Oil dependence is no longer justified, European Wind Energy Association (EWEA) conference delegates were told this week.

Continuing to depend on expensive oil for energy is a losing proposition, Denmark’s Minister for Climate and Energy told people attending the opening session of EWEA2011 conference this week in Brussels.

Let there be no doubt, the new energy reality is here,” Lykke Friis said. “We simply must end our oil addiction.”

Friis said political leaders must act without delay to capitalise on wind power and other renewables.

At the same session, Arthouros Zervos, President of the European Wind Energy Association (EWEA), warned that long term renewable energy policies and targets are needed as “we are facing a policy vacuum after 2020”.

Zervos urged politicians to give wind power and other renewables “a stable framework in which to grow” with new binding targets extended to at least 2030.

We must ensure that the success story of renewable energy in Europe survives beyond 2020,” Zervos said, adding the wind power sector wants new binding renewable energy targets agreed to in the lifetime of the current European Commission.

Herman Van Rompuy, European Council President, said in a video message “an important step will be to consider what happens after the current successful policies run out in 2020.

Jerzy Buzek, President of the European Parliament, told EWEA 2011 in another video message that Europe must create a single market in electricity “as soon as possible.”

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