EU statistics

Europe installed 15.4 GW of new wind power capacity in 2019. This is 27 % more than 2018 but 10 % less than the record in 2017;

13.2 GW of the new installatons were in the EU;

Onshore wind was 76 % of the new installatons with 11,7 GW;

Offshore wind installatons were a record 3.6 GW;

With 417 TWh generated, wind power covered 15 % of the EU’s electricity demand in 2019;

A further of new wind farms reached Final Investment Decision: 10.1 GW in onshore and 1.4 GW in offshore wind. The new investments were worth €19bn;

Around 15 GW of new wind farms were awarded in Government auctions and tenders. The UK awarded 5.5 GW of offshore wind in one auction. Poland awarded 2.2 GW of onshore wind in another;

There are now 205 GW of installed wind power capacity in Europe: 183 GW onshore and 22 GW offshore;

Europe decommissioned 178 MW of wind capacity in 2019. It commissioned 185 MW of repowered capacity. The total net capacity additions were 15.2 GW (15.4 GW is the gross figure);

The average power rating of new onshore wind turbines was 3.1 MW. The average power rating of new offshore turbines was 7.2 MW;

The UK installed the most wind power capacity in 2019 (2.4 GW). 74% of that was offshore wind.

Spain (2.3 GW), Sweden (1.6 GW) and France (1.3 GW) led the installation of onshore wind farms. Germany came fourth with 1.1 GW;

Spain was also number one in new investments with €2.8bn investment decisions in new onshore wind farms covering 2.8 GW of capacity. France was the largest investor in offshore wind, raising €2.4bn for the Saint-Nazaire wind farm;

Investments in Germany reached a historic low of €300m, covering a mere 180 MW of onshore wind projects;

Denmark is the country with the largest share of wind energy in its electricity demand (48 %). This was followed by Ireland (33 %), Portugal (27 %), Germany (26 %) and the UK (22 %). In total, 12 EU countries produce more than 10 % of their wind farms. the country needs electricity, and among these countries Lithuania;

According to WindEurope, wind energy is the cheapest source of electricity in the region. The sector employs about 300 thousand workers.