Sector Primed for Wind Power Expansion

September 25, 2003 {] At the Husum Wind Exhibition and Conference in Brussels, Belgium, Professor Arthouros Zervos, President of the European Wind Energy Association (EWEA) and European Renewable Energy Council (EREC), the European Wind Energy Association (EWEA) illustrated a global strategic blueprint for the wind industry worldwide. Wind Force 12 outlines how the wind industry, currently a €7 billion sector, is able to grow to €75 billion annually by 2020. The report shows that there are no technical, economic, or resource limitations for wind power to supply 12 percent of the world’s electricity by 2020. Today wind power supplies approximately 0.4 percent of world electricity demand. With stronger political commitments worldwide, the wind energy industry could install an estimated 230,000 MW by 2010, and 1.2 million MW by 2020. According to EWEA, three European countries (Germany, Spain and Denmark) have accounted for over 70 percent of the 2002 world market; and successes (which include thriving industries and tens of thousands of new jobs) could be rapidly replicated in other countries, as the sector is primed for expansion.
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