The Poul La Cour prize for outstanding contribution to wind energy has been awarded this year to Professor Arthouros Zervos.
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The WindMade organisation announced today the development of a new consumer label for companies and products made using renewable energy. This will be backed by the UN Global Compact, WWF, Vestas Wind Systems, and the Global Wind Energy Council, the partners behind the WindMade eco-label. This move was declared at a press conference during the COP18 climate negotiations in Doha.
Issue 3 2012 / 9 October 2012 / Steve Sawyer, Secretary General, General Wind Energy Council
With all of the focus on the machinations inside the Beltway, it’s useful to remember that there is more to the United States than Washington D.C. – and indeed more to North America than just the USA. Canada is an increasingly important and potentially huge wind power market – and by most measures, North America now includes Mexico now that it has joined both NAFTA and the OECD.
Over the past five years, the global wind industry has changed beyond all recognition, and North America is no exception. During this time, wind has been transformed from a completely policy dependent niche technology to a major part of the energy future of an increasing number of countries, directly competitive with heavily subsidised fossil and nuclear energy in an increasing number of markets. Against a global installed capacity which has more than tripled in the past five years, wind installations in the U.S. have more than quadrupled since the end of 2006, growing from 11.5GW to nearly 47GW; Canadian wind power has more than tripled, going from 1,460MW at the end of 2006 to more than 5.2GW today; and Mexico’s capacity has multiplied nearly seven times, from just 85MW at year end 2006 to 569MW today, and the Mexican industry may very well hit the 2GW mark by the end of 2012. (more…)
The global wind industry will install more than 46 GW of new wind energy capacity in 2012, according to a five-year industry forecast published today by the Global Wind Energy Council (GWEC) at the EWEA 2012 Conference at Bella Center in Copenhagen. By the end of 2016, total global wind power capacity will be just under 500 GW, with an annual market in that year of about 60 GW.
The Global Wind Energy Council annual market statistics published today show that the wind industry installed just over 41,000 MW of new clean, reliable wind power in 2011, bringing the total installed capacity globally to more than 238,000 MW at the end of last year. This represents an increase of 21%, with an increase in the size of the annual global market of just over 6%. Today, about 75 countries worldwide have commercial wind power installations, with 22 of them already passing the 1 GW level.
Wind power was the largest contributor of new power capacity contracted at Brazil’s two power auctions last week. Out of a total of 3.9 GW of contracted projects, 1,922 MW went to wind power developers in the A-3 and Reserve auctions. The overall prices achieved at the auctions were considerably lower than in previous processes in 2009 and 2010, often below R$100/MWh. The new contracts bring Brazil’s pipeline for wind farms under construction up to 5,175 MW, in addition to the 1,120 MW currently in operation in 55 wind farms.
The REN21 Global Status Report released shows that renewable energy continues its strong performance despite continuing economic turmoil, cuts in incentives and subsidies and low natural gas prices. The growth of wind power in particular continues to drive renewable energy development, but other sectors such as solar PV are also seeing strong investment. (more…)
The global wind market is expected to grow again in 2011, with more than 40 GW of new wind power capacity to be added in 2011, according to a five-year industry forecast published today by the Global Wind Energy Council (GWEC). By 2015, the global installed wind power capacity will more than double to 450 GW from 194.4 GW at the end of 2010.
Issue 1 2011 / 9 March 2011 / Steve Sawyer, Secretary General, Global Wind Energy Council (GWEC)
In 2010, for the first time ever, more new wind power capacity was installed in developing countries and emerging economies than in the traditional wind markets of the Organisation for Economic Co-Operation and Development (OECD). This puts an end to the assertion that wind power is a premium technology only for rich countries, which cannot be deployed at scale in other markets.
It is also testament to the inherent attractiveness of wind power for countries striving to diversify their energy mix, improve their security of supply in the face of rapidly growing demand, and relieve national budgets of the burden of expensive fossil fuel imports at volatile prices. Environmental factors such as improving air and water quality and public health, and carbon reductions to fight against climate change also play an important role in many of these new markets. (more…)
The Global Wind Energy Council, WWF, the LEGO Group, the UN Global Compact, Vestas Wind Systems, PricewaterhouseCoopers (the Official WindMade Verification Partner) and Bloomberg (the Official Data Provider to WindMade) today announced their support for the development the first global consumer label identifying corporations and products made with wind energy. (more…)
The foremost renewable energy gathering in Europe has announced a star line up of experts to appear in London, Oct. 19/21, 2010. A world-class debate will take place for three days, with how to fund the future of energy as the leading issue.