Advancing wind power as fast as possible Bernard Chabot

Scenarios » 24.10.2014

Advancing wind power as fast as possible

Bernard Chabot is back today with a comparison of three scenarios published by GWEC and two of his own published by the WWEA. The scenarios show that one strategy would be best for the short term; another, for the long term. Chabot says this combination would be a good joint proposal by both organizations at the upcoming climate talks in Lima and Paris. read more »

Renewable energy and its sources in Chile Foto: Mainstream

Country report » 23.10.2014

Renewable energy and its sources in Chile

Renewable energy is currently small in Chile, but there are a lot of proposed projects for wind energy and some already done. This article from the WWEA-yearbook Wind Energy international 2014/15 describes the changes of energy supply in the South American country. read more »

Vestas back in the black Foto: DONG Energy

Wind power » 25.08.2014

Vestas back in the black

The Danish wind power leader increased its sales of 13 percent year over year, moving out of the red in the process, partly because of greater profit margins from projects. It may be a sign of a healthier global wind market. read more »

Wind power price fall to 25 $/MWh in the US Canwea

Wind power price fall to 25 $/MWh in the US

According to a new study by the Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory the average levelized wind PPA price in the US has fallen to just 25 $/MWh in 2013. read more »

Part III: The value of wind power - balancing costs Enercon

Part III: The value of wind power - balancing costs

In this last part of our series after the analysis of wind power cost and price we think about the value of wind power. There is value in wind power for consumers which is not reflected directly through electricity prices, and is only remotely related to the actual cost of wind. Which brings us to our last point, the 'value' of wind power, which has to include wind's other impacts on the system, which are not captured by monetary mechanisms. read more »

Part II:The cost of wind Foto: Dennis Schwartz/REpower

Part II:The cost of wind

Yesterday we published the first part of a text on wind energy costs. Now, in the second part we take a look at the prices. read more »

The cost of wind, the price of wind, and the value of wind Nordex SE

The cost of wind, the price of wind, and the value of wind

The economics of wind power are surrounded by confusion – often nurtured and used by the opponents of wind the better to dismiss it. Even the basic economics of energy markets are often misinterpreted by commentators. read more »

German state aims to triple onshore wind capacity to 20 GW Nordex SE

German state aims to triple onshore wind capacity to 20 GW

Lower Saxony is already a wind power house. With more than 5,500 wind turbines and an installed nameplate capacity of 7.8 GW at the end of 2013, it is the #1 wind powered state in Germany. With the goal of keeping this title, the state government has announced the goal of a threefold increase of onshore wind capacity to 20 GW by 2050. read more »

Record numbers for German onshore wind BWE

Wind power » 29.07.2014

Record numbers for German onshore wind

According to the official statistics for the first half of this year, Germany has installed 1.7 GW of onshore wind and remains on course for a record level for the year as a whole. The main reasons are policy changes. read more »

How Germany’s new renewables policy will affect wind power financing Foto: Urgixgax - pixelio.de

How Germany’s new renewables policy will affect wind power financing

Germany’s leading economics institute DIW has published a 36-page report in English on how the amendments to the Renewable Energy Act (EEG) will impact the cost of capital for wind power investors. They find that greater risks will increase the cost of borrowed capital – thereby making this aspect of the transition more expensive. read more »