Currently, less than 4 percent of the EU’s electricity consumption is met by wind power, but the wind has potential to meet 28 percent of the demand by 2030, according to the European Wind Energy Technology Platform (TPWind). In its Strategic Research Agenda TPWind presents a vision in which wind energy covers 12-14 percent of the EU’s electricity consumption by 2020, with a total installed capacity of 180 gigawatts.
By 2030, this could be increased to 300 gigawatts. Final focus will be strengthening European wind power exports. Fulfilling this vision will be a major industrial and technological challenge, and it requires both policy-makers and sector players implement strategic action in technology and policy research.