The European Wind Energy Association (EWEA) announced that the UK Government, Department of Trade and Industry (DTI), and the British Wind Energy Association (BWEA) are to support the 2004 European Wind Energy Conference & Exhibition (2004 EWEC). Organizers said the event, which is being held in London at the Wembley Conference & Exhibition Center from November 22 to 25, will be the main meeting point for the international wind industry in 2004.London, England – October 29, 2003 [SolarAccess.com] UK Energy Minister, Stephen Timms planned to further address the issue at the British Wind Energy Association conference (BWEA25) currently taking place in Glasgow, Scotland. “This is a great opportunity to showcase the UK’s advances in renewable energy,” Timms said. “Following our recent announcement of the next phase of offshore wind power expansion, the UK is rapidly developing a dynamic wind energy market. Wind power is vital in our long-term energy policy set out in the recent White Paper. Wind will be the major factor in helping us to reach our target of generating 10 percent of our electricity from renewable sources by 2010 and a significant factor in reducing our carbon dioxide emissions by 60 percent by 2050.” 2004 EWEC will provide an international exchange of experience on policy, finance and technical developments, and is a showcase for the latest technology. It is targeted at investors, project developers, turbine manufacturers, public authorities, insurance companies, banks and all other professionals with an interest in wind developments. “2004 EWEC is perfectly located in London to take advantage of the increasing opportunities in the UK market,” said EWEA President Professor Arthouros Zervos. “The collaboration with the UK government and BWEA greatly strengthens the event, ensuring that it will be the largest and most successful wind conference and exhibition ever held in Europe. The UK has the prospect of becoming one of the leading European wind power markets.” More than 3,000 participants are expected to attend from over 50 countries around 70 percent of whom will come from outside the UK. There will be over 200 speakers and 300 posters in 40 separate business, technical and workshop sessions. “The UK has got the best wind resource in Europe and we are now on track to develop it,” said BWEA CEO Marcus Rand. “BWEA and the Government are predicting that some 8GW of capacity equivalent to some ý6 billion of investment (US$ 10.1 billion) will be coming to the UK in the next six years. We are delighted to be hosting the 2004 EWEC in the UK as it confirms the fact that the UK has at long last become a key market.” Conference discussions will address issues importance tp European and Global wind markets, in technical and business areas, from resource assessment and innovative turbine design to market and policy developments, drawing on leading experience from all over Europe. Politicians and representatives from international institutions and national governments will be invited to speak at this leading international wind event. It will bring together a network of international wind energy experts from all sectors of the wind industry, including policy, finance, research and development, manufacturing, and installation.