A Huge Utility Says Wind Power Now Costs Less than Fossil Fuels in Europe

19th June 2014  To: 19th June 2014

Wind energy may now be the least expensive form of power in Europe, according to Portugal’s EDP, a prominent energy utility. The utility has released information that suggests onshore wind energy is not more affordable than coal and oil, making it one of the most economically attractive forms of power in Europe. Wind energy has already managed to find strong support from many European countries, some of whom are investing heavily in offshore wind projects, but wind had always been considered more expensive than traditional forms of energy until very recently.

In Europe and the US, wind power is less expensive than fossil-fuels


EDP estimates that the average cost of electricity generated by onshore wind farms in approximately 20% less expensive than the electricity generate from coal and oil. The estimation is based on a 25% wind energy capacity, which many countries in Europe currently do not have. While the estimations are primarily for Europe, EDP has also estimated that wind energy in the U.S. is also significantly less expensive than that which is generated by fossil-fuels.



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