According to the European Council in 2011, the EU imports 54 percent of its energy and this is set to increase to 70 percent by 2030. Europe is dependent on countries such as Russia, Algeria and Colombia for oil, gas and coal. In 2010 each person in the EU paid €706 to countries like Russia, Algeria and Colombia to import oil, gas and coal.
Using an indigenous source of energy such as the wind helps the EU be more self-reliant, providing its own power. In 2010 avoided fuel costs from wind power production was €5.71 bn.