On 24 October WindEurope CEO Giles Dickson spoke at the VIND 2018 event organised by Svensk Vindernergi, the Swedish Wind Energy Association in Stockholm.
Dickson outlined key highlights from WindEurope’s recently published report Wind Energy In Europe: Outlook To 2022, noting that between 2018 and 2022 there will be installations representing 82.3 GW across Europe. And Sweden is set to play a leading role here, with onshore installations of 4.8 GW.
Dickson highlighted the tremendous success in corporate renewable energy sourcing in Sweden: “When it comes to corporate renewable PPAs, the Nordics are in the lead and Sweden is at the forefront,” he said. Energy intensive industries like paper, steel, chemicals and the automotive industry remain the biggest PPA buyers there. Dickson said that there is still more work to be done to unleash the full potential of PPAs in Europe and reminded attendees of the upcoming RE-Source 2018 event taking place in Amsterdam in November.
In terms of offshore wind, however, Sweden is currently far behind other Member States: out of 17 GW of European offshore wind capacity, Sweden accounts for only 0.2 GW. This stands in stark contrast to ongoing trends in Europe – the costs of offshore wind continue to fall while the capacity of newly-installed offshore turbines continues to grow. Dickson noted Sweden’s potential in terms of floating offshore deployment, and stressed that a happy coexistence between offshore wind and military operations is not only desirable but fully achievable.
Läs sammanfattningen av WindEuropes medverkan på VIND 2018 här.