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The Investment Case for Energy Transition in Africa

IRENA and UNDP’s Africa Centre for Sustainable Development outline why significant investment is needed to transform Africa’s energy system Falling technology costs have made renewable energy a cost-effective way to generate power in countries all over the world, which would drive further development and improved economy. Despite the tremendous efforts that have been deployed at … Continue reading The Investment Case for Energy Transition in Africa

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EU Green Recovery is now needed to restart Europe

31 organisations from Europe’s electricity, heating, cooling, building and transport sectors called on the European Institutions today to stick firm to the European Green Deal objectives. And to restart Europe’s economy after the COVID-19 crisis by placing renewable energy and energy efficiency at the core of the EU Recovery Plan. The EU Heads of State … Continue reading EU Green Recovery is now needed to restart Europe

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How can corporates minimise risks and maximise opportunities when entering renewable PPAs?

There are many variables at work in PPAs, and it’s easy to get lost in all the information out there. The new report from the RE-Source Platform, Risk Mitigation for corporate renewable PPAs, is designed for maximum clarity: one by one, we break down the various risks for corporates entering PPAs – and outline the … Continue reading How can corporates minimise risks and maximise opportunities when entering renewable PPAs?

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Andrés Manuel López Obrador makes fun of wind power and coronavirus

Former President Felipe Calderón tried Andrés Manuel López Obrador, for naming wind turbines “fans”, as well as for being against wind energy and promoting the use of coal and oil.Calderón Hinojosa published through his social networks a note by López Obrador, where they criticize the conservative governments that allowed the installation of wind energy and … Continue reading Andrés Manuel López Obrador makes fun of wind power and coronavirus

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American Wind Energy Association Statement on The COVID-19 Phase Three Stimulus Bill

“Congress took unprecedented steps today to protect Americans’ health and safety and strengthen the economy as we navigate the COVID-19 crisis. We applaud its efforts and appreciate its consideration of clean energy in this early stimulus. The wind energy industry’s top priority remains focused only on addressing the disruptions caused by COVID-19 by ensuring the … Continue reading American Wind Energy Association Statement on The COVID-19 Phase Three Stimulus Bill

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Battery Storage Paves Way for a Renewable-powered Future

Battery storage systems are emerging as one of the key solutions to effectively integrate high shares of solar and wind renewables in power systems worldwide. A recent analysis from the International Renewable Energy Agency (IRENA) illustrates how electricity storage technologies can be used for a variety of applications in the power sector, from e-mobility and … Continue reading Battery Storage Paves Way for a Renewable-powered Future

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EU Climate Law: Europe must chart a path to a 100% renewables future

With the EU Climate Law, the European Commission proposes to enshrine in legislation the goal of achieving climate neutrality by 2050. The European Commission kick-started this process in November 2018 with its “Clean Planet for all” communication. But even the most ambitious decarbonisation scenarios set out in this communication are not based on 100% renewables. … Continue reading EU Climate Law: Europe must chart a path to a 100% renewables future

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AWEA/SEIA letter to Congress outlining COVID-19 impacts

Actions Congress can take to protect U.S. jobs and renewable energy growth   Dear Members of Congress, We want to emphasize the critical role our job-creating industries play in the American economy and to tell you about the effects COVID-19 is having on our workers and our businesses.   First and foremost, COVID-19 is a human … Continue reading AWEA/SEIA letter to Congress outlining COVID-19 impacts

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American Wind Energy Association Statement on PJM’s Response to FERC Capacity Market Directive

The American Wind Energy Association (AWEA) today issued the following statement on PJM’s Compliance Filing in response to the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission’s (FERC) Capacity Market Reform Directive.   “PJM’s proposal provides the flexibility necessary for renewable resources to demonstrate that they are among the lowest cost and most reliable sources of capacity available today,” … Continue reading American Wind Energy Association Statement on PJM’s Response to FERC Capacity Market Directive

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COVID-19 could take 25 million jobs

An initial assessment of the impact of COVID-19 on the global world of work indicates that the effects will be far-reaching, leading millions of people to unemployment, underemployment and working poverty, and proposes measures for a decisive, coordinated and immediate response. GENEVA (ILO News) –According to a new evaluation by the International Labor Organization (ILO), … Continue reading COVID-19 could take 25 million jobs

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German offshore wind energy can deliver at least 20 GW by 2030

