WindEurope and the Bilbao Exhibition Centre (BEC) today announced that the WindEurope Annual Event in 2022 will take place in Bilbao on 5-7 April. It will be the second time Bilbao has hosted the event, after 2019. It will be a full exhibition and conference, showcasing the latest in onshore and offshore wind, as wind gears up to be to Europe’s leading source of electricity later this decade.
The WindEurope Annual Event 2022 will take place in Bilbao on 5-7 April. It will comprise an exhibition showcasing the latest developments in wind energy and a conference covering all the key market, technology, and policy issues. The last WindEurope Annual Event in Bilbao in 2019 attracted 300 exhibitors and 8,500 visitors, creating an economic impact of more than €10m euros in terms of GDP.
The event will come at a decisive time for the European wind industry. The EU and national governments are counting on the industry to help deliver Europe’s climate and energy targets. Wind is 16% of Europe’s electricity consumption today. The EU wants it to be half by 2050 – and electricity to play a much bigger role in the energy mix. That implies a huge expansion in wind energy: from 180 GW in the EU today to 1,300 GW by 2050. Wind is set to become Europe’s number one source of electricity by the end of the 2020s.
Wind energy plays an increasingly important role in Europe’s economy. It employs 300,000 people across Europe and contributes €37bn pa to EU GDP. Each new wind turbine generates on average €10m of economic activity.