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Renew, Issue 164 Nov-Dec 2006
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13. Renewables in Europe
Wind in the Ukraine
The potential for wind power in Ukraine is 70 million MWh per year, and the country could be completely self sufficient in electricity generation through the use of renewable energy sources and increased energy efficiency says the World Wind Energy Association.
WWEA president Anil Kane claimed that ‘Together with other renewable energies, like hydropower, geothermal energy, solar and biomass, wind energy can completely replace dangerous and polluting energy sources. Renewable energies can rid nations of their dependence on increasingly expensive imported fossil and nuclear energy sources like oil, gas, coal, or uranium,’ and added that wind energy had created 1,400 jobs in the Ukraine. -and globally, 235,000 people are employed in wind energy.
‘Ukraine has huge reserves of renewable energy and, in particular, the share of wind power produced electricity in the system could reach 20% by 2020,’ explains Andrej Konechenkov of the Renewable Energy Agency, Ukraine. ‘Twenty-three facilities, which were formerly military production complexes, are involved in the production of wind turbine components.’
However, the WWEA says the country’s recently-approved energy strategy is a document ‘without a sound economic and technical rationalization’. The plan to construct 22 new reactors and to meet demand for power and heating through increased nuclear production would result in an economic and environmental crisis in Ukraine. ‘There is a huge capacity for more energy efficiency in Ukraine, and this initiative would work directly against that,’ says Konechenkov. ‘We should, instead, invest the funds into financially and environmentally sound technologies, as developed countries do. Ukraine would then become a very European country with a bright future for generations to come.’
‘The time has come to switch completely to renewable energy,’
adds Stefan Gsänger of WWEA. ‘More and more governments understand
the need for such a shift, and wind energy will be the locomotive in
this drive. It is important to create the necessary political frameworks
which are reliable enough for investment into new generation units,
based on renewable energy. With this, mankind can avoid that a second
Chernobyl disaster happens. Besides, proliferation of wind energy and
renewable energy technology has no negative side effects, but enhances
in general human development.’
EU Wind problems
Wind power may face a potential problem in France. A recent report to the government from the National Academy of Medicine says that, until full scientific investigations are completed into the potential harmful effects on health of noise from wind turbines, there should be a ban on larger turbines near houses. Meanwhile, the Spanish government has passed an emergency decree removing the REFIT styled production incentive payment and guaranteed minimum purchase price for wind projects. Confidence in the Spanish wind market, one of the world’s top three, has been ‘shattered’. Windpower Monthly
EWEA speaks out
The European Wind Energy Association submitted comments to a public hearing on ‘Towards a Common European Energy Policy’ that was organised by the socialist group in the European Parliament. The current national targets for renewables should it says be made mandatory and national targets should be adopted for 2020, in line with the recommendation of the Euro Parliament. The overall target must be translated into sectorial targets of at least 35% from green power by 2020, at least 25% from green heat by that time, and at least 12% from green fuels.
EU bio- growth
Output of biodiesel in the EU will grow by at least 20% a year up to 2010, mainly from rapeseed, according to France’s leading producer Diester Industrie: ‘in France it will grow 50% which helps the average’.
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