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EU Study Recommends Onshore Wind Energy As Cheapest Energy

Structure externalized costs of diverse energy sources

Ecofys on behalf of the European Commission presented a study, giving thumbs up for onshore wind energy.

Onshore wind is cheaper than coal, gas or nuclear energy when the costs of ‘external’ factors like air quality, human toxicity and climate change are taken into account, according to an EU analysis.

The report says that for every megawatt hour (MW/h) of electricity generated, onshore wind costs roughly €105 (£83) per MW/h, compared to gas and coal which can cost up to around €164 and €233 per MW/h, respectively.

Nuclear power, offshore wind and solar energy are all comparably inexpensive generators, at roughly €125 per MW/h.

[] – Wind power is cheapest energy, EU analysis finds
[] – EU report: Subsidies and costs of EU energy [pdf]
[] – It should be kept in mind that Ecofys is a renewable energy consultancy firm, so not entirely impartial.

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