Pre-event seminar:
‘Wind Energy – The Facts’

Sunday 15 April 2012
Room 20, Bella Center, Copenhagen

EWEA again preceded its annual event with the highly successful introduction to wind energy that builds on its ‘Wind Energy – The Facts’ publication, widely considered to be the most reliable reference published to date.

The seminar is tailored to anyone new to wind as well as people working in a particular sub-sector or function who want to understand their industry as a whole. Armed with this global view of wind energy, participants will get even more out of the main conference and exhibition.


All presentations delivered during the seminar are available to registered participants and EWEA members.  If you are a member and did not attend simply email [email protected] to request access to the presentations.


Session One: The basics: wind, wind turbines and connecting to the grid

Chair: Dorina Iuga, ‘Wind Energy – The Facts’ Project Manager, EWEA

11:00 –11:20 Wind as a resource:

  • Where is the wind to be found?
  • How much is there – past, present and future?
Hans Ejsing Jørgensen, Head of Meteorology Programme, DTU Wind Energy, Denmark
11:20 – 11:30 Questions & answers
11:30 – 11:50 How wind turbines work:

  • Different types onshore and offshore;
  • How are they evolving (R&D).
John King, Wind Turbine Loads Analyst, GL Garrad Hassan, UK
11:50 – 12:00 Questions & answers
12:00 –12:20 Integrating a high share of wind power in the European electricity system:

  • Large wind and its power plant characteristics;
  • Keeping the system in balance in an economic way;
  • Network upgrade – onshore and offshore – for a secure and economic power supply.
Iván Pineda, Research officer – Electricity grids & Markets, EWEA
12:20 – 12:30 Questions & answers


Session Two: Wind energy and the economy

Chair: Pierre Tardieu, Regulatory Affairs Advisor – Member States & Trade, EWEA

14:00 – 14:20 The economics of wind energy:

  • The cost of wind energy;
  • The price of wind energy;
Athanasia Arapogianni, Senior Research Officer, EWEA
14:20 – 14:30 Questions & answers
14:30 – 14:50 Present and future macroeconomic impact of wind energy on:

  • GDP;
  • Employment.
Jacopo Moccia, Head of Policy Analysis Unit, EWEA
14:50 – 15:00 Questions & answers


Session Three: Local and global effects of wind development

Chair Stephane Bourgeois, Head of Regulatory Affairs, EWEA

15:30 – 15:40 The context: wind development today and targets for renewable energy Stephane Bourgeois, Head of Regulatory Affairs, EWEA
15:40 – 15:45 Questions & answers
15:45 – 16:05 Environmental impacts of wind energy:

  • Positive, neutral, negative;
  • Global, regional, local.
John Twidell, Director, AMSET Centre UK, and lecturer Oxford, Reading and City universities, UK
16:05 – 16:15 Questions & answers
16:15 – 16:35 The role of wind energy in tackling climate change:

  • Avoided emissions;
  • EU legislation;
  • International negotiations.
Rémi Gruet, Senior Regulatory Affairs Advisor – Climate Change and Environment, EWEA
16:35 – 16:45 Questions & answers
16:45 – 17:00 Discussion with participants and seminar conclusion


The ‘Wind Energy – The Facts’ publication is widely considered to be the most important wind energy reference in the world. It presents a detailed overview of the wind energy sector, with the most up-to-date and in-depth information on the essential issues concerning wind power today.

‘Wind Energy – The Facts’ (hardback, 488 pages, ISBN: 978184407710) was published in March 2009 and can be ordered from the publisher, Routledge (formerly Earthscan).

The full contents of the book is downloadable free of charge in PDF format from

Wind Energy – The Facts is a European project financed by the Intelligent Energy – Europe programme of the Executive Agency for Competitiveness and Innovation. For more information see