Category Archives: OpEd

How are utilities changing their electric generating mixes?

As the old saying goes, there’s nothing permanent except change. This certainly holds true for the U.S. energy landscape. It is constantly evolving and renewable energy cost declines, technology advancements, and impending power plant retirements are driving the transition. How can we stay up-to-date on these changes? And more importantly, what role will wind energy … Continue reading How are utilities changing their electric generating mixes?

Continue reading

New York 9 GW offshore wind power target

The American Wind Energy Association issued the following statement reacting to New York Governor Cuomo’s announcement, which more than triples the state’s offshore wind development target from 2.4 GW by 2030 to 9 GW by 2035. “By more than tripling New York’s already impressive offshore wind goal, Governor Cuomo has redefined offshore wind ambition nationwide,” … Continue reading New York 9 GW offshore wind power target

Continue reading

Restrictions on steel imports could jeopardise the EU’s 2030 renewables target

EU countries will discuss a proposal from the European Commission on protective measures on steel imports to the EU. The EU will then vote on the measures, which aim to restrict steel imports from third countries to the EU until July 2021, on Friday. Steel import restrictions to the EU come as a response to … Continue reading Restrictions on steel imports could jeopardise the EU’s 2030 renewables target

Continue reading

Six trends shaping the future of wind energy

2018 may be in the rearview mirror, but let’s take a moment to reflect on another year of incredible progress for American wind power. Wind energy made huge strides across the U.S., from the shores of Massachusetts all the way out to California and dozens of places in between. And that’s good news for families … Continue reading Six trends shaping the future of wind energy

Continue reading

Wind energy: Vestas becomes the first company to install 100 GW of wind turbines

Vestas has been a pioneer in wind energy solutions and a cornerstone in making the world’s energy mix sustainable. In late 2018, a new milestone was reached in that 40-year journey, as Vestas achieved 100 GW of installed wind turbines with the installation of a V110-2.0 MW wind turbine at MidAmerican Energy’s Wind XI wind … Continue reading Wind energy: Vestas becomes the first company to install 100 GW of wind turbines

Continue reading

Wind power takes wildlife conservation to the next level

Last year, the American Wind Wildlife Institute (AWWI) celebrated its 10 year anniversary. And there was no better way to mark the occasion than the creation of the new Wind Wildlife Research Fund. AWWI was founded by leaders of the wind industry in 2008 to maximize wind energy’s conservation potential through collaboration and research. A … Continue reading Wind power takes wildlife conservation to the next level

Continue reading

Compromise on electricity markets wraps up Clean Energy Package

EU negotiators reached an overnight compromise deal on the last remaining part of the Clean Energy Package, electricity market design. Negotiators from the European Parliament and the Council agreed that priority dispatch for existing renewables will continue to apply. For new renewables, in its place come fair and transparent rules on curtailment, including giving compensation … Continue reading Compromise on electricity markets wraps up Clean Energy Package

Continue reading

Mercedes-Benz deal to buy wind power is first PPA in Germany

Mercedes-Benz will buy wind energy for its German operations through a corporate renewable Power Purchase Agreement (PPA) signed with Norwegian utility Statkraft.   This marks the first corporate renewable PPA deal signed in Germany. Mercedes-Benz will buy 46 MW worth of wind power from six wind farms in Lower Saxony and Bremen. The wind power … Continue reading Mercedes-Benz deal to buy wind power is first PPA in Germany

Continue reading

WindEurope presses economic case for wind energy in EU-Uzbekistan energy cooperation

On 14 December WindEurope took part in the EU-Republic of Uzbekistan energy cooperation meeting in Tashkent. As part of a European Commission delegation to Uzbekistan, WindEurope took part in a meeting hosted by Megan Richards, Director at DG Energy, and Deputy Economy Minister Niyozmatov Bahromzhon. With 85% of the country’s power coming from gas, Uzbekistan … Continue reading WindEurope presses economic case for wind energy in EU-Uzbekistan energy cooperation

Continue reading

Lower prices for onshore wind energy in second Greek renewables auction

Onshore wind power won almost 160 MW of capacity in Greece’s second renewables auction. The prices were competitive, coming in within a range of €55–65/MWh.   This price level is lower than in Greece’s first onshore wind auction in July 2018, where onshore wind power prices were between €68-72/MWh. Nine wind projects in total won. All … Continue reading Lower prices for onshore wind energy in second Greek renewables auction

Continue reading

Record-smashing auction dramatically expands Massachusetts’ offshore wind energy potential

