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Northern inspiration for action on climate change

Rankin Inlet, Nunavut is a remote hamlet on the northwestern shores of Hudson Bay. There are no roads connecting it to neighbouring communities. There are no trees. The average annual temperature is well below freezing. It’s a uniquely beautiful and challenging environment that complicates even the little things – like turning on the lights. Rankin … Continue reading Northern inspiration for action on climate change

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French ambitions for onshore wind power toothless without urgent action from Government on permitting

The Environmental Authority which issues permits for onshore wind power plants has been in limbo for 1 year following a technical decision from the top French Administrative Court.   As a result no new environmental permits are delivered stalling new wind power projects. The Government is sitting on a decree that would reinstate the Environmental … Continue reading French ambitions for onshore wind power toothless without urgent action from Government on permitting

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Collaboration with the chemicals sector set to improve wind turbines circularity

On 4 December WindEurope and the European Chemical Industry Council (Cefic) joined forces to host a workshop in Brussels. The workshop aimed to assess how the chemicals industry can support the wind power industry to ensure that the lifecycle of wind turbines is as environmentally sound as possible.   In the transition towards an EU carbon-neutral economy, … Continue reading Collaboration with the chemicals sector set to improve wind turbines circularity

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Onshore wind energy performs well in Danish multi-technology auction

Onshore wind power secured 165 MW in this week’s multi-technology auction in Denmark. The auction was open to near-shore wind energy, solar PV and onshore wind. It was oversubscribed with 17 projects amounting to 540 MW competing for a budget of €34 million.   From the 6 winners, the 3 cheapest bidders were onshore wind farm … Continue reading Onshore wind energy performs well in Danish multi-technology auction

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Carbon Dioxide Emissions Are Up Again

As climate negotiators from around the world meet in Poland this week and next to figure out how to keep greenhouse gases out of the atmosphere, they are hearing some discouraging news: Emissions of the biggest pollutant, carbon dioxide, are going up. For three years — 2014 through 2016 — the amount of atmospheric CO2 … Continue reading Carbon Dioxide Emissions Are Up Again

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Bosnia’s Serb Republic invites bids for a 49.5 MW wind farm

Bosnia’s autonomous Serb Republic is seeking bids for a 50-year concession to build and operate a 49.5 megawatt (MW) wind farm to help Bosnia diversify its energy supply, the Energy Ministry announced on Wednesday. Bosnia, which generates 60 percent of its electricity from coal-fired power plants and the remainder from hydro power, is seeking to … Continue reading Bosnia’s Serb Republic invites bids for a 49.5 MW wind farm

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Historic interconnector linking Britain and Belgium: ’a major boost for offshore wind energy in the North Sea’

On 4 December WindEurope CEO Giles Dickson participated in an event celebrating the commissioning of the NEMO interconnection link between Great Britain and Belgium. The event, co-organised by Transmission System Operators Elia (Belgium) and National Grid (UK) marks the inauguration of a project that could revolutionise how Europe sources its energy. The Nemo Link interconnector … Continue reading Historic interconnector linking Britain and Belgium: ’a major boost for offshore wind energy in the North Sea’

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World Wind Energy Award 2018 for Shahid Hamid

On the occasion of WWEA’s annual World Wind Energy Conference, WWEA has the tradition to honor personalities and organizations with outstanding contributions to the international development of wind power and renewable energy generally. The future of mankind depends on how fast the world can manage the complete transition to renewable energy, and without doubt emerging … Continue reading World Wind Energy Award 2018 for Shahid Hamid

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Nordex Group has received its largest ever turnkey wind power order with 475 MW in Sweden

Joint venture partners, E.ON Climate & Renewables and Credit Suisse Energy Infrastructure Partners (CSEIP) place an order for 114 turbines, 104 x N149 and 10 x N131, as well as associated infrastructure works. Major ground-breaking order for wind turbines from the new DELTA4000 technology platform. Hamburg, 3 December 2018. The Nordex Group has received its … Continue reading Nordex Group has received its largest ever turnkey wind power order with 475 MW in Sweden

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Leading wind energy companies announce new Wind Wildlife Research Fund

Over two dozen companies in the U.S. wind power industry have signed up so far to back a new fund facilitating research that will speed development and deployment of innovative solutions related to wind and wildlife. The news was announced at the Intercontinental St. Paul Riverfront Hotel in Saint Paul, Minn., before an audience of … Continue reading Leading wind energy companies announce new Wind Wildlife Research Fund

