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The LCOE of onshore wind energy in China has fallen by over 40% in the past decade

“In the past decade, the LCOE of global onshore wind energy has fallen by about 25%, while the LCOE of onshore wind power in China has fallen by over 40%. By 2020, the on-grid price of wind farm projects can compete with that of coal-fired power projects and the on-grid price of PV projects will … Continue reading The LCOE of onshore wind energy in China has fallen by over 40% in the past decade

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While Coal Still Dominates in South East Asia, Growth of Wind Power is Urgently Needed

Around the world, there is a palpable sense of urgency to accelerate the energy transition. With millions of citizens participating in the #FridaysForFuture movement and still more facing intensifying natural hazards like typhoons, droughts and hurricanes, climate change has become an indisputable condition of our modern world.  Wind and renewable energy have achieved strong progress … Continue reading While Coal Still Dominates in South East Asia, Growth of Wind Power is Urgently Needed

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The Wind energy Wildlife Research Fund

This is a guest post from Kyle Boudreaux, NextEra Energy Resources and Chair of the Wind Wildlife Research Fund Advisory Council. Continuous innovation and creative thinking are characteristics that define American wind power. A prime example of this is the Wind Wildlife Research Fund, a proactive approach led by the wind industry to achieve a … Continue reading The Wind energy Wildlife Research Fund

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Wind power in September has provided unusual figures

A well-planned wind energy deployment across Europe that includes the Iberian Peninsula can facilitate the objective of a single decarbonized European electric market and the emission reduction targets for 2030 and 2050. Last September has probably been the windiest month of the last 5 years. The use of wind turbines leaves unusual electricity generation figures … Continue reading Wind power in September has provided unusual figures

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Building a Sustainable Wind Energy Industry For The Energy Transition

As participants in the wind energy sector, we find ourselves in a unique position as an industry and as people, faced with a unique responsibility. The world is waking up to the realisation that we now have only a short time to take action to head off a disastrous rise in global temperatures and to … Continue reading Building a Sustainable Wind Energy Industry For The Energy Transition

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Unprecedented momentum for green hydrogen

Hydrogen from renewable energy could play a central role in the global energy transformation, the latest report by the International Renewable Energy Agency (IRENA) finds. ‘Hydrogen: a renewable energy perspective’ estimates that hydrogen from renewable power, so called green hydrogen, could translate into 8 per cent of global energy consumption by 2050. 16 per cent … Continue reading Unprecedented momentum for green hydrogen

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The Spanish wind energy industry responds to the challenges that lie ahead in the Energy Transition

The Spanish wind energy industry responds to the technical and innovation challenges that lie ahead in the Energy Transition. Rocío Sicre, president of AEE, said at the opening of the day that “the wind power sector is committed to addressing the technical challenges that we will face in the Energy Transition. For this, it will … Continue reading The Spanish wind energy industry responds to the challenges that lie ahead in the Energy Transition

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Coal miners visit Europe’s largest onshore wind farm in Romania

For the energy transition to succeed, it must be just. This means making sure that coal regions are not left behind. It means training fossil fuel workers so they can work in renewables. And it means showing that wind energy delivers jobs, prospects and a promising future for coal workers. It’s in this spirit that … Continue reading Coal miners visit Europe’s largest onshore wind farm in Romania

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Challenging times ahead for European wind energy?

Today we launched our ‘Wind Energy in Europe: Outlook to 2023’ report. It sets out our expectations for new installations (onshore and offshore) over the next five years. We’re hosting a webinar this afternoon breaking down the key findings. You can register for that here. There’s a lot to unpack. According to our Central Scenario, … Continue reading Challenging times ahead for European wind energy?

