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WWEA publishes Half-year Report 2014
Wednesday, 17 September 2014

Worldwide Wind Market recovered: Wind Capacity over 336 Gigawatt

- 17,6 GW of new installations in the first half of 2014, after 14 GW in 2013
- Worldwide wind capacity has reached 336 GW, 360 GW expected for full year
- Asia overtakes Europe as leading wind continent
- China close to 100 GW of installed capacity
- Newcomer Brazil: third largest market for new wind turbines
- 360 GW expected by end of 2014
Bonn (WWEA) –  The worldwide wind capacity reached 336’327 MW by the end of June 2014, out of which 17’613 MW were added in the first six months of 2014. This increase is a substantially higher than in the first half of 2013 and 2012, when 13,9 GW respectively 16,4 GW were added. All wind turbines installed worldwide by mid-2014 can generate around 4 % of the world’s electricity demand.
The global wind capacity grew by 5,5% within six months (after 5 % in the same period in 2013 and 7,3 % in 2012) and by 13,5 % on an annual basis (mid-2014 compared with mid-2013). In comparison, the annual growth rate in 2013 was lower (12,8 %).
Reasons for the relatively positive development of the worldwide wind markets are certainly the economic advantages of wind power, after all its increasing competitiveness, and the pressing need to go for emission free technologies in order to mitigate climate change and air pollution.
Stefan Gsänger, WWEA Secretary General: “It is encouraging to see that the world market for wind energy has gained new momentum in 2014. This is mainly due to the very positive development in several emerging economies such as China, Brazil or India. However, the stagnation or even slowdown of many OECD markets is a major matter of concern. If these countries do not intensify their efforts in wind power deployment, they may not only loose their technological leadership, but also miss their renewable energy targets. In this light, it is important to see that citizens are getting more and more the active and driving forces of a rapid switch towards renewables.”
WWEA welcomes 600th member: FWT energy GmbH
Wednesday, 20 August 2014

WWEA is still continuously growing, in spite of slow down of the world market for wind turbines

Bonn, 20 August 2014 (WWEA) - Founded in the year 2001, the World Wind Energy Association has been continuously growing and represents today a very big network of members in 104 countries. WWEA’s member associations represent again more than 50’000 members. WWEA has recently been able to welcome its 600th direct member: The wind turbine company FWT energy GmbH & Co. KG, holding company of the new group with its operative companies FWT Service GmbH, FWT Production GmbH and FWT trade GmbH, based in Waigandshain, Germany. FWT is focussing on wind turbine O&M, turbine production, and related services, employing today close to 100 people.
WWEA President He Dexin: “We are very pleased to welcome FWT as our 600th member. The company represents very well the dynamic and international wind sector: Although it was founded only in 2013, its roots are going back more than 25 years and it is active on several continents. We look very much forward to working closely with FWT, together with all our members, in supporting the growth of the wind sector all over the world. WWEA is advising national governments and international organizations on wind deployment policies, and having such companies as our members makes our expertise even more based on practical experience and facts. The success of FWT demonstrates that still today new companies have great prospects on the wind market, given they follow the right strategies."
WWEA Secretary General Stefan Gsänger: “We cordially welcome FWT as new corporate member! This dynamic company fits perfectly to our broad existing network of national associations and companies from the different wind branches. We are especially proud that our members can equally be found in new and emerging wind markets, in particular in developing countries, but also in the well-established markets in Europe or Asia. We will continue to support our members from the different parts of the world to find new partners, to intensify international interaction and cooperation, and to jointly work for increasing the share of wind power and renewable energy in the global energy supply. FWT is a perfect partner for this!” 
About FWT energy GmbH:
The roots of the new player in windbusiness, FWT, are closely linked with Fuhrländer AG. After insolvency of Fuhrländer AG licensees and customers of Fuhrländer were concerned about the purchase and delivery of major components for turbines and production, since delivery by Fuhrländer was stopped. That was the start of FWT Trade, which was founded as trading company in order to deliver licensees (therefore the company name FWT Trade GmbH). In the meantime the scope of works offered by FWT trade comprises a wide range of solutions in purchase, logistics and trading with components. In February 2013, FWT started with service activities, customized service and maintenance of turbines (FWT Service). Finally the company started with the production of the first new wind turbine (FWT Production) in June 2013. The actual product family comprising wind turbines of the multi-megawatt-class of 2.0, 2.5 and 3 MW.