On March 13th the German Ministry for Economic Affairs and Energy will discuss with industry representatives how to deliver the planned new 20 GW target for offshore wind by 2030. Germany has gone slow in its build-out of offshore wind. Germany now has an opportunity to put offshore wind back on track. They could comfortably … Continue reading German offshore wind energy can deliver at least 20 GW by 2030

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GWEC and RE100 join forces to accelerate corporate sourcing of renewable electricity in emerging markets

The Global Wind Energy Council (GWEC) is entering a new partnership with The Climate Group’s RE100 initiative to spur greater corporate commitment to renewable electricity sourcing in emerging markets. GWEC is the neutral representative body for the global wind industry, representing leading wind energy manufacturers, developers, utilities IPPs and service companies. RE100 brings together more … Continue reading GWEC and RE100 join forces to accelerate corporate sourcing of renewable electricity in emerging markets

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Measures to Strengthen Preparedness and Continuity of Operations Due to COVID-19

Notification by the Director-General of IRENA I would like to inform IRENA Members, States-in-Accession and partner entities that, after careful consideration, the IRENA Secretariat has decided not to hold any physical meetings during March and April at its premises in Abu Dhabi, Bonn, New York and elsewhere. This exceptional measure aims to contain the spread … Continue reading Measures to Strengthen Preparedness and Continuity of Operations Due to COVID-19

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We need a more strategic approach to wind energy

Today the European Commission presented its European Industrial Strategy which aims to boost the competitiveness of European industry as it embarks on the twin green and digital transitions. The document is clear on the need for the EU to adopt a more strategic approach to the renewable energy industries in the context of “a substantial … Continue reading We need a more strategic approach to wind energy

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Global Ambassadors to accelerate greater gender diversity in the wind energy sector

Today on International Women’s Day, the Global Wind Energy Council (GWEC) and the Global Women’s Network for the Energy Transition (GWNET) have announced this year’s participants for their jointly organised Women in Wind Global Leadership Program. After receiving over 110 highly competitive applications for this year’s program, GWEC and GWNET have chosen 15 participants from 13 … Continue reading Global Ambassadors to accelerate greater gender diversity in the wind energy sector

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Virginia poised to embrace wind energy future

The American Wind Energy Association (AWEA) applauds leaders in the Assembly for supporting the measure, which will drive substantial clean energy investments across Virginia. In particular, AWEA thanks Delegate Sullivan and Senator McClellan for their sponsorship of the bill, along with Senator Lucas, Senator Mason, and Delegate Hayes for their forward-thinking emphasis on transitioning Virginia … Continue reading Virginia poised to embrace wind energy future

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The Climate Law is encouraging but the energy transition needs to accelerate to deliver climate neutrality by 2050

Today the European Commission proposed a ‘Climate Law’ enshrining in legislation the goal of achieving climate neutrality by 2050. The proposal is an important step in the right direction. The draft law also explicitly mentions a more ambitious greenhouse gas emissions reduction target of 50 to 55% by 2030 to be proposed by September. And … Continue reading The Climate Law is encouraging but the energy transition needs to accelerate to deliver climate neutrality by 2050

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Public tenders have driven 80% of wind energy capacity in Latin America and the Caribbean

The Latin American Energy Organization (OLADE) and the Global Wind Energy Council (GWEC) have published a joint report Competitive Processes for Financing Renewable Energy Projects. The report provides a comprehensive overview and analysis of financing frameworks such as auctions and Power Purchase Agreements (PPAs) in key wind power markets in Latin America and the Caribbean … Continue reading Public tenders have driven 80% of wind energy capacity in Latin America and the Caribbean

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Financing the Global Energy Transformation: Green Bonds

Despite the positive renewable energy investment trends over the past decade, annual investments in renewable energy power alone need to double until 2050 to meet climate goals. To allocate enough capital to drive the world’s transition to a low-carbon economy, a set of financial solutions need to be developed and taken advantage of by policymakers, … Continue reading Financing the Global Energy Transformation: Green Bonds

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Wind power is already 15% of Europe’s electricity

The Industrial Strategy to be launched by the European Commission will be a first test. Is this strategy supporting the industries that will deliver the European Green Deal? Wind power is already 15% of Europe’s electricity. It employs over 300,000 people, represents more than €25bn of new investments and exports €8bn of goods and services … Continue reading Wind power is already 15% of Europe’s electricity

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