Category Archives: OpEd

The cost of generating wind energy and solar power has fallen

It’s the moment the global sustainable energy market has been waiting for. Battery technology, the essential element in ensuring continuity of supply from weather-dependent sources such as wind and solar, has suddenly become cost competitive. Since 2010, the benchmark price for solar has dropped 84%, offshore wind by more than half and onshore wind by … Continue reading The cost of generating wind energy and solar power has fallen

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‘Wind Turbines Don’t Cause Cancer, They Cause Jobs’: 2020 Presidential Candidate Jay Inslee

“Wind turbines don’t cause cancer. Trump is wrong. They cause jobs,” he said during a chat on ‘Real Time.’ California Governor – and 2020 presidential candidate – Jay Inslee is taking aim at President Trump’s stance on the environment as the mounts his campaign to unseat the Republican incumbent. During an interview with Bill Maher … Continue reading ‘Wind Turbines Don’t Cause Cancer, They Cause Jobs’: 2020 Presidential Candidate Jay Inslee

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WINDPOWER 2019: Wind energy + new customers

WINDPOWER 2019 is in just two weeks! That gives you 14 days to get your schedule together to ensure a successful event. Every year CEOs tell us WINDPOWER is the most important four days in their business cycle. There is no other time that you can meet with every customer, every supplier and every partner … Continue reading WINDPOWER 2019: Wind energy + new customers

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Offshore wind energy to play leading role in Belgian decarbonisation

On 30 April, the official inauguration of the Rentel wind farm took place in the Ostend Hippodrome in Belgium. Rentel is the first offshore wind farm built by Otary, a consortium that unites eight major Belgian wind power players. The wind farm consists of 42 wind turbines with a total capacity of 309 MW, providing … Continue reading Offshore wind energy to play leading role in Belgian decarbonisation

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American Wind Energy Association (AWEA) statement on Clean Energy for America Act

The American Wind Energy Association (AWEA) issued the following statement reacting to Senator Wyden’s introduction of a technology-neutral clean electricity tax incentive in the Clean Energy for America Act: “Senator Wyden’s Clean Energy for America Act includes an innovative technology-neutral tax credit that would move national tax policy in the right direction to reduce greenhouse … Continue reading American Wind Energy Association (AWEA) statement on Clean Energy for America Act

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Records keep falling as wind energy pipeline hits all-time high

AWEA’s newly-released first quarter market report shows just how busy American wind power is—a record 39,000 megawatts (MW) of new wind projects are now under construction or in advanced development. That’s about as much capacity as all the projects built to date in Texas, Iowa and California—the country’s number one, two and four wind states, … Continue reading Records keep falling as wind energy pipeline hits all-time high

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Wind energy tells nuclear: it’s time to electrify Europe’s energy mix

On 29 April WindEurope CEO Giles Dickson gave the dinner speech at the EU’s 14th European Nuclear Energy Forum dinner in Prague.  He spoke about the current outlook for wind energy in Europe and made common cause with nuclear power in decarbonising Europe’s energy mix.   He shared the key facts about wind today: 14% … Continue reading Wind energy tells nuclear: it’s time to electrify Europe’s energy mix

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South Africa wind energy industry to promote economic growth

Recent data released by the International Renewable Energy Agency (IRENA) puts Africa in third place with 8.4% growth in renewables capacity, which is largely made up of wind power. According to the South African Wind Energy Association (SAWEA), South Africa is spearheading this sector forward, contributing to greater social and economic growth. SAWEA Chair, Mercia … Continue reading South Africa wind energy industry to promote economic growth

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US wind energy development pipeline grew by 6,146 MW in first quarter

New AWEA report reveals more US wind power capacity under construction and advanced development than ever before. A burst of new wind farm announcements in the first quarter of 2019 propelled the total volume of U.S. wind power construction and development activity to a record level according to the newly released U.S. Wind Industry First … Continue reading US wind energy development pipeline grew by 6,146 MW in first quarter

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Wind power breaks a new record in Southwest Power Pool

his past weekend, wind power set a new record in the Southwest Power Pool (SPP), the regional grid that covers most of the midwestern United States. On April 21, wind’s share of power generation reached 66.5 percent for the region. According to SPP, wind provided 14,063 megawatts (MW) of its 21,148 MW total load. This … Continue reading Wind power breaks a new record in Southwest Power Pool

