Ditlev Engel

Kiran Stacey

In this week’s readers’ Q&A session, Ditlev Engel, CEO of Vestas, the world’s biggest wind turbine manufacturer, answers your questions on the future of wind power.
In the second of two parts, he talks about the inefficiencies of wind power and the impact of the recession on Vestas.  Read more

Kiran Stacey

In this week’s readers’ Q&A session, Ditlev Engel, CEO of Vestas, the world’s biggest wind turbine manufacturer, answers your questions on the future of wind power.
In the first of two parts, Ditlev defends his industry’s government subsidies, explains his company’s decision to axe 3,000 jobs and discusses the major global obstacles to developing wind energy. Read more

Kiran Stacey

The boss of the world’s biggest wind turbine manufacturer, Vestas, has warned that the wind energy sector in Europe remains fairly stagnant, in remarks that deal a blow to governments’ hopes of constructing new industries around renewable technologies.

Answering Energy Source readers’ questions, Ditlev Engel warned of a “lack of momentum in Europe”. He said:

We have, so to speak been holding our breath for a very, very long time in this region – and not by accident.

But today, when almost all countries in the area are struggling to get their economies back together, we must face the fact that uncertainty – even by 2011 – will remain significant around Europe.

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Kiran Stacey

Many thanks for all your questions for Ditlev Engel, the CEO of Vestas. His answers will appear on this site on Friday.
Next week, the person in the hotseat will be Yvo de Boer, the man who tried, and failed, to lead the UN to a climate change agreement in Copenhagen. He is now an advisor to KPMG, and on the final day of the Cancun summit, he will be on hand to talk about all things climate change.
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Kiran Stacey

Many thanks for all your questions for Sara Vaughan, Eon UK’s head of regulation and energy policy. Her answers will appear on this site on Friday.
Next week, the executive facing a grilling by Energy Source readers will be Ditlev Engel, chief executive of Vestas, the world’s biggest maker of wind turbines. Read more

Kiran Stacey

WWF’s EU climate tracker, on which I blogged earlier today, highlighted the inconsistencies in European approaches to supporting the green energy sector.
Another report (apologies for the third of the day), shows the effect of the companies themselves.
The report comes from law firm Taylor Wessing and VB Research, which have conducted a survey of 200 industry executives and financiers to find out how difficult it is for green energy companies to find financing. Read more

Kiran Stacey

Yesterday’s confirmation that the government would protect £60m of spending on port infrastructure gave an important fillip to the UK offshore wind industry.
But today the industry had much more worrying news from Vestas, the market leader in this area, who have decided to slash 14 per cent from its overall workforce, at a cost of 3,000 jobs. Clare MacCarthey reports from Copenhagen: Read more