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Global Wind Day 2018: Putting the spotlight on the local impact of wind energy


15 Jun 2018



Today we are celebrating Global Wind Day, the annual event marking the success of the wind industry worldwide. Wind energy now provides 260,000 quality, high-skilled jobs in Europe and 1.15 million jobs around the world, making it the leading technology driving the clean energy revolution.

Global Wind Day is an opportunity for citizens worldwide to show their support for wind power. 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 20% of municipal revenues.

Wind energy events are being held all over the world to mark the occasion. To find out what's happening near you, click here

Photo Competition

As part of Global Wind Day, WindEurope and GWEC launched a global photo competition "Wind Vision." We received over 500 entries from almost 50 countries. The winners were selected by a jury – Giles Dickson, WindEurope; Steve Sawyer, GWEC; Darius Snieckus, Recharge; Beatrix Fontius, VDMA; Tracy Walden, CanWEA and Anne Mie Bak Anderson. See the winning entries below.

Winner: Local Impact
"An Indian farmer working in his field next to a wind turbine in Dhar. Picture taken in Dhar district of Madhya Pradesh state of India." 
Chetan Soni, India
Winner: Visionary Wind
“A storm is approaching the Balko windfarm in Oklahoma right in the moment of sunset.”
 Klaus Rockenbauer, Austria
Winner: Boosting Economies
"Like spidermen, two windfarm technicians working with ropes, routinely checking blades of a wind turbine high above and free from giddiness. Lindenberg near Berlin, Brandenburg, Federal Republic of Germany.”
Paul Langrock, Germany