*The energy from the renewable sources dominates the European market* The “Say YES to wind energy” campaign is inviting the Romanians to be “Energy Hipsters “
Germany, Portugal, UK, Denmark and Spain are relying increasingly more on the energy from the renewable sources, and Romania also wants to follow this international trend. Portugal has entirely operated on renewable energy for 4 days; 87% of Germany’s energy needs was covered in a weekend of solar plants and wind turbines; Denmark produced in one night 140% of the energy needs by wind power, while, on 10 May, the Great Britain did not burn any coal for the first time in over 100 years.
Romania can also follow this international trend of environmental protection: it produced over 2.700 MW / h by wind energy in an afternoon when almost all the installed wind turbines have functioned.
The Romanian sector of renewable energy promotes the “Say YES to wind energy” campaign, which aims to inform the society about the social, economic and environmental benefits, and also of the wind energy and other renewable energy sources.
In May, this year, Portugal has entirely operated by renewable electricity for four days in a row: the photovoltaic energy, the wind energy and the hydroelectric energy have provided 100% of the energy needs for 107 hours. Last year, the wind power provided 22% of energy and the total of the renewable sources has secured 48%. These records were achieved despite the reduction in 2012 of the support schemes for new capacities of wind energy – a similar decision taken by the Romanian authorities in the same period.
Denmark is another champion of the wind energy: this source has provided the equivalent of 42% of the country’s energy consumption for 2015, up from 39% in 2014 and 33% in 2013. On July 10, 2015, at 3 o’ clock, the production of wind energy exceeded 140% of the demand at that time. The Danes’s plan is to increase the share of energy produced by wind farms to 50% by 2020 and 85% by 2035.
In a weekend with sun and wind in May, 87% of Germany’s energy needs was covered by the photovoltaic plants and the wind turbines. Since the nuclear power plants and the ones based on coal could not interrupt production, in their energy system was suddenly too much energy, which led the prices in negative territory, and some industrial consumers could earn money by using electricity. Last year, according to the German think tank Agora Energiewende, the average share of the renewable energy was 33%. Germany seeks to rely exclusively on the renewable energy sources by 2050.
Romania: Investments in wind power are exceeding 4.5 billion euros
Romania may also follow this trend: on 10 March 2016 at 15:16 hrs, the production of wind power was, according to Transelectrica, of 2.709 MW – the highest amount registered by us. As a result, Romania has become an energy exporter, after a month of energy imports. The wind power accounted for 33% of the entire energy production of that day, followed by hydropower (24.5%), nuclear and coal based. In total, about 18% of Romania’s energy consumption comes from renewable sources, non-polluting. According to the data provided by the National Regulatory Authority in the Energy domain (ANRE) and Transelectrica, the wind power represents 11% of the energy delivered in network by the producers with dispatchable units. With over 85 wind farms in operation in Romania, the wind energy sector has a major impact on the economy, and the investments in wind power are exceeding 4.5 billion euros.
The data were presented during the “Say YES to wind energy” campaign, which aims to familiarize the public with the Romanian major benefits of wind energy.
The campaign is structured around the interactive platform http://www.yestowindpower.com/ro, where the “Energy Hipster” presents the project.
The campaign was launched last year in Spain, and in 2016, the United Kingdom, Italy, France, Poland and Romania have joined.
In our country, the campaign is coordinated by PATRES – Employers Organization of Renewable Energy Manufacturers in Romania. Currently, the organization includes 91 companies, energy producers from the whole spectrum of renewable energies – solar, wind, hydro and biomass – representing the companies that have all combined the installed capacity of approximately 800 MW, with investments in energy of about 1.2 billion euros.
Photo credit: AEE Eolo 2014 Contest, Ana Raques Hernandez