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20.06.2017

POPULAR AND PARTICIPATORY WIND POWER

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 Hydropower Association, International Solar Energy Society, World Bioenergy Association and other international and national organizations addressed the Conference delegates.

The conference applauded the statement by the Swedish Energy Minister that the switch to 100% renewable energy is necessary, feasible and beneficial for societies and that Sweden may reach this goal even well before the year 2040. The conference encourages the Swedish government to take the necessary steps to achieve this target ahead of time and encourages other governments to follow this example set by Sweden. The Conference re-confirmed the significance of the Paris Accord on Climate Change as it paves the way for a 100 % renewable energy future for the world.

The Conference Resolution reflects the main goals and tasks the world community is facing with, including, in particular, gradual removal of all energy subsidies and introduction of the internalization of all externalities to achieve a level playing field.

The Ukrainian Wind Energy Association actively participated in the WWEC 2017. "Ukraine, like other countries that signed the Paris Agreement, should make its own contribution to the development of the CO2 free economy. The use of wind energy for energy generation is a key tool in addressing this issue" - noted Galina Schmidt, UWEA Board Member, in her presentation at the conference.

The next World Wind Energy Conference to be held in Karachi, Pakistan, in April 2018.

The full text of the Conference Resolution is available at: http://www.wwindea.org/wwec2017-conference-resolution/