EU aiming for wind to supply 50% of its electricity by 2050

Wind energy is being touted as a central element of the European Union’s transition towards carbon neutrality by the organisers of ‘Electric City’ – a conference exploring the role of wind-based electrification in Europe’s future energy system.

WindEurope’s annual three-day conference, which kicks off today in the Danish capital Copenhagen, aims to promote the use of wind energy across all sectors of Europe’s economy. While renewables now account for 38% of all electricity consumed in the EU, electricity resembles only a quarter of all energy consumed in the bloc.

By 2050, the EU Commission aims to increase the share of electricity in the energy mix to 75%, with 57% of energy consumption being powered directly by electricity and another 18% coming from renewable hydrogen and its derivatives.

As such, electricity demand in Europe is expected to more than double to 6,800 TWh by 2050. To support this surging demand, the EU aims for wind to supply 50% of the total mix – up from 16% today.

“Electrification is the cheapest and cleanest way to decarbonise our energy system,” said WindEurope CEO Giles Dickson. “Most processes that today rely on fossil fuels can transition to renewable electricity using existing technologies.

“Wind energy will play a central role in this. And that’s the focus of our annual WindEurope event which takes place this week in Copenhagen – how wind can help electrify transport, heating and industry.”