Wind energy event in Paris will go ahead

FRANCE: The European Wind Energy Association annual event will open tomorrow in Paris as planned, despite the attacks on the city on Friday night.

EWEA 2015 preparation going ahead

Giles Dickson, chief executive oficer of EWEA, put out a statement saying: "The European Wind Energy Association expresses its sincere condolences and sympathies to all those touched by the tragic events that unfolded in Paris on Friday 13 November. Our hearts and thoughts go out to them and the people of France at this very difficult time. 

"EWEA has been working closely with the local authorities and they have advised us to move forward with preparations for EWEA 2015 as intended. We have therefore decided that the EWEA 2015 event in the French capital this week must go ahead as planned.  

"We are taking all the necessary security and logistical measures to ensure the utmost safety and care is taken throughout the four-day event. I would like to assure everyone that EWEA has not taken this decision lightly, but we feel it is essential that we stand firm in the face of such adversity. We must continue as we mean to go on."

Three of the four keynote speakers at the opening event have reconfirmed their attendance: European Commission's vice president for energy union, Maroš Šefcovic, German energy minister Rainer Baake, and Belgian energy minister Marie-Chistine Marghem.

The EWEA website is giving regular updates on a special page, and has provided a contact telephone number for anyone with questions about attending the event.

EWEA realtime update website:

Telephone: +32 2 213 1866

The event is taking place 17-20November, at Paris Expo – Porte de Versailles, Pavilion 1, Paris, France

Windpower Monthly is supporting the event, and welcomes visitors to its stand at EH01.