2019-08-22
http://w3.windfair.net/wind-energy/pr/31312-finances-investments-investors-wind-energy-offshore-onshore-capacity-europe-report-windeurope

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Europe Invested in Record Amount of Future Wind Energy Capacity in 2018

The European states have invested €27bn in new wind farms in 2018, according to a new report by industry body WindEurope

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The amount invested is similar to previous years, but thanks to cost reduction, especially in offshore wind, it will finance a record 16.7 GW of new wind capacity. 1 MW of new onshore wind capacity now requires only €1.4m capital expenditure, down from €2m in 2015. And 1 MW of new offshore wind capacity requires €2.5m, down from €4.5m in 2015.

WindEurope CEO Giles Dickson said: “Wind energy got 60% of all the new investments in power generation capacity in Europe last year. Cost reduction means investors now get more MW per euro they invest. And lenders are more comfortable with the risks so the costs of finance are falling too."

  • Investments in onshore wind for a capacity of 12.5 GW
  • Investments in offshore wind for a capacity of 4.2 GW

In total 190 wind farms across 22 different countries in Europe reached Final Investment Decision (FID) last year. Northern and Western Europe still account for most new investments. The UK was the biggest investor, mostly in offshore wind. Sweden was second. Investments in Southern and Central and Eastern Europe were only 4% of the total, though Spain and Poland will pick up this year.

A further €24.1bn was invested in the acquisition of wind farms including projects under development and of companies involved in wind energy.

The maturity of wind energy and the competitiveness of the sector have brought in more investors as equity partners in projects, particularly from financial services. As investors become more confident about wind energy, they can price risk more accurately and invest earlier in projects. New business and ownership models have diversified the pool of investors, with banks, institutional lenders and Export Credit Agencies (ECAs) looking to provide long-term finance.

Dickson: “Europe needs to keep investing significant amounts in wind if it’s going to meet its 32% renewables target for 2030. The money is out there. But there aren’t enough bankable projects. One problem is permitting: the processes are slower and more complex than they were. Another problem is the lack of visibility today on governments’ plans for renewables. The National Energy Plans they have to write this year are key to resolving this. If they’re clear and ambitious this’ll provide investment signals which will make projects happen.”

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Press Office
Keywords:
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