Category Archives: OpEd

Impact of COVID-19 on China’s wind energy industry

This update has been jointly prepared by the Global Wind Energy Council (GWEC) and the Chinese Wind Energy Association (CWEA) based on consultation with their industry members and their own market intelligence.  As China is the world leader in new onshore and offshore wind power installations, there have been rising concerns in over the impact … Continue reading Impact of COVID-19 on China’s wind energy industry

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Wind energy exceeds 25,700 MW installed in Spain

Spain leads the ranking of EU countries in onshore wind farm installation. Spain has increased wind power by 2,243 MW in 2019, multiplying by five the installed wind turbines capacity compared to the previous year, adding a total of 25,704 MW of wind power installed with wind turbines. Wind energy has produced 20.8% of the … Continue reading Wind energy exceeds 25,700 MW installed in Spain

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Offshore wind power and the shipping sector can reinforce each other to reach the Green Deal targets

Wind energy currently makes up 15% of Europe’s energy mix. The majority of this is onshore wind farm plants. Offshore wind turbines is just 2% at the moment. But it’s growing rapidly thanks to decreasing costs and improving technology. So offshore wind power will be a major player in the future. But collaboration with the … Continue reading Offshore wind power and the shipping sector can reinforce each other to reach the Green Deal targets

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EU industrial strategy must recognise wind energy as a job creator

Last week, WindEurope was one of the co-signatories of a letter calling for a robust industrial strategy to implement the Green Deal. Europe can only reach climate-neutrality through the sustained growth of wind energy to power the economy. This will be essential to ensure Europe’s long-term security of energy supply and technology leadership. The letter … Continue reading EU industrial strategy must recognise wind energy as a job creator

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EU Energy Commissioner receives Green Deal policy recommendations at emPOWER event

On Tuesday 18 February WindEurope in cooperation with SolarPower Europe, SmartEn and the Renewables Grid Initiative presented four policy recommendations to EU Energy Commissioner Kadri Simson at the emPOWER event. The recommendations focus on how a renewables-based energy system is the keystone to the European Green Deal. The recommendations focus on the goals of the … Continue reading EU Energy Commissioner receives Green Deal policy recommendations at emPOWER event

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Safety is a key value for the U.S. wind energy industry

Safety is a key value for the U.S. wind industry, and it’s an area where we’re always striving to do better. Crane operations have emerged as one of those places in need of improvements, and to combat this trend AWEA created the EHS Crane Task Force. Initiated in early 2019, the purpose of the task … Continue reading Safety is a key value for the U.S. wind energy industry

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Electrification, innovation and hydrogen gas reduce industry dependence on fossil fuels

Industry needs help in order to reduce its carbon dioxide emissions. Vattenfall is making it happen through cooperation and partnerships with industry. This year will see the inauguration of HYBRIT’s pilot plant in Luleå, Sweden. In this plant, a tonne of fossil-free steel will be produced from raw iron ore every hour. By means of … Continue reading Electrification, innovation and hydrogen gas reduce industry dependence on fossil fuels

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The variability of wind energy once again determined the behavior of market prices

The variability of wind power is the main cause. In markets such as German and French, wind turbines production went up, while in the south of the continent it fell. On February 10 there was a record of instant photovoltaic production in Spain. In the fuel markets the bearish sentiment is maintained by the threat … Continue reading The variability of wind energy once again determined the behavior of market prices

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Renewable energy generation jumped 77 percent during 2010’s

The Business Council for Sustainable Energy released its annual Sustainable Energy in America Factbook today, and the findings are striking—the 2010’s really were the decade renewable energy went mainstream. In fact, renewable energy generation increased by 77 percent between 2010 and 2019, transforming the way we power American homes and businesses. A clean energy transformation … Continue reading Renewable energy generation jumped 77 percent during 2010’s

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IRENA and UN-Habitat Join Efforts to Accelerate Global Energy Transition in Cities

