Category Archives: OpEd

Vietnam: wind energy has potential of about 12 GW

The figures were announced in the Viet Nam Energy Outlook Report 2017, released at an event co-organised by the Ministry of Industry and Trade and the Embassy of Denmark yesterday in Ha Noi. The report, compiled by Viet Nam’s Ministry of Industry and Trade (MoIT) and Denmark’s Ministry for Energy, Utilities and Climate, aims to … Continue reading Vietnam: wind energy has potential of about 12 GW

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GM to run Ohio, Indiana factories with 100 percent wind power

Last week I predicted it wouldn’t be long before we had more news on Fortune 500 wind power purchases. Well, a whole seven days passed before there were new deals to report. Wind powers the open road for GM GM just announced wind power purchase agreements with projects in Ohio and Illinois. The automaker is … Continue reading GM to run Ohio, Indiana factories with 100 percent wind power

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France forecast as wind energy leader

France is set to become Europe’s second-biggest generator of electricity from wind power behind Germany by 2030, overtaking the UK and Spain thanks to policies being put in place by the current government, according to an industry association. WindEurope’s CE Giles Dickson told a conference in Paris on Wednesday that France’s outlook for offshore and … Continue reading France forecast as wind energy leader

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Debating the future of Europe’s electricity markets in Tallinn

WindEurope is in Tallinn today to take part in a conference on ‘Europe’s Future Electricity Markets’ organised by the Estonian Presidency of the EU Council. EU Energy Ministers are gathering in Estonia’s capital to discuss the Clean Energy Package, making this event an excellent opportunity to network with senior officials. The event comes at a … Continue reading Debating the future of Europe’s electricity markets in Tallinn

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Renewables will increasingly challenge fossil fuels on cost

Renewables will increasingly challenge fossil fuels on cost. Green power outlook presented by Bloomberg New Energy Finance. The cost of renewables is plunging faster than forecasters anticipated just a few years ago as as technologies like gigantic wind turbines arrive on the market. That’s the conclusion of Bloomberg New Energy Finance, whose founder Michael Liebreich … Continue reading Renewables will increasingly challenge fossil fuels on cost

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Wind energy can be a key player in new Industrial Policy Strategy

The European Commission today published its new Industrial Policy Strategy, which aims to provide a boost to Europe’s industry, making it stronger and more competitive. WindEurope CEO Giles Dickson, commented on the Strategy: “WindEurope very much welcomes the European Commission’s new Industrial Policy Strategy, two of the pillars of which are digitalisation and industrial innovation. … Continue reading Wind energy can be a key player in new Industrial Policy Strategy

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Wind industry at International Energy Charter: de-risk renewable energy investments

On 14 September 2017, WindEurope and the Industry Advisory Panel of the International Energy Charter jointly organized an event on “Promoting and De-risking Renewable Energy Investments.” The event was attended by government representatives, financial and legal institutions and energy companies. Discussions focused on the promotion of investors’ legal and financial certainty in renewable energy projects. … Continue reading Wind industry at International Energy Charter: de-risk renewable energy investments

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Global Wind Energy Summit in Hamburg in one year

The world’s biggest wind industry meeting reflects wind energy success story: WindEnergy Hamburg and WindEurope Conference to be held in parallel at the Hamburg Messe site in 2018. Wind energy has made its breakthrough – in the energy market, in technology development and cost reduction and in its geographical reach. Starting from a European base, … Continue reading Global Wind Energy Summit in Hamburg in one year

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M&M’s launches new Fans of Wind campaign

Just yesterday, Anheuser-Busch announced it was buying enough wind energy from an Oklahoma project to meet half of its electricity needs. Now, M&M has launched a new Fans of Wind campaign: Fans of Wind Mars, M&M’s parent company, buys enough wind from projects in Texas and Scotland to make all of the M&M’s sold worldwide. … Continue reading M&M’s launches new Fans of Wind campaign

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Anheuser-Busch announced a big wind power deal today

Here’s news we can all raise a glass to: Anheuser-Busch announced a big wind power deal today. The beer-brewing giant signed a power purchase agreement (PPA) with Enel Green Power for electricity that will be generated at Enel’s Thunder Ranch wind farm in Oklahoma. Earlier this year Anheuser-Busch InBev pledged to transition to 100 percent … Continue reading Anheuser-Busch announced a big wind power deal today

