The show goes on for EWEA in Paris

We like to think we are old hands at this conference business. But it was with heavy hearts that we headed out to the EWEA annual conference that started in Paris on Tuesday.

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The show goes on for EWEA in Paris

We like to think we are old hands at this conference business. But it was with heavy hearts that we headed out to the EWEA annual conference that started in Paris on Tuesday.

You should not need us to explain the reason. The terror attacks in the French capital on Friday left nearly 130 people dead and have appalled the world. It would have been easy for EWEA to put this annual conference on hold, or even cancel it, in the light of those abhorrent acts.

Indeed, we have seen some companies —though only a handful —pull out of attending the Paris event for that very reason. We can understand why. After all, we have loved ones at home, and we are as keen as anyone to get back to them safely when this week is up.

But it is absolutely right that EWEA made the decision to go ahead as planned. It is too trite to say that ‘the show must go on’ given the security concerns that exist here but, in reality, Paris is no less safe than it was this time last week. Nowhere in the world can ever be totally safe —but EWEA is giving it a good go with the security measures it has put in place with the French authorities.

This is partly to show the people of France that they are not alone in their time of trouble. French energy minister Segolene Royal and Siemens Wind CEO Markus Tacke, among others, said it is our duty to stand in solidarity with the people of Paris in this time of difficulty.

However, there is another more fundamental reason. Just as the world cannot stand still, neither can the wind industry. There are still conversations to be had. There are still deals to be done. And the levelized cost of energy from wind farms will not come down by itself. Those in the wind sector needs to meet up regularly to discuss the best way to meet the challenges facing us.

As Royal said in her keynote speech, global warming is contributing to climate change across the world and, with that, droughts and migrations that are contributing to instability in key regions. If we can help tackling climate change then we can also make a small contribution to fighting terrorism.

Of course, the conference is ongoing and so it is too early to say for definite that it has passed off without incident. We expect it will. But, this year more than ever, we were pleased to meet up with those of you who we have met this week —and, as ever, wish you safe travels as you head home.

We like to think we are old hands at this conference business. But it was with heavy hearts that we headed out to the EWEA annual conference that started in Paris on Tuesday.

You should not need us to explain the reason. The terror attacks in the French capital on Friday left nearly 130 people dead and have appalled the world. It would have been easy for EWEA to put this annual conference on hold, or even cancel it, in the light of those abhorrent acts.

Indeed, we have seen some companies —though only a handful —pull out of attending the Paris event for that very reason. We can understand why. After all, we have loved ones at home, and we are as keen as anyone to get back to them safely when this week is up.

But it is absolutely right that EWEA made the decision to go ahead as planned. It is too trite to say that ‘the show must go on’ given the security concerns that exist here but, in reality, Paris is no less safe than it was this time last week. Nowhere in the world can ever be totally safe —but EWEA is giving it a good go with the security measures it has put in place with the French authorities.

This is partly to show the people of France that they are not alone in their time of trouble. French energy minister Segolene Royal and Siemens Wind CEO Markus Tacke, among others, said it is our duty to stand in solidarity with the people of Paris in this time of difficulty.

However, there is another more fundamental reason. Just as the world cannot stand still, neither can the wind industry. There are still conversations to be had. There are still deals to be done. And the levelized cost of energy from wind farms will not come down by itself. Those in the wind sector needs to meet up regularly to discuss the best way to meet the challenges facing us.

As Royal said in her keynote speech, global warming is contributing to climate change across the world and, with that, droughts and migrations that are contributing to instability in key regions. If we can help tackling climate change then we can also make a small contribution to fighting terrorism.

Of course, the conference is ongoing and so it is too early to say for definite that it has passed off without incident. We expect it will. But, this year more than ever, we were pleased to meet up with those of you who we have met this week —and, as ever, wish you safe travels as you head home.

We like to think we are old hands at this conference business. But it was with heavy hearts that we headed out to the EWEA annual conference that started in Paris on Tuesday.

You should not need us to explain the reason. The terror attacks in the French capital on Friday left nearly 130 people dead and have appalled the world. It would have been easy for EWEA to put this annual conference on hold, or even cancel it, in the light of those abhorrent acts.

Indeed, we have seen some companies —though only a handful —pull out of attending the Paris event for that very reason. We can understand why. After all, we have loved ones at home, and we are as keen as anyone to get back to them safely when this week is up.

But it is absolutely right that EWEA made the decision to go ahead as planned. It is too trite to say that ‘the show must go on’ given the security concerns that exist here but, in reality, Paris is no less safe than it was this time last week. Nowhere in the world can ever be totally safe —but EWEA is giving it a good go with the security measures it has put in place with the French authorities.

