The inaugural Argentina Wind Power took place early September in Buenos Aires with the event deemed successful by many on several levels. Firstly because AWP18 was the platform of choice for the Ministry of Energy’s Subsecretary Sebastián Kind to announce Round 3 updates which had been kept under wraps until the event. This, in itself, generated much media coverage and positioned AWP as the event of choice for wind power in Argentina. Secondly, its two-day rich programme of sessions provided unique insights from industry experts and key legislators, with both sides sharing their views as to how to progress the industry in the short to medium term. 

Over 60 quality speakers shared the floor of 16 plenary and round table sessions, including technical, confirming this ‘event organized by the industry for the industry’ as the lead quality content provider in this market.

14 key sponsors supported the event including: Vestas, SGRE, Ventus and EOS Energia, Genneia, Enercon, Nordex Group, Eoliasur, ArcVera Renewables, DNV GL, Envision, Energias Del Plata and UL as well as our many partners, local and international including receiving the endorsement from the Ministry of Energy in Argentina, as well as receiving strong support from the new Cámara Eólica Argentina (CEA) and other key local organisations.

The event attracted over 700 registrants whom are involved in the wind or renewable energy sector in Argentina or wish to be. Local and international exhibitors were also present with small to large booths in what was seen to be a unique venue space, conducive to optimal networking – the JPII of the Universidad Católica Argentina in Puerto Madero.

GWEC’s Ramón Fiestas, President of the Latin America Committee, announced a 2019 edition of the conference with dates and venue yet to be defined.  Calls for interest for sponsorships can be addressed to [email protected]

View photos here. View successful posters here.

During the event, Undersecretary of Renewable Energies, Sebastián Kind, officially announced the launch of MinRen (Round 3 of the RenovAr program) in October 2018. But what else is going on this in new and exciting market? GWEC and EOS Energía have compiled an easy to read overview of the market situation and perspectives which is yours to download free of charge.

Download the English version here (EN)

Download the Spanish version here (ESP)

The South African market has grown out of the government’s national procurement programme (REI4P) and serves as a launching pad for those serious about doing business on the African continent.  2018 is a year of recovery and consolidation, as positive market sentiment returns, following a difficult period for stakeholders active in the domestic wind energy market.

This year, the Windaba conference and exhibition theme is: ‘Investment for an Integrated Power Transition.’ Three discussion tracks will pivot on domestic, continental and global investment perspectives, all of which impact on the sustainability of the South African wind market. Read more

Windaba, taking place this year from 7-8 November in Cape Town, is organised annually by GWEC and the South African Wind Energy Association, preceded by its acadamic sister conference WindAc Africa on 5-6 November. Windaba continues to be the place to go to hear about current planning & policy, and to meet the major established manufacturers, emerging supply chain representatives and senior government officials.

Register now at

DATE FOR YOUR DIARY – we’ll be holding a ‘Doing Business In … South Africa’ webcast on 9 October at 3pm CEST to provide some preliminary information of the wind market. Further information will be available soon, but if you’d like to be informed when registration for the webcast opens, then please sign up here []

New Wind Energy and Bat Conservation Review

CanWEA has developed a Wind Energy and Bat Conservation Review (Review) to provide the wind industry, policy makers, and other stakeholders with a scientific and ecological approach to supporting renewable energy production while minimizing the potential for impact to bats. The Review objectively summarizes the body of scientific and practical knowledge gained over the last several decades regarding wind energy and bats. By consulting the Review, it is anticipated that the wind industry and other stakeholders will be better positioned to make decisions using sustainable, science-based approaches to wind turbine siting and bat impact mitigation measures. 

News release:

Wind Energy and Bat Conservation Review:

For more information or for interview opportunities, please contact:

Ameera Shivji, Public Affairs Advisor, Prairies

Canadian Wind Energy Association

Mobile: 403-815-1407

[email protected]

The Annual Canadian Wind Energy Conference & Exhibition in Calgary, October 23-25, 2019.

The Annual Canadian Wind Energy Conference & Exhibition is the meeting point for all members of the wind energy industry – top business executives, technical experts, decision and policy makers, and government representatives – to come together and address the key issues facing the industry today.

Premier exhibiting companies will present their cutting-edge technology and innovations that will help solve the industry’s biggest problems and pave the way for a more efficient, effective, and sustainable energy future.

This year’s conference will host close to 1,500 attendees representing a wide range of interests, including project developers, manufacturers, federal, provincial and municipal governments, utilities, consultants, communities and students.

The CanWEA Annual Conference & Exhibition

October 23-25, 2018

BMO Centre, Calgary, Alberta

Link to learn more & register:

Google signs 190 MW of wind PPAs in Finland

Internet giant Google today said it has signed power purchase agreements (PPAs) to buy electricity from three new wind farms in Finland with a combined capacity of 190 MW.

The deals have been agreed with renewable energy developers CPC, Neoen and WPD and are for projects that will not benefit from government subsidies. Google said this is the first time it purchases subsidy-free renewable energy in Europe, which shows that renewables are cost competitive with grid power in an increasing number of locations. Read more:

CPC to build 50 MW subsidy-free wind farm in Finland

Developer CPC Finland will proceed with a planned 50 MW wind farm in southwest Finland without the need for subsidies. Construction on the 12-turbine facility in Isojoki would start in September, the firm – a subsidiary of the German renewables developer – added, eyeing completion in autumn 2019. Read more: