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Global Wind Summit: World’s Biggest Wind Industry Gathering

The WindEnergy Hamburg expo will bring 1400 exhibitors from over 100 countries, while the WindEurope Conference will host more than 500 expert speakers and presenters  From 25 to 28 September the world´s largest wind industry event, the Global Wind Summit, will take place at the Hamburg Messe fair site. Comprising the world’s leading wind industry expo … Continue reading Global Wind Summit: World’s Biggest Wind Industry Gathering

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WindEurope hosts successful workshop on optimising wind farm operations in Vilnius, Lithuania

On 14-15 May 2018, WindEurope hosted the 4th edition of the ‘Analysis of Operating Wind Farms’ workshop focusing on how big data can be used to optimise the performance of wind farms worldwide. The event – held in Vilnius, Lithuania – attracted over 180 wind energy experts from industry and academia. Delegates discussed new techniques … Continue reading WindEurope hosts successful workshop on optimising wind farm operations in Vilnius, Lithuania

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Wind power boosts local tax revenue across rural America

By now it should come as no surprise that American wind power spurs important economic growth in all 50 states, especially in the rural interior of the country. Each year, the industry invests an average of over $14 billion in new wind projects and pays landowners more than $267 million for hosting wind turbines on … Continue reading Wind power boosts local tax revenue across rural America

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A guide to buying wind power for Fortune 500 companies

Fortune 500 companies and others are setting ambitious targets for renewable energy procurement, and they choose wind power more than any other source. How much wind power are they buying? More than 9,100 megawatts (MW) were purchased through the end of 2017 by corporate and other non-utility customers. That’s more than Oklahoma’s entire installed capacity, … Continue reading A guide to buying wind power for Fortune 500 companies

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‘Collaboration is key to driving sustainability development across Europe’ WindEurope CEO tells Sustainability Summit

On May 23, WindEurope CEO Giles Dickson participated in a plenary session at the Sustainable Development Goals (SDG) Summit, organized by CSR Europe. As part of the European Business Summit, the event gathered over 300 people, including business representatives, National Partner Organizations, NGOs, EU stakeholders and policy makers. Dickson’s presentation was part of the session … Continue reading ‘Collaboration is key to driving sustainability development across Europe’ WindEurope CEO tells Sustainability Summit

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Latest German onshore wind energy auction results come in at €57/MWh

Bid prices in Germany’s latest onshore wind round rose to an average of €57.3/MWh following an auction that was under-subscribed. According to the German Federal Network Agency, BNetzA, 604 MW of wind capacity across 111 bids entered the second German onshore wind auction this year. This was less than the 670 MW that was on … Continue reading Latest German onshore wind energy auction results come in at €57/MWh

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Local impact of wind energy at heart of new industry push for renewables ambition

WindEurope today launched a new “Local Impact, Global Leadership” toolkit that maps out the local economic benefits of wind energy. With the future of renewables in Europe at stake in Clean Energy Package negotiations, now is a critical time to show policy-makers the local economic benefits of wind energy to make the case for more … Continue reading Local impact of wind energy at heart of new industry push for renewables ambition

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No partisan divide on wind support, young Americans overwhelming in preferences

A slew of surveys across 2016 and 2017 found Americans across the board supported the growth of wind energy. Now we have our first evidence from 2018 that this support continues to increase, and that we have a true rarity in today’s political environment coming into focus– there is no meaningful partisan divide in the … Continue reading No partisan divide on wind support, young Americans overwhelming in preferences

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Teaching teamwork, one wind turbine at a time

WINDPOWER isn’t just home to the industry’s established researchers, innovators, and leaders– it also hosts America’s premier collegiate wind energy competition, fostering the next generation of wind industry innovators, engineers and entrepreneurs. And this year the California State University Maritime Academy took home the crown, coming out on top in the field of a dozen … Continue reading Teaching teamwork, one wind turbine at a time

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WindEurope pledges support for Polish transition from coal

Poland has been the site of increasing activity for the wind industry. The Polish parliament has started debating legislation that will reverse the real estate tax and facilitate a 1,000 MW onshore auction by the end of 2018, while the Polish TSO recently announced that the Polish grid could accommodate 4 GW offshore wind by … Continue reading WindEurope pledges support for Polish transition from coal

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WindEurope sparks debate on wind energy integration at AWEA 2018

