Two weeks ago, Energy Post reported on permitting and legal barriers to the development of onshore wind capacity in Germany. In this follow-up analysis, Mike Scott identifies similar obstacles in key regions as well as some clear success stories. To complete the picture, he spoke with WindEurope and Vattenvall to get their views on the way forward for the industry and investors across the EU.
Wind is now a major player in European energy markets, 14% of all EU power comes from wind according to latest figures. But it is being held back by difficulties in getting projects approved and legal wrangles. The industry wants a convergence of permitting practices, the ability to make use of the latest (i.e. biggest) technology and more consistent application of the rules.