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Africa is only tapping into 0.01% of its wind power potential

According to the latest data released by GWEC Market Intelligence, the global offshore wind industry had its second-best year ever in 2020 installing over 6 GW of new capacity, keeping growth on track despite the impacts of COVID-19 felt in other energy sectors. This growth was driven by a record year in China, which lead the world in new annual offshore wind capacity for the third year in a row, and installed over half of the new offshore wind capacity globally last year.

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China installed half of new global offshore wind capacity during 2020 in record year

According to the latest data released by GWEC Market Intelligence, the global offshore wind industry had its second-best year ever in 2020 installing over 6 GW of new capacity, keeping growth on track despite the impacts of COVID-19 felt in other energy sectors. This growth was driven by a record year in China, which lead the world in new annual offshore wind capacity for the third year in a row, and installed over half of the new offshore wind capacity globally last year.

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Nearly 30 GW of new wind power capacity auctioned in H2 2020, a clear signal that growth is back on-track

According to new analysis by GWEC Market Intelligence in its latest Q4 2020 Wind Energy Auction Update, nearly 30 GW of new wind power capacity was awarded globally through auctions in the second half of 2020, which is a slight increase compared to the 28 GW awarded during H2 2019. This surge in new auctioned capacity is a clear signal that the industry is back on track and committed to building up the global pipeline of wind power projects.

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A gust of growth in China makes 2020 a record year for wind energy

The 2020 new wind power capacity figures for China, released yesterday by the National Energy Administration (NEA), are truly formidable. The NEA announced that a staggering 71.7 GW of new wind capacity was installed last year – more than double China’s previous annual growth record and far exceeding GWEC’s Q3 2020 expectations.

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Global wind O&M service market to see double digit growth from 2020 to 2024

GWEC Market Intelligence has published the second edition of its annual Wind O&M Service Provider Overview and Database, which shows that the global wind O&M service market is set to experience a major boom over the next five years. While the latest GWEC Market Intelligence market outlook expects a solid 3 per cent compound annual growth rate (CAGR) for new wind installations from 2020-2024, the CAGR for the aftersales and service market is expected to be in the double digits over the same period.

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Market to Watch: Offshore Wind in India – Key policy advances can lead to rapid gains for the sector

Onshore wind energy currently stands as the second largest renewable energy sources in India – the world’s third-largest producer and fourth-largest consumer of electricity. Aiming to ensure energy security through the country’s Low Carbon Emission Pathways, there is a clear need for renewables to play a bigger role in diversifying its energy mix, not only to limit the effects of global warming, but also to reduce pollution, create new economic opportunities, and achieve Prime Minister Modi’s vision of ‘Atma Nirbhar Bharat’, or a ‘Self-reliant India’.

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Market to Watch: China’s Offshore Wind Industry Post-2021

From its first 102 MW Donghai Bridge Wind Farm near Shanghai commissioned in 2010, China has since been busy building swathes of turbines at sea with nearly 7 GW of capacity already installed as of December 2019. While China is considered a late bloomer in the offshore wind industry, it is expected to surpass offshore wind pioneers like Germany and the UK in terms of cumulative installations by as early as this year.

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Market to Watch: APAC remains a strong manufacturing hub for turbine OEMs with record high supply side deliveries

Europe is considered the cradle for modern wind turbine technologies, which explains why European OEMs such as Vestas and Siemens Gamesa Renewable Energy are today’s global leaders in wind turbine manufacturing and turbine technology innovation. Although most Asian suppliers have historically relied on turbine technologies licensed from Europe to enter the wind industry, Asia Pacific has now become the world’s largest wind turbine manufacturing hub after a decade of development. In 2019, GWEC saw eight Asian turbine suppliers making the cut in the world’s top fifteen supplier ranking, as per GWEC Market Intelligence’s latest report ‘Supply Side Data 2019’.

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Industry Pulse: Powering the Future – Workforce Requirement Conversion

Global Wind Organisation is the industry body responsible for safety training standards for over 90,000 of the world’s wind energy workers has revealed its network is emerging from Covid-19 lockdown. There are over 350 GWO Certified Training Centres in 43 countries around the world and up to 83% told a recent survey that they will have reopened their doors by the end of May.

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Top 15 wind power asset owners account for over one-third of global wind capacity

By the end of 2019, the top 15 wind farm owner-operators held over one-third of the total 650 GW of onshore and offshore assets globally. The newly merged China Energy (formerly Guodian Group and Shenhua Group) is by far the largest asset owner, with more than double the capacity under their ownership compared to the second place China Huaneng. The non-Chinese top asset owner are active globally – Iberdrola, EDPR, Enel Green Power, RWE, Acciona, EDF, NextEra and Berkshire Hathaway Energy.

