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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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View from Inside October 2007

Interest in WWEC 2007 reflects importance of wind energy in Latin America

ImageThe 6th World Wind Energy Conference & Exhibition (WWEC), which will be organised by the WWEA and the Argentine Wind Energy Association, is attracting much interest from Latin America and worldwide. International and regional companies will meet to take the necessary steps for the creation of strong domestic wind industries and related industrial capacities.

By Stefan Gsänger, Secretary General, World Wind Energy Association

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View from Inside July August 2007

China to Become a Major Wind Turbine Exporter?

ImageDespite accelerating project development activity, the long-term future of the Chinese wind market is not yet guaranteed by decisive and sustainable policies. As new companies pile into the wind turbine generator (WTG) manufacturing industry, excess supply from China could mean a paradigm shift towards cheaper WTGs and shorter order backlogs globally within the next few years for megawatt-class wind turbines.

By Sebastian Meyer, Director, Research & Advisory Azure-International,?China


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