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View from Inside March 2007

Offshore wind energy: the step ahead

ImageIn his recent State of Union address, US President George W. Bush stressed the importance of renewable technologies to the energy supply of his country. The future of a safe, CO2-free energy supply is currently one of the most debated topics in European politics as well.

By Matthias Schubert, Chief Technology Officer, REpower Systems AG
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View from Inside January/February 2007

The UK scene is set for a future of wind energy

ImageThe second half of 2006 saw a reinvigorated impetus for wind energy in the UK. Wind energy is on track to become a significant contributor to the UK’s response to climate change and energy security. A wide range of developments in the latter half of last year will, it is to be hoped, turn this into a reality.

By Emily Peters, Associate, SJ Berwin LLP

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View from Inside October 2006

UK Wind – A Powerful Force

ImageThe UK wind industry is poised on the brink of a major expansion that will see it become the chief contributor to UK targets on renewables. Research from the British Wind Energy Association (BWEA) shows that a combined capacity of 25GW could be in place by 2020, meeting the needs of two-thirds of all UK homes and delivering major economic benefits to the UK of more than £16 billion.

By Maria McCaffery, Chief Executive Officer, British Wind Energy Association
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View from Inside September 2006

Wind energy – Polish progress and plans 

ImageFollowing a general amendment of its Energy Law, which enables producers of renewable energy to receive income for both the electricity itself and from selling certificates of origin (a type of ‘green certificate’), Poland has entered a path towards development of renewable energy sources. Wind power must play a key role in this process. No other source is capable of ensuring fulfillment of Poland’s commitment to reach a 9% share of energy from renewable sources in the total produced energy balance. This commitment means that at least 400MW of new installed power should be commissioned in Poland every year. Alas, 2006 will not see such a success (only approximately 150MW will be commissioned); however, the following years should bring actual expansion of the sector (development progress of projects I am aware of guarantees achieving the level of 400MW per annum in 2007).

By Jaroslaw Mroczek, President of Polish Wind Energy Association
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View from Inside July/August 2006

Wind – Infinite Energy
ImageAs our quality of life improves, consumption of energy is bound to increase.  Most of mankind’s energy needs are obtained from exhaustible fossil fuels.  Apart from the adverse effect on climate, use of fossil fuels for production of energy is a crime against future generations.  By burning fossil fuels for energy generation, we are violating the fundamental principles of economics.  The very definition of economics taught to us is ‘Economics is a science which deals with ends and scarce means which have alternative uses’. The scarce fossil fuels have far better alternative uses than burning for energy.  A kilogram of oil can produce far more valuable petrochemicals than the electrical energy it would produce.

By Dr Kane, President, World Wind Energy Association
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View from Inside June 2006

Wind Power: Becoming a Major Player?

ImageThe US wind energy industry is celebrating one record-breaking year after another.  Wind farms are being installed in the vast American heartland as quickly as the industry can produce turbines.  How fast is wind power likely to grow in the USA over the next few decades? What will it take for wind to eventually provide 20% of the nation’s electricity, as envisioned by President Bush?
By Randall Swisher, Executive , American Wind Energy Association
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