For three days from 28 November 28 till 30 November, Amsterdam was the global epicenter for wind energy as thousands of experts engaged in knowledge exchange, thought-leadership and debate in order to further the industry’s success. In addition to 300 exhibitors and a packed conference programme encompassing all aspects of market, policy and technological innovation in wind, attendees could also choose from a huge programme of side events such as Hackathon and the North Seas Forum and others.
Throughout the event the participants’ attention focused on how the local impact of the wind industry contributed to Europe’s global leadership in wind energy, addressing the serious obstacles and opportunities set to confront European wind power in the post-2020 environment.
Conference highlights included high-level sessions addressing the endgame for the EU’s upcoming Clean Energy Package, the benefits, opportunities and challenges of energy storage in the new energy landscape, the role of digitalisation in wind power system integration, Corporate Renewable PPAs.
In the opening address to the WindEurope 2017 conference and exhibition Ivor Catto, WindEurope chairman, called on the member states to set a renewable energy target of 35% by 2030, which WindEurope said could see wind capacity grow to 323GW.
Member states should also give a three-year deployment visibility, setting forth long-term budgets and market size to enable developers more time to plan ahead. "With visibility comes cost-effective deployment and a lower cost to the consumer," Catto said. Ivor Catto called on the policymakers to retain priority dispatch for renewables, especially for existing projects. Finally, Catto said. the transmission networks should embrace technologies that provide grid balancing.
Within the framework of the conference, a Memorandum of Cooperation and Partnership was signed between the Ukrainian Wind Energy Association and the Turkish Wind Energy Association.