sustainable development: .. 10,000s of jobs have been created
NEARLY 6,000 MW IN 2002
On February 6, the European Wind Energy Association (EWEA) reported that
Europe added 5,871 MW of new wind power capacity in 2002, worth 5.8
billion ($6.3 billion). Total installed wind power capacity grew 33% in
the E.U. countries to 23,056 MW. The electricity production from Europe's
wind power fleet is equivalent to that produced with 20 million tons of
coal burned in a conventional power plant.
"Europe is reinforcing its global leadership in wind technology. The
European market has grown by an average 35% per year over the past five
years, but it's only the tip of the iceberg. Given the right conditions,
the global wind power market could be worth 25 billion ($27 billion) a
year by 2010," said Corin Millais, CEO of EWEA.
Germany, Spain and Denmark accounted for 89% of the wind power capacity
installed in 2002. With 3,247 MW of new installations, Germany accounted
for 55% of the installed capacity. Germany now has a total installed wind
power capacity of 12,001 MW, enough to meet 4.7% of national electricity
Spain installed 1,493 MW of new wind capacity, pulling ahead of the U.S.
into second place worldwide, in terms of total installed capacity, with
4,830 MW. Denmark installed 497 MW to reach 2,880 MW, enough to meet 20%
of the country's electricity needs. Also, the Netherlands (217 MW) and
Italy (103 MW) reached three-digit figures for installation in 2002,
according to EWEA.
"The industry is capable of continuing these high growth rates, but we need
additional political backing beyond Germany, Spain and Denmark. In these
three countries, thriving industries and tens of thousands of jobs have
been created. These successes could be rapidly replicated in other
countries; wind power is a multi-billion euro business sector primed for
expansion." said Millais.
More information is available at http://www.ewea.org or from Corin Millais,
phone +32 2 546 1940, or +32 499 252 537.
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