European wind energy chiefs unhappy at EU inaction

A meeting of the European Union’s energy ministers in Brussels last week has been greeted with a mixed response by the European Wind Energy Association (EWEA).

While the EWEA called the meeting of the Energy Council “a useful step forward”, they also criticised the body for not addressing “the current crisis being experienced by the wind industry”.

In a letter to EU Energy Commissioner Günther Oettinger, the EWEA points out that stop-go policies and ­retroactive charging have undermined business confidence and needlessly increased capital costs.

  Sadly, there was still no consensus on renewables targets for 2030, leaving discussions to continue under the Irish presidency, which begins on 1 January.

A growing number of investors have voiced concerns that, without a new target for after 2020, confidence in long-term projects and supply-chain investments could be undermined.

While states such as Denmark and the Netherlands are in favour of extending the targets to 2030, traditionally reluctant countries such as Poland continue to oppose.

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