If Governments end up producing clear and ambitious National Energy & Climate Plans (NECPs) and they improve the permitting arrangements for wind farms and they keep investing in new grid capacity, then Europe’s wind energy capacity would grow by 88 GW to 277 GW by 2023. But that’s a big if.
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Hückelhoven, September 12, 2019 – EcofinConcept has supported one of the largest wind energy repowering projects in Germany Satisfied today, all parties look to the achieved. That was not always so. One of the largest wind farm repowering projects in Brandenburg, Germany, threatened several times to fail because of the complexity of the task. So …
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The European Commission today called for the bloc to aim for net-zero greenhouse gas emissions by 2050 in its new decarbonisation strategy.
The EU’s newly-agreed renewable energy and energy efficiency targets put the bloc on track to cut emissions in 2050 by 60% compared to 1990. But that will still not be enough to meet the Paris target of keeping temperature rises to well below 2 degrees.
The Commission has therefore set out different scenarios covering various levels of renewables expansion, transport electrification and measures in other sectors. These would take Europe to different levels of greenhouse gas emission reductions. To reach full carbon-neutrality, the Commission is exploring options including increased bioenergy and promoting a circular economy.
As the EU negotiates the details of its next flagship research and innovation programme – Horizon Europe – channelling resources to the right places will be critical to decarbonise and continue growing Europe’s economy. The Technology and Innovation Platform ETIPWind has released a series of recommendations on where the EU should focus in Research and Innovation funding in wind energy.
The €94bn Horizon Europe research and innovation programme will identify key challenges and priorities for research and innovation funding from 2021-2027. It is critical that a significant portion is allocated to climate action in general and to the ‘Climate, Energy & Mobility’ challenge in particular.
The world’s biggest wind energy event, the Global Wind Summit (25-28 September), begins today in Hamburg. Under the theme “Breaking new ground” the event will show wind energy is starting to evolve rapidly in terms of costs, technology and where it’s being deployed – and how it’s beginning to look beyond the electricity sector at how it can help decarbonise the rest of the energy system.
German government´s 65 percent target can only be achieved with more offshore wind energy – Current projects up to 2020 are progressing according to plan
Five new offshore wind farms with a capacity of 1,944 MW are under construction in the first half of the year 2018
Rapid implementation of additional tenders with at least 1.5 GW offshore wind capacity is required
Expansion of volume to at least 20 GW by 2030 urgently needed to achieve government goals
Advancing grid expansion, better use of existing grid and accelerating sector coupling and electrification
Das Frauennetzwerk Women of Wind Energy Deutschland ergänzt und erneuert den Vorstand und begrüßt neue Mitglieder.
Das erfolgreiche Mentoring Programm geht mit dem neuen Jahrgang 2018/19 bereits in die fünfte Runde
Bei der letzten Vorstandswahl haben die Mitglieder vom Frauennetzwerk Women of Wind Energy Deutschland e.V. („WoWED“) für frischen Wind gesorgt. Das Präsidium um Marie-Louise Bornemann (Präsidentin) und Simone Thomas
(Vizepräsidentin) wurde um Elke Hanel (Vizepräsidentin) ergänzt. Im Vorstand wurden Stefanie Dreier, Katja Rosenburg und Heike Winkler wieder gewählt, neue Vorstandsmitglieder sind: Anne-Kathrin Bürger, Iva Jukic und Delia Richter.
From niche technology, wind energy is now a global success story. The wind industry provides 260,000 quality high-skilled jobs in Europe. On a global scale, that figure is now 1.15 million.
Today is Global Wind Day, an opportunity for citizens around the world to learn more about and show their support for wind power. It’s also an opportunity for companies to showcase their technologies and contributions to local economic development and job creation at a more grass roots level.
The wind supply chain is benefitting regions across the globe, including economically less-advantaged ones. Citizens are benefitting from shared ownership of wind farms. Wind farms are also contributing to local economic activity through the taxes they pay to local governments – covering up to 25% of municipal revenues.
As negotiations on the EU’s Clean Energy Package reach crunch time, a lot is still up in the air for wind energy. With a critical Energy Council meeting on June 11 and a final meeting on June 13, where a deal is due to be struck on the Renewable Energy Directive, a key part of the Package, there has been headway on some points but others are still to play for.
