The board of directors of WindEurope, the European wind energy association, has elected Spain's José Luis Blanco, CEO of Nordex Group, as its new president for a term of 18 months, the association said.
Alfredo Parres, head of Renewable Energies at Hitachi Energy, has also been appointed as the new vice president of the association.
The election comes a week after European Commission President Ursula von der Leyen, in her State of the Union address, announced a new 'Wind Energy Package' and stressed that "the future of our clean technology industry must be built in Europe."
The European Union wants much more local and competitive wind power to decarbonize its energy system and reduce its dependence on imported fossil fuels. Thus, the EU and governments have set ambitious targets, with a total of 420 gigawatts (GW) of wind power by 2030, up from just over 200 GW today.
However, WindEurope felt that the reality of the wind industry does not reflect this ambition, "as European wind supply chain struggles result in Chinese turbine manufacturers now winning the first orders in Europe."
In this way, the European wind employer pointed out that"there is a very realrisk that the expansion of wind energy will take place in China, not in Europe."
Following his appointment, Blanco welcomed the commitment shown by European Commission President Ursula von der Leyen to support a Green Pact, as wind energy is "a European success story" and is set to create jobs for 450,000 Europeans by 2030.
Still, she stressed that European wind turbine manufacturers and their suppliers are "under pressure" and that the EU's 'Wind Energy Package' must "further accelerate permitting, get the design of the wind energy auction right, and strengthen and expand EU manufacturing and supply chains."