News in Brief, BB200709
IEA Annual Report release
The International Energy Agency (IEA) Annual Wind Energy Report 2006 is now available. The Report analyses the progress made throughout 2006 within the frameworks of the Executive Committee and the lead management of the IEA.
Around 26 countries actively participated in more than 40 IEA implementing agreements. The IEA Wind Implementing Agreement work programme is a collaborative venture among 24 parties from 20 member states, the European Commission and the European Wind Energy Association.
The Report is divided into two sections. In the first section, a range of wind enery related topics are addressed, including:
- how to tackle the difficulties encountered when building offshore power plants;
- the expansion of wind energy production in colder climates;
- the establishment of guidelines regarding the impact of large amounts of wind power on electrical systems;
- grid integration;
- advances in research and technology; and
- highlights from across the IEA.
The second section evaluates member activities, OECD member countries, non-member countries and the European Commission. EWEA made a significant contribution to this section, especially Chapter 13, which gives a detailed account on European Commission activities. The EU legislative framework for wind energy, Directive RES-E, as well as the political support mechanisms for wind energy are covered, including recent statistics and illustrative graphs. There is also information on the various EU projects within this sector.
The full Report is available on the IEA website: http://www.ieawind.org/annual_reports.html