This is the 14th annual report on the status of the global wind industry by the Global Wind Energy Council. It provides a comprehensive overview of the global industry at a specific moment in time; an industry now present in more than 90 countries, 30 of which have more than 1,000 MW installed, and 9 with more than 10,000. The information contained in this report, market data, profiles and analysis, have been collected primarily through GWEC’s member associations and companies around the world, as well as from governments and independent analysts. We thank all of our contributors and look forward to continuing our collaboration in the future.

GWEC announces Women in Wind Global Leadership Program to advance female leadership and representation in wind industry

  • Partnership with GWNET to advance women’s empowerment in the wind industry through training and mentoring.
  • Network of mentors among senior leaders to support the career advancement of women for greater gender diversity.
  • Focus on mentees in emerging wind markets in Latin America, Asia and Africa to contribute to UN Sustainable Development Goals.

Bilbao, 2 April: The Global Wind Energy Council has partnered with the Global Women’s Network for the Energy Transition (GWNET) to launch the Women in Wind Global Leadership Program. The program is designed to accelerate the careers of women in the wind industry, support their pathway to leadership positions and foster a global network of mentorship, knowledge-sharing and empowerment.

The renewables industry continues to be male dominated, with females making up only 22% of the workforce according to a recent IRENA report. In launching this program, GWEC and GWNET call on other stakeholders in the renewables industry to recognise the importance of gender diversity in the fight against climate change and the promotion of sustainable development.

Joyce Lee, Policy and Operations Director at GWEC, said: “We are delighted to launch this initiative with GWNET. Gender diversity drives innovation, brings valuable perspectives to socio-economic development and provides a richer pool of talent for fast growing industries such as wind. I hope that this program will not only support women that are currently working in wind and drive their career ambitions, but also inspire many more to join them.” 

Christine Lins, Executive Director and Founder Member of GWNET, said: “The Women in Wind Global Leadership Program is open for women working in the wind industry in emerging wind markets and aims to empower them in order to advance their careers and increase women representation at managerial and decision-making levels. A more gender-balanced energy sector will foster a quicker and more inclusive energy transition towards renewable energy.”

The Women in Wind program will create:

  • A dedicated program of training and mentoring for women in the wind industry, aimed at providing its participants with global perspectives, multidisciplinary experience and the network to advance to leadership positions;
  • A network of mentors among leading women in the wind industry;
  • A comprehensive education program that can be expanded upon year-on-year, incorporating the latest technology developments and best practices from the industry, to cover the areas of policy and advocacy, project management, project financing, turbine engineering and more;
  • A platform to assist leading companies in the sector in identifying talent and reaching new gender equality benchmarks, allowing them to fully leverage their human resources; and,
  • A growing network of alumni who can serve as mentors for the future generation of women entering the industry over the next decade, as wind becomes one of the world’s dominant energy sources.

Diversity in background and geography are driving principles of the program. In its inaugural year, the program will welcome 8-10 participants across all disciplines of the sector, from or based in the following emerging markets for wind:            Algeria, Argentina, Brazil, Chile, Colombia, Egypt, Ethiopia, India, Indonesia, Kenya, Mexico, Morocco, Philippines, Russia, Senegal, South Africa, Thailand and Vietnam.

In uplifting the next generation of stewards for a sustainable energy system, GWEC affirms its alignment with UN Sustainable Development Goal 5 (achieve gender equality and empower all women and girls) and UN Sustainable Development Goal 7 (ensure access to affordable, reliable, sustainable and modern energy for all).


Notes to editors

  • Participants are selected from a call for applications and nominations by sponsors, open from 2 – 15 April 2019. Successful applicants will be matched with a dedicated mentor and take part in a program from May 2019 – January 2020.
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  • For more information on supporting the program, please contact Joyce Lee, Policy & Operations Director at GWEC: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

About GWEC 

GWEC is a member-based organization that represents the entire wind energy sector. The members of GWEC represent over 1,500 companies, organizations and institutions in more than 80 countries, including manufacturers, developers, component suppliers, research institutes, national wind and renewables associations, electricity providers, finance and insurance companies. See  

For more information, please contact: 

Olivia Thornton 
H+K Strategies 
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Rene Braud, Director of Environmental Policy and Compliance at Pattern Energy, was recognized Tuesday evening with the Andrew Linehan Award for Environmental Excellence at AWEA’s annual Wind Project Siting and Environmental Compliance Conference in Albuquerque, New Mexico.

Rene Braud accepting Linehan Award.

The Linehan Award is presented to leaders in the siting community who demonstrate enthusiasm for the wind industry and the environment by consistently striving to improve the industry’s siting practices. These efforts make important contributions to wind power having the lowest impacts of any utility-scale energy source on wildlife and natural habitats.

