Wind in our Sails – The coming o Europe’s oshore wind energy industry
The European Union leads the world in oshore windpower with 4,000 MW already installed, and this isonly the beginning o a major industrial development.This industry will not only help revitalise Europeaneconomies, but will place Europe at the heart o globaloshore wind developments beneftting Europeancompanies which are well established as frst movers,and provide thousands o jobs or European citizens.Our market and technology leadership in the oshorewind sector will serve us well.It is my pleasure to provide this oreword to
Wind in our Sails – The coming of Europe's offshore wind industry
,produced by the European Wind Energy Association,once again showing overwhelming investor interestand the huge contribution this innovative industry canmake to Europe. Oshore wind power contributes tothe EU goals o competitiveness, energy security andreducing greenhouse gas emissions. As this reporthighlights, the developing o a new industrial supplychain will bring new jobs and a wealth o commercialopportunities.The European Environment Agency, in its 2009 report
confrms that the wind resource is not a constraint. Inact, the EEA illustrate that oshore wind power’s eco-nomically competitive potential is around 3,400 TWhin 2030, about 80% o the EU’s projected electricitydemand.
At a time where Europe is at a major crossroads or itsenergy uture, oshore wind provides a powerul domesticanswer to Europe’s energy supply and climate dilemma.However, this development will not happen withoutambitious national programmes, and support rom theEuropean Union, underpinning the market promise.
There is strong evidence that the supply chain or o-shore wind is dynamic and responding to challengesthrough investment in innovation. Nevertheless, devel-oping the necessary technology and industrial capacityand getting projects through planning and consent-ing takes time. To make the necessary investments,the industry needs certainty and stability. Favourablenational ramework conditions implementing theRenewable Energy Directive, together with a stablepost - 2020 legislative ramework and more innovativefnancing will be key to achieving it.
But none o these goals will be reached without solid,reliable electricity networks. They are – and will becomeeven more – the backbone o our energy system. TheEuropean Commission, in its energy inrastructurepackage, stresses the urgent need to invest in energyinrastructure in order to transport large amounts o o-shore wind energy to the consumption centres.
By working together we can build a cleaner, greenerenergy uture. This EWEA report shows us that coordi-nated action is needed across the supply chain, sup-ported by a stable and clear legislative ramework andnew fnancial instruments to tap into this unlimitedindigenous and clean energy resource.
I know the European Commission can count on theMember States, the European Parliament and all relevantstakeholders at local, regional, national and Europeanlevel to work together in order to make it happen.
Günther H. Oettinger,
European Commissioner or Energy
EEA (European Environment Agency), 2009. ‘Europe’s onshore and oshore wind energy potential’. Technical report No 6/2009.