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Friday, 18 September 2015 20:30

Wind power to serve 25% of Europe’s electricity by 2030

Wind power can meet up to a quarter of Europe’s electricity demand by 2030 if member states deliver on climate and energy pledges, announced European Wind Energy Association (EWEA), Caspian Energy News (www.caspianenergy.net) reports with reference to the Anadolu Agency.

According to the EWEA's latest forecasts released Monday, the association expects that over the next 15 years wind power installations in Europe will reach 320 gigawatts (GW) of capacity, which could serve 24.4 percent of electricity demand across the region.

Installed capacity of 320 GW is more than twice as much as the installed capacity in 2014 at 129 GW, and an increase of two thirds from the expected installed capacity of 192 GW by 2020, according to the EWEA's statistics.

The association's new scenario anticipates that 254 GW can be generated from onshore wind and 66 GW will come from offshore installations, which will allow the European wind industry to provide up to 334,000 direct and indirect jobs by 2030 in the most feasible scenario.

Currently, Europe’s 128.8 GW of capacity meets over 10 percent of European power consumption in a normal wind year.

The new scenario looks at both annual and cumulative installations (in MW) and includes a country-by-country breakdown for 2030, but not for intermediate years.

The figures for EWEA’s 2030 capacity scenario were developed in cooperation with national associations across Europe and industry leaders.

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