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Big renewables investors getting ready to turn their backs on Europe

EU Energy Ministers will decide today new rules on revenue caps for inframarginal power generation. Governments need to act to help families and businesses pay the energy bills. But what is decided today could worsen the energy crisis. Europe needs big investments in home-grown renewables. Everyone agrees that – and that it’s the route out … Continue reading Big renewables investors getting ready to turn their backs on Europe

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The global energy crisis is making the case for renewables beyond climate change

The world has been talking about accelerating climate action for a very long time. With the UN General Assembly and New York Climate Week in full swing, the word “acceleration” remains prominent on the agendas in many of the meetings. So why, as UN Secretary-General António Guterres stated last week, is climate action flatlining? And … Continue reading The global energy crisis is making the case for renewables beyond climate change

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European’s energy independence impossible unless wind power considered a strategic industry

Safeguarding European energy independence impossible without securing wind industry and its supply chainsCurrent crisis threatens Europe’s continued position as leader in renewable energy.Establishing a level playing field with manufacturers beyond Europe critical to protecting the European wind industry over the long term.EU member state governments must make swift and bold decisions; action and cooperation necessary … Continue reading European’s energy independence impossible unless wind power considered a strategic industry

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A Just, Inclusive Transition Requires Workforce Readiness and Diversity

In today’s fast changing energy economy, renewables are building a new global workforce. With 12.7 million people employed in the clean energy sector in 2021, the renewable energy industry is becoming a job creation engine, according to IRENA’s new report on the latest global estimates of renewable energy employment. Published by IRENA in collaboration with … Continue reading A Just, Inclusive Transition Requires Workforce Readiness and Diversity

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Offshore Wind Can Lower Energy Prices and Beat Out Oil and Gas

Offshore wind lease sales are a significantly better use of ocean acreage than oil and gas—for energy consumers, taxpayers, and the climate. Introduction and summary The Inflation Reduction Act of 2022 is the largest federal climate investment in U.S. history and promises to put the country on track to reduce emissions to 40 percent below … Continue reading Offshore Wind Can Lower Energy Prices and Beat Out Oil and Gas

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Wind energy industry warns: actions not words needed to address energy security and climate crises ahead of COP27

More than 100 leading wind energy companies call on Paris Signatories to streamline planning and permitting, upgrade grid infrastructure and evolve power markets to accelerate renewable energy deployment. A global coalition of 108 leading wind energy companies and associations, representing 81% of installed wind energy worldwide, has challenged governments to take dramatic action to scale … Continue reading Wind energy industry warns: actions not words needed to address energy security and climate crises ahead of COP27

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Renewable Energy Jobs Hit 12.7 Million Globally

Worldwide renewable energy employment reached 12.7 million last year, a jump of 700,000 new jobs in one year despite the lingering effects of COVID-19 and the growing energy crisis, according to a new report. Renewable Energy and Jobs: Annual Review 2022 identifies market dynamics as major factors influencing employment generation in renewables, along with labour … Continue reading Renewable Energy Jobs Hit 12.7 Million Globally

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Ørsted comments on the high energy prices

Russia’s invasion of Ukraine and the curtailment in Russian gas supplies to Western Europe are the main reasons for the high energy prices in 2022. However, the surge in energy prices started already in 2021 due to the rapid growth in energy demand following the COVID-19 pandemic. In 2022, this was combined with poor weather … Continue reading Ørsted comments on the high energy prices

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WindEurope message to national Governments on electricity markets

You will decide new rules for revenue caps on inframarginal electricity generation at the Energy Council on 30 September. These are important: you must support families and businesses with their energy bills. But at the same time you want more renewables: for energy security, climate protection and cheaper electricity bills in the long-run. More renewables … Continue reading WindEurope message to national Governments on electricity markets

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Governor Dan McKee, Sens. Reed and Whitehouse, BOEM Director Lefton to Keynote American Clean Power Offshore WINDPOWER Conference 2022

The American Clean Power Association (ACP) announced the conference agenda and keynote speakers for its Offshore WINDPOWER Conference & Exhibition, held October 18-19 at the Rhode Island Convention Center. U.S. offshore wind development is a once-in-a-generation opportunity, and momentum continues leading into ACP’s Offshore WINDPOWER this fall with the White House setting a target last week of … Continue reading Governor Dan McKee, Sens. Reed and Whitehouse, BOEM Director Lefton to Keynote American Clean Power Offshore WINDPOWER Conference 2022

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New global alliance taps into offshore wind’s enormous potential

