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In its formal response to the European Commission's Green Paper on Energy Policy, the European Wind Energy Association (EWEA) is calling for the EC to consider, "a programme to stimulate the deployment of wind energy systems." EWEA says the key to realising wind's potential is the internalisation of external costs, as proposed in the Green Paper. This would make wind energy one of the cheapest options. EWEA demands more aggressive EU targets for wind power and a specific reference to wind in meeting the European Union's energy policy objectives. Suggesting a "European programme for wind energy" be incorporated in the Energy White Paper, EWEA says this should include: fair energy pricing; tax relief on wind investment; continued research support; international construction standards for wind turbines; a long term goal of at least 100,000 MW by 2030, representing 10% of the EU's current energy needs; and the founding of a Renewable Energy Agency. Currently, states EWEA, about 1725 MW of the 3700 MW of wind installed worldwide is in Europe.

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