30 Nov '11, 1am

EU prepares for 80 per cent increase in renewables capacity

The coming decade will experience a 17-fold increase in offshore wind energy capacity across Europe, while concentrated solar power and marine energy should deliver similar growth rates if EU member states fulfil their stated plans to install renewable technologies. That is the conclusion of a new report from the European Environment Agency (EEA), although separate research on the dire economic environment faced by wind turbine manufacturers in particular may serve to cast some doubt on the agency's predicted build rates. The EEA analysed nations' predicted growth in clean energy capacity as they look to meet their own renewable targets, as well as the impact of the EU's collective goal of producing 20 per cent of energy from renewable sources by 2020. Currently, annual average predicted growth rates stand at 11.7 per cent. The EEA forecasts offshore wind capacity will inc...

Full article: http://www.businessgreen.com/bg/news/2128466/eu-prepares-...

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