Europe’s Green Energy Plans Stall As Leading Companies Reduce Expansion Plans

Green energies in turmoil…projects being postponed, scaled back…

Europe’s largest green energy producer drastically reduces expansion plans for wind and solar energy

Europe’s green energy projects are in the doldrums. Photo: P. Gosselin

Europe’s leading green energy producer, Statkraft, is drastically scaling back its plans for new wind and solar power plants – due to falling electricity prices and rising costs, so reports Germany’s online Blackout News, a leading site for independent German energy news.

According to company CEO, Birgitte Vartdal, market conditions have become more difficult as the company’s ambitious targets for wind energy and solar power are now being called into question.

The new Statkraft target is two to two and a half GW instead of an originally planned 4 gigawatts annually.

“In the offshore wind energy sector, the Group is now planning a total output of six to eight GW. The original target was ten GW,” Blackout News adds.

The scaleback follows other Europeans countries’ plans to reduce expansion, including Danish energy company Orsted, which “has lowered its targets by more than ten GW” and has also “canceled two offshore wind projects in the USA and reported impairments amounting to 28.4 billion Danish kroner (approx. 3.8 billion euros).”

Portugal’s largest energy supplier, Energias de Portugal (EDP), has also reduced its investment plans – due to the “deterioration in market conditions.” Moreover, French energy supplier Engie earlier had postponed developing hydrogen projects.

Leading officials blame projects having become “much more challenging” and offering “no relative returns.”

As a result, solar and wind equipment manufacturers have seen their values plummeting and ESG equity funds have “recently suffered outflows of 38 billion dollars,” reports Blackout News.

Blackout News is operated by an independent and non-partisan small group of engineers with experience in energy management.





7 responses to “Europe’s Green Energy Plans Stall As Leading Companies Reduce Expansion Plans”

  1. John Hultquist

    The wiki page Wind_Power_in_Germany has a chart and graphic showing wind installation as a small factor in 1990 and then doubling up to 1995. Growth (%) slowed thereafter, while growth (actual) expanded.
    The page also mentions Repowering, the replacement of first-generation wind turbines with modern multi-megawatt machines
    Who is paying for replacement, repair, maintenance? It seems like this will be an increasing burden as existing equipment ages.
    If I were an investor in individual companies or directed funds, I’d bail too.

  2. Gerry

    They will probably come down to Australia and spend their investment dollars here. Our stupid governments love to take our money, and their money, for useless renewables.

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  4. Patrick Healy

    Oh John! Who will be paying?the electric fairy of course! Otherwise known as the taxpayer.

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  7. soundos

    very informative blog

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