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Resilient wind energy industry delivers 17% of Europe’s electricity

The new WindEurope publication “The Impact of COVID-19 on Europe’s wind sector” analyses how the ongoing pandemic affected new installations, auction schedules, financing and electricity production in the first half of 2020. While the wind energy industry experienced dis­ruptions in the first semester, wind turbines installation levels were comparable to previous years and financing for … Continue reading Resilient wind energy industry delivers 17% of Europe’s electricity

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Duke harnesses technology to improve bat conservation

Climate change remains a tremendous threat to many species of wildlife and their surrounding habitats. As a leading climate solution that already reduces 42 million cars’ worth of CO2 emissions every year, wind energy can play a big role in helping species thrive. Aside from the role wind energy can play in reducing carbon emissions, … Continue reading Duke harnesses technology to improve bat conservation

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Wind energy recap, look out for solar

As someone new to the renewable energy industry, this month’s Wind 101 Webinar Series offered an insightful and well-rounded look into the world of wind. From an overview of the market, to wildlife, siting & permitting, I walked away from the series feeling informed and excited to learn more! Below is a recap of my key takeaways. PART I: … Continue reading Wind energy recap, look out for solar

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Why wind energy and solar power are better for Congo and South Africa than Inga 3 hydroelectric plant?

Seven years ago the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) proposed the Inga 3 – a 4.8GW hydropower project on the Congo River – with great fanfare. Third in a series of dams that would form the Grand Inga complex on the Congo river, the project was touted as a solution to southern Africa’s energy deficit … Continue reading Why wind energy and solar power are better for Congo and South Africa than Inga 3 hydroelectric plant?

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Wind energy deployment in Europe

26 European countries have submitted their National Energy and Climate Plans (NECPs) to the EU. WindEurope has analysed what those plans entail for wind energy deployment in Europe. The main hurdle remains permitting – many NECPs do not set out effective solutions to existing permitting bottlenecks. “For the first time, the NECPs offer a long-term … Continue reading Wind energy deployment in Europe

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AWEA Recognizes House Rules Committee for NDAA leadership

American Wind Energy Association Recognizes House Rules Committee for its leadership on National Defense Authorization Act and Jones Act.The House Rules Committee convened to consider expanding the Jones Act, the federal law that regulates maritime commerce in the United States, to cover construction at sea and potentially require U.S.-flagged installation vessels to service offshore wind … Continue reading AWEA Recognizes House Rules Committee for NDAA leadership

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American Wind Energy Association Urges U.S. Electric Grid Operators to Prepare to Harness the Benefits of Hybrid Energy Projects

The American Wind Energy Association (AWEA) today stressed the need for the U.S. Regional Transmission Operators and Independent System Operators (collectively referred to as ISOs) to update their policies to accommodate the growing number of hybrid renewable energy and storage projects requesting interconnection to the nation’s electric grids. The American Wind Energy Association (AWEA) today stressed … Continue reading American Wind Energy Association Urges U.S. Electric Grid Operators to Prepare to Harness the Benefits of Hybrid Energy Projects

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AWEA Recognizes House Rules Committee for NDAA leadership

American Wind Energy Association Recognizes House Rules Committee for its leadership on National Defense Authorization Act and Jones Act. The House Rules Committee convened to consider expanding the Jones Act, the federal law that regulates maritime commerce in the United States, to cover construction at sea and potentially require U.S.-flagged installation vessels to service offshore … Continue reading AWEA Recognizes House Rules Committee for NDAA leadership

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Spain is positioned as the first European country in wind energy production for seven consecutive days

Spain was the largest producer of wind power in the entire European Union for seven consecutive days, specifically from Saturday, July 11 to Friday, July 17, inclusive. Data that can be viewed on the website of the European wind energy association WindEurope, in the Daily Wind Power Numbers section that shows wind production in different … Continue reading Spain is positioned as the first European country in wind energy production for seven consecutive days

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Africa can become a renewable energy superpower

The power of climate science denial in the UK, thankfully, has been in retreat over the past decade. Nigel Lawson’s Global Warming Policy Foundation (GWPF) may still boast a prime Westminster address, but its influence has waned. In fact, its decline aptly mirrors the fortunes of the coal industry, including US titans such as Peabody … Continue reading Africa can become a renewable energy superpower

