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WORKING GROUP WIND INDUSTRY – The network of the wind industry within VDMA
Given the diversification of production in the wind sector and the expansion and consolidation of global markets, effective networking and the exclusiveness of market and technology-related information are becoming increasingly important. Since its establishment in 2013, the VDMA WG Wind Industry, with more than 100 members, has become the corresponding hub.
The working group serves as an information hub and network for the entire wind industry in mechanical engineering.
On the occasion of the Hannover Messe, VDMA Power Systems presented the “Power Plant Engineering Economic Trend 2018”. Before the presentation, the Chairman of VDMA Power Systems and CEO of Siemens Gamesa Renewable Energy, Dr. Markus Tacke, explained: “The announcements in the coalition contract regarding climate protection and energy transition must now be acted upon, as European plant engineering can only then assert itself as the forerunner of a leading market for energy systems in global competition.”
The Federal Network Agency (BNetzA) published the results of the first cross-technology call for tender for onshore wind and solar energy today. For the 200 megawatt (MW) call for tender, 32 bids with a scope of 210 MW for solar plants only were accepted, while the bids submitted for onshore wind power plants were not accepted. The average volume-weighted awarded value is 4.67 ct/kWh.
One year after presenting the Clean Energy Package, the EU Energy Ministers have discussed the outstanding central points and agreed on common positions on the topics of the internal market in electricity, governance regulations and support of renewable energies.
Between September 12 and 15, players of the German wind industry came together for the HUSUM Wind trade fair. In addition to being the leading trade fair in the German-speaking wind-power market, HUSUM Wind is also a key event in a crucial time for the wind industry in Germany.
With a net capacity of 1,892 megawatts in the first six months of the year, 2016 looks like being a good year for land-based wind energy expansion. This strong expansion is being driven by the allocation of suitable sites and priority areas in many federal states.
The new Renewable Energy Sources Act (EEG) means troubled waters for the German offshore wind industry. A lower volume of project tenders means the German business base will be more costly and this will mean a loss of jobs. Grid expansion on land is necessary if the energy transition is to succeed.