Fact check: President’s comments wrong on facts, ignore wind’s Heartland benefits

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This week President Trump made a series of comments about wind energy that were not grounded in fact and ignore the many benefits wind power brings to communities filled with his supporters.

First let’s tackle the most erroneous claim: Wind turbines do not cause cancer. The American Cancer Society issued this statement in response to the President: “The American Cancer Society is unaware of any credible evidence linking the noise from windmills to cancer.”

Millions of people around the world live and work near operating wind turbines without adverse health effects, and over 20 studies of credible, peer-reviewed scientific data and various government reports in the United States, Canada, Australia and the United Kingdom find wind farms pose no negative health effects. The latest confirmation comes from Iowa, no stranger to wind with over 4,600 operating wind turbines. Researchers from Iowa University’s School of Public Health concluded, “[R]esearch studies have established no adverse health effects.”

America’s “wind belt” stretches through red states

In reality, America’s biggest wind states supported the President in 2016. The “wind belt” stretches through the Heartland and includes Republican strongholds like Texas, Oklahoma, Kansas and North Dakota. Iowa, which voted for the President in 2016, is second only to Texas in installed wind capacity. And wind energy’s growth in this region has brought substantial economic development to rural communities.

In fact, American wind power has invested $125 billion in states that voted for the President, and almost 80 percent of the wind farms built in the U.S. since 2016 are in states the President carried. At the Congressional level, 78 percent of Republican districts have a wind farm, wind-related factory, or both.

And clean energy is popular with Republican audiences. For example, 63 percent of Texas Republicans think using more clean energy will help the economy and create jobs. Nationally, 79 percent of Republicans support increased reliance on wind power according to a 2018 Pew survey.

That means wind is bringing new opportunities to farming and factory towns in these states. For example, next generation manufacturing jobs and wind-related factories abound in states that were crucial to the President’s win: Ohio has 60 wind factories, Michigan 26, Wisconsin 28, and Pennsylvania 29. Overall more than 500 U.S. factories build wind turbine parts.

In rural communities, wind farms are creating well-paying jobs for young people in operations and maintenance. Wind turbine technician is America’s second fastest growing job according to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, expected to increase by 96 percent over the next decade. Many wind positions go to the men and women who served our country, as veterans find wind jobs at a rate 67 percent higher than the average U.S. industry. The skills, dedication and teamwork they learn while serving make them invaluable contributors to American wind power.

Wind also brings nearly unmatched economic development to rural America. Wind projects pay over $1 billion every year in state and local taxes and lease payments to landowners hosting turbines. That extra income helps towns invest in schools, fix roads and fund emergency services. For farmers and ranchers receiving lease payments, this stable income can be the difference between continuing a multi-generation tradition and ending a way of life.

In the future we hope the President gets the facts about wind power and recognizes what a positive impact it has in the communities that supported him in 2016.

Argentina unveils new landmark renewables and grid capacity tender

  • Undersecretary for Renewable Energy and Energy Efficiency of the Government Secretariat of Energy, Ministry of Treasury, Argentina, unveils new tender at GWEC’s Global Session on Global Markets at Wind Europe 2019 Conference & Exhibition
  • New tender to support further renewables growth and additional grid capacity in Argentina.
  • Argentina came fifth in GWEC’s 2019 Global Wind Report among markets in the Americas with the most capacity additions, installing 494MW in 2018.

Bilbao, 3 April: The Undersecretary for Renewable Energy and Energy Efficiency of Argentina, Sebastian Kind, has unveiled a landmark new renewables and grid capacity tender today during the Global Market Session hosted by the Global Wind Energy Council at the WindEurope 2019 Conference & Exhibition, chaired by Ben Backwell, CEO of GWEC.

Round 4 tender of the RenovAr programme will aim to foster the growth of wind power in Argentina by securing a certain amount of additional renewable energy in 2019, to be determined this year. The tender currently under analysis will support the commitments outlined in National Law 27.191 of 2015, which sets a mandate to incorporate 20% of renewable electricity by 2025 into Argentina’s energy system.

Undersecretary for Renewable Energy and Energy Efficiency of the Government Secretariat of Energy, Ministry of Treasury, Argentina, Sebastian Kind, said: “We are delighted to announce that the government in Argentina is actively working in the devolpment of RenovAr Round 4 tender which will be coming soon, and will include transmission grid infrastructure investments to foster further renewable energy deployment in the country”.

Ben Backwell, CEO of GWEC, said: “The wind market in Argentina has awakened. It is now one of the most exciting markets in the one of the most promising regions of the world. The announcement today builds on this momentum and sends a strong signal to developers and investors that Argentina is committed to meeting its renewable energy targets and is ready to capitalise on the benefits that wind energy offers”.

