Brexit and EU Wind Energy

After the adoption by the UK of the decision to withdraw from the European Union, there has arisen a huge number of questions concerning the further development of the relations of this country with the world community. A lot of changes are coming which will affect not only the UK but also the rest of Europe and the world as a whole. In various areas, including renewable energy, there are now more questions than answers.

Great Britain will no longer be a part of the Paris Climate Agreement, and now the state must comply only with bilateral agreements with the UN.

The European Parliament has been actively developing plans to merge into the Common Energy Market, but now they are being questioned. Continuous harmonization and liberalization of the EU internal energy market (market access, regulatory transparency, consumer protection, support of relationships, etc.) have significantly stimulated the development of renewable energy.

Now the ambitious EU-wide targets for the share of RES in the energy consumption mix is likely to be revised, because they, among other things, take into account the enormous success of the British in the offshore wind industry.

Let us remind you that according to the results of 2015, Europe has overcome the mark of 11GW installed capacity of offshore wind power. And the undisputed world leader in the construction of offshore wind farms is the United Kingdom.

The European Wind Energy Association WindEurope states that they still consider the UK one of the most active members and looks forward to further implementation of large-scale offshore projects. Incidentally, the country has confirmed its intention to introduce another 1 GW of offshore wind farms by 2030, even if their implementation encounters a number of difficulties in connection with the withdrawal from the EU.

Siemens (the leading manufacturer of off-shore wind turbines) was one of the most ardent opponents of Brexit (Britain's Exit), as they see a serious threat to the future of the normal development of the European Wind Energy. Siemens is going to place a major manufacturing center in the United Kingdom (Hull), which was supposed to supply with wind turbines not only this country, but also other EU countries.

There are a lot of similar difficulties, and supporters of renewable energy development hope for further constructive process in solving the problems caused by the new political situation.

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