From financial crisis and austerity to the uncertainty crisis

The financial and economic crisis has provoked a wave of uncertainty across the European Union since 2010, with national Governments making damaging retroactive changes to policies and regulations for wind energy.

This political uncertainty is deterring financiers and investors and has already caused job losses and negative financial result announcements.

The European wind industry is delivering the benefits of wind energy in the most affordable way, while progressing towards competitiveness in a market conceived and developed for conventional technologies.

The industry is investing to bring down the cost of wind energy, and already has a positive track record in this respect.

Wind energy has created thousands of jobs in Europe – employing almost 240,000 people (in 2010).

The European wind industry generates exports worth