From The Editor
Dear Members and Friends of WWEA,Welcome to the new edition of the WWEA Quarterly Bulletin!The year 2013 has started with encouraging news: the market for both large and small wind turbinesperformed better than expected, as shown by our recently published statistics.In spite of the boom in some markets, we know well that the wind sector in general is in a challengingsituation: there are still significant policy uncertainties in major markets, and many wind companies arestruggling with the general economic situation.Renewable energy is on the agenda of most political decision-makers, but often not yet at the center of their interest. Too often, renewables are still seen only as complementary energy sources, althoughrenewables have proven that they can provide 100 % of the renewable energy supply.Hence it is very important to focus the public debate on strategies regarding how to reach 100 %renewable energy. Stefan Schurig from the World Future Council has outlined such an approach in brief in thisbulletin.Also the article by Eric Martinot from REN21 is focused on the very broad picture: what is the potentialfuture of renewable energy? It seems obvious, in particular when reading the article in light of the precedingone, that the future is also a matter of our decisions: which future do we want, and are we willing to worktoward?
The regional focus of this edition is on three countries: Argentina, Ethiopia and Canada – specically on
the Canadian province of Ontario. All three regions are diverse, they all have huge wind and renewable energy
potentials, and they all have their specic opportunities and challenges.
A major focus of this bulletin lies on "small" wind, a technology whose actual importance is oftenunderestimated. WWEA's Small Wind World Report, however, reveals that already today small wind turbinesare supplying hundreds of thousands of families with clean electricity.Small wind still faces major challenges, however, mainly in terms of quality control and manufacturing
costs. Two articles in this Bulletin reect on how some of these problems can be tackled. If the small wind
sector manages to cope with these challenges, following a path of innovation and best quality, then it too willhave an important role in our renewable energy future.With best wishes
Stefan GsängerSecretary General World Wind Energy Association