Category Archives: OpEd

Rep. Welch receives “U.S. Wind Champion Award”

The American Wind Energy Association (AWEA) named Rep. Welch (D-Vt.) a U.S. Wind Champion for the 115th Congress at a September 6th event hosted by Avangrid Renewables, a leading renewable energy company with a portfolio that spans 22 states. AWEA’s U.S. Wind Champion Awards recognize select members of the 115th Congress who have taken action … Continue reading Rep. Welch receives “U.S. Wind Champion Award”

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Wind energy to continue to grow over next five years but clouds on the horizon

Wind energy in Europe is on track for solid growth over the next five years. But policy uncertainty and lack of ambition in many countries mean clouds on the horizon. This is according to WindEurope’s ‘Wind energy outlook in Europe’ report that is released today. Wind energy capacity in Europe will grow at an average … Continue reading Wind energy to continue to grow over next five years but clouds on the horizon

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Vietnam: New Feed-In-Tariffs For Wind Energy Projects

On 11 September 2018, the Prime Minister has approved a draft decision on new feed-in tariffs (FITs) applicable to wind power projects in Vietnam. This FITs decision will become effective 1 November 2018 (the “PM Decision”). The PM Decision will amend and revise certain articles of the Prime Minister’s Decision No. 37/2011/QD-TTg on the mechanisms … Continue reading Vietnam: New Feed-In-Tariffs For Wind Energy Projects

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Rep. Welch receives “U.S. Wind Champion Award”

The American Wind Energy Association (AWEA) named Rep. Welch (D-Vt.) a U.S. Wind Champion for the 115th Congress at a September 6th event hosted by Avangrid Renewables, a leading renewable energy company with a portfolio that spans 22 states. AWEA’s U.S. Wind Champion Awards recognize select members of the 115th Congress who have taken action … Continue reading Rep. Welch receives “U.S. Wind Champion Award”

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Wind energy continues growing while costs continue falling

Right on the heels of the second-annual American Wind Week, the U.S. Department of Energy’s Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory (LBNL) released its latest Wind Technologies Market Report today. The report confirms a bright future for American wind power, thanks to continuing cost declines resulting from improvements in the cost and performance of wind power technologies; … Continue reading Wind energy continues growing while costs continue falling

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3rd International Community Wind Power Symposium

We, the participants of the 3rd International Community Wind Symposium, call on all governments at local, regional, national and supranational levels to do everything they can to promote the development of renewable energy in the hands of citizens, to recognise the social benefits of community power and to accelerate implementation for the common good. The … Continue reading 3rd International Community Wind Power Symposium

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Round 3 of the RenovAr, the first day of Argentina Wind Power finished today

During the first day of the conference “Argentina Wind Power 2018”, organized by the Global Wind Energy Council (GWEC), the Under Secretary of Renewable Energy of the Nation, Sebastián Kind, announced Round 3 of the RenovAr program, known as MiniRen, which will be launched in October. This new round will offer 400 MW of power … Continue reading Round 3 of the RenovAr, the first day of Argentina Wind Power finished today

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WindEurope presses the case for offshore wind energy in Poland at Krynica Economic Forum

WindEurope was speaking with Michael Simmelsgaard, Head of Offshore Wind at Vattenfall, and Zbigniew Gryglas, chair the offshore wind energy committee in Polish Parliament, as well as representatives of the Lithuanian and Polish Transmission System Operators. All insisted on the strong fundamentals that will drive the deployment of offshore wind turbins in the Baltic. With … Continue reading WindEurope presses the case for offshore wind energy in Poland at Krynica Economic Forum

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American Wind Energy Association on California statement on California’s SB 100 and further legislation

The following is a statement by Tom Kiernan, CEO of American Wind Energy Association on California Senate’s passage of SB 100 and on the need for legislators to pass further legislation on renewable procurement and on regionalization of the electricity market. “California legislative leaders showed their commitment to the environment, their economy, and clean energy … Continue reading American Wind Energy Association on California statement on California’s SB 100 and further legislation

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DOE reports Distributed Wind Energy has surpassed 1 GW

US distributed wind power market surpassed the 1 GW milestone with 81,000 wind turbines generating power across 50 states, according to the 2017 Distributed Wind Market Report released today by the U.S. Department of Energy Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy. In 2017, 21 states added 83.7 MW of new distributed wind capacity. Iowa … Continue reading DOE reports Distributed Wind Energy has surpassed 1 GW

