Big energy research increase vital for Europe´s future

"The €6 billion proposed for wind energy research represents unbeatable value for money" said Christian Kjaer, CEO of the European Wind Energy Association. "No other technology offers such a big return in electricity generation and greenhouse gas reduction for such a small investment."

Less than 12% of the proposed new energy research budget allocated to specific generation technologies will go to wind power and 25% to coal.

"The sum invested in wind is small compared to the amount given to coal carbon capture and storage" added Kjaer. "But the wind energy industry acknowledges the very significant and important increase in wind energy research funds, especially compared to the 1% of EU energy research funds historically allocated to wind until 2002.

"Despite the small investments in research it is wind power that will deliver the vast bulk of Europe’s renewable, clean energy, as it has done up to now."

EWEA is the voice of the wind industry, actively promoting the utilisation of wind power in Europe and worldwide. It now has over 600 members from almost 60 countries, including manufacturers with a 90% share of the world wind power market, plus component suppliers, research institutes, national wind and renewables associations, developers, electricity providers, finance and insurance companies and consultants. This combined strength makes EWEA the world’s largest and most powerful wind energy network.