The impact of wind energy on jobs and the economy
Green Growth examines the impact of wind energy on jobs and the economy in the EU. The wind energy industry increased its contribution to the EU’s gross domestic product (GDP) by 33% between 2007 and 2010. In 2010, the industry’s growth was twice that of the EU’s GDP overall, with the sector contributing €32 billion to an EU economy in slowdown.
The coming of Europe's offshore wind energy industry
‘Wind in our Sails’ is about offshore wind energy and provides a detailed analysis of the sector’s rapidly developing supply chain.
Achieving 30% lower emissions by 2020
EWEA's report shows that in 2010, wind energy avoided as much as 28% of the EU’s Kyoto emissions reduction target, and will avoid as much as 31% of the EU-wide objective by 2020.
Offshore Electricity Infrastructure in Europe
The OffshoreGrid project proves the financial benefits of building a meshed European grid offshore and outlines two cost efficient designs.
Mind the gap
It’s 2011, just nine years away from 2020 when the EU’s main climate change and renewable energy legislation expires.
Wind Energy Targets for 2020 and 2030
This updated edition of Pure Power once again shows the huge contribution wind energy already makes – and will increasingly make – to meeting Europe’s electricity demand and strengthening its economy, and to avoiding polluting and costly fuel and carbon.
Powering the Energy Debate
2010 was a year of many highs and some lows. One of the highs was the fact that the Member States’ National Renewable Energy Action Plans showed the EU to be en route to slightly exceed the 20% renewable energy target.
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.