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EU Recovery Plan: it’s time to roll up our sleeves for a green recovery

The European Commission has tabled a Recovery Strategy of unprecedented scope: €1.85 trillion to counter the economic impacts of COVID-19. The plan is presented as a chance to accelerate the European Green Deal. But it will only be as green as the projects it funds and the jobs it creates. Society expects the huge resources … Continue reading EU Recovery Plan: it’s time to roll up our sleeves for a green recovery

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Unlock corporate sourcing of renewables to deliver a cleaner, stronger EU, say multinationals

50+ major companies call for corporate renewables to be built into the EU’s COVID-19 economic stimulus package – includes 40+ of Europe’s biggest corporate buyers of renewable electricity, such as Mars, Ingka Group and VF Corporation; Key asks include stimulating greater investment from the financial sector, and policies to support a faster roll-out of corporate … Continue reading Unlock corporate sourcing of renewables to deliver a cleaner, stronger EU, say multinationals

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Highlights from the Wind Energy Powers American Business report

Many of the businesses across the country that power our everyday lives are increasingly choosing wind energy to power their operations. Once a niche market, corporate customers now routinely represent 40 percent or more of announced wind power contracts in a given year and are some of the most sought-after customers by wind project developers. … Continue reading Highlights from the Wind Energy Powers American Business report

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Corporate Customers Buying Record Amount of American Wind Power

Businesses purchased a record amount of U.S. wind power last year. In total, corporate buyers have signed contracts for nearly 17,000 megawatts (MW) of U.S. wind energy, enough to power more than five million American homes. Commercial and industrial companies bought 4,447 megawatts (MW) of U.S. wind capacity last year, setting a new record for … Continue reading Corporate Customers Buying Record Amount of American Wind Power

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EU Recovery Plan: it’s time to roll up our sleeves for a green recovery

The European Commission has tabled a Recovery Strategy of unprecedented scope: €1.85 trillion to counter the economic impacts of COVID-19. The plan is presented as a chance to accelerate the European Green Deal. But it will only be as green as the projects it funds and the jobs it creates. Society expects the huge resources … Continue reading EU Recovery Plan: it’s time to roll up our sleeves for a green recovery

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CLEANPOWER 2020 brings industry together, virtually

While the utility-scale renewable industry wasn’t able to meet in Denver this year, that didn’t stop us from coming together for a valuable, shared experience during a challenging time. The CLEANPOWER 2020 Stronger Together Virtual Event consisted of the Clean Power Decade webinar, live streamed general sessions and unique networking opportunities. The event kicked off … Continue reading CLEANPOWER 2020 brings industry together, virtually

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Wind energy wins lion’s share in Italian renewable energy auction

Wind power won 406 MW of the 425 MW awarded in an undersubscribed auction – 500 MW were on offer. The primary reason for the undersubscription is Italy’s cumbersome and lengthy permitting process. Besides the challenges with permitting, the auction was also undersubscribed because repowering projects were not allowed to bid. This is significant. Italy … Continue reading Wind energy wins lion’s share in Italian renewable energy auction

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U.S. Renewable and Clean Energy Industries Set Sights on Market Majority

For the first time, the American wind energy, solar, hydropower, and storage associations have come together to announce a shared vision of renewables reaching a majority of U.S. electricity generation by 2030. Within a decade, more than half of the electricity generated in the U.S. will come from clean, renewable resources supported by energy storage, … Continue reading U.S. Renewable and Clean Energy Industries Set Sights on Market Majority

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India Wind Energy Targets Are Sensitive to Policy and Regulations

India is the world’s fourth-largest onshore wind market by installations, with 37.5 GW of capacity as of 2019. Technical potential at 120-metre hub height is a whopping 695 GW, according the National Institute of Wind Energy, and the government has set a wind capacity target of 60 GW by 2022 and 140 GW by 2030. … Continue reading India Wind Energy Targets Are Sensitive to Policy and Regulations

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Wind energy can power a green recovery for Asia

The global COVID-19 outbreak has impacted the health and wellbeing of millions of people, creating unprecedented economic and social challenges, disrupting business and supply chain operations and affecting 2.7 billion workers globally. Governments across the world are now rising to the challenge of preparing a roadmap to economic recovery, with an excess of (USD) $10 … Continue reading Wind energy can power a green recovery for Asia

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American Wind Energy Association Statement on IRS Safe Harbor Guidance

