The Global Wind Energy Council (GWEC), the trade association representing the global wind sector, has appointed Ben Backwell as its new Chief Executive Officer (CEO). He replaces Steve Sawyer, who joined GWEC as its first Secretary General in 2007. Sawyer will continue his work with GWEC as its Senior Policy Advisor. 

“We are delighted to have Ben join us as GWEC’s new CEO,” says Morten Dyrholm, GWEC Chairman and Group Senior Vice President of Marketing, Communications & Public Affairs for Vestas Wind Systems. “He will bring solid industry knowledge, commercial acumen and communication and public affairs expertise to the role.” 

He adds, “We are extremely grateful to Steve Sawyer, who has played a big part in the success of GWEC and the global wind sector over the past 11+ years. We are pleased that we will continue to be able to count on Steve’s knowledge and network in his new role as Senior Policy Advisor.” 

Ben Backwell joins GWEC from global advisory company FTI Consulting, where he was a Managing Director in its Clean Energy Practice. Backwell is a leading strategist in the renewable energy industry and has advised many of the leading technology companies, utilities, developers and IPPs and financial institutions active in the sector. He is a former journalist and analyst who has covered energy policy and markets in a number of geographies including Europe, the US and Latin America. He is the author of Wind Power, the struggle for control of a new global industry,” (Routledge 2015, New Edition 2017) which has been described as the “definitive” story of the global wind industry. 

“The wind industry has seen phenomenal growth over the last 10 years, and is well placed to cement its position as one of the world’s leading energy sources, providing clean, cost-effective power for the digital age” says Backwell. 

“However, the wind sector will need to negotiate a series of market, regulatory, political and technological challenges over the coming period. Within this context, GWEC will need to play a central role in helping the sector and the organisation’s members to achieve their objectives.” 

He adds: “During the period of Steve’s tenure, global wind installations grew from 74GW to 539GW. I want to work with Steve and GWEC’s members to ensure that the next decade sees even greater growth.” 

About Ben Backwell


Ben Backwell is a leading commentator and strategist in the renewable energy sector. He worked as a journalist and analyst for 20 years, covering energy policy, markets and large energy companies in Europe, the US, Venezuela, Brazil, Argentina and other countries. He helped design the SolutionWind campaign for the European Wind Energy Association (now WindEurope) ahead of COP21 in 2015, before joining FTI Consulting as a Managing Director.

At FTI, Ben has advised leading renewable energy companies on strategy, financial and corporate communications and government affairs, including work on a number of major M&A transactions. He has taken part in the work of a number of industry initiatives and organizations, including the board of GWEC. Ben is the author of two books on the wind industry as well as a number of reports and white papers on power markets and policy frameworks. He holds an MSc in Political Science from the Institute of Latin American Studies, University of London. For full biography.  

  • The eighth edition of Mexico WindPower 2019 will take place 20-21 March 2019 in Centro Citibanamex, Mexico City
  • This is a strategic change requested by industry players

June 2018, Mexico City The eight edition of Mexico WindPower will take place from 20-21 March 2019 in Centro Citibanamex in Mexico City.

Held eight consecutive years, Mexico WindPower is the congress and exhibition specializing in wind energy. It is organized by the Mexican Wind Energy Association (AMDEE for its initials in Spanish) and the Global Wind Energy Council (GWEC), along with E. J. Krause Tarsus de México, and focuses on the industry’s latest innovations and solutions in Mexico.

The event has secured its position as the leading business meeting for the global wind industry through the consolidation of its specialized technical program and gathering more than 2,800 professionals from 27 countries, including government officials and authorities from the energy sector.

AMDEE president Leopoldo Rodríguez said: “The date change is beneficial for national and international exhibitors who highly value this annual meeting, which showcases the progress, challenges and opportunities we face as an industry.”

In no more than five years, Mexico’s installed wind energy capacity is expected to triple, from today’s 12,000 MW. From 2017 to 2031, Mexico will need 56,000 MW of newly installed energy capacity, and a quarter of this is expected to come from wind energy.

Currently, Mexico has more than 50,000 MW of wind energy potential, and 17,000 MW of this needs to be captured to reach the goal of generating 35% of electricity from clean technology sources by 2024.

“This is why our country is key in the energy transition we are experiencing, there are more than 200 companies participating by obtaining their electricity from wind power. Hence Mexico WindPower 2019 has become the technological platform for the national wind sector.”

