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Offshore wind power brings together more than 100 professionals in Tallinn

February 8, 2017 EWPA's blog - etea

20170208Offshore wind professionals are discussing this week development plans at the WINDFORCE Baltic Sea conference in Tallinn. The conference was opened by Kadri Simson, the Minister of Economy & Communications together with the leaders of the Estonian and German Wind Power Associations – Martin Kruus and Andreas Wellbrock.

Offshore wind energy has become a major feature in the Baltic region. Installed capacity is increasing, prices – as seen recently in the awarding of the Kriegers Flak project – are going down to a level that clearly makes wind competitive with other energy sources, and international wind farm projects and grid networks are adding momentum to this progress. With more than 100 wind energy professionals the annual WINDFORCE Baltic Sea conference provides an overview of current developments in the Baltic Sea. The two-day conference focuses on the exchange of experience and questions concerning offshore wind energy in the Baltic Sea, offering a unique insight on the challenges being faced. Following previous conferences in Sweden, Poland, Finland and Denmark, the fifth Baltic Sea event is organized by WAB e.V. and held from 8 to 9 February 2017 in Tallinn – Estonia, a Baltic trendsetter in offshore wind.

Indeed, it is Baltic projects in particular that show how well countries work together and the extent to which offshore wind energy can contribute to electricity supply at the European level. “Offshore wind energy generation could give a major boost for providing cost-effective solution for meeting our climate goals and decarbonizing our electricity supply”, explains Kadri Simson, Estonian Minister of Economic Affairs and Infrastructure. “Being the least energy imports reliant country in EU, Estonia values highly our energy independence. Deployment of wind energy is definitely helping to maintain this strategic position, while moving towards low carbon energy mix”, she continues.

The magnitude of offshore wind energy makes it the key to a complete shift to renewable energy. “There are no more excuses why we should not do it”, strengthens Martin Kruus, Chairman of the Board of Estonian Wind Power Association. “The fact that turbines are producing more efficient wind energy than ever is a major breakthrough not only for the production of renewable energy, but as well for the local economy in every aspect. This is a new high value added industry that Europe is building up and the Baltic Sea plays an important role here”, adds Kruus.

The Baltic Sea advantage is easily accessible excellent wind sites. Moderate sea conditions means lower costs of installation, maintenance and higher availability. Offshore wind kick-off in the Baltic Sea region requires cooperation on a new level. Common market, infrastructure and innovation together with joint support mechanisms are essential to materialize this great energy potential. “This conference is a good step towards that. It is about connecting the right people in science, policy and business”, says the organizer of the conference Andreas Wellbrock, Managing Director of WAB e.V.. “As the number of installed wind farms goes up, repairs, maintenance and service have become more important factors. With all the experience now gained from operations and maintenance, the next step is to optimize costs – from investments to operations”, Wellbrock closes.

Europe invested last year record €18 billion euros in offshore wind energy

January 26, 2017 EWPA's blog - etea

WE offshore 26.01.2017Wind Europe has released its 2016 report on offshore wind power in Europe, where the industry announced a record €18.2 billion of investments in new wind farms to be built in the coming years. This represents a further 4.9 GW of new offshore wind power capacity.

Europe installed 1,558 MW of new offshore wind in 2016 with cumulative capacity reaching 12,631 MW. Last year’s 1.5 GW new installations were in 3 countries – Germany (813MW), the Netherlands (691 MW) and the UK (56 MW) – spread across 7 wind farms. They represent 338 wind turbines with an average size of 4.8 MW, up from 4.2 MW in 2015. Last year, saw the first 8 MW turbines deployed in the UK.

Read more from the report published by Wind Europe.

Wind energy accounted for 41.7% of Estonia’s total renewable energy production in 2016

January 23, 2017 EWPA's blog - etea

20160909_115351Wind energy accounted for 41.7 percent of total renewable energy production and wind farms produced 589 GWh of electric energy in Estonia during 2016, 15 percent less than in 2015. Unlike in 2015, the 600 GWh cap set for the amount of wind energy eligible for subsidization per year was not achieved last year, the transmission system operator Elering said on Monday.

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Coming in Tallinn: WINDFORCE BALTIC SEA 2017

December 28, 2016 EWPA's blog - etea

wab-button-balticsea-2017-tallin-englWINDFORCE Baltic Sea 2017 – the two day conference dedicated to the offshore wind power in the Baltic Sea will take place for the fifth time, this time in Tallinn, on the 8 and 9th of February 2017. The conference will be opened by Ms Kadri Simson, the Minister of Economic Affairs and Infrastructure of Estonia.

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Wind Industry Celebrates One Million Jobs

June 15, 2016 EWPA's blog - etea

Global Wind Day 2016Record wind industry growth was reflected in a 5% increase in employment in the sector, which now employs 1.1 million* people. Today, on Global Wind Day, the industry highlights the socio-economic benefits generated by the global wind industry, in addition to supplying clean power. Global Wind Day is a worldwide event that occurs annually on 15 June: a day for discovering wind energy, its power and the possibilities it holds to reshape our energy systems, decarbonise our economies, build new industries and create new jobs. Read more »

Estonian Wind Power Association welcomed new members, re-elected the board and updated its strategy

May 18, 2016 Estonian news, EWPA's blog - etea

ETEA yldkoosolek 06.05.2016The Estonian Wind Power Association hold its annual general meeting on the 6th of May in Pirita, Tallinn. Two new members were welcomed to the association: Nordex Energy GmbH ja Marble Management OÜ. Read more »

Nelja Energia started energy production at its biggest wind farm

May 9, 2016 EWPA's blog - etea

Silute wind farmThe renewable energy company Nelja Energia has begun energy production at its biggest wind farm in the Baltic States. The 60 MW Šilute wind farm is situated in the South-West of Lithuania and consists of 24 turbines each with a capacity of 2,5 MW. That makes 12 % of the total wind power capacity in Lithuania. Read more »

Estonian RES producers will be able to participate in EU Cooperative Mechanisms

March 17, 2016 EWPA's blog - etea

RES - Estonia first moverThe Estonian Government decided to support proceeding with the changes in the Electricity Market Act, that able Estonia to participate in the renewable energy cooperation mechanisms with those EU Member States, that cannot achieve their national renewable energy targets.  

Estonia is the first country in the European Union who has already fulfilled its overall renewable energy target and has significantly higher potential in renewable energy. Therefore, Estonia is interested in selling its surplus to those countries that for one reason or another have difficulties in the deployment of renewable energy. Read more »

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