Most notable is the 2030 renewable energy target. The European Council has moved on from its original target of 27%. The Council has now tabled two options: 30-31% or 32-33%, each with conditions attached. The Parliament meanwhile has made a counter-offer of 34, one percentage point lower than its official position of 35%. The difference between 27% and 35% is 132,000 jobs and €92bn of investments in wind energy alone.
WindEurope today launched a new “Local Impact, Global Leadership” toolkit that maps out the local economic benefits of wind energy.
With the future of renewables in Europe at stake in Clean Energy Package negotiations, now is a critical time to show policy-makers the local economic benefits of wind energy to make the case for more renewables ambition.
On a macro level, wind energy contributes €36bn to EU GDP, supports 263,000 jobs and generates €8bn of exports. But until now, the local micro-economic benefits were less well-known. Where are the jobs? Where are the turbine factories? Where’s the rest of the supply chain? How do communities and local councils benefit from having wind farms?
The European Commission has announced the winners of its latest Connecting Europe Facility (CEF) funding round. It set aside €873 million to invest in key European energy infrastructure projects. Of the 17 energy projects selected for funding, eight are in electricity. With €680 million, it’s the first CEF round in which electricity received more funding than gas.
Europe added a record 15.7 GW of new wind energy capacity in 2017, according to WindEurope’s annual onshore and offshore wind statistics released today.
New wind farm installations were up 20% on 2016. Onshore wind capacity grew by 12.5 GW and offshore wind by 3.1 GW. Six EU Member States had a record year in new wind energy installations: Germany (6.6 GW), UK (4.3 GW), France (1.7 GW), Belgium (476 MW), Ireland (426 MW) and Croatia (147 MW).
Wind was 55% of all power capacity installations in 2017. Renewable energy as a whole accounted for nearly all new EU power installations in 2017: 24.1 GW out of a total 28.5 GW.
WindEurope CEO tells EU Industry Commissioner: Wind energy can help drive industrial transformation in Europe
On 24 January WindEurope CEO Giles Dickson joined representatives of the Industry4Europe group to meet Elżbieta Bieńkowska, European Commissioner for Internal Market, Industry, Entrepreneurship and SMEs.
Ms Bieńkowska convened the meeting to discuss the Commission’s Industrial Policy Strategy with the Industry4Europe group (representing 126 manufacturing sectors). The latter presented a series of recommendations to the Commission on finance, research innovation, and skills training. Dickson explained how wind had grown into a major manufacturing sector in Europe with factories in nearly every Member State, employing over a quarter of a million people, providing 11% of Europe’s electricity. He said access to affordable finance is key to unlocking investment in capital-intensive factories in all sectors. Which means strengthening EU finance mechanisms such as EFSI.
ENERGY TRANSITION TO BE ACCELERATED – EXPANSION OF OFFSHORE WIND ENERGY UP TO 2020 PROGRESSING ACCORDING TO PLAN
Utilize cost reduction trend – raise cap for offshore wind
2017: 1.25 GW newly installed, a total of more than 5.3 GW connected to the grid
Prompt use of free converter capacities necessary
Increased efforts for grid expansion and sector coupling required
“With a total output capacity of more than 5.3 GW, offshore wind turbines make an increasing contribution to the security of Germany’s energy supply. They deliver clean power almost around the clock, every day of the year,” industry representatives from AGOW, the BWE, the German Offshore Wind Energy Foundation, VDMA Power Systems and the WAB explained in Berlin during the presentation of the latest expansion figures for offshore wind energy. “The expansion of offshore wind energy is running to plan.”
WindEurope today congratulated the Industry Committee of the European Parliament for backing a binding target of at least 35% renewable energy for 2030 and more stringent renewable energy laws.
Members of the European Parliament voted this morning on the Committee’s position on the post-2020 Renewable Energy Directive, steered by Spanish MEP José Blanco López. The Committee made important improvements to the original European Commission proposal. These also include: visibility to investors on public support for renewable energy deployment; a reinforced investment protection clause; and an improved framework for Guarantees of Origin and corporate renewable Power Purchase Agreements (PPAs).
WindEurope CEO, Giles Dickson, addressed the annual conference of the French Wind Energy Association (FEE) on Wednesday 20 September. He highlighted the positive outlook for wind energy in France thanks to the policies being put in place by the new French Government.
