Wind power sector proves robust and resilient within the face of COVID-19 disaster


Despite COVID-19-related disruptions within the development processes of wind farms within the first months of the yr, the wind power sector has confirmed to be robust and resilient within the face of the disaster, German MEP Manuela Ripa informed New Europe on December 3.
“In the center of an financial shock, the sector nonetheless witnessed a document €14.Three billion raised for the financing of recent wind farms within the first half of 2020. This reveals clearly that wind power is just not solely one thing we have to reach our local weather objectives by 2050 – it’s also a really sturdy and future-proof sector, Ripa mentioned, who’s a member of the European Parliament within the group of the Greens/EFA, representing the Ecological Democratic Party from Germany.
According to Ripa, whose focus lies on local weather, atmosphere, biodiversity and shopper safety, in addition to animal welfare, a complete of 30% of the €750 billion Recovery Fund are set to be invested into the battle local weather change. “And the wind energy sector will play a central role in this regard: It will be one of the strongholds to support the European Energy sector, when we scale back on fossil fuels. As has been noted in the EU Commission’s Offshore Renewable Energy Strategy, especially the offshore wind sector has vast potential to set global standards: It will generate new green jobs and create new opportunities for industry,” Ripa mentioned.
Environment and biodiversity safety
“In all these promising efforts however, we must not overlook the protection of our environment and biodiversity when installing wind farms, both onshore and off-shore: We cannot be blind on one eye, just because we want to look through the other,” the German MEP harassed.
Her feedback come as WindTV at WindEnergy Hamburg on December 1-Four seems to be at how wind can ship the Green Deal and assist drive financial restoration. In its latest report, “Wind energy and economic recovery in Europe”, WindEurope confirmed how wind power delivers financial advantages each at macro and group degree. Each new wind turbine put in in Europe generates on common €10 billion of financial exercise, WindEurope mentioned. And wind power is 300,000 jobs in Europe and contributes €37 billion to EU GDP. If European governments ship on their 2030 plans this may rise to 450,000 jobs and €50 billion.
The European Union desires wind to be half of Europe’s electrical energy by 2050, which entails an enormous growth in onshore and offshore wind between every now and then.
Asked how can it contribute to the EU Green Deal and the way can it slot in National Energy Plans of member states, together with Germany, Ripa informed New Europe, “To fulfil the promise made under the Green Deal, we must urgently phase out fossil fuels and invest heavily into renewables – wind energy being a crucial element here: In 2020, when the energy demand fell due to COVID-19, renewable sources accounted for 40% of the EU’s electricity, with wind energy contributing the biggest share. And even before the electricity demand dropped, wind energy contributed a record share to the EU’s power grid in the first months of 2020”.
According to Ripa, with a view to turn out to be an efficient a part of the Green Deal although, the entire value-chain of wind power should be climate-neutral: Components of wind generators ought to have a low carbon-footprint, which signifies that the EU must assist the manufacturing of inexperienced metal in Europe, produced with renewable power.
“As such a transition is costly, we should adapt the funding frameworks. I have already suggested to the EU Commission to develop a new strategy for state aid, to allow the extra costs for companies to be covered by a support to the operating expenses (OPEX),” the German MEP mentioned.
Green hydrogen
“An expansion of wind energy goes also hand in hand with Germany’s National Energy and Climate Plan, which aims for 65% of renewable energy in 2050. Wind will be a major contributor here, but also green hydrogen, which is important for some heavy industries,” Ripa mentioned, including that wind power and hydrogen are linked, as renewable hydrogen is produced by electrolysis from renewable sources – akin to wind. “In other words: Wind energy will not only contribute to the EU Green Deal by being a renewable energy source itself, it will be one of the defining elements in creating further renewable sources, such as green hydrogen,” Ripa mentioned.
At the ministerial opening session, EU Energy Commissioner Kadri Simson , throughout a WindTV session with WindEurope CEO Giles Dickson, reminded that WindEnergy Hamburg is happening almost two weeks after the adoption of the EU Offshore Renewable Strategy. “We have set our sights on 300 GW of offshore wind and 40 GW of ocean energy across all our sea basins by 2050. And in the next ten years alone we want to increase offshore wind capacity by at least five times – 60 Gigawatts. Scaling up and bringing large volumes of renewable energy will fundamentally change our renewable energy sector,” Simson mentioned.
According to the Commissioner, the EU is focusing much more strongly on offshore as a result of there’s a better potential and wind energy shall be key in reaching the EU’s local weather objectives. “The European track record is excellent,” she mentioned and added, “We are global technological leaders and the price of renewable energy in Europe is steadily falling and we’re determined to maintain that position”.
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