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Wind energy is spreading its wings all over the world. More than 300 GW have been installed to date. Commercial activities are taking place in over 80 countries. Technology is available to face arctic climates as well as deserts, high wind speeds on coastal sites as well as inland lower ones, and we see installations both onshore as well as offshore. There is a new dimension of diversity, new challenges, new opportunities, a vast potential.

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U.S. wind industry shows strong momentum heading into 4th quarter

Wind power’s growth continues to attract investment, benefit consumers and local economies

American wind energy will finish 2013 with strong momentum for installations in the new year, according to the American Wind Energy Association’s (AWEA) U.S. Wind Industry Third Quarter 2013 Market Report. The industry experienced a painful slowdown at the beginning of 2013 as result of the scheduled expiration of the federal wind energy Production Tax Credit at the end of 2012, but has now rebounded.

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Obtaining 30% of electricity from renewable energy would cause no reliability problems – new study

New research released by an independent grid operator confirms that wind energy is drastically decreasing both the price of electricity and emissions of harmful pollutants. The study was led by PJM, the independent grid operator for all or parts of 13 Mid-Atlantic and Great Lakes states (Delaware, Illinois, Indiana, Kentucky, Maryland, Michigan, New Jersey, North Carolina, Ohio, Pennsylvania, Tennessee, Virginia, and West Virginia) and DC.

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Renewables in Russia move forward

The Russian Wind Energy Association together with the Association of Solar Energy organised a workshop on "Localization of equipment production for the renewable energy sector - problems and solutions" on 1.5 October 2013 in Moscow. Things are slowly starting to move forward since Russia organised their first renewables tender and plans are already in place for a second one next June for 2015 to 2018.

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Another floating offshore wind project online in Japan this week

Japan switched on its second experimental commercial floating turbine off the coast of Fukushima, earlier this week. The two-megawatt Hitachi turbine, which was unveiled in June this year, was switched on by Kazuyoshi Akaba, state minister of the Ministry of Economy, Trade and Industry (METI), and Fukushima governor Yuhei Sato.

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Three new wind farms in Turkey with Siemens direct drive turbines

The Turkish Griş Group continues its cooperation with Siemens for three new wind power projects scheduled to be built in Turkey. The total scope includes delivery of the new turbines and a five-year service agreement for the three new projects. Siemens will deliver 53 wind turbines for new onshore wind power plants in Muğla, Edirne-Tekirdağ and Kırklareli with a total capacity of 165 MW. Commissioning of the projects is expected between late 2014 and summer 2015.

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Siemens stand at EWEA Offshore in Frankfurt (November 19-21): hall 3.1, stand 31C40 where you can see Siemens new offshore wind turbines “SWT-6.0-154” (6 MW, direct drive, 154 meter rotor) and “SWT-4.0-130” (4 MW geared machine with 130 meter rotor).

Clean Energy Council: Latest news

One of the key priorities for the CEC over the next 12 months is to ensure that Australia’s 20 per cent Renewable Energy Target (RET) remains effective in driving the roll-out of all forms of renewable energy in Australia over the coming decade at the least cost to consumers. Australia’s new Federal Government has confirmed that a review of the RET will commence in early 2014, with a particular focus on the level of the target.

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Vestas expands Act on Facts campaign to include Sweden; UK and Ireland will follow

“Wind energy projects are being put at risk by an increasingly organized and influential anti-wind movement. The Act on Facts campaign is designed to counter factually flawed arguments and misinformation and to tip the balance back in wind energy’s favour,” say Morten Albk, Vestas Group Senior Vice President globally responsible for marketing, communications and public affairs. Last month at the VIND 2013 wind industry conference in Stockholm, Vestas launches the next phase of its innovative global campaign to separate rhetoric from reality and to channel public support toward political action favouring wind energy.

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Renewable Energy – Investing in the Future

Around the developed world demand for electricity is either static or falling. In Europe and North America demand has been flat for the last few years, yet both areas are investing significantly in new renewable energy generation. All forecasts point to substantial growth rates in renewable electricity generation, due to initiatives that combat carbon pollution from CO2 emissions in OECD countries and encourage economic expansion powered by renewables in developing markets. Why then is there a pause in renewable electricity development in New Zealand?

