The Ecologist

 
Offshore wind turbines

Spain installed the most new wind capacity in 2009, followed by Germany and Italy.

More articles about
Related Articles

New wind power tops all other sources in 2009

Ecologist

4th February, 2010

Wind and solar technology made up over half of Europe’s new electricity generating capacity in 2009, as the number of new coal and nuclear facilities fell

More wind capacity was installed in Europe during 2009 than any other electricity-generating technology, according to statistics released today by the European Wind Energy Association (EWEA).

Wind accounted for 39 per cent of increased European energy capacity, ahead of gas (26 per cent) and solar (16 per cent). In contrast, the nuclear and coal power sectors decommissioned more megawatts of capacity than they installed in 2009, with a total of 1,393 MW of nuclear and 3,200 MW of coal decommissioned.

Wind investment


According to the EWEA report, €13 billion has been invested in wind farms across the EU in the last year, which are now capable of meeting 4.8 per cent of EU energy demands.  
 
Spain is the country with the biggest share of new wind capacity (24 per cent), followed by Germany (19 per cent), Italy (19 per cent), France (11 per cent) and the UK (10 per cent). 
 
The wind energy sector has grown by an average of 23 per cent over the last 15 years, with annual installations up from 472 MW in 1994 to 10,163 MW in 2009. 
 
'The figures, once again, confirm that wind power, together with other renewable energy technologies and a shift from coal to gas, are delivering massive European carbon reductions, while creating much needed economic activity and new jobs for Europe’s citizens,' said EWEA CEO Christian Kjaer.

More growth needed
 
The British Wind Energy Agency (BWEA) welcomed the UK’s increase in wind energy capacity but said more needed to be done to ensure the sector continued to develop.
 
‘The UK has delivered more than 1GW of capacity for the first time in one calendar year, which is enough to power 600,000 homes. It shows that we can deliver as a sector, provided the right policy framework is in place,’ said Nick Medic of the BWEA. 
 
‘We need a policy that provides answers to the four big questions - planning, grid, supply chain and finance,’ he added.  

Useful links

European Wind Energy Association (EWEA)

Add to StumbleUpon
  READ MORE...
NEWS
Wind turbines have no impact on house prices
Ten-year survey of house sales in US finds wind turbines have no negative affect on market price despite public fears
NEWS
UK to pay public for generating green energy - but will it be enough?
Campaign groups believe the payments will be too low to encourage significant numbers of people to install small scale renewable energy in their homes and communities
NEWS ANALYSIS
The open-source hydrogen car set to change the industry
Cars are evil, right? But what if they ran on hydrogen, did 300 miles per gallon, were leased rather than owned, and were produced under an open source business model...
HOW TO MAKE A DIFFERENCE
CASE STUDY: setting up a community micro-hydroelectric project
The UK’s first community-funded hydroelectric scheme, Torrs Hydro is generating green energy as well as interest in H2O power. Claire Baylis meets the man behind it

 

Previous Articles...

ECOLOGIST COOKIES

Using this website means you agree to us using simple cookies.

More information here...

 

FOLLOW
THE ECOLOGIST