EWEA Sees Two-Thirds of Europe's Electricity From Wind 2020
Speaking at an offshore wind energy conference in Brussels this week, the vice-president of the European Wind Energy Association (EWEA) predicted that up to two-thirds of Europe’s electricity needs could come from this technology by 2020.
"The resource is there, the technology is proven, the costs continue to drop - all that is needed is the political will to see it happen," said Dr Eddie O'Connor, who is also CEO of Irish renewable energy company Eirtricity. He dubbed the development of major offshore wind energy parks as 'the biggest energy revolution since the internal combustion engine'.
To date, just 86MW of offshore wind generation capacity is sited in the seas around northern Europe, with two turbines generating 3.8MW in use off Britain at the Blyth Offshore site (see related story). However, the conference predicted that Europe stands on the brink of a rapid expansion in the use of the technology. Projects in the pipeline will add a further 5000MW to the tally.
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