World’s biggest wind farm could be built in wild and windy Wyoming

» By | Published 18 Jan 2012 |

Anyone who has ever travelled through Wyoming comes away realising that the US state is an iconic symbol of wide-open spaces, intimidating mountain ranges and powerful winds.

Building on this natural bounty, it now seems likely that the state will soon be home to North America’s largest wind farm — as many as 1,000 turbines generating up to 2,500 megawatts of emissions-free electricity for 30 years.

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Calling for your feedback – and the chance to win a miniature turbine!

» By | Published 17 Jan 2012 |

At the European Wind Energy Association we are keen on involving our audience as much as possible. Right now we are focusing on improving our website and we would like to ask you for your opinion – and give you the opportunity to win a gleaming mini wind turbine.

What do you think of our website ewea.org? How do you rate this blog? What about our coverage on our social media channels? This is your chance to tell us what you value, what you find difficult or uninteresting about our site, or any other insight.

Click here to fill in the survey and enter the competition to win one of ten fabulous mini turbines for your office desk or home mantelpiece!

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Attacks on wind energy ignore reality of costs and subsidies

» By | Published 17 Jan 2012 |

By EWEA Communication Director Julian Scola

In recent months there have been many media articles claiming that wind energy is more expensive and less reliable than other power sources, and that it receives heavy government subsidies. Such claims damage the perception of this cheap and clean form of energy.

The reality is that wind energy, and renewables in general, are successful because investors see that onshore wind is increasingly competitive with new gas and coal and is cheaper than nuclear, in an environment in which governments have made commitments to reducing carbon emissions, and where the public wants a safer, cleaner world without constant fluctuations in energy prices. Current data from Bloomberg New Energy Finance says that “funding of green energy projects rose by 5% last year” to $260bn worldwide. Another Bloomberg quote says “the best wind farms in the world already produce power as economically as coal, gas and nuclear generators; the average wind farm will be fully competitive by 2016”.

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China’s biggest city commits €1.2 billion to wind energy

» By | Published 12 Jan 2012 |

In the latest example of cities getting behind wind power and other renewable energies, Shanghai has announced it might spend as much as €2 billion in the next four years to increase its capacity of green energy, with more than half earmarked for onshore and offshore wind farms.

Shanghai, the largest metropolis in China with 23 million residents, said in a statement that the money would play a key role in achieving a civic target of 1% of energy use coming from locally-developed non-fossil fuels.

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Offshore wind can provide the missing pieces in the energy and climate puzzle

» By | Published 11 Jan 2012 |

By Tuuliki Kasonen, General Manager, Estonian Wind Power Association

Offshore wind energy is an innovative new industry, which by creating thousands of jobs and intensive investments gives Europe a necessary impulse for economic growth. It can also provide the missing pieces in the energy and climate puzzle that Europe needs to solve urgently. What I brought home from EWEA OFFSHORE 2011 – the world’s largest offshore wind energy event – was the feeling that the next decade will be crucial for bringing down the costs and filling some gaps to make this type of energy production a really competitive one.

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