Press release by Global Wind Energy Council (GWEC). This Global Wind Day we are celebrating the fact that multinational companies are turning to clean, reliable and cost-effective wind energy to power their businesses. Global Wind Day is a worldwide event that occurs annually on 15 June and it is a particularly pertinent date in the calendar this year as we look ahead to the UN climate talks in Paris in November.
The European Commission needs new powers to ensure that Member States meet the EU’s 27% renewable energy pledge by 2030, according to a paper released by the European Wind Energy Association (EWEA). By December 2015, the European Commission must come forward with renewable energy benchmarks, which should provide an indication for Member States on reaching the EU-wide target by the end of the next decade. It is of paramount importance that the target is distributed fairly among the Member States.
Brussels. EWEA: In September 2014, the EU-funded REserviceS project found that a 50% share of variable renewables can save up to 6% on system costs under market-based approaches.
Bonn. WWEA Press Release – Mr Morten V. Petersen, Chair of the Danish Small Wind Association, has been appointed as new Chair of the WWEA Small Wind section. Mr Petersen has been involved in renewables and in particular in small wind since many years and has also broad international experience, living and working in Europe and Asia.
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.