Category Archives: OpEd

Renewables on the grid: Putting the negative-price myth to bed

New, comprehensive analysis of electricity market price data confirms that renewable energy policies are not directly factored into electricity market prices. Three years ago, the American Wind Energy Association (AWEA) rebutted arguments that occurrences of negative prices at nuclear plants in Illinois were frequently caused by wind energy. That “compelling” data led FERC Commissioner John … Continue reading Renewables on the grid: Putting the negative-price myth to bed

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How to build and maintain wind farms

We’re right at summer’s midpoint, and news this time of year can be a little slow. But these warm weather months don’t mean a slow down for the men and women building and maintaining wind farms. The long days and clear skies have them forging ahead with new construction and routine upkeep. Here’s a trio … Continue reading How to build and maintain wind farms

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Cooperation and innovation mark a period of major turbine contracts and mega battery installation in the Netherlands

As the industry sets its sights on Amsterdam for WindEurope’s upcoming conference and exhibition this November, wind power has been enjoying a robust week in the historical land of the windmills. On 6 July, it was announced that renewable energy firm Siemens Gamesa will install 94 turbines at the Borssele 1 and 2 offshore wind … Continue reading Cooperation and innovation mark a period of major turbine contracts and mega battery installation in the Netherlands

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Wind energy industry bets on Bilbao

WindEurope and the Bilbao Exhibition Centre (BEC) today agreed to work together to deliver the WindEurope Conference & Exhibition from 2-4 April 2019 in Bilbao. The conference and exhibition is the most important event in Europe for the wind industry and is one of the reference events of the association, with an average of 8,000 … Continue reading Wind energy industry bets on Bilbao

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WindEurope delivers joint call for industrialisation to Estonian Presidency and ITRE Chair

Today, WindEurope’s Chief Policy Officer Pierre Tardieu and Directors from 14 other European trade associations handed a joint declaration to Ms Kadri Simson, Estonian Minister of Economic Affairs and Infrastructure and current Chair of the EU Competitiveness Council, and MEP Jerzy Buzek, Chair of the European Parliament’s Industry Committee (ITRE). 130 European trade associations signed … Continue reading WindEurope delivers joint call for industrialisation to Estonian Presidency and ITRE Chair

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Google signs new PPA with Eneco

As the energy transition gathers pace, more and more corporates are procuring their energy from renewable energy suppliers. Just last week came the announcement of Google’s second power purchase agreement (PPA) with Eneco, one of the leading electricity providers in the Netherlands.   Under the terms of this PPA, Google will have exclusive access to … Continue reading Google signs new PPA with Eneco

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Large energy consumers hungry for green power

Google, Norsk Hydro and Facebook are leading the growing trend of major companies looking to secure reliable and competitive power from renewable energy and reduce the risks associated with fossil fuel-based power supply. 100 top companies including leading industrial players are already committing to procure 100% renewable power in the short term through Power Purchase … Continue reading Large energy consumers hungry for green power

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Iowa has been a leader in wind energy for decades and will continue to do so into the foreseeable future

Iowa has been a leader in wind energy for decades and will continue to do so into the foreseeable future. Last year, Iowa generated 36.6 percent of its electricity from wind, the most ever for any state. That figure is expected to keep growing, with the state’s two largest utilities having already started $4 billion … Continue reading Iowa has been a leader in wind energy for decades and will continue to do so into the foreseeable future

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AWEA statement on White House Energy Week

The following is a statement from Tom Kiernan, CEO of the American Wind Energy Association (AWEA) on President Trump’s Energy Week remarks: “We support President Trump’s strategic vision to seek American energy dominance. The wind industry — America’s largest source of renewable energy capacity — stands ready to do our part implementing the President’s vision … Continue reading AWEA statement on White House Energy Week

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Ohio lawmakers fail to fix wind energy setback rule in budget

The Ohio House of Representatives has insisted upon removing an important fix to wind turbine setback policy from the state’s proposed biennial budget, after Senate lawmakers advanced a compromise measure last week. Adopted in 2014 with no public debate, Ohio’s current wind turbine setbacks are among the country’s most restrictive and have essentially functioned as … Continue reading Ohio lawmakers fail to fix wind energy setback rule in budget

