Brussels. Press release by European Renewable Energies Federation (EREF). The European Commission published its strategy to achieve a resilient Energy Union with a forward-looking climate change policy. According to Vice-President Maroš Šefčovič, the Commission launches “the most ambitious European energy project since the Coal and Steel Community”.
Press release, European Wind Energy Association (EWEA). The European wind energy industry installed more new capacity than gas and coal combined in 2014. Across the 28 Member States, the wind industry connected a total of 11,791 MW to the grid with coal and gas adding 3,305 MW and 2,338 MW respectively. Moreover, the coal and gas industries in Europe both retired more capacity than they commissioned in 2014. In comparison, wind energy capacity in Europe increased 3.8% year on year from 2013, with cumulative installations now standing at 128.8 GW in the EU.
Press release, Global Wind Energy Council. 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 (GWEC).
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.