Braud earned this year’s Award for Environmental Excellence for her leadership and example within industry’s siting community, easily surpassing the evaluation criteria. She has been with Pattern Energy for seven years and brings nearly 25 years of experience in energy permitting to the table.

Over her last 17 years in the wind industry, Braud demonstrated a constant drive to protect and improve the industry’s record of environmental stewardship. In 2010, she was the recipient of AWEA’s Special Achievement award for environmental leadership. But she didn’t stop there.

Since 2010, Braud has also taken on a leadership role as a member of the Board of Directors of the American Wind Wildlife Institute, an organization founded in 2008 by the wind industry and conservation and science organizations aimed at achieving wind energy’s full conservation potential.

Ms. Braud and Tom Kiernan, CEO of AWEA

Rene Braud continues the work of the Linehan Award’s namesake, Andrew “Andy” Linehan, an environmental and siting champion for the wind industry and close friend of Rene’s who passed away in January 2010. His work and memory are honored by recognizing outstanding individuals carrying on this important endeavor.

“He was known for tackling controversial issues with a pioneering approach characterized by total inclusiveness, ensuring that all stakeholders and viewpoints had a place at the table,” said Braud. “This is how I remember Andy – He brought everyone to the table. Winning this award is the peak of my professional career.”

Join AWEA in congratulating Rene Braud for her dedication to environmental responsibility and her contributions to American wind power.

March 28, 2019

Local Unit & Position Description

DNV GL – Energy’s Renewables Advisory group is seeking a Senior Civil Structural Engineer to join our civil engineering team. The Senior Civil Structural Engineer will act as a key member of the global civil engineering team, engaged in analysis, design review, construction observation, and analysis of structural failures of wind and solar energy systems. The engineer in this position will have a highly visible role and be involved in several solar energy projects worldwide. This position is based out of our Montreal, Quebec office.   

Why you should work for us? 

Because within the DNV GL Energy – Renewables Advisory service line, organizational culture, and more specifically how we collective influence the world for future generations matters. Our team aims at facilitating the widespread deployment and operation of renewables to address climate change and positively impact society, achieve our purpose through the success of our customers and strive to be high-performing and innovative, which reflects the equity, respect, and diversity we wish to see in the world. Join us and be a game changer.  

Tasks May Include

  • Review of design drawings and calculations for Wind and Solar Energy foundations structural support systems, to support project financing
  • Evaluation of pre-market design concepts for Wind and Solar Energy structural support systems
  • Evaluation and root cause analyses of Wind and Solar Energy system structural failures
  • Observation and documentation of Wind and Solar Energy construction

Position Qualifications


  • Master of Science – Civil or Structural Engineering. Ph.D. – Structural Engineering preferred
  • Minimum 5  years of experience in structural engineering design required
  • 2 years of design of electrical transmission, wind or solar energy structural systems preferred 
  • P.E. or P.Eng. License in at least one US or Canada jurisdiction preferred or willingness and ability to obtain it within one year. 
  • Structural Engineer (S.E.) License (NCEES SE Exam compliant) desired 
  • Proficiency in IBC, ASCE 7, AISC, ACI, NBCC, EuroCode and other common structural design codes
  • Proficiency in SAP, STAAD, and other common structural analysis programs.
  • Detailed understanding of fatigue in reinforced concrete subject to high cycle demand (Eurocode, CEB FIP MC 2010, DNV OS C502)
  • Prior research or design experience with reinforced concrete wind turbine foundations. Understanding of foundation systems for utility scale onshore wind turbines is a plus 
  • Prior research or design experience with wind-induced dynamic loading of Solar PV structural support systems preferred
  • Understanding of common Solar PV foundation systems and geotechnical aspects of design
  • Understanding of typical construction methods for Wind and Solar Energy
  • Proven HSE mindset and demonstrated behavior-based safety mentality
  • Able to work independently and make independent decisions when called for
  • Able to work with a geographically diverse team, within North America and internationally
  • Maintain a flexible schedule and be able to keep in contact with international offices.
  • Willingness and ability to travel up to 25% of the time domestic travel (US and Canada), and must also be able to travel internationally
  • Must be able to use common construction personal protective equipment, walk over uneven terrain, climb ladders
  • Strong written and verbal English communication skills. Second language preferred 
  • We conduct pre-employment screening

To apply for this position, please send your cover letter and resume and apply online.

Opportunities Beyond Business

Our mission is to safeguard life, property and the environment. By joining us, you will work towards our meaningful vision: to make a global impact for a safe and sustainable future. DNV GL offers a congenial working environment, competitive salaries, and an exceptional benefits package. DNV GL is an Equal Opportunity Employer and gives consideration for employment to qualified applicants without regard to race, color, religion, age, sex, national origin, disability or protected veteran status. Local employment conditions apply.