WindEurope is the voice of the wind industry, actively promoting wind power in Europe and worldwide. It has over 500 members, active in over 50 countries, including wind turbine manufacturers with a leading share of the world wind power market, plus component suppliers, research institutes, national wind and renewables associations, developers, contractors, electricity providers, finance and insurance companies, and consultants.

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Rue d`Arlon 80 , Brussels , B-1040 Belgium

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Business Type:
Professional association
Industry Type:
Energy - Wind Energy
Market Focus:
Globally (various continents)


Why did EWEA decide to rebrand to “WindEurope”?

Wind is competitive

Wind power makes economic sense. Onshore wind is the cheapest form of new power generation in Europe today. Wind in Europe accounts for €67bn+ annual turnover and 255,000 jobs. Offshore wind is rapidly reducing costs and will play a central role in Europe’s power mix going forward.

Wind is mainstream

In the last year, wind accounted for 44% of all new power installations across Europe – more than any other technology. Wind covers over 11% of Europe’s electricity demand. In 2030, wind could serve a quarter of the EU’s electricity needs and be the backbone of Europe’s energy system.

Wind is strategic

Wind is an important and growing part of Europe’s industry base. Three of the five largest turbine manufacturers in the world are European companies. The European industry has a 40% share of all wind turbines sold globally and provides the lion’s share of Europe’s €35 billion renewable exports. We lead the world in offshore wind with over 90% of today’s offshore wind farms.

Overall, wind energy has transformed from a niche sector to a mainstream industry. The wind sector has matured and continues to evolve, so our brand needed to evolve with it.

This is a pivotal moment and we look forward to continue to work with you in order to ensure the growth and prosperity of the wind industry in Europe.


WindEurope is the voice of the wind industry, actively promoting wind power in Europe and worldwide. It has over 500 members, active in over 50 countries, including wind turbine manufacturers with a leading share of the world wind power market, plus component suppliers, research institutes, national wind and renewables associations, developers, contractors, electricity providers, finance and insurance companies, and consultants.

WindEurope coordinates international policy, communications, research and analysis and provides various services to support members’ requirements and needs to help their development, offering the best networking and learning opportunities in the sector.

WindEurope analyses, formulates and establishes policy positions for the wind industry on key strategic sectoral issues, cooperating with industry and research institutions on a number of market development and technology research projects. In addition, the lobbying activities undertaken by WindEurope help create a suitable legal framework within which members can successfully develop their businesses.

WindEurope produces a large variety of information tools and manages campaigns aimed at raising awareness about the benefits of wind and enhancing social acceptance, dispelling the myths about wind energy and providing easy access to credible information.

WindEurope organises numerous regular events: conferences, exhibitions, launches, seminars and workshops. These encourage the exchange of international experience on policy, finance and technical developments, and showcase the latest technology. Full list on


Wind energy will be the leading technology in transforming the global energy supply structure towards a truly sustainable energy future based on indigenous, non-polluting and competitive renewable technologies.


Through effective communication and its engagement in the political decision-making processes, it is WindEurope’s objective to facilitate national and international policies and initiatives that strengthen the development of European and global wind energy markets, infrastructure and technology in order to achieve a more sustainable and cleaner energy future.

To achieve this, WindEurope shall work to:

  • Act as a single European voice to promote, through the joint efforts of its members, the best interest of the wind energy sector;
  • Develop and communicate effective strategic policies and initiatives to influence the political process in a direction that maintains and creates stable markets and overcome barriers to the deployment of wind energy;
  • Turn the opportunity created by the large turnover in European generating capacity over the next two decades into benefits for the European wind energy sector;
  • Further develop Europe’s position as a driver for global growth of the wind energy sector in close coordination with national, regional and global organisations and companies;
  • Communicate the benefits and potential of wind energy to politicians, opinion formers, decision makers, business, the media, the public, NGOs and other stakeholders;
  • Act as the central network on wind energy issues for its members and interact with wider constituencies.

