EU Offshore Wind Power Capacity Up 50%

132 new offshore wind turbines, totalling 523.2 megawatts (MW) were fully grid connected in Europe in the first six months of 2012. This is a 50% increase compared to the same period in 2011 when 348.1 MW were installed. “Offshore wind power creates jobs in Europe, reduces our fuel import costs, and avoids the global … Read more

European Parliament Calls for Binding 2030 Renewables Target

The European Parliament has voted for the first time in favour of setting a binding renewable energy target for 2030. “The Parliament’s vote sends a strong message to the European Council as it prepares its response to the European Commission’s Energy Roadmap 2050,” comments Stephane Bourgeois, head of regulatory affairs at the European Wind Energy … Read more

Plans For €104 Billion Pan-European Electricity Grid

A new €104 billion plan for a pan-European electricity network would cost less than 1% of the consumers’ total electricity bill. The plan – drawn up by the European Network of Transmission System Operators for Electricity (ENTSO-E) – would bring Europe a step closer to a pan-European grid. The plan comes as MEPs and Member … Read more

European Parliament Supports Action to Boost Carbon Price

Pressure is mounting on the EU to raise the carbon price under the Emissions Trading System (ETS) – the EU’s main tool for reducing industrial greenhouse gas emissions. The European Parliament’s Industry, Research and Energy Committee has just voted by a significant majority in favour of withholding carbon allowances in the ETS – a move … Read more

Wind Energy Provides Over 21% of All EU New Power Capacity in 2011

In 2011, 9,616 MW of wind energy capacity was installed in the EU, making a total of 93,957 MW – enough to supply 6.3% of the EU’s electricity, according to figures just published by the European Wind Energy Association (EWEA). Representing 21.4% of new power capacity, wind energy installations in 2011 were very similar to … Read more

EU Meets 2010 Renewable Electricity Goal But Ambitious 2030 Target Needed

The EU achieved its 2010 target of 21% of electricity consumption from renewable sources, according to latest analysis by the European Wind Energy Association (EWEA). In 2010 renewable energies produced between 665 Terrawatt hours (TWh) and 673 TWh, hitting the 21% target given consumption was around 3,115 TWh to 3,175 TWh. If renewable electricity production … Read more

17 EU Countries Planning Massive Offshore Wind Power

Over 141 gigawatts (GW) of offshore wind energy capacity is built, under construction, consented, or planned in Europe – enough to power 130 million average EU households. These wind farms – representing 35 times more capacity than the just under 4 GW installed today – would provide 13.1% of Europe’s total electricity production. The European … Read more

EU Wind Power Makes Step to a 30% EU Emissions Cut Possible

European wind power production will meet a massive 31% of the emissions reduction required by the current EU climate target. According to a new report by the European Wind Energy Association (EWEA) by 2020, the EU wind industry will avoid 342 million tonnes of CO2, equivalent to 31% of the EU’s target of reducing emissions … Read more

EU Wind Power to Triple By 2020

Wind energy in the EU will more than triple its power output by 2020 with Eur194 billion invested in European onshore and offshore wind farms during this decade, predicts the European Wind Energy Association (EWEA). Electricity production from wind power is expected to increase from 182 Terawatt hours (TWh) or 5.5% of the total EU … Read more

EU Offshore Wind Power Shows Solid Growth

Offshore wind energy capacity increased in the first half year of 2011, with a 4.5% rise in installations compared to the corresponding period of 2010. According to the European Wind Energy Association (EWEA), 101 new offshore wind turbines, with a total capacity of 348 Megawatt (MW), were connected to the power grids in the UK, Germany … Read more