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11 new partners enter in the Spanish Wind Energy Association in the last two months

The Spanish Wind Energy Association (AEE) has welcomed eleven new members who have joined our association from the end of February until this week: Bird & Bird, Preditec, Sermec II, Krilinex Power Solutions, ABEI Energy, BayWA , Principle Power, AleaSoft, FE Energy, Voltalia and Avintia Energía. And so far this year there have been 16 … Continue reading 11 new partners enter in the Spanish Wind Energy Association in the last two months

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The wind energy drops the average price of the market to € 29 / MWh in Spain

Today Thursday is the day in which the average price of the lowest electricity market of the last 12 months is being marked, with 29 euros / MWh. And is that the generation of wind power in Spain has been very high. According to REE data, the demand share covered by wind turbines is reaching … Continue reading The wind energy drops the average price of the market to € 29 / MWh in Spain

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WINDPOWER 2019: Why we’re celebrating Wind+

American wind power emerged from 2018 stronger than ever, now with the ability to power 30 million homes after eight percent capacity growth last year. The newly released U.S. Wind Industry Annual Market Report, Year Ending 2018 reveals U.S. wind power supports a record 114,000 jobs, over 500 domestic factories, and more than $1 billion … Continue reading WINDPOWER 2019: Why we’re celebrating Wind+

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New report on renewable portfolio standards misses the mark

The University of Chicago (UCH) released a “working paper” this week examining renewable portfolio standards (RPSs). Unfortunately, it’s based on false pretenses and uses a questionable economic model to claim RPSs are substantially more costly to consumers than previously thought. While it is important to understand the effectiveness and impacts of these programs, the authors’ … Continue reading New report on renewable portfolio standards misses the mark

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New industry research effort on wildlife takes flight with seven new promising projects

Wind power is once again taking the lead on wildlife conservation. At AWEA’s Wind Project Siting and Environmental Compliance Conference, the Wind Wildlife Research Fund (WWRF), an industry-led initiative to pool investment for wind and wildlife solutions, announced support for seven research projects aimed at tackling the industry’s most difficult wildlife challenges. The initiatives are … Continue reading New industry research effort on wildlife takes flight with seven new promising projects

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Sam Enfield receives AWEA’s Special Achievement Award

Sam Enfield, Investment Director at MAP Royalty, was recognized last month with a Special Achievement Award at AWEA’s Siting and Environmental Compliance Conference in Albuquerque, New Mexico, in recognition of an unparalleled career in wind development and siting. AWEA’s Special Achievement Awards are not common occasions. They’re reserved for a select few who have gone … Continue reading Sam Enfield receives AWEA’s Special Achievement Award

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FERC directs SPP to lift unjust membership exit fee

The American Wind Energy Association (AWEA) issued a statement in response to FERC directing SPP to eliminate the membership exit fee for non-transmission owners. Yesterday, the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) directed the Southwest Power Pool (SPP) to eliminate the membership exit fee for non-transmission owners. The decision granted a complaint about SPP’s exit fee … Continue reading FERC directs SPP to lift unjust membership exit fee

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Setting the groundwork for wind energy growth in Greece

“Greece needs to establish a solid and efficient regulatory framework for Greek wind energy projects.” This was the key message delivered by Ivan Pineda, WindEurope’s Director of Public Affairs, at the 2nd Energy Union Future Leaders Academy in Thessaloniki. The event was organised by the Greek Energy Forum, with the support of the European Commission, … Continue reading Setting the groundwork for wind energy growth in Greece

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European wind energy industry invested a total of €65 billion in 2018

Europe invested €27bn in new wind farms in 2018, which will finance a record amount of future new wind energy capacity. This is according to WindEurope’s annual Financing and Investment Trends report published today. The amount invested is similar to previous years. But thanks to cost reduction, especially in offshore wind, it will finance a … Continue reading European wind energy industry invested a total of €65 billion in 2018

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India, Denmark to cooperate in offshore wind energy projects

India and Denmark will cooperate in the field of renewable energy, with special focus on offshore wind projects, under a strategic sector cooperation agreement signed between the two countries. A meeting of the union cabinet, chaired by Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Monday gave its approval for a cooperation agreement between the ministry of new … Continue reading India, Denmark to cooperate in offshore wind energy projects

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