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Response to Guardian article on 22 January 2015

22.01.2015

Thomas Becker, Chief Executive Officer of the European Wind Energy Association:

Thomas Becker, EWEA CEO

EWEA is committed to engaging with other associations and stakeholders in the energy sector to ensure that the European energy mix is competitive for business and consumers. This means talking with other industries, such as gas, to gauge views on how renewables, and particularly wind, can play a central role in tandem with alternative sources of energy. EWEA will continue these discussions but there is no arrangement in place between the associations in question.

EWEA's members are active at all levels of the energy sector and as such differing viewpoints on the integration of renewables and its relationship with gas are inevitable.

It is no secret that in the short to medium-term gas and renewables together are an essential part of Europe's energy make-up to guarantee security of supply. Moreover, it is important that we take a holistic approach when discussing the future of our energy system. And from a systemic point of view, gas and wind actually complement each other quite well.

All matters on the structure of the board are discussed and voted upon by our members before any changes go ahead. Additionally, EWEA hosts a regular working group open to all national associations, which is tasked with ensuring that the European wind industry speaks with a common voice across all Member States.

On the 2030 climate and energy package, EWEA pushed for an ambitious nationally binding 30% target for 2030. Not only was this a determined target but it was also a logical and realistic progression from the 20% goal for 2020.

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