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Posted on on March 14th, 2012
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EWEA 2012 takes place in wind energy’s heartland

To be Opened by Danish Prime Minister Helle Thorning Schmidt and Danish Crown Prince Frederik, EWEA 2012 Annual Event – running from 16-19 April 2012 at Copenhagen’s Bella Center – is anticipated to attract over 10,000 people from professionals in wind power and industries related to wind energy, to national and EU policy makers and journalists.

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EWEA/GWEC Communications Academy focuses on better tools for boosting public acceptance

EWEA and GWEC, are organising a Communications Academy on 19 April at EWEA 2012 in Copenhagen, with a special focus on boosting public acceptance. The one-day programme includes topics such as Wind turbines and Health and a full afternoon session with an interactive discussion on the points of view of developers, national associations and the grid industry on improving public acceptance and how to better communicate and share best practices.

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A brief update on Global Wind Day

Global Wind Day, organised jointly by GWEC/EWEA, takes place on 15 June every year. It provides the opportunity for citizens to discover and find out more about wind energy. Preparations for the fourth annual Global Wind Day are well under way.

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Events can now be WindMade certified – Product label following soon

The consumer label WindMade can now be used for events that are 100% powered by wind power. A WindMade events label was developed in response to numerous requests that the organisation has received from event, conference and trade show organisers who want to differentiate their events by showing their commitment to wind power.

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Powering up sub-Saharan Africa – unlocking the win-win-wind opportunities

Sub-Saharan Africa (SSA) suffers from acute power shortages, detrimental to growth and poverty reduction. SSA also has significant wind resources, with an exploitable wind potential of almost 7GW over the next 15 years (excluding South Africa). Yet, wind energy investments in SSA are far below their potential, largely due to the political risks associated with financing.

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Siemens and Shanghai Electric agree on strategic wind power alliance for China – A breakthrough in the world’s largest wind power market

Siemens and Shanghai Electric intend to set up two new joint ventures to form a strategic alliance for the Chinese wind power market. Corresponding agreements were signed on 8 December 2011, in Shanghai by the two companies. The aim of this alliance is to better serve China as the world’s largest wind power market.

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China’s national grid code will come into force in June 2012

China’s National Standardization Committee approved and released “Technical Rules for Connecting Wind Farms to the Power System” (GB/T 19963-2011), which will begin being enforced on 1 June. The standard, also known as China’s national grid code, has been controversial throughout the multi-year drafting process, attracting much industry attention. The code includes technical requirements for individual WTGs as well as wind power plants.


Interconnected grid system under way for Brazil and Uruguay

Current regulatory rules between Brazil and Uruguay allow only for the exchange of surplus thermo and non-turbinable hydro, i.e., excess electricity. Brazil’s National System Operator (ONS) together with the Ministry of Mining and Energy have conducted a study on a more complete electrical interconnection with Uruguay. The project was initiated by the Brazilian and Urugayan governments last year, during President Dilma Roussef’s visit to Uruguay.

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Offshore wind farm

Brazil Windpower 2012: Call for abstracts open until end April

Brazil Windpower will return to Rio de Janeiro from 29-31 August 2012 for its third edition. Brazil had a very active year in 2011, reaching the 1 GW milestone, and has a pipeline of more than 7,000 MW to be completed before the end of 2016.

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Siemens wins order for offshore wind park in Germany

Siemens Energy has received another large order to build an offshore wind power plant in Germany. For the Amrumbank West project in the North Sea, the company is supplying 80 wind turbines, each with an output of 3.6 megawatts (MW) and 120 meter diameter rotor. The customer is Amrumbank West GmbH, a subsidiary of E.ON AG. With an installed capacity of 288 MW, this wind power plant will deliver clean energy for around 300,000 households when it goes online in 2015. This is Siemens’ seventh German order for offshore wind turbines.

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Wind Energy in Italy in 2012

In 2011, 950MW of new wind capacity was added in Italy, roughly the same amount as in 2010. Since 10MW were dismantled, the cumulative capacity totalled 6,737MW at the end of 2011. The result is disappointing; given that many projects have been lining up for years for the approval process to be finalised. Indeed, the average time for the complete authorisation process is four years. There is currently a lack of new initiatives in Italy due to uncertainty that still prevails over the new regulatory framework and tariffs, which should enter into force in the beginning of 2013.

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Spain risks losing its wind industry if moratorium is extended

Wind turbine manufacturers based in Spain warn of the risk of closing their factories and settling in other countries if the wind moratorium established in Royal Decree 1/2012 is extended. The industry, which currently provides employment to 30,000 people, needs a clear sign about the future.

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CG powers E.ON’s Humber Gateway offshore wind farm in UK

CG has been awarded the contract for the design, engineering, supply and installation of the Onshore and Offshore Substations at the 219 MW Humber Gateway offshore wind farm in the United Kingdom. Humber Gateway is a Round 2 Offshore Wind Project owned by E.ON.

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New Zealand Wind Energy Conference and Exhibition 2012

Wind energy is forecast to grow significantly in New Zealand. The Wind Energy Conference taking place in Hamilton from 2-4 April 2012 is your unique opportunity to discover the latest insights and information while meeting everyone from the wind energy industry.

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02-02 April 2012: New Zealand Wind Energy Conference and Exhibition
16-19 April 2012: EWEA 2012, Copenhagen, Denmark
03-06 June 2012: AWEA Windpower, Atlanta, USA
13-14 June 2012: Global Offshore Wind, London, UK
29-31 August 2012: Brazil Windpower 2012, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
18-22 September 2012: Husum WindEnergy 2012, Husum, Germany
16-18 October 2012: China Wind Power 2012, Beijing, China
22-24 October 2012: WindABA 2012, Cape Town, South Africa
28-30 November 2012: Wind Power India, Chennai, India
30-31 January 2013: Mexico WindPower 2013, Mexico City, Mexico

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