The 2013 Annual Report on Wind Energy is Available on the IEA Wind Website
In August 2014 the wind energy co-operation agreement of the International Energy Agency (IEA), known among the sector’s operators as “IEA Wind Implementing Agreement”, published its “IEA Wind 2013 Annual Report”, which provides a comprehensive overview, updated to the close of 2013, of all the technical, economic and legislative aspects of the deployment of wind power plants in member countries, as well as of the international research activities launched by the same agreement. The 2013 Annual Report is now also freely available on the website www.ieawind.org.
The IEA Wind Implementing Agreement has been in force since 1977. In 2013 its membership included 25 parties, among which 23 full members (22 entities from OECD countries: Australia, Austria, Canada, Denmark, Finland, Germany, Greece, Ireland, Italy, Japan, South Korea, Mexico, Netherlands, Norway, Portugal, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, United Kingdom and United States, plus the European Commission) and two “sponsor members”, EWEA and CWEA, the wind energy associations of Europe and China, respectively.
As for Italy, ENEA and RSE S.p.A. have joined in, on behalf of the Government. They are both full members and take part together in the Executive Committee of the agreement.
The Executive Committee, besides seeing to administration matters and enabling information exchange among participating countries (this job also includes the periodical drawing-up of Annual Reports), promotes and supervises a number of international research projects, named “Tasks”, on all issues of wind energy technology and other critical aspects affecting the sector’s development. Since 1978, 35 Tasks have been started, 20 of which successfully completed, 2 stopped and 13 currently under way.
Among the various Tasks, it is worth mentioning particularly Task 11 “Base Technology Information Exchange”, which runs continuously and is attended by almost all IEA Wind members, among which RSE for Italy. Task 11 arranges international meetings of experts (so-called TEM – Topical Expert Meetings) and develops the technical recommendations of its “Recommended Practices” series. Up to now, 16 Recommended Practices have been issued, some of which have also been used as a basis for subsequent IEC Standardization works. The more recent ones can be downloaded from the website www.ieawind.org.
Still on the same website, information can be found about all IEA Wind activities and Tasks, as well as previous Annual Reports and other interesting documents such as “Strategic Plan 2014-2019” and “Long-term Research and Development Needs for Wind Energy for the Time Frame 2012 to 2030”, which have served as a basis for IEA Wind to renew its engagement for the next five-year term.
It should be recalled that, as of the end of 2013, the 21 countries participating in the IEA Wind agreement reported as much as 269 GW of overall wind-driven generating capacity, equaling about 85% of the world’s installed wind capacity, which was 318 GW according to GWEC (Global Wind Energy Council). Their wind-generated electricity production in 2013 was 542 TWh, equaling 3.86% of their total electrical energy demand.
These figures show how the IEA Wind Annual Report can provide its readers with a very representative picture of the whole wind energy sector worldwide.