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EWEA chief tells COP21: Wind energy cheapest new power generation globally


Onshore wind energy is the cheapest form of new power generation globally, said European Wind Energy Association CEO Giles Dickson at the UN climate summit in Paris today.

Based on the levelised cost of electricity, new onshore wind power is ahead of conventional forms of generation on average. Dickson also highlighted the role that European manufacturers in the wind industry can play in emerging markets while speaking at a side event organised by the Center for Clean Air Policy.

Emerging markets such as China, India, Brazil, Turkey and others have all submitted national commitments ahead of the climate showdown in Paris, with many setting ambitious new targets for renewables. European companies in the wind industry are creating jobs and contributing to growth in these economies by investing locally. Dickson said: "An expansion of skills-based jobs in emerging markets is essential for investments. This is about creating jobs for everyone."

He added that stable frameworks are necessary to the continued roll out of wind energy across the world: "Those countries outside the EU that have given very clear targets on renewables and wind power are of great interest to manufacturers. We need them in place," Dickson said.

EWEA's CEO participated in a panel discussion with Anna Pavlova, VP Government Relations at Schneider Electric; Miles George, Chairman of the Clean Energy Council of Australia and Jared Blum, President of Polyisocyanurate Insulation Manufacturers Association.


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