Karin Ohlenforst has agreed to join GWEC as its new Director of Market Intelligence and will start in the role on 1 December 2018. Karin will develop GWEC’s newly formed Market Intelligence unit, which will support GWEC’s policy and stakeholder engagement world-wide and create proprietary insight for GWEC’s members.

“Karin will bring invaluable insight and experience to GWEC, and help to develop the on-point, evidence based arguments that will allow us to be effective in our engagement with governments and other stakeholders,” says Ben Backwell, GWEC CEO.

Karin has 18 years of experience working in the field of market intelligence. Before joining GWEC, she was Head of Market and Customer Intelligence at turbine manufacturer Vestas, focusing on market forecasting and customer insights in the renewable energy space. She worked on Vestas’ strategy development in the transitioning energy landscape, generating fact-based insights for Vestas’ leadership team.

Prior to joining Vestas, Karin spent 10 years in McKinsey’s Research and Information unit as an analyst. Her focus was on the automotive and machinery industry also covering equipment manufacturing for energy generation, which eventually made her enter the renewable energy industry.

Karin holds a master in Social Sciences from the University of Bonn, Germany and speaks German, English and Danish.

Colombia set for wind power take-off with first renewables auction

Industry could install 500MW of wind power per year, with wind supplying 20% of power demand within 10 years.

GWEC hosts seminar in Bogotá to prepare for country’s first long-term PPA auction

Bogotá, 27th November 2018: The Global Wind Energy Council (GWEC) is hosting its inaugural wind power seminar in Colombia today, gathering major international wind companies, energy authorities and regulators ahead of the first auction of long-term renewable energy PPAs in early 2019.

GWEC estimates that wind power in Colombia can become a mainstream energy source with the potential to add up to 500MW per year, amounting to around 20% of the country’s power demand in 10 years time.

Green growth is becoming a major priority for Colombia as it increasingly looks to new technologies to adapt to the challenges of climate change. The revision of its electric regulatory framework and regulations to take full advantage of non-conventional sources of renewable energy is evidence of this new pathway. Technologies such as wind power are seen as solutions to reduce emissions in accordance with Colombia’s commitments for the Paris Climate Agreement whilst also diversifying system risks and strengthening the country’s power generation mix.

GWEC will be supporting these ambitions during its seminar by providing information about the policies, markets and the technical contents needed to boost the development of the wind industry in Colombia.

Ben Backwell, CEO of GWEC, said:

“Colombia has a real opportunity to diversify its generation mix and take an important step forward in tackling climate change through this auction. Wind power meets the need for new power generation that is low-carbon, cost efficient and brings local economic benefits. It is a crucial time for the development of the industry and we are looking forward to working with the authorities, developers, manufacturers and other actors to ensure the true benefit of wind power can be realised in Colombia.”

Olga Peréz, Technical Secretary of the Comité Asesor de Comercializacion, said:

“Colombia is about to embark on an exciting path of integrating large-scale renewables such as wind and solar into the energy mix through the upcoming PPA auctions. This diversification will enable a cleaner and more resilient source of supply whilst also marking an important step forward in meeting Colombia’s commitments undertaken at the COP21 summit. The seminar today unites political and industry voices in setting out the necessary policy and market framework that will support Colombia’s growth plans.”

The event is taking place in partnership with the Association of Renewable Energies Colombia – SER Colombia, which will provide information on policy, market and technical content needed to boost the development of the wind industry.


About GWEC

GWEC is a member-based organization that represents the entire wind energy sector. The members of GWEC represent over 1,500 companies, organizations and institutions in more than 80 countries, including manufacturers, developers, component suppliers, research institutes, national wind and renewables associations, electricity providers, finance and insurance companies. See https://gwec.net/

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Olivia Thornton

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November 22, 2018

Composite Specialist Repair Technician

Siemens Gamesa Renewable Energy Limited offers great opportunities to highly motivated people.

This position will be responsible for performing field inspections, repairs, and design modifications of wind turbine blades and other composite parts in wind turbines. In addition, technical data will be provided from the field and support for design modifications/corrective actions. This position will require travel for extended periods of time (up to 95% travel time possible).