“Many offer service & maintenance – FWT goes one step further!” – According to this motto FWT  is placed on the wind power-market, while being located on the former company grounds of Fuhrländer AG in Waigandshain. In the field of maintenance, FWT Service offers everything desired by operators: rotor blade service, endoscopy of transmission gears, maintenance of inverters, tower inspection, provision of lifts and much more.

FWT is active in France, Germany, Belgium, Spain, India, USA, Bulgaria, Ukraine, Sweden, Azerbaijan, Ukraine, Kazakhstan, Iran and China. Currently 22 turbines (FWT 2000) are being delivered for the first wind project in Kazachztan, a flagship project of Expo 2017 in Astana.
For more information about FWT energy GmbH: www.fwt-energy.com

WWEA Bulletin Issue 2 - 2014
Monday, 04 August 2014
News Analysis
  • Wind Power as the Primary Solution for Pakistan’s Power Crisis
  • WWEC2014 Conference Resolution
  • World Wind Energy Award 2014
WWEC2014 Shanghai Special
  • High Shares of Distributed Energy Supply: The case of Denmark
  • South Africa: Sun, Wave and Wind Will Replace Koeberg Nuclear Power
  • Scaling up of Wind Energy Development Plans in Kenya
  • Germany: The Role of Wind Energy in a Greenhouse Gas-neutral Energy Supply


  • Analysis of the “Silent Wind Power Revolution”, and Some Proposals to Benefit from It within a Large Scale Deployment Scenario

Wind Power as Primary Solution for Pakistan's Power Crisis
Monday, 23 June 2014

Wind Power as Primary Solution for Pakistan’s Power Crisis

Planning Minister: “Renewable Energy is Energy of People” which “no one can monopolize” 

Islamabad/Bonn, 23 June 2014 (WWEA) – At a conference “Scaling-up Wind Power Deployment for Pakistan's Sustainable Energy Future”, jointly organized by WWEA, Alternative Energy Development Board and Heinrich Böll Foundation Pakistan, 100 participants from government, business, academia and NGOs discussed how Pakistan can progress faster in wind power deployment in order to encounter its current energy crisis.

High-level speakers included Planning, Development and Reforms Minister Prof Ahsan Iqbal; Mr Asjad Imtiaz Ali, CEO of the Alternative Energy Development Board; Dr Miftah Ismail, CEO of the Board of Investment; Mr Werner Liepach, Country Director of the Asian Development Bank; Mr Peter Felten, Deputy Ambassador of Germany; Ms Saima Jasam, HBS Country Director; WWEA Honorary Vice President Air Marshall (rtd) Shahid Hamid and WWEA Secretary General Mr Stefan Gsänger.

All speakers highlighted the benefits of renewable energy in general and of wind power in particular, in order to encounter Pakistan’s current and severe power crisis. Especially wind power could contribute fast and at low cost to supply electricity to the national grid and to reduce the need of load shedding in the country which has currently a lack of 5'000 MW of electricity generation capacity. Wind power could also help to electrify thousands of villages in rural areas as a least-cost option.

In this context, the socioeconomic advantages of wind power were highlighted: Minister Ahsan Iqbal underlined that “renewable energy is energy of people” and offers especially huge benefits for local communities. He pointed out that “no corporate entity, no government can put monopoly on wind".

WWEC2014 Resolution
Wednesday, 09 April 2014

WWEC2014 Conference Resolution
13th World Wind Energy Conference Distributed Wind Power
Shanghai, China, 7-9 April 2014

The World Wind Energy Association, the Chinese Wind Energy Association, Chinese Wind Energy Equipment Association and the China National Renewable Energy Centre welcome the presence of those 500 participants from 40 countries attending this Conference, from wind and all other renewable energy technologies.

The Conference covered all aspects of wind utilisation, related policies, manufacturing, development, operation as well as economic and social issues, with a special focus on the role that distributed wind power can play to accelerate the deployment of wind power in the world.

The Conference appreciates the support of the governments and governmental as well as non-governmental organisations, especially the Chinese Government, the German Federal Ministry for Economic Affairs & Energy, IRENA, UNDP, the International Renewable Energy Alliance, REN21, the Global100%RE campaign, the World Future Council, and all organisations and individuals enhancing the Conference.

The Conference welcomes in particular the strong commitment and important contributions of the International Renewable Energy Agency, IRENA, to the event.