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Industry Pulse: India Wind Targets Are Sensitive to Policy and Regulations

India is the world’s fourth-largest onshore wind market by installations, with 37.5 GW of capacity as of 2019. Technical potential at 120-metre hub height is a whopping 695 GW, according the National Institute of Wind Energy, and the government has set a wind capacity target of 60 GW by 2022 and 140 GW by 2030. Wind is already the second most competitive energy source on India’s grid.

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Market to Watch: Ramping up climate ambition and green recovery plans for a 1.5°C future

As the world battles the coronavirus pandemic, it is critical to maintain sight of long-term climate objectives. International commitment to climate action can be the key to enabling economies to recover and rebuild more resilient systems once the storm has passed. Acceleration of renewables could power a green economic recovery, unlocking at least $50 trillion to boost global GDP and power millions of renewable energy jobs by 2050, according to the recent Global Renewables Outlook by IRENA.

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GWEC Market Intelligence releases Q1 2020 Wind Auctions Database

As part of GWEC Market Intelligence’s services, the database on global wind auctions is an important tool for the industry to stay up-to-date on all the latest developments and business opportunities around the world. While the industry has been impacted by the COVID-19 crisis and auctions have been delayed or postponed in a few countries, other countries have found solutions to continue their scheduled auctions to continue driving forward wind power growth.

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COVID-19 and impacts on global wind supply chains

Of all the possible shocks any of us thought we would have to deal with only a few short weeks ago, a deadly, global pandemic in the form of Covid-19 just wasn’t on anybody’s
radar. Like many other manufacturing or service enterprises, supply chains in the wind sector will continue to be impacted in the weeks and months ahead. Some project mile-stones
will be deferred, with impacts being felt throughout the whole value chain, whilst at the operational level; turbines, blades, component and material orders will be cancelled or unfulfilled.

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Vietnam Needs to Act Now to Mitigate Wind Development Disruptions

As the COVID-19 pandemic widens overseas, many Asian countries now going through a second wave of outbreak and massive lockdowns continue to be in effect across South East Asia (SEA). Amid the dark clouds, GWEC Asia has not slowed down our policy efforts and have taken massive steps forwards in one of our priority markets: Vietnam.

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Market To Watch: Vietnam

With a coastline of more than 3,000 km and an average wind speeds of 8m/s-9m/s in the south, Vietnam´s potential to develop and generate wind power is substantial. In two reports both by the World Bank Group, Wind Resource Atlas and Going Global: Expanding Offshore Wind to Emerging Markets, a whopping 24 GW of onshore and 475 GW of offshore wind technical capacity was identified across Vietnam. By the end of 2019, Vietnam has a total cumulative installed wind power capacity of 487.4 MW, which includes 99 MW of intertidal projects, the first of its kind in the ASEAN region. Due to the strong flows of foreign and domestic investors into Vietnam’s wind sector, the market is predicted to install approximately 4 GW of wind capacity by 2025.

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Energy Transition Talks: Aleksandra Klassen of RE100/The Climate Group

Ahead of GWEC’s inaugural London Energy Transition Dinner in September 2020, we are tackling some of the big issues that we need to address in order to accelerate the global energy transition. In this month’s edition of our Energy Transition Talks, we spoke with Aleksandra Klassen, RE100 Senior Impact Manager at The Climate Group.

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Wind Industry & COVID-19: Impact in China Update

On 8 April, GWEC hosted a Webcast with key stakeholders from China’s wind industry to discuss the impact that the COVID-19 crisis had on the Chinese wind market and how the industry is recovering.Here you will find the key takeaways from this webcast.

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Update on the impact of COVID-19 on China’s wind industry

As China is the world leader in new onshore and offshore wind power installations, there have been rising concerns in over the impact of COVID-19 on the Chinese and global wind industry. This update has been jointly prepared by the Global Wind Energy Council (GWEC) and the Chinese Wind Energy Association (CWEA) based on consultation with their industry members and their own market intelligence.

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Highlights of the Asia Clean Energy Summit 2019 Wind Energy Conference

On 31 October 2019, energy industry leaders gathered in Singapore for the Wind Energy Conference at the Asia Clean Energy Summit (ACES). The conference, co-organised by the Global Wind Energy Council (GWEC) and the Sustainable Energy Association of Singapore (SEAS), featured dialogues on regulatory challenges, project financing and the latest technological advancements in the wind sector.

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China Playing Catch-up in Offshore Turbine Technology

In 2018,11 manufacturers installed 735 units of offshore wind turbines globally, totaling 3,693 MW of capacity. – six out of the top ten suppliers are from China. Those companies are Shanghai Electric, Envision, Goldwind, Mingyang, United Power and XEMC. While China is certainly dominating in terms of supplying offshore turbines, they are still playing catch-up in terms offshore turbine technology.

