European Wind Energy Association 2011 Will Debate Europe’s Energy Policy Vacuum After 2020

In less than a quarter of the lifetime of a fossil fuel power plant, Europe’s progressive energy policies that have done so much to promote wind power and other renewable energies will run out.

This looming energy policy vacuum will be the focus of top level discussions at Europe’s largest wind power conference and exhibition. This is being held on 14 to 17 March in Brussels, organised by the European Wind Energy Association (EWEA).

"2020 may seem a long time away for European Union decision-makers, but it is very close for energy investments", warned EWEA Communication Director Julian Scola today in Brussels. "What happens to EU energy policy after 2020, and up to 2050, is the hot issue for the electricity and energy sector, and that’s precisely what we will be discussing at the EWEA 2011 Annual Event with EU decision-makers and leading energy companies."

Across the world, 420 energy technology companies are preparing to attend EWEA 2011 where they will present the latest in new wind power technology. The event will take place at the Heysel conference and expo site in Brussels.

200 top speakers, CEOs and EU policy-makers including European Climate Action Commissioner Connie Hedegaard will debate EU energy policy beyond 2020 amongst a wide range of policy, technological, financial and other topics with several thousand participants. Key industry actors and bankers from financial and insurance institutes will debate investment strategies given the EU’s commitment to reducing greenhouse gas emissions by 80-95% by 2050.

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