IRENA, GWEC & the Government of Denmark launch the Global Offshore Wind Alliance to drive installed global offshore wind capacity up 670% – from 57 GW in 2021 to 380 GW in 2030. Offshore wind has enormous untapped potential to drive the global energy transition and tackle the climate and energy crises. A new multi-stakeholder … Continue reading New global alliance taps into offshore wind’s enormous potential

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International ‘Collaboration Gap’ Threatens to Undermine Climate Progress and Delay Net Zero

New report sets out urgent priorities to rapidly make more clean technologies the most affordable options in key sectors. Against the backdrop of the energy crisis and the threat of a global food crisis, expert authors urge leaders at COP27 to follow through on actions that would accelerate progress towards net zero emissions by decades, … Continue reading International ‘Collaboration Gap’ Threatens to Undermine Climate Progress and Delay Net Zero

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Emergency measures on electricity market: avoid a patchwork that undermines renewables investments

The European Commission has proposed new rules that would cap the price of wind energy and other so-called inframarginal power generation at €180/MWh. WindEurope supports the aim of cushioning the impact of high electricity prices on families and businesses. But national caps that deviate from an EU-wide cap would create a patchwork that would undermine investments … Continue reading Emergency measures on electricity market: avoid a patchwork that undermines renewables investments

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North Seas Summit focuses on how to deliver ambitious new offshore wind targets

Ministers and top officials from the 9 “North Seas” countries and the EU Commission met in Dublin today. That’s Belgium, Ireland, Denmark, France, Germany, Luxembourg, the Netherlands, Norway and Sweden. They adopted a declaration with ambitious new volumes for the expansion of offshore wind. They discussed how exactly to deliver those volumes, with a special focus … Continue reading North Seas Summit focuses on how to deliver ambitious new offshore wind targets

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ACP Presents Rep. Earl Blumenauer with Clean Power Champion Award?

ACP Director of Western Affairs Bo Downen presented Rep. Earl Blumenauer with a Clean Power Champion Award today in Portland at an event with Nicole Hughes, Executive Director of Renewable Northwest WASHINGTON?DC, September 9, 2022 – Today the American Clean Power Association (ACP) presented Rep. Earl Blumenauer (D-OR) with a Clean Power Champion award. As … Continue reading ACP Presents Rep. Earl Blumenauer with Clean Power Champion Award?

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Emergency measures should target real profits only and support investment in renewables

Emergency measures on electricity markets should be temporary. Any measures on profits should target actual profits only. And they should support the urgent need for increased investment in renewables. Governments need to help citizens and businesses deal with very high energy prices. Electricity prices have increased up to 10-fold over the last year, driven by … Continue reading Emergency measures should target real profits only and support investment in renewables

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ACP CEO Heather Zichal statement on White House Clean Energy Appointments and Gina McCarthy’s Climate Leadership

ACP CEO Heather Zichal issued the following statement after the White House announced the appointment of John Podesta and Ali Zaidi to serve as senior advisors to President Biden for clean energy and climate change and Gina McCarthy’s departure from the administration after the Inflation Reduction Act became law: “We are grateful for the leadership … Continue reading ACP CEO Heather Zichal statement on White House Clean Energy Appointments and Gina McCarthy’s Climate Leadership

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Global renewables sector unites to highlight changes to permitting rules and investment signals that could ease the energy and climate crises

The Global Wind Energy Council (GWEC) and the Global Solar Council (GSC) have today released a joint statement on the need for robust investment signals and faster permitting which can accelerate renewables to help end the energy and climate crises.  As the G20 meets in Bali this week for the Energy Transitions Investment Forum, co-hosted … Continue reading Global renewables sector unites to highlight changes to permitting rules and investment signals that could ease the energy and climate crises

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Brazil, with great potential for solar and wind energy

Brazil is blessed with a wealth of natural resources and one of the world’s cleanest power supplies. Large-scale investment in solar and wind power will provide even more renewable power in the years ahead. Brazil is the world’s fifth-largest country by area and the sixth-most populous. It is also the world’s second-largest producer of hydropower, … Continue reading Brazil, with great potential for solar and wind energy

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Wind energy could help India add 23.7 GW of clean capacity by 2026

The Global Wind Energy Council (GWEC) and MEC Intelligence (MEC+) have today launched “Renewing wind growth to power the energy transition: India Wind Energy Market Outlook 2026”. This third annual edition looking at the wind energy outlook in India highlights wind energy’s critical link to India’s green energy transition. The outlook suggests that the country … Continue reading Wind energy could help India add 23.7 GW of clean capacity by 2026

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