On June 28, 2023, in Brussels, the General Assembly of WindEurope – an organization that is the voice of the wind industry in Europe – made a decision to admit the Polish Register of Shipping to the association.
PRS is happy to join WindEurope. We see many benefits for the industry and PRS from membership in the organization with over 40 years of experience in the WIND industry, gathering over 500 members. We want to be an active and engaged entity, establishing contacts and partnerships in the international arena. WindEurope is a natural platform on the path of PRS development towards the offshore wind. Cooperation and healthy partnership are the foundation of growth and the implementation of ambitious goals.
WindEurope brings together entities from the entire wind energy value chain – from wind turbine manufacturers and component suppliers through power plants and wind farm developers to financial institutions, research institutes, and national wind energy associations. PRS is another Polish economic entity that has become a member of WindEurope. The organization already includes Orlen Neptun I, PGE Baltica, Polenergia, GP Baltic, ARP, PTMEW, and PWEA.
WindEurope activities include coordination of international policy, communication, research, and analysis. The association develops policy positions for the wind industry on crucial and strategic issues, and collaborates with industry and research institutions on several projects related to market and technology development, striving to remove barriers to wind energy expansion. In addition, the association conducts lobbying activities to create a legal framework that facilitates the development of the organization’s members. It also provides a platform that supports the development of members by offering them networking and development opportunities in the sector.
WindEurope creates a wide range of information tools and campaigns to raise awareness of the benefits of wind, ensuring easy access to reliable information. The association regularly organizes various events that encourage the exchange of international experiences on policy, finance, and technical development and provides a perfect forum for presenting the latest technologies.
Wind Energy in Europe in the WindEurope Report 2022:
Europe installed 19 GW of new wind power capacity in 2022. This was 4% more than in 2021. The EU-27 installed 16 GW,
up 40% on 2021 but still below what the EU should be building to meet its 2030 Climate and Energy goals.
87% of the new wind installations in Europe were onshore, with Germany, Sweden, and Finland building the most.
Almost half the offshore installations were in the UK, and France installed its first large offshore wind farm.
WindEurope experts expect Europe to install 129 GW of new wind farms over the period 2023-2027, and the EU-27 to install 98 GW of that. Three quarters of the new capacity additions over 2023-27 will be onshore. We expect the EU to build 20 GW of new wind farms a year on average over 2023-2027. The EU should be building over 30 GW a year of new wind on average to meet its 2030 targets.
Permitting bottlenecks remain the biggest barrier to the expansion of wind energy. But Governments are now working actively to tackle these, and the new REPowerEU rules will help.
Investments in new wind farms fell in 2022. Europe announced €17bn of new investments which covers 12 GW of new capacity that will be built this year and beyond. This was less than half the amount invested in 2021. Not a single large-scale offshore wind farm reached a final investment decision. Two factors caused this: (a) high inflation in input costs which is insufficiently reflected in developers’ revenues; and (b) unhelpful market interventions by National Governments which undermined investor confidence.