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European Commission – Official scenarios

European Commission Baseline scenarios provide a reference comparison for a range of alternative scenarios and energy policy options. The reference scenario from IEA and the Commission on wind power are described here. In earlier reports the data was not separated from other renewables such as solar and geothermal. The European Commission made no estimates for […]

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Official scenarios

For long-term energy scenarios, there are two established authorities. The European Commission has been publishing its long-term energy scenarios since the 1990s. The International Energy Agency (IEA) has published its World Energy Outlook which has a Reference Scenario and recently, Alternative Scenario. EWEA provides wind energy data for Europe. To date, all targets and future […]

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The progress of wind energy

Wind technology has made major progression from the prototypes of just 25 years ago. Wind energy has come of age, and now constitutes a mainstream power technology that is largely underexploited. Two decades of technological progress have resulted in today’s wind turbines acting much more like conventional power stations, in addition to being modular and […]

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Energy security

Europe is facing an energy crisis. We now live in an era of energy uncertainty. The days of cheap and abundantly available energy are over. Europe is running out of indigenous energy resources at a time of increased prices, diminishing resources and their concentration into fewer, more geopolitically sensitive regions, and greater international competition for […]