25 Oct, 2023

Renew Europe: A truly competitive EU wind industry

Renew Europe welcomed the European Commission’s proposal on the European Wind Power Package on 24 October, announced in the 2023 State of the European Union speech.

The Group has led the EU’s response to the development of renewables and calls for the necessary incentives for a strong and competitive European wind industry on a global level playing field.

“Having worked as the European Parliament's rapporteur on the offshore renewables strategy, I thank the European Commission for its commitment to Europe's wind industry. We need to do everything in our power to protect our green businesses against unfair, state-subsidised competition from China, and secure tomorrow's green growth and job creation in Europe,” said Morten Petersen MEP (Radikale Venstre, DK), Vice-Chair of the Committee on Industry, Research and Energy (ITRE).

“We need to steer away from the race towards the bottom, and promote more social considerations like biodiversity, which is perfectly in line with the EU offshore strategy. Public support is essential to the success of the energy transition - there is more to it than simply the cheapest possible price,” he added.

Wind power is crucial to replace fossil fuels and boost domestic energy production, but the EU is falling behind on installation to meet its 2030 climate and energy goals due to unfair competition from China.

Finally, Renew Europe also urges the redesign of public auction schemes for the construction and expansion of wind farms, and welcomes the proposals on financing and skills of workers.

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