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Session E4 2017-09-05T22:35:09+00:00


Wind Energy

Day: 13th September, 2017

Time: 12:00 – 13:30


Short Description:
From its humble beginnings around 1980, the wind power industry has grown dramatically in the past 35 years. Installations now total more than 500 GW in more than 100 countries around the world. China is the largest market, followed by the US, Germany, India and Spain. Exciting new markets are in Argentina, Kenya, Viet Nam, Pakistan, the Philippines and Taiwan, to name just a few. The technology has evolved dramatically from the 30 kW machines in the first commercial wind farm in New Hampshire or the 2 MW turbine installed in Tvind (Denmark), to sophisticated modern power plants averaging more than 2 MW apiece, supporting the stable operation of the power grid. Large offshore machines range up to 9 MW, with rotor diameters in excess of 160 meters. Wind now supplies 4-5% of global electricity, but with high penetration rates in countries like Denmark (40%), Ireland, Portugal and Uruguay all at more than 20% and Spain and Cyprus at about 20%.

Questions to be addressed by the session:
While there is much discussion of ‘subsidies’ for renewables, there is some talk but less action in reducing and eliminating fossil fuel subsidies, which range between $US 500 billion (IEA) and $US 6 trillion (IMF). According to the IEA, governments are subsidising CO2 emissions to the tune of about $US 108/tonne. What can be done about this?
How to convince policymakers and the general public that wind, solar and other VRE sources can play the dominant role in a reliable and competitively priced power system?
What is the ideal market structure to achieve maximum uptake of wind, solar and other VRE sources?
How to secure low-cost financing in new markets?
How to maximize socioeconomic benefits and how to stimulate local ownership, especially in a developing country context which experience difficulties in raising equity AND third party finance?
Which policies help to ensure long-term integration of various renewable energy technologies, including cross-sector coupling?
How to overcome the misleading anti-wind campaigns which operate in many parts of the world, particularly those claiming human health damage from wind turbines?

Session composition:
The keynote speaker gives a 15 min overview of the thematic context of this session. In the remaining time, the panelist’s respond to the questions posed by the moderator as well as discussion points from the audience.

Keynote: Mr. Steve Sawyer, Secretary General, GWEC
Moderator: Mr. Leopoldo Rodríguez, President, AMDEE

Other panellist TBC

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