Dear colleagues and friends,

Just three weeks ago we released our annual Global Wind Statistics, and are now fully working on GWEC's flagship report the Global Wind Report which will be released on 25 April, followed by a webcast on 26 April.

Here are a couple of key observations on wind power development across the world:
  • The global wind industry added a solid 52.6 GW in 2017, bringing the world's total to 539.6 GW. Chinese installations were down slightly at 19.5 GW, but Europe, India and the offshore sector had record years.
  • The top five markets in 2017 were China, US, Germany, UK and India.
  • Europe was the big story this year, with record installations both on and offshore, and records set in Germany, the UK, France, Belgium, Ireland and Croatia.
  • The US had a strong year again with 7.1 GW installed and has a solid pipeline for the next few years.
  • India broke national record with over 4 GW installed, but will be the victim of a policy gap in 2018, however, the longer term future looks bright if all goes to plan with the new auction system.
  • Wind development in Latin America was led once again by Brazil with 2,022 MW, followed by Uruguay and Chile. Uruguay completed its build-out and is nearing the 100% renewable energy target in the power sector, with somewhere between 35 and 40% of its demand being fulfilled by wind. We expect strong installation numbers in Argentina for 2018 and beyond.
  • Installations in Asia Pacific region were modest with only Australia adding capacity (245 MW).
  • Africa and the Middle East saw a lot of activity, but the only completed projects were in South Africa, where 621 MW of new capacity was added to the grid.
  • The offshore wind sector had a record year with 4,331 MW installed globally, the top three markets being UK (1,680 MW), Germany (1,247 MW) and China (1,161 MW). 
  • Cratering prices for both onshore and offshore wind continue to surprise making wind power the most competitive technology in many if not most markets across the world.
For a copy of the full report click here. For European numbers, see WindEurope's onshore and offshore wind statistics here.  
We look forward to a strong 2018 - you will hear more on this in our five-year forecast which will be released along with the new Global Wind Report.

Happy reading! 
Lauha Fried
Communications Director, GWEC
GWEC Newsletter - March 2018
Latest update on China offshore wind
GWEC webcasts
FOWIND to host an Industry Conclave on Offshore Wind
GWEC welcomes HHWE on board
Vestas to acquire Utopus Insights
Offshore Wind: Big Is Beautiful
Ingeteam wins control center contract
A new dawn for investors and developers in the South African energy market?
Offshore Wind: Big Is Beautiful
US Offshore Wind Energy Opportunity
"SmartBlades2" Rotor Blade Passes Extreme Load Test
44,000+ wind techs took GWO training last year
Knowledge sharing in Taiwan
5 industry trends and market developments
Upcoming workshops and events
Date change: LatAm Windpower
New bill to boost offshore wind development in Japan
WindDays 2018 in Rotterdam
Latest-updateLatest update on China offshore wind       
An exclusive from our members-only WindLog newsletter

With all the focus on the dramatic success in the offshore sector in Europe, it's worth noting that China's offshore industry is finally taking off. 1,161 MW of new installations in 2017 brought the cumulative total to 2,788, putting China in third place globally, behind the UK and Germany.

The new installations in 2017 are spread across 18 offshore wind farms, and nine of them (totalling 968 MW) are in Jiangsu Province, which continues to be the major focus of offshore development. There were four projects totalling 65 MW in Fijian Province, and the remaining five were spread across Guangdong, Zhejiang and Hebei Provinces. The market leaders in terms of turbines were Shanghai Electric (50%), followed by Goldwind (18%), Envision (17%) and CSIC (9%). Read more  
webcastsGWEC webcasts      
GWEC will be running a range of webcasts during 2018, starting with one for the launch of our Global Wind Report on 26 April. We'll also be continuing with our popular 'Doing Business In...' webcasts, which provide attendees with practical information on setting up business in emerging markets.  Upcoming webcasts include: 
  • Global Wind Report - 26 April 2018
  • Doing Business In ... Brazil - June 2018
  • Doing Business In ... South Africa - October 2018

GWEC webcasts are attended by the industry's decision makers and by those companies keen to make a difference in emerging markets. If reaching this audience to share your knowledge and expertise is important to you, then speak to us to be part of our webcasts, email: for more info.

