European Wind Energy Association WindEurope tirelessly informs the public about the role of renewable energy in solving climate problems and declares that right now renewable energy sources (RES) are at their height: the development of new technological solutions is maximally activated, equipment becomes more reliable and more efficient, and installation and operation is cheaper. Under these conditions, many countries began to move towards a phasing out of fossil fuel use for energy in favor of renewable energy sources. And the countries of the European Union are among the pioneers of this process.
Last year, the EU declared a goal to increase the share of renewable energy sources in the total energy balance of member countries to 32% by 2030. The systematic development of RES will contribute to reducing carbon dioxide emissions into the atmosphere, provided by The Paris Agreement, will help to create new jobs and technological chains, as well as repurpose the economies of the regions currently focused on oil and gas production and processing.
The Wind Power Numbers Daily service has been running on the WindEurope Association website, where, since the end of 2017, statistics on the state of wind power in the European Union are published in the public domain for each past day. On certain days, wind energy generation indicators show record values. As of March 14, 2019, EU wind power produced a total of 2,074 GWh of electricity, which accounted for 21.6% of the total energy generated on that day in the EU. At the same time, the share of onshore WPPs accounted for 18.8% (1,806 GW-hours), and the share of offshore – 2.8% (268 GW-hours).
Analytics on various indicators makes The Wind Power Numbers Daily service very popular among industry professionals. For example, it can be noted that Ireland leads in terms of the relative numbers of energy generation from wind power plants in Europe – on March 14, RES in this country accounted for 61% of all generated electricity, Germany was second with 57%, Denmark was third with 49%. At the same time, Germany is still leading by absolute numbers: on March 14, 891 GW-hours of electricity were generated here using wind power plants, which accounted for about half of the total energy generation using RES in the European Union that day.
Thus, it should be noted that wind power is already playing a significant role in the energy and economy of the European Union. This is an established and continuously developing industry, which can replace most of the traditional energy sources based on fossil fuels in the future.