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  • Wind adds 13GW new capacity in 2015: 44% of all new power

    Across the 28 EU member states, wind accounted for 44% of all new power installations, connecting a total of 12.8GW to the grid – 9.766MW in onshore and 3,034MW offshore. The volume of new installations was 6.3% up on 2014. Total wind capacity in Europe now stands at 142GW and covers 11.4% of Europe’s electricity needs.

  • 10th Anniversary of the Wind Energy and Development Dialogue (WEED)

    The anniversary event was opened by Ursula Borak, sub-division head in the BMWi, and by GWEC President Dr. Klaus Rave. It counted more than 100 participants from ten partner countries and from Germany, who seized the opportunity to compare experience and assessments of the opportunities and obstacles of wind energy development with a focus on the target countries Kenya, Ghana, Vietnam and the Philippines.

  • Global Wind Power Back on Track

    GWEC:  Annual market grows by 44%, passes 50 GW for the first time. After a slowdown in 2013, the wind industry set a new record for annual installations in 2014. Globally, 51,477 MW of new wind generating capacity was added in 2014 according to the global wind market statistics released today by the Global Wind Energy Council.

  • Onshore wind energy 2014: Record 4,750 megawatt rise in installations in Germany

    The massive support for the energy transition given by the federal states has made its impact. The wind industry in Germany has been able to install 4,750 megawatts of new capacity in Germany for the first time according to figures established by Deutsche WindGuard on behalf of the German Wind Energy Association (BWE) and VDMA Power Systems. This represents a growth of 58 per cent over the added capacity in the previous year (2,998 megawatts)

  • Offshore Wind Energy in Germany 2014: The gigawatt mark has been passed

    The German market for offshore wind energy projects broke through the gigawatt barrier last year. By 31 December 2014, 258 offshore wind turbines in the German North and Baltic Seas with a total capacity of 1,049.2 megawatts fed into the grid. This figure was ascertained by Deutsche WindGuard on behalf of the four organisations VDMA Power Systems, the German Wind Energy Association (BWE), the Wind Energy Agency (WAB) and the German Offshore Wind Energy Foundation (SOW).

  • 2015 decisive for Energiewende

    “2015 will be a decisive year for the energy transition’s success. Policies have been implemented to create a fair marketplace, preparations made to further develop the EEG, and there are plans to rollout reverse auctions – an idea we oppose. At the moment, we are still going down the right path. Whether we continue to do so depends on how the legislature paves the way further,” Hermann Albers, President of the German Wind Energy Association (BW EE), stated at the beginning of the year."

    Latest News and Press Releases

    • 07. Apr 2016

      WindEurope elects new Chairman

      News // EWEA rebranded to "WindEurope" and  has elected Francesco Venturini, Chief Executive Officer of Enel Green Power, as its new chairman. Mr. Venturini was elected for an 18-month term by WindEurope’s Board of Directors, which is comprised of corporate members, national associations and other organisations. He will succeed current WindEurope Chairman Dr. Markus Tacke, CEO of Siemens Wind Power & Renewables, who has served in the post since October 2014.

    • 16. Mar 2016

      Renewables create tourist attractions - Energiewende travel guide published in English

      News // Discover and explore the Energiewende - the transformation of the German energy system - in English. The new travel guide “Germany - Experience Renewable Energy“ allows readers to do just that. Edited by the German Renewable Energies Agency (AEE) and funded by the Federal Foreign Office, the travel guide will be published just in time for the Berlin Energy Transition Dialogue conference which started on thursday. The richly illustrated guide includes some 200 destinations and a large number of maps. The German version was last published in 2014 as an updated edition.

    • 08. Mar 2016

      Industry stands together to make economic case for wind energy in Poland

      News // News of the European Windenergy Association (EWEA). The European wind industry will descend on Warsaw today to make the economic arguments for wind power in a market that faces increasing uncertainty.

    • 11. Feb 2016

      Renewable Energies Directive must provide reliable framework conditions for investors

      News // Press release: German Renewable Energy Federation (BEE). Berlin. “The revised Renewable Energies Directive must guarantee reliable framework conditions for investors to make the energy transition a success also at the European level and to fulfill the ambitious Paris climate goals. For this, national support schemes and the priority dispatch for renewable energies remain to be key. The revision furthermore provides the opportunity to increase the renewable energies targets and to adapt them to the climate goals” said BEE CEO Dr. Hermann Falk.

    • 09. Feb 2016

      Wind energy added more new capacity than any other form of power in Europe in 2015

      News // Press release by the European Wind Energy Association (EWEA). Across the 28 EU member states, wind accounted for 44% of all new power installations, connecting a total of 12.8GW to the grid – 9.766MW in onshore and 3,034MW offshore. The volume of new installations was 6.3% up on 2014. Total wind capacity in Europe now stands at 142GW and covers 11.4% of Europe’s electricity needs.

    • 27. Jan 2016

      Land-based wind energy: Analysis of the German market in 2015

      Press release // Successful wind energy expansion, but the EEG amendment gives rise to growing uncertainty in the industry. With a net increase of 3,535.8 megawatts, 2015 was the second strongest year for onshore wind energy expansion in Germany. But the draft Renewable Energy Sources Act (EEG) 2016 does away with binding expansion targets, and will manage wind energy expansion on land by means of annually variable tendering quantities. This means uncertainty for manufacturers and operators.

    • 21. Jan 2016

      Spain’s 500MW wind auction inadequate. Government risks missing 2020 renewables target

      News // The auction is Spain's first under the new support scheme for renewable energy projects since the government implemented a series of harsh retroactive cutbacks to the country's feed-in tariff in 2013. A backlog of projects that have struggled to get off the ground due to the support cuts meant the auction was hugely over-subscribed.

    • 18. Jan 2016

      Offshore wind energy in Germany: Figures 2015 - Record achieved due to catch-up effects

      Press release // Offshore wind turbines with a total capacity of 2,282.4 megawatts went on grid 2015. This demonstrates the capability of the German offshore wind industry and meets the expectations expressed at the beginning of 2015. This will however initially remain a unique record, as it is based on the catch-up effects of grid connection.