The American Wind Energy Association (AWEA) today issued the following statement after the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) provided one additional year of safe harbor flexibility for wind projects that began construction in 2016 and 2017, in order to help address the significant short-term challenges associated with COVID-19. “We applaud the Administration for taking this critical … Continue reading American Wind Energy Association Statement on IRS Safe Harbor Guidance

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COVID-19 Intensifies the Urgency to Expand Sustainable Energy Solutions Worldwide

To meet the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) targets by 2030, countries must safeguard the gains already attained and accelerate efforts to achieve affordable, reliable, sustainable and modern energy for all. Despite accelerated progress over the past decade, the world will fall short of ensuring universal access to affordable, reliable, sustainable, and modern energy by 2030 … Continue reading COVID-19 Intensifies the Urgency to Expand Sustainable Energy Solutions Worldwide

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EU Recovery Strategy to boost renewable energies and green technologies

Today the European Commission tabled its long-awaited “Recovery Strategy”. It’s two elements, a new EU Budget for 2021-27 and a new Recovery Fund, amount to €1.85tn of total investment. The Strategy clearly enshrines the green transition as the main driver of economic recovery and as key to Europe’s future growth and prosperity. Within that the … Continue reading EU Recovery Strategy to boost renewable energies and green technologies

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Outgoing AWEA board chair Rob Caldwell reflects on a 40-year energy career

After 40 years in the power generation business, Rob Caldwell has seen a lot of change—technologies improve, customer preferences evolve, and policy drivers adapt to reflect the will of the people. As his tenure as AWEA Board Chair comes to a close and he nears retirement as President of Duke Energy Renewables, I had a … Continue reading Outgoing AWEA board chair Rob Caldwell reflects on a 40-year energy career

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The Spanish Wind Energy Association joins the manifesto for a sustainable economic recovery

3549/5000in More than 1,300 personalities from politics, businessmen, unions, NGOs, scientists and civil society have signed a manifesto showing their support for a recovery plan for the Spanish economy that is sustainable. The Spanish Wind Energy Association (AEE) has joined this initiative. “We support a recovery towards a more sustainable and robust economy, and demand … Continue reading The Spanish Wind Energy Association joins the manifesto for a sustainable economic recovery

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Strategies for the recycling of wind turbine blades

WindEurope, the European Chemical Industry Council (Cefic) and the European Composites Industry Association (EuCIA) present their recommendations for the recycling of wind turbine blades in their new report ‘Accelerating Wind Turbine Blade Circularity’. Today around 85 to 90% of wind turbines’ total mass can be recycled. But turbine blades represent a specific challenge. Made from … Continue reading Strategies for the recycling of wind turbine blades

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Iberdrola: “If we accelerate clean energy provision we could create 300,000 jobs immediately”

In an interview with national newspaper El País External link, opens in new window. on Sunday 24 May as part of its Jobs and the Crisis series, Iberdrola group chairman Ignacio Galán explained that “we will emerge from this crisis greener or not at all”, an opinion shared by all European Union and United Nations … Continue reading Iberdrola: “If we accelerate clean energy provision we could create 300,000 jobs immediately”

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Spain rolls out ambitious new climate legislation

Spain’s new Climate Change and Energy Transition Bill, reinforces the country‘s commitment to the Paris Climate Agreement and promotes green growth as a pillar of its COVID-19 recovery plans. It raises climate targets, boosts e-mobility, and makes cities greener. And it forces the investors to divest from fossil fuels. In line with EU ambitions, Spain … Continue reading Spain rolls out ambitious new climate legislation

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Renewable hydrogen is key to unlocking the complete decarbonisation of European industries

Today eight industry leading companies, SolarPower Europe and WindEurope have launched “Choose Renewable Hydrogen”, a joint initiative highlighting the crucial role of renewables to ensure a sound economic recovery, aligned with the European Green Deal. Signatories called on the European Commission to make the right choices for Europe’s upcoming energy system integration and hydrogen strategy, … Continue reading Renewable hydrogen is key to unlocking the complete decarbonisation of European industries

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EU Biodiversity Strategy goes hand in hand with energy transition

Today the European Commission presented the EU Biodiversity Strategy. The strategy aims to restore the loss of biodiversity and ecosystems and to mitigate negative environmental effects of climate change. It acknowledges the importance of renewable energies in achieving these goals. The EU biodiversity strategy proposes legally binding EU nature restoration targets and requirements for national … Continue reading EU Biodiversity Strategy goes hand in hand with energy transition

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