Wind Energy Reduces Electricity Prices, Says Independent Study

By Ewea, PRNE
Tuesday, April 20, 2010

WARSAW, Poland, April 21, 2010 - Wind power reduces electricity prices and CO2 emissions, a study
published today by the European Wind Energy Association (EWEA) revealed.

The review 'Wind Energy and Electricity Prices', a
comprehensive assessment of studies of the impact of wind energy on
electricity prices, was carried out by the independent consultancy Poyry AS
on behalf of EWEA. It brings together, for the first time, the findings of
case-studies in Germany, Denmark and Belgium.

The report finds that in the studies reviewed by Poyry,
electricity prices were reduced by between 3 and 23 EUR/MWh depending on the
amount of wind power. It concludes that the studies, "essentially draw
similar conclusions" that "an increased penetration of wind power reduces
wholesale spot prices."

"It has already been well-established that wind reduces CO2
emissions," said Christian Kjaer, EWEA's Chief Executive. "But now we have
stronger evidence than ever before that wind power also reduces electricity
prices for consumers. The message is clear - if you want affordable CO2-free
electricity, increase the amount of wind power in your electricity mix."

Wind power replaces CO2-intensive production technologies, the
report finds. The technology that sets the price on the wholesale market is
usually hard coal. Wind replaces hard coal power plants during hours of low
demand and gas fired power plants during hours of high demand in all the
countries the report analysed.

Wind's impact comes about because its low marginal costs
pushes more expensive technologies, such as gas and thermal plants, out of
the market.

Note to Editors:

EWEA is the voice of the wind industry, actively promoting the
utilisation of wind power in Europe and worldwide. It now has over 650
members from almost 60 countries including manufacturers with a 90% share of
the world wind power market, plus component suppliers, research institutes,
national wind and renewables associations, developers, electricity providers,
finance and insurance companies and consultants.

To download the Wind Energy and Electricity Prices report
please click here:

To see the video presentation of the report please click here:

    For more information contact:
    Paolo Berrino, EWEA

For more information contact: Paolo Berrino, EWEA, paolo.berrino at, +32-2-400-10-55


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