Over 300 delegates from 39 countries took part in the World Wind Energy Conference WWEC 2017, which was held from 12 to 14 June 2017 in Malmö, Sweden and hosted by the Swedish Wind Energy Association. The Conference covered all aspects of wind utilisation, science and technology, related policies, manufacturing, development, operation, community involvement as well as other economic and social issues. The Conference tackled the issue of how to make wind power even more popular through direct participation of local citizens and communities and has highlighted a broad range of participatory approaches, from involvement in planning processes up to local ownership. H.E.Olafur Ragnar Grimsson, the 5th President of Iceland, SE4All,  Chairman of Arctic Circle, , Ibrahim Baylan, Minister of Energy, Sweden, Hannah E. Murdock, REN21, Wu Gang, Chairman, Goldwind, representatives of the Swedish Energy Agency, US Department of Energy, Global Platform 100% RES, REN21, International...



On 7 June 2017, REN21 published its Renewables 2017 Global Status Report, the most comprehensive annual overview of the state of renewable energy.  Additions in installed renewable power capacity set new records in 2016, with 161 GW installed, increasing total global capacity by almost 9% over 2015, to nearly 2,017 GW. Solar PV accounted for around 47% of the capacity added, followed by wind power at 34% and hydropower at 15.5%.  The inherent need for “baseload” is a myth. Integrating large shares of variable renewable generation can be done without fossil fuel and nuclear “baseload” with sufficient flexibility in the power system – through grid interconnections, sector coupling and enabling technologies such as ICT, storage systems electric vehicles and heat pumps. This sort of flexibility not only balances variable generation, it also optimizes the system and reduces generation costs overall It comes as no surprise, therefore that the number of countries...