The positive outlook applied both to onshore and offshore wind. France was the leading country in the EU on floating offshore wind with 4 projects under development. And progress on floating wind would benefit the development of fixed-bottom offshore wind in France as well. The two technologies would learn from and feed off each other.
Wind energy has the potential to provide up to 30% of Europe’s power by 2030 according to figures released today by WindEurope in its Outlook to 2020 and Scenarios for 2030 reports.
According to WindEurope’s projections, Europe could be on course for an average installation rate of 12.6 GW per year in the years up to 2020. This would take Europe to a total of 204 GW by 2020. By this date wind would be Europe’s largest renewable energy source, surpassing hydro and providing 16.5% of Europe’s electricity demand. However, this growth is likely to be concentrated in just six countries (Germany, UK, France, Spain, Netherlands and Belgium), with Central and Eastern Europe lagging well behind.
Legally defined civic energy again almost entirely dominates the second round of “Wind on Land” invitations to tender
As was expected, the second round of invitations to tender for “Wind on Land” is dominated by players who fulfil the civic energy requirements specified by the EEG, with 95% of the award-winning submissions. As a result, there is greater uncertainty as to whether the extension corridor can be achieved in the years after 2018, both in terms of time and with regard to volume. Suppliers and producers, as well as ancillary building trades, logistics providers and project planners, find themselves under strong pressure as a result of this insecurity.
Prices are decreasing and clearly reflect the strong competitive pressure. It will only be possible to assess in two years’ time at the earliest what the effect of this price pressure will be on actual realisation.
Expansion figures for the first half of 2017 in Germany Onshore wind energy – Strong expansion in transition, significant risks in 2018/2019
Gross expansion of onshore wind energy by 2,281 megawatts (MW), which equals 790 wind power plants, as high as expected in the first half of 2017 Industry implementing the projects approved through the end of 2016 – transition effect will cease in 2018
Prospect following the first round of tendering for onshore wind energy:
Considerable planning uncertainty due to the success of non-approved projects
Cost reduction continues
Lawmakers must stipulate the Federal Immission Control Act (BImSchG) approval as the uniform prequalification; the respective provision for the two tendering processes in 2018 must become permanently valid
It is vital that capacities in non-implemented projects be retendered to achieve a successful energy transition
6.1 GW of extra wind energy capacity was installed in Europe in the first half of 2017, according to figures released today by WindEurope. The figure puts Europe on course for a bumper year for installations, although hides some worrying trends.
A total of 4.8 GW of onshore wind capacity was installed in the first half of 2017, although it was heavily concentrated in Germany (2.2 GW), UK (1.2 GW) and France (492 MW). There has also been a flurry of activity in offshore wind: 18 projects in four EU Member States (Germany, UK, Belgium and Finland), which saw a total of 1.3 GW installed.
Offshore wind energy: Two new offshore wind farms come online – Capacity expansion is essential
108 offshore wind turbines with a combined capacity of 626 megawatts (MW) were brought online by 30 June 2017
Sandbank and Veja Mate, offshore wind farm projects in the North Sea, were completed on schedule, and expansion is progressing steadily
Results from round one of the offshore auction reached a milestone, demonstrating high investor confidence in offshore industry innovation and cost-cutting plans
Politicians are urged to seise opportunities that could have a positive impact on industrial policy and the energy industry. This would require raising minimum offshore capacity targets to 20GW by 2030 and 30GW by 2035
Annual offshore wind energy production: 2015: 8,285GWh, 2016: 12,365GWh, First half of 2017: 8,480GWh (already roughly 70% of last year’s total output)
As part of EU Sustainable Energy Week, WindEurope has been at the heart of several events promoting the interests of the wind industry.
On Tuesday, WindEurope organised an Energy Day event on A (C)lean energy transition: Innovative approaches to the offshore wind supply chain. The event focused on some of the key questions related to the impacts of innovative approaches to the offshore wind supply chain, including job creation and growth opportunities, market creation potential, environmental impacts and community engagement. These are themes developed in the framework of the EU-funded LEANWIND project. LEANWIND is working to bring cost reductions to the offshore wind energy industry through the application of lean principles to key aspects of an offshore wind farm and supply chain.
WindEurope participated in a one-day workshop on auctions organised by the International Renewable Energy Agency (IRENA) and the Energy Community Secretariat in Vienna. The workshop aimed to provide guidance to the Energy Community members on the key elements for efficient auctions and to present best practices from around the world. Participants included the European Commission, the European Bank for Reconstruction and Development, government and industry representatives.
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Europe installed 12.5 GW of gross additional wind capacity in 2016. This was 3% less than the new installations in 2015. With a total installed capacity of 153.7 GW, wind energy now overtakes coal as the second largest form of power generation capacity in Europe.
2016 annual figures
12.5 GW of new wind power capacity was installed and grid-connected in the EU during 2016, a decrease of 3% compared to 2015 annual installations. 10,923 MW were installed onshore, and 1,567 MW were installed offshore.
After good expansion, there are now challenging times ahead. Further high onshore expansion figures for the fourth year running have underlined the continued excellent performance of the German wind industry. The German wind industry grew by about 4,625 megawatts (4,259 MW net), thus reaching the anticipated increase of almost a quarter over the previous year, and very nearly the 2014 level.
Thanks to further technological development it has been possible to install system-supporting and highly efficient turbines in all regions of Germany. Success is also increasing on the world market. Challenges are posed by the changeover to the tendering process in Germany and difficult conditions in important exporting countries.
Strengthening markets for wind energy includes looking beyond the current power system. To secure a continuous and sustainable deployment of wind energy, new sources of demand for clean electricity will be crucially needed. Sector coupling is the key word in this discussion. Heating and transport represent the largest shares of energy demand across Europe. In order to fulfil the EU’s climate and energy goals, these sectors need to find solutions for decarbonisation. The good news is that an increasing number of motor manufacturers are rapidly developing electric vehicles. And that technologies for renewable heating are readily available.
The electrification of these sectors will increase power demand and direct new investments into renewable technologies such as wind energy. It will allow for greater flexibility in our power system and could increase the range of storage options. Synergies across the entire energy system need to be identified to maximise the cost-efficient decarbonisation and modernisation of Europe’s economy.
But the question is how to do all this? Does the EU have an answer? The European Commission has had its say as it published strategies on the decarbonisation of both the transport and the heating sector. Delegates at the WindEurope Summit 2016 convened in a dedicated session on sector coupling to discuss the road ahead for combining renewable power and the uptake of electric vehicles and an increased use of renewable heating.
Vom 27. bis 30. September auf dem Gelände der Hamburg Messe und Congress
Mit einer Steigerung auf mehr als 1400 Aussteller und einer zusätzlichen Halle legt die WindEnergy Hamburg 2016 gegenüber ihrer Premiere vor zwei Jahren noch einmal deutlich zu. Die globale Leitmesse der Windenergie und der WindEurope Summit, der erstmals parallel in Hamburg veranstaltet wird, wurden am Dienstag vom deutschen Vizekanzler, dem Wirtschafts- und Energieminister Sigmar Gabriel, eröffnet. „Ich freue mich, dass wir mit Hamburg einen Windstandort haben, der der deutschen Windindustrie als Leuchtturm dient und daher zu Recht mit der WindEnergy Hamburg und dem Wind Europe Summit nun zwei Leitevents für die deutsche und internationale Windindustrie hier in Hamburg bündelt“, sagte Gabriel. Zu den Rednern der Eröffnungsfeier gehörte auch der EU-Kommissar für die Energie-Union, Maroš Šefovi, der betonte: „Die Windenergie ist das Herz der Erneuerbaren-Industrie in Europa.“
Auf der WindEnergy Hamburg präsentieren Aussteller aus 34 Nationen vier Tage lang bis zum 30. September ihre Produkt-Innovationen und Dienstleistungen, darunter zahlreiche Weltneuheiten. Die globale Leitmesse für Windenergie bildet als einzige sowohl den Onshore- als auch den Offshore-Bereich der Windbranche umfassend ab. Der WindEurope Summit bietet bis zum 29. September im Congress Center Hamburg (CCH) ein umfangreiches Programm mit Vorträgen von rund 500 Experten unter dem Motto „Making transition work“.
With a net capacity of 1,892 megawatts in the first six months of the year, 2016 looks like being a good year for land-based wind energy expansion. This strong expansion is being driven by the allocation of suitable sites and priority areas in many federal states. There has also been a surge of permits in order to secure the option of installing turbines with legally fixed EEG remuneration rates. In Germany the wind industry is working hard to develop innovation and production bases further. It also aims to use its leading technology to further expand its strong position in what are generally stable markets abroad.