The WindEurope Secretariat’s goal is to make WindEurope the leading wind power voice and the driving force for the future direction of the sector by:

  • Establishing WindEurope as the key source for quality input into the policy and legislative processes;
  • Establishing WindEurope as the core reference for Brussels/international media and external stakeholders;
  • Ensuring the WindEurope Secretariat works in close partnership with its members and other relevant organisations;
  • Ensuring WindEurope’s profile and reputation are world class.
WindEurope will prioritise six strategic objectives:
  • Secure the largest possible market share in and develop the full potential of today’s European wind markets by meeting the 2020 targets;
  • Destroy the myth that fossil fuels and nuclear energy are not subsidised. Promote “the polluter pays” principle. Expose the level of hidden subsidy that is provided to the other forms of electrical generation;
  • Promote a long–term stable framework and attract new investment;
  • Promote wind energy research, development and innovation (R, D & I) to maintain European technological leadership, enhance the affordability of wind energy and ensure optimal use of European research funds, supporting European academia, research institutes and industry;
  • Promote grid development, operation and markets to integrate large quantities of wind energy in a cost efficient way;
  • Work to ensure sufficient access to finance is available for the wind industry at a cost reflecting actual rather than perceived risk, while working to ensure that political risk is minimised.


The wind industry’s interests come first

  • Advocate WindEurope’s positions and narratives.
  • Plug the benefits of our sector.
  • Know our members, represent their interests and leverage their contributions.

We observe high professional standards

  • Place integrity and sustainability at the heart of our actions.
  • Commit to delivering high quality outputs.
  • Use WindEurope resources responsibly (time & money).

Each of us contributes to having a respectful, inspiring and dynamic work environment

  • Develop and support one another through a culture of coaching, feedback and trust.
  • Be fair and constructive in how we assess performance.
  • Work together as one team that values diversity and celebrates each other’s successes.


Powering Change Since 1982

At the beginning of September 1982, a handful of European manufacturers of agricultural machinery flew to California to assess the market for wind energy. A few weeks later they returned with enough orders to start series production of wind turbines. Before the year was over, 25-30 turbines had been shipped and installed; the year after 350 wind turbines, with a total capacity of 20 MW, were exported. This was the start of what became known as the “California wind rush”. The modern wind energy industry was born.

Whilst the manufacturers travelled to California, the European Wind Energy Association (EWEA) was formally launched in Stockholm. “The EWEA has been formed to bring together the very large body of people working in this technology throughout Europe,” the first Chairman, Gijsbrecht “George” Piepers, wrote.

An industrial success story

In 2012, EWEA celebrated its 30th anniversary. After three decades at the helm of European wind energy policy, EWEA has grown alongside the wind industry, which is now a major player in the energy industry.

Wind turbine generators have grown from 55 kW in 1982 to 5,000 kW today, rotor diameters from 15 metres to 126 metres and global installed capacity is now 194,000 MW compared to 100 MW in 1980. In Europe, wind energy’s share of power supply has increased from 0.001% to 4%, and European manufacturers continue to dominate the rapidly growing global market. Wind power is indeed one of the biggest European industrial success stories in the past quarter of a century.

Words and watts

In 1982, EWEA took on the challenge of promoting wind energy and has become the driving force behind the development of a sustainable energy supply. The road to this achievement has been long, and has required a great deal of research, learning and development, as well as a passion for the cause.

At the end of the 1970s, when the wind energy industry’s magazine ‘Wind Directions’ was first published, it was hoped that it would become a forum for the exchange of ideas and information on wind power. When EWEA was established in September 1982, its main goals – “to raise the level of cooperation between Europe’s wind power organisations and spur an international awareness of the potential of wind energy” – were set out on these pages.

During the early years of the Association’s life, the wind energy industry as we know it today was still an unrealised ambition. “We had more words than megawatts”, as John Twidell recalls about the first meetings. Today, we have the megawatts. In 2010, when renewables accounted for 41% of all electricity generating capacity installed in the EU, 17% alone was wind power. New EU-wide legislation has set a target of sourcing 20% of all energy from renewable sources by 2020. In the electricity sector, 34% of all consumption  should be met by renewables by that same year. Wind power will account for 15% to 18% of all electricity consumption by 2020.