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Protermosolar asks the spanish government for specific renewable technology auctions

With this type of auction, the growth of each technology could be guaranteed to comply with the PNIEC and monitor the evolution of the cost of each one. Another option would be to promote auctions by definition of dispatch profiles or exclusive generation windows. The Spanish Association for the Promotion of the Solar Thermal Industry … Continue reading Protermosolar asks the spanish government for specific renewable technology auctions

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The path to a green recovery: European Council has no time to lose

Tomorrow the EU Heads of State and Government meet in Brussels to try and reach agreement on a European recovery plan. The revised proposal combines a €750 billion recovery fund with a seven-year budget amounting to almost €1.1 trillion. WindEurope CEO Giles Dickson said, “This is a crucial European Council. If they can agree the … Continue reading The path to a green recovery: European Council has no time to lose

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Burdensome and unnecessary regulation could hinder offshore wind power progress

American offshore wind power promises a long-term boom in job creation and U.S. investment, with up to 83,000 jobs and a brand new domestic supply chain possible over the next decade. Offshore wind is exactly the kind of once-in-a-generation opportunity our country needs to take advantage of as our economy recovers from the COVID-induced recession. … Continue reading Burdensome and unnecessary regulation could hinder offshore wind power progress

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30 Innovative Solutions Show Path to Renewable-Powered Future

As of today, IRENA has published the full series of 30 Innovation Briefs under its Innovation Landscape report. It is the most comprehensive analysis available on innovation priorities that policymakers must address to successfully decarbonise the electricity systems with renewables and push for innovative renewables solutions in a COVID-19 recovery stimulus. With the new briefs … Continue reading 30 Innovative Solutions Show Path to Renewable-Powered Future

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Wind energy is key to coal regions in transition

WindEurope recently participated in a panel discussion about the clean energy potential of coal regions in transition together with representatives from the European Commission, the Joint Research Centre, Bloomberg New Energy Finance and SolarPower Europe. The event was organised by the European Commission for the launch of the new Just Transition Platform. The transition of … Continue reading Wind energy is key to coal regions in transition

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American Wind Energy Association Statement on Biden Climate Plan

The American Wind Energy Association (AWEA) today issued the following statement supporting the Biden campaign’s climate and clean energy plan:  We strongly applaud the Biden campaign for taking an ambitious, comprehensive approach to climate change policy that recognizes the renewable energy industry’s ability to grow America’s economy towards a cleaner environment and a more prosperous … Continue reading American Wind Energy Association Statement on Biden Climate Plan

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BOEM draft supplemental environmental impact statement for Vineyard offshore wind farm

Laura Morton, AWEA’s Senior Director for Offshore Wind Policy and Regulatory Affairs, provided public testimony this afternoon on the Bureau of Ocean Energy Management’s (BOEM) draft supplemental environmental impact statement for the Vineyard Wind offshore wind project. The project would be the country’s first large-scale offshore wind farm. It would open the doors to a … Continue reading BOEM draft supplemental environmental impact statement for Vineyard offshore wind farm

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A renewables-based EU Hydrogen Strategy can ensure success of green recovery

Ahead of the EU Energy System Integration Strategy and the EU Hydrogen Strategy, organisations highlight the crucial role of renewable electricity-based hydrogen to support a green and job-rich recovery, paving the way for a climate-neutral, inclusive, and truly future-oriented EU economy. Amidst the twin health and economic crises brought on by the COVID-19 pandemic, it … Continue reading A renewables-based EU Hydrogen Strategy can ensure success of green recovery

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#WindTalent looks at challenges in attracting talent and job growth in wind power

Today, a new edition of #WindTalent has brought together different representatives of HR, Talent and Training from companies in the wind sector and wind turbines, experts from Head Hunters, and young professionals who have chosen wind as the sector to start their professional careers. The conference, organized by the Spanish Wind Energy Association (AEE), discussed … Continue reading #WindTalent looks at challenges in attracting talent and job growth in wind power

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Ghana sleepping on solar and wind energy adoption

“All across the world we are noticing growth…. Technology growth is the driving principles that are developing renewable energy resources. But Ghana seems to be missing in the puzzle. Renewable energy is a fright to policy makers” – Nana Amoasi VII, IES Executive Director. Across the world, access to energy is deemed as essential for … Continue reading Ghana sleepping on solar and wind energy adoption

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