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Asia Wind Energy Association launched

ASIA-PACIFIC: A group of business leaders in the Asian wind industry has formed a new pan-regional wind energy association to aid the development of the industry in the area.

China's installed wind capacity makes up 80% of the total in the Asia-Pacific region
China's installed wind capacity makes up 80% of the total in the Asia-Pacific region

AsiaWEA will support onshore and offshore wind policy, research and development for its members active in the region. 

Applications for memberships are now open, and the membership year will begin in January.

Members will also be invited to quarterly meetings and seminiars, and the first Asia Wind Energy Conference will take place in Singapore in October 2017. 

Edgare Kerkwijk, one of the board members and founders of the association, is also managing director of Asia Green Capital Partners — a major financial partner of renewable projects. 

"Our mission is to establish and promote wind power as the solution to the region’s rapidly growing energy demand and environmental challenges, providing meaningful benefits to the region as a whole," Kerkwijk said.

A key focus of the association will be policy. Collectively, the Asia-Pacific region has some of the best and most extensive wind resources in the world, onshore and offshore. However, the rate of development across the region varies widely.

According to Windpower Intelligence, the research and data division of Windpower Monthly, the Asia Pacific region has approximately 181GW of installed wind capacity.

However, 80% of this total is installed in China alone, and 98% is shared between just four countries (China, India, Australia and Japan). 

"Most countries [in the region] have their own policy for wind in place," said Kerkwijk. "While some of these policies have proved very successful, some countries have struggled to develop their wind sector due to the wrong policies and incentives in place.

"We will organise regional seminars and training for policy makers were we can highlight the right ingredients for proper policies," he said.

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