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Wind power, nothing will ever be the same as before, or maybe it will

When the global wind energy capacity approaches 1,000 GW worldwide and with an expected growth rate of 3% per year, we are faced with the following dilemma: If the market grows continuously, how is it possible that all the manufacturers lose money that only for the first three would be around €4,000 million in 2021, … Continue reading Wind power, nothing will ever be the same as before, or maybe it will

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Collaborative Offshore Wind Transmission Planning Needed to Achieve Federal and State Clean Energy Goals

With dozens of offshore wind projects in the pipeline off U.S. shores, federal agencies, states, and grid operators must immediately begin collaborative planning to identify cost-effective transmission solutions to bring that power online, according to a Brattle Group report commissioned by American Clean Power Association (ACP) released today. The report titled The Benefit and Urgency … Continue reading Collaborative Offshore Wind Transmission Planning Needed to Achieve Federal and State Clean Energy Goals

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Only a setback distance of 500 metres will support onshore wind in Poland

Onshore wind has been stalled for a long time in Poland. The overly restrictive “10H” distance rule that came in 2016 excludes 98% of Polish territory from new onshore wind farms. Poland is about to adopt a new regulation that will relax 10H. The Government has proposed a minimum 500 metres distance between wind turbines … Continue reading Only a setback distance of 500 metres will support onshore wind in Poland

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EU and Industry launching a new project pathing the way for connecting multiple offshore wind farms and energy islands

Europe is pathing the way for interconnected hybrid offshore wind farms. On this way offshore electricity transmission is a key challenge. The most efficient way of transporting electricity from offshore wind farms is via multi-terminal high voltage direct current (HVDC) grids. The EU-funded project InterOPERA will define future interoperability standards for these grids. The project … Continue reading EU and Industry launching a new project pathing the way for connecting multiple offshore wind farms and energy islands

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The Nuclear Fallacy: Why Small Modular Reactors Can’t Compete With Renewable Energy

Will the small modular nuclear reactor community be able to find an optimized point on the physics vs modularity curve? I don’t think so, and discussed it with Bent Flyvbjerg, global megaproject expert. One of the topics in my recent discussion with Bent Flyvbjerg (Linkedin, Twitter), probably the leading global academic in megaproject failures and successes, … Continue reading The Nuclear Fallacy: Why Small Modular Reactors Can’t Compete With Renewable Energy

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WindEurope response to Spain’s proposals on Electricity Market Design

The European Commission is planning to table a reform to Electricity Market Design rules in March to help address Europe’s energy crisis. Ahead of the public consultation, Spain has issued a non-paper setting out its own proposals for electricity market rules. Part of its stated rationale is creating a better framework for private investment in … Continue reading WindEurope response to Spain’s proposals on Electricity Market Design

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ACP Statement on BOEM Modernization Rule Decision

The American Clean Power Association (ACP) today praised the Bureau of Ocean Energy Management’s (BOEM) issuance of its proposed Renewable Energy Modernization Rule. ACP is encouraged by BOEM’s efforts to improve offshore wind leasing, permitting, and safety regulations, which have been largely unchanged since they were first issued in 2009. These regulations have long needed … Continue reading ACP Statement on BOEM Modernization Rule Decision

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Renewables Can Provide Nearly 60 Per Cent of Nigeria’s Energy Demand by 2050

Nearly 60 per cent of Nigeria’s energy demand in 2050 can be met with renewable energy sources, saving 40 per cent in natural gas and 65 per cent in oil needs at the same time, according to a new report by the International Renewable Energy Agency (IRENA). With a growing population and a range of … Continue reading Renewables Can Provide Nearly 60 Per Cent of Nigeria’s Energy Demand by 2050

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IRENA’s Top Ten News Pieces in 2022 Showcase Work on Global Energy Transition

Throughout the year, IRENA brings you the latest news on progress, impacts and solutions for the energy transition. Here are our top ten news pieces of 2022. Renewable Power Remains Cost Competitive amid Fossil Fuel Crisis The Renewable Power Generation Costs report shows almost two-thirds of renewable power added in 2021 had lower costs than … Continue reading IRENA’s Top Ten News Pieces in 2022 Showcase Work on Global Energy Transition

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EU wind installations up by a third despite challenging year for supply chain