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Market to watch: South East Asia

Around the world, there is a palpable sense of urgency to accelerate the energy transition. With millions of citizens participating in the #FridaysForFuture movement and still more facing intensifying natural hazards like typhoons, droughts and hurricanes, climate change has become an indisputable condition of our modern world.

Wind and renewable energy have achieved strong progress in cost reduction and deployment so far, however their adoption has not been fast enough to slow the rate of carbon emissions.

Let’s explore the factors that are holding back South East Asia’s wind energy potential, and why we must urgently do everything we can to remove these obstacles for the future of the region.

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Why the Time Is Now for an Energy Transition in South East Asia

There is no better time than now for our industry to step up the energy transition and to define our role in the future energy system: the cost reduction of wind energy, the improvement of the efficiencies and reliability of wind technologies and the mounting threat of the climate imperatives are making the case for wind energy.

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Newsletter Editorial: Building a Sustainable Wind Industry For The Energy Transition

The world is waking up to the realisation that we now have only a short time to take action to head off a disastrous rise in global temperatures and to preserve a liveable planet. And in order achieve this, that a wholesale energy transition needs to be carried out on an urgent basis. “We have 10 years” to get things right and on the correct pathway of decarbonisation and deployment of renewable energy, GWEC’s Chairman Morten Dyrholm pointed out to a recent Ministerial Conference on Renewable Energy Integration in Berlin.

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Winds of change are blowing in Africa

The African continent is set for growth, the population is expected to grow by 1.4% each year until 2030. GDP is expected to grow by 4%. This development is demanding huge investments in infrastructure including the energy markets to keep up with the growth, access to electricity being one of the main challenges African citizens consider to encompass and unlock their growth path. African governments have acknowledged that growth can only be supported through sustainable solutions, which means an obvious opportunity for wind energy. Offering a cost-competitive solution, wind energy has the potential to drive not only the electrification level in Africa (currently only 43% of people living in Sub-Saharan Africa have access to electricity according to the World Energy Outlook 2018 from IEA), but to also support the economic growth and development of African markets. 

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Global Gender Survey of the Wind Energy Industry

GWEC announced today a global survey which will provide new insights on the roles and representation of women in the wind sector. This survey is being managed by IRENA and the Women in Wind Global Leadership Program, which is co-organized by GWEC and GWNET. The survey is open to all organizations and individuals (including women and men) working in wind energy.

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Market to watch: China

China is the world’s largest wind power market in both new and cumulative installations. In 2018, the country installed 20.2 GW of onshore wind and 1.6 GW of offshore wind, representing 44% and 37% of global market share respectively.

China will end subsidies for new onshore wind power projects at the start of 2021, with renewable projects set to compete on an equal footing with coal- and gas-fired electricity, the country’s state planning agency announced.

Altogether, China continues to be on track to lead the transition from traditional energy sources such as coal, to wind and other renewables – and they are proving that this transition can now be subsidy-free!

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GWEC to expand its local team in China

In order to provide professional services to our members and support the GWEC activities in the world’s largest wind market, GWEC has recently expanded our local team in China by adding Mr. Wanliang Liang as our new China Director.

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Participate in a Global Gender and Renewable Energy survey

The International Renewable Energy Agency (IRENA), with support from GWNET and REN21, is undertaking a global Gender and Renewable Energy survey. The objective of the survey is to gather quantitative and qualitative insights on the current status of women’s participation in the renewable energy sector, existing challenges and potential solutions to improve gender diversity.

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The US has come off to a flying start says GWEC

Discussing the new Global Offshore Taskforce, Stiesdal called it “a way to combine forces when it comes to the promotion of offshore wind on a much larger scale.” The taskforce is aiming to make this promotion a much more coordinated effort outside Europe.

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Argentina announces 400 MW Round 3 of RenovAr tenders

Argentina is looking to contract 400 MW of clean energy from medium scale projects in the third round of its RenovAr renewable energy auction programme.The tender, which will also focus on promoting the regional development of the country, was announced on Thursday by Renewable Energy Deputy Secretary, Sebastian Kind, during the Argentina Wind Power 2018 event.

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German Onshore wind – Policy action needed now to achieve German and European climate targets

Following the record expansion year 2017 for onshore wind energy in Germany, new installations are declining in 2018 as expected. The figures collected by Deutsche WindGuard show a gross increase of 1,626 MW or 497 onshore turbines in the first semester of 2018; the net increase amounted to 1,505 MW. This corresponds to a 29 per cent decline in gross expansion compared with the same period last year at 2,281 MW.

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Europe adds 4.5 GW of wind energy in first half of 2018

There was 3.3 GW of onshore wind, driven by Germany (1.6 GW), France (605 MW) and Denmark (202 MW). The 1.1 GW of offshore wind was mainly in the UK (911 MW), Belgium (175 MW) and Denmark (28 MW). Germany is set to install new offshore wind in the second half of the year.

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