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The EU must decide as soon as possible on an energy and climate policy framework for 2030. This is so investors...
The European offshore wind energy industry needs to attract between €90 billion and €123 billion by 2020 to meet its...
TWENTIES is a grids project that looks into how to operate grid systems with large amounts of wind and other...
The European wind industry has grown rapidly. Installed capacity has increased from around 13 GW in 2000 to more than...
Offshore wind is one of the fastest growing maritime sectors. Its installed capacity was 5 GW at end 2012, and by 2020...
In 2011, Europe was the global leader in offshore wind energy with more than 90% of the world’s installed capacity. Around a quarter of Europe’s wind energy could be produced offshore in 2020, EWEA estimates.
From 2007 – 2010, jobs in wind energy grew by nearly 30% while EU unemployment rose by 9.6%. In 2010, 238,000 people were employed in wind energy. That number should increase to 520,000 by 2020 - a 200% rise in ten years.
In 2012, Europe’s installed wind power capacity reached 100 GW. This can power over 57 million households each year and meet around 7% of the EU’s electricity demand or the total electricity consumption of the inhabitants Sweden, Ireland, Slovenia and Slovakia combined.
The wind energy sector contributed €32 billion to EU GDP in 2010. At 0.26%, it contributed more value to EU GDP than the entire European footwear industry, an increase of 33% since 2007 (Source: EWEA).