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Extracts from NATTA's journal
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9. EU News
Europeans like wind
Wind power and renewables are very popular with people in areas where wind farms are built, or have been proposed, across Europe and beyond, according to a review published by the European Wind Energy Association (EWEA). The energy sources typically received positive scores of 60-80%, according to the review, which summarises 37 surveys carried out over three years in 19 countries.
The surveys focused on Europe, plus
A British ‘survey of surveys’ of 42 opinion polls between 1990-2002 shows that 77% support wind power, 14% are neutral and 9% are against. And among EU-15 citizens surveyed by the European Commission in March this year, 69% supported more renewable energy related research compared to 13% for gas, 10% for nuclear fission, 6% for oil and 5% for coal. 40% of respondents thought renewable energy sources will be the least expensive energy resources in 2050, compared to 7% for oil, 10% for nuclear fission, and 11% for solid fuels. “There is a small but growing group of political supporters who understand the value of wind power beyond kilowatts and megawatt”, said Millais.
Source: Sustainable Development International. For more see the Sept/Oct issue of the EWEA’s journal Wind Directions.
New EWEA Wind Target
The European Wind Energy Association has increased its European wind targets. It now wants to have 75GW in place by 2010, and 180GW by 2020. compared to the 25 GW now installed. If achieved, it would mean that by 2010 wind would provide electricity equal to the needs of 86 million Europeans, and deliver one third of all new electricity generation capacity and meet one third of the EU’s total Kyoto committment
..but EU progress still slow
The 15 European Union member
states are unlikely to hit their target, set under the Kyoto
Protocol, of generating 22% of their electricity from renewables by
2010 according to the World Wildlife Fund (WWF). WWF fears the
EU will achieve no more than 17% by then. WWF revealed its concerns
about the lack of effective policies for renewable power in the month
that member states had to report to the EC on progress in achieving
renewable targets. The main culprits for this embarrassing failure are
likely to be
Full press release/ report at: www.panda.org/about_wwf/where_we_work/europe/what_we_do/policy_and_events/epo/news.cfm?uNewsID=9065
New German Energy act
Proposals for a review of the German renewables legislation, which is seen by many as being the cornerstone for European renewables, have led to resistance from the Utilities worried about the cost. The current legislation, introduced in April 2000, aimed to double the share of electricity produced from renewable sources from 6.3% in 2000 to 12.5% in 2010. This led to a major boom in the country’s renewable energy sector, with the share of renewables rising to 8%.
In August 2003, the German government presented a review of the legislation which was generally welcomed by the renewables lobby, but opposed by utilities concerned about the extra cost. Some parts of the government also fear that continued major subsidies will lead to unsupportable costs for the tax payer and consumers. On one side, environment minister Jürgen Trittin (Greens) maintains that the new act will reduce the overall costs, but the minister for economy and employment, Wolfgang Clement (SPD) claimed that the proposed legislation would lead to a rise in electricity prices that would be difficult to bear by some key energy intensive industries. The new act was originally scheduled to enter into force on 1 Jan. 2004, but now it is hoped that it will be ready in time for the World Conference on Renewables to be held in Bonn in June.
* It could cost
New French energy plan
Carbon Trading = Rising Costs?
Since fossil fuel generation will be hit hard, the cost of electricity could rise dramatically in Europe when the EU-wide emission cap and trading scheme comes into force in 2005. McKinsey, the consultancy, estimates that wholesale electricity prices will rise by 40% within five years. UBS Warburg, the investment bank, say the increase could be 63 %. See Carl Mortisheds gloomy overview in The Times Oct. 8th, and also the Review section of Renew 148. But others see it as likely to lead to a bonanza for those able to engage in carbon trading. See www.power-ink.com/emo/carbonimpacts.htm