Category Archives: OpEd

China’s Wind Power Push Threatens US Strategic Interests

The war in Ukraine has jolted energy markets— driving oil and gas prices to their highest levels in over a decade and leaving governments scrambling to secure energy supplies. In the months since Russia’s invasion, policymakers have faced a hard truth: energy policy is security policy, and it has been neglected for far too long. … Continue reading China’s Wind Power Push Threatens US Strategic Interests

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Negative bidding in wind energy auctions is bad for consumers and bad for the supply chain

A number of governments are now tempted to apply ‘negative bidding’ in their wind energy auctions, to make companies pay them for the right to develop a new wind farm. When renewables auctions started, the idea was that governments would offer some form of financial support to project developers. The most common form of support … Continue reading Negative bidding in wind energy auctions is bad for consumers and bad for the supply chain

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Europe puts fast permitting of wind power at the heart of its energy security plan

The European Commission has presented a new package of measures to help the EU wean itself off Russian fossil fuels well before 2030. The “REPowerEU Action Plan” spells out that renewables are at the core of Europe’s energy security. And crucially it tackles the permitting bottlenecks that are holding back the expansion of wind and solar. … Continue reading Europe puts fast permitting of wind power at the heart of its energy security plan

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North Sea offshore wind power to help repower the EU

Today European Commission President Ursula von der Leyen will participate in an Offshore Wind Summit with German Chancellor Olaf Scholz, Belgian Prime Minister Alexander De Croo, Danish Prime Minister Mette Frederiksen and Dutch Prime Minister Mark Rutte. In a joint declaration they are set to highlight the role of home-grown North Sea offshore wind in … Continue reading North Sea offshore wind power to help repower the EU

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Clean Power Annual Market Report 2021 shows significant milestones

The American Clean Power Association today released its Clean Power Annual Market Report 2021, which showed that wind, utility solar, and battery storage power capacity in the U.S. topped 200 gigawatts (GW) after 28.5 GW of clean energy projects came online in 2021. Regardless of this milestone, installations were flat when compared to 2020 levels … Continue reading Clean Power Annual Market Report 2021 shows significant milestones

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Carolina Long Bay lease sale demonstrates momentum of U.S. offshore wind sector

The American Clean Power Association (ACP) applauded the Department of Interior and the Bureau of Ocean Energy Management (BOEM) for holding a lease sale in the Carolina Long Bay wind energy area that will create tens of thousands of high-skilled U.S. jobs, strengthen coastal economies, and deliver vast amounts of reliable, clean energy to America’s … Continue reading Carolina Long Bay lease sale demonstrates momentum of U.S. offshore wind sector

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New Dutch offshore wind energy auctions focus heavily on non-price criteria

The Netherlands are about to close the bidding in their latest offshore wind auction – for the Hollandse Kust West site. There are two different areas up for auction with a total 1.5 GW of capacity. The auction makes extensive use of non-price criteria. It’s by some distance the most advanced use of non-price criteria … Continue reading New Dutch offshore wind energy auctions focus heavily on non-price criteria

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Additional panel speakers announced for CLEANPOWER 2022

The American Clean Power Association has announced additional panels at CLEANPOWER 2022, the nation’s preeminent renewable energy conference. CLEANPOWER will again bring together the industry’s thought leaders and decision makers to discuss and showcase the most important issues facing the energy industry today.  With a focus on “Building the Clean Energy Economy,” the conference will … Continue reading Additional panel speakers announced for CLEANPOWER 2022

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Solar industry offers U.S. Department of Commerce strong evidence to reach negative determination in solar circumvention investigation

New facts, supported by expert analysis, demonstrate that circumvention is not occurring in Cambodia, Malaysia, Thailand, and Vietnam. In fact, companies in these countries are complying with the Department’s previous rulings that cell production is the key process in solar manufacturing. This week a number of companies formally submitted responses to the U.S. Department of … Continue reading Solar industry offers U.S. Department of Commerce strong evidence to reach negative determination in solar circumvention investigation

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ACP Responds to New Department of Commerce Solar Circumvention Memorandum

In response to a memo released from the Department of Commerce today, American Clean Power Association CEO Heather Zichal stated: “While attempting to address the industry’s concerns, today’s memo from the Commerce Department on the Auxin Circumvention case perpetuates the market confusion that is currently stifling the US solar industry. Commerce appears to indicate that: … Continue reading ACP Responds to New Department of Commerce Solar Circumvention Memorandum

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The US is about to build lots of offshore wind power, what can it learn from Europe?

