Category: Interviews

Offshore wind is expected to grow faster than onshore in Europe: EU’s Joachim Balke

Offshore energy is slated to play an instrumental role in building a power system largely based on renewables to reach the 2030 and 2050 energy and climate objectives. This net-zero objective is ambitious and will require an array of policy changes in sectors beyond energy as well. Offshore wind has the potential to contribute to a sustainable and inclusive post-Covid-19 recovery.

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Any disruption to the solar industry will be temporary: REC Group’s Steve O’Neil

Current projections suggest that by 2030-35, generation costs for utility solar will reduce even further to 1 to 2 USD cents per kWh in sunny locations. This means that building new solar power plants will not only be cheaper than operating already-built coal plants, but cheaper than fossil fuel plants in general. The uptake of solar power will certainly accelerate the phasing out of coal and other fossil fuels.

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Covid-19 is worsening the bottlenecks: GWEC CEO Ben Backwell

While governments have been taking measures to ensure that wind power project operations go on unhindered, the disruption caused in the wake of the Covid19 pandemic is expected to stay for a long time yet. REGlobal spoke to Ben Backwell, chief executive officer, Global Wind Energy Council, on the impact of Covid-19 on the global wind power industry and the future outlook.

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