This is partly to show the people of France that they are not alone in their time of trouble. French energy minister Segolene Royal and Siemens Wind CEO Markus Tacke, among others, said it is our duty to stand in solidarity with the people of Paris in this time of difficulty.

However, there is another more fundamental reason. Just as the world cannot stand still, neither can the wind industry. There are still conversations to be had. There are still deals to be done. And the levelized cost of energy from wind farms will not come down by itself. Those in the wind sector needs to meet up regularly to discuss the best way to meet the challenges facing us.

As Royal said in her keynote speech, global warming is contributing to climate change across the world and, with that, droughts and migrations that are contributing to instability in key regions. If we can help tackling climate change then we can also make a small contribution to fighting terrorism.

Of course, the conference is ongoing and so it is too early to say for definite that it has passed off without incident. We expect it will. But, this year more than ever, we were pleased to meet up with those of you who we have met this week —and, as ever, wish you safe travels as you head home.

We like to think we are old hands at this conference business. But it was with heavy hearts that we headed out to the EWEA annual conference that started in Paris on Tuesday.

You should not need us to explain the reason. The terror attacks in the French capital on Friday left nearly 130 people dead and have appalled the world. It would have been easy for EWEA to put this annual conference on hold, or even cancel it, in the light of those abhorrent acts.

Indeed, we have seen some companies —though only a handful —pull out of attending the Paris event for that very reason. We can understand why. After all, we have loved ones at home, and we are as keen as anyone to get back to them safely when this week is up.

But it is absolutely right that EWEA made the decision to go ahead as planned. It is too trite to say that ‘the show must go on’ given the security concerns that exist here but, in reality, Paris is no less safe than it was this time last week. Nowhere in the world can ever be totally safe —but EWEA is giving it a good go with the security measures it has put in place with the French authorities.

This is partly to show the people of France that they are not alone in their time of trouble. French energy minister Segolene Royal and Siemens Wind CEO Markus Tacke, among others, said it is our duty to stand in solidarity with the people of Paris in this time of difficulty.

However, there is another more fundamental reason. Just as the world cannot stand still, neither can the wind industry. There are still conversations to be had. There are still deals to be done. And the levelized cost of energy from wind farms will not come down by itself. Those in the wind sector needs to meet up regularly to discuss the best way to meet the challenges facing us.

As Royal said in her keynote speech, global warming is contributing to climate change across the world and, with that, droughts and migrations that are contributing to instability in key regions. If we can help tackling climate change then we can also make a small contribution to fighting terrorism.

Of course, the conference is ongoing and so it is too early to say for definite that it has passed off without incident. We expect it will. But, this year more than ever, we were pleased to meet up with those of you who we have met this week —and, as ever, wish you safe travels as you head home.

We like to think we are old hands at this conference business. But it was with heavy hearts that we headed out to the EWEA annual conference that started in Paris on Tuesday.

You should not need us to explain the reason. The terror attacks in the French capital on Friday left nearly 130 people dead and have appalled the world. It would have been easy for EWEA to put this annual conference on hold, or even cancel it, in the light of those abhorrent acts.

Indeed, we have seen some companies —though only a handful —pull out of attending the Paris event for that very reason. We can understand why. After all, we have loved ones at home, and we are as keen as anyone to get back to them safely when this week is up.

But it is absolutely right that EWEA made the decision to go ahead as planned. It is too trite to say that ‘the show must go on’ given the security concerns that exist here but, in reality, Paris is no less safe than it was this time last week. Nowhere in the world can ever be totally safe —but EWEA is giving it a good go with the security measures it has put in place with the French authorities.

This is partly to show the people of France that they are not alone in their time of trouble. French energy minister Segolene Royal and Siemens Wind CEO Markus Tacke, among others, said it is our duty to stand in solidarity with the people of Paris in this time of difficulty.

However, there is another more fundamental reason. Just as the world cannot stand still, neither can the wind industry. There are still conversations to be had. There are still deals to be done. And the levelized cost of energy from wind farms will not come down by itself. Those in the wind sector needs to meet up regularly to discuss the best way to meet the challenges facing us.

As Royal said in her keynote speech, global warming is contributing to climate change across the world and, with that, droughts and migrations that are contributing to instability in key regions. If we can help tackling climate change then we can also make a small contribution to fighting terrorism.

Of course, the conference is ongoing and so it is too early to say for definite that it has passed off without incident. We expect it will. But, this year more than ever, we were pleased to meet up with those of you who we have met this week —and, as ever, wish you safe travels as you head home.

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