Euro wind body calls for consistently ‘stable’ policies

A major European wind body is calling for governments across the continent to keep up “stable policies” on sustainable energy sources. The European Wind Energy Association (EWEA) wants the EU […]

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By Vicky Ellis

A major European wind body is calling for governments across the continent to keep up “stable policies” on sustainable energy sources. The European Wind Energy Association (EWEA) wants the EU to put in place “binding” 2030 targets for renewable energy.

Today the body released figures which show last year nearly 10,000 MW of wind energy capacity was installed in the EU, enough to supply 6.3% of EU electricity. This shows a small increase on the previous year’s figures.

Justin Wilkes, policy director at EWEA said: “Despite the economic crisis gripping Europe, the wind industry is still installing solid levels of new capacity.

“But to achieve the EU’s long-term targets we need strong growth again in future years. It is critical to send positive signs to investors by European governments maintaining stable policies to support renewables and for the European Union to commit to put in place a binding renewable energy target for 2030.”