WindEurope wrap-up: Wind industry keen on state aid

Although subsidies have become a thing of the past, this year’s WindEurope convention saw the industry express a need for state aid in a variety of areas – expressed in different terms. Meanwhile, China looms in the background, stoking concerns in the wind sector.

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The future appears dazzling for the wind industry, not least when it comes to the offshore wind sector, where new markets continue to emerge around the globe while more mature markets keep upping the ante. This trend has only accelerated further in the wake of Russia’s invasion of Ukraine and Europe’s commitment to reduce dependency on Russian gas.

In mid-March, the Belgian minister of energy urged raising the target by 40 percent to 8GW by the end of the year. A few days later, the Dutch government identified areas for developing additional 10.7GW offshore wind, now targeting 21GW by 2030. The German 2030 target was formally raised from 20GW to 30GW last Thursday. Meanwhile, numerous sources tell EnergyWatch that the Danish government will announce a commitment for 35GW by 2040.

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