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Res Offshore Welcomes The Successful Completion Of The Lincs 270mw Offshore Wind Farm

"Having lived with this project for over 10 years, from first identifying the site through to playing a key role throughout consent, engineering and construction, the whole RES Offshore team are delighted to see the project in full operation - helping to deliver the UK's renewable energy targets and bringing investment and jobs to the UK. Congratulations to the Lincs joint venture - RES is proud of the part that we have played in the project and look forward to continuing to work closely with Centrica", said Chris Morgan RES Offshore CEO.

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Mexico WindPower 2014 will run on 100% wind energy

Mexico’s most anticipated wind event, Mexico WindPower 2014, has acquired the 100% wind energy label from WindMade earlier this month. The event, which will take place in Mexico City on 26-27 February, will cover 100% of its power consumption by wind energy. Although it had been running as a green event in previous years, acquiring the label is sending the message loud and clear to its stakeholders and delegates that it is committed to renewable energy use.

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Youth speak out for wind energy: CanWEA 2013 Power of Wind Blog Contest winners announced

The Canadian Wind Energy Association (CanWEA) has revealed the three winners of its second annual Power of Wind blog contest during the final day of the Association’s 29th Annual Conference and Exhibition in Toronto, Ontario. This unique opportunity is launched annually during CanWEA’s Global Wind Day celebrations, held on

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New video l CanWEA’s new brochure

GWEC welcomes Mita-Teknik on board

GWEC is pleased to welcome Mita-Teknik as a new member of its influential circle of members promoting wind energy worldwide.
Mita-Teknik has been in the business of control automation since 1969 and in the wind business since the beginning of the early 1980's. With more than 45,000 wind turbines equipped and running today with their control systems, Mita Teknik has a proven track record of reliability and performance.

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Gathering high-level speakers at EWEA OFFSHORE 2013

Political and industry leaders will debate 2030 targets on the opening day of Europe’s leading offshore wind energy event - EWEA OFFSHORE 2013 - on 19 November in Frankfurt. Leading manufacturers will discuss how to lever the best state-of-the-art technology and industry experts will go into detail on financing offshore wind and taking turbines into deeper waters.

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Count down for OWIB 2013 - B2B and Conference

There will be ample opportunity to meet the wind industry's leading stakeholders at OWIB 2013 which takes place 11-12 December in Esbjerg, Denmark. The unique concept allow companies meet up to 17 companies by own choice in pre-scheduled B2B meetings and has this year attracted a record number of turbine manufacturers and developers. Also the OWIB 2013 Conference features high level industry profiles, each giving their contribution to present times biggest issue in the offshore wind industry - Reducing Cost of Energy.

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Austria to organise a national “Windmill-Screw-Throwing-Competition“ in 2014

Austria plans to organise a national “Windmill-Screw-Throwing-Competition“ in 2014. This fun sport-competition attracts even more public interest if played globally and therefore, we are searching for international partners, who would also organise their own "Windmill-Screw-Throwing-Competition(s)". The organisation is very easy, costs nearly nothing and is a fun way to attract media attention. For more information contact the Austrian Wind Energy Association

Call for abstracts open for Wind Energy Conference in April 2014

This is your chance to explore publicly the opportunities and challenges in fulfilling the potential of wind power in NZ and internationally. NZWEA would like to receive your proposal for a presentation at the conference, which will be held in Wellington from 14-16 April 2014. To make a proposal please download the form from the website.

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Events

19-20 November 2013: EWEA Offshore, Frankfurt, Germany
19-21 February 2014: Wind Energy Asia 2014, Jeju, Korea
26-27 February 2014: Mexico WindPower 2014, Mexico City, Mexico
10-13 March 2014: EWEA 2014 Annual Event, Barcelona, Spain
5-8 May 2014: AWEA’s WINDPOWER 2014, Las Vegas, USA
26-28 August 2014: Brazil Windpower 2014, Rio, Brazil

For a full list of events organised by GWEC's member associations, please see the events section of the GWEC website.

 

 

 

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The Global Wind Energy Council (GWEC) is the representative forum for the entire wind energy sector at the international level. With a combined membership of over 1,500 organisations, GWEC's members represent the entire wind energy community. GWEC's mission is to ensure that wind power establishes itself as one of the world's leading energy sources, providing substantial environmental and economic benefits.
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