Since 2016, the Argentinian government has been implementing new procurement schemes that have revitalised the renewable sector in general, and in particular the wind power sector. This has contributed to 3.7 GW of wind power capacity from 63 projects and 5 billion USD in investments, including plans to develop the local supply chain by leading OEMs Vestas and Nordex, demonstrating the long-term potential of the market.  In addition to supporting Argentina’s decarbonisation commitments, wind energy has contributed to the creation of 5,000 skilled jobs.

About GWEC 

GWEC is a member-based organisation 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 https://gwec.net/  

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 GWEC launches its official Market Intelligence platform in Bilbao

 

  • GWEC’s Market Intelligence platform will provide a series of insights and data-based analysis for wind energy statistics, country profiles, market outlooks and policy updates for key wind energy markets.
  • GWEC’s Market Intelligence platform is powered by the work of GWEC’s own team of wind energy experts and collaboration with regional and national associations as well as corporate members.
  • The Market Intelligence services are built on top of the existing GWEC reports and statistics as well as selected reports and databases from FTI Consulting’s Clean Energy Intelligence unit, which have now been transferred to GWEC under a signed agreement to help form foundation for the new service.

Bilbao, 3 April 2019 – The Global Wind Energy Council (GWEC) launched its Market Intelligence platform during a Press Conference at WindEurope 2019 in Bilbao. GWEC Market Intelligence provides a series of insights and data-based analysis on the development of the global wind industry, and is now accessible online for GWEC Members.

GWEC Market Intelligence derives its insights from its own comprehensive databases, local knowledge and input from leading industry experts. The Market Intelligence services are built on top of the existing GWEC reports and statistics as well as reports and databases from FTI Intelligence, which have now been transferred to GWEC under a signed agreement. With this agreement, FTI Consulting granted GWEC the Intellectual Property Rights for the consultancy’s Global Wind Market Update, Global Wind Supply Chain Update, Offshore Wind Report and Emerging Market Reports as well as all the associated databases.

Ben Backwell, CEO at GWEC, said, “I am pleased to announce the launch of GWEC Market Intelligence services to the global wind industry. Our market intelligence team consists of its very own wind energy experts who collaborate with our regional and country members as well as our corporate members to provide high-level and reliable data. Bringing the high quality databases and reports from FTI Consulting’s Clean Energy Intelligence unit into GWEC’s own intelligence is an important achievement for the association, and ensures that our Market Intelligence services will not only bring extra value to our GWEC members, but can also support the growth of the global wind industry and acceleration of the energy transition.”

Karin Ohlenforst, Director of Market Intelligence, commented, “GWEC Market Intelligence has been created to better serve GWEC’s members and the industry. The platform is our main tool to share our insights and update our Members instantly as new data and trends emerge throughout the year. The scope and focus of this platform will closely follow industry priorities to open up new business opportunities and emerging markets for our members. I am looking forward to further developing the platform, as well as other GWEC Market Intelligence services, while maintaining a strong baseline of databases and insights that the industry can rely on.”

The GWEC Market Intelligence platform includes: data for wind energy statistics, market outlooks, country profiles and policy updates; deep-dives into specific topics such as offshore wind, wind auctions, turbine technology trends, product segments, component assessment; as well as a series of exclusive databases including global offshore wind project list, auction results, wind project asset owners and operators, and O&M services providers.

This announcement came during GWEC’s Press Conference for the launch of the reformatted Global Wind Report 2018 at WindEurope 2019.

Download the report here.

Who can access GWEC Market Intelligence?

  • GWEC CorporateMembers; or
  • GWEC Association Members

Read more about GWEC Market Intelligence here.

About GWEC

GWEC is a member-based organisation that represents the entire wind 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 and regional wind and renewables associations, electricity providers, finance and insurance companies.

Keep up to date with GWEC and receive the latest data and insights on the global wind industry on Twitter, LinkedIn and by subscribing to the Newsletter.

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GWEC: Global Wind Report forecasts over 300 GW capacity to be added in next 5 years – growth to come from emerging markets and offshore wind

  • GWEC launches a wholly re-designed 14th edition of the Global Wind Report, the most widely used source of data on the wind energy sector for industry, governments and other stakeholders.
  • Latest Market Outlook: Over 300 GW of new capacity to be added in next five years.
  • Emerging wind markets to watch include Indonesia, Philippines, Thailand, Vietnam, Argentina, Colombia and Peru.
  • Offshore wind is entering into an accelerated growth period as the sector becomes truly globalised – GWEC predicts 40GW of new offshore wind capacity to be installed over the next 5 years (around 15% of total installations each year).
  • GWEC Market Intelligence identifies three global drivers for further industry growth: industry participant’s changing business models, corporate procurement outside mature markets and increased focus on value creation.