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U.S. Conference of Mayors passes 100 percent renewable resolution

The U.S. Conference of Mayors, a bipartisan group representing 1,400 mayors across the country, just adopted a resolution to encourage cities to transition to 100 percent renewable energy by 2035. The move follows big 100 percent renewable announcements in recent months from cities like Atlanta, Chicago, Portland, Ore., and Salt Lake City. Many smaller municipalities, … Continue reading U.S. Conference of Mayors passes 100 percent renewable resolution

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WindEurope discusses how better weather and climate forecasting leads to smarter power system management

WindEurope CEO Giles Dickson addressed the fourth International Conference on Energy and Meteorology in Bari, Italy on 26 June This event discussed how the energy industry and the meteorological sector could enhance their collaboration, exchange further knowledge and develop tailored products and services for renewable energies. Dickson highlighted the common interests between wind and meteorology: … Continue reading WindEurope discusses how better weather and climate forecasting leads to smarter power system management

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Wind energy remains popular among Americans of all political stripes

It’s no surprise that the popularity of wind energy continues to grow in the United States. A new report from the National Surveys on Energy and Environment once again shows that Americans want more wind energy. An overwhelming 83 percent of survey respondents support increasing the use of wind energy in their state. The more … Continue reading Wind energy remains popular among Americans of all political stripes

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WindEurope furthers the interests of wind during EU Sustainable Energy Week

As part of EU Sustainable Energy Week, WindEurope has been at the heart of several events promoting the interests of the wind industry. On Tuesday, WindEurope organised an Energy Day event on A (C)lean energy transition: Innovative approaches to the offshore wind supply chain. The event focused on some of the key questions related to … Continue reading WindEurope furthers the interests of wind during EU Sustainable Energy Week

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Trump bashes wind energy in state that gets a third of its power from wind

On Wednesday night, President Donald Trump held a rally in Cedar Rapids, Iowa, where he praised coal and ridiculed wind energy. “I don’t want to just hope the wind blows to light up your homes,” Trump told the crowd. Iowa is the leading producer of wind energy in the country and generated 36.6 percent of … Continue reading Trump bashes wind energy in state that gets a third of its power from wind

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May cooler heads prevail in debate over renewable energy’s role in providing clean electricity

While articles in the academic journal Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences don’t often provoke bitter fights on the pages of major newspapers, that was the case for an academic study about renewable energy published earlier this week. The article was authored by 21 energy experts, many of whom previously published articles showing large … Continue reading May cooler heads prevail in debate over renewable energy’s role in providing clean electricity

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Adding renewables keeps the lights on and money in America’s pockets

Yesterday, a new report from Analysis Group reconfirmed an important point: adding renewable energy to America’s electricity grid strengthens reliability and saves consumers money. AWEA CEO Tom Kiernan penned a column in the Huffington Post explaining some of Analysis Group’s findings. Here are a few highlights: Although some commentators have raised concerns that the declining … Continue reading Adding renewables keeps the lights on and money in America’s pockets

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Perspectives of the Wind Energy Market in Russia

WWEA and FES Russian Federation, in collaboration with St. Peter the Great St. Petersburg Polytechnical University and the Russian Association for the Wind Industry RAWI, have conducted a study on the status of the wind energy market in Russia. The study “Perspectives of the Wind Energy Market in Russia” has been presented today during a launch event … Continue reading Perspectives of the Wind Energy Market in Russia

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Cheap gas, not renewables, primarily depressing power prices

Last week, the electric grid operator for the Mid-Atlantic and Great Lakes states (PJM) proposed a reform to its energy market rules to address concerns that prices are too low. There has been some confusion regarding why PJM felt the reform was necessary, with some incorrectly claiming it was primarily caused by renewable energy or … Continue reading Cheap gas, not renewables, primarily depressing power prices

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No evidence that changing power mix endangers electric system reliability

A new report by Analysis Group answers questions asked two months ago by Energy Secretary Rick Perry about the reliability and market rules of the U.S. electric power grid. Analysis Group finds it is market forces – primarily low-cost natural gas and flat demand for electricity – that are causing some coal and nuclear power plants … Continue reading No evidence that changing power mix endangers electric system reliability

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