From: Reuters
Published April 16, 2008 12:47 PM

EU on track to meet wind energy goals: report

BRUSSELS (Reuters) - The European Union is on track to achieve the goal of getting 12 to 14 percent of its electricity from windfarms by 2020, according to a report on Wednesday.

The report by the European Wind Energy Association (EWEA) also found wind power was likely to account for around a third of new generating in the period 2005-2020 and 46 percent in the decade leading up to 2030.

The 27-nation bloc aims to get 20 percent of its energy from renewables such as solar, wave, hydro and biomass by 2020, versus 8.5 percent now, with wind viewed as the largest contributor.

"On average, wind power capacity needs to increase by 9.5 gigawatts per year over the next 13 years to reach 180 gigawatts and meet 12 to 14 percent of EU power demand in 2020," said EWEA Chief Executive Christian Kjaer.

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"This is certainly achievable, considering that the EU wind energy capacity increased by 8.5 gigawatts last year," he added.

(Reporting by Pete Harrison; Editing by Barbara Lewis)

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