About E.J. Krause Tarsus de México:

E.J. Krause Tarsus de Mexico develops international business forums, and since 1991 has produced the leading annual exhibitions and conferences in strategic industries in Mexico, such as plastics, manufacturing, environmental solutions, water, energy and hydrocarbons, smart mobility, styling, industrial forestry, and food and beverages. E.J. Krause Tarsus de Mexico is distinguished as being the sole organizer with the longest experience in the Mexican market. The company produces world-class events that showcase trends, innovations and global and local outlooks in each industry.  Tarsus Group is currently one of the most important organizers worldwide.

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From niche technology, wind energy is now a global success story. The wind industry provides 260,000 quality high-skilled jobs in Europe. On a global scale, that figure is now 1.15 million.

Today is Global Wind Day, an opportunity for citizens around the world to learn more about and show their support for wind power.  It’s also an opportunity for companies to showcase their technologies and contributions to local economic development and job creation at a more grass roots level.

The wind supply chain is benefitting regions across the globe, including economically less-advantaged ones. Citizens are benefitting from shared ownership of wind farms. Wind farms are also contributing to local economic activity through the taxes they pay to local governments – covering up to 25% of municipal revenues.

The wind industry has brought jobs and investment to many regions, including ones that have depended on traditional industries. Shipbuilding areas in e.g. northern Spain and northern Poland now produce towers, foundations, cranes and the jack-up vessels that install offshore turbines. Oil and gas-driven economies are benefitting too – New Mexico has invested €2.4bn in wind and the sector supports 4,000 jobs. In the US as a whole, wind turbine technician is one of the country’s two fastest growing jobs. In Canada it’s the same story. Alberta is investing €5.4bn of investment in new wind energy projects in the province. These are expected to generate €2.4bn in local spending and 15,000 job years of employment by 2030.

Wind energy is providing the world with clean, affordable power. After a record year of wind installations in 2017, Europe has an installed capacity of 169 GW.   Wind now provides 12% of Europe’s electricity and 44% in Denmark and 22% in Germany.  Globally there is now 539 GW of wind energy installed. Four US states get more than 30% of their electricity from wind, as does Uruguay and the state of South Australia.

WindEurope CEO Giles Dickson said: “Onshore wind is now the cheapest form of new power generation in most of Europe, and offshore wind is not far behind with costs having fallen over 60% in three years. It’s now getting easier and cheaper to integrate wind power into the energy system. As a local resource, wind also means much less money spent on fossil fuel imports. And of course it means less CO2 and cleaner air. From a niche technology, wind energy is now an industrial success story. It’s 260,000 high-skilled jobs in Europe. It’s a €36bn contribution to EU GDP and €8bn worth of European exports. And wind is making an impact also on a more local level. Whether it’s providing local jobs and investment in the supply chain or wind farms contributing taxes to local municipalities, wind energy is having a positive impact in communities across Europe”.

GWEC Secretary General Steve Sawyer said: “Wind power not only provides clean, emission free power, local industry and employment, and attracts both domestic and international investment, it is an industrial lifeline for rural communities around the globe.

“From west Texas to northeast Brazil; from the Cape region of South Africa to coastal Morocco; from Xinjian, Gansu and Inner Mongolia in China to Iowa, Kansas and South Dakota in the US; and across the southern half of India, wind power creates local jobs that give the younger generation an opportunity for good jobs near to home, rather than migrating off to the big city, wherever it may be. The value of building vibrant rural economies cannot be measured only in numbers, but through the social cohesion and strengthened communities they bring in a world sorely lacking in both.”

This year WindEurope and GWEC launched a global photo competition to capture the power of wind in the run up to Global Wind Day.  Click here to see the winners for all three categories (local impact, boosting economies and visionary wind).

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Global Wind Day is a worldwide event that occurs annually on 15 June. It is a day for discovering wind energy, its power and the possibilities it holds to reshape our energy systems, decarbonise our economies and boost jobs and growth.

Global Wind Day is a coordinated action between WindEurope and the Global Wind Energy Council (GWEC) and the national associations to introduce the general public to wind energy through a series of activities. In the run-up to 15 June, hundreds of public events will be held all over the world from family outings and wind farm visits to seminars with experts and leading industry figures.

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The Global Wind Energy Council (GWEC) opened its first ever wind power conference in Vietnam today, gathering leading national and international industry players to discuss the development of the sector with government. Vietnam has some of the richest wind resources in Southeast Asia; however, Vietnam’s wind market is still in the early stages with a total capacity of only 197MW. GWEC and its partners also issued an industry statement today focusing on recommendations to address some of the key barriers to unlocking Vietnam’s rich wind energy potential.