EWEC 2009 - Commissioner calls for more wind

Wind energy can replace a large proportion of the polluting and finite fuels we currently rely on according to Andris Piebalgs, EU Energy Commissioner.

Wind energy can replace a large proportion of the polluting and finite fuels we currently rely on according to Andris Piebalgs, EU Energy Commissioner.

Speaking at the opening event of the European Wind Energy Conference and Exhibition (EWEC) in Marseille Piebalgs went to say that it made good sense to invest in indigenous sources of power that hedge against unpredictable fossil fuel prices and in which Europe has a real competitive advantage.

According to the European Commission, 3.5 per cent of the world’s proven coal reserves are in the EU. We sit on less than 2 per cent of the world’s gas; less than 2 per cent of its uranium and we have under 1 per cent of the world’s oil.

“The fight over the world’s rapidly depleting fuel resources is already intensifying,”

Arthouros Zervos, EWEA’s President, explained. “It will only become more brutal with time and Europe will lose the battle.

“European companies have two thirds of the €35bn global market for wind power technology. Wind energy is Europe’s contribution to peace, progress and prosperity and we should urgently develop, promote and export it to the best of our ability.”

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