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Wind energy ready to step up to Europe’s decarbonisation challenge

The European Commission today called for the bloc to aim for net-zero greenhouse gas emissions by 2050 in its new decarbonisation strategy. The EU’s newly-agreed renewable energy and energy efficiency targets put the bloc on track to cut emissions in 2050 by 60% compared to 1990. But that will still not be enough to meet … Continue reading Wind energy ready to step up to Europe’s decarbonisation challenge

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Sri Lanka to construct 60MW wind energy and 150MW solar power plants

Sri Lanka’s cabinet of ministers has approved the procurement process for a policy framework for the construction of solar energy and wind power plants in the island. A 60 Mwt wind power plant and 150 Mwt solar power plant will be connected to the national grid by 2020. The proposal was presented by Dr. Ranjith … Continue reading Sri Lanka to construct 60MW wind energy and 150MW solar power plants

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Wind energy increases its contribution to Spanish GDP with 0.31% in 2017

The total contribution of the wind power to GDP in the 2012-2017 period in Spain was 16,379 million euros. In 2017, the direct contribution to GDP amounted to 2,300.8 million euros, which represents an increase of 57% compared to the results of 2016. In order for wind energy to continue to be a relevant sector … Continue reading Wind energy increases its contribution to Spanish GDP with 0.31% in 2017

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In 2018, Benin, Burundi, Malawi, Uganda and Zambia made significant progress in de-risking renewable energy projects

Since launching a year ago, the Regional Liquidity Support Facility (RLSF) has signed agreements with five countries ensuring that their Independent Power Producers (IPPs) receive protection against payment risks that often contribute to their failure. The Facility supports small and mid-scale renewable energy IPPs (from 50 to 100MW) in sub-Saharan Africa by helping these projects … Continue reading In 2018, Benin, Burundi, Malawi, Uganda and Zambia made significant progress in de-risking renewable energy projects

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Global companies call for a minimum carbon price

To complement the EU Emissions Trading System (EU ETS), a group of companies propose the introduction of a European or regional carbon price floor in the power sector and minimum carbon pricing for transport and buildings. Predictable and consistent carbon price signals are widely considered the most cost-effective way to stimulate climate friendly decision-making by … Continue reading Global companies call for a minimum carbon price

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The 100 MW Kathu concentrated solar power plant with molten salt storage system accomplished first synchronization

SENER and ACCIONA Industrial have reached a critical milestone in the construction project of Kathu Solar Park. Namely, the successful synchronization was achieved on 18 November, electric power was generated and transferred on the National grid complying with all expected parameters to ensure the supply of power starts and end users can consume reliable energy … Continue reading The 100 MW Kathu concentrated solar power plant with molten salt storage system accomplished first synchronization

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Bird deaths from wind turbines are small when compared to other human-caused sources of avian mortality

President Trump recently criticized “windmills” as a source of energy, claiming: “They kill so many birds. You look underneath some of those windmills, it’s like a killing field.” All this while he attempts to prop up a fading coal industry that is responsible for killing twenty-four times as many birds as wind energy. But do … Continue reading Bird deaths from wind turbines are small when compared to other human-caused sources of avian mortality

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Enel plans to invest in 11.6 GW of renewable energy capacity

Enel, a manufacturer and distributor of gas & electricity, has reportedly publicized its plans to invest €10.6 billion in the coming three years in the production of 11.6 GW of renewable energy, comprising 6.1 GW of wind energy and about 7 GW of thermal energy. In a corporate presentation describing its 2019-2021 business plan, Enel … Continue reading Enel plans to invest in 11.6 GW of renewable energy capacity

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Competitive prices in Polish onshore wind energy auction

The results of the first Polish onshore wind power auction were announced today. Prices came it at between €37 and €50/MWh according to Poland’s Energy Regulatory Office. 23 developers entered 31 successful bids for around 1 GW of capacity. WindEurope CEO Giles Dickson said: “These prices are extremely competitive. They’re lower than we’ve seen in … Continue reading Competitive prices in Polish onshore wind energy auction

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Google invests $700 million in Danish data center, secures wind power

Google will invest almost $700 million in a Danish data center powered by the abundant green energy that underpins power- intensive companies’ interest in the Nordic region. Google also said it would sign a power purchase agreement (PPA) for the new Danish data center to ensure it is powered by renewable energy. The Nordic countries, … Continue reading Google invests $700 million in Danish data center, secures wind power

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