EU ‘throwing away €1.1bn per day’ on energy imports

European countries are “throwing away” €1.1 billion (£0.93bn) every day on fossil fuel import costs, the European Wind Energy Association (EWEA) claims. According to figures from the EWEA, the EU paid €406 billion (£344.5bn) for oil and gas imports last year – 3.2% of its GDP. It claims the figure has risen by €200 billion […]

EU reaches 100GW wind power capacity

Installed wind power capacity for the European Union has passed the 100GW mark. A new report by the European Wind Energy Association (EWEA) states 100GW of wind power can generate energy over a year to meet the demands of 57 million households. This is equivalent to the power produced by 39 nuclear plants, 52 gas […]

UK has two of Europe’s largest three onshore wind farms

Two of Europe’s three largest onshore wind farms are being built in the UK, according to a new top ten list from the European Wind Energy Association. ScottishPower’s Whitelee farm near Glasgow was runner up to Romania’s mammoth 240 turbine Fantanele and Cogealac farm. It has 215 turbines with a capacity of 539MW and is […]

Want to work out how much our energy will cost?

Want to work out how much electricity will cost with different types of energy? A wind trade body has created an online calculator it claims can do just that. The European Wind Energy Association’s tool calculates the cost of electricity for gas, coal, nuclear, onshore and offshore wind. It says this includes any fuel and carbon […]

Wind sector growing twice as fast as EU economy

Wind power is a “recession-busting” industry which is countering the economic problems of the European Union. That’s the claim from the European Wind Energy Association (EWEA), which says the wind sector grew more than twice as fast as the EU’s economy in 2010. The figures from the ‘Green Growth’ report released yesterday suggest the sector […]

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 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 […]

Iberdrola wins €135m Polish wind project

Spanish energy company Iberdrola won a €135million (£113m) contract to build a Polish wind farm. The 82MW project is the firm’s tenth wind farm in Poland and is expected to be up and running in 20 months. Polish firm Tauron Ekoenergía commissioned the new complex which will be built in Marszewo, in the north west […]

UK leads European wind race

The European Wind Energy Association has published offshore wind energy statistics for the first half year of 2011 that shows the UK is leading the construction of wind power technologies. There was also a 4.5% increase in installations of offshore capacity compared to the first half of 2010. 101 new offshore wind turbines, with a […]

EU on track to exceed 2020 renewables target

The EU will exceed its target of meeting 20% of its energy consumption from renewables by 2020, according to the European Wind Energy Association. The EWEA has just published an analysis of the National Renewable Energy Action Plans submitted by the 27 EU member states to the European Commission. “Taken together, the action plans show […]

European ministers sign pact for offshore super grid

Ten ministers from all the ‘North Seas countries’ have signed an agreement to develop an offshore electricity grid. The Memorandum of Understanding signed by ministers and the European Commission in Brussels, is the starting point to create a new offshore grid and to tear down unnecessary and costly barriers to electricity trade between EU Member […]