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Grids, Grid Names and Wind Turbines

Frits OggWind turbines are connected to a grid that transports electricity, heat, water or gas in one way or another. During recent years a lot of grids with ‘marketing’ names such as ECOgrid, Intergrid or Supergrid have showed up. What's in a name? and what does the name mean? How can we communicate if we don't know what the difference is between a microgrid and an ECOgrid and what the role of wind turbines is in a specific electricity grid?

Frits Ogg, Renewable Energy Consultant, The Netherlands

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Global Wind Hits Record Growth

ESteve-Sawyervery year, at about this time, it is my onerous task to put pen to paper to produce the short-term projections from the Global Wind Energy Council (GWEC) for the next five years. Twelve months ago, we forecast that the annual market would be just over 47GW, but we ended up at more than 51GW, as no one was expecting China’s 23GW. For the rest of the world we were reasonably on target, although we expected more of a recovery in the USA than happened in 2014; we hope to see those numbers increase in 2015 and 2016.

Steve Sawyer, GWEC Secretary General, Belgium

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Global Shift Towards Renewable Energy Requires a Broad Variety of Actors and a Synergy of All Renewables

Stefan-GsangerThe global shift towards a renewable energy supply started around three decades ago, in both North America and Europe. In the past few years, it has also reached many other countries. This process has seen great success stories but also major setbacks. However, its main drivers have been small and medium sized enterprises (SMEs), communities and the citizens who have expressed their preference for an energy supply based on domestic and sustainable renewable energies.

By Stefan Gsänger, Secretary General, WWEA, Germany

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Inauguration G128-5.0MW Prototype

On 21 October Gamesa inaugurated its first offshore G128-5.0MW prototype in Spain at the Arinaga quay in Gran Canaria, Canary Islands. About 80% of the turbine is based on the company’s 4.5MW onshore technology.

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View from Inside January/February 2008

Discovering Latin American Wind Power

ImageAs with many of the new technologies to be found in Latin America, wind energy has arrived after being developed in other world regions. However, the Latin American socio-political situation and environmental trends around the world are creating a need to tap into this huge renewable energy source.

By Mauricio Trujillo, LAWEA Executive Director

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View from Inside November/December 2007

Wind Power Reduces Electricity Prices

ImageFinancial support for wind power, which is in many regions still necessary, is often the subject of disputes between the renewables branch and consumer associations. Now, new studies show that wind energy is actually reducing electricity prices and thus helps consumers to get cheaper electricity.

By Stefan Hantsch, CEO of the Austrian Wind Energy Association ‘IG Windkraft'


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