AWEA). Grid Vision: The Electric Highway to a 21st Century Economy outlines why an interconnected, modern transmission grid is … Continue reading New report: Strengthening America’s “Electric Highway” will fast-track U.S. economic growth

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AWEA’s Amy Farrell gives remarks at Politico’s Reinventing American Energy event

This morning Amy Farrell, AWEA’s Senior Vice President for Government & Public Affairs, gave the opening remarks at Politico’s Reinventing American Energy event. She focused on the need to update and expand America’s electric grid to meet 21st century needs, and explained why transmission expansion is at the heart of this effort. You can watch … Continue reading AWEA’s Amy Farrell gives remarks at Politico’s Reinventing American Energy event

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WINDPOWER 2019: Take charge of your professional development

Have you checked off any of your professional development goals for the year? Believe it or not, we are nearly halfway through 2019! Long days, short years, right? If you’re anything like the rest of us, you’ve probably thought about attending a conference, getting that certification or knocking out those CLE hours. There’s no better … Continue reading WINDPOWER 2019: Take charge of your professional development

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AWEA statement on the Renewable Energy Transferability Act

Transferability addresses a common barrier to the effective implementation of energy tax policy. In some cases, the owner of an energy facility that earns tax credits does not have taxable income that would make the tax incentive valuable. The American Wind Energy Association (AWEA) issued the following statement reacting to Representatives Earl Blumenauer (D-OR-3) and … Continue reading AWEA statement on the Renewable Energy Transferability Act

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IRENA analysis smart charging electric vehicles on the energy transition

Today the average car runs on fossil fuels, but growing pressure for climate action, falling battery costs, and concerns about air pollution in cities, has given life to the once “over-priced” and neglected electric vehicle. With many new electric vehicles (EV) now out-performing their fossil-powered counterparts’ capabilities on the road, energy planners are looking to … Continue reading IRENA analysis smart charging electric vehicles on the energy transition

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Andalusia aims to 25,650 MW of renewable energy between wind energy, concentrated solar power and photovoltaic

The analyzed potential to install renewable energy projects is distributed, by technologies, as follows: 81% corresponds to photovoltaic projects, 8.2% to wind power, 6.3% to solar thermal, 3.5% to investments in offshore wind energy and 0.6% in biomass. The Junta de Andalucía, through the Agency of Finance, Industry and Energy, has proposed to Red Eléctrica … Continue reading Andalusia aims to 25,650 MW of renewable energy between wind energy, concentrated solar power and photovoltaic

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IRENA to Drive Clean Energy Transition at Ministerial in Vancouver

From 27-29 May, Ministers from over 25 countries will gather in Vancouver to accelerate progress towards a clean energy future. The objective of this year’s 10th Clean Energy Ministerial (CEM10) and 4th Mission Innovation (MI-4) hosted by Canada is to advance the development of clean energy policy, technology and innovation globally. The Canadian host will … Continue reading IRENA to Drive Clean Energy Transition at Ministerial in Vancouver

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Collapse in wind energy jeopardises German renewables targets

The growth of onshore wind power is collapsing in Germany, jeopardising both German and EU renewables targets. Germany installed just 134 MW of new onshore wind farms in the first quarter of 2019 – the country’s worst first quarter for onshore wind turbines installations since 2000.   Germany is likely to install a total of … Continue reading Collapse in wind energy jeopardises German renewables targets

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300,000-strong wind energy community mobilises for European Elections

WindEurope today launched a campaign to mobilise the 300,000 people who work in wind power throughout Europe to go and vote in the upcoming European Elections. The European Parliament is a key enabler of renewable energy. It was the European Parliament that fought for the 32% EU renewables target for 2030 – the European Commission and … Continue reading 300,000-strong wind energy community mobilises for European Elections

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Communities benefit from wind power

COMMUNITIES are celebrating another funding windfall thanks to two renewable energy schemes, which in future will operate under the same Community Benefit Society (CBS). A £1.44m loan has allowed Resilient Energy Alvington Court Renewables (REACR) to boost its community owned renewables portfolio through the acquisition of Resilient Energy Great Dunkilns (REGD) in St Briavels. Both … Continue reading Communities benefit from wind power

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New Task Force to tackle aviation-related issues in wind energy

WindEurope has launched a new Aviation Task Force, gathering a wide range of stakeholders to tackle one of the major challenge areas for wind power today. The launch of the Aviation Task Force is timely: according to many in the wind turbines sector, aviation-related issues are now the leading cause of permitting problems across several … Continue reading New Task Force to tackle aviation-related issues in wind energy

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The cost of generating wind energy and solar power has fallen

It’s the moment the global sustainable energy market has been waiting for. Battery technology, the essential element in ensuring continuity of supply from weather-dependent sources such as wind and solar, has suddenly become cost competitive. Since 2010, the benchmark price for solar has dropped 84%, offshore wind by more than half and onshore wind by … Continue reading The cost of generating wind energy and solar power has fallen

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‘Wind Turbines Don’t Cause Cancer, They Cause Jobs’: 2020 Presidential Candidate Jay Inslee

“Wind turbines don’t cause cancer. Trump is wrong. They cause jobs,” he said during a chat on ‘Real Time.’ California Governor – and 2020 presidential candidate – Jay Inslee is taking aim at President Trump’s stance on the environment as the mounts his campaign to unseat the Republican incumbent. During an interview with Bill Maher … Continue reading ‘Wind Turbines Don’t Cause Cancer, They Cause Jobs’: 2020 Presidential Candidate Jay Inslee

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WINDPOWER 2019: Wind energy + new customers

WINDPOWER 2019 is in just two weeks! That gives you 14 days to get your schedule together to ensure a successful event. Every year CEOs tell us WINDPOWER is the most important four days in their business cycle. There is no other time that you can meet with every customer, every supplier and every partner … Continue reading WINDPOWER 2019: Wind energy + new customers

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