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Wind industry leaders discussed what is needed at the upcoming COP27 summit at the WindEnergy Hamburg 2022 conference (pic credit: Craig Richard)

Energy transition needs ‘paradigm shift’ at COP27, says wind industry

Wind industry leaders called for more resources and urgency from policymakers at the upcoming COP27 climate summit in Egypt to focus on specific actions to help the deployment of more renewable energy.

The industry wants clarification that new taxes will not apply to existing projects (pic credit: Joakim Lagercrantz/OX2)

Industry voices concerns as onshore wind in Norway faces new taxes from 2023

Norway's wind power industry is seeking clarification on proposed new taxes on revenues unveiled by the government in its latest budget statement.

The offshore wind industry lacks the skilled workforce needed to achieve targets, panellists agreed (pic credit: Leoty X/Andia/Universal Images Group via Getty Images)

Qualified workforce is ‘biggest’ supply-chain challenge for offshore wind

A qualified workforce, financial support for the industry and infrastructure fit for the future are among the most pressing challenges laid out by panellists at a WindEnergy Hamburg conference session to explore supply chain issues faced by offshore wind.

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Asia Pacific offshore ‘needs regional manufacturing – not national targets’

Asia Pacific should adopt a regional approach to local manufacturing as it builds out its offshore wind sector, according to a panel of experts at the WindEnergy Hamburg 2022 conference.

German energy minister: States must ‘do their job’ to support wind

German energy minister Robert Habeck called for the country’s states (Bundesländer) to help the government overcome obstacles to the country meeting its wind power ambitions.

Wind industry leaders demand 'decisive action' from politicians

Leaders of the wind and hydrogen industry have called on Europe's politicians to support industry in the opening session of WindEnergy Hamburg 2022 this week (27-30 September).

US eyes faster permitting for energy projects

The US renewable energy industry has welcomed new legislation to streamline permitting for energy and natural resources projects, including wind farms.

SGRE demands Europe-wide action to safeguard wind industry

European energy independence in "imminent danger" as wind turbine manufacturers suffer massive losses while China profits from "unfair advantage", warns white paper

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Opinion: UK’s CfD policy risks sabotaging wind investment and hampering turbine firms

The UK’s plan for a market-wide conversion to contracts for difference (CfD) looks good on paper but investment in its supply chain, and the rapid build-out of new capacity are all at risk.

Are either of the contenders for UK prime minister a friend to the wind industry?

Against climate concern and what some are calling broken capitalism, a new leader of the Conservative Party — and the UK’s next prime minister — will be announced shortly, but are either a friend to the wind and wider renewables industry?

Massachusetts’ climate bill is a blueprint for US carbon neutrality

Earlier this month, Massachusetts Gov. Charlie Baker signed a major climate and clean energy bill to tackle some of the problems the state is facing in the quest for carbon neutrality.

WindEconomics: Solar likely to beat wind on price by 2025

Solar could undercut wind on price by the middle of the decade, an analysis by Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory (LBNL) in the US suggests.

Wind power buildout versus biodiversity – a question of priorities?

As the industry strives to deliver the rapid build-out of wind, developers are working to ensure the fight against climate change does not come at the expense of biodiversity