EWEC 2009 - Higher wind targets for EU

Higher wind targets for EU were announced by the European Wind Energy Association (EWEA) at EWEC 2009 taking place in Marseille.

Higher wind targets for EU were announced by the European Wind Energy Association (EWEA) at EWEC 2009 taking place in Marseille.

Arthouros Zervos, EWEA’s President, announced that the EWEA has increased its 2020 target for installed wind energy capacity in the EU from 180 GW to 230 GW, including 40 GW offshore.

“The agreement on the EU Renewable Energy Directive in December 2008 and its mandatory 2020 renewables targets for the Member States have increased our optimism for the sector’s outlook.

“We have therefore increased our targets. However, these targets will only be met if all the Member States implement the directive swiftly and effectively.”

Previously, EWEA’s target was set at 180 GW of installed capacity in the EU by 2020, including 35 GW offshore. The new 230 GW target would produce approximately 600 TWh per year in the EU by 2020, power equivalent to the needs of 135 million average EU households (60 per cent of EU households) and meeting between 14 and 18 per cent of EU electricity demand (depending on total demand in 2020).

Mechtild Rothe, Vice President of the European Parliament said that wind energy can make a real difference to employment and economies. "Wind energy is an excellent example of how to intelligently invest in a future-orientated sustainable economy getting thousands of people into jobs,” she said.

“Especially in these times of uncertainty it is very important that the European wind energy industry has created more than 60,000 new jobs over the past five years. These are not mere statistics - this is the competitive strength of Europe! Wind energy has definitely become a driving force of our economies. We have learned from the current crisis that we should not wait until the problems are there before we act – we need to invest in wind energy now."

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