Onshore wind energy in Germany was extended by a net capacity of 1,892 megawatts in the first half of 2016, representing a growth of 73 per cent over the same period the previous year (1,093 megawatts). Factoring in the number of dismantled turbines and the 161 megawatts of repowered turbine capacity in the first six months, this gives a gross capacity increase of 2,053 megawatts. This means a third strong year in a row for reasonably priced onshore wind energy. Taking projects that have already been granted planning permission into consideration, the industry associations VDMA Power Systems and German Wind Energy Association BWE predict a net volume of between 4,000 and 4,400 megawatts for the whole year.
Germany’s parliament approved a plan to reform the country’s renewable energy law by ending feed-in tariffs in favour of competitive auctions and putting clear volumes on wind energy deployment.
Lawmakers have agreed to cap the annual auctions for onshore wind at 2.8GW and offer fluctuating tenders for offshore wind in order to control renewables installations over the next decade. The limit for onshore wind is expected to increase after 2020 to 2.9GW a year. The offshore cap, which will apply from 2021-2030, will vary from year to year to ensure that Germany reaches its 15GW wind energy target in the next 15 years.
The reforms are expected to come into effect in January 2017.
Global wind employment grew 5% last year to reach 1.1M
Worldwide, 15 June. Record wind industry growth was reflected in a 5% increase in employment in the sector, which now employs 1.1 million1 people. Today, on Global Wind Day, GWEC highlights the socio-economic benefits generated by the global wind industry, in addition to supplying clean power. Global Wind Day is a worldwide event that occurs annually on 15 June: a day for discovering wind energy, its power and the possibilities it holds to reshape our energy systems, decarbonise our economies, build new industries and create new jobs.
The increase in employment figures is mainly due to strong installation rates in China, the US and Germany. New job creation is being driven by declining renewable energy technology costs and enabling policy frameworks. As governments continue to struggle with high unemployment rates in many parts of the world, both the current reality and future potential for employment in the wind industry has become increasingly significant.
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The world’s leading expo for wind energy, WindEnergy Hamburg, is teaming up with the leading wind energy conference WindEurope Summit. The two events will run in parallel in Hamburg – the European Wind Capital.
Wind energy can serve a quarter of Europe’s electricity demand by 2030 if policymakers take ambitious measures to reform EU power markets , WindEurope CEO Giles Dickson told the Flame conference in Amsterdam today.
Electricity market reform is the most important way of managing a higher share of renewables in the power mix. “We can achieve this through more intraday trading, fostering demand response, balancing the system across a wider geographical area and allowing renewables to participate in these markets,” Dickson said.
The European wind industry will descend on Warsaw today to make the economic arguments for wind power in a market that faces increasing uncertainty.
The Wind Power Poland 2016 event is organised by the Polish Wind Energy Association and is supported by EWEA. GE and Vestas are headlining as the two event ambassadors.
Poland’s wind market was one of the strongest performers last year – second only to Germany – installing a total of 1.3GW in new capacity as developers pushed forward on projects. To date, the wind industry in Poland supports over 8,000 jobs and generates 600 million zloty in revenue each year
Europe risks losing its leadership in wind energy without a clear policy vision for renewables towards 2030.
Europe risks losing its leadership in wind energy without a clear policy vision for renewables towards 2030.
In 2015, China overtook the EU for total installed wind energy capacity, according to statistics released today by the Global Wind Energy Council (GWEC). China installed almost 3 times as much wind than the EU and now has 145GW total capacity to the EU’s 142GW.
Giles Dickson, Chief Executive Officer of the European Wind Energy Association, said: “China overtaking the EU in wind energy is watershed moment. It sends a powerful message to policymakers: if Europe really wants to be number one in renewables it needs to get its act together. We need a clear EU vision for renewables beyond 2020. And great ambition and clarity from individual Member States.
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.
Giles Dickson, Chief Executive Officer of the European Wind Energy Association, said: “These numbers show that wind is the driving force behind the EU’s energy transition. Wind energy is a mature industry. It makes economic sense and is contributing significantly to Europe’s energy security and competitiveness goals.”
Renewables accounted for 77% of new power plant installations in 2015: 22.3GW of a total 29GW.