Wind Can Provide Huge Benefits To Europe

EU Energy Commissioner Andris Piebalgs has called for the swift adoption and implementation of the European Commission’s proposed Renewable Energy Directive.

“Wind has delivered the most promising results out of all renewable energy technologies so far, with 57 gigawatts (GW) of total capacity installed in the EU by the end of 2007. In order to ensure that this trend continues, we need to have a secure and favourable EU legislative framework,” Piebalgs said.

Speaking at the opening session of the European Wind Energy Conference (EWEC) in Brussels Piebalgs also emphasized the need to consider renewable energy solutions beyond 2020 and far into the future.

“There is no contradiction between economic growth and large-scale deployment of wind energy — on the contrary. Wind energy is a precious commodity that brings numerous benefits to our society. Not only does it revitalise the economy, it also creates new jobs, reduces EU dependency on imported fossil fuels, and facilitates better functioning electricity markets — which is desperately needed,” said Arthouros Zervos, President of the European Wind Energy Association (EWEA).

Wind energy currently meets 3.7% of EU electricity demand. In 2007, wind power capacity in the EU increased by 8.5 GW. On average, wind power capacity would need to increase by 9.5 GW per year over the next 13 years to reach 180 GW and meet 12-14% of EU power demand in 2020.

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