New German wind growth record in 2014 VDMA

Statistics » 30.01.2015

New German wind growth record in 2014

New installations exceeded all expectations last year, but it all seems to be a rush to get projects completed while the country still has a reliable policy. read more »

Germany’s first and last states for wind power Enercon

Germany’s first and last states for wind power

A Green government has been in office in Baden-Württemberg since 2011, and still there is practically no wind market in the state. But its Environmental Minister promises that the pipeline is huge. Meanwhile, a court in Schlweswig-Holstein says the government, which plans to have 300 percent renewables, is simultaneously taking too much account of citizens. read more »

German offshore wind moving, US stuck Foto: RWE

Global update » 23.01.2015

German offshore wind moving, US stuck

At the end of 2014, Germany crossed the one-gigawatt threshold for installed offshore wind capacity. This year, the wind sector plans to build even more. Worldwide, interest in the technology is growing, but the age-old Cape Wind project in the US has suffered another setback. read more »

Austria crosses two GW threshold for wind Foto: Engelbert Hosner/pixelio.de

Statistics » 20.01.2015

Austria crosses two GW threshold for wind

Just a few years ago, the Austrians were hardly on the wind power map, but a law from 2012 has catapulted them into center stage. Adjusted for the size of the country, their performance in 2014 was quite impressive. But a study puts the cost of a wind farm in Austria at an unusually high level. read more »

The silent wind power revolution in Japan Bernard Chabot

Statistics » 14.01.2015

The silent wind power revolution in Japan

Bernard Chabot is back today with an analysis of how is "silent wind revolution" – larger swept area relative to generator size – could help Japan transition to renewables. read more »

“Germany cannot get 0.9 percent of its electricity from wind power” Enercon

Forecasts » 07.01.2015

“Germany cannot get 0.9 percent of its electricity from wind power”

An ad in Die Zeit from 22 June 1990 posted by a German nuclear organization shows how greatly wind power was underestimated. And how nuclear never lived up to the dreams of its supporters. read more »

Wind turbines for 30 years? Craig Morris

Innovation » 11.12.2014

Wind turbines for 30 years?

Wind Power Monthly reports that German wind turbine manufacturer Enercon is working on a 4 MW turbine designed to remain in operation for three decades. Ironically, this turbine would slow down the German market if it proves to be a success. read more »

The Pioneer of Community Wind in Japan Hokkaido Green Fund

Wind power » 10.12.2014

The Pioneer of Community Wind in Japan

In September 2001, a wind turbine started its operation in Hamatombetsu, the northern part of Hokkaido. The wind turbine is called “Hamakaze-chan”[1], whose name was given by local elementary school children. It was the first citizen funded wind power project in Japan, and the adventurous attempt of a non-profit organization Hokkaido Green Fund (HGF) opened up the series of community based renewable energy development. A guest post by Shota Furuya. read more »

Will German wind market double? German Expert Commission on Energiewende

Forecasts » 05.12.2014

Will German wind market double?

Germany has a target of 2.5 gigawatts of newly installed wind power capacity per year. But if the repowering of old systems is included, the market looks much different. read more »

Wind projects and economy in China Foto: Gamesa

Country Report » 03.12.2014

Wind projects and economy in China

Since 2003 the market in China divided into power generation and power grid. Power generation sectors are now open for all investors and power grids are still controlled by the government. The Yearbook from the World Wind Energy Association (WWEA) "Wind Energy International 2014/2015" shows the sharing of China's markets and planned projects. read more »