Renewable Energy: Europe hopes for windy days

"The Beast from the East" hit Britain in March. The storm destroyed homes, streets as well as landscapes and brought ice cold weather to the island. "The Beast from the East" also brought Great Britain's ever production peak for wind energy. During the storm the wind industry provided at times the biggest share of the nation’s electricity.

Now, there is not much left. Since June wind turbines in Great Britain are shut down, experts fear a so called "brown out", which can lead to a long lating blackout. “This shows that relying on wind, solar, and batteries to supply the majority of our power is reckless for energy security,” says Elchin Mammadov, analyst at Bloomberg Intelligence.

Wind without subsidies

Companies in Europe seem to know better. The French electric utility Engie recently announced that it's going to develop 300 megawatts of wind energy across nine wind farms in Spain. In March, the Swedish power company Vattenfall announced a 700 MW offshore wind farm in the Netherlands and in Germany, the country’s first competitive power auction last spring, the federal grid regulator accepted four bids for a total of 1,490 MW of offshore wind capacity in the North Sea. Engie and Vattenfall are doing all this without government support. In Germany at least one of the bidders, the Danish wind energy firm Dong (now Ørsted A/S), submitted a bid with a subsidy rate of zero.

As the News Portal Vox describes the same is happening with solar power too. Renewable Energies are leaving the wading-pool and act as market players.