The American Wind Energy Association is hosting its annual event in Chicago this week, providing an opportunity for WindEurope members to address Europe’s approach to integrating wind into the energy system. Wind meets 12% of Europe’s power demand and, in the US, Oklahoma, Iowa, Kansas, South Dakota already get more than 30% of their power … Continue reading WindEurope sparks debate on wind energy integration at AWEA 2018

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Launch event announced for RE-Source Platform: bringing together renewable energy buyers and sellers

The launch event for the RE-Source Platform will take place in Brussels on Wednesday 6 June, as part of Sustainable Energy Week. Up to 400 participants will gather in the European Commission’s Charlemagne building, including representatives from European institutions and industry, with electricity sellers and buyers in attendance. Together, they will formally launch the RE-Source … Continue reading Launch event announced for RE-Source Platform: bringing together renewable energy buyers and sellers

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WINDPOWER Conference returns to the Windy City as the industry powers forward

WINDPOWER, the Western Hemisphere’s largest wind and renewable energy conference, kicked off today in Chicago with American Wind Energy Association (AWEA) leadership including Steve Lockard, AWEA’s newly elected Board Chair and President and CEO of TPI Composites, providing their vision and direction for American wind power to the more than 7,500 attendees. “We’re gathering in … Continue reading WINDPOWER Conference returns to the Windy City as the industry powers forward

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Booming offshore wind market to power jobs, new U.S. heavy industry

At an energy panel in Houston last week, industry and policy leaders highlighted the road map and milestones marking lift-off for the country’s burgeoning offshore wind (OSW) industry. There are now 8 gigawatts (GW) of firm commitments in six Northeast states and a project pipeline of almost 25 GW— enough to power millions of American homes. Bottom line: Tapping … Continue reading Booming offshore wind market to power jobs, new U.S. heavy industry

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More regional cooperation key to unlocking offshore wind energy potential in the Baltic Sea

On Thursday 3 May, WindEurope organised a breakfast discussion in the European Parliament to explore ways of unlocking the potential for offshore wind in the Baltic Sea. The breakfast was hosted by MEP Claude Turmes and gathered industry leaders, MEPs, and representatives of the European Commission.  WindEurope CEO, Giles Dickson, stressed the potential of offshore … Continue reading More regional cooperation key to unlocking offshore wind energy potential in the Baltic Sea

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Wind power development pipeline up 40%

How can you tell an industry is thriving? How about a 40% year-over-year increase in projects nearing completion? The U.S. wind industry continues to power forward so far in 2018, adding over 5.5 gigawatts (GW) to the wind development pipeline and signing a record amount of power purchase agreements (PPAs) in the first quarter, according … Continue reading Wind power development pipeline up 40%

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What really causes electricity prices to change?

A Forbes article by Michael Shellenberger came out this week, focusing on retail electricity prices and how they’ve changed over time. It also asks an important question – what causes retail electricity prices to change? While the article is correct about wind and solar energy’s recent cost reductions, it unfortunately misses the mark when it … Continue reading What really causes electricity prices to change?

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WindEurope CEO urges national legislation to unlock Egypt’s wind energy potential

On Monday 23 April WindEurope CEO Giles Dickson took part in the EU-Egypt Sustainable Energy Business Forum in Cairo. At the event he spoke about the needs and opportunities to boost the renewable energy sector in Egypt. Egyptian ministers and government representatives joined EU Commissioner for Energy & Climate Arias Cañete at the event. The European Commission and … Continue reading WindEurope CEO urges national legislation to unlock Egypt’s wind energy potential

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Minnesota wind power offers low-cost, reliable, clean electricity

The Clear Energy Alliance, a group that frequently presents misleading information about renewables, is out with a new video that spreads a false narrative about the cost and impact of wind energy in the state. Relying on a flawed report from the Center of the American Experiment (CAE), the Alliance attempts to convince Minnesotans that … Continue reading Minnesota wind power offers low-cost, reliable, clean electricity

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Cost-competitiveness puts wind energy in front

Today wind power is the most competitively priced technology in many if not most markets worldwide. The emergence of wind/solar hybrids, more sophisticated grid management and increasingly affordable storage begin to paint a picture of what  a fully commercial fossil-free power sector will look like. The Global Wind Energy Council (GWEC) released its Global Wind … Continue reading Cost-competitiveness puts wind energy in front

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