WindEurope: Uncertainty about European winds by 2023 - New 1.3 GW plants expected in Greece

Posted on October 09, 2019

There is a great deal of uncertainty about the development of wind farms in Europe over the next five years, according to a report WindEurope.

According to him, if governments produce clear and ambitious energy plans and improve the licensing process and invest in the grid, then wind power could increase by 88 to 277 megawatts by 2023.
Alternatively, if the designs are not ambitious enough and the regulatory issues persist, then Europe will only install 67 gigawatts in that period. All this while licensing issues have led to reduced quantities in the German tenders, which is the largest market.
As a result, annual installations by 2023 can range from 13 to 22 megawatts and uncertainty is affecting the supply chain, and could also affect costs, which have dropped significantly in recent years.
One area where the WindEurope scenarios agree is that more than three-quarters of new installations will be offshore. Today, Spain, Sweden and Norway are the leaders in this category. In the case of offshore winds, Britain will install 35% of the new power over the next five years, followed by the Netherlands and Germany.
In addition, 22 gigawatts of wind farms are projected to reach the end of its life by 2023, with most expected to be extended and 2 gigawatts expected to be refurbished, with another 2 gigawatts to be withdrawn. The link notes that state policies and regulations do not sufficiently support repowering so far.
As stated by the head of the association, Gil Dixon:
“Wind energy should grow rapidly if one considers the interest in climate change and the fact that wind is the cheapest form of new generation. But there is real uncertainty about how much it will grow in the next five years. There are difficulties in obtaining licenses for new parks in many countries. Networks and markets are not working as they should and many governments have not yet decided how much new power they want and how to install it. National energy plans for 2030 will be crucial in ensuring transparency and improvement in all these areas. If they are not ambitious, then we will not achieve the RES target of 32%, let alone higher goals.
At the same time, jobs are at stake. The wind industry employs more than 300,000 workers in Europe, but in the last four years it has lost 35,000 jobs in Germany alone due to policy issues. The European Green Deal must include a clear industrial policy for low-carbon industries. To support successful cases, to make sure that we continue to market to the rest of the world and to push innovation to be competitive. "
The picture in Greece
For Greece, WindEurope expects 1.3 megawatts over the next five years by 2023, compared to 2.8 megawatts by 2018 for a total of 4.1 megawatts. Among the issues highlighted are the age of wind farms, as in 2018 15.4 megawatts of power have been withdrawn in our country, and so far 72 megawatts have been withdrawn.

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