Wind energy up to 14% of EU electricity supply in 2018

Increasing capacity and the use of more powerful turbines helped wind energy rise to 14% of the EU’s total electricity supply last year, according to latest statistics released by WindEurope.

Wind power capacity rose by 11.3GW, representing a 2% increase on 2017, with 8.6GW coming from the onshore sector and 2.65GW from the offshore industry.

Wind also accounted for 49% of all the new power generation capacity in Europe in 2018, although the amount of new wind capacity was down a third on 2017, after poorly designed auctions in Germany pushed new capacity additions down by over a half, and new onshore wind farms eased in the UK.

Denmark had the highest share of wind in its electricity last year with 41%, followed by Ireland (28%) and Portugal (24%). Wind provided 21% of Germany’s electricity last year.

WindEurope CEO Giles Dickson said: “Wind energy now provides 14% of the EU’s electricity, up from 12% in one year. More and more people and businesses are benefitting from the clean and affordable power that wind delivers.

“But beneath the surface many things are not right. Last year was the worst year for new wind energy installations since 2011. Growth in onshore wind fell by over half in Germany and collapsed in the UK. And 12 EU countries didn’t install a single wind turbine last year,” he added.