WindEurope CEO Giles Dickson moderated the US-EU Energy Council High-Level Business Forum on Offshore Wind in New Jersey on 27 April.  The Forum was led by US Secretary of Energy, Jennifer Granholm, and EU Commissioner for Energy, Kadri Simson.  It was held in conjunction with the International Offshore Wind Partnering Forum (IPF) Other speakers included … Continue reading The US is about to build lots of offshore wind power, what can it learn from Europe?

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EU electricity market rules must support wind energy and renewables investments

Today the EU Agency for the Cooperation of Energy Regulators (ACER) issued its final assessment of the EU electricity market design. It comes at a time of volatile electricity prices and unprecedented supply insecurity linked to Russia’s invasion of Ukraine. Its core message is the EU must maintain its electricity price setting mechanism and preserve the Internal Energy Market, … Continue reading EU electricity market rules must support wind energy and renewables investments

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American Clean Power praises BOEM for advancing offshore wind lease sales on Oregon and Central Atlantic coasts

The American Clean Power Association (ACP) today praised the Bureau of Ocean Energy Management (BOEM) and the Department of Interior (DOI) for advancing U.S. offshore wind deployment with its announcement of two separate Calls for Information and Nominations for possible leasing in areas that are determined to be suitable off the coast of Oregon and … Continue reading American Clean Power praises BOEM for advancing offshore wind lease sales on Oregon and Central Atlantic coasts

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ACP begins to announce key speakers for CLEANPOWER 2022

The American Clean Power Association (ACP) announced its initial lineup of speakers for CLEANPOWER 2022, the nation’s preeminent renewable energy conference. CLEANPOWER will again bring together the industry’s thought leaders and decision makers to discuss and showcase the most important issues facing the energy industry today. The conference focused on “Building the Clean Energy Economy” … Continue reading ACP begins to announce key speakers for CLEANPOWER 2022

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Focus on energy issues in Europe

In the wake of the Ukraine war, the issues of price and sufficient access to energy are main topics of the European cooperation. At the end of March, Vattenfall’s CEO Anna Borg has discussed the energy issue with President of the European Commission, Ursula von der Leyen. Russia’s invasion of Ukraine has resulted in historically … Continue reading Focus on energy issues in Europe

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How do communities all over Europe benefit from having a wind farm nearby?

On 14 April WindEurope CEO Giles Dickson spoke at the Mix.e event in Lyon, France. The discussion centred around the energy transition and its acceptability. The wind industry actively engages communities around Europe closely when it builds new wind farms, including in France. It is important these practices are applied everywhere and that communities continue … Continue reading How do communities all over Europe benefit from having a wind farm nearby?

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Investing in our Planet, and in our People, with Clean Energy

Since 1970, Earth Day has served as a celebration of the gift of our planet which makes life possible, and, more recently, as an acknowledgement of the environmental threats that affect us all. The urgency of addressing one of these threats — climate change — and the need to transition to cleaner sources of energy … Continue reading Investing in our Planet, and in our People, with Clean Energy

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New technology is accelerating the wind energy revolution

Wind energy production overtook coal and nuclear output in the United States in March.The fastest-growing wind and solar energy markets are the Netherlands, Australia, and Vietnam.New tech could help wind farms become smarter and more efficient. Wind energy production is steadily increasing, with several innovative projects being established around the world. While some countries continue … Continue reading New technology is accelerating the wind energy revolution

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Macron thinks that Le Pen, Putin’s friend, plan to ban renewable energy is an aberration

The president of France criticized his opponent in the second round of presidential elections; Le Pen seeks to end all subsidies to the solar and wind energy sector and benefit her friend Putin. Le Pen represents the worst of France, although fortunately it is just possible that she will be elected, which would be a … Continue reading Macron thinks that Le Pen, Putin’s friend, plan to ban renewable energy is an aberration

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ACP Releases CLEANPOWER 2022 Conference Agenda

Registration is well underway for CLEANPOWER 2022, the nation’s major renewable energy conference, which brings together the industry’s most knowledgeable decision makers and thought leaders and creates a collaborative platform for discussing the most important issues to industry professionals and their companies. The three-day event, hosted by the American Clean Power Association (ACP), will take place … Continue reading ACP Releases CLEANPOWER 2022 Conference Agenda

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