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Exploring the prospects for offshore wind energy in Norway

WindEurope was at the Offshore Northern Seas (ONS 2018) event in Stavanger this week to promote the future prospects of offshore wind power. WindEurope CEO Giles Dickson presented the outlook for offshore wind in Europe. There is currently 17 GW of offshore wind power capacity in Europe – providing 1.5% of Europe’s electricity – Dickson … Continue reading Exploring the prospects for offshore wind energy in Norway

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Rep. Young receives “U.S. Wind Champion Award”

The American Wind Energy Association named Rep. David Young (R-Iowa) a U.S. Wind Champion for the 115th Congress at an event hosted by MidAmerican Energy Company, headquartered in Des Moines. AWEA is presenting U.S. Wind Champion Awards to members of Congress who have demonstrated strong leadership in support of American wind energy. The award ceremony … Continue reading Rep. Young receives “U.S. Wind Champion Award”

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Bright Outlook for Wind Power in Latin America

Having just concluded the 9th edition of Brazil Windpower in Rio de Janeiro (7-9 August) and on the eve of the 1st edition of Argentina Windpower (6-7 September in Buenos Aires), it seems a good time to have a look at the Latin American (including Mexico) market as a whole, to see how far it’s … Continue reading Bright Outlook for Wind Power in Latin America

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Wind energy continues to grow, providing jobs, community value and a solid investment opportunity

Wind energy continues to grow, providing jobs, community value and a solid investment opportunity. Even after 12 years in the renewable energy sector, I find myself looking forward to this year’s AWEA Wind Energy Finance & Investment Conference with excitement and anticipation, as it gives me the opportunity to engage with some of the major … Continue reading Wind energy continues to grow, providing jobs, community value and a solid investment opportunity

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Wind power continues growing while costs continue falling

Right on the heels of the second-annual American Wind Week, the U.S. Department of Energy’s Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory (LBNL) released its latest Wind Technologies Market Report today. The report confirms a bright future for American wind power, thanks to continuing cost declines resulting from improvements in the cost and performance of wind power technologies; … Continue reading Wind power continues growing while costs continue falling

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The Global Wind Energy Council highlights the continued advance and commercial viability of wind power around the world

The Global Wind Energy Council’s (GWEC) ‘Global Wind Report: Annual Market Update 2017’, published in April 2018, reveals how wind installations are taking root at the centre of the world’s renewable energy industry.Wind energy will form a crucial part of the ambitions laid out in the Paris Agreement, the UN climate change agreement signed in … Continue reading The Global Wind Energy Council highlights the continued advance and commercial viability of wind power around the world

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German onshore wind energy auction clears at €61.6/MWh

Winning prices in Germany’s third onshore wind power auction this year rose to an average of €61.6/MWh. This is up from the previous auction in May, where the average price came in at €57.3/MWh. This latest auction had only marginally more bids than the volumes on offer. The German Federal Network Agency, BNetzA, reported 91 … Continue reading German onshore wind energy auction clears at €61.6/MWh

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COP22: What next for the Paris Agreement?

When diplomats arrived in Marrakech for the next round of UN climate talks, they knew the conference would get off to a good start. Only a few days before the opening ceremony of COP22, the Paris Agreement formally entered into force. It gave diplomats renewed impetus as they began critical discussions on how to implement … Continue reading COP22: What next for the Paris Agreement?

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Response to Reuters article on offshore wind energy

On 16 November, a Reuters article on offshore wind cited that: “Coal is still the cheapest energy source at between 50 and 90 euros per megawatt hour, according to industry group WindEurope.” The article wrongly attributes the data and statement to WindEurope as the reference source after consulting a page on the economics of wind … Continue reading Response to Reuters article on offshore wind energy

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Renewables step into the breach to counteract power plant problems during Europe’s heatwave

With record temperatures being reached across the continent this summer, power plants have needed the intervention of renewables to compensate for serious shutdowns and curtailments over the summer months. Europe’s summer heatwave has had a significant impact on power plants, with nuclear and coal plants either reducing their output or closing down temporarily. This is … Continue reading Renewables step into the breach to counteract power plant problems during Europe’s heatwave

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