The EU installed 15 gigawatts (GW) of new wind farms in 2022. That’s one third more than 2021. This increase in new installations is an encouraging result given the overlapping challenges the industry faced in 2022.  And the 15 GW installed are an important contribution to strengthening Europe’s energy security ahead of next winter. But … Continue reading EU wind installations up by a third despite challenging year for supply chain

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ACP Statement on Confirmation of 118th Congress

Following the swearing-in of the 118th Congress, the American Clean Power Association today released a statement from interim CEO and Chief Advocacy Officer JC Sandberg: “Congratulations to Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer, House Speaker Kevin McCarthy, and the 118th Congress. We anticipate that this new Congress will provide ample opportunity for bipartisan cooperation on advancing commonsense … Continue reading ACP Statement on Confirmation of 118th Congress

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French renewable energy law: MPs must rise to the challenge and help boost energy security

On 10 January France’s National Assembly is set to vote on a bill intended to accelerate the development of renewable energy projects.  But some Members of Parliament could be tempted to keep or introduce unhelpful amendments to the text causing the bill to slow down the uptake of renewables instead of speeding it up.  France … Continue reading French renewable energy law: MPs must rise to the challenge and help boost energy security

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ACP Statement on New Federal Guidance for Consideration of Climate Impacts in Environmental Reviews

The American Clean Power Association today issued a statement in response to the White House Council on Environmental Quality’s (CEQ) release of new guidance aimed at helping federal agencies better assess and disclose climate impacts as they conduct environmental reviews: “The American Clean Power Association supports the Administration’s new guidance assisting federal agencies in their consideration of potential climate … Continue reading ACP Statement on New Federal Guidance for Consideration of Climate Impacts in Environmental Reviews

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Wind energy and solar power set to power China’s next 40 years

The recently concluded COP27 international climate change summit in Sharm El Sheik offered world leaders, experts, and activists an opportunity to stop and take stock one year after a landmark agreement to “phase down” coal emissions. Already, there is reason for concern: A November 2022 report from the International Energy Agency found that, if nothing … Continue reading Wind energy and solar power set to power China’s next 40 years

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Clean Energy Companies are Investing in America

Federal incentives enacted into law this year represent a monumental investment in the?nation’s?energy transition?– an investment that will deliver clean energy, jobs, domestic manufacturing, and economic growth. Such incentives are set to double the size of the clean power workforce to 1 million, triple the amount of clean energy in the U.S. by 2030 and … Continue reading Clean Energy Companies are Investing in America

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EU Energy Ministers adopt emergency measures on permitting

EU Energy Ministers agreed to urgently speed up the permitting of renewables. The decision for emergency measures to accelerate permitting had been reached in November already but the final green light was given at the 19 December Energy Council in a package deal with the agreement on an EU gas price cap. Notably the emergency … Continue reading EU Energy Ministers adopt emergency measures on permitting

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The United Kingdom re-engages with the North Seas Energy Cooperation

The United Kingdom (UK) is re-engaging with the North Seas Energy Cooperation (NSEC). At a signing ceremony on Sunday evening, the UK has signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with NSEC members the European Commission to this effect. This will help make the North Sea the renewables powerhouse of Europe. The NSEC is how North … Continue reading The United Kingdom re-engages with the North Seas Energy Cooperation

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The Netherlands hosts another successful wind power auction based on criteria other than price

The Netherlands Enterprise Agency (RVO) published the results of “Site VI” of the Hollandse Kust West (HKW) tender. It is the second site in the HKW area. The winner is Ecowende – a joint venture between Shell and Eneco. They will be building the 756 MW project by 2026. This auction was a comparative assessment … Continue reading The Netherlands hosts another successful wind power auction based on criteria other than price

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ACP Statement on Building American Energy Security Act of 2022

The American Clean Power Association (ACP) released the following statement from JC Sandberg, ACP Interim CEO and Chief Advocacy Officer in support of the Building American Energy Security Act of 2022: “This permitting reform proposal would speed our country along the road to energy independence. Burdensome rules and regulations on energy generation and transmission are … Continue reading ACP Statement on Building American Energy Security Act of 2022

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The WindEurope Annual Event will be back in Bilbao in 2024

WindEurope today announced that the WindEurope Annual Event 2024 will take place in Bilbao on 19-21 March 2024. It’s the third time Bilbao is hosting a WindEurope Annual Event after 2019 and 2022. Wind energy is an important element of Spain’s economy, providing 24% of total electricity consumption and growing. Spain is now also about … Continue reading The WindEurope Annual Event will be back in Bilbao in 2024

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