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  • Analysis of the German market in 2016 and outlook for 2017

    The German wind industry grew by about 4,625 megawatts (4,259 MW net), thus reaching the anticipated increase of almost a quarter over the previous year, and very nearly the 2014 level. Thanks to further technological development it has been possible to install system-supporting and highly efficient turbines in all regions of Germany. Success is also increasing on the world market.

  • Second State-of-the-Energy-Union Report: BEE - Current Conclusion

    The Commission, and in particular VP Šefčovič, has engaged in extensive talks with Member States’ (MS) governing bodies and, with the Winter Package, presents proposals that slow down the chances and possibilities of an energy transition towards a system based on renewable energy and energy efficiency.

  • Offshore Wind Power in Germany: Expansion Figures for 2016

    Last year, 156 new offshore wind turbines with an overall capacity of 818 megawatts fed their power into the German grid for the first time. This brought the total number of turbines on grid by the end of 2016 to 947, with a total capacity of 4,108 megawatts. In all positive figures according to the Working Group for Offshore Wind Energy (AGOW), the German Wind Energy Association (BWE), the Offshore Wind Energy Foundation, VDMA Power Systems and the WAB Wind Energy Agency.

  • 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.

    Latest News and Press Releases

    • 09. Feb 2017

      Europe adds 12.5 GW of new wind capacity in 2016 with record €27.5bn in new investments

      News // Press release by Wind Europe. Wind accounted for 51% of all new power installations in 2016, connecting a total of 12.5 GW to the grid across the 28 EU Member States – 10.923 MW in onshore and 1,567 MW offshore.

    • 07. Feb 2017

      Onshore wind energy: Analysis of the German market in 2016 and outlook for 2017

      Press release // After good expansion, there are now challenging times ahead. Further high onshore expansion figures for the fourth year running have underlined the continued excellent performance of the German wind industry. The German wind industry grew by about 4,625 megawatts (4,259 MW net), thus reaching the anticipated increase of almost a quarter over the previous year, and very nearly the 2014 level.

    • 01. Feb 2017

      Second State-of-the-Energy-Union Report - Of little use to the energy transition

      News // Berlin/Brussels. Press Release, Bundesverband Erneuerbare Energie e.V. (BEE)  The Juncker Commission acceded to making the EU the world number one in renewable energy. The Energy Union was devised as a substantial vehicle that would drive towards and attain this goal, together with the development of a coherent and ambitious climate and energy policy up until 2020 and beyond.

    • 19. Jan 2017

      AGOW, BWE, Stiftung OFFSHORE-WINDENERGIE, VDMA & WAB: Offshore Wind Power in Germany: Expansion Figures for 2016 - Expansion forges steadily ahead, federal government inhibiting further momentum:

      Press release // New offshore wind turbines with a total capacity of 818 megawatts went online in 2016. The industry views this expansion as positive and expects that, combined with optimised turbine technology and operating concepts, this will also lead to cost reduction in the forthcoming tendering processes in Germany. This momentum will however be upset by the reduced expansion targets after 2020 that are part of the 2017 Renewable Energy Sources Act (EEG). These reduced expansion targets will also lead to a number of missed opportunities for the industry.

    • 26. Sep 2016

      People can power the energy revolution

      Press release // Brussels. Over half of citizens in the European Union could be generating their own renewable electricity by 2050, according to new research released today [1].The research outlines the potential for citizen-owned renewable energy projects in Europe, where 264 million “energy citizens” could generate 45% of the European Union’s electricity needs by 2050 – as part of a democratised energy system [2].

    • 27. Jul 2016

      Expansion of onshore wind energy in Germany in the first half of 2016

      Press release // Strong expansion before the switch to tendering. With a net capacity of 1,892 megawatts in the first six months of the year, 2016 looks like being a good year for land-based wind energy expansion. This strong expansion is being driven by the allocation of suitable sites and priority areas in many federal states. There has also been a surge of permits in order to secure the option of installing turbines with legally fixed EEG remuneration rates.

    • 19. Jul 2016

      Expansion of offshore wind energy in Germany in the first half of 2016 - Rough sea ahead for offshore wind industry

      Press release // As was to be expected, the number of new offshore wind installations in Germany was relatively moderate in the first six months of the year, with a total capacity of 258 MW going on line. The industry estimates an overall offshore expansion to the tune of 700 MW by the end of the year. The new Renewable Energy Sources Act (EEG) means troubled waters for the German offshore wind industry. A lower volume of project tenders means the German business base will be more costly and this will mean a loss of jobs. Grid expansion on land is necessary if the energy transition is to succeed.

    • 27. Jun 2016

      Finland: Wind Industry awaits government’s new energy strategy

      News // With an area the size of Germany, but merely 5m inhabitants, good winds, highly qualified staff and an innovation oriented economy there is a considerable potential for the further development of wind energy in Finland. However, uncertainty regarding the future of wind energy support policies after the phase out of the current feed in tariff by end-2017 leaves investors with insecurity.