“European Wind Energy Association (EWEA) analysis of the data in the report puts onshore wind at around €105/MWh and offshore wind at €186, compared with gas at up to €164, nuclear at €133 and coal at €162-€233” (renewableenergyworld.com)
In addition, the majority of the public gives their support to the advancement and employment of renewable energy technologies, thus making the minor price difference irrelevant.
“Conventional power generation technologies received subsidies of a similar order though, with €10.1 billion for coal, nuclear at €7 billion and natural gas at € 5.2 billion… Presenting figures on levelized costs per MWh, electricity from coal is around €75, onshore wind is marginally higher while nuclear and natural gas are around €100. Solar power costs have fallen to about €100-€115 depending on the size of the specific installation” (renewableenergyworld.com).
Typically the use of renewable energy is shot down due to stereotypically high cost of production. However, with offshore wind technology costing less than coal in most cases and simultaneously putting less strain on the environment, support is growing for the employment of the green energy. Experts are beginning to realize the mistake in subsidizing the dirtiest forms of energy possible and are shifting their thinking towards a more environmentally sound form of energy production.
“The European Photovoltaic Industry Association (EPIA) noted that the Ecofys study ‘proves that solar energy is cost effective today, and is improving competitiveness at a rate that conventional technologies will never be able to achieve.’” (renewableenergyworld.com).