Category Archives: OpEd

House tax plan would hurt wind energy industry

As the saying goes, there are few certainties in life other than death and taxes. Having tax policy certainty is important for business, particularly when companies are making new investments. But the United States House of Representatives’ proposal for tax reform that was recently rolled out would unfairly put a retroactive tax hike on an … Continue reading House tax plan would hurt wind energy industry

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InnoEnergy and WindEurope to hold first joint hackathon, ‘Hack the Wind’

InnoEnergy, Europe’s sustainable energy engine supported by the EIT, and WindEurope, the voice of the European wind industry, today announce that they will host their first joint hackathon. Hack the Wind aims to help shape the future of wind energy by facilitating the development of innovative new technologies. The hackathon will be held on the … Continue reading InnoEnergy and WindEurope to hold first joint hackathon, ‘Hack the Wind’

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Hundreds of wind power businesses: US Senate gets it right on tax reform

A retroactive rule for wind investors in the House tax bill puts at risk rural communities and one of America’s fastest growing jobs. Over 200 companies in the American wind power supply chain delivered a letter to leaders of the tax reform effort in the U.S. House of Representatives asking them to keep their promise … Continue reading Hundreds of wind power businesses: US Senate gets it right on tax reform

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The new go-to tool for wind energy industry data

WindIQ– do you know the name? The look is new, but its history is deeply rooted. WindIQ is the most authoritative source for U.S. wind industry data, provided by AWEA at no cost to members. Previously known as Market Database Pro, the newly refreshed WindIQ is a critical tool in the toolkit for all wind … Continue reading The new go-to tool for wind energy industry data

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Bringing Norway into the EU Clean Energy Package

On Friday 10 November 2017 the Norwegian Wind Energy Association (NORWEA) and WindEurope organised a breakfast discussion on the contribution made by wind energy in Norway to Europe’s Energy Union objectives. Representatives from the European Commission, European Free Trade Association (EFTA), the Norwegian Permanent Representation and industry stakeholders took part. Norway currently has 1 GW … Continue reading Bringing Norway into the EU Clean Energy Package

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Wind energy on track to become Europe’s number one electricity source

Wind energy is set to become the leading source of electricity in the EU soon after 2030. This is according to the latest report from the International Energy Agency (IEA), ‘World Energy Outlook (WEO) 2017,’ released today. The IEA attributes this to the rapidly falling costs of renewables. They predict continued strong growth in both … Continue reading Wind energy on track to become Europe’s number one electricity source

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America’s wind power veterans: Thank you

This Veterans’ Day we want to thank the many men and women who have served our country. They make up a large an critical part of our wind energy workforce, and American wind power is better off because of their skills, knowledge and expertise. That’s why this weekend we’re asking Congress to continue protecting American … Continue reading America’s wind power veterans: Thank you

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Iberdrola announces the complete closure of its coal-fired power capacity

In line with its strong commitment to tackling the effects of climate change, Iberdrola has decided to complete the process of phasing out all its coal-fired power generation capacity worldwide. The technology represents 1.8% of the group’s total installed capacity of 48,062 megawatts (MW) and 1.5% of its electricity production for the first nine months … Continue reading Iberdrola announces the complete closure of its coal-fired power capacity

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Standing up for American wind energy workers

Congressman Earl Blumenauer stood up for the jobs and livelihoods of over 100,000 Americans this week in front of the full House of Representatives Committee on Ways and Means. A longtime supporter of wind energy, Rep. Blumenauer strongly voiced his opposition to the stripped-down Production Tax Credit proposal in H.R. 1, the Tax Cuts and … Continue reading Standing up for American wind energy workers

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Senate tax reform bill would keep promise to US wind energy workers and rural America

Today’s proposed Senate tax reform bill honors the 2015 bipartisan phase out terms for the wind energy Production Tax Credit (PTC). The PTC has been used to enable tens of billions in capital investment in rural America and to support tens of thousands of manufacturing and construction jobs spanning all 50 states. In 2015, the … Continue reading Senate tax reform bill would keep promise to US wind energy workers and rural America

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Deal struck in carbon market reforms