  • Perform Composite Inspections – Follow established procedures to document composite damages from both ground inspections as well as in-depth inspections from cranes, platforms or aerial lifts
  • Use good written and verbal communication skills to describe complex damages, participate in preparation of inspection and repair reports, and follow up to final resolution.
  • Assist in composite related corrective actions (ie turbine status, large corrective events and repairs)
  • Assist in composite related design modifications (ie diverter strip retrofits, balance blocks, etc)
  • Ability to perform composite repairs in the air from a crane, suspended platform, aerial lift truck, or on the ground, with working knowledge of composite materials and related repairs
  • Technician must be able to work with the maximum safety guidelines of all safety personal protection equipment
  • Identify process improvements; including reduction of non-value added operations, increased productivity opportunities, increased safety opportunities, etc.
  • Ability to work in confined / enclosed space
  • Other duties as may be required by manager


  • College Diploma or equivalent competency with 2-4 years of related experience
  • Must have an understanding of basic turbine trouble shooting and turbine work and safety practices
  • Must have a knowledge of blades and inspection techniques and composite materials and blade repair
  • Must be able to work from heights for inspection or repairs
  • Excellent customer service skills and communication skills are required
  • Good computer skills; intermediate user of Microsoft Office applications
  • The candidate must demonstrate strong initiative and motivation to learn new tasks and technologies
  • Demonstrated ability in working safely and effectively in a team environment
  • Strong ability to organize and plan daily/weekly work in an extremely dynamic environment
  • Travel to customer sites within and outside Canada is a requirement of the job. Must be eligible to hold a valid Passport and Driver’s License

While we appreciate all applications received, we advise that only candidates under consideration will be contacted.

Siemens Gamesa Renewable Energy Limited (SGRE) is committed to creating a diverse environment and is proud to be an equal opportunity employer. Upon request, SGRE will provide reasonable accommodation for disabilities to support participation of candidates in all aspects of the recruitment process. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment.

How to apply: If you are interested in this opportunity, kindly reply by December 7, 2018 to; This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. with “Composite Specialist Repair Technician” as the subject line.

Deadline for application: Friday December 7, 2018 at 5:00 pm EST.

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We have a lot to be thankful for so far in 2018. The wind industry is booming, offshore wind is scaling up, and industry growth is creating jobs and boosting rural economies. Wind continues to become more affordable, making way for a clean energy future in the US, and last week, we launched a new campaign to honor the veterans working in wind. Here are just a few of the things we’re thankful for: 

The wind industry is growing 

This month total wind energy capacity in the U.S. reached 90,550 megawatts (MW). That’s enough to power more than 27 million average American homes – with plenty more on the way. Right now, construction is underway on 107 different wind projects in 23 states. That’s over 20,000 MW of wind energy capacity under construction—nearly as much as all of the wind built to date in Texas, by far America’s wind leader.         

Since the beginning of this year, non-utility buyers like Smucker’s, Royal Caribbean Cruises, Boston University, and Microsoft have signed contracts for nearly 3,000 MW of wind capacity, more than any other year to date.  In total, corporate customers have signed up for more than 10,600 MW of wind energy – that’s more than all the wind in Oklahoma, America’s number two state in wind.  

According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, wind energy technician is the second fastest growing job in the country. The industry currently employs about 105,000 workers, with wind jobs in all 50 states and over 500 U.S. factories that build wind related parts.   

There’s momentum behind offshore wind 

Up and down the Atlantic, 2018 has seen a constant stream of major offshore wind announcements, as states commit to developing large amounts of offshore wind as part of their electricity mix. As of this summer, the U.S. offshore wind project development pipeline exceeded 25 gigawatts (GW) of planned capacity. Check out what your state has been up to! 

In October, AWEA hosted its annual Offshore WINDPOWER Conference with over 1,000 representatives from the industry, federal and state governments, and stakeholder groups. The two-day conference was buzzing with optimism.

State leaders are committing to renewable energy 

Across the U.S. 29 states, Washington D.C. and three territories have renewable portfolio standards (RPS). In 2018 so far, California, Connecticut, Massachusetts, New Jersey, and Nevada have all increased their RPS targets. New York and New Jersey both specifically increased their commitments to offshore wind.  

More veterans are working in wind

Just last week, AWEA launched a new campaign to honor our veterans, highlighting those who have found successful and valuable careers in the wind industry. To meet some of the veterans working in wind, check out the AWEA blog, Facebook, and Twitter.  

We’re thankful for these victories and your continued support of wind energy. 

Happy Thanksgiving!