Wind to Provide Half of the EU Electricity by 2050

Wind to Provide Half of the EU Electricity by 2050

Wind power could provide 50 percent of the EU electricity supply by 2050, predicts a new report to be published next month. The report from the European Wind Energy Association (EWEA) aims to provide European policy makers with a clear understanding of the significant contribution wind energy can make in terms of energy security, CO2 reductions and employment,

Wind power could provide 50 percent of the EU electricity supply by 2050, predicts a new report to be published next month.

The report from the European Wind Energy Association (EWEA) aims to provide European policy makers with a clear understanding of the significant contribution wind energy can make in terms of energy security, CO2 reductions and employment, ahead of the publication of the European Commission’s 2050 Energy Roadmap, due in the autumn.

According to the report, wind power can contribute substantially to achieving the EU’s commitment to reduce greenhouse gas emissions by 80-95 percent by 2050.

 

It shows that by 2020 most EU countries will have at least tripled their wind power capacity reaching a total installed capacity of 230 gigawatts (GW) by 2020 – providing 15.7 percent of EU electricity depending on demand. 190GW would be onshore and 40GW offshore.

By the end of 2010, 84GW of wind energy capacity was operating in Europe, meeting 5.3 percent of EU power demand.

By 2030 EWEA expects 400GW of wind to be operating in the EU providing 28.5 percent of EU electricity depending on demand. 250GW would be onshore and 150GW offshore.

Target for 2030 would bring stability

The European Wind Energy Association expects that EUR194 billion will be invested in European onshore and offshore wind farms in this decade, mainly driven by a strong EU regulatory framework to 2020, said Christian Kjaer, Chief Executive of EWEA.

Annual wind power investments in the EU will double from EUR13 billion in 2010 to 27 billion in 2020. This will make a very substantial contribution to meeting Europe’s commitment to reduce greenhouse gas emissions within the short timeframe provided by the scientific community, according to Kjaer.

“However, EU policy uncertainty is substantial for the period after 2020,” added Kjaer. “An early commitment to binding renewable energy targets in 2030 would provide industry with the necessary stability, and certainty to invest in job creation while sending a strong signal about the future redesign of Europe’s electricity infrastructure.”

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