IEA to receive Spanish Wind Energy Association's Annual Award for emphasis on renewables

14 April 2016

The Spanish Wind Energy Association (AEE) announced on 14 April that it will present its Annual Award for 2016 to the IEA in recognition of the Agency's work to place renewables, and in particular wind, at the centre of the global energy agenda.

IEA Executive Director Birol has been invited to accept the honour on the occasion of the Second Spanish Wind Power Congress in Madrid on 28-29 June.

"One of the main pillars of our efforts to modernise the IEA is to build our reputation as a clean energy hub," Dr. Birol said. "This award is a very encouraging acknowledgement of the progress we are making towards that goal."

The IEA considers renewables to be a crucial part of a portfolio of options necessary for a secure and sustainable energy mix. The most recent Medium-Term Renewable Energy Market Report sees renewables’ share of global power generation exceeding 26% by 2020, against 22% in 2013 – a remarkable shift in a very limited period of time.

The Spanish Wind Energy Association represents some 200 companies that make up 95% of the Spanish wind power sector, from manufacturers and developers to financial institutions and insurers. It co-ordinates research and advises on policy.

"AEE wants to recognize that a prestigious institution such as the IEA highlights the importance of the sector in reports and the public appearances of its leaders," the association said in announcing the Agency’s selection for its Annual Award. Past recipients include the European Union; Christiana Figueres, Executive Secretary of the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC); and US President Barack Obama.

Read the Spanish Wind Energy Association press release here

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