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The European Union has passed the milestone of 100 gigawatt (GW) of installed wind power capacity

Press release of the European Wind Energy Association (EWEA). 100 GW of wind power can generate electricity over a year to meet the total consumption of 57 million households, equivalent to the power production of 39 nuclear power plants. It took the European wind energy sector some twenty years to get the first 10 GW grid connected. It only needed 13 years to add an additional 90 GW. Half of the total European wind power capacity has been installed over the past six years.

EU Commission turns its back on jobs, leadership and energy security

Press release by the European Wind Energy Association (EWEA). Commission 2030 climate and energy paper sets a weak renewables target of 27%. Commission has capitulated to anti-renewables lobby groups.

Wind energy installations outperform gas and coal in 2014

Press release, European Wind Energy Association (EWEA). The European wind energy industry installed more new capacity than gas and coal combined in 2014. Across the 28 Member States, the wind industry connected a total of 11,791 MW to the grid with coal and gas adding 3,305 MW and 2,338 MW respectively. Moreover, the coal and gas industries in Europe both retired more capacity than they commissioned in 2014. In comparison, wind energy capacity in Europe increased 3.8% year on year from 2013, with cumulative installations now standing at 128.8 GW in the EU.

The strategy of the European Commission for a resilient Energy Union – only a first step in the right direction

Brussels. Press release by European Renewable Energies Federation (EREF). The European Commission published its strategy to achieve a resilient Energy Union with a forward-looking climate change policy. According to Vice-President Maroš Šefčovič, the Commission launches “the most ambitious European energy project since the Coal and Steel Community”.

Looking ahead at market-based grid support services from wind

Brussels. EWEA: In September 2014, the EU-funded REserviceS project found that a 50% share of variable renewables can save up to 6% on system costs under market-based approaches.

European Commission needs new controls to ensure EU meets 27% RES target by 2030

The European Commission needs new powers to ensure that Member States meet the EU’s 27% renewable energy pledge by 2030, according to a paper released by the European Wind Energy Association (EWEA). 
By December 2015, the European Commission must come forward with renewable energy benchmarks, which should provide an indication for Member States on reaching the EU-wide target by the end of the next decade. It is of paramount importance that the target is distributed fairly among the Member States.

Embedding national energy policy in the European context

"European policy is becoming increasingly important for the German energy transition – and onshore wind power in particular." In addition to representing national positions, we therefore also have to influence European energy policy more. Energy policy has to be embedded in the European context," Jan Hinrich Glahr, vice president of German Wind Energy Association BWE, stated at a side event of the EWEA Wind Energy Conference in Barcelona.

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