If you'd like to be kept informed about a particular market, make sure you sign up to our our targeted mailing list - sign up here.  

fowindFOWIND to host an Industry Conclave on Offshore Wind in New Delhi        
GWEC's FOWIND (Facilitating Offshore Wind In India) project has produced and developed groundbreaking research and information over the last 50 months. This exclusive event on the 8 March provides a unique opportunity for all stakeholders to be presented with a detailed summary of FOWIND's excellent work on promoting the offshore wind sector in Gujarat and Tamil Nadu.

On the same day, FOWIND's Feasibility Reports for Gujarat and Tamil Nadu will be presented. DNV GL is the technical lead of the FOWIND project and has developed the reports. It gives FOWIND an opportunity to once again highlight the merits of offshore wind as an important clean energy technology that can help India achieve its long-term low carbon development goals effectively.

FOWIND has provided the necessary building blocks for developing a long-term action plan for the offshore wind sector in Gujarat and Tamil Nadu. These discussions and deliberations between the leaders from government, industry and the R&D sector will provide an important opportunity for key stakeholders to develop a better understanding of the path forward for offshore wind in India.

For any further queries please reach out to our Policy Director Ms. Shruti Shukla.  
HHWEGWEC welcomes Holland Home of Wind Energy on board    
GWEC warmly welcomes Holland Home of Wind Energy (HHWE) to its influential circle of members promoting wind energy around the globe.

The goal of Holland Home of Wind Energy is to promote the Dutch wind energy sector in existing and new emerging wind energy markets such as China, Japan, Korea, India, Brazil and the United States. We believe that by joining forces in HHWE, the Dutch wind energy sector can increase its visibility in foreign markets. Cooperation between the private sector and knowledge institutes will increase the applicability of Dutch technology and enhance further specialization. This will strengthen the Dutch wind energy sector abroad!  Go to HHWE website   
vestas-utopusVestas to acquire Utopus Insights, a leading energy analytics and digital solutions company

Vestas has entered into an agreement for the acquisition of Utopus Insights, an energy analytics provider with 15 years of experience in solutions development, a suite of innovative digital products, over 30 patents, and a highly experienced team with data science expertise in analytics, power engineering, energy software development, and meteorology. As the global energy sector is transforming, Vestas is looking to offer customers digital solutions to deliver greater predictability, increased renewable energy production, more efficient operations, and better integration with energy grids. Read more

Vestas also has a new hybrid campaign.  Check out their cool new video!

Ingeteam-wins-contractIngeteam wins control center contract with leading Mexican renewable energy company     
Ingeteam, an independent global supplier of electrical conversion and turbine control equipment, announced today that it has been awarded a substantial contract by leading Mexican renewable energy developer Zuma Energia to provide a state-of-the-art control center for its operational wind farm in Oaxaca, PE Ingenio. The platform will collect all the relevant information on the infrastructure of the wind farms in real time, enabling the operator to effectively manage and optimize the operation and maintenance of its wind turbines.

The control center will be the cornerstone of Zuma's asset performance management. It will allow them to gather and analyze a vast array of essential operating data, not only on the wind turbines and substations but also on the electricity market and the variations of meteorological condition. Read more
K2-new-dawnA new dawn for investors and developers in the South African energy market?     
It's been a big month for South Africa - Minister of Public Enterprises, Lynne Brown, gave Eskom the go-ahead to sign the 27 outstanding IPP projects under the REIPPPP and newly-elected Cyril Ramaphosa was sworn in as President, causing South Africa's main stock market index to jump nearly 4% as it headed for the biggest one-day gain in more than two years.

Hailed as a fantastic development for the country, after nine years of political chaos, Ramaphosa's new role is hoped to signal a new dawn for South Africa. But what does a new President and a REIPPPP green light mean for the renewables market which for the last two and a half years has been stagnant? Read more
switch-big-beautifulOffshore Wind: Big Is Beautiful

Large offshore turbines have reached remarkable sizes.

