The renewable energy sector in Romania launches the „Say YES to wind power” campaign, which aims to inform the Romanian society about the social, enviromental and economic benefits of wind energy, as well as those provided by other renewable energy sources. The campaign is part of a broader European movement, lauched in Spain last year, which already includes Great Britain, Italy, France, and Poland. In Romania, the campaign is coordinated by PATRES – The Renewable Energy Producers Organization in Romania.
Wind energy, together with other renewable energy sources such as solar PV or hydro, represent the best performing energy sources: they are competitive, reduce the need to importing fossil fuels, contribute to the reduction of the energy dependence, and they do not emit CO2 or other greenhouse gas in the atmosphere.
Around 18% of the energy consumption in Romania comes from renewable, non-polluting sources. Wind power represents 11% of the energy delivered by the producers with dispatchable network units, according to data from the National Regulatory Authority for Energy (ANRE) and Transelectrica.
The investments made in the renewable sector, an important contribution being made in wind power, have reduced the en-gross price of the energy by at least 66 lei/MWh, according to the 2014 ANRE annual report.
With over 85 wind parks at work in Romania, the wind power sector has a major impact on the economy, while the wind power investments surpass 4.5 billion euros.
To familiarize the Romanian audience with the important benefits created by wind energy, the „Say YES to wind power” campaign focuses on the interactive platform http://www.yestowindpower.com/ro. In addition to finding verified information, those who access the platform can present their views on a constantly updated content which includes reports, videos and scientific research.
This campaign was launched in 2015 in Spain by the Spanish Association of Wind Energy (AEE), with the support of companies like EDP Renováveis, Acciona, Bora Wind, Enercon, Gamesa, GHG GDES Wind, IM Future, Schaeffler Iberia, Siemens, Spares in Motion, Vestas and Zecsa alongside the associations Aeolican, AEPA, and EolicCat.
The Renewable Energy Producers Organization in Romania – PATRES, the coordinators of the ”Say YES to wind power” campaign in Romania, started their activity in 2014. At present, the organization has 91 companies as members: producers from the entire spectre of renewable energy – solar energy, wind power, hydroenergy, and biomass – representing companies with approx. 800 MW installed power and with investments in the energy field in the amount of aprox. 1.2 billion euros.