The European wind energy industry is in limbo as it waits for a new wave of National Energy & Climate Plans from governments, which it expects to largely define its growth prospects for the next five years. That is the conclusion of the new Wind Energy Outlook to 2023 from industry body WindEurope. The analysis points to a high degree of uncertainty for wind farm developers in Europe, which are dependent both on government decarbonisation targets and improvements to permitting arrangements and investment in new grid capacity to continue their recent growth surge. Governments are due to submit their National Energy & Climate Plans to the EU Commission by the end of the year, setting out how they plan to meet their climate and energy policy objectives. If action by government is favourable, the wind industry could install 112GW across Europe over the next five years, the report calculates. But if climate plans are deemed unambitious and no action is taken to improve permitting, then the projected additional capacity drops to 67GW. In both scenarios 75 per cent of new installations are expected to come from onshore wind.
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With climate change continually at the forefront of the news agenda and millions striking across the globe, September was also a significant month in the development of offshore wind in the UK.
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CLEAR national energy and climate plans will have to be devised to end uncertainty over the growth of wind energy in Europe, according to “the voice of the wind industry”. In its Wind Energy Outlook to 2023, WindEurope said if governments produced clear and ambitious national energy and climate plans (NECPs), improved the permits process for wind farms and maintained investment in new grid capacity, Europe’s wind energy capacity would rise by 88GW to 277GW by 2023. However, it said if the NECPs were unambitious and permitting issues persisted, Europe would install only 67GW of new power. Conversely, it added that if permitting improved significantly and the NECPs were “super ambitious”, 112GW of new power cold be installed over the next five years.
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