After the bike, comes the World Wind Day: Monday, June 15 is the chosen date to bring a little breeze in our homes.
It messes up the hair, it raises sand and ashes, it makes clothes dry but, above all, it moves the turbine blades: this day is dedicated in a particular way to wind energy, it serves to take stock of the situation and inform the public about future projects.
In Italy, the ANEV ("National Wind Energy Association") organizes a series of events with the precise aim of being able to raise awareness in our country on everything related to wind energy. World Wind Day also received the medal of the President of the Republic and the patronage of the Ministry of the Environment.
According to ANEV data, 6,909 wind turbines are installed on the national territory for a total installed capacity of 9,944 MW.
A good figure, but still very far from the installed power in countries such as Spain (23,494 MW) and Germany (59,300 MW).
In Italy there are some sites statistically windier and almost all of the connected power (99%) is located in the regions of Southern Italy: some Apennine areas, the whole of Puglia, the western end of Sicily and the western coasts of Sardinia; but it is always calm for the entire Tyrrhenian coast.
According to ANEV, to date Italy has already reached the renewable 2020 targets, with a penetration of 17.5% of total consumption in 2015. The target to be reached by 2030, ambitious but achievable, is 28%.
Wind power is now the least expensive solution in an ever-increasing number of markets around the globe. In 2019, the new renewable power installed without incentives was cheaper than fossil fuels in over 30 countries, and by 2025 it will be so in most countries of the world.
The country that invests more in renewable energy? According to the latest edition of the Renewable Energy Country Attractiveness Indices, the ranking of the countries most interested in clean energy is China. Would you have thought so? This country’s expenditure in the field of wind power alone accounted for about half of the world’s investment in wind power.
Curious (and intelligent!) is also the energy choice of the inhabitants of Sams, an island of Denmark, which once relied exclusively on oil and coal, to become a green energy paradise. All within 10 years. Now Samsľ gets 100% of the electricity it needs from the wind, while the heat comes from solar and biomass plants. Currently the island produces 10% more energy than its needs. Who sows wind reaps… energy!
Thanks to the wind, around 21 million barrels of oil have been saved, corresponding to about 10 million tons of saved CO2 emissions. This is also why wind power is so important: it allows us to produce renewable energy that is not linked to the combustion of fossil fuels, significantly reducing carbon dioxide emissions and polluting much less: let’s think about it!