MHI Vestas erected the first V164 prototype in the National Test Center for Large Turbines in Northern Denmark in 2014. In early 2016, two turbines were erected in Måde in Western Denmark. Later in 2016, the first industrial units were installed at Burbo Bank, off the west coast of the United Kingdom, and succeeded subsequently by serial deliveries to several offshore sites.

Starting from 8 MW, the V164 - using permanent magnet generators from The Switch - has recently been tuned to a record-breaking 9.5 MW. The V164 has set world records not only in size, but also by producing 216,000 kilowatts per day. This corresponds roughly to the total electricity use of 50 households for a whole year. Read more 
BVG-US-offshoreUS Offshore Wind Energy Opportunity

Andy Geissbuehler, BVG Associates US Partner, recently took part in a Capitol Hill Congressional Briefing organised by the American Wind Energy Association (AWEA), in cooperation with the Renewable Energy & Energy Efficiency Caucus.

Andy gave an update to representatives and their staff on the offshore wind opportunity for the US, including the business case for industry scaling up. You can download the slides he used for his session
Fraunhofer-smartblades"SmartBlades2"Rotor Blade Passes Extreme Load Test    
Compared with other rotor blade prototypes measuring more than 80m in length from industrial customers, this test object is small, nevertheless it is certainly keeping IWES´ scientists on their toes: for the very first time, a rotor blade with bend-twist coupling was tested whose design was developed by Fraunhofer IWES in a previous project.

When subject to aerodynamic loads, the prebend of the blade results in mechanical deformation during operation, the purpose of which is to mitigate the loads on the overall structure. Following further tests, three identical models will be constructed by the German Aerospace Center (DLR) and shipped to the USA. The blades will then be installed there on a research turbine for a measurement campaign lasting several months. These activities will all take place within the scope of the "SmartBlades2" re-search project. Read more
GWO-training44,000+ wind techs took GWO training last year
Global Wind Organisation, the wind industry's leading safety training standards body has released its first set of annual figures, revealing thousands of certifications awarded across the world.

GWO, which creates the wind industry's basic safety training and basic technical training standards, said the numbers are testament to the commitment of original equipment manufacturers and owners who have adopted the standards as their training benchmarks. Read more 
LOC-knowledge-sharingKnowledge sharing in Taiwan     
LOC Renewables will host an offshore wind seminar at the Institute of Transportation, in Taipei, Taiwan on the 20th March 2018, to present and share experience and lessons from the European offshore wind market.

As Taiwanese offshore wind energy continues to attract strong interest from developers, and with a number of large projects due to begin construction as early as 2019, experience gained in established European offshore wind markets will help ensure the success of this nascent market.

LOC Renewables is hosting the seminar in partnership with Amsterdam Capital Partners, Hogan Lovells, CR Classification Society, Seaway Heavy Lifting and Aon.  This one-day seminar will explore the emerging offshore wind sector in Taiwan, drawing on key lessons learned across Europe. Read more
MAKE-5-trends5 industry trends and market developments

Germany shifts away from community projects in fourth onshore auction

The latest in a series of auctions hosted by Germany's Federal Network Agency awarded 709 MW of new renewable capacity in February 2018. Following the first three onshore auctions which were dominated by community projects, Germany introduced a mandatory permit as a requirement for all bidders for this fourth round. This helped fill in the dooming buildout gap in 2019 and 2020 and improve project realization rates. Positive regulatory developments in German wind hinge on a strong pipeline of permitted projects and the successful formation of a government last month. Read more
WE-eventsUpcoming workshops and events

Time is running out if you want to contribute to the Global Wind Summit 2018!
This event combines WindEnergy Hamburg, the world's leading wind energy expo, and the WindEurope Conference, where industry experts will put you at the forefront of market, political and technological innovations.
  • 35,000 people from 50 countries
  • More than 1,400 exhibitors from 34 countries
  • More than 500 oral and poster presentations by top experts from all around the globe
The exhibition:
Only a few exhibition spaces remain for the WindEnergy Hamburg expo.
Check out the floorplan, and book your stand today.