Negotiators from the Council, the European Parliament and Commission last night reached a ‘provisional political deal’ on reforming Europe’s Emissions Trading System (ETS) for the next decade. A compromise was struck late in the night, according to which the so-called Modernisation Fund can no longer support financing for coal. An exemption was made for district … Continue reading Deal struck in carbon market reforms

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WindEurope commends targets for electric vehicle

WindEurope today commended proposals in the European Commission’s Clean Mobility Package that call for 30% of new car sales to be zero emission vehicles by 2030. Carmakers exceeding this target will be rewarded with credits they can use to meet their CO2 reduction targets. But the Commission’s proposals fall short of imposing penalties for carmakers … Continue reading WindEurope commends targets for electric vehicle

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Flurry of new deals a vote of confidence for Power Purchase Agreements

A flurry of corporate renewable Power Purchase Agreements (PPAs) have been inked in recent weeks, providing major corporates with clean, reliable and competitively-priced power. The deals combine for a total of over 1 GW contracted in the last two weeks. Today the Norwegian aluminium company, Norsk Hydro, announced a long-term PPA with Swedish wind power … Continue reading Flurry of new deals a vote of confidence for Power Purchase Agreements

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Energy industry associations tell FERC that DOE proposal to subsidize coal, nuclear power plants is unsupported by record, would throw a costly wrench into electricity markets

A diverse group of a dozen energy industry associations representing oil, natural gas, wind, solar, efficiency, and other energy technologies today submitted reply comments to the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) continuing their opposition to the Department of Energy’s (DOE) proposed rulemaking on grid resiliency pricing, in the next step in this FERC proceeding. Action by … Continue reading Energy industry associations tell FERC that DOE proposal to subsidize coal, nuclear power plants is unsupported by record, would throw a costly wrench into electricity markets

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Strong winds blow away records across the U.S.

Fall is in full swing, and that’s great news for wind power. Over the past two weeks, wind farms harnessed strong seasonal winds to deliver new wind energy generation and penetration records across the U.S. These new records are not just a testament to the strong growth of wind power in recent years– they also … Continue reading Strong winds blow away records across the U.S.

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Community wind energy experts request appropriate legal definition for community energy

100 community energy experts from 20 countries have met for the 2nd International Community Wind Symposium hosted by the World Wind Energy Association (WWEA) and Landesverbandes Erneuerbare Energien NRW (LEE NRW). The event is focussing on the current debate around the German renewable energy law (EEG) and on community energy developments in NRW, as well … Continue reading Community wind energy experts request appropriate legal definition for community energy

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European platform for corporate renewable energy sourcing launched

The potential for corporate sourcing of renewable energy in Europe is significant and largely untapped. To support its growth and bring a new stream of revenue into the European electricity market, it requires a consistent regulatory environment and awareness of this opportunity needs to be raised across a range of different stakeholders. SolarPower Europe and … Continue reading European platform for corporate renewable energy sourcing launched

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St. Louis sets 100 percent renewable energy target

Add it to the list– another city has made a 100 percent renewable energy pledge. On Friday, the St. Louis Board of Aldermen passed a measure to power the city entirely on renewables by 2035. In doing so, St. Louis became the 47th city – and the largest in the Midwest so far – to make a 100 … Continue reading St. Louis sets 100 percent renewable energy target

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Wind energy and solar power jobs are the two fastest growing jobs in America

The Bureau of Labor Statistics released new data Tuesday showing that jobs as solar installers and wind technicians are projected to grow the fastest of any in the U.S. economy over the coming decade. The number of people working in these professions will double between 2016 and 2026. Where are wind jobs located? Wind jobs … Continue reading Wind energy and solar power jobs are the two fastest growing jobs in America

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Wind energy: Top four trends from the third quarter

The third quarter continued a productive 2017 for the U.S. wind industry, with demand for wind power surging from both traditional and new customers. Here’s a quick recap of some of the top findings from our new U.S. Wind Industry Third Quarter 2017 Market Report: Utilities announce big wind power deals American Electric Power (AEP), … Continue reading Wind energy: Top four trends from the third quarter

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