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The EU should continue leading by example despite the failure of the UN climate talks, the wind industry says. Christian Kjaer, Chief Executive of EWEA, said: "The world needs global climate leadership from the EU in 2010 more than ever, now that the other super-powers have shown their lack of ambition." The Copenhagen Accord is the lowest common denominator which China and the United States could agree. The text did not produce a legally binding treaty or deliver a plan for reducing greenhouse gas emissions. The only thing it achieved was a commitment-free text "to hold the increase in global temperature below 2°C." The rest of the world, including the EU which had offered to cut carbon by 30% compared to 1990 levels if there was strong global deal, could only take it or leave it. China and the US established a new world order in Copenhagen. "The European Wind Energy Association urges world leaders to work tirelessly on reaching a legally binding international treaty as soon as possible next year, to cut greenhouse gas emissions by a minimum of 30% by 2020. The clock is ticking, immediate action is required, and we are running out of time,"

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On September 23, 2009, the SGS Wind Competence Center presented Norderland Projekt GmbH with a Statement of Compliance (SoC) for the design basis of their two offshore wind farms - Northern Energy Global Tech II and Northern Energy Global Tech III. The Statement of Compliance for the design basis is the conclusion of the first phase of the project certification which is provided by an independent accredited organization stating that the wind farm was designed, manufactured and maintained in accordance with the appropriate consensus standards. Each phase of a wind farm project has to be completed with a Statement of Compliance.The certification of the design basis of both wind farms is mandatory in Germany and the resulting Statement of Compliance is a precondition for the further development of the wind farm projects. As the design basis is the first phase of a wind farm project, it was essential to obtain this certificate for the Norderland Projekt GmbH.In Germany, the Federal Maritime and Hydrographic Agency (BSH, or "Bundesamt für Seeschifffahrt und Hydrographie") decides on the approval of offshore wind farm development projects. As an accredited partner of BSH, SGS Wind Energy Competence Center was awarded with the contract for the verification

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Harmonised and clear rules for the connection to the electricity system are necessary due to the dramatic increase in wind power penetration across Europe, says the wind industry. Harmonised rules will lower wind energy production costs, contribute to an efficient management of the system, and lower the cost of the electricity for consumers. The European Wind Energy Association (EWEA) published a Generic Grid Code Format for wind generators today. The initial challenge is not necessarily to fulfill certain technical requirements, but to ensure all stakeholders share the same understanding of the requirements.Accordingly, EWEA welcomes ENTSO-E's ongoing work on a pilot code for wind generation. This project is a first step towards developing network codes across Europe, which is part of the remit of ENTSO-E under the EU's continuing efforts to liberalise and create a single European electricity market. ENTSO-E is expected to publish a first draft in spring 2010. "Wind power currently provides over 4% of the EU's electricity. We expect wind power's share of electricity demand to increase from 4% in 2008 to 16% in 2020. In order to ensure that such future penetration levels are manageable from a technical perspective it is important to develop

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The European Investment Bank (EIB) has agreed to provide €300m for the construction of the BritNed Interconnector, a new electricity transmission cable between the United Kingdom and the Netherlands. Paul Wilczek, EWEA's Regulatory Affairs Adviser, commented: "Today's decision by the EIB is a small but highly significant step towards what everyone in the business knows is absolutely essential - a European offshore grid to integrate 150 GW of offshore wind power by 2030. This grid is essential for improving European energy security, reducing costs for consumers and meeting Europe's emissions reduction and renewable energy targets. An effective pan-European offshore grid requires investments of €20-30 billion to 2030. The €300m from the EIB sends a very positive signal to future investors." For more information on today's decision, please see the European Commission press release.For more information on EWEA's position on a European offshore grid, please click here. For more information contact:Paolo Berrino, EWEApaolo.berrino@ewea.org+32 2 400 10 55

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Commenting on the political declaration signed by nine countries to cooperate on the development of a North Sea supergrid today, Justin Wilkes, EWEA Policy Director, said:"These nine countries have taken a step in the right direction. The building of a supergrid in the North Sea is vital for fully exploiting Europe's biggest energy source - offshore wind. More than 100 GW of offshore wind projects are at various stages of planning, which could provide more than 10% of the EU's electricity. A new multi-billion Euro European industry is emerging; one that will create thousands of jobs, provide affordable electricity, boost Europe's energy security and help fight climate change." For more information please see the Irish government press release. For more information contact:Paolo Berrino, EWEApaolo.berrino@ewea.org+32 2 400 10 55

