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WindEurope Bulletin January 2019 Foreword

CEO Foreword

Dear WindEurope Member,

Can I begin by wishing you the very best for the New Year. I hope you had a good break.

Our Chairman Ivor Catto wrote to you earlier this week to send you the WindEurope Work Programme for 2019. Among our extensive goals this year, he highlighted 3 must-win priorities:

Let me say a bit more about each of these;

Ivor highlighted our 3 big events this year. In light of the European elections, let me say a bit more about the first of our major events: our annual on- and offshore event in Bilbao on 2-4 April. Preparations are in full swing. Registrations will open and the programme will go live next week. Because the event takes place in the build-up to the European elections, we will be focusing on the benefits wind energy brings to people on local, regional and national levels. This is also one reason why we are holding our event in Spain. Spain is a clear example of how, with the right policy and vision in place, wind energy can deliver for people. Spain’s wind industry already employs 22,000 people, and this is set to grow by over 9,000 this year; Spain is installing over 4 GW of onshore wind by 2020 and the Government plans to build 2.5 GW a year up to 2030; they are also making new forays into offshore wind including floating;

Both the Spanish and Portuguese Energy Ministers will be speaking at the Bilbao event. All the key players in the onshore and offshore industry will be there. Iberdrola are hosting our annual Members’ Reception. And the gala dinner will be in the Guggenheim Museum. There is still some space left on the exhibition floor and some speaking slots left in the conference, so do let us know if you want to take part.

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– Giles Dickson
CEO, WindEurope

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