Pure Power – Wind energy targets or 2020 and 2030
At a time when ossil uel prices are spiralling, thethreat o irreversible climate change is on everyone’sminds and serious questions are being raised over thecost and saety o nuclear, wind energy is consideredmore widely than ever a key part o the answer.This updated edition o
once again showsthe huge contribution wind energy already makes –and will increasingly make – to meeting Europe’s elec-tricity demand and strengthening its economy, and toavoiding polluting and costly uel and carbon.Wind energy currently meets 5.3% o the EU’s electric-ity consumption rom an installed capacity o 84.3 GW.The European Wind Energy Association’s scenariosshow that wind energy in 2020 should meet 15.7%o EU electricity demand rom 230 GW, and by 2030,28.5% rom 400 GW. Indeed, EWEA believes windenergy can provide hal o Europe’s power by 2050,with the remainder rom other renewable sources.To ensure the continued buoyancy o the wind energysector and the path to 100% renewables in 2050, EUrenewables legislation is needed now or the periodater 2020. This should ollow the successul legisla-tion so ar by setting an ambitious, binding renewablestarget or 2030. Such a target would take the EU rom19% renewable electricity today, to an expected 34%in 2020, and to 100% renewable electricity by 2050.In addition to post-2020 legislation, investment isurgently needed in electricity inrastructure in order totransport large amounts o wind energy rom whereit is produced to where it is consumed and to createa single electricity market in the EU. Issues such asunding or research must also be tackled.As wind energy grows year on year, so do its beneftsor the EU. Jobs are created, a world-leading Europeanindustry is strengthened, carbon emissions and uelimports are avoided.
is a detailed andencouraging picture o how the sector is likely toevolve and the positive impact it will have.We wish you inormative reading o what is, we hope,an essential reerence book or anyone interested inthe world o wind energy.
, Chie Executive OfcerEuropean Wind Energy Association
, PresidentEuropean Wind Energy Association