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Integrating the excellent wind resources in Northwest Eurasia for a sustainable energy supply in Europe

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Growing understanding of the viability of the energy system transformation towards carbon neutrality emerges the concerns about the possibility to cover the European energy demand only with renewable energy sources. Huge and growing electricity demand, high population density and limited societal allowance of wind energy in some regions of Europe makes this transformation more challenging. Some of the European energy demand could be covered with wind generated electricity imported from other regions, such as Northwest Russia, a region with good wind conditions and much smaller population density. However, results of modelling show that local wind resources are sufficient to cover the local electricity demand. Electricity cost in Northwest Russia is low, but due to high transmission costs, imported electricity is in most cases more expensive than local wind generation. Finally, there is no need for such imports. Only in case of lower societal allowance of onshore wind, or much higher electricity demand for heating, transportation and non-energetic industrial demand sectors there may be need for Western and Central Europe in wind energy supply from Northwest Russia.

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