European Wind Energy Association increases target for wind power

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The European Wind Energy Association (EWEA) has increased its target for wind power in Europe to 75,000 MW by 2010, up from 60,000 MW, to take account of growth, which is faster than predicted. "Once again we are in the same position that we have found ourselves in three times before -- having to revise our targets upwards," said EWEA president Arthouros Zervos. The target assumes 10,000 MW of wind offshore. Installed capacity will increase by some 2%-3% every year, leading to around 160 TWh of annual generation by 2010 -- half of the volume proposed for all renewables in the EU renewables directive, said Zervos. This will save 100 million tonnes of carbon dioxide a year -- about 3% of Europe's Kyoto target, and it will save EUR 2.5 billion a year in avoided fuel costs, with cumulative avoided fuel costs of EUR 12 billion by 2010, he said. "We would expect 180,000 MW of wind installed in Europe by 2020, which will include some 70,000 MW offshore. This will meet 13% of Europe's electricity needs."

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