If governments implement “the right level of ambition” then wind energy could overtake coal and gas to become Europe’s biggest source of power by 2030, according to the European Wind Energy Association (EWEA).

A new report from the trade body called for reforms to the European Union’s (EU’s) Emissions Trading System (ETS) to help wind power meet its potential.

Europe already generates 129GW or 10% of its power requirements from the wind.
By 2030, the trade body thinks the total could hit 392GW, consisting of 294GW of onshore and 98GW of offshore wind.

‘Rigorous accountability’

Giles Dickson, Chief Executive Officer of the EWEA, said: “Wind power can be the foundation of the European energy system within the next 15 years.

“Wind power can deliver economic growth in Europe by boosting investments, creating jobs and reducing electricity bills.

“A new market design, a reformed ETS and rigorous accountability on 2030 targets are essential if these goals are to be achieved.”

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