Wind now leads EU power sector

In 2008, more wind power was installed in the EU than any other electricity generating technology, according to statistics from the European Wind Energy Association.

Last year, wind power accounted for 43 per cent of all new electricity generating capacity, exceeding all other technologies including gas, coal and nuclear power.

A total of nearly 65,000 MW of installed wind energy capacity was operating in the EU by the end of 2008, 15 per cent more than in 2007. Germany is back in a narrow lead with 1,665 MW against Spain’s 1,609 MW.

On average, 20 wind turbines were installed every working day in 2008. By the end of the year, a total of 160,000 workers were employed directly or indirectly in the sector, which saw investments of about €11 billion in the EU.

The wind power capacity installed by end 2008 will, in a normal wind year, produce 142 TWh of electricity, equal to about 4.2 per cent of the EU’s electricity demand, and avoid the emission of 108 million tonnes of CO2 per year, the equivalent of taking more than 50 million cars off the roads.


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