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Significant uncertainty over the growth of wind energy in Europe over the next five years

There is significant uncertainty over how much wind energy capacity will grow in Europe over the next five years, according to WindEurope’s new ‘Wind Energy Outlook to 2023’ released today. If Governments end up producing clear and ambitious National Energy & Climate Plans (NECPs) and they improve the permitting arrangements for wind farms and they keep investing … Continue reading Significant uncertainty over the growth of wind energy in Europe over the next five years

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New Africa Wind Energy Handbook to pave the way for wind energy growth in African Markets

Today, the Global Wind Energy Council has released the first segment of its Africa Handbook, a comprehensive guide that sets out for policy makers and stakeholders the opportunities and practical implementation steps necessary to create thriving wind energy sectors in African markets. This release comes on the occasion of Windaba 2019, the largest event of … Continue reading New Africa Wind Energy Handbook to pave the way for wind energy growth in African Markets

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New York Independent System Operator’s carbon pricing proposal would be an economic win for New York

The American Wind Energy Association (AWEA) applauded the New York Independent System Operator’s (NYISO) proposal to incorporate the social cost of carbon into the wholesale price of electricity. Today, NYISO released a new study which concludes that, “A carbon price in NYISO’s competitive wholesale power markets can help deliver New York’s clean-energy transition in faster, … Continue reading New York Independent System Operator’s carbon pricing proposal would be an economic win for New York

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Realizing the promise of offshore wind energy

Offshore wind is still a young industry in the U.S., but that’s rapidly changing. Interest has exploded in the three years since the Block Island Wind Farm became the first U.S. offshore wind project to come online. Now the second project, a 12 megawatt (MW) Dominion Energy wind farm, recently began construction off Virginia’s coast, … Continue reading Realizing the promise of offshore wind energy

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Corporate sourcing of renewables key to meeting Europe’s 32% renewable energy target

Europe has set a target that 32% of its energy should come from renewables by 2030, up from 17.5% today. Corporates are and can play an even bigger role in meeting this target. Thousands of key corporate buyers – including from the steel, aluminium, ICT, and chemicals industries- and clean energy suppliers, are meeting in … Continue reading Corporate sourcing of renewables key to meeting Europe’s 32% renewable energy target

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New distance rule could rule out new onshore wind power in half of Germany

German Chancellor Angela Merkel’s new “climate package” contains a raft of new measures aimed at accelerating climate action. But the package also includes a measure that would ban the building of wind farms closer than 1000 metres from residential areas. The measure would make it impossible to build wind farms in around half the country, … Continue reading New distance rule could rule out new onshore wind power in half of Germany

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Good quality and cost-competitive steel central to success of wind energy industry manufacturing in Europe

Access to good quality and cost-competitive steel is a key pillar to the success of the European wind power industry. It enables the industry to compete effectively both against conventional energy sources and in third country wind energy markets. WindEurope is alarmed therefore by the decision to render the existing safeguard measures on steel imports … Continue reading Good quality and cost-competitive steel central to success of wind energy industry manufacturing in Europe

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Pakistan Achieving 30% plus 30% Renewable Energy by 2030

The World Wind Energy Association and Global100RE welcome the presence of more than 400 international and domestic participants who attended this Conference from across the spectrum of renewable energy technologies.  We acknowledge and applaud with gratitude the opening address of the President of Pakistan, the Hon. Dr. Arif Alvi, in which he expressed his commitment … Continue reading Pakistan Achieving 30% plus 30% Renewable Energy by 2030

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AWEA launches new worker safety campaign

The American Wind Energy Association’s (AWEA) October 2019 Safety Campaign, Take a Hand in Safety, Protect These Tools, focuses on hand safety awareness for wind energy workers and equips them with the knowledge they need to work safely and efficiently. With a record amount of wind power capacity under development in the U.S. and a … Continue reading AWEA launches new worker safety campaign

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Connecticut and Virginia lead a huge month for offshore wind power

For the past several years, states up and down the East Coast have jockeyed for position as U.S. offshore wind leaders. This month, Connecticut and Virginia took turns dominating the headlines. Connecticut makes waves Earlier this summer, Connecticut passed legislation authorizing the purchase of up to 2,000 megawatts (MW) of offshore wind—enough to meet 30 … Continue reading Connecticut and Virginia lead a huge month for offshore wind power

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Trump administration combats wind energy

Wind energy has become one of the fastest-growing US energy sources. With big corporations planning to invest $70 billion in the country’s first utility-scale offshore wind farms. But US president Trump combats renewable energy and promotes coal an oil instead. https://p.dw.com/p/3QXdw The winds are blowing fair for America’s wind power industry, making it one of … Continue reading Trump administration combats wind energy

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