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Use of Wind Energy – Future DevelopmentThe share of renewable energy sources in total energy consumption is to be increased to 20 % in 2020. To achieve this extremely ambitious target, the share of renewable energy sources in electricity generation in the European Union has to be increased to approximately 34 % by 2020. The continuing expansion of renewables in Europe and also in Germany will be characterised mainly by the use of wind energy. 20,301 wind turbines with a total capacity of 23,903 MW have been installed in Germany at the end of 2008. 40.2 TWh of wind electricity was generated during this year. At this time the installed capacity in Europe amounted to 65,946 MW and worldwide to 120,798 MW.{pagebreak}Maintenance of Wind TurbinesThe most expensive components of a wind turbine, beside tower and blades, are gearbox and bearings requiring about 13 % of the total costs. The average lifetime of these important components is between five to seven years in Western Europe and about two to three years in Asian countries. To replace the main gear multiplier of a 1.5 MW wind turbine after an unexpected damage costs about 250,000 Euros including crane costs. It also has to

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In the run-up to the crucial climate change talks in Copenhagen, the European Wind Energy Association (EWEA) has published a league table showing which EU countries are best at exploiting CO2-cutting wind energy.Top of the table is Denmark, with the highest amount of wind energy capacity per square kilometre of national territory. Germany comes a close second and the Netherlands third. Spain, in fourth place, has half the wind power density of Germany. Portugal and Ireland are above the EU average wind power density. Italy is not far below average, while France and the UK each have less than half of the EU's average density of wind power capacity. Romania, Slovenia, Malta and Cyprus are floundering at the bottom of the league with next to zero wind power generation per km2. The density of wind power per km2 is the best means of measuring and comparing the extent to which different countries exploit their wind power potential. The future of wind power in Denmark looks bright as, according to an August 2009 survey carried out by an independent market research institute, 91% of Danes support the further development of wind power in their country. If the eight geographically largest Member

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Today, as European Energy Commissioner Andris Piebalgs speaks to the European Parliament's Industry, Research and Energy (ITRE) Committee on the European Economic Recovery Plan, the European Wind Energy Association (EWEA) warned that the EU needs to speed up its stimulus package. The €5 billion plan, approved by the European Parliament last May, includes €565 million for offshore wind projects and additional funds for upgrading and building new electricity grids, but the EU's slow legislative procedures have prevented a timely release of the funds. Christian Kjaer, Chief Executive Officer of EWEA, said: "The EU needs to speed up its stimulus package - it's taking too long. The €565 million allocated to new offshore wind projects would be a welcome boost for growth in the new offshore wind industry, but to be fully effective the funds need to be allocated quickly." Planned offshore wind construction projects in the North Sea could provide 10% of Europe's electricity and save 200 million tonnes of CO2 per year. EWEA recently published a blueprint for building a North Sea Grid and it urges the Commission and Transmission System Operators to take its recommendations into account. "EWEA's new offshore network plan provides for a truly pan-European electricity

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European Offshore Wind 2009 conference and exhibition (EOW09) - the world's largest gathering of offshore wind energy professionals took place in Stockholm from 14-16 September. The event, organised by the European Wind Energy Association (EWEA), was hailed a huge success, doubling in size from its previous edition in 2007.{pagebreak}Over 4,800 participants saw more than 270 exhibitors from across the industry, including the world's foremost manufacturers, developers, power generators, constructors, engineers and utilities. The conference featured 23 sessions and some 500 presentations covering all aspects of offshore wind. More than 140 organisations signed a declaration launched at the conference pledging their commitment to offshore wind energy and calling on EU decision makers and national governments to put the right policies - particularly to speed up the development of Europe-wide electricity grids - in action to help develop the sector.EWEA also presented the EU and governments with a 20-year offshore grid development plan to build on the 11 grids already in place and the 21 currently under study. EWEA proposes eight additional offshore grids by 2020 and six more by 2030.The next wind industry event is set to check into Warsaw, Poland next year. The European Wind Energy Conference and Exhibition (EWEC2010),

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SGS Presents Wind Energy Services at the Korea Green Energy Show 2009The SGS Wind Energy Competence Center participated in the Korea GreenEnergy Show 2009 as the main exhibition for the energy industry in Korea.Attendees had the chance to learn more about the project life cycle of windturbines and about the services that SGS offers in each phase, such as WindFarm Project Certification, Blade Inspection and Condition Monitoring.The Korea Green Energy Show 2009, which took place in Seoul from October 13to 16, is the most important exhibition dedicated to the energy industry inKorea. With 5 pavilions - Fuel, Heat Using Equipment, Electrical Equipment,Renewable Energy, Parts and Components, Public and R&D - the energy show wasa very effective occasion to present energy-related products andtechnologies. The event successfully gathered energy experts andpractitioners to share their knowledge and experience within the industry.For SGS Industrial Services, it was a good opportunity to participate inthis event not only to stay up-to-date with new technologies and the latestdevelopments in the energy industry, but also to demonstrate its Wind EnergyServices throughout the project life cycle of wind turbines, such as WindFarm Project Certification, Blade Inspection and Condition Monitoring. TheSGS team of experts provided visitors with the latest information

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