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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.

World Wind Energy Award 2014 for Dr. Anil Kane, pioneer of wind power in India and worldwide
Tuesday, 08 April 2014

World Wind Energy Award 2014 for Dr. Anil Kane, pioneer of wind power in India and worldwide

Shanghai/Bonn, 8 April 2014 (WWEA) – On the occasion of the 13th World Wind Energy Conference 2014 in Shanghai, the Board of the World Wind Energy Association has decided to give the World Wind Energy Award 2014 to Dr. Anil Kane. With the Award, the WWEA Board recognizes Dr. Kane as one of the pioneers of wind power in India, Asia and worldwide.

Already in the early 1980s, when hardly anybody understood the huge potential of wind power, Dr. Kane started working for wind and personally invested in wind turbines by putting up the first commercial wind farm in Gujarat. This wind farm is still in operation without any trouble for the last 30 years.

WWEA appreciates that Dr. Kane has been involved in the wind power development on the academic, business and government side, as an advisor to many of the key organizations of Indian wind power. Dr. Kane has been instrumental in forming government policies for promoting wind energy in India from the central government as well as several state governments.

WWEA Bulletin Issue 1 - 2014
Tuesday, 01 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.

Three years after Fukushima: 100% renewable energy is only a matter of political will
Tuesday, 11 March 2014

Global100RE Press Release: 

Three years after Fukushima: 100% renewable energy is only a matter of political will

Hamburg, 11 March 2014 - Three years after the Fukushima/Daiichi nuclear disaster, the Global100RE Ambassadors are highlighting the need to refrain from using hazardous nuclear and fossil energy sources and instead shift towards 100% renewable energy. Ambassadors of the Global 100% Renewable Energy Campaign Bill McKibben, David Suzuki, Hans-Josef Fell, Jeremy Leggett, and Ulrich Kelber call on policy makers around the world to take action as transitioning towards fossil-free societies is a matter of political will. If human beings are to preserve modernity and planetary habitability, we must soon shift to 100% renewable energy in all sectors.

The burning of fossil fuels is the main reason behind a 40% increase in CO2 concentrations since the industrial revolution (IPCC 2013). To avoid a further growth of greenhouse gas concentration, a stop of greenhouse gas emission is urgently necessary. Therefore a sustainable and efficient energy system is the prerequisite for achieving the internationally agreed upon climate protection target.

Full WWEC2014 Programme Available - Earl Bird Registration Till 25 March!
Friday, 07 March 2014

13th World Wind Energy Conference & Exhibition WWEC2014
Shanghai, China, 7-9 April 2014 – www.wwec2014.net

Full WWEC2014 Programme Available - Earl Bird Registration Till 25 March!

Bonn/Shanghai, 7 March 2014 – The forthcoming 13th World Wind Energy Conference & Exhibition Distributed Wind Power will become the most important international wind energy event of the year. More than 500 experts from 40 countries are expected to attend WWEC2014, amongst them top wind and renewable energy experts from all over the world.

The WWEC2014 will tackle the main theme Distributed Wind Power – Matching Generation and Demand. The conference is aimed at jointly exploring more ways of wind power application and flexible matching means to meet market demand, so that wind power can make a greater contribution to the wellbeing of human beings throughout the world.

The programme of the WWEC2014, as prepared by the WWEC2014 International Programme Committee, has been published: 150 speakers will present all important aspects of wind power utilization in 35 sessions. The full conference programme is available on the conference website.

WWEC2014 takes place in conjunction with the CWEE2014, the leading annual wind energy trade fair in Shanghai, with more than 100 exhibitors.

The early-bird deadline for discounted registration is 25 March - don't miss it and join the World of Wind Energy in Shanghai!

More information about WWEC2014: www.wwec2014.net

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