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Extracts from NATTA's journal
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16. EU wind up by 23% to nearly 30GW
Wind Energy Association has reported that EU wind power capacity
increased by 23% last year to 28,401megawatt (MW). Germany (2,645 MW
more) and Spain (1,377 MW more) continue to dominate the market. Austria
(276 MW more) appears among the top three European markets for the first
time, followed by Denmark (243 MW).
The 28,401MW installed in the EU-15 by the end of 2003 will,
in an average wind year, produce 60 TWh of electricity equal to approximately 2.4% of total EU
electricity consumption. The installed wind power capacity would provide
the equivalent electricity needs of 14 million average European households,
or 35 million citizens.
However the EWEA
was concerned about the rate of growth in the future. “Wind energy continues
to expand in Europe, but at the moment it is only a three-Member State
story. We face maturing markets in the three leading countries Germany,
Spain and Denmark which account for 84% of the total wind power capacity
installed in EU-15 by the end of 2003. These figures highlight a weakness
in the market that needs to be corrected,”
said Corin Millais, EWEA CEO.
He added “The future of European wind power is reliant
on opening markets in other European countries on a scale similar to
the three leading countries in the coming years. There are positive
trends in countries such as Austria, the Netherlands and Italy. But
we still have to see the positive political messages of countries such
as the UK and France materialise into more actual projects. The overall
status of the wind power sector is healthy; nevertheless, the 2003 installation
rates are not high enough.”
The major global conference on Renewables in Bonn in June led to some powerful rhetoric- and a call from the EU Parliament for a 20% by 2020 EU renewable energy target, plus talk of 50% globally by 2050 and even 90% by 2100! We’ll report on it, and WCRE’s World Renewable Energy Forum which preceded it, in Renew 151.
All in all it was evidently quite a bash !