IEA Chief Economist Fatih Birol on 4 February at EWEA2013 in Vienna




"Global fossil-fuel subsidies, which jumped to $523 billion in 2011, are providing an incentive to emit CO2 that is equivalent to $110 per ton", said Birol and continued "However, ladies and gentlemen, I believe the major barrier of the better prospects of wind is not the lack of predictability of the available wind, but the lack of the predictability of government policies, in terms of investment frameworks.

My message to the governments here is the following:  if the government policies about wind energy would be as predictable as the availability of wind, then we would win this game".