Wind energy is already a mainstream power source in Europe–but the best minds on wind in Europe recently announced at the European Wind Energy Conference and Exhibition (EWEC) in Warsaw that wind energy can and will meet 50% of the EU’s electricity demand in 2050.
The EWEC is Europe’s largest wind energy conference and exhibition, the hub of a growing renewable energy sector that’s seen an impressive 23% average annual growth over the last decade. With the G8 and the European Union already committed to an 80% reduction in greenhouse gases by 2050, Europe’s wind power industry is looking ahead to steady growth in new wind-farms, both on and offshore.
“2050 might seem like a long way off, but the decisions we take today will have a big impact on our energy supplies in 40 years’ time,” said Arthouros Zervos, President of the EWEA, in a statement. Christian Kjaer, EWEA’s Chief Executive, added, “Realistically, wind can provide 50% of power supplies by 2050 if the necessary changes to infrastructure and markets are made. The potential is there and the industry is ready. All we have to do is maintain current growth rates on and offshore. I am also confident that other renewables can easily meet the other half of Europe’s electricity needs.” The group sees 100% renewable energy as key to meeting the EU’s 2050 goal, as the 20% remaining carbon emissions allowed will need to be reserved for agriculture.