The International Renewable Energy Agency (IRENA) signed a memorandum of understanding (MoU) today with the United Nations Human Settlements Programme (UN-Habitat), to cooperate on sustainable energy in the context of urban development.  IRENA’s studies show that cities are responsible for 65 per cent of global energy demand and the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change data … Continue reading IRENA and UN-Habitat Join Efforts to Accelerate Global Energy Transition in Cities

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AWEA: Department of Interior Schedule for Vineyard Wind’s Final Environmental Review Statement Offers Clarity to Industry

he American Wind Energy Association issued the following statement today in reaction to the Department of Interior’s announcement on the schedule for reviewing Vineyard Wind’s Final Environmental Impact Statement. “The Department of Interior’s schedule for Vineyard Wind’s Final Environmental Impact Statement provides important clarity for the burgeoning U.S. offshore wind industry,” said Laura Morton, AWEA’s Senior … Continue reading AWEA: Department of Interior Schedule for Vineyard Wind’s Final Environmental Review Statement Offers Clarity to Industry

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Wind power and solar energy replace coal in Europe

The decarbonization of the electricity sector seems on track in Europe. A report presented on Wednesday suggests that the EU is disengaging from coal faster than expected while energy production with renewable technologies marks record highs. And as a consequence of both phenomena the CO2 emissions of the European electricity sector fall at a rate … Continue reading Wind power and solar energy replace coal in Europe

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Wind energy and the EU’s Innovation Fund

On 5 February WindEurope participated in a workshop event on the Innovation Fund. The event was organised by EASE, the association for energy storage, and featured presentations from the European Commission explaining how the Innovation Fund works. The Innovation Fund is one of the funding instruments supporting the European Commission’s strategic vision for a climate neutral … Continue reading Wind energy and the EU’s Innovation Fund

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Brexit and wind energy

The United Kingdom has officially left the EU. It has now entered a ‘transition period’, during which the UK and the EU will negotiate the terms of their future relationship. The transition period will last until the end of 2020. During the transition period, the UK will no longer be represented in the EU’s decision-making … Continue reading Brexit and wind energy

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CLEANPOWER 2020 Conference Partners Announced

The American Wind Energy Association (AWEA) today announced its partners for CLEANPOWER, a new exhibition hub that will bring together the utility-scale wind power, solar power and energy storage industries. CLEANPOWER 2020, to be held June 1-4 at the Colorado Convention Center in Denver, is the next step in the evolution of AWEA’s WINDPOWER conference … Continue reading CLEANPOWER 2020 Conference Partners Announced

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Photovoltaics (PV) has become the cheapest source of electrical power in regions with a high potential

After hydro and wind energy, PV is the third renewable energy source in terms of global capacity. The International Energy Agency expects a growth by 700 – 880 GW from 2019 to 2024. According to the forecast, PV could become the technology with the largest installed capacity by the mid 2020s. This solar resource map … Continue reading Photovoltaics (PV) has become the cheapest source of electrical power in regions with a high potential

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Final 2019 numbers show wind energy on the rise

AWEA’s just-released Fourth Quarter Market Report gives a full look at 2019 for the first time, and for fans of wind there’s a lot to like. Last year was the third strongest year ever for new wind additions, and nearly 200 new wind projects are in the works. That means more reliable, affordable, clean electricity … Continue reading Final 2019 numbers show wind energy on the rise

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Wind energy powering the transition to 5G

Renewable energy and telecoms. Two sectors set to grow dramatically over the coming years. There is a great opportunity for both to work together to deliver the energy transition. As we digitalise more of our lives, the telecom sector’s large power demand will continue to grow. 5G is set to be up to 100 times … Continue reading Wind energy powering the transition to 5G

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IRENA publishes the report “The future of wind energy”

IRENA, the International Renewable Energy Agency, has published a new report on wind energy, “Future of the Wind”. See below some highlights of the work: The accelerated deployment of wind power, together with significant electrification, could provide a large part (6.3 Gt) of the annual reductions in CO2 emissions required by 2050.Wind energy can cover … Continue reading IRENA publishes the report “The future of wind energy”

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