A windy weekend for Global Wind Day events in Belgium

» By | Published 20 Jun 2011 |

By Julian Scola, Communications Director, EWEA

Global Wind Day continued into the weekend with the inauguration of the 10 turbine Leuze-en- Hainaut wind farm in Belgium. On a suitably windy afternoon thousands of local residents turned up to tour two of the ten 2.05MW turbines  which had been opened up for inspection.

The wind park was developed by Belgian electricity providers Electrabel, ELSA a company set up by an inter-communale development agency and CLEF a citizens cooperative which is raising €750,000 in 2011 to invest in the wind farm with shares starting at €250. continue reading »

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Estonia’s ‘wired’ Global Wind Day

» By | Published 20 Jun 2011 |

By Tuuliki Kasonen, General Manager of Estonian Wind Power Association

Ever heard of people saying “life is nowadays happening online”? Well, that’s where the Global Wind Day took place in Estonia this year. The key activities were fun video clips going viral in social media combined with an online interview where people were able to ask everything about wind energy. We handed out flower seeds at the Ehituse ABC (Building ABC) stores but for that single physical action that took place in four cities we also had a home-made video of how to plant those seeds. continue reading »

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What if the computer you are using right now had been made with wind energy?

» By | Published 20 Jun 2011 |

By Angelika Pullen, Communications Director, GWEC

A consumer label for wind power called WindMade could soon be coming to the market, to show consumers which companies and products use wind energy. This is an idea that was first announced in January this year, and after many months of hard work and anticipation, new details were made public on Global Wind Day (15 June).

During a media briefing in New York City, the WindMade consortium, which consists of Vestas, GWEC, WWF, Bloomberg, LEGO and the UN Global Compact, presented the first proposed technical standard for the WindMade label for companies. This standard contains the main requirements that a company has to fulfil in order to apply for using the label. continue reading »

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EU 45% renewable energy target for 2030 must be set now

» By | Published 16 Jun 2011 |

A 45% renewable energy target for 2030 would create the future policy-stability the green energy sector the needs, was one of the main messages emerging from last night’s public debate on EU energy policy post-2020.

New energy policies must be drawn-up today, and not in 2020 when the current targets expire, Josche Muth, Secretary General of the European Renewable Energy Council (EREC) said at the debate organised by the European Wind Energy Association. The call was backed by Claude Turmes, MEP, who said that renewables are becoming a mainstream source of electricity faster than was forseen. continue reading »

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Global Wind Day animates the EU quarter

» By | Published 15 Jun 2011 |

A colourful display of flowing, tasselled lanterns, undulating kites that look like clouds racing across the sky, and an airy gymnastic performance to match, is taking place in the heart of Brussels’ EU quarter today.

The context is Global Wind Day – 15 June – when all around the world events are taking place in honour of the power that resides in the wind – power that creates electricity and can bring us a greener future free from dependence on polluting and expensive fossil fuels. continue reading »

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