The conference:
Call for abstracts deadline: 4 April
Submit your abstract today: See here for guidelines and submission forms

15-16 May 2018, Vilnius, Lithuania

The 2018 edition of Analysis of Operating Wind Farms Technology Workshop will focus on big data and innovative approaches to boost performance and optimise O&M strategies.  See here for a detailed list of the topics we will address.  Interested in exhibitor and sponsorship opportunities? See here for more information.
20-21 November 2018, Amsterdam, The Netherlands

After the enormous success of last year's inaugural RE-Source event, SolarPower Europe and WindEurope are proud to announce the second edition of the biggest corporate renewable power purchase agreement (PPA) event in Europe: RE-Source 2018. Organised in partnership with RE100  and WBCSD, RE-Source 2018 will allow renewable energy buyers and sellers to connect and capitalise on the corporate renewable PPA boom.

Visit for more information. 
AUDEE-date-changeDate change: LatAm Windpower, Monte Video, Uruguay

The timing for the fourth Wind Energy Congress in Monte Video, Uruguay has changed and the event will now take place on 4-5 June 2018.

Uruguay is one of the renewable energy front runners in the region, having nearly completed its planned build out to just over 1,500 MW and expecting to cover 35-40% of its annual power production from wind, and the country operates most of the time at between 95-100% RE electricity.

Join us to hear more from 4-5 June in Monte Video! For registrations and more information click here.
JWPA-new-billNew bill to boost offshore wind development in Japan

Despite huge offshore wind potential, only 65 MW of offshore wind power has been installed in Japan. The main reason for the slow progress has been a lack of legislation for project development in Japan's general waters. Although Japan's Port and Harbor Act was recently amended to promote offshore wind projects, the amendments only apply to limited areas around Japan's coast, leaving the majority of waters surrounding Japan outside the scope..
The lack of clear rules has been the subject of increasing industry frustration and calls for reform. Now the government intends to designate special zones for offshore wind development in an upcoming bill. Japanese Cabinet is to issue a new law to the Parliament for the promotion of offshore wind power at general common sea areas on 9 March. The Parliament has one month to discuss the new bill, which is expected to be officially released in May.

After that, it will take a year to prepare detailed rules for a bidding system - the first auctions for offshore wind in the general common sea area are likely to be carried out in 2019. At least five areas including Aomori, Akita and Nagasaki will be nominated for the biddings with a 30 years occupation right for the winners. A new division will be established to carry out the auctions. The METI is expected to introduce a price for the auction system after the new bidding system is in place. This would mean that the winners cannot benefit from the offshore wind tariff of 36 JPY/kWh. The JWPA is against the "introduction of price for the auction".  
NWEA-WinddaysWindDays 2018 in Rotterdam, The Netherlands, 13-14 June 2018
This year the largest wind conference and exhibition of the Netherlands will take place on 13-14 June in Rotterdam, The Netherlands. The theme Wind: Europe's future energy supply reflects the rapid development of the WindDays into an important meeting point of national and international stakeholders in the wind industry. NWEA and TKI Offshore Wind organise the conference by offering a two day program on both onshore and offshore wind and ample networking opportunities on the 2300 m2 exhibition space with 70 exhibitors.  Read more

Events calendar 
4-5 April 2018:  2do Encuentro Internacional de Energías Renovables Colombia, Barranquilla, Colombia
22-25 May 2018: Mongolian Annual Renewable Energy Forum, Ulanbaatar, Mongolia
4-5 June 2018: IV Congreso Latinoamericano de Energía Eólica, Montevideo, Uruguay
7 June 2018: Vietnam workshop, Hanoi, Vietnam
28-30 August 2018: Brazil Windpower, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
2018 (date TBC): Argentina WindPower, Buenos Aires, Argentina
25-28 September 2018: WindEurope Conference, Hamburg, Germany
17-19 October 2018: China Wind Power 2018, Beijing, China
6-7 November 2018: Windaba 2018, Cape Town, South Africa

For a full list of events organised by GWEC's member associations, please see the events section of the GWEC website. 
GWEC Webcasts
Launch of Global Wind Report (26 April 2018, 3pm CEST)
Doing Business In ... Brazil (early June 2018)
Doing Business In ... South Africa (early October 2018)

For a full list of webcasts, please see the webcasts section of the GWEC website. 
Contact information:
Lauha Fried, Communications Director, GWEC
+32 2 213 18 98

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