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.
New Orleans, US – Morten Dyrholm has been appointed as new chairman of GWEC at the Board meeting on Wednesday 25 May alongside AWEA’s WINDPOWER in New Orleans. Morten Dyrholm is the Vice President and Global Head of Marketing and Public Affairs at Vestas Wind. He holds a Masters degree in Political Science and Chinese Politics.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
From 22 to 27 November 2015 a business trip to Ho Chi Minh City took place within the framework of the Project Development Plan (PEP) of the “renewables made in Germany”- initiative of the Federal Ministry for Economic Affairs and Energy (BMWi). The trip was organized by the German Chamber of Commerce in Vietnam and the Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit (GIZ) and addressed the export-oriented German wind energy industry.
On October 15, 2015 the 10th Wind Energy and Development Dialogue (WEED) was held successfully in Berlin. 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.