WWF calls for 45% wind and solar in EU electricity mix by 2030

"Re-energising Europe: Putting the EU on Track for 100% Renewable Energy" caps the contribution of wind and solar at 45% of electricity supply at that date
"Re-energising Europe: Putting the EU on Track for 100% Renewable Energy" caps the contribution of wind and solar at 45% of electricity supply at that date

The World Wildlife Federation (WWF) has released a report which finds that the EU can and must meet 35% of its heating needs and 65% of its electricity needs with renewable energy by 2030 in order to reach a society powered 100% by renewable energy in 2050.

"Re-energising Europe: Putting the EU on Track for 100% Renewable Energy" caps the contribution of wind and solar at 45% of electricity supply at that date. The report also states that on-going effort and strong political will are needed to reach these goals.

"We must now decide how our energy system will develop after 2020, so that current benefits are maximized, not squandered," added Jason Anderson, head of climate & energy at WWF's European policy office.

"Our report clearly shows that the EU has untapped potential for cutting energy use, taking full advantage of renewable sources that could deliver cheaper and more secure energy, and ensuring that a 100% renewable European energy system by 2050 remains within reach."

 

Upper limit based on assumption of limited storage

This 45% upper limit on wind and solar is based on an assumption that energy storage and other technologies to mitigate the inherent variability and intermittency of wind and solar resources will not be widely deployed by 2030.

"While significant effort is already required to manage this level of variable supply, additional investment could increase the use of variable renewable energy sources, and thereby increase renewable energy supply overall," notes the report.

 

Conclusions similar to NREL report

This level is similar to conclusions reached by the US Department of Energy's National Renewable Energy Laboratories (NREL, Golden, Colorado, US) in a May 2010 report. "Western Wind and Solar Integration Study" found that a five-state grid in the Western US could accommodate 30% wind and 5% solar without significant new energy storage or transmission.

However the WWF differs by including much more solar in the mix. The report's 2030 scenario assumes 2.0 EJ of power from solar photovoltaics (PV) annually, 0.2 EJ of concentrating solar power (CSP) and 2.6 EJ of power from combined onshore and offshore wind.

 

 

 

2013-02-18 | Courtesy: WWF | solarserver.com © Heindl Server GmbH

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