Bulgaria’s End-2020 Wind Power Capacity Seen at up to 3,500 MW – EWEA
SOFIA (Bulgaria), August 9 (SeeNews) – Bulgaria is seen harnessing wind power to produce 8.2 terawatthours of electricity from an installed capacity of 3,500 megawatts by the end of 2020, a top-end scenario developed by the European Wind Energy Association indicated.
Under the baseline scenario for Bulgaria, which generated 0.8 terawatthours (TWh) of wind power in 2010, annual output is seen at 7.0 TWh by end-2020 with installed capacity forecast at 3,000 megawatts (MW) versus 375 MW at present, the association said in its Pure Power/Wind Energy Targets for 2020 and 2030 report issued on Monday.
The EU member country of 7.36 million will have to be adding 263 to 313 MW of wind power capacity between 2011 and 2020 to meet the targets set in the baseline and top-end scenarios, respectively, the report indicated.
If Bulgaria achieves the baseline output target, wind energy will cover 18.4% of domestic demand, a share that would reach 21.5% if the top-end scenario pans out.
According to the report, final electricity consumption in Bulgaria is expected to decrease to 38.2 TWh by 2020 from 39.7 TWh in 2008.
Bulgaria is targeting a 21% share of renewables in electricity consumption in 2020, according to the country’s National Renewable Energy Action Plan submitted to the European Commission.