Wind energy could meet 30% of Europe’s power needs by 2030, according to a new report.

Industry group WindEurope says, on the currently trajectory, it will provide 16.5% of the continent’s energy by the end of this decade. The organisation released its figures today via two reports: Outlook to 2020 and Scenarios for 2030. The latter calls for policies that can deliver its additional potential. By providing clear policy support to the industry and upgrading around half of the installations scheduled to come to the end of their life cycle within the next 13 years, WindEurope insists the 30% target can be realised.

WindEurope CEO, Giles Dickson, said: “Wind energy is now firmly established as the cheapest form of new power generation. But the outlook from 2020 is uncertain. The industry needs binding and ambitious National Energy & Climate Action Plans that provide clarity on post-2020 volumes, which will allow cost reductions to continue. This requires a good outcome on the EU Clean Energy Package. With an ambitious European renewables target of at least 35% by 2030, the wind industry could deliver even bigger volumes at competitive cost.”