Association activities

American Wind Energy Association (AWEA)

UKA has been a member of the American Wind Energy Association since 01/01/2017.

AWEA is a national industry association for wind energy based in the US capital of Washington, D.C. It was founded in 1974. AWEA represents wind project developers, wind turbine manufacturers, service providers, research institutes and other industry stakeholders.

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Bundesverband der Energie- und Wasserwirtschaft e.V. (BDEW)

UKA has been a member of Bundesverband der Energie- und Wasserwirtschaft e.V. (BDEW) since 01/01/2018.

As an umbrella organisation for the German energy and water management sectors, BDEW represents over 1,800 companies. Its members range from local and municipal businesses to regional and supra-regional companies. It represents around 90% of electricity sales, 60% of local and remote heating sales, 90% of natural gas sales, 80% of drinking water supplies and 60% of sewage disposal in Germany. BDEW was formed with the merger of four energy sector associations following a resolution passed on 19 June 2007 in Berlin:

  • Federal Association of the German Gas and Water Industry (Bundesverband der deutschen Gas- und Wasserwirtschaft, BGW)
  • Association of Multi-Utilities and Regional Energy Suppliers in Germany (Verband der Verbundunternehmen und Regionalen Energieversorger in Deutschland, VRE)
  • German Distributors’ Association (Verband der Netzbetreiber, VDN) German Electricity Association (Verband der Elektrizitätswirtschaft, VDEW)

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BVMW – Bundesverband mittelständische Wirtschaft, Unternehmerverband Deutschlands e.V.

UKA has been a member of Bundesverband mittelständische Wirtschaft, Unternehmerverband Deutschlands e.V. since 01/04/2015.

BVMW represents the interests of 550,000 small and medium-sized businesses, making it the largest voluntary corporate network in Germany. BVMW is politically neutral and offers supra-regional, cross-sector representation of the interests of SMEs vis-à-vis politicians, trade unions, banks and corporations. The association also adopts an important regional role in facilitating the exchange of information between commercial, academic and political stakeholders, initiates economic cycles, and ensures a targeted flow of information through organised events and personal meetings, all of which helps its members to develop their activities.

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WindEurope, formerly the European Wind Energy Association (EWEA)

UKA has been a member of WindEurope, formerly the European Wind Energy Association (EWEA), since 01/01/2018.

The association represents the interests of the wind energy sector in Europe, equating to over 250,000 employees and an 11% share of European wind energy. UKA takes part in various working groups within the association.

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Bundesverband WindEnergie e. V. (BWE)

UKA has been part of the national WindEnergie e. V. (BWE) association since 14/04/2000.

BWE was founded in 1996. BWE’s objective is to develop wind energy in Germany, efficiently and for the long term, and to make the vision of “100% energy from renewable energy sources” a reality in Germany. Made up of around 20,000 members, it is one of the largest renewable energy associations in the world.

The UKA Group is regularly represented on BWE working groups, including in the following areas: conservation, radar and aviation, and labelling. Furthermore, employees participate in several BWE regional and Länder-based associations.

UKA is also a member of the BWE planning and communications advisory councils.

The BWE advisory councils offer important platforms for exchanging information between the BWE’s members. The committees advise BWE’s federal board on important decision-making processes regarding its positioning vis-à-vis political decision-makers in matters of licensing and feed-in laws.

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GPM Deutsche Gesellschaft für Projektmanagement e. V.

UKA has been a member of GPM Deutsche Gesellschaft für Projektmanagement e. V. since 13/11/2013.

GPM is the largest skills network of project management experts in the continent of Europe. GPM sets standards through collaboration on international norms in project management and through its technical work in specialist groups. As a developer of renewable energy projects, especially wind energy projects, UKA contributes to GPM’s wealth of knowledge, bringing its experience in projects that run over many years.

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Förderverein Klimaschutz Sachsen e. V.

UKA has been a member of Klimaschutz Sachsen e. V. since 08/06/2012.

The association is an initiative run by Saxony’s Mittelstand companies. The members’ concerns include promoting renewable energies, renewable raw materials, enhanced education around climate protection and the environment, as well as supporting sustainable climate protection projects.

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Landesverband Erneuerbare Energie Sachsen-Anhalt e. V. (LEE)

UKA has been a member of Landesverband Erneuerbare Energie Sachsen-Anhalt e. V. (LEE) since 14/02/2014.

LEE Sachsen-Anhalt was founded in 2006 and is the umbrella association within the renewable energy sector in Saxony-Anhalt. The association represents the interests of wind and solar energy, along with bioenergy, geothermal energy, hydropower, cogeneration and energy efficiency.

UKA’s involvement in LEE Sachsen-Anhalt includes pan-association communications and joint campaigns. In addition, the UKA Group supports regular exchange between stakeholders on specialist issues such as repowering and species protection guidelines.

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Bundesverband Solarwirtschaft e.V. (BSW-Solar)

UKA has been part of the Bundesverband Solarwirtschaft e.V. association (German Solar Association) since 01/08/2018.

With about 800 member companies, Bundesverband Solarwirtschaft e.V. (German Solar Association) is the interest group of the German solar energy industry. Forming a strong community of companies, BSW-Solar acts as an informant and intermediary between business and the political and public sectors. It represents the common commercial interests of businesses within the solar energy value chain.

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AGDW - Die Waldeigentümer

UKA has been a member of the German Forest Owners Association (Arbeitsgemeinschaft Deutscher Waldbesitzerverbände e.V.) since 01/01/2019.

The "AGDW - Die Waldeigentümer (German Forest Owners Association)" represents the interests of private and municipal forest owners to the Bundestag (German Federal Parliament), the Bundesrat (Federal Council), ministries, industries, academic institutions and the committees of other associations. The association is active in numerous institutions and represents the interests of the two million private and municipal forest owners from Germany and it represents these interests not only on a national level but also increasingly on the European and international levels. As a member of the European Forest Owners' Association (CEPF), AGDW is also involved in shaping both European and international forest policy.

Forest owners in Germany are committed to sustainable forestry, which has 300 years of history and dates back to the Saxon mining administrator Carl von Carlowitz. He coined the term sustainability in his book - Sylvicultura oeconomica - 300 years ago.

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ThEEN - Thüringer Erneuerbare Energien Netzwerk e.V.

UKA has been a member of the Thuringian Renewable Energies Network (ThEEN e.V.) since 02/09/2015.

The Thuringian Renewable Energies Network (ThEEN e.V.) is an expert network for renewable energy, energy storage, energy efficiency and sector coupling, based in Erfurt. The network has over 70 members from economic, scientific and public institutions and represents more than 300 companies through its member associations: Arbeitsgemeinschaft Thüringer Wasserkraftwerke e.V. (Working Group Thuringian Hydroelectric Facilities), Bundesverband WindEnergie e.V. - Landesverband Thüringen (German Wind Energy Association - Thuringian State Association), Erdwärme Thüringen e.V. (Thuringian Geothermal Energy Association), Fachverband Biogas - Regionalbüro Ost (German Biogas Association - Eastern Regional Office) and SolarInput e.V.

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