The Conference recognizes that China is currently heavily dependent on fossil fuel combustion, with coal accounting for a large portion of the power generation. The Conference applauds the Chinese government for having taken important steps in order to reduce this dependence on polluting fossil resources: China has not only become world leader in wind power installations, but in the year 2013, for the first time new investment in renewable energy power generation has exceeded new investment in fossil generation.

The Conference encourages the Governments of China, of all Asian countries and beyond, to remove the barriers to renewable energy use in the region and develop a comprehensive long-term strategy that includes distributed wind power as well as local integration of renewable energies as key components.

The conference applauds the scientifically substantiated statements made that a 100 % renewable energy supply can be reached worldwide in the foreseeable future and it encourages all renewable energy stakeholders to join the Global 100% Renewable Energy Campaign which was presented during the event and to work further on the remaining challenges and barriers on the way to a 100 % renewable energy future.

WWEC2014: Key Statistics of World Wind Energy Report published
Tuesday, 08 April 2014

Shanghai/Bonn, 8 April 2014 (WWEA) – On the occasion of the World Wind Energy Conference WWEC2014 in Shanghai, WWEA has presented the key statistics of the World Wind Energy Report 2013:

  • World wind energy capacity reached 318’529 MW by end of 2013, after 282’275 MW in 2012. 
  • 35’550 MW of new wind capacity was added, the smallest growth since 2008, and after 44’609 MW in 2012.
  • The growth rate reached only 12,8%, the lowest level since modern wind power utilization has started around the world.
  • Wind power contributes close to 4% to the global electricity demand. 
  • In total, 103 countries are today using wind power on commercial basis.
  • China was still by far the leading wind market with a new capacity of 16’000 MW and a total capacity of 91’324 MW.
  • The US market saw a dramatic slump and installed only 1 GW, after 13 GW in 2012. 
  • Asia has now the same installed capacity like Europe (119 GW) and is expected to overtake Europe in 2014 as largest wind continent. 
  • The most dynamic markets with highest growth rates can still be found in Latin America and in Eastern Europe as well as for the first time in Africa, where Morocco showed a growth of 70%, the second highest growth rate of all countries, just behind Chile (76%). 
  • In some countries, wind power reached very high shares in the electricity supply; in Denmark (34%) and Spain (21%), wind energy has become the largest source of electricity; also Portugal (more than 20%), Ireland (more than 16%) and Germany (9%) have reached high portions.  
  • 7,4 GW of offshore wind was installed by end of 2013, and close to one million small wind turbines. 
  • For the year 2020, WWEA sees a wind capacity of more than 700’000 MW as possible. 

Click here for related graphs and here for a list with all countries using wind power today. 

 The full World Wind Energy Report 2013 will be published in mid-April 2014.

WWEA releases summary of 2014 Small Wind World Report Update:
Thursday, 20 March 2014

WWEA releases the summary of the 2014 Small Wind World Report Update:
- World market for small wind turbines reaches 678 MW
- China, USA and UK account for 80 % of the small wind world market
- More supportive policies are imperative to boost the small wind market

Bonn/Husum, 20 March 2014 (WWEA) – On the occasion of the 5th World Summit for Small Wind during the New Energy fair in Husum (Germany), WWEA released today the 2014 Small Wind World Report Update. The world market for small wind has continued to grow: As of the end of 2012, a cumulative total of at least 806’000 small wind turbines were installed all over the world. This is an increase of 10 % compared with the previous year, when 730’000 units were registered.

Most of the growth happens in only three countries: China, USA and UK. This situation is a clear indication that the world market for small wind turbines is still in its infancy stage. In most countries you can at least find a handful of small wind turbines, but the vast majority of these countries is far from market size which would enable companies to reach mass production. More and better policies are imperative for making small wind a success all over the world.

The recorded small wind capacity installed worldwide has reached more than 678 MW as of the end of 2012. This is a growth of 18 % compared with 2011, when 576 MW were registered. In 2011, the growth rate was still at 21 %. China accounts for 39 % of the global capacity, the USA for 31 % and UK for 9,4 %. These three leading markets, China, USA and UK installed together around 89 MW of new capacity in the year 2012 (80 % of the world market), a capacity increase of 16 %, slightly below the global growth rate.

 The summary of the Small Wind World Report Update can be downloaded for free here

The complete version of the 2013 Small Wind World Report can be ordered in the WWEA Bookshop.

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