Equinor, Mayflower Wind Energy, and Vineyard Wind placed winning bids totaling $405 million to begin planning wind farms. A highly-competitive auction for three offshore wind lease areas off the coast of Massachusetts concluded today with winning bids totaling a record-breaking $405 million dollars from Equinor; Mayflower Wind Energy, a Royal Dutch Shell and EDP Renewables … Continue reading Record-smashing auction dramatically expands Massachusetts’ offshore wind energy potential

Continue reading

European Commission: wind energy on course to be the cornerstone of Europe’s energy mix

Commission’s recent decarbonisation strategy puts wind power centre stage in Europe’s future, echoing several major publications by energy analysts.   There is now a widespread consensus: wind energy is to become the largest source of power generation in Europe. The 173 GW of installed wind energy in the EU now satisfies 12% of the total … Continue reading European Commission: wind energy on course to be the cornerstone of Europe’s energy mix

Continue reading

R&I investment and collaboration ‘key to boosting EU leadership in renewables’

High level political negotiations are ongoing at COP24 in Katowice, with countries struggling to reach agreement on the key elements of the Paris Agreement. In particular, the debate now centres on questions about the operational framework (the so-called ‘rulebook’) and level of ambition to be deployed by EU Member States in the effort to combat … Continue reading R&I investment and collaboration ‘key to boosting EU leadership in renewables’

Continue reading

New Life for Wind Turbines with Innovation and the Circular Economy

Wind turbines, the circular economy and recycling are at the heart of Enel Green Power’s new Challenge, open to start-ups, companies and individual innovators. How can we reuse the enormous blades of wind generators? Over to you! The average operating life of a wind turbine is about twenty years. After that, its efficiency decreases and … Continue reading New Life for Wind Turbines with Innovation and the Circular Economy

Continue reading

Iraq is expected to have an installed capacity of five gigawatts of solar energy and one gigawatt of wind energy

Iraq is seeking to diversify its energy dependency by building large-scale solar, wind and biomass facilities within the next decade, expecting to supply more than 10 per cent of its energy needs by 2028 from sustainable resources, according to Frost & Sullivan’s energy analysis.   The country suffers from heavy electricity shortage due to insufficient … Continue reading Iraq is expected to have an installed capacity of five gigawatts of solar energy and one gigawatt of wind energy

Continue reading

Stedin and GE Power Mobilize New Technology to Manage Increasing Renewable Generation in the Netherlands

GE (NYSE: GE) and Stedin, one of the leading distribution network operators (DNOs) in the Netherlands, went live with the first European implementation of Transmission Forecast (T-Forecast) software from GE’s Grid Solutions. Part of the Digital Energy portfolio, this new solution forecasts power flow across transmission and distribution and is built to help manage increasing … Continue reading Stedin and GE Power Mobilize New Technology to Manage Increasing Renewable Generation in the Netherlands

Continue reading

AWEA supports a level playing field for energy storage technologies

Making stand-alone energy storage systems eligible for a federal Investment Tax Credit (ITC) would create jobs and help modernize the U.S. electricity grid, according to over 150 companies and industry groups representing storage, wind, solar, hydro, manufacturing and other sectors. Today, these businesses issued a letter to Congressional leadership in support of The Energy Storage … Continue reading AWEA supports a level playing field for energy storage technologies

Continue reading

Highlights from Katowice: wind energy the dominant power generation technology for net-zero emissions

The 24th Conference of Parties (COP24) of the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) is currently ongoing in Katowice, Poland.   This COP is taking place under the Polish Presidency and focusing on three macro areas: technological development, the transition of coal regions, and the objective of climate neutrality. This week, WindEurope spoke … Continue reading Highlights from Katowice: wind energy the dominant power generation technology for net-zero emissions

Continue reading

French ambitions for onshore wind power toothless without urgent action from Government on permitting

The Environmental Authority which issues permits for onshore wind power plants has been in limbo for 1 year following a technical decision from the top French Administrative Court.   As a result no new environmental permits are delivered stalling new wind power projects. The Government is sitting on a decree that would reinstate the Environmental … Continue reading French ambitions for onshore wind power toothless without urgent action from Government on permitting

Continue reading

Collaboration with the chemicals sector set to improve wind turbines circularity

On 4 December WindEurope and the European Chemical Industry Council (Cefic) joined forces to host a workshop in Brussels. The workshop aimed to assess how the chemicals industry can support the wind power industry to ensure that the lifecycle of wind turbines is as environmentally sound as possible.   In the transition towards an EU carbon-neutral economy, … Continue reading Collaboration with the chemicals sector set to improve wind turbines circularity

Continue reading