By Dr Joseph Szarka, Richard Cowell, Geraint Ellis, Peter A. Strachan, Charles Warren

Bringing jointly contributions from major researchers, this quantity displays at the political, institutional and social elements that experience formed the new enlargement of wind power, and to think about what classes this adventure may supply for the long run growth of different renewable applied sciences.

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4 per cent per year, corresponding to a doubling of net additions every two years (Energy Watch 2008). 7 per cent of total EU electricity demand by 2030, with a total installed offshore wind capacity of 150,000 MW producing 563 TWh. It adds offshore wind has the technical potential to power Europe seven times over, producing 25,000 TWh by 2020 and 30,000 TWh by 2030 (EWEA 2009). However there may be constraints on achieving anything like that, one being the problems of intermittency and the consequent need to balance the grid system in some way.

Chapter 12, written by the editorial team, endeavours to throw into sharp relief some key lessons that can be learned from the experience of wind power development in the UK, the EU and North America, many of which are explored and exemplified in the preceding chapters. In addition to this synthesis, it seeks to apply these lessons more broadly to the unfolding energy transition and questions concerning energy futures. The broader backdrop to all the detailed analyses in this book is the sobering fact that the choices that we make in the near future about energy – about how and where we generate it, how efficiently we use it, the governance frameworks that are adopted, and the processes Wind Power: Towards a Sustainable Energy Future?

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