Nov. 3, 2000—The members of the European Wind Energy Association (EWEA) agreed at its recent annual general meeting in Kassel, Germany, to increase the Association’s targets for future installed wind energy capacity “to provide a better reflection of the high rates of growth in installed capacity in Europe seen over the last few years,” EWEA said in a news release.

Commented the group, “Since 1993, the market for new turbines to generating clean power from wind has grown at over 40% per year. 1999 was a record year with over 3,000 MW installed in that year, resulting in a total installed capacity of 9,500 MW. This is well above the EWEA’s old target for 2000 of 8,000 MW.

“The wind industry believes that the target for 2010 set by the EWEA in 1996 of 40,000 MW, the same as the target set for Wind in the European Commission’s 1997 White Paper on Renewable Energy, will be achieved well before 2010. Indeed, the rate at which wind turbines are installed would need to drop significantly in order for the EU not to surpass the 40 GW [40,000 MW] target.”

EWEA boosted its target for 2010 from 40 GW to 60 GW, of which 5 GW are expected to be offshore capacity. Similarly, a new target of 150 GW (up from 100 GW) was set for 2020, with 50 GW being offshore.

“The strong performance of wind power supports the targets set in the Commission’s proposal for a directive on electricity from renewable sources,” said EWEA Vice President Arthouros Zervos. Wind power, EWEA said, can compensate for underachievement relative to White Paper targets by some other renewable energy sources. Experience with wind power, it added, shows the possibilities for rapid development of other renewable technologies in the future given better-adapted policies for renewables.

For more information, visit AWEA’s web site at www.awea.org.