Development of Wind Energy in Hamburg: Challenges and Opportunities

Green growth in Colombia is becoming a major priority for the country as recent reports from the Ministry of Mines and Energy warn of the impact of El Nino on the economy, which has already decreased the country’s GDP by 0.2% in 2015. It is clear that policies need to be put in place for climate change adaptation. The Ministry has highlighted an important tool achieve this objective – non-conventional sources of renewable energy (FNCER).

Integrating FNCER’s into Colombia’s energy mix will simultaneously lower their carbon emissions and strengthen the country’s power generation matrix to buffer against the increased variability brought on by climate change. To do this, a specific mechanism has been put in place for Power Purchase Agreements (PPAs) long-term contracting in the energy wholesale market. On the 2 January 2019, the first call for auction of long-term PPAs will take place, attracting a great interest from the industry, investors, and bidding specialists in renewable energy.

In this one-day interactive seminar organised by GWEC for the first time in Colombia, we will gather high-level figures from this group of stakeholders together with energy authorities and regulators to address any questions and issues surrounding the bidding procedure for the development of wind projects to participate in this inaugural auction. From policy, to market, to technical content – this seminar will provide you with all the information you need to drive wind industry development in Colombia.

See the draft programme for the seminar here.

The sessions will conducted in Spanish only.

Entry is free of charge for the first edition of this event.

Register for the event here.

GWEC statement on revision to proposed changes to Feed in Tariff in Taiwan

Ben Backwell, CEO of GWEC, said: “We welcome the Taiwan Government’s decision to modify its proposed changes to the Feed in Tariff. We are pleased that that the government has listened to the views and evidence presented by GWEC and the industry since the changes were announced late last year.

We note that the changes still include both a 6% tariff reduction and an introduction of a cap on annual full-load hours, which has a negative impact on projects by dis-incentivizing the most efficient and optimised technology and wind farm design. GWEC has argued for the complete removal of the proposed load hours cap.

However, we are now cautiously optimistic that the industry can proceed to bring its projects to financial close. There is much to do, and in particular creating a viable and cost efficient supply chain will constitute a significant challenge. But GWEC believes that working together and avoiding any further unhelpful changes, the wind industry, local supply chain and authorities will be able to create a strong and successful offshore wind sector in Taiwan.”

GWEC is organising the Global Offshore Wind Summit – Taiwan on the 24-25 April in Taipei with the European Chamber of Commerce Taiwain – Low Carbon Initiative. This event will gather all the major stakeholders and policy makers in the Taiwan offshore market to discuss lessons learnt and how we can build an even stronger market. More about the event here.

Taiwan announces 2019 Feed-in-Tariff

Taiwan has announced a 6% reduction in the Feed-in-Tariff (FiT). The new tariff set by the Ministry of Economic Affairs will be NT$5.516/MWh for 20-year offshore Wind Power Purchase Agreements in 2019.

This represents a much lower reduction in the Feed-in-Tariff compared to what was proposed at the end of 2018. Taiwan is an early focus for GWEC’s Global Offshore Wind Task Force since it is a crucial element of the emerging Asian market.

GWEC, along with developers and supply chain partners, has been active in Taiwan bringing its unique insight on establishing wind markets and experience of adapting industry development to local circumstances.

Ben Backwell, CEO of GWEC said:

“GWEC welcomes the move by the Taiwan Government’s Feed in Tariff Committee to revise proposed changes to FiT levels and structures, that are critical to kickstarting Taiwan’s offshore wind sector and installing 5.5 GW of zero carbon generation capacity. GWEC particularly welcomes the reinstatement of the so-called “ladder tariff” and the increase in the level of the cap on load hours, although it considers that any cap is unhelpful and unnecessary. 

“Since announcing plans to change the FiT in October of last year, the voices of GWEC, developers and supply chain partners have clearly been heard by the Government. However, the wind industry must now assess whether the new rate of NT$5.516/kWh and the revised cap on load hours are commercially viable for the supply chain and allow planned projects to go ahead.”

GWEC is organising the Global Offshore Wind Summit – Taiwan on the 24-25 April in Taipei with the European Chamber of Commerce Taiwain – Low Carbon Initiative. This event will gather all the major stakeholders and policy makers in the Taiwan offshore market to discuss lessons learnt and how we can build an even stronger market. More about the event here.

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Nebraska is in the midst of a wind energy boom– it’s one of seven states on track to double its installed wind capacity in the coming years. Like many rural communities across the U.S., this has brought wide-ranging benefits to the state.

“Wind energy, the fastest-growing source of electricity in the U.S., is transforming low-income rural areas in ways not seen since the federal government gave land to homesteaders 150 years ago,” the Omaha World-Herald reported. “As commodity prices threaten to reach decade lows and farmers struggle to meet debt payments, wind has saved family farms across a wide swath of the heartland.

Over 99 percent of the American wind fleet is based in rural communities. These wind projects bring huge economic benefits to towns across the country, like job creation, lease payments for farmers hosting turbines, and new tax revenues that support local infrastructure and fund law enforcement.

We recently traveled to Nebraska to hear firsthand about the opportunities wind is creating there.

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In Antelope and Holt counties, about two and a half hours northwest of Omaha, the local wind projects have helped keep these close-knit communities together. By creating new quality jobs, many younger residents have been able to earn gainful employment without leaving the countries. These new opportunities to make a decent living have helped keep people from leaving their homes and families in search of employment elsewhere.

“We have a lot of rural communities in our area that seem to be phasing out or growing smaller as time goes on,” observed Nathan Simpson, Wind Energy Instructor, Northeast Community College. “Right now, with the new wind farms coming it, they provide that career path for a lot of those people who want to stay around their community and grow and develop, or raise their families, to stick around and find a well-paying job, a job that gives back to their own community.”

Tax payments from the wind farm are expected to bring in substantial new revenue that will help fund schools, the fire department and the county government.

Only a few miles up the road in Holt County, new revenue from the wind farms is helping O’Neill High School expand its facilities. The school intends to add additional classroom space, a new gymnasium, a new band room, and other educational amenities.

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The new jobs and investment in the two counties have also led to a huge economic boost for small businesses throughout the communities. Cathy Koenig, an employee at Bomgaars Supply, noted that sales have increased dramatically since the wind farms arrived. This helps local businesses stay open, keeping rural towns vibrant.

On top of the economic benefits that come with new wind jobs and tax revenue, farming towns have also benefited from land lease payments. Wind has become a drought-proof cash crop for farmers and ranchers all over the country, delivering over a quarter billion dollars to rural landowners in 2017 alone—a hedge against poor crop years and hardships caused by fluctuating commodity prices.

Bill Tielke, Holt County Board Chairman agrees. He notes that land prices are high, and it is sometimes difficult for local farmers to buy more land to bring family members back to the farm. Leasing small portions of their existing land for wind turbines can help offset labor expenses to help keep farms going.

These great success stories from Northeast Nebraska are just a glimpse into the ways wind power is contributing to rural America. Luckily, the future is bright for wind in the state. Over the next year, Nebraska’s wind energy capacity is on track to double—providing even more jobs and investment for the state and its rural communities.