The total power of new wind farms built within the EU in 2016 is 12.5 GW. This has raised the total power capacity to 153.7 GW, helping wind power become the second-largest source of energy by the amount of power produced for the first time in history.
Currently, the total power generated by wind farms in the EU is 153.7 GW. In 2016, they produced nearly 300 TWh of electricity. That was enough to fulfil 10.4 percent of the entire union’s energy needs.
In the entire EU, 27.5 billion euros were invested in wind energy. 9.3 billion euros were invested into onshore wind farms – 29 percent more than in 2015. The growth observed in sea-based wind power is even greater. Such projects received 18.2 billion euros in 2016, or 39 percent more than the previous year.