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WindEurope welcomes State of the EU speech

The President of the European Commission, Jean-Claude Juncker, today delivered his annual speech on the State of the European Union at the European Parliament. WindEurope welcomed the speech today, in which President Juncker announced the new industrialisation strategy and placed a strong emphasis on climate action. The speech also looked at Europe’s current political and … Continue reading WindEurope welcomes State of the EU speech

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Offshore wind energy cost reductions come to the UK

WindEurope welcomes the results of the latest UK Contract for Differences (CfD) auction announced today by the Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, where offshore wind submitted record bids of £57.50 per megawatt hour including the costs of grid connection.   The winning offshore wind projects – DONG Energy’s Hornsea 2, Innogy and Statkraft’s … Continue reading Offshore wind energy cost reductions come to the UK

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New Windy Cities Award will honor city leadership in growing wind energy

Every year, AWEA presents industry awards to recognize individuals and companies that have demonstrated excellence in advancing the wind industry. The annual awards program recognizes those leaders, at all levels and areas of the industry, who have shown passion and a clear vision for wind energy. This year, AWEA is launching a new award to … Continue reading New Windy Cities Award will honor city leadership in growing wind energy

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U.S. wind power donates $1 million to Harvey relief

There’s no other way to put it: Texas is the beating heart of the U.S. wind industry. Nearly a quarter of the country’s installed capacity is in Texas, and over 22,000 wind workers reside in the state—many at companies based in the Houston area. So the entire wind community is thinking of our Texan friends … Continue reading U.S. wind power donates $1 million to Harvey relief

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WindEurope unveils new long-term events strategy

In collaboration with the wind energy industry’s major players, WindEurope today unveiled its new long-term events calendar. Together with its members and long-standing partners, WindEurope has developed an extensive events strategy to address the needs of what is a highly dynamic and innovative sector. The WindEurope events, comprising both a vibrant industry exhibition and a … Continue reading WindEurope unveils new long-term events strategy

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WindEurope discusses Clean Energy Package with Portuguese Secretary of State for Energy

WindEurope CEO Giles Dickson met with Portugal’s Secretary of State for Energy, Jorge Seguro Sanches, in Lisbon on 4 September. António Sá da Costa, President of the Portuguese Renewable Energy Association (APREN), also took part in the meeting. Portugal is one of the frontrunners in Europe’s energy transition, and currently has more than 5 GW … Continue reading WindEurope discusses Clean Energy Package with Portuguese Secretary of State for Energy

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Advanced Energy Buyers Group to Focus on Policy for Corporate Procurement

Today, national business organization Advanced Energy Economy (AEE) announced the launch of the Advanced Energy Buyers Group, a collection of large energy users seeking to expand access to energy that is secure, clean, and affordable. The Advanced Energy Buyers Group brings together corporate leaders committed to changing the policy landscape to increase opportunities for purchasing … Continue reading Advanced Energy Buyers Group to Focus on Policy for Corporate Procurement

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Finland opens its first offshore wind farm

Last week marked a milestone as Finland opened its first ever offshore wind farm. The 42 MW Tahkoluoto wind farm was officially opened – ahead of schedule – by Finnish energy developer Suomen Hyötytuuli. The project first started with a demonstration project (the Pori pilot project) back in 2010. At that time, Siemens supplied a … Continue reading Finland opens its first offshore wind farm

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Rural America embraces wind power

The Wall Street Journal has a new feature story out today, and it focuses on Benton County, Indiana. If that sounds familiar it’s because the town of Fowler, site of #AmericanWindWeek’s Fowler Wind Fair, lies in Benton County. Home to about 8,600 people, Benton County also houses about half of Indiana’s installed wind capacity, and … Continue reading Rural America embraces wind power

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Plan for 100% renewable energy is possible, practical, and the smart thing to do

Since 2009, Mark Jacobson, Professor of Civil and Environmental Engineering at Stanford University and Senior Fellow at the Woods Institute for the Environment and Precourt Institute for Energy, and more than 85 coauthors have written a series of peer-reviewed journal articles evaluating the scientific, engineering, and economic potential of transitioning the world’s energy infrastructures to 100% … Continue reading Plan for 100% renewable energy is possible, practical, and the smart thing to do

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