The most powerful freedom
In 1986, European leaders agreed to open up their borders to the free movement of goods, capital, people and services. Ever since, the European single market has ensured trade, competition, consumer choice, employment and prosperity in Europe. Yet 25 years later, there is still no single market in electricity. Consumers are supplied with electricity that is generally produced nationally, and as competition is ineffective, electricity suppliers can pass any price increase onto that same consumer.
Design limits and solutions for very large wind turbines
20 Megawatt wind turbines are feasible, according to a new report from the EU-funded UpWind project. UpWind explored the design limits of upscaling wind turbines to 20 Megawatt (MW) and found that they would have rotor diameters of around 200 metres, compared to some 120 metres on today's 5 MW turbines.
Achieving 80-95% emissions reductions
EWEA's EU Energy Policy to 2050 report outlines the successes of Europe's renewable energy policy, and outlines the need for long-term planning, as far as 2050.
Moving to 30% emissions cuts
A 30% cut by 2020 is a crucial first step to the 80-95% emissions cut by 2050 agreed by the Heads of State.
Wind energy and the electricity grid
‘Powering Europe’ puts forward a well-argued case that there are no major technical barriers, but rather major economic benefits, to integrating large amounts of fuel- and pollution-free wind energy into Europe’s electricity grid.
Wind energy is already working in Europe
Wind energy is a mainstream power source, providing the answers to many of the challenges facing Europe today.
Administrative and grid access barriers to wind power
Based on a survey of over 200 recent wind energy projects from across the EU, this report analyses the administrative and electricity grid-related barriers to wind power development.
"The European Wind Inititative - Wind power research and development for the next ten years" offers an overview of EU wind research policy.
The report contains all the information on EWEA activities over 2009.
Exploring the 'merit order effect'
The new literature review, prepared for EWEA by energy consultants Pöyry, shows that adding wind energy into the power mix has a significant influence on the resulting price of electricity - the so-called merit order effect (MOE) - whilst at the same time reducing CO2 emissions.