WWEC 2007 opened today in Mar del Plata/Argentina

Latin America looks for wind energy to ensure energy supply

Mar del Plata/Bonn (WWEA) – More than 500 high-level delegates from 40 countries have gathered at the 6th World Wind Energy Conference and Exhibition (WWEC 2007) in Mar del Plata/Argentina. In more than 100 presentations, experts from all sectors of the wind industry discuss recent developments, successful policies and future perspectives of wind energy utilisation in Argentina, Latin America and worldwide. 40 companies are displaying their products and services at the accompanying exhibition.

Dr. Anil Kane, President of the World Wind Energy Association, stated during the WWEC opening ceremony that there is no alternative optionfor mankind than to start immediately the utilisation of renewable energy on a large scale, with wind energy as the major contributor. Fossil as well as nuclear energy does not represent a real solution for mankind due to limitation of the resources, and the manifold threats and damages done through these technologies.

Prof. Erico Spinadel, President of the Argentine Wind Energy Association, said that Argentina has now to start wind energy utilisation and to harvest its huge wind potentials immediately, for the sake of future generations.

Ms Silvia Suárez, Secretary for the Environment of the Province of Buenos Aires, underlined the need to act today in order to utilise wind energy on a large scale as soon as possible. She reconfirmed the strong commitment of her government to support the rapid expansion of wind energy and to learn from the experiences of other countries in order to implement the renewable energy targets as set up by her government and by the government of Argentina. She mentioned the intention of her government to enhance domestic manufacturing of wind turbines and components.

Mr Ignasi Nieto, Secretary General for Energy of the Government of Spain, pointed out the benefits of wind energy especially for strengthening rural areas. He encouraged the wind industry to achieve further decrease in cost of wind turbines in order to make the technology even more competitive.

Mr Kai Schlegelmilch, representative of the German Ministry for the Environment, reported about the good progress of wind energy in Germany as the leading wind country worldwide. He invited further governments to join the feed-in cooperation which has been set up by Germany, Spain and Slovenia in order to exchange internationally between governments experiences on feed-in legislation.
World Wind Energy Association
Stefan Gsänger

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