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Publisher's Note January February 2018

Most new innovative technology will come from offshore wind turbines

Onshore turbine manufacturers have opted to pursue evolutionary improvements to their next generation wind turbine products, while dramatic technology shifts are occurring in the offshore product landscape according to MAKE’s report Global Wind Turbine Trends 2017. Turbines have grown larger, more productive, cost-effective and reliable due to technology investments. The next decade will bring further change, but the role of technology has shifted as the industry continues to evolve and work towards being competitive with other forms of power, in terms of levelised cost of electricity (LCOE).

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Publisher's Note November December 2017

Hack the Wind: foster creativity to solve current wind energy challenges

WindEurope, in cooperation with the Netherlands Wind Energy Association (NWEA), will host the WindEurope Conference & Exhibition from 28 to 30 November 2017 in the Amsterdam RAI Exhibition and Convention Centre. The WindEurope Conference 2017 will feature 40 sessions over three full days. In response to requests from participants to shorten the event, this will be the first time the event is three days in length, as opposed to three-and-a-half as in previous years.

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Publisher's Note October 2017

HUSUM Wind, the home of the wind industry with a German touch

From 12 to 15 September 2017 HUSUM Wind was once again the home of the wind industry for a week. Visitors and exhibitors discussed technical innovations and political conditions, made new contacts and filled their order books. A total of around 700 exhibitors from Germany and 25 other countries came together in Husum. The number of visitors at around 20,000 remained stable compared to 2015 and most of the time the aisles in the halls were packed with people.

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Publisher's Note September 2017

Europe is on Track for a Good Year

In the first half of 2017, 6.1GW of extra wind energy capacity was installed in Europe according to figures recently released by WindEurope. A total of 4.8GW of onshore wind capacity was installed in the first half of 2017, although it was heavily concentrated in Germany (2.2GW), the UK (1.2GW) and France (492MW). There has also been a flurry of activity in offshore wind: 18 projects in four EU Member States (Germany, the UK, Belgium and Finland), which saw a total of 1.3GW installed. In investments, € 8.3 billion on new asset financing was made in the first half of the year: € 5.4 billion in onshore and € 2.9 billion in offshore. Again, the trend for market concentration was visible, with 53% of total investments (onshore and offshore) made in Germany and no offshore investments made in the UK.

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Publisher's Note July/August 2017

Wind energy is becoming mainstream

Currently the wind energy business is in a good state. European wind power investments in 2016 rose € 43 billion from € 35 billion in 2015, an increase of 22%. Also the global energy system is creating more jobs in renewables than in fossil-fuel technologies. More than 9.8 million people were employed in the renewable energy sector in 2016, according to a new report from the International Renewable Energy Agency (IRENA). China, Brazil, the USA, India, Japan and Germany accounted for most of the renewable energy jobs. New wind installations contributed to a 7% increase in global wind employment, raising it up to 1.2 million jobs. As the scales continue to tip in favour of renewables, IRENA expects that the number of people working in the renewables sector could reach 24 million by 2030, more than offsetting fossil-fuel job losses and leading to renewables becoming a major economic driver around the world.

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Publisher's Note June 2017

New developments in wind technology

Offshore wind energy continues to grow more indispensable to Europe’s energy mix. According to WindEurope’s Financing and Investment Trends 2016 report, new asset financing for offshore wind power projects reached a record-breaking € 18.2 billion in offshore wind in 2016. This year, WindEurope and RenewableUK are joining forces to host Offshore Wind Energy 2017, the largest offshore wind conference and exhibition in the world. From 6 to 8 June participants at Offshore Wind Energy 2017 will have the opportunity to participate in an exhibition by over 400 exhibitors. The conference will focus on innovation and forward-thinking as the industry continues to develop itself as a more mainstream energy source.

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Publisher's Note April May 2017

Can Trump stop the transition to renewable energy?

Just before this issue went to the printer, President Trump signed an executive order instructing the US Environmental Protection Agency to withdraw Obama’s Clean Power Plan (CPP). The CPP is the plan from former president Obama to reduce carbon pollution from power plants. The plan directed states to find ways to reduce emissions from electricity plants by 32% from 2005 levels by 2030. The plan was not to completely ban fossil fuels but to make sure that fossil fuel-fired power plants will operate more cleanly and efficiently, while expanding the capacity for zero- and low-emitting power sources like renewables. A benefit of the plan was also that the transition to clean energy would happen faster than anticipated. But can Trump stop the transition?

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