Brussels, 4 December 2014 -- Living in close proximity to wind farms does not harm human health, according to a study by the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT). The review took into consideration health effects such as stress, annoyance and sleep disturbance among others that have, in the past, been raised in association with living close to wind turbines.
“We will actively take part in the consultation process for a new power market design. As representatives of the wind sector, we will work with other parts of the renewables industry to make specific proposals that underscore how we can ensure the reliability of power supply,” Hermann Albers, President of the German Wind Energy Association, comments on the German Economic Ministry’s Green Book entitled “An Electricity Market for Germany's Energy Transition”.
The new information brochure “wind bewegt” has now also been published in English. Not only does the new leaflet inform about the 138.000 jobs in Germany and economic value created by the wind industry, but it is also a compilation of facts and figures concerning the German Renewable Energies Act or ongoing technological development.
Press release by Global Wind Energy Council: The Global Wind Energy Council and Greenpeace International released the 2014 edition of the Global Wind Energy Outlook in Beijing today. The report shows that wind power could reach 2,000 GW by 2030, and supply up to 17-19% of global electricity, creating over 2 million new jobs and reducing CO2 emissions by more than 3 billion tonnes per year. By 2050, wind power could provide 25-30% of global electricity supply.
Then it was on to Berlin for the 9th Wind Energy and Development Dialogue hosted by GIZ, BWE and VDMA Power Systems on October 9th, where the topic was, once again, "Auction systems for wind energy: Insights and lessons learned for emerging and developing economies".
EWEA press release: Generating electricity from onshore wind is cheaper than gas, coal and nuclear when externalities are stacked with the levelised cost of energy and subsidies, according to an Ecofys study ordered and endorsed by the European Commission.
The renewable industry in Germany could be as big as its automotive industry, the president of the German Wind Energy Association (BWE) told Windpower TV. BWE president Hermann Albers said the renewable industry currently employs 370,000 people, which could rise to half a million by 2020. The wind sector alone employs 170,000 people in Germany, he added.
“Auction systems for wind energy: Insights and lessons learned for emerging and developing economies” is the subject of the 9th Wind Energy and Development Dialogue (WEED 2014) to be held on 9 October 2014 in Berlin. As in past years the event is being hosted by the Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit (GIZ) GmbH, the German Wind Energy Association (BWE) and the Power Systems Association of the German Engineering Federation (VDMA Power Systems).
In 2010, the German government endorsed the Energiewende, a commitment to facilitate the transition towards renewable energy. The policy plan foresees to cut greenhouse gas by 80-95%, expand the share of renewable energy production to 60% and improve energy efficiency by 50% until 2015 respectively. The latest legislation, the renewable energy law (EEG) which was implemented in August 2014, foresees an exit from nuclear energy as of 2022.
From 23-26 September 2014, WindEnergy Hamburg – the global trade show for the wind power sector – will take place for the first time. Across 65,000 square meters of exhibition floor space, more than 1,000 planners, manufacturers, suppliers, financers, operators, energy providers, and service providers will be presenting themselves from the onshore and offshore sectors along with R&D.