Europe adds 6.1 GW of wind energy capacity

Europe has added 6.1 GW of extra wind energy capacity in 2017 but this is concentrated in three countries Europe has added 6.1 GW of extra wind energy capacity in 2017 but this is concentrated in three countries

Europe has added 6.1 GW of extra wind energy capacity in the first half of 2017 putting it on course for a bumper year for installations, albeit mainly in Germany, the UK and France.

That is according to the latest report released by WindEurope, which says that a total of 2.2 GW was installed in Germany, 1.2 GW in the UK and 492 MW in France.

“We are on track for a good year in wind capacity installations but growth is driven by a handful of markets. At least ten EU countries have yet to install a single MW so far this year,” said Pierre Tardieu chief policy officer, WindEurope.

The report revealed that there has also been a flurry of activity in offshore wind with 18 projects taking place in four EU Member States (Germany, UK, Belgium and Finland), seeing a total of 1.3 GW installed.

But Mr Tardieu pointed out that with regards to offshore wind, the level of finance activity is a concern.

“Although this won’t translate into lower installations for another few years, the industry needs clarity on volumes for the post-2020 period to maintain the current cost reduction trend,” Mr Tardieu said.

He said that Member States should come forward as soon as possible with their National Energy and Climate Plans to 2030, which could help give sorely needed visibility to the wind energy supply chain.

By Anne-Marie Causer

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