A new report has found that wind energy can generate as much as 30% of Europe’s electricity by 2030, but government plans will need to change to achieve this target, Kallanish Energy reports.
The Wind energy and economic recovery in Europe report, published last week by the WindEurope association, found that Europe’s National Energy and Climate Plans (NECPs) could add up to 397 gigawatts (GW) of wind power by 2030. This is double the current capacity, recorded at 197 GW.
In order to achieve this goal, the report suggests the need to install 21 GW of new wind capacity per annum during the next decade. This is a 40% increase from the current and pre-Covid-19 pandemic rate of 12 GW per annum.
However, the report stated that current European NECPs don’t include key policy reforms that would be necessary for governments to deliver their energy transition commitments. In the event that NECPs aren’t changed to include the required key policy changes, European wind energy would expand to 324 GW by 2030, meaning the EU would “almost certainly fail” to meet the existing 32% renewables target by 2030.
“Notably they (NECPs) do not say how governments are going to simplify their rules and procedures for the permitting of new and repowered wind farms. These rules and procedures are in many cases too complex today to deliver the volumes committed in the NECPs,” the report warns.
Additionally, some governments fail to provide enough visibility on auctions or do not provide the “revenue stabilization that will unlock investments in the volumes needed,” it said.
WindEurope’s report highlights other policy recommendations such as prioritizing regulation and adapting tax regimes to boost renewables-based direct electrification of transport, heating and industrial processes; and increased R&D spending to support incremental improvements in the more mature technologies that will deliver on the European Green Deal.
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