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EU wind power will triple by 2020

EWPA's blog - etea August 3, 2011

The European Wind Energy Association (EWEA) published its scenarios for onshore and offshore wind power deployment in the EU. The report foresees that wind energy will more than triple its power output by 2020 with 194 billion Euros invested in European onshore and offshore wind farms in this decade. Electricity production from wind power is expected to increase from 182 Terawatt hours (TWh) or 5.5% of the total EU demand in 2010, to 581 TWh or 15.7% of the total demand in 2020.

By 2020 the electricity production from wind energy will be equivalent to the total electricity consumption of all households in France, Germany, Poland, Spain and the United Kingdom together.

“This success is mainly driven by a strong EU regulatory framework to 2020, which we need also after 2020″, said Justin Wilkes, Policy Director of EWEA. “Wind power will not only make a very substantial contribution to meeting Europe’s commitment to reduce greenhouse gas emissions. It strongly accelerates a shift away from expensive fossil fuels, creates jobs, makes Europe more competitive, and provides secure and renewable power production in Europe”, Wilkes added.

EWEA’s “Pure Power” report also shows that the 27 EU Member States will have very different increases in wind power capacity over the coming years. Estonia will increase its wind power capacity by 3,4% reaching 11% the of the country’s electricity demand by 2020. EWEA’s assumption of EU installed wind power of 230 Gigawatts (GW) by 2020 is “conservative”. It does not differ much from those presented by 27 EU Member States in their “national action plans” with a total of 213 GW. The European Commission similarly assumes 222 GW of installed wind capacity by 2020.

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