“Wind power industry has become energy industry powerhouse”
Technological progress, systematic services, and efficiency have made the German wind power industry “a powerhouse of the energy industry”, according to Uwe Beckmeyer, state secretary in the Ministry for Economic Affairs (BMWi). In a press release following a conference on the German wind industry’s future, Beckmeyer said “competitiveness in export, innovation and digitalisation” were the main components for its sustained success. In a joint declaration, the German Wind Energy Association (BWE), the German Engineering Federation (VDMA) and the Industrial Union of Metalworkers (IG Metall) said employers, employees and social partners had to work together to ensure investment- and employment-friendly conditions in Germany. The lobby groups acknowledged that research funding by the BMWi in recent years had greatly contributed to technological progress and falling costs.
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