Bilbao, 3 April: The Global Wind Energy Council has published the 14th edition of the Global Wind Report, the wind industry’s flagship publication which provides a comprehensive view of the sector. Data in the report confirms that 2018 was a positive year for the wind industry, with 51.3 GW of new installations. Market-based mechanisms, such as auctions, tenders and Green Certificates were the main drivers behind new installations in 2018.

GWEC expects strong growth in the coming period, with around 300 GW of new capacity to be added in the next five years, as the wind industry continues to prove its cost-competitiveness in relation to incumbent fossil fuel generation and nuclear around the world.

Karin Ohlenforst, Director of Market Intelligence at GWEC, said: “2018 was a good year for the global wind industry, with installations remaining above 50 GW. The dominance of onshore wind power is not surprising given continued and growing investment, with market-based mechanisms like auctions, tenders and Green Certificates being the main drivers of new onshore installations, accounting for 35% of total installations. 2018 was also a pivotal year for the offshore industry, particularly in Asia. If governments remain committed, offshore wind will become a truly global market in the next five years.”

Ben Backwell, CEO of GWEC, said: “We have changed the way we gather, analyse and share data. This year’s Global Wind Report is built on our new and improved Market Intelligence function that offers unmatched exclusive data and insights. We are growing our team and are more dedicated than ever to steering the industry and supporting our members into new and exciting opportunities for wind energy.”

Looking ahead, the market outlook for the global wind industry is strong. GWEC Market Intelligence expects over 300 GW of new capacity to be added in the next five years. In the short term, governmental support, in the form of auction and tender programmes and renewable targets, will continue to be a significant driver for new installations. In addition, opportunities for wind energy to operate on a commercial basis are increasing as the industry continues to prove its cost-competitiveness and bilateral agreements, such as corporate PPAs, grow.

The report identifies three global trends as the main drivers of future market growth, aside from regulation and government targets: changing business models of industry participants, unlocking further volume through corporate procurement outside of mature markets and how value-focused solutions, such as hybrid generation plants, are unlocking more opportunities for the wind industry.

Changing business models of industry stakeholders are driving growth by intensifying competition. Increasing digitalisation opportunities are bringing in new players with new competencies and solutions, whilst a number of traditional players are revising their models to make investments outside of their core business.

Meanwhile, a steady growth in corporate sourcing as large companies choose wind as their main preference for power procurement is driving strong growth in mature wind markets. It has the potential to propel further demand but support from local regulators and authorities is required to make this happen. Taking corporate procurement outside of mature markets can unlock even further volume for wind.

The rising focus on the value an energy source provides to a system and a market, including the produced energy output, is easing integration and helping to match supply and demand. Therefore, in order to develop new solutions for technology, project design and financial structuring, regulatory adjustments are required to account for the added value of energy sources such as wind.

GWEC Market Intelligence uses original data and analysis to compile the report and offers broader insight with individual country profiles, stakeholder insights and thought leadership across all regions to inform members and help facilitate the growth and development of the wind industry.

GWEC, together with key industry stakeholders, is working to increase policy momentum, as well as understanding of the competitiveness of wind energy globally. The strong growth in wind energy generation is making a key contribution to ensuring countries meet their international climate agreement commitments whilst satisfying rising energy demand. It forms a crucial part of the solution to reduce emissions, strengthen energy security, lower costs, and boost investment into local economies.   

Appendix:

Regional highlights:

  • Asia
    • China accounted for the highest proportion of new installations in 2018, both offshore (40%) and onshore (45%).
    • Governments of South-East Asian markets like Vietnam and the Philippines have set targets for wind energy deployment to increase installations.
    • Indonesia and Thailand have plans in place to decrease reliability on nuclear energy and fossil fuels.
  • Latin America
    • The Latin American wind market has grown over the past ten years, accumulating total installations of 25 GW.
    • Auction and tenders will drive the majority of installations in the Latin American markets. Brazil and Argentina, for example, continue to conduct joint capacity auctions for onshore wind and solar.
    • Colombia is an emerging wind market, with the government setting the ambition for 1.5 GW of renewable capacity by 2022.
  • Africa and the Middle East
    • The majority of onshore installations are expected to come from Egypt, Kenya, Morocco and South Africa, adding over 6 GW new capacity by 2023.
    • The highest capacity additions in 2018 came from Egypt with 380 MW, proving the progress of this market.

Notes to editors

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 https://gwec.net/  

Keep up to date with GWEC and receive the latest data and insights on the global wind industry on Twitter, LinkedIn and by subscribing to the Newsletter.

For more information, please contact:

Olivia Thornton 
H+K Strategies 
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T: +44207 413 3711