Wind Energy expert Feng Zhao has joined GWEC as its new Strategy Director. Zhao is one of the world’s foremost experts on the wind industry, having created and provided industry leading data and advisory services first for BTM Consult, and then for FTI Consulting. His project experience includes advising on global supply chain management, market growth projection, product portfolio development, market entry & exit, regulatory and policy review, O&M, M&A and dispute support.
Ben Backwell, CEO of GWEC, said: “We welcome the Taiwan Government’s decision to modify its proposed changes to the Feed in Tariff. We are pleased that that the government has listened to the views and evidence presented by GWEC and the industry since the changes were announced late last year.
We note that the changes still include both a 6% tariff reduction and an introduction of a cap on annual full-load hours, which has a negative impact on projects by dis-incentivizing the most efficient and optimised technology and wind farm design. GWEC has argued for the complete removal of the proposed load hours cap.
The Leonardo DiCaprio Foundation has funded a research study as part of its new One Earth Initiative, which offers a feasible roadmap for achieving—and surpassing—the targets set by the 2015 Paris Climate Agreement
The One Earth Model charts an extraordinarily detailed and hopeful path to a climate-safe world, relying primarily on wind and other renewable technologies, combined with sensible land-use practices. The groundbreaking new framework is the first model to achieve the required negative emissions through natural climate solutions, including the restoration of degraded forests and other lands, along with a transition to 100% renewable energy by mid-century. It is the result of two years of research and modelling by leading scientists at the University of Technology Sydney, the German Aerospace Center, and the University of Melbourne.
Naveen Balachandran has joined the Global Wind Energy Council (GWEC) as Special Advisor, Southeast Asia. Naveen has extensive experience in the wind industry in Asia, having worked for Vestas for 16 years in a number of roles spanning business development, public affairs and marketing, and more recently set up his own consulting firm which advises companies on project development and market entry into countries such as Vietnam, Thailand and Indonesia.
This week saw Ben Backwell, CEO of GWEC attend the latest IRENA Coalition for Action strategy meeting. Ben is joining the Steering Committee and will be working with organisations across the energy system to advance the uptake of renewables, discuss industry trends and share knowledge alongside best practice.
DNV GL, the world’s largest independent energy advisory and certification body, has used its energy estimation prediction methods, which is a reference worldwide, for a large number of projects in Colombia, reaching a portfolio of more than 548 MW.
Karin Ohlenforst has agreed to join GWEC as its new Director of Market Intelligence and will start in the role on 1 December 2018. Karin will develop GWEC’s newly formed Market Intelligence unit, which will support GWEC’s policy and stakeholder engagement world-wide and create proprietary insight for GWEC’s members.
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.