With the ultimate goal to serve the people and the environment through the enhancement and utilization of wind energy, different organizations from different countries in the world work hand in hand to realize their vision and mission to upgrade wind power technology to supply energy to the maximum convenience of the people but in line with sustainable development in a global level.
The following associations representing their respective regions also act as role models in their unique, diligent and pioneering ways of exploring more on wind industry and technology.
World Wind Energy Association (WWEA)
The World Wind Energy Association (WWEA) is an international non-profit association embracing the wind sector worldwide. With members in 95 countries, WWEA works for the promotion and worldwide deployment of wind energy technology. The association moreover provides a platform for the communication of all wind energy actors worldwide like advising and influencing national governments and international organizations. Also, WWEA enhances international technology transfer.
American Wind Energy Association (AWEA)
The American Wind Energy Association (AWEA) has over 2,500 members & advocates and is the hub of the wind energy industry. AWEA promotes wind energy as a clean source of electricity for consumers around the world. The association is a national trade association representing wind power project developers, equipment suppliers, services providers, parts manufacturers, utilities, researchers, and others involved in the wind industry – one of the world’s fastest growing energy industries. In addition, AWEA represents hundreds of wind energy advocates from around the world. They association provides up-to-date information on: wind energy projects operating; new projects in various stages of development; companies working in the wind energy field; technology development; and policy developments related to wind and other renewable energy development.
Canadian Wind Energy Association (CanWEA)
The Canadian Wind Energy Association (CanWEA) is a non-profit trade association promoting the appropriate development and application of all aspects of wind energy in Canada, including the creation of a suitable policy environment. CanWEA was established in 1984 representing the wind energy community – organizations and individuals who are directly involved in the development and application of wind energy technology, products and services. The members of the association are also Canada’s wind energy leaders. They are wind energy owners, operators, manufacturers, project developers, consultants, and service providers, and other organizations and individuals interested in supporting Canada’s wind energy industry.
National Wind Coordinating Committee (NWCC)
The National Wind Coordinating Collaborative (NWCC) provides a neutral forum for a wide range of stakeholders to pursue the shared objective of developing environmentally, economically, and politically sustainable commercial markets for wind power in the United States. The association was formed in 1994 with a partnership of experts and interested parties identifying issues that affect the use of wind power. By establishing dialogue on key and current topics and catalyzing activities that build consensus among its stakeholders, the NWCC has successfully addressed critical challenges in the areas of transmission, wildlife and habitat impacts, siting, power markets, and other aspects of wind development.
Utility Wind Interest Group (UWIG)
Utility Wind Integration Group (UWIG) looks forward to accelerate the development and application of good engineering and operational practices supporting the appropriate integration of wind power into the electric system. The association realizes this mission through the coordinated efforts and actions of its members in collaboration with wind industry stakeholders, including federal agencies, trade associations, and industry research organizations.
Wind Powering America (WPA)
Wind Powering America (WPA) is a nationwide initiative designed to increase the use of wind energy across the United States by working with regional stakeholders. The association regularly updates state-by-state breakdowns of wind resource potential, success stories, installed wind capacity, news, events, and other resources. WPA is firm to its commitment to dramatically increase the use of wind energy in the United States through its state Wind Working Groups, programs at the National Renewable Energy Laboratory, and partnerships that will establish new sources of income for American farmers, Native Americans, and other rural landowners and meet the growing demand for clean sources of electricity.
Windustry promotes progressive renewable energy solutions and empowers communities to develop and own wind energy as an environmentally sustainable asset. Through member supported outreach, education and advocacy, the association works to remove the barriers to broad community ownership of wind energy. Windustry’s programs include an information hotline, educational materials, advocacy for wind energy policy, and outreach events for communities. Windustry organizes a biennial national wind energy conference that addresses topics associated with community-owned wind energy.
The European Wind Energy Association (EWEA) is the voice of the wind industry, actively promoting the utilization of wind power in Europe and worldwide. It is ideally situated in the heart of the EU district of Brussels ensuring close proximity to European decision-makers. It now has over 600 members from nearly 60 countries including manufacturers with a 90% share of the global wind power market, plus component suppliers, research institutes, national wind and renewables associations, developers, contractors, electricity providers, finance and insurance companies and consultants. This combined strength makes EWEA the world’s largest and most powerful wind energy network. The association coordinates international policy, communications, research and analysis and provides various services to support members’ requirements. They also organize high-profile industry events that members can attend at attractive rates. More to that, EWEA analyses, formulates and establishes policy positions for the wind industry on key issues, cooperating with industry and research institutions on a number of market development and technology research projects.
British Wind Energy Association (BWEA)
The British Wind Energy Association (BWEA) now called RenewableUK is the trade and professional body for the United Kingdom wind and marine renewables industries. The association was formed in 1978, now with 660 corporate members and is the leading renewable energy trade association in the United Kingdom. Their primary purpose is to promote the use of wind, wave and tidal power in and around the UK. They act as a central point for information along its membership and as a lobbying group to promote wind energy and marine renewables to government, industry, the media and the public. Renewable UK also does research and finds solutions to current issues and generally acts as the forum for the UK wind, wave and tidal industry, and have an annual turnover in excess of four million pounds.
Founded in 2002, the African Wind Energy Association (AfriWEA) has the goal to encourage manufacturers, developers, governments, renewable energy owners and individuals to promote and support wind energy development on the African continent. A year after their foundation, they organized the 2nd Annual World Wind Energy Association conference in Cape Town which was attended by over 1000 delegates from over 50 countries. Their membership today reaches more than 943 people in 75 countries all over the world. The association aims to become an influential umbrella organization representing the wind energy sector in Africa and thus assisting interaction and co-operation between all energy players. It will be a network through which support around the world will be obtained or given on wind energy matters. In this way it shall promote the development of wind energy and its investment on the continent. All its activities are based on principles of finding alternatives to fossil fuel energy because of the threat that the latter brings to our global climate, and that national and local governments have a responsibility, which should be encouraged at every opportunity to incorporate strategies for renewable energy schemes into their respective policies.
Representing Asia is the Indian Wind Energy Association (InWEA), a wind energy association set up in 2002 as a not-for-profit organization under the Societies Act. InWEA with more than 300 members is dedicated to promotion and development of wind power in India. InWEA has worked consistently towards removing barriers to wind power development and creation of an enabling regulatory and policy environment for investments in this sector. The association has become a member of several international and national industry bodies such as the World Wind Energy Association, the European Wind Energy Association, CII, FICCI and ASSOCHAM among others. InWEA has goals to utilize the wind energy resources in the country in an optimal manner and thereby contribute to the country’s quest for affordable, clean energy as well as energy security; to promote and spread awareness about the benefits of wind energy and the crucial role it can play in ensuring a sustainable path for the country’s economic and social development; and to ensure that the industry develops in a sustainable manner by protecting the interests of all stakeholders.
The associations mentioned deserve to be given credit by their utmost efforts to serve humanity and the world by their noble cause on developing and making wind energy technology to its fullest. To know more about them, take some time to visit WindTurbines.net directory and have an interesting read about the overviews or reviews of the actively participating associations in promoting wind energy for sustainable development in the global level.