IWEA Welcomes ESRI Support for Wind Energy

The Irish Wind Energy Association (IWEA) has stated that the ESRI ‘Review of Irish Energy Policy’ is an important reminder that Ireland is far too dependent on importing its energy supply from other nations and needs to accelerate the move towards maximising our own resources. However, responding to the report, IWEA chief executive Dr Michael … Read more

German Wind Power Has Potential to Plug ‘Nuclear Gap’

Onshore wind energy alone can provide up to 65% of Germany’s electricity requirements, according to a new study published by the Fraunhofer Institute for Wind Energy and Energy System Technology (IWES) on behalf of the German Wind Energy Association (BWE). With just 2% of land area in Germany available for wind power production, Fraunhofer calculated … Read more

Offshore and Eastern Europe New Growth Drivers for Wind Power

9.3 gigawatt (GW) of new wind power capacity was installed in the EU during 2010, reaching a total of 84 GW by the end of 2010, according European Wind Energy Association (EWEA). While offshore wind power installations grew 51% from 582 MW in 2009 to 883 MW last year, new onshore wind power installations (8.4 … Read more

Photovoltaic Solar Power Is Gaining Momentum With Utilities

Utilities in Europe and the US are becoming increasingly interested in procuring photovoltaic (PV) solar power generation systems, according to research undertaken by Gartner, the information technology research and advisory company, and the Solar Electric Power Association (SEPA). The Gartner/SEPA survey found that PV is one of the leading technologies for near-term renewable energy for … Read more